Re: Microsoft Y2K Video at Blockbuster

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Wed, 01 Dec 1999 20:03:34 -0800

Bizzare. Clicking on any of the video links on that
site brings up a MS-DOS Prompt with the following

Specified COMMAND search directory bad

Microsoft<R> Windows 98
<C>Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1999.

C:\Program Files\Netscape\Communicator\Program>

Someone want to tell me just how the fuck a Web page can
launch an MS-DOS prompt on my machine without my permission?

I looked through the source code, and they have some really
bizzare Mac versus IE4, IE5, and Navigator discriminator code.
The video links are attached to .asx files. The .asx file contains
the following:

<ASX version = "3.0">


<ref href="mms://" />


Assuming mms is the protocol for Microsoft's streaming video, I launch IE5
and attempt to view the stuff. I get a OleMainThreadWndName system error.
I can only assume that those brilliant Windows programmers haven't figured
out re-entrant libraries yet.

Windows 98 Version 4.10.2222
MPLAYER2.EXE caused fault #c0000005 in MSDXM.OCX at address 017f:1d319044

EAX=fffffffe CS=017f EIP=1d319044 EFLGS=00010282
EBX=ffffffff SS=0187 ESP=0056fa4c EBP=00000000
ECX=0056f5a0 DS=0187 ESI=00a94240 FS=73f7
EDX=81890000 ES=0187 EDI=fffffffe GS=0000

Bytes at CS:EIP:
89 08 33 c0 c2 08 00 8b 44 24 04 8b 4c 24 08 89

Stack dump:
0100a422 00a958cc fffffffe 00000000 00a94240 0056fa90 00a94240 0100a277 fffffffe 00a94240 00000001 bff5156b
000001e0 00000be4 00000be6 00000be4

I guess I'll have to go get my free Microsoft Video at Blockbuster.
Good thing, as they put all their used N64 games on the discount rack
for $9.99.


Rasheed Baqai wrote:
> (For those that have a slow modem connection, getting the free CD is a
> good idea perhaps.)
Consumers may also view the Y2K Video via the
> Microsoft Y2K Web site at

Greg Bolcer
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