Monday, March 20, 2006

TTT 13 -- Internet Pop-up Messages

Greetings from the Sundog Bookstore coffeehouse in Seaside, Floriday. We're down here for Spring Break but I'm not forgetting what day of the week it is! In fact, I'm posting this on Monday! Okay, well, if you're a purist you don't have to listen until Tuesday!

If you've done any web-surfing at all you've encountered them, nagging very official-looking messages designed to make you click and hit a website which means to sell you something you don't want, don't need, and certainly won't be better off downloading onto your computer. Two words: "Ignore" and "them."

This week's TTT has some words of wisdom to help you identify and ignore those pop-up or embedded-on-the-page ads whose only real purpose in life is most likely to generate one more click an unscrupulous for which a web host can charge an advertiser. So what if it's only a tenth of a penny: enough of those, pardner, and you've got a buck...

I'm not sure how I pulled it off in one minute and 13 seconds, but this week's show features somewhere around 55 guest stars. Ms. Pitt's, Ms. Ackerman-Scott's, Mr. Amore's, and Ms. Noel's students help me out with TechTipTuesday shoutouts and my son Colin lends his voice-over talents when it comes time to demonstrate the pop-up examples. Life is grand! Listen to it here.

Music, as usual, is provided by the fine folks at the Podsafe Music Network, Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3 by Joseph Haydn, performed by Mario Ajero. Thanks to Joseph, to Mario, to Colin, and thanks again to my great kids at USN for their help!



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