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Hari Kamis, 03 Juni, 2010 | Penulis:

Mengapa saya meninggalkan MTN

Jadi saya sudah belanja sekitar dalam non-serius mode dalam beberapa bulan terakhir mencoba untuk mencari tahu bagaimana cara terbaik untuk meninggalkan MTN dan bagaimana mendapatkan kesepakatan terbaik untuk saya. Saya tidak suka MTN sejak saya menjadi “marah“, seperti yang saya sebut seorang pelanggan seperti di Industri ISP. MTN Pelanggan Layanan Call Centre telah jarang membantu atau berpengetahuan pada sistem mereka sendiri. Jerami terakhir namun adalah ketika sistem mereka membiarkan saya sekrup diriku lebih dan Customer Service adalah sebagai membantu sebagai mati baju merah:

Aku punya masalah penagihan mana, memang, mulai dari saya kesalahan sendiri. MTN memiliki fitur di mana Anda dapat menghubungi di untuk mengetahui jumlah karena pada akun Anda. Hanya, sebagai Murphy akan memilikinya, Jumlah ini tidak jumlah karena pada rekening tapi lalu Jumlah itu ditagih.

Jadi satu bulan rekening saya adalah tentang R900. Aku menelepon nomor, mis-R500 mendengar, membayar jumlah yang saya pikir saya harus: R500. 15 hari kemudian MTN menangguhkan akun saya. Tidak ada yang salah dilakukan, tepat? Salah.

Pertama, Saya tidak menerima pemberitahuan apapun. Sms akan membuat paling masuk akal, terutama karena itu akan biaya hampir tidak ada sumber MTN: “Xyz account Anda menunggak oleh R400. Silahkan hubungi bla bla bla”. Mereka bisa telepon saya, mereka bisa email saya, sesuatu, tapi hal semacam itu terjadi. Menangguhkan tanpa Prejudice. Thats cara terbaik untuk mendapatkan perhatian pelanggan!

Sekarang, tidak hanya bisa aku tidak membuat panggilan dan sms yang, Saya tidak bisa menerima panggilan atau sms yang. Lebih lanjut, Aku bahkan tidak bisa menelepon MTN bebas pulsa nomor telepon. Aku harus menggunakan ponsel orang lain untuk sampai ke bawah masalah. Setelah dua hari tawar-menawar akhirnya saya menemukan seorang wanita cukup baik untuk mengaktifkan kembali account. Sepuluh hari kemudian gaji saya masuk, Saya menghubungi nomor yang sama dan mendengar nomor dekat dengan “R900”. Saya berpikir sendiri mungkin aku harus periksa juuuust dalam kasus saya salah dengar. Saya menelepon lagi, Aku mendengar nomor yang sama lagi. Tepat. Membayar R900. Lima belas hari kemudian, telepon saya ditangguhkan LAGI. WTH?

Ingat apa yang saya sebutkan sebelumnya?: “Jumlah ini tidak jumlah karena pada rekening tapi lalu Jumlah itu ditagih.” Jadi, terlepas dari fakta bahwa suara prompt khusus mengatakan “tekan 3 untuk Balance Due; [Presses 3] ; Total Outstanding Balance adalah; Sembilan; ratus; dan; #apapun ; Rands; dan; #apapun; sen”, Aku benar-benar berutang mereka R900 ditambah R400 yang saya telah membayar singkat bulan sebelumnya. Tidak, Saya tidak tahu apakah MTN telah tetap ini. Saya perawatan tidak lagi. Since I figured this out I started waiting for paper statements to see how much was actually due. Interestingly, their paper statements were also wrong. Only they had the opposite problem: “This invoice: R1300in spite of the fact that on the next page it says opening balanceR400”, closing balanceR1300”. Pah! Is it fixed? Again, I don’t care.

I let them know I wasn’t renewing the contract and I’ve now already ported my number away to Virgin Mobile. Because I want to keep my number and port it elsewhere, the store said I could not putunsatisfactory serviceas the reason for ending the contract but that it should simply sayporting”. Apparently by putting anything else there they might notnoticethat I want it ported. WTF.

What next? (without MTN)

In my research I’ve found that contractdealsare most popular. Khas, Anda bisa mendapatkan ponsel R8000 untuk R800 per bulan lebih 24 bulan dengan nilai R500-aneh airtime per bulan. Jumlah ini Anda membayar R19 200 selama periode 24-bulan untuk telepon senilai R8000 yang akan menjadi usang dalam 12 bulan. Anda akan mendapatkan beberapa airtime setiap bulan sehingga Anda mungkin merasa yang tidak kerugian lengkap. Namun Anda juga harus ingat bahwa biaya selular perusahaan apa-apa ketika Anda membuat panggilan telepon. Keuntungan.

Ada cara yang lebih baik

Ada kontrak jauh lebih murah, kontrak untuk antara R50 dan R200 yang mencakup telepon cheapish – ponsel yang bekerja terkutuk serta telepon tapi tidak akan membiarkan Anda bermain pertandingan di kereta. Sebagian besar kontrak ini benar-benar memberikan nilai airtime yang sama (kadang-kadang lebih!) seperti apa yang Anda membayar. Jadi untuk R100 Anda mungkin mendapatkan R100 senilai airtime ditambah beberapa sms gratis ini, dan telepon cheapish. Penawaran terbaik yang pernah terlihat baru-baru semua telah untuk Samsung STAR, sebuah ponsel bersahaja tetapi baik, tersedia dari sejumlah pengecer untuk antara R100 dan R200 per bulan. Dalam kebanyakan kasus penawaran telah menyertakan total airtime. Virgin Mobile mungkin memiliki contoh terbaik di sini: Biaya adalah R199 per bulan yang meliputi R200 di airtime dan 1000 sms ini (iya nih, Anda membaca bahwa benar – seribu!).

Layanan perawan Semua Jalan!

Alasan lain aku sudah dengan Virgin Mobile adalah sesuatu yang sedikit tidak ada penyedia layanan lain tidak: SEBUAH “campur” Kontrak / fasilitas Prabayar. Saya mendapatkan R200 di airtime namun, jika saya pergi lebih dari itu, ekstra hanya akan ditambahkan ke faktur. With MTN this could go sky high without the option of a limit! With Virgin, because I asked, it has a limit of R300. Namun, I can still add prepaid airtime (with cellphone banking, nogal). No other service provider lets you do this!

Remember that R8000 cell phone I mentioned earlier? My plan is to get the Samsung STAR and spend less than R300 per month. I’ll have saved enough money to actually go and buy a more expensive phone (or laptop) with the cash I’ll have saved! Tentu saja, if you actually use that R800-worth of phone calls, I guess the best available deal is where you spend the R19200 anyway. Maybe at least with a more critical view on your choices you’ll save yourself a good amount of money in future. Good luck in your search for your best deal!

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Rabu, April 22nd, 2009 | Penulis:

Lengkungan Linux’s installation process is documented on the Arch wiki. I recommend that persons new to Arch try the excellent Beginner’s Guide instead of the Official Arch Linux Install Guide. Though both wiki entries cover similar ground, the Beginner’s Guide gives a lot more relevant information for those new to the system. The Beginner’s Guide is aimed at desktop installation and, as I’m installing a server, I won’t be going through the installation of the graphical environment at all. Assuming that you’re following my installation, assume that I’ve followed the Beginner’s Guide right up to and including the installation of sudo. I installed the ssh daemon afterwards rather than during the initial setup however.

A few small recommendations and notes regarding installation:

  • If you can, consider using a USB memory stick for the installer and keep it handy for future installations.
  • I keep a copy of my localrepositoryof installed applications on my installer memory stick. Once installation is finished I save a bit of download and update time by copying this to the new server’s /var/cache/pacman/pkg/ folder. The repository on my desktop is typically 1.7GB
  • For the rc.conf, South African-appropriate regional settings are:
    LOCALE=en_ZA.utf8
    TIMEZONE=Africa/Johannesburg
  • I’ve set up the network very simply, according to the guide, and will be expanding on the network setup in a later post.
  • As it is for a server, my non-privileged user on the server is only part of 3 groups: wheel (for sudo), storage, and users. A desktop user will likely be in many more groups.

I prefer using an application called yogurt instead of Arch’s default package manager. Yaourt has the exact same usage syntax as pacman except that it supports a few extra options. It is actually a wrapper application in that it, in turn, uses pacman. Importantly, yaourt supports installation of applications from Arch’s AUR. Itu AUR is a repository of installation scripts built by Arch users for Arch users to easily install applications that are not officially supported by the main Arch repositories. Yaourt can download and install applications from AUR or the main repositories with the same command, treating the AUR asjust another repository”. Pacman unfortunately does not support this.

Again, the installation is covered in the wiki. I recommend the easy route mentioned in the wiki if you’re new at Arch. Its too much too soon to do it the hard way (also mentioned in the wiki entry).

When done, update your system by issuing the single command:

yaourt -Syu

OR

pacman -Syu

and follow the given recommendations.

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Rabu, December 31st, 2008 | Penulis:

A very important topic in South Africa is to do with firearms and our rights to our personal keamanan. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not in the belief that everyone should have the right to bear a bazooka, M82, atau AK-47 * – not unless you have to defend yourself against an army **.

Namun, I do believe that I have the right to own a weapon of some sort for the purpose of self defense. I doubt I’d ever purchase a firearm however, not even a small pistol, but I’d prefer to think that should the need arise, I still have the right.

There are 2 opposing teams. There’s the pro-gun team and the anti-gun team (pro-control). I once thought that it would be okay for, say, the pro-control team to win all the battles until we get down to where only small firearms are allowed, or perhaps larger firearms under very strict circumstances. Recently, my thinking has shifted. If the pro-control team wins all the legal battles up to that point, what’s to say they won’t win the next battle as well and outlaw firearms completely?

I’m on the pro-gun team simply because I believe that I should have the right to own, possibly, that small pistolwhich in a way is silly because I’ll probably never exercise the right. Its most definitely not pointless however. Again, I’d rather have the right and not need it.

Picture this highly unlikely scenario: You want to protect your right to own a small pistol; personal bazookas and gatling cannons are legal; legislation is in place to start making bazookas and gatling cannons illegal. Assuming you’re pro-pistol, should you stand aside and let the opposing team (pro-control) win that legal battle? Its an important moral dilemma to think aboutand one that you should probably apply to all your other political beliefs.

Here is some food for thought:

  • South Africa has the highest (or second-highest, depending on who you ask) crime rate in the world.
  • 98% of gun-related crime in South Africa involve the use of illegal (unlicensed) firearms (yaitu, gun control laws do not adequately curb gun-related crime).
  • Due to relatively recent changes in firearms laws requiring the re-licensing of all previously-licensed firearms, the CFR (Central Firearms Register) has been tasked, for the period of 2006 untuk 2009, to process more than four times the number of license applications each year than ever previously processed in an individual year.
  • It now takes between 12 dan 24 months to get a firearms license.

To be honest, I’m still of two minds on this one. I’m very much in favour of being responsible for our country’s firearmsbut I certainly don’t want the pro-control group to make any moreprogress”.

Maybe the world could learn a thing or 2 from the Swiss. Their citizenry has been armed to the teeth since the 19th centuryand they’re also the only country to have stayed out of both World Wars.

* For those who do own firearms, Aku sincerely hope you’re not delusional about the dangers. I hope you have the ammunition stored in a safe separate from your firearm’s own safe, and that everyone in the household understands and respects how dangerous firearms really are.

** Not likely.

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