October 17th, 2004

angry, Buttercup


Am in a growly growly spiky mood at the moment, so I thought I'd write about it in an attempt to calm down.

Egg. They must die. Bastard spammers that they are. When the Egg card launched it was a internet-based credit card that was cheap to run because they didn't send you paper bills, it offered 0% credit on balance transfers for the first 6 months, and a pretty low APR even after that. So they were generally non-evil for the first couple of years. At some point they realised they weren't getting much new business because everyone who used the internet already had an Egg card and their rates were too cheap for them to make enough money. So they started sending out paper spam. In large quantities. Initially just to their existing account holders ("as a valued customer of Egg, we'd like to offer you a low-cost loan / insurance / loan insurance ..."), then to everyone and anyone.

At the moment, we are getting 3-4 letters a week from Egg addressed to one former occupier of our house alone - plus another 1-5 addressed to random other occupiers at less frequent intervals. I am quite thoroughly pissed off. They pay no attention to the fact I'm returning everything straight back to them, and just continue to send more. Hence the most recent bunch of Egg spam is being returned with the phrases "PLEASE take this address off your mailing list, we get 3 letters a week from you and we're sick of it", "Why don't you just change your company name to Spam, it's what you do?" and "STOP SENDING US THIS CRAP" written on it as well as the usual "Moved away 10 months ago, Return to sender" stuff. Hopefully they'll get the hint. Yeah, right.

Does sending someone 3 junk mail letters a week make them more likely to use a business? Honestly? Is there anyone who wouldn't find that completely harassing? Egg have pretty much guaranteed that they will never get any of my business, because I don't support spammers on principle. Email spam, paper spam, telephone spam - it's all spam in my book.

Well, they officially have 3 months and 3 weeks before they have to stop sending us spam, by law. Here's how.

Not that I think the MPS really has that much power, but we can hope.
  • Current Mood
    pissed off pissed off
perky, wolfy

further teeth

Other sources of pissed-off-ness in my life:

T-Mobile, who are bastard spammers of a different order. This is a more complicated issue that would require friends-only-ness to go into. But believe me, it's annoying.

Twonkyvision, a.k.a. the linux server for the Netgear MP3 player-that-plugs-into-a-proper-stereo thing that Richard bought. It is complete and utter pants. Bastard thing crashes at least every 6 songs, if not more often. It also removes a lot of the bass from tracks, which isn't so bad with perky synthpop but is bloody annoying with punk or METAL!! We know it is the software at fault not the hardware, because Richard installed the corresponding Windows server under WINE, and it played the MP3s flawlessly, complete with bass, and didn't actually crash.

We can't run the player using the Windows server, though, because a) Windows is evil and more importantly, b) we have a network and it can't cope with files that are on non-local drives.

I would just like to be able to hear more than half a song at a time! Argh!!

And I hate being in a bad mood because there are many things in my life that are not crap, such as we have a wonderful house which is amazingly more tidy than before the party?!, and we had a great party last night with extremely cute and sexy people, and the house is still full of interesting people and things. But I'm all full of growl and teeth and I need to get it out.

Apparently I have to stop ranting now because Richard wants to eat dinner and I'm stopping him doing that :)
  • Current Music
    Death to the Pixies - with random gaps