If I could only take one thing to a desert island, it'd be a yacht
74 publicly visible posts • joined 31 May 2007
A few years back
I was demo'ing my newly installed media machine (running on older h/w) to a couple of friends to show off full screen films, but the little sod would not boot. After a few tries I'd had enough (a few beers helped) so I took a good run across the room and kicked it as hard as I could. Side caved in and it fell over. Righted it and it booted first time and never caused me another problem
Of course, I was in a heightened and slightly inebriated state at the time so it wasn't until the next morning I realised I'd taken my shoes off prior to the percussive maintenance. I swear I could hear it laughing as I hopped around with a broken toe
Hmm, interesting. I can't help wondering what tactic is at play here: I hear so many teenagers (etc.) walking round with shite like this blasting out of a crappy little speaker to the annoyance of everyone else all the time. So, is this a tactic to confuse them into not answering their phones because they just assume they're being their normal, irritating selves?
'Is your phone ringing?'
'How do I tell?'
"Recently met a friend that I knew online at her place. For safety I texted the address to a coworker and let him know where I was going (as it was away from home) just in case it went sour. Thankfully nothing happened (and it was a very good time!) but safety ahead prevented things from going sideways."
I'm not sure how you have arrived at this conclusion. Using the story as a template, you have given your co-worker the address of an empty building at which no trace of you will be found, you having been overpowered and kidnapped
Also, this is a failure only scenario: you won't know if it's safe until something 'goes sideways' and your plan is called upon to prove itself. It's like with backups, except testing them (in most cases) won't get you potentially killed
Taking someone with you, while not the perfect safety option, is at least proven. In this case it would have evened the odds and maybe even prevented it as the kidnappers were expecting a single person
I've just upgraded my phone with O2. Initially the sales bod said the handset would cost me £60, my tariff period would extend from 18 to 24 months and I would have to pay £45 instead of £35p/m for the same contract level. So I asked to be put through to retentions (also had to explain what 'retentions' meant) and managed to retain my £35p/m contract of 18 months *and* got the handset for free.
But it doesn't stop there, oh no. I ordered on Friday and received a text on Sunday saying my phone would be with me the next day. Some screen protectors turned up. Confused, I called O2 back and they told me the handset was out of stock for another 9 days. So I had me a bit of a rant and convinced them to save me a handset at the local store. That didn't go too well and the store offered me the same deal as was first offered. I went home and had to elevate to speak to a manager who got me the phone from the store and honoured the 'retention' contract
So on the plus side the managers are competent and the call centres were UK based
On the negative side I shouldn't have needed to jump through all those hoops
Anyway, I got my handset and now to take it back because the battery is goosed
We had a PC in that was reported as non-functioning so we cracked it open. The insides were covered in a kind of green fungus and parts of the board had corroded quite heavily. Words can't describe the aroma emanating from this thing
Turns out the family dog had decided it was his territory and was routinely 'marking' it...