Tuesday, June 13, 2006

France-Switzerland might have looked better

by Ken Houghton

Sometimes, the old technologies are best. This may not be one of those.
[S]ome enterprising Austrian Über-geeks have solved the problem [of how to watch the World Cup at work] nicely by creating a Telnet stream with, believe it or not, live ASCII footage of matches being played.

Simply fire up a command prompt and type “telnet ascii-wm.net 2006” and you'll find a live “video” stream from 10 minutes before kick-off (or should that be boot-up?).

Having suffered the crashing of Soccernet near the end of Brazil-Croatia, I'm willing to try this. The author of the article is not so enthusiastic.
Clearly this is what the internet was invented for! We look forward to a version of Wimbledon that resembles Pong.
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