TTMOT – Telemarketers

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

Man, ain’t that the truth. A few years ago, I got a phone call from some organization soliciting some kind of monetary donation and so, I donated. Now, I keep getting calls asking for donations from this Police organization and this Fireman’s organization and this Veteran’s organization and this Cancer fund and this other one and that other one, etc. At one point, I think I pledged to donate to every single one that called. Then, I kept getting more phone calls, but um, I just donated to you! “Oh, that was the last campaign.”

Apparently, some of these organizations have campaigns quarterly and boy, do I know it. Not only do I get phone calls in the mornings (sometimes as early as 8:15am) and afternoons, but I get them in the evenings now too! I actually got a call last week at 8:45pm. pDaddy said they actually have until 9pm.

Well, I’m sorry, but you’ve called one too many times and times are tough! STOP CALLING! Enough already!
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TTMOT – Cancelled Orders!

It’s Totally Ticks Me Off Tuesday (TTMOT)…oh yeah, I got one.

GRRRR…I was getting so giddy because I ordered a new lens for our old pal, Canon EOS Rebel XT. I was so happy that, after years of deliberation (I don’t know why), I FINALLY ordered the 50mm f/1.8.

Then, what do I get in my email?

This email confirms that your order: XXXXX has been cancelled. The product is currently unavailable. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Ordered: 1 Shipped: 0 Canon-50mm-1.8-Acc-Kit Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens & 6 Year Warranty & Filters & Accessory Kit $129.95

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess I need to hunt for another…
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TTMOT – Scammers

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What’s ticking me off today? SCAMMERS- especially the ones that take advantage of a tragedy. You’ve seen it happen before. How many illegal accounts/scams were set up after 9/11? All claiming that you should donate your money and they, will in turn, give your donations to the victims? I’m sure the same happened after Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Tsunami that hit Indonesia and the surrounding areas.

Now, again on the other side of the world, another tragedy happened in the Philippines. For those who aren’t aware, Tropical Storm Ketsana (“Ondoy” to those in the Philippines), turned Typhoon, hit the Philippines last Saturday, 9/26. They got a month’s worth of rainfall in the span of 9 hours. Some stories note that they got more rain in that time than what Hurricane Katrina poured down in the Southeast US. This left the Capital city and it’s surroundings underwater where only rooftops were visible in a lot of places. There are hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes…The death toll is rising and disease is sure to come.

Unfortunately, the onset of a tragedy not only brings people together to help out, but it also brings out the scammers claiming they will give your donations to help those in need, but in reality, they don’t and probably use it for themselves. In this day and age, where it’s so easy to pay for things and donate online, it’s hard to trust anyone. I have been looking online as to where I can donate and the only viable sources I can find are the major TV networks over there that set up accounts and the Philippine National Red Cross. Unfortunately, and yet fortunately, the bandwidth limit exceeded on one of the network donation sites: http://www.abscbnfoundation.org/. I guess that means that a lot of people have donated. The Philippine National Red Cross lists a multitude of ways to donate, but do not have an online system :( and FINALLY have an online system! They ask you to donate in PhP (Philippine Peso)…need to convert? This website has a converter!

There are a lot of other sites that look legit, but I don’t know. I don’t want to get scammed. I like this one website, www.philippineaid.com. It’s very up to date, but it’s hard for me to trust a site that uses PayPal. However, PayPal did just freeze their account and are awaiting verification from the Philippine Red Cross.

PLEASE, before you donate check to see if they are legit. There are too many damn scammers in this world!

Totally Ticks Me Off Tuesday –

TIME DIFFERENCE and Offshoring

You know, I don’t mind it so much and I get why there’s a time difference. We’re 3 hours ahead of the West Coast, 7 hours behind Egypt, 9.5 hours behind India, 12 hours behind Malaysia/Philippines, etc. I also have, for the most part, accepted Offshoring. For those who don’t know, it’s where companies send their work outside of the US for cheaper pay/labor. I mentioned this in a previous post, that our company is Offshoring some roles and to not just 1 country, but multiple – India, Malaysia, etc. I have come to terms with the fact that the economy sucks and companies are trying to save money, cut costs and corners whereever possible. So, I understand that we had to Offshore, but, here’s what I don’t get…

These companies “offshore”, work for us. Shouldn’t they work OUR time? Turn around time for things have gone down big time. I used to submit something at 10am and get a reply within 10 minutes to at least let me know who’s working on it and then, if it’s not too crazy, it’s usually done the same day or the next day the latest. Now, I don’t even hear back until the next day and forget it if there are questions that need to be answered. For example, we have programmers in Malaysia I work with. They work 9am – 6pm their time. That’s 9pm – 6am our time. It totally ticks me off that I need to log on at night if I need to have a conversation with them or we have to email each other questions/answers.

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Totally Ticks Me Off Tuesday!

When I have a lot of work to do and deadlines quickly approaching, it highly ticks me off when my laptop decides to slow down and hang. I have had to reboot 3x before Noon WHILE in the middle of writing some queries. Those queries end up getting “lost” b/c I didn’t get a chance to save before having to reboot.

ARGH!
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