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Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Author:

Privacy, Tid, Penge

Jeg kan ikke lide betalingsordrer. Jeg har aldrig kunne lide tanken om, at en anden enhed kan, efter ønske, tage næsten ethvert beløb af mine penge (godt … hvad der er til rådighed). En kollega påpegede problemet med MTN ville have været undgået, havde jeg brugt et betalingskort rækkefølge. Måske den “bekvemmelighed” faktor er ikke sådan en dårlig ting.

Jeg formoder, den næstsidste spørgsmål her er, om du vil have den bekvemmelighed og kan have tillid til institutioner (i dette tilfælde med dine penge) – eller hvis du ikke kan stole på dem og er villige til at give afkald at bekvemmelighed. I mit tilfælde, selvom jeg stadig spørgsmålstegn ved bekvemmelighed, Jeg lærte på den hårde måde med MTN at det dobbelt kan være besværligt at få din tilsluttede verden reduceret til “afsidesliggende ø” status. Næsten alle i dag går med bekvemmelighed faktor.

Convenience

På den anden side, nu længe siden, I had a dispute with Planet Fitness hvor bekvemmelighed var et tveægget sværd. Jeg rapporterede deres forretningspraksis til Forbrugerklagenævnet Kommissionen (da re-organiseret som den Forbrugerstyrelsen Kommissionen) and never got feedback from them. The gist of the issue is that Planet Fitness’s sales agent lied to me and a friend in order to get more commission/money out of my pocket.

Jeg er en Discovery Vitality medlem, som giver mange fordele, herunder nedsatte satser på premium brands – meste sundhedsrelaterede selvfølgelig, as Discovery is a Medical Aid/Health Insurance provider. For at sige det enkelt, Discovery er awesome. Vitality fordelene dækker gym medlemskaber, som yderligere omfatter Planet Fitness. You still have to pay something, en lille token slags, til Discovery, til medlem af en idrætsforening. Men, jo, De vil have mig til at være sund, so they don’t mind footing the bulk of the bill. Men, tilsyneladende, det betyder Planet Fitness’ salgsagenter får ikke provision!

Så hvad betyder dette resultat i? Resultatet er, at PF salg agent gav mig en oppustet tal for en “Vitalitet-baseret” medlemskab. Han løj. Han havde mig underskrive på den stiplede linje for en oppustet pris for en “regelmæssig” medlemskab (Ja, det var faktisk mere end selv en regelmæssig medlemskab ville have kostet), ending up about 4 og 5 gange så meget som Vitality-baserede medlemskab.

Åbenbaringer

Some time in 2011 Jeg endelig wisened op til de omkostninger, jeg skulle betale. Discovery er jeg sikker på ville ikke være alt for glad for denne fiasko. Jeg talte til Manager på gym, og jeg blev forsikret om, at hele kontrakten ville blive skrottet. Jeg er ikke én for vold … medmindre det for sporten … i en ottekant … men efter mit 5. besøg til Manager til at spørge, hvorfor Debit Ordrerne blev stadig sker, han fortalte mig, han var overrasket over, jeg ikke havde bragt våben med mig for besøget. Efter et par flere besøg, Manager havde faktisk forlod Planet Fitness og forklarede mig, at det “kontrakt” was between myself and Head Office and that the local gym, tilsyneladende en franchise-stil operation, havde lidt at ingen mening om, hvorvidt det kunne blive annulleret. Hvis hovedkontoret sagde nej, ærgerligt.

By this point I’d lost it. I had my bank put a stoppe til debet ordrer. It was a huge schlep: I had to contact the bank every month because the debit order descriptions would change ever so slightly. It also cost me a little every couple of months to “genindsætte” the blocking tjeneste. Jeg kan ikke hjælpe, men tror banksystemet understøtter regulære udtryk men personalet ikke nødvendigvis ved, hvordan man bruger det.

Technically I’m still waiting on the CCC to get back to me (aldrig sket – og selvfølgelig de blev omorganiseret som nævnt ovenfor, så sagen formentlig faldt gennem revner). Selvfølgelig, ved dette punkt PF ønskede også at blackliste mig for ikke at betale!

Den Uventet Hero

En tilfældig omtale af problemet til Discovery (Jeg tror, ​​jeg kaldte dem om en tandlæge besøg) resulterede i en tilbagekald af en af ​​Discovery agenter. De spurgte mig om at beskrive problemet, i detaljer og skriftligt, til bedre at forklare fra mit perspektiv, hvad der var virkelig skete. Jeg forpligtede. Det viser sig, jeg havde ret om dem ikke at være “for glad” om det. Faktisk de virkelig kunne ikke lide det. About three weeks later, Planet Fitness refunderet mig fuldt ud for alle midler, der nogensinde var blevet udbetalt til dem.

Discovery er Awesome. 🙂

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Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Author:

Det fremgår, at, i uendelig visdom, Google har en sikkerhedsfunktion, der kan blokere et program fra adgang til eller anvende din Google-konto. Jeg kan se, hvordan dette kan være et problem for Googles brugere, især deres GTalk og Gmail brugere. I mit tilfælde var det Pidgin har et problem med Jabber tjeneste (som er teknisk set en del af GTalk). Jeg fandt løsningen efter lidt grave. Jeg blev overrasket over, hvor gammel sagen var, og hvor længe denne funktion har eksisteret!

For at låse konto og få din ansøgning online, bruge Googles Captcha side her.

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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 | Author:

If you ever find yourself updating a single application in Arch Linux (a very bad idea, btw) and it upgrades readline you might end up seeing an error along the lines of:
/bin/bash: error while loading shared libraries: libreadline.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Hopefully you still have a bash prompt open and you haven’t closed them all. If you still can, immediately run the following:
pacman -S bash
else you won’t be able to run bash any more because bash would still be linking to the old version of readline.

Også, in future, don’t run
pacman -Sy application
(python in my case)
instead, run:
pacman -Syu
which will ensure that all applications are upgraded.

Personally, I think that bash should have had a dependency set saying that it required the old specific version of readline and the same for the new bash, requiring the new version of readline. Regardless, rather play it safe. 😉

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Søndag, April 19th, 2009 | Author:

I think the Internet is a scary place. Ja, me. Some days I find myself horrified to find the lowliest of criminal bastards trying to steal our livelihoods.

Ja, people, there are criminals out there and they want your money or they want to use you to make money. What’s even more scary is the lengths to which they are willing to go, even risking YOU. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

I received an email saying that I was being offered a job as aRegional Assistant” og, though the details weren’t given, the email suggested that it was a legitimate opportunity. I replied asking about where they’d received my details and also about what they would require of me.

Being the skeptic I am, I thought I could spot scammers a mile away. How fortunate that I can still laugh at the idea.

A few hours later, they replied indicating that I’d soon receive further instructions. They’dprobablybeen referred to me by a friend and they had a pile of referrals and so couldn’t specify which friend had recommended me. I waited patiently and left it to the back of my mind. “They’ve probably found a good candidate already and I’ve lost out”, I thought. “How nice that a friend might refer me. Obviously I’m Awesome.” (and daft :-/)

So later on, I receive my email with myfurther instructions”. This is where I finally realised that I was dealing with scammers:

Der. We’d like to start a trial task. Our customer will make a bank transfer to you this week. Please go to our site <site omitted> to submit the banking details where the transfer will go to. Once we’ve established a good transaction history, you will receive between 2-3 transfers per week (amounts of about R10 000 each except the first trial transfers).
Please confirm that you can start. We don’t send any transfers to your account until we receive confirmation from you.
On Monday you will receive notification, detailed information and instructions regarding the transfers. Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Say what??? I checked out the web site in question and, without a doubt, this is a money laundering scheme done by professionals. They know what they’re doing and they probably launder millions every month. What’s more is that, inevitably, they will screw you over and get the cops to arrest YOU. These criminals can leave evidence behind implicating you even if all you’ve done is diligently moved money from one place to anotherand kept a small percentage for yourself. 😛

Money laundering is where illegitimate money (stolen, probably) is transferred via third parties to appear more legitimate. You’re an accessory to the crime and, even worse, you’re even likely to be the victim of it. Recognise when an opportunity is too good to be true. I was fooled for a short while. Next up, given that a victim might give out a lot of personal details, the scammers might steal your identity and start to implicate you in fraudulent activities without you ever having done a thing.

If you happen to have already given any details such as the above where they wanted my banking details, contact your bank and inform them of the situation. They will give you the best possible advice on what to do next. If you’ve already responded to the mail but haven’t yet already given them the information they want, don’t reply any further. I’d also suggest calling your local police for further advice.

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Monday, March 30th, 2009 | Author:

Who’d have thought that something as silly as Choqok trying to automatically log into Twitter might get me temporarily locked out?

Oh well. I’m patient.

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