Archive for March, 2005

Digital cameras put photo-lab out of business

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

A sign on a film developing drop box says that “Due to the decrease in film developing demand, this service will no longer be available.”

Google Answers – Followup

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

I’m very pleased with my Google Answer.

Half-Way There – Blog TODO

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

I’m nearly half-way through my blog test period.

Minor Lag

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Whoops… A minor lag in postings

The Chase-Manhattan Affair

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

I received a credit card from Chase. I immediately called them, explained that I didn’t want it, and they told me they would cancel it and purge the records. The next month, however, the statement arrived with a single charge of over $800 from Macromedia. Chase responded to my letter by just sending a copy of my statement. I wrote numerous certified letters and they replied with form letters that didn’t addresses the issue. Finally, I gave up and just ignored them. A company called “Georgia Receivables” owned by a lawyer here in Atlanta bought them. They sued me for it. I did get some legal advice from several lawyers and was able to successfully defend myself. Georgia Receivables gave up and dismissed the case. Chase had placed a charge-off on my credit reports for the bogus account. Given that the amount wasn’t very much, it looked like I could not even afford the $19 “minimum monthly payment.” I sent each of the credit reporting agencies a letter explaining the situation. All three credit reporting agencies wrote me back and told me that they would only accept a change initiated by Chase and that they would not accept documentation from me.

Engrish Lessons

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Fungus Mungus is a new blog, about the same age as this one, written by a western English teacher in Japan. He’s blogging some of the interesting products and mistranslations that are common in Japan. Today’s feature is a “hand shredder,” in case you have any extra fingers you’d like to get rid of.

Interesting Questions to Donate Blood

Monday, March 21st, 2005

I donated blood today and they had completely changed their computer and added a bunch of interesting questions.

No Parking Zone

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

If fire trucks don’t park in the fire lane to get lunch, why do police cars do it?

Question – Portable MP3/CD player recommendations

Saturday, March 19th, 2005

Can anyone recommend a good MP3/CD player?

Vending Machine Eats Money, Demands ID

Friday, March 18th, 2005

USPS Stamp vending machine ran out of money and gave em a change voucher. USPS strangely demands a form and photo-id to cash the voucher.


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