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Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by geopelia, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. geopelia

    Your Name Guest

    By the way, my upgrading the version of Mac OS I was using didn't "fix"
    the problem at all - it's still there for anyone trying to use old
    versions of the Mac OS. The upgrade simply meant I could work around
    Vodafone's utter uselessness as an Internet (non)Service Provider by
    bypassing the problem with their authentication server.
     
    Your Name, Dec 1, 2013
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  2. geopelia

    victor Guest

    Why should the rest of their users be paying for them to muck around
    with the default settings on their servers to suit your individual
    problem with your antique equipment.
    Each change they make has to be tested and risks other unintended
    consequences.
     
    victor, Dec 1, 2013
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  3. geopelia

    Your Name Guest

    It wasn't just me that was affected. It was all Mac users with the
    older operating system using ihug's / Vodafone's dial-up "service".

    I know a couple of people who were forced to change Internet providers
    because they couldn't afford or weren't able to upgrade their operating
    system. Luckily for them they were elderly home users who only used the
    computer from to keep in email contact with a few friends and family,
    especially overseas, so it wasn't as massive a task as it would be for
    me.



    And yet it *was* fixed the previous times, no doubt by the exact same
    staff who should have by then already known how to fix it (and in fact
    if it was something like a server update causing the issue, then they
    should have known to fix it without needing to be phoned up each
    time!). :-\
     
    Your Name, Dec 1, 2013
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  4. Luckily, most criminals are stupid. :)

    I'll continue to be concerned about the government, because while that is
    usually true for them too, some individuals therein are not. :)
     
    Bruce Sinclair, Dec 2, 2013
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  5. I don't do any banking on the Internet, telephone, mobile phone, nor
    use ATMs. I solely go to the branch teller about once a month. Not only
    is my computer and dial-up connection too old and too slow, but it's
    difficult (so far) to deposit cheques via the Internet / phone. :)[/QUOTE]

    Luckily, good banks supply envelopes so you can deposit cheques by mail. :)
     
    Bruce Sinclair, Dec 2, 2013
    #45
  6. *unless* that system has already been hacked !! .... <insert scary music
    here>. :)
     
    Bruce Sinclair, Dec 2, 2013
    #46
  7. Nope. If it works now, there's no reason for it to stop working.
    If anything, life should get better (as now you don't get the "updates" all
    the time). :)
     
    Bruce Sinclair, Dec 2, 2013
    #47
  8. Email is better than facebook IMO - and by "better" here I mean people are
    more engaged with the exchange. I know, some people love facebook ... though
    I cannot tell why. :)
     
    Bruce Sinclair, Dec 2, 2013
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  9. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    Luckily, good banks supply envelopes so you can deposit cheques by mail.
    :)[/QUOTE]

    Fine, as long as the mail gets delivered. I've had a cheque go astray
    between the big postbox near Countdown at Sunnynook and the Bonus Bonds
    people.
    I don't know how many hands it went through on the way, but it should have
    been fairly straightforward.
    Crossed of course and nobody tried to cash it, fortunately.
    (Bonus Bonds deny receiving it, but it might have been delivered and mislaid
    by them. Who knows?
    Just being fair, in case the post isn't responsible.. Years ago, so if it is
    ever found the cheque is well out of date.).
    So I stopped buying Bonus Bonds. I've left what was in there, but haven't
    had a prize for years. Perhaps they don't put the old ones in the draw?
    I think ANZ took them over a while ago.
     
    geopelia, Dec 2, 2013
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  10. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    But when email shuts everything down and wants people to change their
    passwords, as they have just done to me,
    it's very important to have Facebook to let everybody know.
     
    geopelia, Dec 2, 2013
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  11. Yes, bonus bonds are owned by ANZ ... and not surprisingly, they are now
    useless. :)

    IME, mail seldom goes missing. I've had 1 package vanish and I know of 1
    other going walkies. Not bad in 30 mumble years of sending stuff. :)
     
    Bruce Sinclair, Dec 2, 2013
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  12. But when email shuts everything down and wants people to change their
    passwords, as they have just done to me,
    it's very important to have Facebook to let everybody know.[/QUOTE]

    That, to me, is not email. Even <mumble> years ago, it was better than that.
    :)
     
    Bruce Sinclair, Dec 2, 2013
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  13. geopelia

    Your Name Guest

    Luckily, good banks supply envelopes so you can deposit cheques by mail. :)[/QUOTE]

    They do, or there's the "Fast Deppsit" bags, but I simply do the
    deposits at the teller at the same time as paying my monthly Visa bill
    and occasionally withdrawing cash for the few places that don't accept
    Visa (and once a year I have to get a bank cheque too).
     
    Your Name, Dec 2, 2013
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  14. geopelia

    Your Name Guest

    One of the places I work for gets a lot of mail and quite often it
    includes some for another business because it was put in the wrong PO
    Box by the sorters. Sometimes the envelope comes to the correct place,
    but the person sending it had put in the cheque and bill for a
    completely different organisation.

    Not a lot goes missing, but there does seem to be quite a bit that gets
    delayed. With the d=ecrease in home mail delivery, those delays will
    get even worse. :-(
     
    Your Name, Dec 2, 2013
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  15. geopelia

    Your Name Guest

    <snip>

    Bonus Bonds have always been useless ... they don't earn any interest,
    so you're basically losing money every day you have them, unless you're
    lucky enough to win a fairly large amount. Bonus Bonds are only
    slightly better than Lotto tickets since you can at least get your
    original money back from Bonus Bonds.
     
    Your Name, Dec 2, 2013
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  16. geopelia

    Your Name Guest

    Yep, no hours / datacap wasted waiting for an update to download. No
    hours wasted waiting for the update to install, no hours wasted trying
    to fix damn Windoze when the update trashes the system, ... :)
     
    Your Name, Dec 2, 2013
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  17. geopelia

    Your Name Guest

    There's this strange thing called the "telephone" I've sometimes heard
    people talk about. There's supposedly also something called a "letter"
    which is delivered by a "post office", but I'm sure that one is just a
    myth. ;-)
     
    Your Name, Dec 2, 2013
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  18. geopelia

    Dave Doe Guest

    Your e-mail account has not shutdown. It's still accpeting mail. Reset
    your password and you're goood to go.
     
    Dave Doe, Dec 2, 2013
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  19. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    That was why we changed from Lotto. Now I only get a Lotto ticket when there
    is a huge prize due. Somebody has got to win it.
    But years ago we had a lot of Bonus Bonds and got $1,000 once. We got a
    small prize most months. I worked out that we were getting about 3% in
    prizes.
    But Bank interest is now so ridiculously small ( except on Term Deposits)
    that we might as well be in something with a chance of a prize.
     
    geopelia, Dec 2, 2013
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  20. geopelia

    geopelia Guest

    The Bank pays my Visa each month. But I only use Visa for things that don't
    accept any other method of payment (Virus program etc).
    So there is rarely anything to pay.
     
    geopelia, Dec 2, 2013
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