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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Dead Nexus 7

Recently, my Nexus 7 died on me.

I was an early adopter, ordering it the week it came out, so I wasn't too surprised it was a little glitchy. However, about two weeks ago, it stopped turning on.
I tried doing soft restarts to no avail. It would pretend to startup, then the screen would just fill with 'static' (it's not really static since there's no incoming signal to scramble).
I was able to get to occasionally to the hard restart menu, but when I tried to wipe it, I'd get this sad looking image:
A dead Android robot, with a little caution-triangle heart!

Obviously, I tried searching online for any available solution, but turns out I had a hardware failure.
Since I bought the device on the Google Play store, I had to go through Google's own customer service.
I dreaded calling Customer Service because I had heard horror stories about how difficult Google customer service was.

I finally took the jump and I was pleasantly surprised.
Not only did the service reps speak perfect English (with a little Southern twang?), they were extremely friendly and helpful.
After describing my situation, the rep transferred me over to their RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) department to order a replacement.
Thinking this would be were the holdup would be, I again braced myself for a battle. And once again I was surprised.
The RMA rep on the other end was just as friendly as the first. She agreed that I needed a new device (Google doesn't send refurbished devices as replacements) and walked me through the process or getting a new one.

My new Nexus 7 is now on order and should be here in a week or so.

Note: If you want more information on the return/replacement process, follow the jump.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Men finally set "the rules"

Received from my coworker, but true enough.

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down; finally, the guys' side of the story.
We always hear 'the rules' from the female side; now, here are 'the rules' from the male side
These are our rules! Please note: these are all numbered #1 ON PURPOSE! 
1. Men are NOT mind readers. 
1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.
1. Crying is blackmail. 
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it! 
1. 'Yes' and 'No' are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days. 
1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us. 
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry—we meant the other one 
1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both.
If you already know best how to do it, just do it. 
1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials. 
1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we... 
1. ALL men see in only 16 colours, like Windows default settings..
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A colour. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is. 
1. If we ask what's wrong and you say, 'Nothing,' We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you're lying, but it's just not worth the hassle. 
1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.. 
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... REALLY. 
1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss topics like hockey, football or motor sports and the GFC. 
1. You have enough clothes. 
1 . You have too many shoes. 
1. I AM in shape. 'Round' is a shape! 
1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know—I have to sleep on the couch tonight.
But did you know men really don't mind that? It's kinda like camping...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Instagram's Plea for Users to Return

Got this email from Instagram this morning.

I wonder how many users Instagram actually lost due to that ToS fiasco...

Our community has grown by many millions of people since we wrote our original Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. As we announced in December, we have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These policies also now take into account the feedback we received from the Instagram Community. We're emailing you to remind you that, as we announced last month, these updated policies will be in effect as of January 19th, 2013.

You can read our blog post that highlights some of the key updates. And remember, these updates don't change the fact that you own your photos that you post on Instagram, and our privacy controls work just as they did before.

Thank you,
The Instagram Team

Moral of the Story: Don't fuck with the internet.