Archive for August, 2009

Paypal and rapidshare scam and fraud

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Got an email from rapidshare this morning thanking me for subscribing. Thought it was junk.

Got an email from paypal saying I had sent rapidshare $43 or something. Login to my paypal account and nothing. Look at all transactions and there it is.

I really am glad that I took my bank account info off of paypal! The charge hit my credit card instead. I disputed the transaction with paypal. They close it but don’t actually credit my card. Don’t know if it will take a while to show the credit but them stealing my money sure showed up right away. And they won’t respond to my emails.

Rapidshare blames me for the problem. It wad their service that was compromised by criminals.

Looking around the intertubes and this seems like a common problem. Paypal, why do you continue to allow rapidshare to steal from your customers? Guess you guys make money from them from a few legit transactions so you’re willing to deal with their attempted stealing every now and then.

New Bike doing just OK

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I have about 290 miles on my Trek FX 7.3 right now. I’m having some problems with the front brake pads occasionally rubbing the rim. And, now, strangely, the seat has started creaking. It may be loose, or it may be junk. I’d lean towards the later.

But, the good news is that I’m enjoying the heck out of it! 290 miles in under 2 months sounds like a tremendous amount to me. I did a 20 mile ride on Sunday. Was pretty beat afterwards, but I finished. 15 mile rides are almost no sweat now.

So, yea, as long as you are willing to have a money pit and put up with some brake problems, the Trek FX 7.3 is a good one. I mostly ride on bike trails when I can, hitting the roads when necessary. Too skeered to do too much on the roads. Too skeered to get clipless pedals and shoes right now too.

Comcast internet woes

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

For the past week or so I’ve been having troubles with my comcast high speed Internet. It will go diwn then come back up a few minutes later Friday night, the 7th, it got really bad. Today it has been down more than it has been up. I’ll watch the modem, motorola sb5101, status page and it just won’t lock on to a signal. Occasionally it will get one and work for a few, then right back down.

So I called 1800COMCAST. The lady had me power cycle everything, which I had of course done already but I play a long with her script. She says she is running a test and can’t connect to my modem. Well, if she could, I probably wouldn’t be calling. She asks me if I own the modem and I explain that I got it from the previous cable company before comcast took over. Then she tells me that the failure to get a signal is a sign that my modem is dieing and that I need a new one. Sigh. Oh, they’re more than willing to rent me one for a monthly fee if they send a truck. I don’t buy it at all and play a long to get the call ended. Seems that was all she was interested in too. I offered to read stuff about the signals and such, but she just wanted to tell me to get a new modem and get on to the next call. Must have to keep the call center stats up?

Now what? I imagine things will behave as temps decrease, but that’s a pain to have to wait for afterdark to have reliable Internet service.

At least I have my iPhone to get my fix and whine. Oh yea, Comcast, your online chat help thing doesn’t work in the iPhone. Maybe that should be integrated with your app?