Beware the Lurking Lorem Ipsum

Fusion Hotspot Scrach-off Card

Fusion Hotspot Scrach-off Card

One of the motels we stayed at had a new (to me, at least) approach to the ubiquitous Free WiFi offering, which involved a small card with scratch-off fields:

Being the curious sort, I checked their website to see what they were up to. The main heading, across the top of the page, read:

Bringing wireless Internet capabilities to your property

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Huh.

The rest of the page has Lorem ipsum filler under every heading, including:

24/7 Support

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Read More

Clicking that attractive Read More link produces pretty much what you’d expect by now:

Error 404 – Page not found!

The page you trying to reach does not exist, or has been moved. Please use the menus or the search box to find what you are looking for.

All the other links behaved the same way, including the Support header.

Oddly, the Contact Us item hidden in the About us pulldown produced a form, so I sent off a message. Haven’t gotten anything back yet and really don’t expect to, either.

It does give one pause to consider what happens to the bitstream between one’s tablet and the website. I make it a practice to¬†not sign in to vital accounts while traveling…

At least they didn’t use the Samuel L. Jackson slipsum¬†generator

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  1. #1 by rkward on 6-October-2012 - 09:42

    No doubt you read the translation. Probably just college kids having fun and making extra money. Too much Harry Potter when they were younger? Don’t think I would pay for serious service through them with the whimsical front-end. A sense of humor is fine but a professional web site (certainly the home page) would be expected.

    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fusionhotspots.com%2F&act=url

    • #2 by Ed on 6-October-2012 - 10:51

      Probably just college kids having fun and making extra money.

      Which would make it another data point for never ascribing to malice what can be explained by stupidity.

      I like it: “and the mouse is not hate!

  2. #3 by madbodger on 6-October-2012 - 13:32

    Heh, just saw a picture online of a tube of toothpaste, which had “Directions” and “Caution” in bold, but all the text was filler. I’d put a link, but of course I can’t find it again!