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Dick and C**k are (or rather, used to be) perfectly valid first names in the Netherlands...
We even had a famous television show with an investigator who used to say "the C**k, with C O C K." (his last name when introducing himself, Kok would be a common alternative spelling).
Until we all learned some English that is
That said, my name is a tool for smoothing out rough surfaces in English
People rarely make that association though
When an Englishman named Steve Cook came to our university, I discretely advised him to use his full first name, Steven, in Norway. He thanked me after I explained to him that Steve Cook sounds exactly like Norwegian "stiv kukk", or stiff c*ck.
On most days, the subject line would be saying all that needs to be said. Just thought I'd fill in some details this time around.
Got a call yesterday from a neighbor - for some reason that still escapes me, she's had her residential line changed to a commercial one - and her internet connection at the same time.
Here in Canada, Bell's residential internet service is called Sympatico, so you get an account such as [whoever]@sympatico.ca. In contrast, their business accounts use [whoever]@bellnet.ca.
After the switchover was done (and the Bell service "technician" gone), she realized she could no longer access her sympatico.ca email. She's got important emails going back to 2007, and (of course) customers are still sending new stuff all the time to the only address of hers they know about.
She phones them up, explains the situation, and they inform her bellnet.ca and sympatico.ca "don't really work with each other". They can't give her back her old account. She can't log in. The best she can do apparently is to ask a friend who's on Sympatico (I'm not), have him phone Bell and ask them to link his account with hers (with her authorization), and then he'll be able to forward everything to her new bellnet.ca address.
That's gotta be one of the dumbest suggestions I've heard in a long time. Off the top of my head, that means:
He's gonna get full access to her email
All her messages are going to have the same date (the forward date) - good luck finding anything date-based from now on
People are still going to send her stuff through her old address, which means anything that comes in is still going to have to be forwarded...what, until the end of time?
Bell's level of incompetence keeps reaching new highs all the time - I have no idea why I'm still surprised. My neighbor's not exactly tech savvy (as are most people, in her defense), so I have to put a lot of blame on Bell for not explaining to her ahead of time this was going go happen.
She was already fuming, so I wasn't going to pour oil on that fire by explaining this is why you never use your ISP's email service.
I was reminded of an incident last year when a relative of mine needed my help to reset his email password (again, Sympatico) because somehow it wouldn't let him back him. Easy enough, right? I forget the details, but ultimately the blocker was that I could not find a way to complete the password reset procedure without going around in circles. Ended up phoning Bell--pretty easy they say, just to go the main Bell portal, login with your Bell customer details, and initiate the password reset procedure from there. My relative had never set himself up as a Bell customer (that's apparently not the same thing as the Sympatico account, although the two get linked once this is done). No problem, in order to register as a new user on the portal, just login with your Sympatico account.
As I was trying (in vain) to make the Bell rep understand the problem over the phone, I actually asked him if he was a bot, because otherwise he just had to be the most clueless individual I'd ever spoken to...I rarely lose my cool when dealing with people who are "just doing their jobs", but I was going nowhere with him.
Personally, I dropped Bell as an ISP almost a decade ago and I've never looked back. When people phone me for help with anything to do with Bell, my blood starts boiling before they even start explaining the problem...
Rant over. I'm not sure I wanna check with my neighbor to ask how things went.
What she should have done is set up her own hosted domain name for her business. It is really inexpensive. She would have to pay an annual fee to the hosting company, but for a business it is a normal operating expense.
You're overestimating the needs (and user sophistication) here. By "business", I wasn't inferring there was even a web site involved, and my neighbor's perfectly happy doing business with a generic email address rather than anything named after her business.
My wife never set up a web page, either. She owns and operates a small ranch, raising goats. The private domain gives us control over our email and gives us an air of legitimacy when we deal with other businesses.
The level of organizational stupidity is astounding. I'll wager that there are people in Bell Canada that know this is a problem.
Last week my natural gas provider sent me my monthly email informing me that this month's statement was available. Since I'm on auto-pay, I don't usually login to my account. I was curious about my usage, so this month I did, where upon I learned I was behind in my payments - by months. Huh?
Digging further, it appears that their database turns off auto-pay if you change payment accounts. The web site doesn't tell you this, it just happens. I looked diligently in their email - no mention of my account being late. I suppose the heat turning off might clue me in.
So I wrote them a nice customer feedback email explaining that their system was flawed and needed some corrections. Customer service informed me that just because I have auto-pay, wait for it, I still need to verify it's working.
They missed the entire point of my email. I'm reading about how Marriott, Dell, Dunkin Donuts, Home Depot, Target, etc have all had recent data breaches. Sort of explains why my card # has been stolen 6 times in the last 3 years.
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
Anyways, I have moved to Netherlands. So far everything has been good personally. Financially I am screwed because every service (in India) I engage with is run by idiots. I am OK shelling out money as long as they do the job. They don't.
Positives? I like it here. Lots of walking, less pollution and so many beers!
Work wise, I am going to miss programming. If I get time I might write an odd method here and there but I see I have moved to the dark side (no not management, consultant).
If anyone here is thinking to move to another country, understand their laws and also keep aside 3 times normal monthly budget for at least 2 months after moving.
Apsrt from this spend time understanding their culture but I make sure I do not copy or pretend to be like them. It really has helped me in my 8 years of travel around the World.
Now, real question, did someone beat OG in points? Did DD came back? Did hamsters make a union and now we are all slaves?
Hadn't seen you for a while, Welcome back! Well OG got beat once in points but he came back stronger than ever, Nothing has been seen of Darlek since Pikey accusations, he was running as a local politicain as far as I can tell he wasn't victorious...The hamsters get a little annoyed now and then but haven't forced into Human Balls yet (kinda like a Zorb, but made from polycarbonate)...