Sorry, Officer, I Have No Money

The Florida State Trooper group called me tonight, at 8 p.m., I might add, asking for donations. I politely told the guy that we can barely afford food and paying the rent, no thanks in large part to the damages done by the hurricanes. The guy was persistent though, saying that instead of the usual $35 donation, there are minimal packages that I can donate to, because there are officers that are getting killed in the line of duty and they are doing a crucial job to protect society.

I can fully understand the monumental task police officers and troopers go through each day, and if I had money, I would gladly donate, but I don’t. The guy kept badgering me though. He had a distinct Texan accent, and since I can mimic one very good, I decided to switch to my Authentic Texan Accent and said, “Now sir, if yer can guarantee that you won’t be pullin’ me over an’ look the other way when I’m breaking the law, I’ll gladly donate ten dollers to yer dern charity thing.”

He apologized for wasting my time and hung up. Next year, if I have money, I’ll make it a priority to donate. For now, I need to make it a priority to keep my refridgerator as less bare as possible. I got me dern shotgun by me trusty trigger finger in case any dern hooligan decide to be ransackin’ around here.

Stop Wasting My Time

Have you ever talked to someone, and they have that canned interest voice?

“So they donated thousands of dollars to the …”
“Uh huh … wow, that’s great! Yea … uh huh … really? That is really cool …”

Why don’t you just tell me you’re not interested, or you’re too busy instead of feigning interest and wasting my time?

My dad does this all the time, and I do mean all the time. He’s always busy, and when he’s not, he’ll try to be busy. He called and as I was explaining something to him, he did that to me. 5 minutes later after I finished talking to him, I tried to share some good news to my roommate, and she did the exact same thing. What am I, a robot? I wish people would stop wasting my time.

Sony WEGA TV Adventures (Or I Hate Sony)

You may remember I got my 27″ Sony WEGA flat screen TV for free over a month ago. Unfortunately it only worked for about 24 hours, and then it wouldn’t power up anymore, whatsoever. We didn’t have any power outages, and the TV has been treated with care when setting it up. Therefore it was DOA.

I had to call Sony’s Customer Support, and tell them that I got a dead TV acting as a paperweight in my living room, and could they please send me a new one and I’ll return them the dead one. They said no way, they gave me some numbers to call to have people come out and repair the TV since it was on warranty. I was flabbergasted, but I said fine, it’s not like these people will be able to fix a dead TV. I called the numbers, but none of the shops would come out and repair my TV.

Keep in mind that Hurricane Jeanne came around, and caused a delay in me getting this situation cleared up. It didn’t help at all that Sony wasn’t cooperating very well. After the hurricane passed and life settled down a bit more, I called Sony up again and said that they are wasting my time, which is valuable, and to please get me a new TV because I don’t like having a large paperweight in my living room. They said they will hire a new repair man nearby to come out. The guy came over 2 days later, and I asked him, “Would you want a repaired brand new TV?” He was understanding. He fiddled with the TV, but he couldn’t get it to work. He said he’d call Sony and tell them to send me a new TV.

A week later, I haven’t heard anything from the repairman nor Sony. I called up Sony, and they said they haven’t heard anything from the repairman, and they would call both him and me the next day. They called me, and said they wanted proof that I own the TV. I faxed them the invoice. It has been two weeks since I faxed them the invoice, and still nothing. No word from Sony, no new TV sitting in my living room, nada. Keep in mind that everytime I call Sony, I’m put on hold at least 15 minutes, and at one point, 2 hours. This is a lot of wasted time, which makes me wonder if it was worth spending a mere $2.50 for this TV, because I’m paying out the ass in time with Sony giving me the run-around.

Now here is where it gets confusing. Yesterday my roommate’s brother grabs a remote control to turn on the old TV, but grabbed the wrong remote. It was the remote for the Sony TV that wouldn’t work. He pressed the Power button, and the Sony TV turned on. I tried to see if it would work a week ago on a whim, and it wouldn’t. So suddenly the Sony TV wants to work, which leaves me with the conclusion that it is a female TV — only works when it wants to. What makes a TV not work for a month, then suddenly decide to work? I’m still waiting for the new TV from Sony, I don’t want a flaky TV that decides to not work for months at a time, and then work for a few days again. In any case, I don’t plan on buying a Sony TV in my future, ever. Not with this kind of support they’ve been giving me.

Online Marketting Upset At Norton

This article, Search Engine News – The New Ad Blocking Debacle – March 2004 shows an online marketter outlining a new Norton product that effectively blocks ads from being displayed in your browser, and the solution to bypass that.

“If you hate ads, then you’ll be delighted to know that Norton Personal Firewall / Internet Security 2004 (NPFW/IS2004) comes shipped with an ad-blocking feature – with the default set to ON!

Now, isn’t that thoughtful? No longer will your customers need to worry about clicking your money links when they frequent your site. When they read descriptions for certain products and services you’re offering they’ll ponder those missing links because, (drum roll, please) Ta Daaaaa, Norton has nuked em! …yep, wipes them entirely from the source code being displayed by your browser.”

There’s some good points in the article, such as effects this may have on trade laws, and such. However, like the lowly scums of the online universe, they want to take control out of the visitor’s hands, and do what they want. That is wrong. There’s no sugar coating it. If people don’t want to see ads, they have a right to block them. People that want to block ads, are likely the same people that won’t ever buy anything from ads.

This is the classic childishness of online marketting tactics, the me, me, me, and only me thought process. These so-called “market gurus” don’t care about anything except making money, not the quality experience of websites, not the quality (or lack thereof) of the product they’re selling, and certainly not your own comfort.

They’re uncomfortable with the fact that Norton’s product automatically has ad blocking enabled out of the box as default. I agree that can be a bad thing, if Norton wasn’t to inform the users or give a clear indication that ad blocking is enabled. Users should be able to, at whim, enable and disable ad blocking, and have a choice of either when they first load the program up. There’s nothing wrong with that, and that would be the proper way. Let the users have a choice. Saw this via PhotoMatt.