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.
Just bought myself a new phone with Android 6, on my first day I went through all the preinstalled software and tried to delete the stuff that I will never use. Finding that I was not PERMITTED to uninstall any of the bloatware, just disable it. So I disabled a number of apps including Evernote.
A couple of days days latter I get a notification that I have a message from Evernote, I open the message and it is Evernote prompting me to create an account, that is when I discovered that the software had reactivated itself – WTF. Once again I disabled the piece of crap that I WILL NEVER USE because I do not want EVERY FUCKING EVERNOTE EMPLOYEE reading my notes. A couple of days later I get another notification and guess what – THE PIECE OF SHIT SOFTWARE HAS REACTIVATED ITSELF AGAIN. Did Ever(fucking)note buy my phone? – NO. Do Ever(fucking)note pay my phone bills? – NO. So why the fuck should they have the right to install their fucking software on my phone and then keep bugging me to create an account and use their fucking product?
I have done some research and it appears that this is a common problem with a lot of Android phones over a number of manufacturers so this seems to be an issue with Android not the phone manufacturer. So Google, yet another reason to get pissed with you. I do not like Apple nor the iPhone but I am VERY tempted to dump Android and go iPhone. I have already gotten rid of my Android tablet for similar reasons (I now use a product with Windows, up side is I also get better integration with my PC’s), if I knew this was going to happen I would never have thrown my money away on your shitty product.
As the title asks: Evernote – Bloatware, PUP or Virus? In my opinion it is all three.The software is NOT required for the normal operation of the phone so WHY is it treated as system software? Why can’t I at least deactivate it? Why can’t I UNINSTALL THE USELESS CRAP?
The Douche of the Week award goes to Google and Evernote.
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.
I am in a bit of a bad mood today, for reasons I will not get into, and I need to vent.
Just got an email from a book club I belong to telling me that I have a free book available on Google Play (AKA Play Store). When I try to DL the book I get prompted for payment details and it will not continue until something valid is entered eg Credit Card, PayPal.
Why do I have to give them payment details if what I am downloading is FREE? Do they have admin fees that they charge for free stuff? Do they want to charge me a fee for opening an account? I think I will do without the free book thanks very much. I will only enter payment details WHEN I HAVE SOMETHING TO PAY.
And Google —- FUCK YOU.
For a while now I have been getting emails from EA stating that a request has been made to reset the password on my account – it is a good policy to send these emails just in case of something dodgy is taking place. The only problem is that I do not have a Star Wars: The Old Republic account. I had the password reset and checked the account.
It appears that someone has created the account using my email address and that they are using other peoples credit cards to buy in game credit and then transferring that credit to other accounts. Try as I might I cannot contact EA (without incurring a cost to myself and without downloading/installing a game I do not want) and advise them of the situation. They also do not supply a means for the account to be deleted or deactivated online. I have searched online and apparently this is a well known and widespread issue yet EA appear to not give a damn that they are party to fraud.
Others online have followed EA’s instructions and called the toll free number (which BTW is NOT toll free from where I live) to be met with complete indifference and no action being taken. Maybe someone needs to start legal proceedings against EA and then maybe they will start taking notice. If one of the victims targeted using the account with my email address decide to take action against me as the supposed owner of that account I WILL be taking legal action against EA and will be demanding a MAJOR payout.
So EA to avoid any future legal action please delete all the fraudulent accounts that you have – you can contact me via this blog to get the details of the fraudulent account that is accredited to me. A quick search online will give you an idea of how huge this problem is and the thousands of people that are victims of fraud because of your inaction and indifference.
I have purchased games from EA in the past and if my experience in the past few weeks is anything to go by, once they have your money they do not care. SO.. since they do not care about me I will not be purchasing anything from EA again and I will be advising everyone I know to avoid them like the plague. EA you have now lost at least one customer.
Update 05 December 2016: Still receiving the emails and still have not heard anything from EA.
I was not going to make any posts regarding this years Australian Election but the inaccurate reporting by ALL media has got me really pissed off.
This evening the news on TV stated that the latest results supplied by the AEC were Coalition : 75 seats, Labor : 67 seats, Others: 5 seats, Undecided: 8 seats Total 155 seats BUT THERE ARE ONLY 150 SEATS AVAILABLE. It just so happened that I was on the AEC web site when these were stated so I refreshed the page and checked the figures. According to the AEC OFFICIAL WEB SITE the results at the time were: Coalition : 71 seats, Labor : 71 seats, Others: 5 seats, Undecided: 3 seats. Which AEC site do the media get their information from?
The figures released by the TV station were reflected on every other media web site I checked, the numbers varied a little (Coal. seats varying from 71 to 76, Labor from 64 to 67). Who do we believe? The media or the Australian Electoral Commission?
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.
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.