Two bizarre events which require explanation

  1. A few weeks ago, I reported a software bug to Bank of America. Their alert system was properly notifying me when my credit card was used overseas, but the amounts in the alert email were multiplied by 100. This caused a seizure the first time, but after I got it, I called them. A nice smart person said she’d forward it to Engineering. Last week the bug was fixed.
  2. Today, my T-Mobile Sidekick decided it was a brick instead of a phone, and refused either to see my SIM card or to see the network. I called up T-Mobile. “Joe” answered on the second ring and told me I needed Sidekick Tech Support. I punched in my phone number and hung up. Five minutes later they called, and the nice smart tech walked me through resetting my radio firmware. In a total of 15 minutes the phone was totally fixed.

2 thoughts on “Two bizarre events which require explanation

  1. As Interwebs and mobile technology become more commodified, the tech support will become more competent. This is something akin to the existing status of automobile or furnace/HVAC repair. You may get ripped off, but generally it gets fixed and isn’t a matter of endless wait queues and incompetent help. The Jiffy-Lubeification of microtech.

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