Archive | June 28, 2013

Tri-Nations Series: West Indies (WI), Sri Lanka (SL) & India (Ind) Starts In Jamaica, WI and ESPN, Again, Steals Coverage.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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A rerun of the sad and sorry situation that us in North America faced with the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2013 — the big difference this time being that ICC-cricket.com is NOT showing any free videos of the series. Bummer. So we are totally at the mercy of bloody ESPN.

Reasons 36 To 40 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#36. Don’t ever believe anybody who tells you, or anything you read online, that the DirecTV Genie is slow. That is a bold face lie. The DirecTV genie is NOT SLOW. It is bloody catatonic!

#37. Fast Forward (FF) on the bloody Genie is so, so, so, so, slow and lethargic that I have to always double, triple check the progress bar at the bottom to see if it is moving and in many cases it is not. That is how slow it is. At its ‘x4’ speed, i.e., the maximum, it is probably going at 1.5x times the normal play speed. 

#38. Once you Fast Forward (or Rewind) and then go back to normal play mode, it takes eons for the sound to kick in. So much so that you have to rewind back a bit to catch up with the sound.

#39. The Genie recorded ’40 minutes’ of a movie for me last night — and while it could have been my fault, i.e., hitting record on a movie that was already playing, it, despite its penchant for popping up the most useless and inane confirmation messages (#32), sure did not ask me to confirm that I was just recording the remainder of a movie — because if it had, I would have said ‘NO’.

#40. This morning, on my Genie Mini, I got a message saying that it could not find a server and asking me to select a server. But, when I hit the button that said, SELECT SERVER, it just told me no server found! Of course I have a server. But it was a useless, annoying dialog. I just recycled power on it and it came back fine.


Unstinted Kudos & HUGE THANK YOU To Bank Of America.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Over the last 16 days, ever since my disastrous, nightmarish move to DirecTV, I have just felt abused, raped and degraded by DirecTV and TDS Telecom (who handle my DISH billing) — though to be fair during that same period I had service from DISH (yes, DISH), Google (on one of our 3 Nexus 7 pads) and Direct Sat (who refunded me my whole payment) that exceed expectations.

But, I had still been feeling battered and bruised — and mentally exhausted.

A wonderful company with great values. I love interacting with Fidelity. It is the ONLY phone call I enjoy making and even look forward to!

This morning as month end approaches I had to do some financial transactions. I first called up Fidelity. I had been saving this call till today. Dealing with Fidelity is ALWAYS a pleasure. They are so nice. So helpful. So pleasant. I am not a phone person. Never have been. But, I enjoy calling Fidelity. So, I called them up. As ever, piece of cake. Smooth as can be. No hassle. No aggravation. Just pure unadulterated ‘service with a smile’. I like Fidelity.

Then I called up Bank of America. I often see folks, especially on CraigsList (Boston & NH), ranting, foaming at the mouth, about BofA. I have been with them for a long time. I really have never had any problems with them. I have always found that they do their very best to help you out. I have multiple credit cards with them and we have a checking out with them — since they were the only bank in the U.S. that was able to accept, electronically, my very small pension from the U.K.! I enjoy dealing with BofA too — except that with them I also get to interact with them in person if I visit one of their local branches in Concord, Manchester or Rochester.

So this morning I called them. As nice as they can be. Answered all my questions. Then out of the blue, this rep says something along the lines of: ‘You have been a good customer for a long time. You have an excellent record with your credit cards. Let us do YOU A FAVOR and help you out even more …‘. No, I am not stupid enough to tell you the details. But, I was staggered and it takes a lot to stagger me. This was way beyond anything I had expected. It was like winning the lottery! Wow. I am impressed, and humbled. There was absolutely no reason that BofA had to do what they did. I had not asked for anything. I was just going through some numbers.

Suffice to say I am delighted. Yes, it was a big, unexpected favor. Of late I am totally jaundiced. I expect nothing from people. As I pointed out the other day, of late I can empathize with this squirrel and TDS and DirecTV have a lot to do with that sentiment. So, this was really great. Made my day. Actually it has made my year!

With This Post I Claim ‘First Use Rights’ Of The Term ‘Infactrivs’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Of course there is a reason. There is (and has always been) a method to my madness.

I just want ‘first use right’ if this ever, ever came up (not that it really can because among other things book titles cannot be copyrighted!)

I did a Google & BING search just to be sure.

Beauty of today’s blogging. A WordPress post which is timestamped and preserved (forever by WordPress) is such a wonderful and totally free way to establish a claim.

With luck all will become clear soon. 

In the meantime try out the word. It really does roll off your tongue. Yes, ‘today’ (actually yesterday since it is now 1 am), it having been Deanna’s birthday, we went for a long walk on Old Orchard Beach, ME. This word came to my head while I was walking. The joys of befriending your brain.


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