Archive for June, 2012

www.indiegogo.com tried to overcharge me on contributions twice now. Scary!

June 20, 2012

A friend of mine has a small project on www.indiegogo.com and I tried to send him a few bucks today. It has been a comedy of errors and scared me off the site.

First, any time I tried to pay with PayPal (a listed option) I got a technical error page.

The email I got from them when joining the site had a broken link in it for editing personal profiles.

However, what is scary is that the site has twice tried to overcharge me. Once I put in $75 and it tried to make it $100. Then I decided to test it with $5 — and it turned into $75 at the final confirmation window!

Had I not looked carefully my debit account would have been popped for 15 times what I intended.

Sorry, but that is TWICE NOW that Indiegogo.com has tried to overcharge me and pull more out of my account than I indicated as a contribution. TWICE!!!

I have never had anything like this happen at any other site with an electronic financial transaction. It has never happened at www.kickstarter.com. As a result, I simply cannot trust Indiegogo with my financial information.

As it is I will need to monitor my debit account to make sure they aren’t deducting for transactions I never gave final confirmation on.

I have told the friend to let www.indiegogo.com know they have caused at least one contributor to bail due to repeated problems with the site.

This is serious stuff.

UPDATE: To their credit, Indidiegogo.com and I have been swapping support emails as they try to run down what happened.

Amanda Lepre, rising Austin music talent.

June 14, 2012

http://www.amandalepre.com/index.html

Amanda is an bundle of guitar and vocal talent well deserving of a listen (or better still, a live performance). Check her out work with both the Descendents of Erdrick (rocked out video game music) and with her own band. She is a rising star here in Austin and an absolute joy to watch on stage.

Good article on Amanda here:

http://www.austin360.com/music/musician-uses-video-games-to-create-lifes-soundtrack-2394329.html

OK, I know Amanda a little from seeing her play several times with the Descendents of Erdrick. I am a fan. But, in an entertainment world full of crappy music from untalented hacks — it is worth rooting for genuine musical ability in your own town to get some national attention.

Spam comment as blank verse poetry.

June 13, 2012

Ponder the following absolute load of utter and complete nonsensical ramblings of this spammed comment. It is almost art! Did a machine create it? A person who spoke little or no English? Or, could it be the ramblings of a mysterious holy man sitting on an unshaded mat under the hot desert sun?

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In my opinion as an American, Brett Kimberlin is a dangerous loon

June 9, 2012

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/05/25/its-lying-felon-brett-kimberlins-day-in-the-sun/?singlepage=true

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/06/senator-asks-doj-to-investigate-swat-ting-attacks-on-conservative-bloggers/

I blog. Anyone who goes after bloggers is, by extension, going after my brothers and sisters in the new media.

Samples of the drivel that spammers bombard blogs with as fake comments:

June 5, 2012

Anyone with a blog gets to deal with spam. Spam filters and moderating comments are what is needed to keep this little personal blog from being drowned in fake comments with links to shady merchants. Here are actual some samples of the garbage that blog moderators get to deal with from bots that post fake comments. All of these are direct quotes:

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NOTE: This was actually the fourth time this particular spammer tried to slither onto the site. They do at least change up the wording on each blast out.

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NOTE: This one came in three times different spam locations, one after another. It may have been the same spam bot blasting out links for multiple clients.

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NOTE: This one came in while I was writing up this post. So, lucky them, they also get to enjoy ridicule.

“You are a very clever individual!”

NOTE: A most perceptive spammer.

Anyhow, I hate to miss a chance to heap scorn and abuse on these dishonest scum-sucking bottom-feeders of the Internet (with no offense meant to honest scum-sucking bottom-feeders like fish).

Deleted World of Warcraft. What a waste of money…

June 2, 2012

Finally got around to deleting World of Warcraft tonight. Gone. I went back into the game and spent a few minutes looking around after giving up on it months ago during my first few days of playing. Same static NPCs and non-interactive world, crappy character models, blah scenery, whack-a-mole combat, and boredom that set in rapidly.

My only regret is that I bought it in the first place, even on sale for half-off. I bought into the hype. It wore off once I actually played the game and felt buyer’s remorse.

I found something tonight in an old email from months ago when I griped about WoW to a rabid fan:

“When I was running around WoW I didn’t get the idea that anybody was paying any attention to me. I was just another low-level player wearing a cow suit killing rats and delivering widgets.”

The charm of “social” games are lost on me. Paying money to grind away is lost on me. Dropping the price of a modern AAA game every four months to look at 2006-era graphics and frozen-in-time game-play is lost on me.

I just don’t “get” WoW. What I “got” I didn’t like. It is gone. Good riddance!

Can I handle the shame of such gaming heresy? Should I risk confession of being a blasphemer of the sacred WoW.

Sure. It was just a game.

UPDATE: Sadly, I have had to reinstall it because I keep getting commissions to build WoW PCs for people. So, I have to be able to benchmark them.