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November 10, 2006

Greatest Sales Movie EVER

Glenngarry GlenRoss Sales Meeting

You call yourself a salesman, you sonuvabitch?

November 9, 2006

Get ready for the telemarketers

One of the things I love about Vonage phone service is that I never get harassed by telemarketers. Well, that is all about to change. Vonage just updated their Privacy Policy, and there is one section that stands out:

Opt-out Policy If you do not want your PII used by Vonage for any direct marketing purposes, then you may opt-out of such disclosures by calling us at 1-VONAGE-HELP (1-866-243-4357).

What does that tell you? Vonage is a publicly traded company now. They need to start turning a profit after their abysmal IPO that has landed them a class-action lawsuit. I almost jumped in on the Vonage IPO after missing opportunities in the Red Hat and VA Linux IPO's. This new desire to turn a profit, coupled with the new privacy policy, means that Vonage is either planning on, or has already begun selling subscriber info to marketers.

I called in to opt-out, and they don't make it easy. You start in voice-mail jail, where I had to navigate through three layers of menus, before jamming 0 to get a rep. Once I waited long enough to get a rep on the phone, I had to give my name, phone number, username, email address, and credit card billing address, just to verify I am who I say I am. Once that was done, I asked to opt-out of the new privacy policy. I was then asked "which phone number" I wanted to opt-out. I informed the genius on the other end of the call, I only have ONE Vonage number. He got me sorted out, and I ended the call. There is only one thing that bothers me. This new policy went into effect yesterday, and there is this little nugget in the opt-out policy:

However, we are not responsible for removing your PII from the lists of any third party who has previously been provided your information in accordance with this policy. Since Vonage must use a Customer's PII in order to provide them with Vonage services, Customers cannot opt-out of all uses of their PII unless they cancel their service.

Great. That means that if they sold my name/number yesterday, I'm going to get calls regardless. Thanks Vonage. I was one of your first customers, and this is how you repay my loyalty. Maybe it's time to switch to Skype.

November 8, 2006

Time to pay the piper

My predictions yesterday were hit and miss, with the big miss being the Republican loss of the House, and potential loss of the Senate, pending outcome of two more elections (and recounts most likely.) This is not to mention the recounts that will probably happen in Virginia, and the massive absentee ballots that have to be counted in Maryland. Steele is holding on to hope, but we will have to wait and see.

Everyone in the world with a blog is putting up their take on everything. Some good places to look are: Wizbang!, Radio Equalizer, Hot Air, LGF ... There's a bunch. Here's my $.02

The Republicans have lost their way, and forgot to pay the piper. The piper showed up and trotted off enough voters to jump off the cliff and put Nancy Pelosi into the speaker's chair. As others are saying, it's time for the GOP to get back to it's roots, and regain their lost values.

I'm not worried. As a couple others are saying, I believe this loss will make it easier in 2008 for a fresh, popular Republican candidate to retain the Presidency. The dems made lots of promises in this campaign, and as Baldwin put it " ... it's fuck or walk ..." time for the dems. Now it's their term to hold up to all their insane promises, and suffer the consequences. It's really a lose-lose situation for them. If they don't proceed with Bush impeachment, investigations, subpoenas, withdrawal from Iraq, and everything else they promised, the gains will be short-lived.

Many of the seats the dems gained this election were the direct results of scandals and other gaffes. That won't be true in 2008, and if the Republicans can get back to their core values, these seats will come right back.

I heard one commenter from the Institute for Politics this morning on Fox News comment that he was glad the dems won, because it would mean political gridlock, and less government action. That's a very valid point. The dems have set the bar extremely low for what kind of obstructionist behavior is acceptable to stop legislation, and if the Republicans sink even part of the way down to their level, nothing will get accomplished. If you couple that with the incredible unlikelihood that the dems could gather enough votes to overwrite a Presidential veto, and you get a lot of noise, but very little action.

The dems may be able to put on a good show for the next two years, but I wouldn't count on many of their agendas actually having any real impact in the direction of the nation.

November 7, 2006

My election day prediction

Online punduts are throwing out their election day predictions, so here is mine. If I'm wrong, I'll leave it up for all to see, but I think I will be close.

Republicans keep the House and the Senate. The write-in campaign will work for Shelley Sekula-Gibbs in Texas-22, Tom Delay's seat. Enough Republicans will punch Foley for Negron, and Negron will take Florida-16. Steele will take Maryland over Cardin. Talent will narrowly defeat McCaskill, and Corker will dominate Ford.

The Senate is a lock, but I think we are going to just squeak by in the House. The thing that's going to suck the most is the lawsuits that are sure to follow ... The ads will be gone from the televisions, but the overblown legal drama will take their place.

November 1, 2006

Fix for Firefox 2.0 Open File Dialog Default Action Change

Ever since I installed Mozilla Firefox 2.0 I have noticed that certain file extensions that I used to be able to "Open" by clicking now pop up this new dialog box that doesn't show the open option at all, and only allows FlashGot. It took me a while to realize that there was a "Save" button that would allow me to save the file, and open it from the download manager. Why should I have to go through the extra step.

I did a bit of googling, and found this flame war that erupted in July while Firefox 2.0 was still in Beta, which lead me to bug #315536 and yet another flame war.

It appears as if the intent was to "protect" people from accidentally configuring Firefox to always open executables without prompting. In my opinion, they threw the baby out with the bath water, and now any mime-type that isn't explicitly configured in Firefox gets the new screwy dialog:

firefox-opendialog-a.png

This annoyed the hell out of me, so I decided to try a suggestion from that first flame war. I found the nsHelperAppDlg.js file in C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\components and changed:

      if (shouldntRememberChoice && noDefaultApp) {

To:

      if (shouldntRememberChoice && noDefaultApp && false) {

After a quick restart of Firefox, the dialog changed to:

firefox-opendialog-b.png

This may get overwritten if I upgrade/re-install Firefox, but I can deal with that. This is a simple enough change that just about anyone should be able to do it. It's always a good idea to make a backup copy of the file before you make the change though. Enjoy!

Update: If you are having trouble with this workaround after updating to Firefox 2.0.0.2, read this update.

Troops Ask John Kerry For Help

A group of un-educated, illiterate, retards serving in Iraq has asked waffles for help:

Halp us!

h/t: equable @ LGF