What happens when you need help with a computer problem but your tech support department is in another country? Most people would just call a tech support hotline and try to solve the problem over the phone. But not Andy Blitz. The writer from Late Night with Conan O’Brien decides to fly to India with his computer (and monitor) to get his pop-up ads problem fixed in person. Along the way, he makes new friends at the NBC tech support call center and even volunteers on the phones to help his fellow co-workers back home.
What Are Pop-Up Ads Anyway?
Today, many people may not even know what a pop-up ad was or understand how annoying popup ads were. But in the 1990s, pop-up ads were a major annoyance for Internet users. It was common for a “pop up window” to randomly appear while you were browsing the Internet with an advertisement. These windows were difficult to get rid of and would sometimes even reopen themselves after you tried closing them. Some browsers, like Internet Explorer, were more susceptible than others and often required a web surfer to install pop up blockers.
Dated, But Still Very Funny
This classic Late Night with Conan O’Brien comedy bit (NBC air date: September 2004) is dated by technology, but it’s still funny and it gets funnier each time. Watch the “Pop Up” Problem again and you’ll see things that you might have missed, like expressions on people’s faces in the background. Two thumbs up for Andy Blitz and all the talented writers at who has worked with Conan O’Brien over the years.
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.