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Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Author:

Privasi, Wektu, Dhuwit

Aku ora seneng pesenan debit. Aku wis tau disenengi idea sing èntitas liyané bisa, bakal, njupuk meh wae jumlah dhuwit (uga … apa wae sing kasedhiya). Rowange A nuding metu Jeksa Agung bisa ngetokake karo MTN bakal wis nyingkiri aku wis wis nggunakake supaya debit. Mungkin “penak” faktor ora kaya bab ala.

Aku Upaminipun pitakonan penultimate kene iku apa utawa ora sing arep penak lan bisa dipercaya institusi (ing kasus iki karo dhuwit) – utawa yen sampeyan ora bisa dipercaya lan cumadhang kanggo forgo penak sing. Ing cilik, malah sanadyan aku isih pitakonan penak, Aku sinau cara hard karo MTN sing kurva bisa nyenengake kanggo duwe donya disambungake Panjenengan suda kanggo “pulo remot” status. Meh saben dina dadi karo faktor penak.

Penak

Ing tangan liyane, saiki dangu ago, I had a dispute with Planet Fitness ngendi penak ana pedhang landhep kiwa-tengen. Aku sing dilapurake laku bisnis Komisi Lingkungan Consumer (wiwit maneh diatur minangka Komisi Consumer National) 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.

Aku Discovery vitalitas anggota kang menehi akeh keuntungan, kalebu prices ing merek Premium – biasane-kesehatan related mesthi, as Discovery is a Medical Aid/Health Insurance provider. Kanggo nyelehake iku mung, Discovery iku apik tenan. Keuntungan vitalitas kang nutupi Keanggotaan gym kang luwih kalebu Planet Fitness. You still have to pay something, koin cilik limo, kanggo Discovery, kanggo anggota gym. Nanging, sawise kabeh, padha arep kula dadi sehat, so they don’t mind footing the bulk of the bill. Nanging, ketoke, iki tegese Planet Fitness’ agen dodolan ora njaluk komisi!

Supaya apa ora asil iki ing? Hasilipun agen sales PF kang maringi kula lan tokoh inflated kanggo “Adhedhasar vitalitas-” anggota. Panjenenganipun ngapusi. Banjur wis kula mlebu ing baris burik kanggo rega inflated saka “biasa” anggota (ya, iku bener luwih saka malah anggota biasa bakal duwe biaya), ending up about 4 lan 5 kaping minangka akeh minangka anggota basis vitalitas.

Epiphanies

Some time in 2011 Aku pungkasanipun wisened nganti biaya aku iki mestine kanggo anggota. Discovery Aku manawa ora bakal seneng banget bab fiasco iki. Aku kandha marang Manager ing gedung olahraga, lan aku iki njamin yen kabeh kontrak bakal scrapped. Aku ora salah siji kanggo panganiaya … kajaba kanggo sawijining olahraga … ing Octagon … nanging sawise riko sandi 5th kanggo Manager kanggo takon kok Pesenan Debit isih kedados, piyambakipun dhateng kula kang kaget aku wis ora nggawa senjata karo kula riko. Sawise sawetara liyane kunjungan, Manager wis bener kiwa Planet Fitness lan diterangno kanggo kula sing “kontrak” was between myself and Head Office and that the local gym, ketoke operasi franchise-gaya, wis sethitik ora ngomong bab apa utawa ora iku bisa dibatalake. Yen Kantor Lowongan ora ngandika, angel luck.

By this point I’d lost it. I had my bank put a mungkasi kanggo pesenan debit. 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 “ngganti” the blocking layanan. Aku ora bisa bantuan nanging mikir sistem perbankan ndhukung biasa ungkapan nanging Staff ora kudu ngerti carane nggunakake.

Technically I’m still waiting on the CCC to get back to me (tau kedaden – lan mesthi padha maneh diatur kaya kasebut ing ndhuwur supaya cilik mbokmenawa ambruk liwat retak). Mesthi, dening titik PF uga wanted kanggo daftar ireng kula boten mbayar!

Pahlawan Fungsi

A sebutno haphazard saka Jeksa Agung bisa ngetokake kanggo Discovery (Aku nimbali wong-wong bab riko dentist) ngasilaken ing callback dening salah siji agen Discovery kang. Banjur padha takon kula kanggo njlèntrèhaké masalah, rinci lan nulis, kanggo nerangake luwih saka perspektif apa wis nemen kedaden. Aku kapekso. Pranyata metu aku hak bab wong-wong mau ora kang “seneng banget” bab iku. Ing kasunyatan padha tenan ora kaya iku. About three weeks later, Planet Fitness dibalekake kula ing FULL kanggo kabeh monies sing wis tau wis mbayar kanggo wong-wong mau.

Discovery Awesome. 🙂

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Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Author:

It appears that, in infinite wisdom, Google have a security feature that can block an application from accessing or using your google account. I can see how this might be a problem for Google’s users, in particular their GTalk lan Gmail users. In my case it was Pidgin having an issue with the Jabber layanan (which is technically part of GTalk). I found the solution after a little digging. I was surprised at how old the issue was and how long this feature has existed!

To unlock the account and get your application online, use Google’s Captcha page here.

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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.

uga, 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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Sunday, April 19th, 2009 | Author:

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

Yes, 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” lan, 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:

Hi. 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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