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Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, I got a call on my cellphone from an org raising money for the state troopers. 'Can we send a prepaid envelope and put you down for a donation?' I said, 'Not interested.' to which the caller started on a spiel about how many police are killed or hurt in the line of duty protecting me, my family, and neighbors. Surely, I could afford to send in the minimum $15 donation. Again, I said 'Not interested.' Apparently this must have ticked the guy off as he said, 'So you don't care about the people who risk their lives everyday for your safety?'....click
Just an hour later, I got the third call of the week regarding the extended warranty on my Hyundai Elantra. I've never owned a Hyundai, but my wife drove one as a fleet vehicle for her job a few years back. Once on a trip, I plugged up my phone to listen to some decent music...did it save my phone number? At least half a dozen times before I have explained this to which they usually ask 'what kind of car do you drive then?' I have asked repeatedly to be removed from their list which is usually when they just hang up. I've decided that it's just not worth the argument so now I simply don't hang up but just leave the phone on speaker to waste their time. 'Hello....hello...ummm, hello'...click. Instead of it being an annoyance, it has become a chance annoy.
I have fun with them in a variety of ways (e.g. telling them what their next move will be seems to annoy them e.g. "Shall I open up some Windows Error Logs now so we can pretend they are internet problems?" and "Is it time to visit your magic website that will solve all my issues or shall I download Team Viewer first?"
The one I enjoyed most was acting dumb when repeatedly asked to press my Windows key.
Eventually I am transferred to the "supervisor."
After going through the same stuff, he asks what is on my screen.
"Commodore Basic V2
3,583 bytes free.
I think that was one of the times I got sworn at quite a lot.
Oh, my favorite thing to do nowadays is PLAY DUMB...
And see how long I can keep them on the line.
I will tell them: "Oh, Dear... Really... This is quite terrible, I am so sorry, what do you need?"
Them: Can you go to your computer?
Me: Yes, Should I turn it on?
Them: Of Course!
Me: Okay, there it goes. give it a couple of minutes, I will make a coffee (I mute myself, put them on speaker)
They will usually ask if I am still there, I will apologize for the slow computer.
I can usually get 5 minutes out of them.
Then I tell them, okay, it says:
Welcome to MS-DOS 5.0
And they start asking about windows. LMAO. Playing dumb, to keep them on the line.
Eventually they yell at me, and call me a liar. But after 3 times of doing this to them,
I no longer get these calls!!! I guess I made it on their "Do Not Bother List!"
Let's just say it is for now, because I have a complaint.
I just joined a website to get a logo designed on the cheap. When I did, I used my password manager / creator (C'YaPass>[^] gratuitous self-promo ) to create a password, since I don't remember or type passwords any more.
Normally I like to make the passwords 64 chars long, but I figured the lame site might have a limitation so I cut it in half and made it 32. It said you need uppercase, and letters and numbers and I did all that.
Sign Up Worked
I created my password and signed up. It took my password and everything seemed fine.
Couldn't Sign In
Then I tried to sign in again and I couldn't. I pasted directly from my password manager but it didn't work. Hmmm??? I kept trying and then the the thought struck me.
I bet they do not allow over N characters. I guessed that the max might be 30, set my password manager to limit to 30, pasted it in and it worked.
Here's The Point
The ENTRY text box that I signed up on did not say, "max is 30" or anything. Instead it just took the first 30 chars and used them, but it didn't let me know that so I'm thinking something else is incorrect. Oy!!
Other Sites Do This Too
A bank site I use did this to me too. It allowed me to think it took N number of chars when I created the password, then wouldn't let me sign in. I finally guessed with that one too.
I think I've mentioned before, my first PC (1992) had the ability to set a password in the BIOS, but it treated DELETE as any other character! So I wound up with a password which contained DELETE -- e.g. Pi<DEL>assword .