Category Archives: My 2 Cents

GoDaddy Prices Up!

It’s been a while since I have had to think about renewing my hosting. GoDaddy was the first place I checked for prices. That’s where the deals used to be. That doesn’t seem the case anymore! Having to move hosting companies can be a headache, so before you commit yourself like I did to their introductory low prices… shop around!

There is a plethora of hosts out there (none posted here, I am not a promoter), many with similar packages with cheaper prices.

*Additionally, you will not have to worry about the “when you renew price.” GoDaddy used to have renewal coupons, but it’s been years now since they stopped offering them.

Answering a call via the Phone vs the Headset

Dear Samsung (and other phone makers),

I recently bought myself a Samsung Galaxy S6. Let me tell you it’s a very nice phone. I am quite happy with it. But with bluetooth now up to revision #4, I would think one thing would be worked out. Here’s my problem. When using a bluetooth headset, there should be options to allow us to pick up from the phone.

For example, when I pick up a call via the phone and the bluetooth device still connected… the call goes to the headset. Seems right? Yes and no. If the headset was on my ear I would answer it using the buttons on the headset. Unfortunately, having the headset on the ear all the time can be annoying, uncomfortable, and uncool. So, with the headset in the pocket or in the draw, I will often answer the call with the phone. Bam, I am then struggling to find the headset, switch over to the phone, wondering how could I forget.

Please give us the option to allows pick up the call (calls received only) with the phone, until we hit a headset button.

Not everyone will agree with me, but some will. Giving us that option will help us moderate headset users greatly.

Yours Truly,
The Augmenter

Tablets with Physical Home Buttons

DearĀ  Amazon,

I see that you have released a new Fire Tablet. Again, it’s pretty much the same thing. I have been waiting for Amazon to come out with a Tablet that has a home button for the longest time. Quite frankly, I don’t mind the soft home button because I have always been an “Android” user. Unfortunately my children, parents and +50% of the world are more “simplistic”. They need that “panic go to home button” in plain sight.

Apple has this down, Samsung is catching on, and you with all your consumer-centricness can’t see this? Please just try it!

Yours truly,
The Augmenter

United States Centralized Return Center

Dear Alibaba,

I recently bought a few things from AliExpress that didn’t come as described. It turns out it would cost me more to ship it back to the seller than the cost of the items. Because of this I buy a lot less, carefully buying things I only need. There goes your sales!

My suggestion to help you help me feed my impulse buying is to open up a return center here in the US. A place to take back all returns for your sellers, then ship back to China ever so often. There will be challenges and obstacles to overcome but PLEASE MAKE IT SO I CAN SHOP UNTIL I DROP!

Yours truly,
The Augmenter

What happen to Newegg?

I recently bought a bad drive from them. Sent it back and now very angry because Newegg said there is a scratch on it?!?! I shipped it back to them with care and it was well packaged.

Their lack of customer service reminded me why I stop shopping with them and moved to Amazon. I only forgot because they cleverly sold me a lemon.

Be careful of Newegg, and there “please send it to the manufacture” scam. I doesn’t matter if you bought it and sent it back immediately. It doesn’t matter if the product has a high failure rate. I took the risk because the product (a WD HD) was bundled with a NAS I wanted.

Anyways, my credit card company helped me get my money back. Boo to you Newegg.

DSL Extreme Service, Signup Scam

Beware Potential DSL Extreme Customers!

My Comcast bill recently jumped up after our promo year ended. I then decided to give DSL a try. DSL Extreme, was bragging about providing 6MBs. I called to confirm that I could get the service. “Yes, you can. We can provide 6mbs in your area.” With that I signed up with their service AND essentially threw away $240. Don’t trust DSL Extreme or their employees, because what they tell you doesn’t mean anything. The tests they do to confirm the speed you can get don’t mean anything. Please read the following support ticket:

Hello! A new ticket has been created for your issue:

Ticket ID: 5330797
Time Created: 4/30/2013 9:08:43 AM
Issue: Thuan called in to cancel the account due to slow speed, he said he can’t get the speed he signed up for which is 6meg.

Resolution (if completed): Checked the account. Informed that he’s still on a contract, and if he will cancel his account Early Termination Fee or Contract payoff will apply on his account. He said that we are not giving him the 6meg speed. Informed him that the speed on his account is 3000-6000/512-768 and per our terms and condition we’re still good of the 80% of the minimum speed which is 2400meg. He said that he will contact his credit card and will have a dispute on the charge.

Please include the subject line in any replies concerning this issue.

As you can see it’s all in the fine print. According to their terms and conditions, all they are required to get you and hold you to your contract is 80% of the minimum. In my case it was 2.4MB… THAT’S LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT I THOUGHT I WOULD BE GETTING!!!

My contract started on 4/23/2013, and since day 1 I had contacted DSL Extreme and ATT multiple times. The ATT Field Tech came out to work on my line several times and even brought out a line specialist. I am sure he documented this in his notes and it could be confirmed by DSL Extreme. Then on 4/30/13, I gave up and asked to cancel because the speed just wasn’t there.

I tried to use there service for a week, it’s not like I took advantage of them somehow. I even had my own modem, they didn’t send me one.

Apparently, DSL Extreme doesn’t care for CUSTOMER SATISFACTION. The only thing that matters is the money. Well, I am not satisfied and will tell everyone about this. And will tell my other family members currently using use DSL Extreme to cancel. FYI DSL Extreme, I have suggested a few people to use you and they actually are. Good bye to that.

We will continue to pay and use the service along with additional service for principals sake. I just hate wasting money. Well there’s also the fact that I don’t want to deal with debt collectors or take a hit on my credit. BLAH!, I tell you! BLAH!

And like you DSL Extreme, I have a price to remove this post: $500 and the cancellation of my service!

BTW, it can also be assumed that if you live in the Evergreen area… don’t even think about AT&T service! It sucks. Stick with Comcast. The speed is well worth the price they charge.

Blog Upgrades

I just did a few upgrades. I added Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ like buttons. I also completely replaced the original WordPress comments system with the Facebook comments system. The upgrades will make my blog easier to use and more interactive. There is a drawback, all of the old/original comments are gone. Especially, the helpful osCommerce module related comments. I am sorry I that inconveniences anyone.

eBay: 9% S/H

eBay is taking more nowadays. After selling off a few extra items I noticed that eBay took a fee off of my S/H charges. If you look into their final value fees, you’ll see this:

Here’s a simple example of a final value fee calculation for an auction-style listing:

  • You sell an item for $95.00 with a shipping cost of $5.00.
  • Your final value fee on the item cost is 9% of $95,00, which is $8.55.
  • Your final value fee on the shipping cost is 9% of $5.00, which is $0.45.

It’s the same thing as: item cost + shipping cost * 9%, which equals: total value * 9%. No wonder they aren’t charging an insertion fee any more; they simple raised rates all around. Then add on PayPal fees (~5%), which means eBay nearly takes 15%. Some seller are paying 20%+, WOW!

Just thought I would rant a little to spread the word around to all you unsuspecting eBay sellers…