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rino's Avatar Picture rino – December 11, 2007 09:54AM Reply Quote
Generally miffed at something? Let the world know.



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rino – March 05, 2008 05:47PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
SpanningSync and Google Calendar

El Jeffe – March 05, 2008 06:01PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I can testify that over the past oh...let's say...7 years or so, icalx has been just fine. So, from an uptime perspective, it's been fine. From black hole like google mail or such and no one knows who reads what, what CAN YOU TRUST? Especially when you say your solution is working internally but it's not good enough. I'd think you'd be skeptical/fear opening it up for external access, even if planned to be only by you/family.

But, from what I hear, google does have some sort of ical compat..

http://www.googletutor.com/2007/01/24/syncing-google-calendar-with-ical/

or other...

http://spanningsync.com/

What a journey.



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Dr. Strangelove – March 19, 2008 12:31PM Reply Quote
The Mathworks, who have dropped PPC support with release 2008a of Matlab.

tliet – April 02, 2008 11:10AM Reply Quote
Microsoft...

and HP, for making the user experience on a new laptop in Vista more like torture than an enjoyable one.

So, I asked for a lighter and smaller laptop since travelling with a regular 14" laptop is less than optimal. They got me this €2000 HP Compaq 2710p tablet PC that doesn't have a touch pad but a little clit in the keyboard. We never could get a Mac from work because they were too expensive, but had I known that they were going to spend this kind of money, I would have asked for a MacBook Air, it's cheaper and faster and probably better built.

I'm now in hour 3 getting through the installation of this thing. It's now creating a the Recovery Partition (eating up 10+ Gb of the drive) and after 22 minutes at 20%.

tliet – April 02, 2008 11:38PM Reply Quote
DPBD

I know I'm whining like a spoiled kid on this one, but I don't know whether to laugh or to cry over this machine. Booting up takes at least 3 minutes, the harddrive keeps chugging away for at least another 15 minutes after boot up. Vista takes up 1.2 Gbytes of RAM with just Firefox and Skype installed. It's downloading 130 Mbytes of updates (40+), and that's not even Servicepack 1.

Man, this is worse than I thought Vista would be.

Oh, and the person who decided that a touchpad was not necessary on this machine should be fired.

Edit; forgot about the ambient light sensor. When I activated it accidently in a badly lit room, the screen promptly turned off completely. No way to turn it back on, so I switched off the machine. Turning it back on, I saw the BIOS screen and then it went off again. Eventually I found out that holding the machine under a desklamp would make the screen appear again. Un-fucking-believable.



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YDD – April 03, 2008 11:02AM Reply Quote
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forgot about the ambient light sensor. When I activated it accidently in a badly lit room, the screen promptly turned off completely. No way to turn it back on, so I switched off the machine. Turning it back on, I saw the BIOS screen and then it went off again. Eventually I found out that holding the machine under a desklamp would make the screen appear again. Un-fucking-believable
Sure it's not actually solar powered? ;-)

tliet – June 22, 2008 06:56PM Reply Quote
Google.

My original gmail account seems compromised. I've tried to get the password reset via Google's help pages and filled in quite a bit of pretty unique information that only the real owner of the account could know.

What do I get?

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Thank you for your report. For your security, we limit the number of requests that can be processed about the same account. Please wait a few days and try submitting your report again.



Regards,

The Google Team

Well yes, isn't the point of this to help the user get back into an account that has allegedly been compromised in the first place using this method?

So, I have to wait a 'few days' to try this again? b

tliet – June 22, 2008 06:56PM Reply Quote
Google.

My original gmail account seems compromised. I've tried to get the password reset via Google's help pages and filled in quite a bit of pretty unique information that only the real owner of the account could know.

What do I get?

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Thank you for your report. For your security, we limit the number of requests that can be processed about the same account. Please wait a few days and try submitting your report again.



Regards,

The Google Team

Well yes, isn't the point of this to help the user get back into an account that has allegedly been compromised in the first place using this method?

So, I have to wait a 'few days' to try this again?

Mokers (Moderator) – July 11, 2008 08:20PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
What a pain in the ass to get to the HD of an intel iMac. The process was not bad for the iMac G5, and now it's "void your warranty at your own risk" type of shit. And I think I needed three different size Torx screws to complete it!

Mighty Mouse – July 11, 2008 10:15PM Reply Quote
The iMac G5 was built with serviceability in mind. It was supposed to be this big DIY project so the customers could pretty much self-service just about anything in it.

However, making something serviceable ain't cheap, so with the next generation iMac they threw that out the window.

And yes, it's quite the pain. Similar to taking a MB or MBP apart. Maybe worse.



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ARL (Moderator) – July 11, 2008 10:28PM Reply Quote
>However, making something serviceable ain't cheap, so with the next generation iMac they threw that out the window.

And yet the current iMacs are pretty similarly priced to the old ones...

Mighty Mouse – July 12, 2008 12:19AM Reply Quote
Right, but they do have better processors, video cards, larger hard drives, etc.

So it's not as if the profit margin went up considerably or at all.

ARL (Moderator) – July 13, 2008 08:39PM Reply Quote
>Right, but they do have better processors, video cards, larger hard drives, etc.

And so they should as these components become relatively cheaper over time.

Sorry, wasn't really having a whinge, don't really know what my point was now...

Mighty Mouse – July 13, 2008 09:14PM Reply Quote
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Tony Leggett
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Sorry, wasn't really having a whinge, don't really know what my point was now...

Yeah, that's what pregnancy will do to you.

:)

ARL (Moderator) – July 14, 2008 02:05AM Reply Quote
Heh...

Cloudscout – July 16, 2008 07:20PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!

Simon – July 22, 2008 09:40AM Reply Quote
what?

Cloudscout – July 23, 2008 06:52PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Big time milkshakes for the jerk I bought an old Performa 550 from on eBay. The computer finally arrived on Monday and it was broken. I didn't want to make a big deal out of it and agreed to take care of the insurance claim with the Post Office myself. Except that didn't go smoothly. So I emailed the guy this afternoon and said this:

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A couple of problems.

First, the Post Office said that the shipping label only shows that there was Delivery Confirmation. It doesn't have anything saying that there was insurance on the package so they will need a copy of a receipt showing that insurance was purchased on this shipment.

Second, even with proof of insurance, they said that the item was not adequately packaged and, therefore, any insurance claim would be denied.

Two hours later, I get the following:

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So I guess nothing we do, will get your post office to pay off? They are pulling a con job, the item was Double boxed!!! Please, why don't you let me in on the details.. how exactly is it all busted up? You have NEVER TOLD ME AS IF THAT IS UNIMPORTANT. is there damage to the box in anyway? and most of all SEND ME THOSE PHOTOS>. you got to understand that there is no way one can adequately protect a monitor from a drop. I have shipped and received many monitors, there is no packaging strong enough to protect it from being dropped. With your computer double boxing should be more than adequate packaging to move it, unless it is dropped. So most important is photo the outside of the box that lines up with any damage on the computer. Understand that its not my fault if I can prove it was boxed correctly. We did take several close out photos showing the double boxing.
Was the item STILL IN A DOUBLE BOX????? i have asked this question a few times and you so far have not said a single word about how what or where the computer is damaged!!!!
Plus this is the first time you have said the item was not adequately packaged. Do you believe that? Or do you think the item was dropped. Its funny you didn't s
The reason I sound a bit upset by all this is I KNOW THE CONDITION OF THE ITEM AS IT WAS BEING PACKAGED. I know the was 100% good condition with not a mark on it. I have photos of such. Plus I know I double boxed it. So the only way, it was damaged was after it was shipped from here and it being double boxed there is no way it was get a minor bump that would travel through both boxes.. The boxes would should some kind of damage. If the boxes are perfect without a scratch and the item is deeply damaged inside then it was removed plain and simple and then damaged.
Please send photos. and explain how exactly the item is damaged.
It is not out of line for me to ask these questions

Now, this did nothing but piss me off. I was already convinced the guy was a douchebag but this just went too far. This is one of those people-in-glass-houses situations as you will see from my final response:

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Here are the details:

I received the box on Monday afternoon and opened it. Yes, it was double-boxed. I opened the top and saw that the case was broken. I did not have time to inspect it in detail as I was late for an appointment. Rather than delay, I sent you an email from my phone to inform you that the item was damaged. My description of the damage at that time, that it was, "smashed to pieces," was an overstatement based on a quick glimpse of the contents. When I returned home I was able to see that, in actuality, it was broken into two large pieces (as far as I was able to discern without removing it from the box). This break was along the seam of the case. The parts of the case where the screws hold the two halves of the case together had snapped. I chose not to disturb the contents by removing the item. I did take two photos. I will attach those photos to this email.

Per your instructions and those posted on the USPS website, I completed an online claim form. I submitted PDFs of the relevant email messages listing the auction total, the PayPal receipt and the shipping confirmation. I also included a photo of the damage. I then did as the site instructed and printed out a copy of the claim summary and brought it along with the package to the post office. The post office clerk pointed out that the computer itself was, width and depth-wise, the same size as the packaging and that there was no padding at all on the sides between the the computer and the box. In spite of it being double-boxed, they indicated that two layers of cardboard is not considered sufficient protection.

Now, as for your other comments... you need to calm down and start communicating in a more professional manner. I have reviewed all emails from you since I reported the damage on Monday evening. You did not, at any time, ask me if the item was still in a double box. Abrasive accusations implying that I am withholding information because I failed to answer questions that had yet to be asked are not welcome.

You are correct in that I made no statements to you regarding the quality of the packaging. I did not feel it was my place to do so. I have never filed a postal insurance claim before. Had I known that the process wasn't exactly a "smooth" one, I would have likely provided a more thorough description of the facts to you right away.

I do not find any of this to be "funny." While I do not doubt that the item was in excellent condition before shipment, it arrived broken.

Your latest email was inexcusably inflammatory. I have been nothing but civil to this point. I agreed to do the paperwork and legwork in an attempt to resolve this myself without burdening you. Before you direct any further accusations of dishonesty toward me, I would like to point out that the only deceptions in this transaction have come from you. Here is a review of this transaction:

1) I purchased this item on July 7th at 7:16am.
2) I paid for this item via PayPal on July 7th at 7:17am.
3) In spite of the fact that the auction clearly states that, "I ship the item within two days of your payment clearing," a shipping label was not generated until 10:33pm on July 10th.
4) At 10:37pm, four minutes after you generated the shipping label, you sent me an email saying, "your item has been shipped and I will forward the tracking number to you." You also said that the delay in sending the information was due to you being offline and needing to get a new cable modem. Curiously, eBay's records of your "Feedback left for others" shows that you were online on both the morning of July 8th and the afternoon of July 10th.
5) The following day, July 11th, the item was actually shipped. This is four days after the auction, not two days.
6) At 11:52pm on July 11th you sent me the tracking number along with a note claiming that my item had, "shipped earlier this week." While that statement was technically accurate, it was also misleading. Saying that it had, "shipped earlier today," would have been more forthright but I suspect you weren't eager to admit that you failed to fulfill your obligations as detailed in the auction description.
7) When the item arrived, I noticed that the shipping manifest inside had the corner torn off the page. The missing corner is the portion of the page that would have included the date it was printed. While this could have been a simple matter of coincidence, in light of these other points, I can't help but suspect that it was done intentionally in an attempt to mask evidence of your delay in shipping.

I tried to be reasonable. While I noticed these details, I chose to let them slide. I just wanted the computer I had bought and while a few days delay was frustrating, it wasn't worth arguing over. Even when the computer arrived broken, I didn't want to argue about packaging or who should go through the hassle of filling out insurance claim paperwork. I decided to just do what needed to be done in hopes that it could be resolved quickly and painlessly. When I ran into problems with that process, I sent you a very objective summary of what I had encountered at the Post Office. Upon receiving this, you chose to attack me rather than continue civil discourse. That was an inappropriate course of action.

I can tell you that the item is currently at the Post Office and, in spite of the clerk's comments regarding the inadequate packaging, his word is not the final word. My research this afternoon has yielded reports from others who say that they had similar experiences in that the postal clerk initially made a finding of Insufficient Packaging but the final decision ended with them getting a check from the Postal Service anyway.

I will let you know the results of their final decision when I hear from them. In the meantime, I suggest you review the communications between you and I and contemplate how you might have better handled this situation. You may assert that you are not out of line for asking those questions, the rest of your email was absolutely out of line.

tomierna (Admin) – July 23, 2008 08:48PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
Go get 'em CS!

I've not had a private auction problem that bad.

Cloudscout – July 23, 2008 09:27PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I've really only had three auctions go bad. The first one was a couple years ago when a guy never shipped the item and just disappeared. I filed a dispute with PayPal but I guess the guy's bank account went splat so all I got back from the deal was the fee that PayPal had charged the guy. It was like 35 cents out of a $25 payment.

The second was a month ago. I ordered a Y cable for that Apple IIe emulator board from a guy. He had a Dutch auction up with a few units left. After 10 days without receiving the item (or, indeed, any communication), I emailed the guy and he said that he misplaced it but was still looking. It would have been nice if he had told me that. A couple days later I asked for another update. He said he was still looking for it. I asked him to just issue a refund. He said he would but wanted, "to look one more place." A few more days go by and no communication, no refund. 3 weeks after the auction ended, I finally filed a PayPal dispute and he refunded my money in a huff. The stupid thing is, that entire time, his Dutch Auction was still up. Why the hell would he keep offering an item for sale that he didn't have?

Whatever. This current auction just got worse. I followed up that email (I had to send it as regular email instead of sending it through eBay because I needed to attach photos) with an eBay email asking him for Evidence of Insurance since the Post Office requires that before they'll make a final determination on my claim. Apparently, the guy didn't check his regular email account first because he responded with this gem:

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Dear Ebayer,
Your lack of response to the simple question of the nature of the damage and the condition of the packaging is leading to me to believe this is a scam. Paypal puts in insurance automaticly and it even puts in the value as the ebay selling price. We use a Paypal debt card for everything meaning we have a statement with hundreds of items on our statement. We are currently downloading a statement but we have to wait till Paypal prepares it and downloads it to us. This normally takes a day or two, the request is already in. If for some odd reason paypal did not purchase the insurance you would have to deal directly with me for a refund and I will require you send me the proof and the information I have been requesting the whole time. I need to know the nature of the damage, the box condition and I need all those photos you have talked about. I will not refund you simply on you saying it was busted, I might of at first but now you have changed your story about going to the Post office. You said they would not pay you for the claim? Now you are acting like you didn't really take it post office. The deal is I know the condition of it when it was sent. I know it wasn't damaged, and it looks bad on you because you refuse to tell me anything about the damage, does the box look dropped? what thing, part, or area is broke and how.. you have wrote me 4 letters about this and refuse to say anything about it. Plus this comes the day after the complaint that you did not get the item.
If you want me to spend the time to look this shipment purchase up on the statement when it comes in please send me something about the damage other than a word its busted.. What parts are good? surely the RAM the harddrive is okay,, is the damage only to the monitor..
Buddy I am just small time guy I can't afford to help you out with an insurance scam.. if you have any actual damage then I will help you 100%
Whats the damage?

Yeah. That was the final straw. I left Negative Feedback and filed a PayPal dispute. His comments not only infuriated me but now I really doubt he got the insurance in the first place. It doesn't take two days to get Evidence of Insurance from Click-N-Ship. The guy is lying through his teeth... and he dares accuse me of fraud? No, sir. The Dude does not abide.

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