Tuesday, February 27, 2007

mr. biteme, of the nantucket bitemes?

I was helping my stepfather install the new version of real player (yeah, I know) because he absolutely had to play some ra files. At one point - and apparently I wasn't aware of this technical limitation in CODECs - it's critical that Real Networks have his e-mail address in order to play an audio file.

Of course, I entered biteme@no.com. It said that address was in use.

So I changed it to biteme@noway.com. And that address also was in use.

Finally I added a bunch of random characters to the domain and got through. You think maybe Real Networks could figure out that people don't really want to give out their e-mail just to listen to some bird calls?


Wes said...

Next time, I'd recommend trying RealAlternative with Media Player Classic ( http://www.free-codecs.com/Real_Alternative_download.htm ). I hate realplayer too, but I wouldn't put it on my mom's PC.

John said...

I use Mailinator.net You make up a temp e-mail address like ralf@mailinator.com Then go to www.mailinator.com to check you in box. This is handy for those crappy sites that require you to click a link to verify.

Ivo said...

You could try and use HelixPlayer. The open source version of RealPlayer.