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Asexual intercourse [Jul. 11th, 2007|02:42 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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Naturally, I can' sleep when I need to be rested the most. One of my fellow co-workers has taken the week off, so I have to do the work of three people: his job, my job, and the job of the person that has been there nigh a year and still can't figure out which end is up. If I were smart I'd be backing up my data now, but then I couldn't procrastinate about that tomorrow.


A Dream Come True Turns into a Nightmare
No, I didn't sleep with a hooker and get AIDS. I purchased a 60 GB Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Extra, one of the best first-gen (and dare I say all time) MP3 players ever made. I've wanted this puppy for years. stormreaver has been pressuring me into purchasing a 20 GB MP3 player from him. This of course I cannot do as I have more data then that and so I gracefully declined the offer on the off-brand MP3 player. I was really excited about bidding on this item as I had been salivating over it for years and recently discovered that Creative is no longer manufacturing nor supporting the device any longer. I had watched two go for $122.50 a piece. Granted they were used, but when the item was first put on the market, they were in the $250-$350 range.

I found an auction that had several days to go on it, placed a modest bid and planned to wait out the crowd until the last few minutes of the auction. Come to find out, there was a bidder with a feedback score of 0 (that's "zero" for those of you in Texas; it means he had never bought anything and no one had anything good to say about him). In each auction, he had kept bumping the price up; I noticed this too late. The auction was set to close at 1955 CST, July 4th. That morning, he had finally broken my bid of $90 with a bid of $91. Smiling to myself, I let this sit all day knowing he was an asshole. What I didn't know was that he was a bigger asshole then me.

My plan was to hold out as long as I could before making a killing bid as he had been inching things up a dollar at a time throughout the bid. With exactly five minutes left in the auction, I place my bid. He outbid me immediately (it wasn't an automatic bid; he was sitting behind the keyboard watching this thing.) So I outbid him. Then he me. So on and so forth. With fifteen seconds left in the auction, I placed my final bid and won the auction for $120. Not bad. Granted, it was the $71 the auction had sat at for two days with my name on it, but I did get the item for below what the other two auctions had and it was my country's birthday, so I was going to celebrate.

As you may know, I've had a lot of financial trouble here lately. What you may not know is that I've been working two jobs for the past three months and have really knuckled down and denied myself so I could dig out of my hole. I could afford this purchase if I split the payment between cash in the bank and the little bit of credit I had on a card. Immediately upon conclusion of the auction, I went to do precisely this and learned a hard lesson with bitter tears: don't do business with Paypal. I now hate them more then I hate Best Buy and I refuse to walk into that store.

Paypal does not allow you to make an Ebay purchase with multiple funding sources. I looked and looked for this option on their website and even spent half an hour on the phone with them listening to some girl chatter away in Engrish giving me solutions to problems I did not have. Upon assessment of the situation, I decided that since there was enough credit available on the card, I could charge the entire purchase and then immediately make a payment on the card for the amount that I was going to pay out of my account in the first place. No big deal, right?

Now, knowing that I have read Howton's Botswanan Minister of Treasury and laughed him to scorn, what do you think happened next?

I filled out the information and clicked "Pay". Instead of getting a confirmation page, I got a "thank you for your money from your bank account, sucker!" page. As a proud Opera user, I used my mouse gesture to go back to the cached version of the previous page. The area for selecting where the funds were going to transfer from was at the bottom of the page that one has to scroll down to for interaction! While there was money enough to cover the charge, there wasn't money enough to cover the charge plus all the legitimate transactions I had pending.

I called Paypal and listened to more Engrish. The only solution they offered me was to have the seller refund the money as they could not cancel the transaction once it had been initiated. The seller did so within ten minutes of my sending him an email. Of course, what takes Paypal less the a second to obtain takes them days to give back. Now mind you, this all occurred on the Wednesday the Fourth. Over the weekend the money left my account--right as those legitimate transactions were coming through. I could see that they were going to bounce the account and there was nothing I could do about it. Besides, the bank would charge me the fee, pay for the transactions and I'd only be out $38.

Or so I thought.

It turns out that the bank charges $38 for every transaction that clears the bank with insufficient funds. As the money involving Paypal left and came back, no less then five (5) $38 overdraft charges were applied to my account, meaning I can't pay bills that were due this week more specifically Thursday. Guess when I get my next paycheck? Ring ding to the guy in the back who answered Friday.

Of course, I didn't know that I was going to get dinged for each item, I thought it was just one fee. This is the same bank that closed my credit card account without notifying me first. Despite having a checking account with them for three years without bouncing a single check as well as getting a card with them that I have always paid on time and well above the minimum monthly payment, the bank only thought it was worth it to remove on charge. I'm willing to lay a dollar to a doughnut that had my last name been Fuentes, not only would they have refunded every overdraft fee, I might could have made some money on the whole deal. Of course it's possible that something hasn't cleared yet or that the bank will charge me another two or three rounds just because they can. Thankfully, Reggie is a great enough friend that he lent me $100 to get ahead of the eight ball.

Let's recap: an MP3 player that originally cost me $120 wound up costing me $120 (original price) + $152 (overdraft fees) + inability to make credit card payment +$39 late fee on said card + $39 over limit fee + $100 from Reggie = $450 + psychological and emotional damages. That thing had better work like a charm with nary a problem for years.

I now feel like a fool for being in a worse position then Howton when he chequed in with the Botswanan Minister of Treasury. I considered Bogarting his title If I Were Smarter, This Would Be Easier. I swear, there's a tax on the creation of wealth. Tony Montana got it right when he said "You know what capitalism is? Getting' fucked!" It's just too bad I didn't have a tube of Cherry Flavor Anal Eaze.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-07-11 02:18 pm (UTC)
This of course I cannot do as I have more data then that and so I gracefully declined the offer on the off-brand MP3 player.
Explain to me exactly how a portable mp3 player has to have a larger capacity than your mp3 collection? Can you not sync it? What happens when you go over 60GB in your collection? Will you have to buy another mp3 player? Can you not sync it? Do you plan on removing the mp3's from your filesystem and retaining them ONLY on your mp3 player? What happens if your mp3 player requires a firmware upgrade? Can you not sync it? WHY THE FUCK WOULD ANYONE ONLY EVER PURCHASE AN MP3 PLAYER WHICH WAS AT A GREATER CAPACITY THAN THEIR MP3 COLLECTION? ARE THEY RETARDED?

I wonder what people like you think of people like me. I have a 72GB mp3 collection, and a 1GB iPod. "How does he do it?" They must wonder. Its not magic, people - I can pick and choose as often as I like which 240 songs I wish to carry with me. It's amazing! Damn that ehowton sure is a smart fella! *eyeroll*

My ass bleeds for your logic.

BTW - since when is a 'Creative' portable mp3 player not an off-brand?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-11 05:01 pm (UTC)
Explain to me exactly how a portable mp3 player has to have a larger capacity than your mp3 collection?
So that I can not only add my 20 or so GB collection that I have now, but I will have room to grow it later and take the whole thing with me wherever I go: work, car, the airport or the harem.

Can you not sync it?
As this is what one might term a first generation MP3 player, in a word no. That is to say, you can't mount it as a drive and then use a tool such as Synctoy. At least, that's not the way the software that came with the player and, alas, Creative has deprecated this product, but that is why I run Linux. Maybe I have a little hacking project. Maybe.

What happens when you go over 60GB in your collection?
I'll weed out those items I don't use that often.

Will you have to buy another mp3 player?
In time, I expect that I will. An MP3 player is just a mini computer of sorts; as such, hard drives fail as do printed circuit boards. According to the second law of thermodynamics, all things tend to a state of disorder, ergo the MP3 player will as some point fail and have to be replaced.

o you plan on removing the mp3's from your filesystem and retaining them ONLY on your mp3 player?
No. Why the hell would I want to do that? The purpose of getting a capacity MP3 player is to be able to take my collection with me, not to remove it from a file system.

What happens if your mp3 player requires a firmware upgrade?
See response to Can you not sync it?.

WHY THE FUCK WOULD ANYONE ONLY EVER PURCHASE AN MP3 PLAYER WHICH WAS AT A GREATER CAPACITY THAN THEIR MP3 COLLECTION?
While I do have a lot of sway over public opinion, I do not control or represent the entire populace of the globe outside of yourself. You just think that I do.

I wonder what people like you think of people like me.
We think you're retarded.

I can pick and choose as often as I like...
Really? Is your MP3 player Bluetooth or air card capable? Can you obtain which ever 240 songs you want while your barreling down the interstate at 90 MPH? While your on the jon crapping your guts out? While your on a plane with no internet connection? While you're on the battlefield fighting Communism? If you can so, you not only deserve the title of IT guru, you should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for a lifetime achievement in connectivity. That's impressive.

Damn that ehowton sure is a fart smeller smartass!
Why, yes, he is!

My ass bleeds for your logic.
You might want finish taking your dump, then sync your 1 GB iPod and then you can devote all of your (limited) cycles to my logic.

BTW - since when is a 'Creative' portable mp3 player not an off-brand?
iPods are not the only MP3 players, nor were they the first to capture the market. You know what the irony is? Apple had to make a Windows compliant device/software package to capture that market. $200 for a 2GB MP3 player when you can get a several hundred GB laptop hard drive for the same price and create you own MP3 player? I think not.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-11 08:13 pm (UTC)

correction

I can sync my MP3 player via Winamp.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-07-12 01:00 am (UTC)

Re: correction

I was mocking you. I stand by everything I said. To think anything else would be retarded.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-12 01:13 am (UTC)

Re: correction

To think that people have a database they can sync to that is available to them under any circumstances with 100% uptime and connectivity so that they can choose from a paltry 240 songs at any given time is retarded.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-07-12 01:35 am (UTC)

Re: correction

The world's smallest mp3 player.
Sometimes, size counts ;)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-12 09:37 am (UTC)

Re: correction

yes. It does help to have a large storage medium so you can hold more data. Why don't you apply your logic to servers? You only need so many files at a time. Why not have smaller hardrives and then swap the 240 files that you need whenever you need them?

Ass.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-07-12 12:34 pm (UTC)

Re: correction

I'm sorry you're retarded.

Yes, capacity is one of those things which is good. Like server storage.

This is generally tempered with size.

It's a balance.

Let me ask you this: Why do people buy laptops or handhelds? They run slower processors than desktop computers, slower RAM, and don't have near the storage capacity. Are people stupid?

NO! They buy it for its size! It's smaller! It's cool because it's mobile. The smaller, the better in some circumstances! People have been working on miniaturization of the microprocessor since it was invented - now you have to ask yourself, are these people stupid, or are you?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-12 12:47 pm (UTC)

Re: correction

I avoided getting a laptop for years because it was cost prohibative to match the strength of a desktop. Now that the difference is nigh nominal (excepting extreem computing tasks such as compiling, [depending on the machine] video editing, etc.) I have moved to a mobile platform. However, there are many things pushing me back to wanting a desktop, more specifically a Mac Pro.
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[User Picture]From: drax0r
2007-07-11 11:32 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't sleep with a hooker and get AIDS.

I'm glad to hear you're practicing safe sex.


I purchased a 60 GB Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Extra, one of the best first-gen (and dare I say all time) MP3 players ever made.

Wow! A 1st gen mp3 player. Do you sync it with your 386 SX? It too was cutting edge and expensive when it first came out but I certainly wouldn't buy one today no matter how cheap.



What I didn't know was that he was a bigger asshole then me.

Now that is an accomplishment.



I went to do precisely this and learned a hard lesson with bitter tears: don't do business with Paypal.

Don't tell people not to do business with a company simply because you've got unreasonable expectations of them. Paypal had their problems years ago but I've found them to be a good online trading partner.



I filled out the information and clicked "Pay". Instead of getting a confirmation page, I got a "thank you for your money from your bank account, sucker!"

Ha, you've got to be smarter than the web site. It seems like you weren't.



It turns out that the bank charges $38 for every transaction that clears the bank with insufficient funds.

The little boy cried out and threw the snake upon the ground. "Mr. Snake, why did you do that? Now I will surely die!" The rattlesnake looked up at him and grinned, "You knew what I was when you picked me up."


Of course, I didn't know that I was going to get dinged for each item, I thought it was just one fee.

Congratulations, now that you've learned that everyone in the world now understands how that works.



Let's recap: an MP3 player that originally cost me $120 wound up costing me $120 (original price) + $152 (overdraft fees) + inability to make credit card payment +$39 late fee on said card + $39 over limit fee + $100 from Reggie = $450 + psychological and emotional damages.

Dude, you could have just bought an iPod and saved yourself the psychological and emotional damages. On top of it, you'd also have something worth having: a decent mp3 player.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-12 12:25 am (UTC)
Dude, you could have just bought an iPod and saved yourself the psychological and emotional damages. On top of it, you'd also have something worth having: a decent mp3 player.
I'm quite happy with the item I have purchased. And it isn't as primative as I thought it was, rather I was going about the transfer the wrong way.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-07-12 01:00 am (UTC)
For $450 you could've bought a nice iPod.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-12 01:09 am (UTC)
Perhaps. But I have no intention of using iTunes.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-07-12 01:42 am (UTC)
Let's pretend just for a minute that its your ignorance talking - iTunes is a most awesome application for OSX. Even I wouldn't install it on Windows.

Supposing you're running linux, please check out Amarok prior to running your suck-hole again please. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

For Windows (at work for example) I use PodPlayer.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-12 09:38 am (UTC)
I use Winamp, which can run on Linux via Wine.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-07-12 12:19 pm (UTC)
Uh...dude, this is the iPod-and-what-you-could-possibly-use-to-play-them with-other-than-iTunes-since-with-the-money-you-spent you-could've-purchased-one-thread.

No one cares about what you currently use. Sorry. Oh, and just like Opera, WinAmp was cool in 1999. It's no longer cool. So, ya know, you might not want to broadcast that.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-12 12:49 pm (UTC)
How the fuck is Winamp not cool? It is still the only player that openly supports user created plugins, DSPs, decoders/encoders, is fully skinnable and free to the public.

CLI is great for many things. Listening to MP3s is not one of them.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2007-07-12 01:03 pm (UTC)
CLI is great for many things. Listening to MP3s is not one of them.
I disagree. mp3123 is the most lightweight mp3 app I've ever had the pleasure to use. And you preach about bloat. You're a hypocrite through-and-through.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2007-07-12 01:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, mp3123 is a great, lightweight mp3 player, but it doesn' suit my needs.

I want a player that I can dynamically on the fly create and rearrange playlists with. I want to be able to search for media based on metatag data and I want keyboard shortcuts for naviagation. Furthermore, I want a VU meter and DSPs. You can't do that from a command line.

Winamp is the best canidate that suits these needs for me, ergo, I am not being hipocritical.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-03-10 04:09 am (UTC)
I would now like to retract this statement. It is a misprint. It should read: "I am very happy with the $49 purchase that I made."
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