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This is a personal expression of my first amendment rights to free speech and is not intended to defame or harm anyone. This is for entertainment purposes only and the opinion here is not admissible in court:
I’m extremely sick and tired of bad laws and bad business policies which are written and enforced by both Government and businesses, making our lives much harder than necessary. Our culture is moving away from morality, service, friendliness and personal responsibility exchanging it for laws and regulations which are mostly written for the benefit and convenience of the government and companies and definitely to the detriment of the Citizen or customer. There are many examples of this however just today we had the words “policy” and “rules” thrown at us by our apartment manager and this hits home hard just how screwed up things are, how tough apartment managers are towards tenants; it’s no longer them providing us a service and us being customers. it’s more like we live under their rule and do it their way or the highway and they keep creating more rules and regulations while raising rent (and raising taxes) When did we lose our power both in Government and as customers? It’s happening incrementally! Slowly and surely!
Here’s the story:
Today (01/08/2013) Radhika went to her numbered parking spot to get in her new Jeep today and it was simply missing! Radhika called me as I was driving to work telling me that her car may have been stolen so I turned around, came home and called the police who said that the car was towed by our apartments towing company for a “private property violation”. Today is Wednesday, we bought the car Sunday and left a voicemail on the managers’ answering machine Sunday plus we wrote a note on our rent envelope the same day saying that we bought a new car and did not want it to get towed. We parked the car in our marked parking spot designated by our apartment number. We figured that this would be sufficient for a few days until we were issued another window decal for the new car.
I called this morning at 8:20AM and left a voicemail today telling the manager that our new car was towed despite our efforts to make sure that had not happened. The manager called us at 8:45 and said that we did not specifically ask for a replacement decal or she would have given it to us straight away. I protested that she did not follow up on my communication, she did not call me back and should have asked if we needed one.
I stated that we should be able to safely park any car in our designated spot without the risk of the car being towed and that she should consider running a sanity check on the policy of just towing cars without warning which are in the marked parking spots. This is when she threw around the words “policy” and “rules” and I let it be known in rather harsh words that rules and policies are not good or sane simply because they have been written, adopted and enforced and that this policy was harsh and not beneficial to the tenant.
Isn’t the whole reason for creating a parking policy to benefit or protect the tenant from inconvenience? Why was this policy not thought through carefully to avoid issues like this? Why instead does the tenant need to jump through hoops and hope they are doing things right to avoid trouble?
I understand the need to create a system that protects the parking convenience of tenants however this policy whether it is standard or not has not been thought through and is harsh in my opinion.
What sane, practical person driving a tow truck wouldn’t think this to themselves: “Hey, there’s a brand new car in this parking spot. It has no license plate and only temp registration” Maybe the tenant just bought a new car and needs to get a sticker installed…. DUH…. well this idiot tow truck driver either can’t think or doesn’t give a crap and towed it anyways for commission.
I think it is smarter to only tow vehicles that are in numbered parking spots if the tenant first complains that there is someone else’s vehicle there and ideally, the tow truck driver could post a warning sticker saying that the car lacks a parking decal and will be towed in X days if a sticker is not applied or the vehicle moved.
Why has compassion and decency died in America? Why has logic and sanity been replaced with cold, hard unforgiving rules?
In conclusion, the apartment manager relented and called the towing company and told them she forgot to give us our parking decal and the towing company allowed us to pick up our car without billing us..
Some flexibility should be there in the future to avoid these situations. Harsh unforgiving policy needs to be replaced with something reasonable. This is the same for many companies, many situations and many of our state and federal laws and regulations… they all need to be reviewed for a sanity check, compassion and reconsider just who are those laws and policies there to benefit? Them or us, the citizen / customer?
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I just received the email below supposedly sent by “firstname.lastname@example.org” which is strange:Hello,As part of our internal audit review, we identified a credit under your AdSense account that may be due and owing to you.
Since the date of your last transaction, there has been no activity from your account. As such, these funds are in danger of being escheated to the state. Unless we are informed of your ownership or beneficial interest in these funds, they will be placed in the custody of the State of California. If these funds are transferred to the State, you will be required to submit a claim in accordance with the statutory provisions of the State’s unclaimed property laws in order to recover it.
Should you wish to discontinue using AdSense, you can close your AdSense account. If you close your account, you’ll no longer have access to the Google code and you’ll receive no further emails from us. Your remaining earnings will be paid out according to the payment schedule outlined in the AdSense Terms and Conditions. Provided there are no holds, you have accrued more than 10 USD and we have a valid form of payment on file, you should receive your payment in the cycle following your account closure. For detailed instructions on how to cancel your account, click here.Sincerely,The Google AdSense Team
Strange huh? The weird part is that I log into my account and I cannot find any messages in my Adsense account.. it looks like they are indirectly asking me to cancel my account and take the money and go away… either that or I have been spoofed and someone wants me to give them my details and collect the little bit of money I have accrued…
What’s even more annoying is that it’s sent from an email address I cannot reply to and when I log into my Adsense account I cannot find any help nor can I verify any problem with my account….
My message to Google: KICK ROCKS!!!
I bought one of these Sata Docks so I could easily access data from hard drives without the need to get down on the floor, open the computer and connect a hard drive to the SATA and power connectors. In that way it saves me a lot of time.. I just insert the bare drive into the Sata Dock which is connected via USB cable to the computer.
This product has one MAJOR flaw.. if you connect to the PC using USB, and insert a hard drive, the drive will show up in the Device Manager as a “Generic USB Hard Drive” and this means that if you insert a Seagate or Western Digital drive and hope to use their proprietary disk cloning software you are SOL unless you have another WD or Seagate drive in the system. I also had a problem when I inserted an Intel SSD and tried to run the Intel SSD Toolbox.. It was a NO GO…
I chatted with Startech.com support and at first they said it should work, but after a little light troubleshooting I was told that this is the way it was meant to be and that it will always show up as Generic unless you connect using the eSata cable that is included.. Well Boo to that!
I have two Vantec USB to SATA bridge devices that both send proper hard drive information to the computer and therefore the utilities mentioned above work.. including the SSD Toolbox software.
In my opinion this product is a poor choice and you should get something better (like a Vantec product)
Chat Transcript included below if you’re interested:9:47:38 AM Please hold, a StarTech.com advisor will be with you shortly…
9:50:28 AM You are now connected to Andrew Ewer
9:50:31 AM Andrew: Thank you for contacting StarTech.com, this is Andrew, how may I help you?
9:51:15 AM Wesley: I have a “SataDockU2E and no matter what hard drive or SSD is installed in the device, WIndows 7 only recognizes it as Generic External USB device
9:51:37 AM therefore SSD tools wont work and even Seatools which hunts for a Seagate drive will not work. please help
9:52:27 AM Andrew: Do you mean the SATADOCKU2E? Website link here: http://www.startech.com/HDD/
9:52:36 AM http://www.startech.com/HDD/
9:52:42 AM Try that second link sorry.
9:53:25 AM Wesley: Yes, that’s it and there appears to be no driver for the device.. Windows always detects each drive as a generic device and this is problematic
9:56:28 AM Andrew: Windows may detect our device as a generic USB device, but it should still see your hard drives properly. With a hard drive in the SATADOCKU2E, can you go to Device Manager and look under “Disk drives” and tell me if you see the exact model of your hard drive listed there?
9:57:10 AM Wesley: Generic External USB device and then it shows my two internal drives.
9:57:29 AM Andrew: Generic External USB device is listed under Disk drives?
9:57:30 AM Wesley: it never shows the actual hard drive type in the device manager
9:57:35 AM yes it is
9:58:07 AM it always shows as generic external usb device and when I eject the device and turn the thing off, that goes away
9:59:09 AM Andrew: Do you have a second computer you can test with?
9:59:30 AM Wesley: I have a laptop let me try it also
10:00:01 AM Andrew: Okay, again please look under “Disk drives” in Device Manager.
10:00:06 AM Wesley: just one moment
10:00:10 AM Andrew: Not a problem.
10:01:47 AM Wesley: In Device manager under disk drives it shows up as “Generic External USB Device” and the drive shows up under Disk management also
10:01:58 AM this is on a Toshiba Tecra M11 laptop
10:02:22 AM however if I take these same drives and attach them directly to SATA in the computer, then they are identified correctly
10:03:16 AM I can test with th a third laptop if you think it will be helpful
10:03:37 AM Andrew: Can you test with eSATA on any of the computers?
10:04:31 AM Wesley: sorry no.. and honestly that is like just connecting directly to a sata cable in the computer kind of bypassing the USB to SATA bridge
10:05:12 AM without the drives being properly identified, my utility software does not work
10:05:48 AM Intel SSD tools will not work, Seatools backup will not work etc
10:05:52 AM Andrew: I just spoke with our Product Management Team on this issue, they say that is unfortunately how it works with USB. You should not encounter this issue with eSATA. I apologize for the inconvenience.
10:06:14 AM Wesley: i have two other USB to SATA adapters and they work fine..
10:06:19 AM this device is worthless
10:06:25 AM and should be recalled
10:06:55 AM Andrew: I will pass along your feedback. I certainly understand your frustration, and again apologize for the inconvenience.
10:08:11 AM bye
10:08:20 AM Andrew: Thank you for contacting StarTech.com. Please feel free to contact us at another time should you require further assistance.
10:08:22 AM Andrew has left the chat
10:08:24 AM The chat session has ended~~~ tHE eND! ~~~
If you are an apartment dweller like myself and you need to do laundry often you either have to fill your pocket with jangly quarters that make you an obvious target for coin snatchers, or like me, you have some sort of container or bag for your quarters.
I found the perfect solution after polishing off a “Mega Tube” container of M&M Mini’s, The tube fits about $15 worth of quarters very nicely! The standard M&M Mini’s container holds about $10 worth.
Buy some now and be the envy of those who see you doing your laundry!
Beware however a bottle of these delicious treats seems to pack a lot of caffeine.. I was pretty amped up after eating a whole bottle of these.. I’d pace it unless you know what you’re doing.
I was an early adopter and bought Windows 8 Professional and initially when I installed it I hated it.. I removed it after a few short days and re-installed Windows 7 Pro.. Eventually it became time to refresh windows so I dove back into a fresh install of Windows 8 reluctantly, but since I bought it, I might as well live with it right? Again after a day I felt lost, I literally hate the Metro interface and almost went back to Windows 7 when I decided to do a Google search for “Windows 8 Start Button fix”.. I found a website that listed the lots of alternative options but the one that looked the best and had great ratings was “Start Is Back” so I went to this place:
I installed the 30 day demo version and Instantly I felt back in familiar territory, it loads Windows into the desktop and when you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of your screen you get the Start Button not that ugly annoying square… I only had a few more annoyances to take care of with Windows 8 but this was my biggest problem with 8.
I am still using the demo, but I am going to pay the $3.00 they ask for a single license, but you get Two uses with this license which is awesome.
The other problem I found with Windows 8 is that when I would open a media file such as a movie or song I would be forced back into a full screen metro player. What you need to do is change the file association to “Windows Media Player” or any other media player you install. Once you do this then your files will be opened in the desktop environment like you want it to.
Whenever I end up back in the Metro interface I do a quick ALT+F4 to get back to the Metro start screen and then quickly choose the Desktop trying not to look at all the scary Metro icons from HELL >.<
I hope this article helps!
The Second Amendment of the U.S. constitution, which recognizes our God given right to bear arms and protect ourselves, is the most important amendment in the constitution. It is the cornerstone and foundation of our right to freedom. Without it our government can become a dictatorship and this has happened to many peoples throughout history. Our country was formed because of the need to protect our freedoms from the tyranny of Great Britain and in fact was ignited by the British army attempting to confiscate colonist’s weapons and because of high taxation without representation.
I hear a lot of noise lately about “assault weapons” and how they should be and have been outlawed however even this worries me. You see back in 1776 the citizens and the British army both had roughly the same weapons.. Now if the US citizens are limited only to specific rifles, handguns and shotguns then it is possible that if the time ever comes (God forbid) that the citizens of USA need to rise up and protect against tyranny we just may be at a disadvantage. The second amendment is NOT there to protect just hunter’s rights; it is there to protect our freedom from any tyrannical government!
You may think it’s an absurd idea that our own trusty U.S. government would take our guns away and then trample on our liberty… well; it’s already starting to happen! Get your heads out of the sand! Almost every country that has disarmed their citizens has also taken away their freedoms and in many cases have killed thousands or millions of their own citizens over time once they were disarmed. Most often this disarmament happened gradually over time, incrementally. Well, our government never lets a tragedy go to waste and will always use any gun related tragedy that happens to slowly pull our rights and guns away from us. Our government doesn’t particularly like the second amendment because it is the only thing that stands between them and ultimate power over us.
This is a serious matter. If you want to curb violent crime, be it gun violence, knife violence or any other method used to hurt and kill people, you have got to change SOCIETY! You have to bring back Godly principles to people… and sadly the direction we are heading is further and further away from God and deeper into secular society that has no lasting and just foundation to build upon.
We are living in serious times. A well-armed and trained citizenry is the best deterrent against foreign and domestic invasion against U.S. citizens. However if we are systematically disarmed, we are hopelessly vulnerable to both foreign and domestic tyranny and invasion.
I agree with you all that the recent gun violence is very tragic, but it is a product of our failing society and disarming our good law abiding people, while our own government stockpiles billions of rounds of ammo and weapons is not only foolish.. it is SUICIDE.. It is INSANITY and it must not happen!
Stop the knee-jerk reactions and THINK.. solve the underlying problem.. do NOT make it worse!! We have the right to protect ourselves, be extremely suspicious of anyone who wants to take that away from you!!! Guns and knives and sticks and stones are NOT the problem!! People’s hearts and minds are the problem.. Those who are going to hurt and kill will find a way.. don’t take away law abiding citizens ability to protect themselves!!
Your history lesson for today. Some people have short memories. I’ve been saying this for years, but this email probably explains it better and more clearly. This is NOT a political message, but rather a clarification to remind us all what really happened.
Remember that on October 9, 2007, 11 months before our “economic crisis” occurred (that was actually created), the Dow hit its highest point ever, closing at 14,164.53 and reaching 14,198.10 intra-day level 2 days later. Unemployment was steady at 4.7%. But things were already being put in place to create the havoc we’ve all been experiencing since then. And it all started, as this email explains, on January 3, 2007.
I’m sending this to each of you regardless of your party preferences because I believe it is something you may not have considered. This tells the story, why Bush was so “bad” at the end of his term. Don’t just skim over this, it’s not very long, read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!!! The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, which was the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress. The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6% George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH Remember the day… January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!
Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES! Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress. So when someone tries to blame Bush. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007….THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”
Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets. And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.
If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.
— I did not write this – I do not recall who did – if you know please email me and I will give credit to the writer —