Monday, August 27, 2007
I realize that Gateway hasn't been doing well, but $710 seems low - they could get more than that on eBay. This minor levity brought to you by the headline field in Reader that says ~32 characters ought to be enough for anyone.
For the curious, the full article is 'Acer to acquire Gateway for $710m'. Now you have to wonder if Acer is being over charged.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Italics added by me. Drawing a gun is a threat that can get you suspended? Zero tolerance indeed. We've lost track of creativity as well. I used to draw huge war scenes.... I'd hate to see what that would land me if I went back to school.
School officials suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching what looked like a gun, saying the action posed a threat to his classmates.
The boy's parents said the drawing was a harmless doodle and school officials overreacted.
"The school made him feel like he committed a crime. They are doing more damage than good," said the boy's mother, Paula Mosteller.
The drawing did not show blood, bullets, injuries or target any human, the parents said. And the East Valley Tribune reported that the boy said he didn't intend for the picture to be a threat.
At what point do we realize that all the paranoia in the schools isn't going to help - you need to fix the families, the parents, who aren't involved.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I would like to thank you for your generous offer to have me come back to the most reliable network provider. Your $25 off of a phone offer certainly gave me reason to consider returning my 8gig iPhone. After all, getting another LG that drops more calls on your most reliable network is most compelling. Still, you can read about that on your tech support calls, so I wont rehash it here.
I would also like to congratulate you on how fast this offer got to me. I have had my new iPhone for 5 days and you have already put in your counter offer. Where was this speed and agility when my wife broke her screen on her Verizon phone? That was when you told us we had to buy her an entirely new phone as replacing the screen as just as expensive. At that point I wanted to deal, and I offered you a 2 year commitment for 2 new phones, if you could wave the 1 month left on our "new every two". You said no. Oddly enough, had you said yes, I would be locked into a contract with you instead of AT&T.
After 10 years I believe I have figured you out: You promise a reliable network, and you never promise good customer service.
I'll take my chances with AT&T.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Still playing with it, but already hooked. Setup was a little murky in that I had to go to an AT&T store to get a confirmation code, but I think that the credit check used your existing payments from iTunes, for which I had none, so nothing to check against. Once I had the code, it was all good.
I suppose the truly geeky thing would be to say that this post came from the iPhone, but I'm not that bad . . . yet! *laughs*
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I doubt it.
If you do ever eBay as a seller here are my tips;
- Don't respond to the spammers - You can be flagged as one too!
- If your auction ends, and the winner is invalid - Report it immediately. If you don't your auction will likely be canceled.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Cross your fingers!
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The difference? I sent one email complaining that my winning bidder violated the terms of my auction and that I wanted him removed so I could issue Second Chances to those folks who didn't. While eBay responded to that, other bidders in my queue were deleted, but not the auction.
Keep your fingers crossed that one of the buyers still wants it! Second Chance #1 times out in a few days.
Monday, August 06, 2007
This last one has the winning "yeah right". The winner listed themselves as living in the US, but when you go to invoice them, an entire address in Nigeria. I have to ask these people using Nigeria as a scam location - knowing that the moment most web folk see the word Nigeria in an email or auction they figure its a scam, you'd think you'd use a different country? Anyway, so I write to the winner and say "This auction stated only shipping to the US. Please retract your bid" and I got back "please its just your help that i needed i will explain later to you." [sic].
Right. Sorry, not going to give you my bank account so you can send me millions of dollars that you need to sneak out of the country but that you'll split half with me. Ugh.