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on week-end happenings and technology fails.. - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
on week-end happenings and technology fails..
Week end was ok. Saturday I only made it to two of the many parties, missed quite a lot of other stuff happening. Both beric and featheredwings's, on the one hand, and logothetes and hotel_noir's parties were fabulous.

Sunday was some last taking stuff from the old flat, taking the car to the mechanic in Watford and just one lesson and, in the evening, birthday drinks for bootpunk which was a very pleasant occasion at the Pipeline near Bishopsgate.

Had been using a T-Mobile 3G dongle for the last couple of years; was paying £9 a month -or so I thought; a few days ago browsing my bank statement I find that t-mob have been charging me almost £20 since May,which, on checking, is the date of the end of the contract. No advance notification, no notification of any kind. So I ditched them and got myself a Huawei E5830 from 3. I would like to say it is a fantastic device and I love it. But unfortunately I can't. The idea is indeed fantastic, a 3G access box which is a little wi-fi router. The device refuses to work, though and although it gets full signal,, etc, it trickles along at unusable tiny fractions of a Mb/s. It doesn't seem to be malfunctioning in the sense that I can use it as a wireless network router. Maybe it is a dud? Will have to take it back to the shop... shame, I liked the idea (although the implementation is not that great; it is clumsy to have to press for several seconds each of the tiny buttons to get first power, then 3G connection and then Wi-Fi. Oh well. And this is while I'm still waiting for British Telecommunications Plc to finally install my phone line so I can have proper internet...

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untermensch From: untermensch Date: October 13th, 2009 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been an unhappy user of Hutch/3's mobile "broadband" for 6 months now and I can report that the company appears to be doing nothing other than exhausting the goodwill of their customer base by promising a service they have absolutely no fucking hope in hell of providing with their current infrastructure.

It's a complete farce. Every penny spent is wasted. The company should be dragged over broken glass and coals by Ofcom. Which won't happen, of course, as Ofcom is completely fucking toothless and way too fast asleep to ever pick up on the *real* telecoms industry injustice which occur every day. They're pretty good at meddling with legitimate businesses, however.

Fuck them all!
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: October 14th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a sample of their customer services yesterday when I tried to return the f**r and I really really don't like them now. They wouldn't take the thing back because it was a pay-as-you-go device and I should have returned it within 3 days... it took an hour and a half and many phone calls (and this is while I was at the Three shop in Watford, but the staff there just did not want to know) to get them to exchange the thing in case it is a dud. Grrr.....
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flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: October 14th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm alive and well, well:P Still haven't found a solution to the car problem. In addition, BT are still messing me about big time and I have no landline telephone or, therefore, proper internet connection. And I stupidly cancelled my t-mob 3G dongle when I found out they were overcharging me and got myself a mi-fi with 3, which turned out to be a nightmare and so I only have internet on the iphone or, like now, when I go to a café or restaurant with internet. Grr...

We could meet for lunch Thursday or Friday, if you can/want x
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