Monday, April 02, 2007
Google TiSP: Flush With Features! 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
Those of you that know me know I love a good bathroom joke. So, in case you missed Google's traditional April Fool's Day "surprise," it was a hoot: Google TiSP.

Until you dig deeper into the site and click on the "FAQ" it's not immediately obvious what 'TiSP' really is. They almost had me for a minute, until I saw the toilet in the background and the cable snaking down into the bowl. The TiSP idea does seem at least slightly inspired by the old "iToilet" gag site, originally hosted on Electric Chicken - still up, still a good larf.
Installing a typical home TiSP system is a quick, easy and largely sanitary process -- provided you follow these step-by-step instructions very, very carefully.
  1. Remove the spindle of fiber-optic cable from your TiSP installation kit.
  2. Attach the sinker to the loose end of the cable, take one safe step backward and drop this weighted end into your toilet.
  3. Grasp both ends of the spindle firmly while a friend or loved one flushes, thus activating the patented GFlush™ system, which sends the weighted cable surfing through the plumbing system to one of the thousands of TiSP Access Nodes.
  4. When the GFlush is complete, the spindle will (or at least should) have largely unraveled, exposing a connector at the remaining end. Detach the cable from the spindle, taking care not to allow the cable to slip into the toilet.
  5. Plug the fiber-optic cable into your TiSP wireless router, which has a specially designed counterweight to withstand the centripetal force of flushing.
  6. Insert the TiSP installation CD and run the setup utility to install the Google Toolbar (required) and the rest of the TiSP software, which will automatically configure your computer's network settings.
  7. Within sixty minutes -- assuming proper data flow -- the other end of your fiber-optic cable should have reached the nearest TiSP Access Node, where our Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers (PHDs) will remove the sinker and plug the line into our global data networking system.
  8. Congratulations, you're online! (Please wash your hands before surfing.)
More: How TiSP Works, TiSP FAQ