Category Archives: Computers

PC Matic, Please Bring Back the Flower Shop Girl

PC Matic Employee

PC Matic CEO Rob Cheng has been the company’s main spokesperson for some time now. In the latest spot, Rob gets other members of the PC Matic team into the act. They all seem like nice people, and PC Matic is an award-winning product, made in the USA, that proactively protects your computer against malware and viruses. Who knows the product better than those who build, sell and support it? And why spend money on professional actors when your employees will do it for free?

But I still wish they’d bring back the flower shop girl.

PC Matic for President 2016

PC Matic for President

PC Matic is running for president? During an election year, it’s not unusual for companies to run advertising with a political theme. But Rob Cheng’s latest TV spot has us scratching our heads. Is there a president of PCs? Do Macs have a president too? We love PC Matic. It’s fantastic security and antivirus software for protecting your Windows computer. But Rob, would you please bring back the flower shop girl? Continue reading

Colorado Man Cited for Revenge Killing of Computer

Murdered Dell ComputerThe Colorado Springs Gazette reported 37-year-old Lucas Hinch was ticketed April 20th for firing a weapon within city limits. But no murder charges are pending for the fatal shooting, because the deceased victim was his Dell desktop PC. The police report said Hinch “was fed up with fighting his computer for the last several months” and shot it in the alley behind his home just before 7 p.m., “effectively disabling it.”  Continue reading

PC Matic Anti-virus Software: Made in the USA

The best security software is made in America, according to PC Matic. “Where in the world is your security software developed?” asks PC Matic CEO Rob Cheng in the PC Matic ‘Foreigner’ TV commercial. And that’s a question I hadn’t thought to ask myself over the years – but now that the question is raised, do I want to trust my computer’s security to a foreign company with potentially questionable loyalties? Continue reading

New PC Matic TV Commercial Features Real Customer Reviews

Problems with your Windows laptop or desktop computer, including Windows XP? PC Matic’s new TV commercial features real users and their uncompensated reviews and testimonials about the popular computer security suite. Continue reading

Still Using Windows XP? Worried? Stay Secure with PC Matic

New virus leaves Windows XP users vulnerable

Microsoft’s discontinuation of its Windows XP operating system has left XP users running the Internet Explorer web browser vulnerable to all sorts of nasty things, like viruses and malware. Changing web browsers could help protect you to a degree, but experts warn that you shouldn’t be accessing the Internet on an XP computer at all. PC Matic is a bold and innovative product that can give you piece of mind—and save you from having to buy a whole new system or trying to update to a newer operating system on an outdated device.

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Post Links to Clutter-Free YouTube Videos With ‘Surprisely’

New site adds element of ‘Surprisely’ to YouTube vids

When you’re enjoying a video of, say, a mailman battling a ferocious feline or an owl and a cat playing together in a tree, the last thing you want to see are those annoying pop-ups containing links to other videos or advertisements. Other things, such as top reader comments, video title and view count can also be annoying because they influence our perception. A new site has done away with these things, providing a clutter-free, more enjoyable YouTube viewing experience.

Just plug the video’s URL into the very simple interface at the Surprisely site, and it plays a full-screen version of the video with all the metadata scrubbed. To send or post the video, just copy the URL from the address bar. The link doesn’t even tell your email recipient or Facebook followers the name of the video, offering a surprise element that’s been all but lost to cynical web surfers. Surprisely is a surprisingly innovative use of Google’s YouTube Data API.

“Like telling a punchline ahead of the joke”

“In 2012 it occurred to us that the context of YouTube was affecting our relationship to it,” Surprisely cocreator David Lewandowski told Wired. “The video title, the view count, runtime, related videos, top comments—all of these shape your response to the content, often to its detriment. It’s like telling a punchline ahead of the joke.”

 

The Apple ‘1984’ Super Bowl Ad That Almost Wasn’t

That classic Orwellian ad by Apple that made Super Bowl commercials as popular as the game itself was actually reviled by the company’s execs, who attempted to yank ‘1984’ before it aired.

“We showed them a rough draft, and they thought we were insane.”

This year’s Super Bowl XLVIII marks the 30th anniversary of this iconic spot, and of the Macintosh computer it touted as a hip alternative to IBM’s products. If it hadn’t been for Steve Jobs’s love of the commercial—and some ad execs who didn’t follow orders from the top—Super Bowl XVIII viewers’ jaws wouldn’t have dropped as the muscled blonde athlete ran through director Ridley Scott’s dystopian vision wielding her mighty hammer of freedom from the mundane.

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