Raid Commercial on Nightline : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

So now Raid is the official bugkiller for the millenium. Phrases such as "The Y2k bug is a dead issue", "Kills Y2k bugs dead", etc.

The commercial popped by real fast, so if I misquoted anything, please correct.

I hope they don't put the "Kills Y2k bugs dead" slogon on the cans...think anyone would actually be stupid enough to spray their PC with it? I used to monitor a help desk, and you'd be amazed what how dense the users can get :-)

-- Tim (, June 29, 1999


Dense users? Harumph. It's the machines, don't you know, they can't be fixed! Just try to send a *bleep*ing fax on my @#&#$* fax machine. I put the paper in and hit SEND, but it just keeps coming out the other side.

-- Debbie (, June 30, 1999.

This may save my 486!:{)

-- && (&&@&&.&), June 30, 1999.

***********I hope they don't put the "Kills Y2k bugs dead" slogon on the cans...think anyone would actually be stupid enough to spray their PC with it? I used to monitor a help desk, and you'd be amazed what how dense the users can get :-) ***************

of course that is sooooooooooo stupid. everyone knows that you only need to spray the plug-in outlets - that's where the bugs come from. sheesh....

-- justme (, June 30, 1999.

Do we have to give the mouses flea baths??

-- Same as B4 (, June 30, 1999.

If a user sprays their computer and it doesn't kill the Y2K bug, can they sue them now, or do they have to wait 30-90 days?

-- Mad Monk (, June 30, 1999.

I hope they don't put the warning on the cans! I know you folks will not believe this, but it IS true!

While shopping at my local supermarket one day several years ago, I actually heard a customer ask a stock boy where she could find the "Colon Blow" cereal!

For those of you who don't watch Saturday Night Live, this was one of their "fake" commercials, and it was so ridiculous that I would have thought no one would take it seriously, but apparently this customer did! Can you believe it....

This housemouse just shook her head and kept on shopping...


-- housemouse (, June 30, 1999.

People will believe anything, and not just stupid people either.

Some years ago, before TV remote controls were IR, I had a TV with a sonic remote control. The remote had a tuning fork inside and when you pushed the button, a little spring driven hammer whacked the tuning fork. The TV had a sound sensor that was tuned to the frequency of the tuning fork and it activated a stepper motor when it "heard" that frequency. The channel tuner would advance one channel per "push" and one of the channel slots turned the TV on and another turned it off. That's all it would do, but for its time, it was quite a gadget.

One day, my brother and his wife were visiting, and my sister in law had the remote in her hand. She wasn't using it, but it was pointing down the hallway instead of at the TV so I decided to spoof her.

"Hey!", I said, "Watch out where you point that! If you push it while it's pointed down the hall, it flushes the toilet! Man, that'll startle the hell out of you if someone does it while you're using the toilet."

"Really", she asked?

"Yeah", I replied, "Splashes you too."

Well, she bought it, hook line and sinker.

And this woman is an anethesiologist; a fully board certified, card carrying MD!

BTW, she has never forgiven me for that either.

-- Hardliner (, June 30, 1999.

I just saw this whole commercial and somewhere in there the voiceover says, "The Millenium Bug is dead." The message is--no problem. These people--the people who wrote the ad--believe this. No problem. That's the word.

-- Mara Wayne (, June 30, 1999.

people's ignorance on computers can be amazing - I was told - in all seriousness - that I shouldn't have my computer next to my bed because of viruses. the person would not be convinced that these viruses were not a health hazard

-- Gus (, June 30, 1999.

The RAID radio ad is more effective, in my humble opinion. Its disclaimer (something similar to "Raid is not guaranteed to work on all computers") is better than the TV ad.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (, June 30, 1999.

I give isp tech support,there is nothing so stupid that there is not someone out there doing it....and then calling me to fix it

-- zoobie (, July 01, 1999.

For all the IT Support people out there . .

Life from an IT support engineer's perspective... 1. When an IT support engineer says he's coming right over, go away for a coffee. It's nothing for us to remember everyone's screensaver password. 2. When you call IT support to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures and other assorted crap. We don't have a life so we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of yours. 3. When NT support sends you an email with high importance, delete it immediately. We're just testing the public groups.

4. When an IT support engineer is eating his lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts out - we only exist to serve. 5. When a IT support engineer is having a smoke in the smoking room, ask him a computer question. The only reason why we smoke at all is to ferret out those clients who don't have access to email or a telephone. 6. Send urgent email in UPPERCASE. The mail server picks it up and flags it as a rush delivery. 7. When you call an IT support engineer's direct line, press 5 to skip the bilingual greeting that tells you he's out of town for a week, record your message and wait exactly 24 hrs before you send an email to the managing director because no-one ever returned your call. You are, after all, entitled to common courtesy. 8. When the photocopier doesn't work, call NT support. After all, there's electronics in it.

9. When you're getting a NO DIAL TONE message from home, call NT support we can fix your line from the office. 10. When something is wrong with your home PC, dump it on a IT support engineer's desk with no name, no phone number and no description of the problem. We love a challenge. 11. When you have NT Support on the phone walking you through changing a setting, read the paper. We don't actually mean for you to do anything, we just love the sound of our own voices. 12. When we offer training on the new software package, don't bother. We'll be there to hold your hand once it's complete. 13. When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Everyone knows print jobs get sucked into black holes every now and then. 14. When the printer STILL won't print after 20 attempts, send the job to every other printer in the building. One of them is bound to work. 15. Don't use online help - that is for wimps. 16. If you're taking night classes in computer science, feel free to go around and update the network drivers for you and all your co- workers. We're grateful for any overtime we can get. 17. When you have IT support engineer fixing your PC at 2:15, eat your lunch in front of him. We function better when wracked with pangs of hunger. 18. Don't EVER thank us - we're paid for doing this. 19. When an IT support engineer asks you if you've installed any new software on your computer, LIE. It's not our business what you've got on the PC. 20. If a mouse cable keeps knocking down the picture of your loved one, lift the computer and trap the cable. Mouse cables were designed to have 45 lbs of computer sitting on top of them. 21. If the spacebar on your computer doesn't work, blame it on the exchange upgrade. Keyboards are actually very happy with half a pound of biscuit crumbs and nail clippings in them. 22. When you get a message asking "Are You Sure ?", click on that YES button as fast as possible. Hell, if you weren't sure, you wouldn't be doing it in the first place, would you ? 23. Feel free to say things like "I don't know nothing about that computer crap". We don't mind hearing our area of expertise referred to as crap. 24. When you need to change the toner cartridge, call IT support. Changing the cartridge is an extremely technical task and Hewlett Packard recommends that it be performed only by a professional engineer with a masters degree in Nuclear Physics 25. When something is the matter with your computer, ask your secretary to call the helpdesk. We enjoy the challenge of having to deal with a third-party who knows jack-shit about the problem. 26. When you receive a 300 Mb AVI file, send it on to everyone as a mail attachment. We've got LOADS of disk space on the server. 27. Don't even think of breaking large print jobs down into saller chunks. Someone else may sneak a memo into the queue.

28. If your son is a student in computer science, have him come in over the weekend and do his projects on your work PC. We'll be there for you when his illegal copy of Visual Basic 6 makes your Access 95 disappear and riddles your PC with viruses 29. When you bring your own personal home PC in for repair in the office leave the documentation at home. Don't worry, we'll find all the settings and drivers on the Internet.

-- W0lv3r1n3 (, July 01, 1999.


Ok, anyone wanna bother to reformat that as a numerical list ?

Tech support . . hello ??? HOW DOES THIS CRAP WORK ANYWAY !!???


-- W0lv3r1n3 (, July 01, 1999.


>Ok, anyone wanna bother to reformat that as a numerical list ?

Well ... it already looks like a reformatted numerical list to me, so what's the problem? See #15. :-)

-- No Spam Please (, July 01, 1999.

yeah, but I meant on of those pretty ones with line spaces inbetween each point, left justified, full of {p} thingys.

Well anyhoo . . .

If nobodys gonna play nice, Im taking my bat and ball home.


-- W0lv3r1n3 (, July 01, 1999.

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