Just received an SMS advising me that I was the winner of a “£1750000 in a prize draw”, that is not bad considering I do not live in the UK. Being the suspicious person that I am, I did some searching on the Internet and found this: Coke Promo Scam.
I was reading up on these type of scams and was amazed at how successful they are, we are talking about people giving millions of dollars to these low-life scum. The thing that I cannot understand is how anyone can fall for this? The scum ask for your personal details and then ask for money to pay fees and taxes – the first thing that would come to my mind would be “Pay the fees and taxes from the winnings”. It just so happens that just a couple of days ago there was story on TV about an old man who had been conned out of $50,000 by a similar scheme and he still would not believe that he had been conned.
I recently bought a new Android phone and thankfully Evernote was not pre-installed. It appears that Google & phone manufacturers (LG in my case) have learned their lesson and not included this corporate virus.
I had to change phones even thought my old one still functioned perfectly and had no damage, unfortunately it was only 3G and my service provider shutdown their 3G network so I had to get a 4G phone. I got a LG K10 with dual SIM cards. I wanted to use 2 SIMs one for personal use, the other for work but alas I cannot do that – the 2nd SIM port is basically useless it is 2G only and 2G networks have not been around for quite some time so what is the point of going to all the expense and effort to include a second SIM slot when it cannot be used? It turned out not to matter anyway as companies do not like you using their SIM in your phone – so now I have 2 phones.
I noticed that when I made a comment on a web site using my Google account that my location was shown next to my full name but when I checked the security settings in Google it stated that my location was not shared. WTF. Then how did the web site get my location ?
Update: Forgot to say that I use a VPN so they cannot trace me through my IP address, the only way they can get my location is from Google.
On the TV news last night they had an article about the price of electricity going up. The increase is 10% on average. Just got notified by my supplier that they will be increasing their prices by 15%. WTF!!! My supplier is the largest in the state and I would have thought that that would have gotten them a better wholesale price, obviously not.
I am looking at changing suppliers but absolutely none of them have their rates online, they will only give any information if I supply all my contact details – name, address, phone number (mobile & landline), email address etc.. With these details you also have to agree to receive offers and promotional material from them and their “strategic” partners. Why can’t I just enter the post code and they give me an estimate for this area? All I want is to compare prices I do not want to start a fucking relationship, if I do not choose their product I do NOT want to hear from them again but knowing companies in this country I would get emails and phone calls from them and their “strategic” partners on at least a weekly basis.
P.S. they all reserve the right to on-sell my details to any 3rd party they want, which would mean even more unwanted emails and phone calls.
It appears that to do any business in this country you need to sell your soul and privacy for nothing. There should be a way that if I supply any details to a company and they make profit from that information then I should get a cut, after all it is my information not theirs.
Since my last few posts have been vents/whinges I thought I would post something positive.
Over the last few weeks I have been going to Saint Georges Hospital, Kogarah, for various tests and check-ups (still have more to go). I must give my heart felt thanks to the staff in the Neurology, Cardiac, Nuclear Medicine, Endocrinology and Out Patients departments. Every time I have been they have been fantastic (with the exception of one person, she got a bit snippy because I interrupted the game she was playing on her phone). Every one is friendly, patient and encouraging and will answer any query I may have and includes 2 busy doctors that went out of their way to help me make and keep appointments in other departments.
Thanks guys. I always feel in a better mood and frame of mind whenever I leave, no matter why I was visiting in the first place nor if the news was good or bad. I always leave feeling that I have hope and that people actually care.
The way Micro$haft are handling the Windows 10 “Upgrade” is pissing me off greatly.
I have stopped numerous “Updates” from installing that would start the upgrade WITHOUT my consent. M$ if I wanted to upgrade I would NOT keep stopping your bloody upgrades, so stop pissing me off and ignoring my wishes/decisions.
As things stand once M$ stop supporting Windows 7 I am going to find an alternative OS. I am sick and tired of how Micro$haft treat me. I use software that WILL NOT RUN under Windows 10 (I have tried), so unless you are prepared to pay for replacement software or change Windows 10 to support the existing software – PISS OFF.
I already have a Linux machine that does everything I need but it is an under powered laptop so it takes a lot longer to complete tasks than my main Windows 7 PC. Once Windows 7 is no longer supported I will convert my PC to Linux – to hell with it, I’ll do that anyway ASAP. Well M$ you have just lost a client permanently. I have never been an Apple fan but even they look more enticing than M$ now.
Goodbye Microsoft, hope to never meet you again. (giving you a one finger salute)
P.S. I work in the IT industry (and have done for many years), I will be advising my clients to avoid M$ products if they possibly can.
Just got a “Yellow Envelope” sales coupon.
Cellarmasters: The Incredible Dozen now 60% off – 12 bottles of wine for $69 saving $106
Sounds great until you read the small print – there is a $120 handling fee plus a $120 delivery fee giving a total of $309 ($189 if you collect) ==== WTF. That is an average of $25.75 per bottle. Checked their advertised 12 bottles against their web site – mean bottle price <$10, So instead of “saving” $106 on ordering the 12 pack and getting it delivered I can “save” $189 by driving to the shop and paying retail.
They really do think very little of the average customers intelligence don’t they? But then again they must be getting some bites or they would not continue repeating the offer.