Singnet…What the…?!?!?!

So I get a call from a rep from Singnet (my internet service provider) and they said my contract is done in 3 months, would I like to renew. I said no. They asked why so I told him to review the calls previously in which I called to complain why I didn’t receive the free modem/router as advertised when I renewed last year. So he said, would you renew if I gave you the modem/router now? I laughed and asked him why I should take his word for it when it was in print that I get the modem/router free but didn’t. Then a couple days later, my mobile internet usage warning sounds…in the 2 plus years of having modem internet I’ve NEVER had the warning go off and I have it set 1 gb below the max.

Since the day I got off the plane 8 years ago til now, the decline in service and social responsibility is staggering ! Here’s some more examples (summarized):

1) I called customer service asking if was being blocked. Fineartamerica is a print on demand site where artists upload their works of art for sale. They asked me to check a whole buncha settings in my computer, I told them I already did and that only their service cannot access the site. They then told me they needed access to my computer to figure out the problem, I said no. He said ok, I need you to follow these steps and then proceeded to get me to open a remote assistance session. Unbelievable! So I told him that’s not gonna happen and that I wouldn’t need any more “help” from him. I contacted and they said they think they are censored by Singent because some of the artwork has nudity….oh well. Go have a look at the site if you can and decide if censorship is warranted or not.

2) Up until last year, I had refused to connect mobile internet to my phone and was perfectly happy until I got my daughter a phone and connected it to my plan. Low and behold she managed to rack up almost $4000 in mobile internet usage. I went and asked why there was internet charges when my plan doesn’t come with internet. They said my phone was internet capable so I can access the internet. I told them if I wanted internet on my phone, I would have chosen one with discounted (free) usage. They said too bad. The only thing they can do is let me choose a data plan and apply the minutes so I would only be charge the max for going over my data usage limit. That price came up to almost $300.

3) I had set up a home network for someone years ago (prior to coming to singapore, I was an IT/Systems administrator). Then recently the router/modem broke and Singtel went to replace it. I got a call from the technician asking my what the password is. I asked him password for what and he said for the internet. I kinda laughed and asked him to clarify and he said I changed the default password cuz he tried the default password and it didn’t work and if I didn’t give him the password he’ll have to call his office for them to reset the account. So I asked him again what password is he asking for he said the account password. So I quite rudely told him it was impossible for him to know that the account password had been changed and that there was no way there would be a default password for customer accounts. Right? He kept quiet, so I asked him again, what it was that he was trying to do, he said configure the internet. I chuckled and asked if he plugged the box in and he was trying to access the box so that it would connect to singnet’s servers, he said yes, so I told him the login and password he needs is for the modem/router not the customer’s account. He kept quiet again and I told him that if the default credentials don’t work then the unit is a used one and he needs to either hard reset it or get a new one. So he asked me if I knew what the password to the account was and I said yes but I’m not telling you. He hung up. I got a call 15 min. later saying after hanging up, the guy got it working and just left.

4) Also highlight videos from (professional ice hockey) don’t work either but they work on mobile. Can you guess why?

So I’m done with them. Your choice is up to you.

My newest read…

A book entitled The Citizen Journalist. I like how this book is organized, it’s sections are short, sweet and to the point. Some of the issues brought up were kinda new and interesting (to me). Lots of info included on where to get more info.

If you’re into Street photography/videography you’ll want to give this a read as well. As some of the “rules and regulations” can be applied here as well.

The book is an easy/leisurely read, you won’t feel like you’re studying for an exam or anything like that. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon:

Asus T100 mini review

Having finally decided to pick this up after days of research (specs wise) in accordance to my needs.  Here are some things I kinda wish I didnt forget to check and or pick up.
1) screen protector. The screen is a finger print smudge collector and my fingers dont slide smoothly over it…
2) Make sure you have a way to load programs that you have on cd. I use an external cd drive that I have in storage. Which didnt work so I took out the cd drive from my desktop to use in that case in the meantime.
3) The micro sd slot has no cover so if you’re worried about crqp getting stuck in there, buy a micro sd card to put in. The slot supports a (max) 64 gb card.

Thats about it for now, so far its pretty cool even though im not a big fan of windows 8 probably because of my lack of familiarity with it.

Review: C-SLR ProDot

Ok, what the heck is this?! A stick on thing for your shutter button?! Here’s the website:

Red ProDot

Yup, that’s what it is, although I guess its use is not only limited to the shutter button. Now the real question is: Should you drop everything and go get one?

In my opinion, probably not. There IS a difference in “feel” but I don’t find that it is a “must have”. It does feel easier to trip the shutter, tho. I don’t really feel the “1/2” press at all now and it takes less effort (miniscule at best) to trip the shutter. When running and gunning I feel less inclined to put so much pressure on the button.

So why did I go back and buy another set (clear ones)?

1) I really like the “feel” of the dot. You might not tho (my daughter hates it, says it makes her skin crawl)

2) It adds color and at a glance I can tell which camera is mine and or which camera it is (I have 3 camera bodies and when stored in dry box, all I can see is the side view of the grip)

3) It’s cheap and one packet contains two pieces. I put one on the camera’s shutter button and the other on the battery grips shutter button.

4) I really like the way it feels as part of the camera, I don’t have to finger hunt for the button anymore when picking up and shooting for those quick candid shots.

The one thing I REALLY hate about it, which is a major reason why I’m not heavily “praising/promoting” this is…

The dots come off rather easily (could be me and my camera transport/carrying transport style). I’ve lost a dot 3 times now, lucky for me I’ve always found them in my bag. The adhesive is “residue free” and keeps its stickyness rather well. I just put the dot back on and it stays put until the camera gets put into a snug bag.

NOTE: you don’t have to worry about getting the letters on the dot to face a certain way because the shutter button rotates. Just stick the dot on and rotate it as you please.

Clear ProDot