KFC Double Down Sandwich Meal
I decide to try the new KFC Double Down sandwich meal completely on a whim. When I hear the price, $7.57 for a sandwich, drink, and ‘tater wedges, I realized I had made a mistake. Normally you can get a 3 piece fried chicken dinner, two sides and a beeos’kit for this kinda scratch. But hey.. it’s a sandwich with chicken patties as buns powered by cheese and bacon in the middle (prepared by KFC no less). This has winner written all over it. Right?!?!
The ‘tater wedges aren’t done so they ask me to pull around and wait. When the meal shows up and they hand me the bag… I could tell it wasn’t gonna be pretty. The bag weighed about a $1.50’s worth. I pull the sandwich out and take a bite. My Double Down was dry and bitter. I’m still not sure about that bitter part… The chicken patties were cold, probably from waiting on the wedges and the cheese in the middle was not melted. All signs care wasn’t taken with my lunch. (more…)
I get the gremlins bad.. by bad I’m talkin’… every single ethernet interface in my house gets fried simultaneously. Routers, switches, all the supporting hardware.. even my poor Xbox 360 wasn’t spared. When the ISP tech splits, he leaves me a Westel 9100EM (Westel A90-9100EM15-10) router to replace my fried one. Connectivity is simple with the exception of port forwards they’re convaluted but managable. I go about my biddness.
A week goes by and I begin to notice when I’m inside on the home LAN connectivity to my (local lan) web server is spotty with the server returning “page cannot be found” 3 outta 5 times I try to connect. Outside the LAN on the interweb I can connect to the same server just fine. That’s when it dawns on me… it’s the f’n router. (It doesn’t like these cans?!)
My friend Bert is a very simple PC user as far as that goes. Email, pictures, and taxes. He’s still uses dial-up internet. When Bert begins to receive the error message “Juno is verifying your email folders” he calls me. Turns out Bert has had a run in with a rootkit thanks to not being protected by AVG free. I pull Bert’s drive, run an offline file system scan with Microsoft’s free antivirus, anti-malware program Security Essentials and it removes the culprit. Like cancer though, when you eliminate the bad you’re often left with a mess in its wake.
I return Bert’s PC to him free of popups & browsing fine via Ethernet, but have no way of testing his Juno dial up. Then I get the call I was hoping to avoid. Bert’s PC is still throwin’ down the error about Juno verifying email folders. Sigh. So I tell Bert to contact Juno on their customer support line as they would be the experts on their software. Bert’s like, “I tried that but they want to charge me for it.” I’m thinking right away there must be some misunderstanding. Bert pays for the service each month. They’ve got to provide connectivity support right? So I call Juno @ 888-839-5866. Not surprisingly it’s easier to google Juno’s customer service number on someone else’s site. Sigh. I’m in and begin navigating my way to what I’m sure will be a free and hopefully cheerful/knowledgeable customer support rep. FAIL! I’m greeted by a voice menu telling me how mutha’ scratchin’ wrong I am.. and all for two dollars a minute. 10 cents, 25 cents maybe.. but seriously two dollars a minute?! My father tells me customer service went out the window when gas stations stopped pumping your gas for you. I bet my Juno revelation wouldn’t surprise him a bit.
I’ll get Bert squared away. Juno’s free online web customer support… you know the one Bert can’t access himself because he can’t get online… has a simple 32 step help article that basically has you backup, delete, and restore your profile. why? Because these Juno cork soakers don’t provide online storage.
Time to talk to Bert about Gmail.
For whatever reason… ok.. ok.. price. I tried another Stinksys product. Sigh. The always delightful SRW248G4 “almost” managed ethernet switch ladies and gentlemen. (more…)