Microsoft’s “Browser for the Better”


As many of you probably already know, Microsoft is doing a “Browser for the Better” campaign to promote IE8.

Basically, for every download of IE8 from their BftB site, Microsoft will donate money for 8 meals to food banks.

Note that they say “for every download,” not “for every unique download” or “for every installation.” Their mistake.

To, ah… “help” with their promotion, I would encourage people to run the following scriptlet on Linux/UNIX systems, and Windows systems with Cygwin installed:

for (( x=0; $x < 1000; x++ ))
curl -L http://view.atdmt.com/action/dlXP > /dev/null
sleep 60

This will download the browser from the site 1000 times (tweak the 1000 to your preference), dumping the downloaded data to /dev/null, and pausing 1 minute between each. I’m not trying to encourage DDoSing them here. ;)

Note that the file is 20.9 MB, so 1000 downloads will eat a bit over 20 GB of bandwidth in under a day. If you have a low monthly cap, this might not be for you.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 PM and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply

To deter spammers, your browser is required to perform some mathematical work before your comment can be posted.
The "Submit" button will be available once this is complete.
The time this takes is random, but should only be a few seconds.