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August 7, 2023

Classic CNet Commercials

1990s Commercials

In this blog, I am excited to share some of the CNet commercials that I recently discovered in my VHS collection. These commercials, which were aired in the past, showcase the taglines "Find the Coolest Stuff before anyone else does" and "Did you just get the best price on the wrong computer?" Additionally, I came across commercials featuring Productopia and a Volkswagen advertisement. Let's delve into each of these commercials and reminisce about the technology trends of that era.

The first commercial that caught my attention features the tagline "Find the Coolest Stuff before anyone else does." This slogan perfectly captures the essence of CNet's mission to provide viewers with the latest and most innovative products before they hit the mainstream market. The commercial showcases a diverse range of gadgets, including cutting-edge smartphones, futuristic gaming consoles, and sleek laptops. It's fascinating to see how these products, which were considered state-of-the-art at the time, have now become outdated in today's fast-paced technological landscape.

Moving on, the second commercial highlights the question, "Did you just get the best price on the wrong computer?" This thought-provoking tagline reminds viewers to not only focus on getting the best deal but also to ensure that they are investing in the right technology for their needs. The commercial illustrates the importance of researching and understanding the features, specifications, and user reviews of computers before making a purchase. It serves as a valuable lesson, even in today's world, where technology choices can often be overwhelming.

As I was looking through my VHS collection the other day, I came across a Productopia commercial. In order to help you choose the right product that fits your needs and meets your requirements, it is a resource that helps explain various products in order to assist you in choosing the right one. I enjoyed seeing the various products they were looking at in the store.

In conclusion, my VHS collection has offered a fascinating glimpse into the world of CNet commercials from the past. These commercials, featuring taglines such as "Find the Coolest Stuff before anyone else does" and "Did you just get the best price on the wrong computer?", reflect the company's dedication to providing viewers with the latest technology trends and informed purchasing decisions. Additionally, the inclusion of Productopia and a Volkswagen commercial demonstrates the diverse range of content that CNet used to showcase. It's truly a nostalgic experience to revisit these commercials and appreciate the significant role that CNet played in shaping the technology landscape of its time.

Watch the Commercials

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July 31, 2023

Elementary School Montage

Looking back at 8 years at Catholic School

As a parent, it's bittersweet to see your child grow up and move on to the next chapter in their life. This was especially true for me as my daughter was about to finish her Catholic elementary school education. To commemorate this special moment, I decided to create a montage video featuring some of her best photos from the past few years from the daily photo of the day. The video included music from Bruno Mars, Lee Ann Womack, and more. One of the highlights of the video was footage of my daughter on her first day of school in each grade talking about what she was looking forward to.

The Power of Music

I believe that music has the power to evoke emotion and create memories that last a lifetime. That's why I carefully selected the music for my daughter's montage video. Bruno Mars' "Runawat Baby" was the perfect choice for the video as it was her first solo song. Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" was also a great addition, as it encourages the listener to take risks and live life to the fullest. The music added an extra layer of emotion to the video and made it even more special.

Montage Music Selection

Song Name Artist
A Child's Prayer One Voice Children's Choir
Runaway Baby Bruno Mars
Sweet Child O' Mine Eliza Lumley
I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack
Brave (UK Mix) Idina Menzel
The Climb Cindy Robinson
This Is It (Orchestra Single Version) Michael Jackson
Forever Young Rod Stewart

Reliving Memories

As I was creating the montage video, I found myself reliving some of the best moments of my daughter's elementary school years. From her first day of school to her class trips and school performances, I couldn't help but feel proud of all that she had accomplished. It was also a reminder that time flies by quickly, and it's important to cherish every moment.

If you are thinking about putting together a montage video, this may offer some ideas for you.

Watch the Video

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July 24, 2023

Acclaim Technology

Promotional Video

21 years ago I was my last day at Acclaim Technology.

There was a time when Acclaim Technology was the leading worldwide provider of eBusiness and technology solutions, providing sophisticated end-to-end solutions as well as comprehensive Internet infrastructure solutions to leading businesses throughout the country. By setting the standard in Internet services, they delighted their customers and created shareholder value for them. However, the company eventually filed for bankruptcy in 2002 due to competition and lack of sufficient capital. The company's closure marked the end of an era for Acclaim Technology.

Promotional Video

This is a Promotional video that ran sometime in the late 1990s.

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July 17, 2023

Mike Tyson Press Meeting after Tyson vs Spinks Fight

What was on Tyson's Mind

It was June 27th, 1988, when Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks finally got into a ring to fight. The long-awaited match ended in just 91 seconds when Tyson knocked out Spinks. However, what followed was equally interesting. Tyson held a press meeting to answer the journalists' questions, and his responses left everyone in awe.

Tyson's Perspective on the Fight

When asked about his strategy for the fight, Tyson responded, "I put in eight weeks of training to make it this easy, but it was never easy. If I would've never trained, it, perhaps would've gone 10 rounds or something." Tyson's confidence shone through in his responses, and it was clear that he was fully aware of his abilities.

Listen to the Post Fight News Conference

I only audio record the post-release fight, I didn't videotape the press conference.

Tyson's Opinion on his Future Opponents

When a journalist asked Tyson about his next potential opponents, he responded by saying, "They said Spinks is the undefeated, heavyweight champion of the world." Tyson's fearless attitude towards his future opponents made it clear that he was ready to take on anyone who dared to challenge him.

Tyson's Response to Criticism

When asked about the criticism he received for his quick win over Spinks, Tyson responded by saying, "Well, Let me tell you my objective of fighting to be the ultimate professional and my, and, and the objective of being a professional. Regardless, whatever happens in my life in general, my job, the job has to be done regardless. Whatever happened, my mother died, somebody I love died, the job has to be done, and that's the sign of being a professional." Tyson's response showed that he was not affected by the criticism and that he was focused on his goals.

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July 10, 2023

Text Scam Goes Wrong

Annoying Text Messages

Text messaging has become a widespread means of communication, and as such, it has become a popular tool for scammers. One of the most common types of text scams is when someone pretends to text the wrong person. This scam can take many forms, but it usually involves a message from someone claiming to have sent the text to the wrong person and asking the recipient to help them out in some way. In this blog post, we will discuss this type of text scam in more detail and provide tips on how to avoid falling victim to it.

The Scam

The "text to the wrong person" scam can take many forms. In some cases, the scammer will claim to have sent a message meant for someone else and will ask the recipient to help them out by forwarding the message to the correct person. In other cases, the message may contain a link or attachment that the scammer claims was meant for someone else and asks the recipient to click on it. The link or attachment may contain malware or a phishing scam designed to steal personal information.

In some cases, the scammer may use a real name or phone number to make the message appear more legitimate. They may also use social engineering tactics to make the recipient feel obligated to help them out, such as claiming to be in a difficult situation and needing urgent help.

Text Scam That Goes Wrong

I decided to "turn the tables" on a recent scam. Here is the short conversation.

Linda Yoga Teacherscam

How to Avoid Text Scams

The best way to avoid falling victim to text scams is to be vigilant and skeptical of any unexpected or unsolicited messages. Here are some tips to help you avoid text scams:

  1. Do not click on links or attachments in unsolicited messages, especially if they claim to be meant for someone else.
  2. Be wary of messages that use urgency or emotional appeals to get you to take action.
  3. Do not provide personal information or send money to someone you do not know or trust.
  4. Verify the identity of the sender before responding to any message.

Conclusion

Text scams, including the "text to the wrong person" scam, are a growing problem in today's digital world. By being vigilant and skeptical of unsolicited messages, you can protect yourself from falling victim to these scams. Remember to always verify the identity of the sender before responding to any message and to never provide personal information or send money to someone you do not know or trust.

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July 3, 2023

Jordan's Radio Commercial

Three Classic Rasio Commercial

Here is a collection of three classic radio commercials for Jordan's Furniture. These commercials feature Barrie and Elliot.

  • "Too many cars" - People don't want to go to Jordans because it seems crowded.
  • "Triple Grand Openings" - This commercial announced new store expansions and the Motion Odyssey Movie ride in Avon.
  • "Grand Prize Winner" - Jordan's homemade commercial content winner.

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June 26, 2023

Clapprood and Whitley

Audio Clip from a 1990s show

Marjorie Clapprood and Patrick Whitley has been hosting a talk radio show on WRKO in Boston for over 20 years. Their show, Clapprood, and Whitley, is known for its lively debates on current issues, in-depth interviews with newsmakers, and commitment to giving people a voice.

Clapprood and Whitley are both experienced journalists with a deep understanding of the issues facing Massachusetts and the country. They are also gifted communicators who are able to make complex topics accessible to their listeners.

The show's format is simple but effective. Clapprood and Whitley open each show with a discussion of the top news stories of the day. They then interview guests ranging from politicians and celebrities to ordinary citizens. The show also features a segment called "The People's Voice," in which listeners call in to share their thoughts on the day's issues.

Sample Show

Listen in to the show from the 1990s.

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June 19, 2023

Microsoft Commercials

Some Classic Commercials from 1997

As a technology enthusiast and a collector of vintage electronics, I recently stumbled upon a treasure trove of VHS tapes in my basement, and among them were some classic Microsoft commercials from 1997. These commercials, which aired during the heyday of Microsoft's dominance in the personal computer market, provide a fascinating glimpse into the company's marketing strategy and the cultural zeitgeist of the late 1990s.

The Rise of Microsoft

The 1990s were a transformative decade for the technology industry, and Microsoft played a pivotal role in shaping its evolution. The company's flagship product, Windows, had become the dominant operating system for personal computers, and Microsoft was aggressively expanding into new markets, such as gaming consoles and internet services. The commercials from this era reflect Microsoft's confidence and ambition, with ads emphasizing the power and versatility of Windows and positioning Microsoft as a visionary company at the forefront of the digital revolution.

Video Clip

Here's a couple of Microsoft clips that I found:

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June 12, 2023

YouTube Shorts

Check out some of the 1-min shorts that I posted in May

YouTube Shorts is a new feature from YouTube that allows users to create and watch short, vertical videos. The videos are limited to 60 seconds in length, and they can be used to share anything from funny moments to educational content.

YouTube Shorts was created in response to the popularity of other short-form video platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels. YouTube hopes that Shorts will help it compete with these platforms and attract a younger audience.

So far, YouTube Shorts has been well-received by users. The platform has already been downloaded over 100 million times, and it is one of the most downloaded apps in the world.

Check out some of the YouTube shorts that I posted in May, 2023:

You Tube Shorts
https://www.youtube.com/@ChristopherRyan/shorts

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June 5, 2023

Cynthia Oti

Special Replay of

On February 6, 2000, KSFO radio aired a special replay of the popular show "Financial Fitness." The show was hosted by Cynthia Oti, a financial expert who died in the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash on January 31, 2000.

The special replay of "Financial Fitness" featured Oti's most popular segments, including her advice on saving for retirement, investing for the future, and managing debt. Oti's insights were as relevant and helpful in 2023 as they were when she first shared them with listeners.

The special replay of "Financial Fitness" was a fitting tribute to Cynthia Oti. It was a chance for her fans to hear her wise advice one last time and to remember her as a talented financial expert and a wonderful person.

Here are some of the tips that Cynthia Oti shared on "Financial Fitness":

  • Start saving for retirement early. Even if you can only save a small amount each month, it will add up over time.
  • Invest for the future. There are many different investment options available, so do your research and choose one that is right for you.
  • Manage your debt. If you have debt, make a plan to pay it off as quickly as possible.
  • Get help if you need it. There are many resources available to help you with your financial planning.

Cynthia Oti's advice is still relevant and helpful today. If you are looking for guidance on your financial journey, be sure to check out the special replay of "Financial Fitness."

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