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I File A ‘Better Business Bureau’ Complaint Against Samsung — 2.5 Months Without Ice-Maker!

by Anura Guruge



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Bloody Samsung finally, finally, finally sent a technician on September 8, 2017 to look at the non-functioning ice-maker. He took one look and said you need a NEW ice-maker and I will order one for you.

Then Samsung CLOSED the Trouble Ticket — so that the technician can’t order a new one! Just bloody amazing.

So, we have no recourse. They closed the Trouble Ticket without fixing ANYTHING. It is beyond the pale.

I have had fairly good luck with the BBB. So, I am hoping that they will bail me out again.


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CCleaner (32-Bit Windows Version) Has Been HACKED — I am Totally Disgusted With Bloody Avast!

by Anura Guruge


From Time.com. Click image to access original. Google for MORE.


The CCleaner Twitter feed. Get latest on Twitter.


This is just incredible and DISGUSTING.

Bloody Avast, if not for it totally inability to show any type of humility, should be hanging their bloody heads in SHAME.

The Avast servers were HACKED! That does NOT say much about their bloody security software AND I am a customer (and have been for too many years).

But, I am going to show my displeasure in the only bloody way that Avast understand. I am going to ditch them and stop giving them the $$$ that I have done for years.

Bloody Avast.

No, I do NOT use CCleaner. No software can clean my PC better than I! {Smile} Please do remember, I have been using computers were 49 years and made a reasonable living as a computer professional for 30-years. So, I do know a bit about computers.

I have always maintained that ‘antivirus’ software (including the likes of CCleaner) are the BIGGEST and most dangerous viruses you can have on a PC.

Kaspersky — who I never, ever trusted. Equifax and now this.

I am far from amused. IF you use CCleaner get cracking. You have been raped in your sleep.


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Get A 10% (15% If Prime) Discount On Amazon By Getting A $100 Gift Card For YOUR Own Use!

by Anura Guruge


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I needed to buy a few things today (including a 72mm polarizing filter for my a7 II for shooting fall foliage) when I kept on getting this blue $10 off message next to the price.

So, I checked. It was poorly worded and ‘confusing’ to begin with. Kept on saying I had to RELOAD MY GIFT CARD BALANCE. But, it got me thinking.

I had $0 balance on my own personal ‘gift card’ — which is essentially another Amazon funding source. Amazon had loaded $1xx.00 onto it when traded-in my dreaded Sony Full-Frame FE 28-70mm zoom in mid-August, 2017. I had spent that all when I got my mitre/chop saw to do the rails on our deck. Hence, the $0.00.

But, here was the deal. Reload that ‘card’/account with $100 and I get another $10 as an additional bonus. So, $110 for $100.

Then it gets better IF you are Amazon Prime and use your ‘Amazon Prime Store Card’. You get $5 back as cash-back! S0, $115 for $100.

Yes, of course, I had to ‘pay’ Amazon $100 to get the $15 BUT it isn’t as if I was just giving them the money. I knew I would spend that $100 within the month.

So, I pulled the trigger. And it worked. $10 back at once, and $5 in my credit card account.

I like 15% discounts. Talking of which I had a 15% off coupon from Friendly’s the other day. Used that too. {Smile}


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Samsung 24.5 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator Stops Making Ice After 4-Months!

by Anura Guruge


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We bought this Samsung 24.5 Cu. Ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator, Model RS25H5111BC, from Best Buy (Concord, NH), and had it delivered and installed by them. The delivery was impressive and when they noticed that one of the doors was dented the delivery guys arranged to have a new door to replace that. That happened in about 2 weeks. So we were happy with all of that.

Then about four (maybe six) weeks ago, around the end of July 2017, it suddenly stopped making ice. Deanna did all the things you are supposed to do. She read the instructions, scoured the Internet and checked YouTube. She discovered it had ice build up on the mechanical part which releases the ice cubes. She defrosted the ice maker and it was fine for awhile longer until it happened again. After that nothing — maybe 3 ice cubes in 24-hours.

Called Best Buy. They were not interested. They told Deanna to call Samsung. She did. They said they would schedule a technician to make a call. We made an appointment. No technician BUT plenty of automated calls asking how the technician did!

Called Samsung again on Friday. They said a technician would call by Tuesday. It is Wednesday now.

Just giving you a heads up.


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Negative Warnings On Amazon Finally Make A Difference; AMZN Ends At 3 Month Low.

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August 25, 2107 Front-Page story on ‘MarketWatch‘.

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August 22, 2107 Front-Page story on ‘MarketWatch’.

LEAD story on ‘Marketwatch’ Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Click image to access original.


From ‘MarketWatch’, close of market, Friday, August 25, 2017. Click ENLARGE and study.


There was a sharp $15 drop on Thursday, August 24, 2017 but as the afternoon wore on buyers piled in and the loss was cut in half. [I just happened to luck out and do a decent option trade, around noon, when it was close to the low of the day. {Smile}].

On Friday it went down all day, albeit not dramatically — just drifted downwards slowly. But, it closes BELOW $950 at a 3-month low.

Yes, it could drift lower. $925 is realistic. But, I don’t think it will go much below that — BUT I could be wrong.


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Day ‘MarketWatch’ Says Amazon Is Set To Drop Below 10% It Goes Up 1.43%

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LEAD story on ‘Marketwatch’ Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Click image to access original.


Amazon (AMZN) went up $13.61, i.e., 1.43% on that day, i.e., August 22, 2017. Data from ‘MarketWatch’. Click to ENLARGE and view here.


It was pretty AMAZING but I had a hunch that this would be case. Yes, AMZN at $953 was cheap after the recent sell-off.

However, I have to agree that AMZN will go down, quite a bit, before the year is out BEFORE coming STORMING back into the $1,150s! I am writing options even higher that that! {SMILE}

So be CAREFUL. We will see $940, if not lower, before the December 31, 2017 — per my hunch. You have now been officially warned.


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Amazon Still Profligate In Its Packaging.

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The 5 Solar Eclipse PAPER glasses I received
Thursday, August 17, 2017.


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EXACTLY as they arrived.

Nothing removed, nothing rearranged. Untouched.


This is CRAZY.

This is irresponsible.


It was not fragile. There was nothing to break. These could have been easily shipped in a padded envelope.

Waste of resources. Yes, the air doesn’t weigh much BUT the box takes up space on planes, trucks and in the USPS vehicles. Plus the cardboard (which, to be fair, we recycle).

I have complained before about Amazon (as you can see below), and I do so as HUGE fan, a loyal customer and above all a very-happy shareholder (of AMZN).

UPS, cleverly, tried to get Amazon to be better by changing their pricing to include package DIMENSIONS as well as weight. Well, Amazon doesn’t use UPS that much, anymore! This was sent via USPS.


From January 18, 2016. Click image to access my post on THIS blog.


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