Homage to Mozart's Ghost

a completely unnecessary retrospective on a fad that no one remembers.

No one seems to remember this, but there was a brief internet fad in which everyone would have stupid pi symbols in the lower right hand corner of a webpage that would bring you to a secret page that did nothing.

Buckle Up Script Kiddies, here's a quick internet history lesson for you.

The Movie

So there was this terrible movie way back when called "The Net", in which Sandra Bullock plays a computer programmer who works from home and no one knows what she looks like so it is very easy for Jeremy Irons to somehow steal her identity and it's terrible.  However, as it was one of the first mainstream movies to deal with the Internet, a lot of geeks (like me) went and saw the movie and even geekier geeks adopted some of the quirks from the movie as conventions. 

The Fake Band

So very early on in the movie, the action that gets Sandra Bullock "red-flagged" is that she receives a disk that is ostensibly a promotional digital program for a fictional band "Mozart's Ghost", which is a very terrible site and it sucks, and now that I think about it it was just like those old Launch CDs, but she notices a supposedly hard to see "pi" hyperlink.  When you hold shift and ctrl and click on the link you were taken to a secret terminal access page that let you steal everyone's identity or something stupid.  

The Fad

So anyway, the completely stupid fad that everyone picked up was that everyone put a stupid pi symbol in the lower righthand corner of their stupid website and thought they were clever.  So I thought I'd do the same thing just now.  God I feel lame.

The Legacy

Well almost none really.  This fad seems to have faded faster than you can say suck.com, and it would probably take hours of trolling the wayback machine to find these reprehensible websites.  Still, while I was googling, I did find a pretty thorough rundown of the security concepts touched on and lovingly ignored in the movie that I thought was pretty amusing.