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Wait! This happened to me as well as countless others.

Millions of cubicle dwellers across the country helped set records for Internet traffic on Tuesday as they watched online video of the inauguration ceremonies — or at least tried to. The overwhelming demand meant that some Web sites and data networks had trouble keeping up, forcing many people to turn to less cutting-edge forms of media.

“It was really frustrating to have this great technology and still not be able to watch the speech,” said Dan Robinson, who runs the box office at the Julliard School in New York. “I had to use this TV from the early ’80s and some rabbit ears to watch it.”

The product has to be stable and in my neck of the woods, it wasn’t.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one.

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  1. Ron said January 21, 2009 | Permalink

    I tried to watch the inauguration via Hulu yesterday, but either because of the crush of people on their end trying to get the stream, or the crush of people on my end trying to watch/update, it didn’t work very well. At times the video and audio came through, at times just the audio came through while the images were frozen, and at times nothing came through and everything was frozen. It was also about 3-5 minutes behind the network feed.

    Nice try, I suppose, but you’d think that they’d prepare for this a little bit better.


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