LOL. I wrote this whole article originally thinking that Argos was ripping customer off. My maths was wrong and I thought it was a bum deal. Yes, blindingly simple maths I know, I should be ashamed. I think my only saving quality in this case that I am sceptical enough to check it is what they say it is.
I was just on my way to the store to get Rage. I don’t have a Game near enough to me so my options are Argos or Sainsbury’s. I have bought a few games from Argos and I have seen this deal before. “Get 800 Xbox LIVE points for just £4.99 with selected Xbox 360 games”. Sounds like a good idea. If I’m buying the game anyway I might as well get some cheap points. With all the amazing Xbox live arcade games coming out, you can never have enough points.
I nearly took the offer on two occasions. On both occasions something said: “Wait, don’t do it, check first”. But I could never remember the actual price for Xbox points. So today I was at home saw the deal and I decided to check if the offer was actually in my favour. On Xbox itself, points cost £8.50 for a 1000. That works out to something like 0.0085 cents per point. With the offer, it works out to 0.0062 cents per point. So as you can see, you are throwing away saving a whole 0.0022 cents per point. That is throwing away saving a whole 1.81 for the 800 points.
Anyways. Off to get Rage I go, and maybe some cheap points too, if Sainsbury’s can’t beat £48.17 (£49.98 minus the saving). :)
The Motorola Droid Bionic. The latest feature to be added to the Motorola Droid Bionic, the company’s new flagship smart phone, is the ability to fuck you in the ass. I know some of you may be thinking: “Finally! Smart phones have finally reached the pinnacle of human technology!” The truth is this is nothing new. This feature has been included in many of Motorola’s older products including the original Motorola Droid, the great-great-grandfather of Motorola Droid Bionic. It’s not common knowledge, but this feature can be unlocked on nearly all of Motorola’s mobile products, including the soon-to-be-released Motorola Droid Bionic.
The best part about accessing this functionality is that you don’t have to root your phone, you don’t have to download an app. It already comes standard with the phone and will DEFINITELY be included in the Motorola Droid Bionic.
You may be wondering how you can do this on your phone. Well, I was one of the first people to get hold of and become a proud owner of the original Motorola Droid. I’ve been really happy with it. I shouted its praises at anyone willing to listen. Imagine my joy in finding new abilities on an old piece of hardware that I already thought was amazing.
Anyways enough teasing. In then next few paragraphs I will explain to you how to unlock this functionality so that your own Motorola phone can fuck you in the ass. So without further ado:
Unlock the ability to get fucked in the ass with the Motorola Droid Bionic
Step 1: Use your phone as normal.
Step 2: Wait for a fault that you yourself are unable to fix.
Step 3: Send it to the repair centre listed on Motorola’s own website.
Step 4: Hear nothing. Wait a week.
Step 5: Phone the customer centre. Listen to them tell you they have no idea where your phone is… even though it was tracked and you can see that someone has signed for it.
Step 6: Send a few emails, wait a week.
Step 7: They find your phone and email you to tell you they will send you a quote.
Step 8: Wait for the quote, receive nothing.
Step 9: Call them up. Get told you’ve already been sent a quote and they have been waiting on you all this time.
That’s it! You’ve been fucked in the ass. As you can see it comes standard with every Motorola phone.
The best part is the feature has lasting effect and with the last few steps probably being:
Step 10: Pay through you teeth for this shitty service.
Step 11: Maybe get your phone back.
SBE Ltd UK, the company behind Motorola’s customer service, is shit. LG uses them too as does T-Mobile. If you can, avoid these companies at all costs. This is NOT an isolated incident. Support is a big part of the product. If you don’t have good support, you don’t have a good product.
Disclaimer: This post has not been checked for grammar or spelling as it’s now 3:00 am and I wish to publish this post AND go to sleep.
Here I sit. Doing nothing. I have so many things I want to do: The comic, My Expense Manager, My Game, My Own Custom Tshirts, My Toys, My Painting… many others.
That is just scratching the surface of what I want to do. And somehow through all that, I am supposed to become a millionaire too. Looking at that list, I don’t think those things are capable of making me money let alone a millionaire. If they can make me money, I don’t think they will make much money.
The expense manager. I have a plan to monetise that but now where near “sit on my butt for the rest of my life” kind of money. My game… some money maybe… but maybe nothing for all my hard work… it’s a gamble. It will also be my first public game. I can make a success of the expense manager as I know the web I know how to make good websites. Games.. I’ve not done before… so who knows if it will be compelling. I think that is a terrible excuse though and giving me an easy out for failure. I won’t accept it.
Anyway that is not the point of this post. This post is me having a mid life crisis. Noticing that I am still poor and everyone else around me has a house, a company that is earning, is doing some form of investment, is just financially sensible or just seems to have a more richer (in both senses of the word), fuller and sustainable lifestyle. All this is happening while I sit here playing videogames and eating baked beans with sliced vienna sausages on toast. I eat that out of choice. I can easily sustainably afford better but I like it, so that is what I do. However, eating like a poor student is somehow making me feel like I am poor than probably I should. I guess you are what you eat is truer than I originally thought. Also, If I am being honest, I only play videogames some of the time… I play a considerable amount less than I used to. That does not matter though as I have filled that free time with watching TV series or movies.
Distractions, distractions. Distractions from making provisions for my future – earning money. Not even earning money at this point, potentially earning money, I am not working for a client who will pay me, the development is for myself. Once the development is complete, I still have to find my clients and THEN ONLY, maybe get paid.
Sitting here… distracting and procrastinating (Even this post is a form of procrastination) is not doing me any good. Especially since I pit myself against those who in my eyes who are already successful and in turn I model my success on their image. Or those who already have established businesses, who already have a piece of that pie. That pie, that pie that seems to be just outside my reach. No matter how hard I try as I move closer it moves away forever staying just within an inch of my reach.
One thing I can admit to is, it’s all my fault but sometimes I have no idea if the steps I am taking to fix it are the right ones.
I also accept full blame for the terrible visual pun in the picture too.
Update: For those posting comments, it’s my blog. That means only I get to be a dick. If you are not going to be civil and try to attack me or the others in the comments, your comment won’t get approved. If you do that, I will probably change your comment to make you look like an asshole and then approve it. If you really want to be a dick, get your own blog, be a dick over there. :)
Back in 2007 I was really angry with Take2.co.za. The reason being that they advertised a product would be sold on their site for a certain price. I pre-ordered the product. I am 100% sure I was one of the first to order it, as I’d been watching the site pre-empting it’s release. The product was quite cheap so they probably made a mistake with their pricing.
Over a month after the order had been placed, Take2 got hold of me. (As an aside I did not think anything wrong because month long waits were not uncommon for getting video games in South Africa at the time). What I received that day was a not a videogame. What I had received that day, was bullshit. Without any warning or providing any alternative solutions, they cancelled my order. They told me the videogame was not available. By that time it had been in shops for about a week already. But for a more expensive price. Instead of admitting their mistake, they lied to me. Then to add insult to injury they forced me to take store credit. I was not allowed to spend MY money elsewhere. I wanted the fucking game, not your bullshit.
So, I vowed NEVER to use their site again. It took a few weeks for the anger to pass. Eventually I settled down and went on with my life.
The next month and the month after that, and after that, and after that, they kept reminding me that I had store credit and that I should use it. Them reminding of me of why I would never use their site. This continued for at least a year, reminding me of my anger. In the midst of my rage I realised that the taunts would never stop and something would need to be done.
At least a year or so after the original order was placed, I got black out angry and ordered the CEO some items from his own store.
Below is a copy of the invoice. (Notice the titles on the products.) Click the image to view a larger version
In case you were wondering, I did know I had to spend more of my own money to do this. Fuck Take.co.za… fuck ’em hard.