Untappd – A Rant

I’ve held off on this, thinking maybe they would fix the issues.  However, the app has gone to shit.  It’s SOOOOO fucking slow to lookup, checkin, comment, etc it’s insane.  I was trying to checkin beers tonight and finally gave up.  Waiting MINUTES yielded nothing.  The app took 60 seconds plus to load.  This has gotten insane.  It’s down all the time, hardly works when it’s up, and is SOOO fucking laggy it’s hard to use even when it does work.  This needs fixed guys, like now.  I know you want to add sponsors and get money, I get that, but when the app doesn’t work for shit I can’t even use it!  So, fuck this app, and fuck you all.  Fix this shit!!!!

Fuck you Groupon

So, in case you didn’t know this, Groupon CANNOT replace a product even if it was the wrong one shipped to you. Sound insane? You aren’t alone. Should you be shipped, say, a refurbished product rather than a new one you have exactly 2 choices:

  1. Get a refund and re-purchase likely at a higher price and HOPE you get what you were supposed to.
  2. Deal with it.

Seem shitty?  Yeah me too.  Let me lay the groundwork here:

On November 28th 2016 I purchased an (advertised as new) Philips Hue starter kit.  The package shipped the next day and arrived on December 3rd 2016.  Opening the package it was immediately clear it was a refurbished set:

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Alright, I’m sure customer support can help.  I emailed asking for either a replacement with a new product, or a partial refund.  Instead I’m offered a refund to “purchase a new one” at a most likely higher price:

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I was, probably more than I should have been, rather grumpy and responded with this:

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So I get this encouraging reply, maybe I’m finally getting somewhere!

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Great, so I was very let down and still don’t have a satisfactory resolution to this issue.  So I replied with a rather succinct resolution request (again probably a little grumpy):

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To which we come back to square one:

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As posted above this has nothing to do which what I believe.  The boxes are CLEARLY labeled a refurbished and the hub came in a generic ziploc bag.  So here we are.  Nearly 2 weeks later and I still have no resolution other than refund and buy again, at a higher price and with the hope that I am shipped a new set this time.  How crappy of a resolution is that?  And should it really take 2 weeks?  If Groupon wants to actually wanted to keep customers this is not the way to do it.  I understand they operate on a tight margin but this is NOT the way to handle a problem that THEY CAUSED.

So, if some Groupon person actually reads this, I would really like a satisfactory resolution to this problem.

EDIT 20161215: Initiated a chargeback last night with CapitalOne.  They were super easy to work with and had the dispute filed within a few minutes.  All I want is the damn thing replaced with a new product.  Groupon has left me no other choice, so I’ll let them sort it out with the credit card company.  Enjoy assholes.

Open letter to Comcast and the FCC

Hello,

With the recent Comcast rollout of nationwide 1TB data caps I feel it is crucial that I submit my complaint. Data caps are a problem and without swift action will be a much larger issue in the near future limiting not only innovative uses of the Internet but the entire global flow of information.

Data caps are not only an inconvenience to those customers but are simply against net-neutrality at its core. This is nothing more than a money grab and attempt to get people to stick with the dying cable TV model. It even excludes Comcast related data from that cap!!

It unnecessarily impedes emerging video technologies such as 4k streaming while simultaneously punishing those that dare to download large games or files. It’s not even rooted in network congestion: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130118/17425221736/cable-industry-finally-admits-that-data-caps-have-nothing-to-do-with-congestion.shtml

For example: streaming 4k content according to Netflix uses roughly 4.7GB per hour. Doing that math that’s ~7 hours PER DAY before hitting said 1TB cap. Multiply that by 2 or 3 other members of a household and you can watch at most a few hours per day. This is assuming you do absolutely NOTHING else with that Internet connection.

The further encroachment of data caps sets a dangerous precedent that unchecked will stifle innovation and let ISPs control the flow of information into households. This is something that needs to be curbed quickly to prevent ISPs restricting the flow of information simply to benefit themselves.

I urge you to please consider restrictions or outright banning of data caps on hardline Internet connections such as cable and DSL. I further ask that you investigate data caps on cell data to determine if there is actually any legit reason they exist. T-Mobile is a great example. They allow very specific traffic to NOT count towards a data cap. This is also against net-neutrality.

Full disclosure: I’m not a Comcast customer, I am with Time Warner (now Spectrum). I do not have a data cap but average right around 2TB per month with what I consider normal usage, at least for the next generation. Data usage is only going to increase and at a rapid pace as new technologies emerge.

I’ll say it a second time, please consider a ban on data caps. This is nothing but the stifling of innovation, holding onto an archaic business model, and lining of pockets of ISP executives. What we ACTUALLY need is more innovation, more competition, and a stronger Internet presence as a country.

Signed,
Dan Bunyard

Mozilla Firefox Performance in 2016

I’ll keep this one short.  WTF is Mozilla doing with Firefox?  How can the performance POSSIBLY be so crappy on a machine with 16GB of RAM, an SSD, and a discrete video card?  20 second lag between switching tabs, 20 second lag even to minimize.  Startup with ~8 tabs takes MINUTES at best.  I want to like Firefox, I really do, but every other browser just destroys it in performance and hell, is ACTUALLY USABLE, that I just cannot default to Firefox.  I’d love to know what the devs are thinking…..

Nationwide Property and Appraisal – Customer Oriented?

To avoid any slander accusations I’m going to keep this strictly factual and hopefully steer customers away from this organization.  I’m simply here to outline the facts and show that in fact no, this company doesn’t care in the slightest about the customer.  I would also like to note that they had no concern over the timely delivery of my appraisal until I contacted them some 3 weeks after it was submitted.

This started on 11/12/2015 when my loan broker submitted for an appraisal.  The loan was an FHA and had to have a third-party appraisal to complete the process.  I was told this normally takes 7-10 days, 2 weeks at most.  This appraisal was sent to Nationwide for completion.  However they failed to give a timely appraisal and even admitted that the time-frame was unacceptable.

So after submission on 11/12 I was in contact with my lender for updates.  He had little to go on and simply told me that they were still waiting.  On 12/1/2015 I took matters into my own hands and contacted the company directly.  Initial responses were positive, and it was admitted that the timeframe given by the appraiser was unacceptable:

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Things appeared to be progressing, and the did managed to refund ~half of my money.  I was content and expected that the issue was addressed and would actually get my appraisal in the next few days.  And I did…sort of….

I got my initial appraisal on 12/3/2015 however there were two issues found.  A missing handrail on the basement stairs and a leaky kitchen faucet.  Both were promptly resolved and re-inspected within days however it took an ENTIRE WEEK to get an updated report.  I did not receive my final appraisal until 12/10/2015.  On 12/9/2015 I emailed requesting a full refund and for the final report the next day (which they did deliver).  This email went unanswered:

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I was met with radio silence, not a peep.  As mentioned above I did get the final report the next day however I never heard from Nationwide at all.  Over the past weeks/months I have attempted to reach them via email and phone demanding a full refund.  In every single instance I was ignored.  Not even a response saying no.  So here we are….still no resolution.  It was even claimed that somehow they applied the golden rule:

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They have straight out ignored that statement.

So I leave it to you, the reader, to assess this post and come to your own conclusions.

Fuck You Chipotle!

Adventurrito, I mean seriously…did you not expect the load on your servers for this 20th anniversary challenge?  For a $445 MAX year prize this is pretty fucking worthless if I have to spend all evening trying to reach the site and send my answer.    Especially if this will continue for the duration of the challenge.  Y’all are going to spend so fucking little in prizes (and obviously the infrastructure isn’t anything to write home about) that this is actually beyond worthless.  Get your shit together or GTFO.

Fuck you Blendon Square – Westerville Ohio – Don’t Bother!!!

So just saying…this is probably the worst complex I have lived in.  We have been here ~2.5 years; it started off quite nice but it had rapidly deteriorated during that time.  When we moved it in it was pretty laid back.  Kids playing in the “courts”, friendly neighbors, sane rules, etc.

Now it’s “nobody under 14 years old allowed outside without a parent” and all sorts of other bullshit.  I love that they preach the whole “people who leave trash lying around will be fined” but never actually do anything about it.  Same with the vehicles without a parking tag will be towed; in the 2.5 years I have lived here I have seen ONE vehicle towed and I don’t believe it had anything to do with parking in the wrong spot, I think they just needed work on their car.

It’s also awesome that the people who work in the office can’t even get the address straight.  We live at 5477 Woodvale Court West, there is also a 5477 Woodvale Court.  We get mail for them, they get mail for us, etc.  However the PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THE OFFICE delivered a “late notice” to us at “west” that was meant for the “non west” address.  Nice that they can’t even figure that out and we are supposed to?!?!

We are at the point of the neighbors being assholes also.  One blasts this super obnoxious music at all hours and the other seems to be banging hammers against the walls randomly.  I had bricks thrown at, and damage, our front door by a kid who’s mom leaves him in the “care” of his 14-year-old sister who doesn’t give a damn what he does.  This is, best I can tell, common for him but does anyone care?  Nope, not even the complex.

The air-conditioning doesn’t work worth a damn.  Running it full blast all summer just results in a $300+ monthly electric bill and an apartment that is “cool” if it’s under 80 degrees F.  Pretty sure that’s not “normal” as they claim.

Oh and the amount of dust is incredible, if you dust one day there is a good layer of dust on stuff the next day.  I have 2 air purifiers running 24/7 and even at that the pre-filters look like a dryer filter after a few weeks.  It’s insane how much crap is floating around here.

There is also a lot of mold in the basement and even in the kids room from leaking water that seems to be of little concern to them…cause you know…money first people second right?

 Also lovely that we submitted our “Notice to vacate” or whatever the fuck they call it some 2 weeks ago and were supposed to receive a set of forms to fill out but haven’t seen a damn thing.  I’m super tempted to not even give our new address (assuming we actually get something) and let them sort it out.  After the shit we have been though and the small deposit it seems worth it to never hear from them again.

Final note, this will not be published until after we leave.  That means that I’m writing it on 6/11 but it will be a few weeks until you see it.  This is by design.  Hopefully this will steer someone away from this worthless complex and save at least one person the headaches we have faced.  So basically…FUCK YOU BLENDON SQUARE!!!

 

Avoid Dickey’s Barbecue in Delaware Ohio

Today was I think the 5th time I have been here since this re-opened under new management. I have tried to give it a try since the food is pretty good but after my experience today I will not be returning.

After placing our order we were informed that it would be 15-20 minutes for our fried items because they “forgot to turn on the deep fryers.” We said alright and went to sit down. The two of us were offered a drink if we would like and we both accepted to sip on while we waited.

After the 20 minutes was up we approached the register to pay and the total came to $10.50 for each of us. I looked and said well I thought you had given us the drinks. The MANAGER said that the drinks weren’t included in the meal and we would have to pay for them. I then informed him that one of the employees said we could have them while we waited.

He then went on a “rant” about how he was the only one that could make that call and that the other employee didn’t have the authorization to do that. He then, extremely grudgingly, gave us the drinks for free. This is the final event in a series of long waits and meats not being ready for lunch that pushed me not to return.

Fuck you Cheezburger Network!

Seems as though failblog, memebase, etc are all really going downhill.  The shit making it to the front pages cause a chuckle at best.  The sites are so slow to load most of the time that I give up waiting for them.  The ads are well beyond annoying and the fucking collectibles are so annoying and retarded that they completely destroy the experience of the site.

There is nothing left of these sites that I desire to see so basically, FUCK YOU!  I will not be back, I will actively block all your domains, and will avoid any affiliation with this filth.  Now how in the hell do I remove my account!?

Bank of America….What the FUCK!

So really, are you people really this insane to believe that adding a $5 per month “debit card fee” is really an intelligent move?  WTF are you all smoking over there?  Then to make matters even worse you aren’t allowing people to close their accounts?  I do not, and will not, ever have an account through Bank of America.  This outrageous behavior only re-enforces the fact that those in charge of this company are completely and utterly…ugh I can’t think of a word strong enough.  Basically….FUCK YOU!  I don’t even have an account and I know how ridiculous this is.  I don’t really know what else to say other than a HUGE FUCK YOU!