Tony - you might be interested in this guide to bypass the firmware update but still play online!
A similar tool ("CF3B5's PS3.Proxyserver GUI") was developed to intercept downloadable content from the PlayStation Network to a PC before redirecting it to the configured PS3 console.Previously the [ www.freedemos.6x.to ] site hosted a few of the earlier downloadable titles, such as "Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Demo" (only available in Japan for a few weeks), or the original "Folding@Home" application (that was later replaced by "Life With PlayStation") using this method, but the site is now offline.BFN,fp.
@ reakt- just tried but my windysocks are not configured right :)
It looks like a load a hassle to set up. I'm up to date with the latest firmware now - no turning back!