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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.

Terrible Customer Service – Bank of America Edition

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

How come so many companies are so absolutely, disgustingly terrible at online customer service? You email them some straight forward questions and it seems like the reps are trained to duck and dodge and avoid the questions. You ask them again, and get something completely unrelated to the original question. It’s like they don’t even fully read and understand your questions, and just fire off something as quickly as possible.

Last night I placed an order online for some cycling stuff. Not much, about $22. Immediately, Bank of America sent me an email telling me that I was trying to commit fraud and that they are suspending my account. I wait till morning and, indeed, I cannot access my account. I email them and ask what exactly is going on. They basically refuse to help me and I have to use some website to prove who I am.

I go there, it asks for my credit card number, last four, mother’s maiden name, etc.. Scary stuff, especially after the bank has just told me I was trying to commit fraud. I go through with it. They ask me questions about my car loan that is through another bank. Why in the world are they looking that up?? I go with the flow.

I go back to email and tell them I did their dog and pony show and ask them what it was all about. I very directly ask them what it was all about, and they just say it was an out of the ordinary charge. What? I’ve purchased from 4 different bike shops since the 17th (the current statement) alone, why did that one transaction make them decide I was committing fraud? They don’t answer and dodge the question and I end up getting an explanation of what a pending charge is after I ask to have a manager, or someone that knows what is going on, get in touch with me.

So, Bank of America, why are your online reps so bad? Why do they dodge my questions?

Update: I’ve exchanged a couple more emails and these people absolutely refuse to let me talk to anyone with any sort of authority in the company. I’ve been with NationsBank / MBNA / Bank of America for 13 years now and cannot get someone to actually help me. What does it take?

2009 Indy 500 Qualifying

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Mom & I spent the day, Mother’s Day, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today watching some of the qualifications. The coolest part was seeing about 20 minutes of a Q&A session with Mario Andretti. It was a beautiful day to sit the stands and take in the sights and sounds. Mom enjoys seeing the cars and stars, but would not enjoy all the people on race day, so going during qualifications is a perfect time.

Comcast can’t manage to get me the Versus network (go figure, they own the network) that has the qualifications, so I may well go watch in person again next weekend. The tension on bubble day is always fun to watch on TV, maybe it’ll be good in person too?

Anyways, here is my gallery of a few pictures. A few good ones of Mario and a couple of Helio Castroneves from a distance.

Samsung LN-T4065F Slow Changing Channels

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I’ve had my Samsung LN-T4065F for about 14 months now. For the first 13 months, it was mostly trouble free. Couple hiccups with 1080p sources here and there, but nothing I couldn’t live with.

But, for the past month or so, I’ve been having this problem with the TV being VERY, VERY slow to change channels. Not just two or three seconds, but closer to 10 seconds. Sometimes I am able to power cycle the TV and it’ll go back to normal for a while, sometimes not. I’ve done an auto-program several times to no avail. I’ve gone in to the service menu and done a full reset on the tv. It was better for a few hours, but then went right back to being slow.

Note that I’m connected straight to the wall with my cable — no cable box. Samsung just says to have Comcast “reset my signal,” whatever that means. Not sure the rep even knew, it was just something to get me to go away because the Samsung TV is now 1 month out of warranty. Pretty much the brush off. Their reps don’t sign their names and there’s no ticket number or anything. Pretty poor experience with them, really.

I have another TV, well, TV tuner in my computer, and it has zero problems changing channels. I really, really doubt it’s a Comcast problem. But, since Samsung doesn’t care, I guess that’s my only recourse. Until I get tired of it and buy a Panasonic or Sony.

Here’s a video showing how slow it is. It starts on the HD channel, then I hit down to go to the SD channel, then right back up to HD.

USGP failure

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

The F1 race today in Indianapolis, the US Grand Prix, was a complete failure – on many levels.

Michelin failed to make a tire that is capabale of racing more than 10 laps without putting the driver in danger.

The FIA failed to figure out some sort of resolution to the problem.

The teams failed to push Michelin to give them another option.

The fans failed to be good fans. Boo, curse, and make all that rude gestures you want. But do not throw debris on to the track that endangers the lives of the drivers that did race and the lives of the track workers that have to clean up your mess.

FIA press releases / memo releases indicate that they knew about the problem late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Michelin could have gone to extraordinary measures to get safe tires for their cars. Rules could have been broken and drivers penalized – but there would have been a race!

Some of the teams have raised with us the possibility of running a tyre which was not used in qualifying. We have told them this would be a breach of the rules to be considered by the stewards. We believe the penalty would not be exclusion but would have to be heavy enough to ensure that no team was tempted to use qualifying tyres in the future.

The show must go on!

Give Bridgestone and Ferrari all of the points because they deserve it. They’ve done a better job this weekend, but once they give them all of the points, let’s go and put on a show. It doesn’t have to be an absolute wheel-to-wheel battle because WWF survives quite well out here with an element of show business involved. But what you have here is a joke.

What happened today was a damn joke. It just pisses me off. Nevermind who is really at fault. The 150,000 people that paid to see a race will not come back next year. That is going to be bad for Indianapolis, bad for Indiana, and bad for F1 racing in the US, and bad for F1 racing around the world. I hope the FIA comes down hard on those jokers somehow. They’ve embarassed the entire sport today, caused damage that is not going to be soon forgotten, and basically made a mockery of the entire sport.

Indy 500 Today

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

Back from the Indy 500. What a race. Too many lead changes to count!

Reggie Miller was the starter of the race. He climbed up the flag stand about 45 minutes before the start of the race and the crowd just loved him! “REGGIE REGGIE REGGIE REGGIE”. I heard them in the background during the ABC pre-race stuff during the rebroadcast of the race.

Danica Patrick put on quite the show as well. 23 year old rookie. She actually led for something like 20 laps the crowd just loved that. We were all on our feet for the last 25 laps or so watching her in the lead. She unfortunately finished 4th.

Dan Wheldon managed to take the win under a yellow / checker finish. He was my Uncle’s pick and his pit was right across from our seats at the start / finish line, so it was fun to watch him move through the field.

After the miserable time we had last year, I wasn’t really looking forward to this year’s race, but now I can’t wait for next year. It was a blast!

Didn’t take the camera this year.. it just doesn’t do well taking pictures of cars going 225 MPH. Or maybe it’s me. Or both.

Ducklings This Year

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Here are some pictures of the ducklings that are behind mom’s house this year. The mama duck was one that I saw 2 years ago.. Or at least there was another female duckling 2 years ago with a small white stripe on the back of her neck. We also saw her last year. And this year she has 11 little ducklings to keep track of! Pretty neat to see her grow up like that 🙂

Larry the Cable Guy

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

I caught part of his most recent show on Comedy Central on Saturday night and thought he was pretty darn funny. Went to his website, he wanted $25 for the DVD. Went to Best Buy and got it for $10.

Absolutely hilarious! I guess he was in that Blue Collar Comedy Tour movie last year.. His comedy is really redneck-ish like Jeff Foxworthy, but he goes a litle further with it all. Much funnier, IMHO. Maybe they’ll reshow it on Comedy Central, but for $10 at Best Buy it really is worth having it on DVD!

Buggy

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

Drove to PA on Monday for a job interview… On I-70, just west of Dayton, OH, I drove through an incredible amount of bugs for a short period. I must have had 40 of em hit my windshield within a 1.5 mile stretch.

In the future, I’m going to make sure I carry some window cleaner and microfiber towels along for my journeys. I tried cleaning the bugs with my wipers, but that just smeared them so I had to stop at a gas station and use the squeegee. Didn’t do a good job, but at least I was able to see again.

When I got home, I looked the car over and the entire front bumper is covered in bugs. Looks similar to the winter time after I’ve driven through snow and salt covered streets, but worse. Nasty. I was about to to go the quarter wash, but I knew I was going back out on the interstate (not that same stretch, but still open interstate) the next morning so I figured it would just get dirty again.

I hosed down the bugs and let it sit for a minute or two. I thought it would be hard to cover the entire bumper and front half of the hood with wet towels to let the bugs soak… I then used about twice as much soap in my bucket as I should have and my chenille wash pad. That got just about all of em off without scrubbing. One or two spots required a dab of B&T remover and a MF towel.

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Declare Yourself

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

Declare Yourself, register to vote!

Heidi’s visit

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Here are some pictures of Heidi’s, my Uncle’s miniature schnauzer, visit this year. He and my aunt went to Florida for a week or so and left her with my mom. I think one week a year is enough of a dog fix for mom… 🙂

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On behalf of a grateful nation…

Friday, June 11th, 2004
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