Archive for March, 2007

Nine Days of Screwing…

March 28, 2007

Now there's a post title that'll drive some traffic….pr0n seekers –  sorry to disappoint…

It is remarkable how stressful and distracting it is when you get your car broken into, and then you proceed to get bent over and screwed by your insurance company, insurance broker and two different mechanics. It's 9 days later and I still don't have my car back from what is supposed to be a 4 hour repair.

This little descent into hell began when I found out I was not (and never have been) covered for a rental car. Then the first mechanic told me the parts were back-ordered to the end of March. I felt he was lying and that he thought I was some sort of idiot (no – that was the guy who started all this). After 2 days of unreturned phone calls from my broker and insurer, I managed to get the car to my own mechanic who told me they could get the same parts within 2 days. Now it seems the 2 days has turned into 4 days.

The most frustrating thing is that everybody I've talked to (other than the mechanics) tells me it's a 4 hour repair. Nine days for a 4 hour repair??

Okay, maybe there's a delay getting parts. But NINE DAYS!!?? C'mon people!

I'm a nice guy (trust me). I absolutely hate getting angry with people. That's why I almost never ever do it. But if I don't get my car back tomorrow (as has been promised as of this morning) I'm going to be very ashamed and guilty of my behaviour.

To top things off, my insurer now tells me that my aftermarket car stereo depreciates in value 10% per year (which is fine) PROVIDED I have the receipt for it. Grrrrr. Otherwise they only reimburse for 50%. I have the box. I have the manual. Cripes, I think I still have the remote control!! (provided Idiot didn't take that too). But the receipt? C'mon. We'll be sparring over that one folks.

Sorry for the venting post. Be glad they're few and far between for me.

Go look at some nice XMMS2 logo entries if you need some happy-fying like me. Inkscape doodling has been a saving grace for me this week.

I'll go get a coffee now and see if I still hit 'send' when I get back…

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I Bought a Nokia 6265i – opinions wanted…

March 21, 2007

One of the other things stolen from my car was the car charger for my cell phone. My desktop charger was ruined a year or so ago in a kitchen sink mishap (don’t ask), so the car charger was my sole means of keeping my trusty 5 year old Audiovox 8300 phone ticking.

Well since the battery was almost completely spent, I decided to head to a local Telus store up the road from my work. It turns out that the only charger for this phone was in a Telus store somewhere in Quebec and it was gonna be several days before they could get it. Aaargh – frickin car stealing idiots!!

So instead I decided to get a new phone. With my service plan unchanged and renewing for a 3 year contract (I’ve been satisfied if not happy with Telus for the past 9 years) I picked up a Nokia 6265i for zero cost plus the activation fee.

I am not a convergence device guy. I wanted a good phone that I would be using probably only as a phone. It would be nice to have data capabilities if I need them in the future, but it wasn’t crucial. I probably only text message a couple times a month so that wasn’t a key feature either. It’s got what is supposed to be a good 2 MP camera, but being a DSLR owner I know I probably wouldn’t be overly impressed and truly, it wouldn’t have been a deal-breaker if it didn’t have a camera at all.

So it has a slew of fancy features, most of which I probably won’t ever use (mp3 playback and an internal fm radio too).

It’s sad to say, with me being so interested in technology and the information age, but what really sold me was the sliding keyboard and internal antenna. Everyone and their grandmother has a flip phone these days – I wanted something different. And hey, you’ve got to admit those phones in the Matrix were kinda cool 🙂

Now if Brad Kellet or others could just chime in here and give me a much more educated opinion on my purchase it would be much appreciated!

New 4GB CF Card – $129 Not Bad Eh?

March 20, 2007

On a lighter note, the day before Idiot broke into my car, I picked up a new 4GB compact flash card for, get this, $129.00 CDN.

I took a look at an old Shutterbug magazine from November 2003, its cover story touting the news that Lexar had released the worlds first 4GB flash card. At that time, it’s street price was $1500.00 USD!!

I heard just a few days ago that flash memory pricing has taken a real dip as of late. So if you’re interested in a new card, maybe now’s the time.

Idiot breaks into my car steals stereo, leaves DSLR

March 20, 2007

At work today, sometime between 8:50am and 12:20pm, I was paid a visit by a person henceforth known as “Idiot”. Idiot proceeded to punch out the door lock on my car and enter the vehicle. Then Idiot hammered in the ignition switch on my steering column and twisted the steering column housing. After this, Idiot ripped out and stole the my cheapy $140 car stereo. And in a final despicable act of sheer cowardice, Idiot took my cell phone car charger.

After a couple of hours and phone calls to my insurance company, police and auto shop, I was in a tow truck on my way to a 300 dollar deductible and a rental car.

One thing I didn’t know was that while my insurance policy has comprehensive and collision coverage, it doesn’t foot the bill for a rental car (hence the low-buck Hyundai Accent rental currently sitting in my garage). I guess that’s the price I pay for a circa $100 monthly car insurance bill. 😉

And while I could think of a million other creative names to call the offender, I think ‘Idiot’ is the most appropriate only because there was a knapsack-style camera bag holding my Canon Rebel XT DSLR, 3 Canon lenses and a miniDV camcorder in the front passenger side footwell which Idiot somehow missed.

Needless to say, when the camera bag accompanies me to work, it’s coming into the office with me from now on.

Hopefully my car will be fixed up in a day or two. Twelve years and 330,000km aside, the car’s still in very good shape, but I think I’m only a few months away from a new car purchase, so I don’t think I’ll spring for a car alarm system on this one (not that it necessarily would have stopped Idiot from being an idiot anyway).

Hope everyone had a better day than I did.


Formula 1 – 07 goes tonight!

March 17, 2007

Jeez.. I almost missed it. The 2007 Formula One season is already underway and Round 1 in Australia is on tonight!

Better yet, I can finally cheer for Ferrari (not that I necessarily will) once again now that Schumacher is gone. I've been sworn enemies of Ferrari's F1 effort ever since 1997 on that dark day in Jerez, Spain when  the German intentionally tried to drive Canuck Jacques Villeneuve off the road.

I haven't followed much if any of the pre-season shenanigans, but I've always like Kimi and cheered for Alonso in his battles with Schumacher (no surprise there).

I'm still not behind any specific horse at this point. Let's see what happens down under tonight.

Tag clouds please step to the right…

March 15, 2007

Astute visitors to this blog will now notice a nice tag cloud over on the right. Please direct your applause to phydeaux3. About 3 cut and pastes and 5 minutes later, my template was modified to show the cloud in all it’s glory.

Now onto the task of revamping my blogroll and adding the Flickr zeitgeist….

Inkscape Screencast 7 – Funkified Text

March 13, 2007

My 7th Inkscape screencast is up. This time I used inkscape to produce the “Funkified Text” [ patent pending 😉 ] you see above.

Like all the others, I had a fun time doing it. I hope somebody, somewhere finds it useful.