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18:04 Wednesday 10.22.2008

9 More Things Your Pharmacist Isn’t Telling You

Filed under: opinion — Cait @ 6:04 pm

Some more things to keep in mind! :)

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13 Things Your Pharmacist Won’t Tell You

Filed under: opinion — Cait @ 6:03 pm

Some things to think about when you visit the pharmacy.

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22:14 Tuesday 10.21.2008

Bored with format of my blog

Filed under: blogging — Cait @ 10:14 pm

I’m using a pre-packaged blog from WordPress.  The one I initially chose is Kubrick – and it is flexible, but a knowledge of CSS is required to make the most of it.   I know nothing of CSS.

I may be trying out a variety of formats.  Be fore-warned! :)

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Comcast — raising rates

Filed under: complaints — Cait @ 9:53 pm
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I just received a letter from Comcast saying they are raising their rates — I haven’t figured out the percentage but it looks like quite a bit — they like to nickel and dime.

The reason???  They want to blame health care costs.  What???  As a customer, I am not responsible nor do I care what benefits they provide for their employees.  That is their problem.  If it costs them too much, then don’t offer it as a benefit.  I would think that Comcast should be thinking about their customers and their shareholders.  How to turn a profit.

I would love to see the financials for Comcast.  Its hard to believe that they are not turning a significant profit — once the hardware is installed — all they do is collect payments, don’t they?

I think Comcast and I will be parting ways very shortly… and then I won’t be posting again until I find a new ISP.  Television — well I think that when next February roles around — there will be hell to pay!  I don’t know the percentage of folks that still use over-the-air as their primary source of television — but I can assure you that even with a digital box — there is minimal digital signal where there is sufficient analog signal.

One lady here tried to switch to digital — and she said “I didn’t have television when I was young, and it looks like I won’t have it when I’m old.”

I’m seriously considering that option.  I will be getting my “free” digital boxes this week — and looking into the cost of a sufficient digital antenna for my area.  Fortunately, there are plenty of “free” channels here — if I can receive them.  If not — gosh, I guess I will have to start reading again.

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My Unhappy Experiences with Comcast

Filed under: complaints,opinion — Cait @ 4:19 pm
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The last time I posted about Comcast, I was contacted by Comcast Cares and asked to elaborate.

I am using this space to collect my thoughts… which may take a while.

1) For three (3!!) years I made multiply complaints that I was not receiving Fox in Stereo. I received all kinds of responses, all illustrating the um.. oh god I want to say stupidity, but that would be rude… the um… ignorance or poorly educated responses of Comcast employees —

I was told that not all programs are broadcast in stereo, or I didn’t know what I was talking about, etc.

Let me say who *I* am. I am a member of Mensa, and I hold a degree in Electrical Engineering. I am also a woman — which makes the uniformed male think they can lie to me and I won’t know the difference. I also have a memory like an elephant — especially when I am lied to to. I believe in a previous post I mentioned that I hate lies and liars. Tell me the truth — and I may not like it, but I will respect you. Lie to me and, well, all bets are off. If I can find a way to bring you to your knees and screw you to the wall and cost you your job — I will do it!! Do not ever lie to me! It *will* cost you!

I do take detailed notes — I have contemporaneous notebooks — which name names, dates, etc. If I am not “made whole” in a timely manner — all will be revealed.

For 3 years I was told that I didn’t know what I was talking about. I knew that the persons I was dealing with were clearly misinformed… Surely cable could not be inferior to the over the air signal?? The over the air signal for 24, American Idol, etc. were in stereo. As well as all commercials and everything else broadcast 24/7 from the local Fox station.

Eventually — serendipitously I made the acquaintance of the Comcast liaison to Best Buy.

He made arrangements to send yet another tech to my home — and (miraculously!) the evening before the tech’s visit — my Fox channel became stereo!!!

2) It seems that Comcast is biased against Fox — while the local Fox channel is finally available “digital” — all the other Fox networks are not digital nor even stereo. No Fox programming — Fx: Damages, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, etc.; Fox News, Speed TV, etc., etc. And not available “ON Demand” either.

3) I had a list of stations that I was not receiving in Stereo — I called the stations and was told that they provided the broadcasting to Comcast in Stereo. I provided the information to Comcast — and requested them to provide me with a list of channels indicating which ones they believed that they provided as stereo or not. I was told that they didn’t know. What??

4) Comcast has a channel that is supposed to provide local information — some as commercial advertising, some political info, local events, etc. I do not receive that channel. The tech I had at the house called his boss and was told that I didn’t subscribe to the proper level. Hmm… I subscribe to premium digital, with HBO and Showtime. The only thing I don’t subscribe to is all the movie channels and the sports tier and the Ethnic tiers (Latino, Indian, etc.) And I’m supposed to believe that it is necessary to pay more for advertising!

5) I have a hole in my wall — provided to me by Comcast four (4!!!) years ago. I was adding a cable outlet to my den – and the installer put the hole in the wall — and then decided it was in a place he couldn’t use. (He also did some other shoddy work, which Comcast did eventually repair.) The hole is still there – even though I was told that Comcast would send someone to repair it…. Four years later — its still there!!!!!

6) I was subscribed to a “special” that I was happy with — however, when I called because I was having trouble with my service — I was told on two different occasions that I would receive “credits” — once for $10 and a second time for $25. Neither credit ever appeared on my bill. (I did mention how much I hate being lied to, correct?)

7) One of the customer service reps told me that my “special” was time-limited – and she could offer me a better deal that would be a permanent rate (ie, would never increase — unless I changed my level of service). I reluctantly agreed to the change – and, of course, it turned out to be yet anther LIE. And I had to pay double the first month — of a reduced rate? Comcast has a screwed up accounting system — I still haven’t seen a credit for the double payment — I better see it when I drop Comcast….

To be continued…

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12:02 Monday 10.13.2008

It’s getting cold…

Filed under: weather — Cait @ 12:02 pm
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I normally keep my computer on a table near the window seat – but today I can tell it is almost time to draw the drapes for the winter. :(  I get so cold sitting in the window seat… this house doesn’t seem to have much insulation.  I have never cared for winter — spring is my favorite season… I have to wait so long for it, it seems!

Maybe there will be an Indian summer yet — I hope so!!

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14:04 Friday 10.10.2008

I signed up for Technorati….

Filed under: blogging — Cait @ 2:04 pm
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Hope I did the right thing — I don’t really want to be *too* public — although I guess what I write about isn’t that interesting — not many people will find it :)

At first my blog was listed as “protected” — no name — and I couldn’t figure out why.  Turns out there must be a “ping” — which some sites do automatically, but apparently Technorati doesn’t.  Anyway, I did a search on WordPress and found pingomatic and got it to ping technorati and everything was fixed.  I guess if I had posted a new post that a ping might have
been generated … but its done now.

I think updates will be automatic — but, if not, I will just use pingomatic again.

Still wish I could categorize/tag from withing Flock…. maybe I can install Scribefire on Flock … but I will wait to try.  I don’t want to screw up this browser just yet.  I am still hoping to get Firefox fixed.

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17:19 Wednesday 10.08.2008

Flock continued…

Filed under: internet — Cait @ 5:19 pm

Oh, now I see — the tags that I can add within the Flock blog editor are not for WordPress but for Technorati.  hmmm…  Never used those before.  Not sure I want to.

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Flock – trying out a new browser

Filed under: internet — Cait @ 5:07 pm
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Here I am — experimenting again. Don’t like this interface as much as I do Scribefire/Firefox — but until I can get that fixed, this is an alternative.

I’m also checking out some of the other features of Flock. It interfaces with Twitter, but not with Plurk – which is a shame.

And, althought I can add tags – don’t see a way to place in a category while composing within Flock. Will look somemore… ah… problem solved!! As soon as I hit “publish” — a window pops up asking for the category! :)

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Problems with Firefox and my computer

Filed under: complaints,computer — Cait @ 3:10 pm
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Firefox is my favorite browser.  But…

I added so many extensions/addons that I was having “issues” — and there was a problem with 3 installed addons that were not compatible with my current version, and yet I could not uninstall.

I was told by Firefox_Answers that it was possible to delete the extensions folder — I tried that, but it did not solve the problem.

Thought I would ignore the situation — until the addons screen went blank — and I couldn’t access the options, disable, uninstall buttons for any of my installed extensions. 

So … I uninstalled FF and reinstalled —- 7 times!!!!!!  I tried hunting for Mozilla folders and files that I thought I could rename/delete.  Unfortunately, Mozilla has files/folders that do not indicate which Mozilla program they might be related to — Sunbird, Thunderbird, Firefox? 

NOW — every time I try to reinstall my extensions — I receive error messages.  A pop-up window that says installation failed and to check the log.  Checking the log does not tell me how to fix the problem.  And whereas before I had the log set up to append, it now overwrites — and I can’t find the switch to change it.

Someone recommended a “cleaner” program — to remove temp files, cookies, etc. and to clean up the registry.  Didn’t solve the problem.

I even thought about editing the registry (deleting some entries) — but thought better of it.  I know how weird Windows is — that if you make a mistake in editing the registry you can be screwed! (Been there, done that!)

I feel so dumb!  And I am *not* dumb!  I qualified for Mensa with my SAT scores.  Although I know that I have lost brain cells since then,  I am still not stupid!  I understood DOS, I liked programming in FORTRAN, COBOL, Assembler, etc., I liked being a computer operator to a small mainframe, I liked upgrading the hardware on my first desktop.  But I am stumped by Windows!  Nothing is simple — everything has so many places to hide on the hard drive….  I have ended the past two days in tears — and I absolutely didn’t even turn the computer on for a couple of days because I didn’t want to face the insurmountable obstacle…  I am not dumb, I am not stupid (I have to keep telling myself this — like a mantra — or I might become overwhelmed and smash the computer to bits — but I know its not a hardware issue, its a software one — how can I throw software across the room and stomp on it? :) 

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