Does this make any sense Amazon?!?

I tried to buy some winter wiper blades on Amazon.com this morning, but they wouldn’t let me.  No, really, I tried and I tried, but they just won’t sell me the second wiper blade!!

I guess there are some products that are classified as “Add-on items”?  Apparently, even though one wiper blade from the product page can be bought as usual with Amazon Prime, etc., another wiper blade on the same product page is classified as an “Add-on item” and can only be purchased once I spend $25 or more on an order.

 

They don’t even give me the opportunity to simply pay the shipping costs and bypass this stupid “Add-on item” policy.  Not very helpful Amazon!!

WEB.COM deletes incoming emails without reading them

We already know that Domains@WEB.COM has a spam filter on a mailbox that is intended to be used to report spam, phishing, malware, and other abuses that may be occurring on their networks and servers.  Kind of makes the Domains@WEB.COM email address worthless!?

It turns out that even when we think the mail just might get through, it doesn’t.  I just received this bounce message indicating “Your message … was deleted without being read.”:

Nice job WEB.COM!!!

Why are many (not all) Human Resources departments so RUDE?!?!?

What is up with Human Resources departments in companies these days?!?!?  Why do they feel they have no obligation to respond to job applicants (let alone even acknowledge them)???

I must have applied for at least 2 dozen positions over the last several months.  If I received acknowledgements / responses from 5 of them, that would be a lot!  Big companies… little companies… all companies…  Don’t they realize people are waiting on them??  Don’t they realize how RUDE they are by not interacting with their applicants and just leaving us hanging??

Furthermore, they refuse to make their contact information available – not on their web site – not in their “auto-acknowledge” (the few that had them) – NOWHERE!

Even ADP – a HUGE accounting company with recruiting as part of their web site – won’t offer up a phone number, even though their web page footer indicates a number should be present:

The footer says “If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact number below.”, BUT THERE IS NO NUMBER BELOW!!!!

I don’t get it!?!  How is this game supposed to work???

Anonymous quotes should be taken at face value.

A recent New York Times Op-Ed article critical of President Trump and his policies was published without the name of the author, allegedly someone who claimed to be an inside senior administrative official.  Here’s what I have to say about “anonymous” sources:

If you don’t have the balls to put your name on your statements, there is no reason anyone should take your statements seriously!!

For the record, my name is Patrick Klos.

WEB.COM has a spam filter on their abuse mailbox?!?!

If there is one thing I CAN’T STAND, it’s an Internet Service Provider that puts a spam filter on their “abuse@…” mailbox!

Chicken shit WEB.COM hides their abuse department behind a spam filter

And here is WEB.COM (a.k.a. Network Solutions, Register.com, Name Secure, Snap Names, etc) – one of the world’s largest domain registrars and Internet Service Providers – blocking emails to their ‘abuse@web.com’ mailbox because a report of a phishing site or domain “matches a profile the Internet community may consider spam”?!?!?

How is someone supposed to report a problem to the Internet Service Provider of a phishing site if the simple mention of the phishing site scares the shit out of the abuse department?!?!

Shame on you WEB.COM!! (and all other tech companies that are afraid of their own shadows to run a PROFESSIONAL abuse department)

Hey McDonald’s – you call that bacon?!?

$1.69 worth of bacon at McDonald’s:

BaconAtMcDonaldsMcDonaldsBaconReceipt

$1.52 worth of bacon at Whole Foods:

BaconAtWholeFoodsWholeFoodsBaconReceipt

You get about 8 fairly thick slices from Whole Foods for the same price as 2 anemically thin slices from McDonald’s.

McDonald’s used to charge $.69 for their “side of bacon”.  Then it went up to $.99.  Then it went up to $1.29.  Then it went up to $1.69!! McDonald’s: What are you thinking?!?

Need I say more?!?

Why won’t Facebook let us report bogus profiles/contests?!?!

I ran across a fake Southwest Airlines Facebook profile today promising to give away all-inclusive vacation packages to 30 entrants:

SouthwestScam

(note how the profile name has a period after the first word: “Southwest. Airlines” – that’s how they make it look like Southwest’s own profile page as much as possible)

I hate to see my friends taken in by these fake contests.  I don’t know the exact angle for these scams – how do they benefit from creating fake contests except to get many Facebook accounts to “Follow” their fake account?!?

Like a good Facebook citizen, I want to report the fake profile to Facebook so they can review it, determine that it’s fake, and then take it down.  Hmmm… how do we do that?  Oh, I know.  Click on the profile’s page, pull down the “…” option menu, and click on “Report Page”:

SouthwestScamReportButton

Once I click on Report Page, I’m given several options, including the obvious: “It’s a scam”

SouthwestScam1

Click on Continue, and I get another list of options:

SouthwestScam2

Two options: “Block Southwest. Airlines” and “Hide all from Southwest. Airlines”.  WHAT?!?!  Where is “Report to Facebook for review”???

Facebook: Why have you REMOVED the most obvious and most useful option for people to report scams to you???  Instead of letting you review the post or profile directly, you simply want users to stick our heads in the sand and hope the problem goes away.  Who gives a shit about our friends and others that might fall victim to this scam, right??

ABSOLUTELY LAME FACEBOOK!!!

 

LifeLock apparently doesn’t take security seriously?!?

I had to laugh when I saw a TV ad for LifeLock.  They talk about how they are “Relentlessly Protecting Your Identity”, and then they say “If you sign up now, we’ll give you this free shredder to help you secure your discarded documents”.

LifeLockShredderJoke

Really?!?  A strip shredder?  You call that SECURE???  I don’t think so!  That is the favorite shredder of criminals because it makes you (their potential victim) FEEL safe when you use it, but makes it OH SO EASY for them to reassemble your document(s) should the need arise!

Note how this page states: “Pretty much useless. My kids could put the document back together.”

Come on LifeLock – get serious and don’t offend people by treating them like idiots!

How to report a fake Facebook profile to Facebook

If you receive a friend request from someone who you think you’re already friends with on Facebook, it may be a criminal trying to create a mirror of your friend’s account to get all of that friends contacts onto the new (fake) account.

The easiest thing to do is to contact the original account owner directly and ask him/her if they’re creating a new account (or somehow accidentally un-friended you)?  If they did, go ahead and accept the new friend request.

If you can’t get in touch with the original account’s owner, you can click on the name of the account in the friend request and check out the new profile.  If it has no posts older than a few days (or a few hours), it is very likely a fake account.

Once you’ve determined you’re looking at a fake Facebook profile, here’s how to report the fake profile to Facebook:

Find the three dots in the box to the right of the “Message” button on the fake profile’s main page.  Click on the three dots and the menu will display.  Click on “Report”.

ReportAFakeFacebookAccount1

Another menu will pop up – click on “Report this profile”:

ReportAFakeFacebookAccount2

Then click on “Continue”.

Another menu will pop up asking why you’re reporting this profile.  Click on “They’re pretending to be me or someone I know”, then click on “Continue”.

ReportAFakeFacebookAccount3

Hmmmm… I feel like a step is missing here?  If I missed a screenshot, you can probably figure out the next step.  If it asks, obviously tell it you’re reporting a friend’s profile – not your own.  Something like that…

At some point, another menu stating “What You Can Do” will pop up.  Click on “Submit to Facebook for Review”.

ReportAFakeFacebookAccount5

The menu will prompt you for the name of the original account owner’s profile name.  Type their profile name into the prompt and click “Submit”.

ReportAFakeFacebookAccount6

Now that you’ve reported the fake profile to Facebook, you can just click “Done”.

ReportAFakeFacebookAccount7

Good luck!  Thanks for helping keep Facebook safe for your friends and family!

Public Domain Registry doesn’t make sense!

I just ran across a web site that is being used to push fake Adobe Flash Player:

Fake Adobe Flash Player update

Fake Adobe Flash Player update

http://www.stupidityexposed.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

I checked the domain’s registration and saw that it was just registered that day, so I attempted to contact the registrar for the domain:

Public Domain Registry's contact email address

There is was, big as life: abuse-contact@publicdomainregistry.com

Now WHY would you list an abuse email address if you’re not going to accept abuse complaints sent to that email address?!?!

Public Domain Registry's lame response

Someone goes to the trouble of looking up the domain registration, and uses the abuse contact provided to send an email to alert the registrar of a problem, and they can’t accept the email!!  Instead, they send you back an email stating that you need to use some web form to file the complaint instead?!?!?

I’m so tired of Internet Service Providers who are so afraid of their own shadows that they won’t use email to perform the normal operations of a responsible ISP!!  Most ISPs understand that there’s a reason for standardized email addresses (abuse, hostmaster, postmaster, etc), but some ISPs think they’re above the rules and that it’s better to waste people’s time than to just do their jobs!