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WARNING BOGUS OZ SITES SCAM

Posted in Sucky service Providers on August 15, 2019 by asteriondaedalus

I am probably behind the times but…

Bought a power adapter off the net from http://adaptersonline.com.au/

Has .au URL and even English names of contacts.

I ordered a powerpack with the photo clearly showing an OZ pinout.

The item that turned up did not have OZ pinout.

I contacted the seller on PayPal. It turned out the Seller was in China.

They never had adapters with OZ pinouts.

They don’t tell you that when you order one with OZ pinouts

They send you an adapter to cover the fraud, since to return the item registered mail, to ensure that the vendor does not deny the return, is between AUS$9 and AUS$20 dollars. Not a lot of point returning it then.

You are out AUS$25 if you send it unregistered and they deny receiving it.

It will be a real test if PayPal actually provides protection against that kind of death by 1000 cuts style of fraud, as it is too small an amount authorities to act on. Although, how many people are being scammed?

I have since found many Aliexpress stores, claiming to have Australian warehouse, all seem to go through same PO in Regent Park in NSW.

Now is that an Aliexpress warehouse?

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Self induced sabbatical from fun

Posted in Orange Pi, Sucky service Providers, The downside of Opensource, The Downside of software development on February 20, 2018 by asteriondaedalus

Well, not really.

I had another paper to write to get me to a conference.

In the meantime, the dopey OrangePiZero keeps needing reboot every couple of weeks.  Not sure whether its the node-red, the mqtt server OR the hardware.

Previously, when the website went down, I could login via the serial port – so I suspect the hardware again.

I will likely need to pull an ODROID-C off my cluster to take over the house again.

The orangpizero will at least be a great little brain for robots.

Windoze 10 updates SUCK!

Posted in Sucky service Providers on July 14, 2017 by asteriondaedalus

So, you might recall a few months ago I complained because the Windoze 10 update on my PC hung 3/4 of the way through an update.  It just plain stopped.  Sat there for two days.

Well, I thought they would have had a un-admitted problem (Microsoft and McAffee at least being two orgs that roll out problems, deny their existence and then sneak a roll out that fixes the problem).

Who knows.

I bothered to accept an update, in the vain hope they had “fixed” their quality control problem.

Nope.

Hung again.

So I am stuck in limbo with no means to update my PC anymore.

Probably time for a new PC.

github is not southern hemisphere friendly

Posted in Orange Pi, Sucky service Providers, The downside of Opensource on July 8, 2017 by asteriondaedalus

So, as I mentioned last night.  As usual, if you are up late and fiddling with access to code from git you will likely get either unresolved host github, or the new thing which is a problem with certificates which is as likely to do with a timing thing and then again to do with host resolution.

This morning I ran make again and it breezed passed the point it got stuck on last night.

It’s the same time-of-day related behaviour I have seen when running git from my PC.

Aliexpress has gone down hill

Posted in Sucky service Providers on March 18, 2017 by asteriondaedalus

So, last couple of orders from Aliexpress went south.

I ordered 5 more Wemos D1 Mini with 10 more single relay modules.  Got only one of each in the mail.  Contacted the vendor who then sent 20 RFID readers and chips.  Whoops.  Vendor response was to claim to resend the Wemos stuff but nothing has turned up.

A second order from another vendor saw a botch in the form of wrong module sent.  I was after a 3G module with audio input/output, got one without audio.  Nothing to sneeze at as the module I received was twice the price of the module I asked for BUT can’t use it on the project I had in mind. So, got it for half price.

The thing is though, I note you can still add vendor ratings to aliexpress but they are not longer shown on the web pages so you can’t get any warnings about the vendors.

All a bit sleezy.

Firefoxy!

Posted in Sucky service Providers on December 18, 2016 by asteriondaedalus

Got back from run to Jaycar for parts for OpenSprinklette prototype.

Wife was browsing using FireFox.

Downloaded and installed it herself with no need for IT support from me or user groups – which she loathes.

She felt it was twice as fast as Chrome and, of course, she could do her banking – which she couldn’t do with IE(dge).

DOH di DOH di DOH!

Posted in Sucky service Providers on December 18, 2016 by asteriondaedalus

My wife complained that her Google Chrome browser wasn’t working.  So in typical IT support almost but not quite help I said, well goodness gracious me uninstall it and reinstall it.

DOH!

She can’t reinstall.

Turns out an error message is raised whether you try to install with the cloud install or the desktop install.

So, I dropped her into the Google Chrome help group and connected her then searched to find, you guessed it, other people are having the same problem.

Her laptop is that brand spanking new HP Spectre we got a month ago when we went up to the hardware store … no they don’t sell them at hardware stores … you have to understand my wife’s motivations for coming along to the hardware store … it was then 3 hours of torture at half a dozen furniture stores as sales were on … then off to the hardware store, literally for 5 minutes … then off to get a printer cartridge … and an “accidental” HP Spectre purchase ensued.

Go figure, they only had the display model so we had to go across town to another store … another 2 hours of my fast closing life lost.

So, brand new HP Spectre, Windoze 10, and a pesky update of Chrome has likely come through and broken it.

Now the downloads from Chrome don’t work.

Of course, why doesn’t she use the browser formally known as IE(dge), well that’s because it fails to support the webpages my wife’s bank’s servers spit out.   How many billions of dollars does Microsoft have to make before it keeps up with the standards?  And the ultimate insult, they have that new constant automatic user has no control, no way, mechanism.

They just can’t seem to add standards compliance into that pipe (dream).

In any event, I marvelled at having to drop into a Google user group, of a company that makes literally billions of dollars, to watch the ritual of users turning on one another for obviously being stupid and cannot install the software.   You’re not entitled to “help”, not having paid, but you are entitled to what … solace?

Google haven’t admitted to botching the update nor the downloads.   Of course, it can’t be expected to work on every machine.

Who’s to say Microsoft haven’t done one of their naughty knobbling things?  So blasé, been going on so long, you just shrug and keep stumbling on.

And of course the HP Spectre is not exactly the type of machine my wife should expect Chrome to be targeting.

My wife doesn’t even like James Bond.

DOH di DOH DOH, DOh Doh doh, DOH di DOH DOH, DOh Doh doh, DOH DOh, DOH doh DOH!