Calling the irony patrol

Date:March 3, 2004 / year-entry #81
Orig Link:
Comments:    12
Summary:I don't speak Dutch, so I went of course to a Dutch search engine, And upon my arrival I was greeted with a pop-up ad offering me a pop-up blocker. There's something wrong about that.

I don't speak Dutch, so I went of course to a Dutch search engine, And upon my arrival I was greeted with a pop-up ad offering me a pop-up blocker.

There's something wrong about that.

Comments (12)
  1. Daniel Jin says:

    I’ve seen those before, in English. My bet is your Dutch version probably said something along the line that "had you had a popup blocker, you wouldn’t see this popup message" :)

  2. Magic says:

    A friend received a spam e-mail a little while ago advertising a spam blocker, which he then bought!

  3. Reuben Harris says:

    I hope you abused him mercilessly, Magic…

  4. Oh the Irony! My favorite (ok, not my favorite, but you get the context) spam emails are the ones advertising "how to avoid spam"…

  5. Mat says:

    Imagine getting a phone call in the middle of dinner selling caller id or a Telezapper…

  6. Cooney says:

    So Raymond, have you played with crazybrowser? It should protect you from further doses of irony.

  7. Vazz says:

    I once got a spam mail advertising "The powerful, effective and intelligent anti-spam tool." I had blogged about it here:

  8. Norman Diamond says:

    A few weeks ago there were reports in newspapers about a US court ruling, saying that a US operator who was sending spam pop-ups advertising their spam pop-up blocker for sale would be allowed to resume doing so.

    > There’s something wrong about that.


  9. Anonymous Coward says:

    For tabbed IE browsing (with popup blocker of course), I prefer AvantBrowser:

    It appears a little more polished than CrazyBrowser and has some neat features, like hiding to tray, open in background, disable Flash, etc. Of course, this is IMHO… both are good, your opinions may vary.

  10. Joe says:

    I don’t really think it’s such a bad idea.

    This way, people who actually need the blocker

    will get the message, in well, pop-up form.

    People who are already using a blocker wouldn’t know it’s there.

    There is some irony to that but not totally irrational.

  11. Rob Lohman says:

    I’ve seen those too. Funny. Anyway, I’m from

    "Holland" so if you need anything in dutch

    shoot me an e-mail at

  12. igor says:

    I also have seen this before and I find it genious :) It is:

    1. 100% targeted ad – if you have blocker, you will not see it;

    2. get clients from competitors – if you have blocker and see it, you need another one;

    3. makes their users – if you have forgot about popups, it reminds you what it is :)

Comments are closed.

*DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN THIS CONTENT. If you are the owner and would like it removed, please contact me. The content herein is an archived reproduction of entries from Raymond Chen's "Old New Thing" Blog (most recent link is here). It may have slight formatting modifications for consistency and to improve readability.

WHY DID I DUPLICATE THIS CONTENT HERE? Let me first say this site has never had anything to sell and has never shown ads of any kind. I have nothing monetarily to gain by duplicating content here. Because I had made my own local copy of this content throughout the years, for ease of using tools like grep, I decided to put it online after I discovered some of the original content previously and publicly available, had disappeared approximately early to mid 2019. At the same time, I present the content in an easily accessible theme-agnostic way.

The information provided by Raymond's blog is, for all practical purposes, more authoritative on Windows Development than Microsoft's own MSDN documentation and should be considered supplemental reading to that documentation. The wealth of missing details provided by this blog that Microsoft could not or did not document about Windows over the years is vital enough, many would agree an online "backup" of these details is a necessary endeavor. Specifics include:

<-- Back to Old New Thing Archive Index