Pop-Up Windows: They're Not Just for
Most people don't remember
when the Internet was "new." I don't mean 1969
when it was the ARPANet. Nor do I mean the early 1980s
when it was split between the military and commercial
corporations. I'm talking about the early 1990s when
basically only universities and the really big Fortune
corporations ran all of the backbones and servers. The
World Wide Web was a child that had just learned to show
pictures, babbling out plain text with a hyperlink here
Leave pop-up window advertising off of the web.
Does the advertising from
browsing web sites irritate you? They don't? Yeah, the
banners are not always too irritating (except for the
misrepresenting and lying ones that ask you to spank the
target, hit the monkey, shoot the elf or whatever). But,
what about pop-ups? If they don't bother you and you
don't understand what my problem is with pop-up windows,
then I guess it wouldn't bother you if while watching
your favorite TV show, The Facts of Life, a big
screen came down through your roof and jumped
"in-your-face" and hovered there until you
pressed the "Close" button on your remote. Not
very irritating? Okay. Not all of them jump up in your
face. Well, you're watching your favorite episode and you
know what's going to happen now that Natalie is jealous
about Tootie getting the lead in the school play. You've
seen this episode. You hear a sound from down the hall
and think that maybe it's the cat. Everything seems fine.
You flip through channels and land on an old episode of The
Commish. There's another sound down the hall. Your
cat just jumped into your lap from the kitchen, so it
wasn't him. Hmm... Oh, well... Seen this Commish.
Flipping around some more, you find the one episode of Who's
The Boss? you haven't seen the ending for. It's the
one where Tony and Angela get lost in the storm and end
up sharing a motel room. Do they...? You know... You
can't concentrate on it now because there a loud bump
from down the hall. You get up and go to investigate. You
stare into your dark bedroom. You reach around and turn
on the light. And, there they are! There are about twenty
to thirty pop-up windows running around on your bed,
through your closet, in your bathroom, and through your
drawers. Each of them wants you to take a quiz of which
name is not a character on What's Happening!!,
announces the world's biggest money-losing games, lowers
your long distance bill to only half a cent per minute,
tells you that you've been approved for a Platinum credit
card (if you succeed a credit check), or awards you as
today's 1,467th visitor a cruise to the Falkland Islands!
You run around for 30 minutes pushing all of their
"Close" buttons. Until they are all gone.
pop-up window advertising off of the web!
You might want to check down the hall. While you've been browsing our web site, I think I heard something go bump...
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