Been busy the last couple months, working on houses, getting some cash together. Finally did, and got a few books regarding web design. Just made a simple site, it came out quite nicely. Got a PalPal account so they could pay, and they did. Went to add my bank acct and verify it… whoops, “You are currently not allowed to add a bank account because your account access has been limited.”. Everything in PayPal’s help area regarding such, with the steps for fixing it, don’t work. There’s nothing in the “Resolution Center” most of them reference. I just confirmed my cell phone, upgraded it to Premier, and still the same deal.
What. The. Fuck?
Yes, I’ve tried to call them. It’s a bunch of voice prompts, all the options being things already on their site.
Yes, I’ve tried to email them, it says 2-4 days for a reply which will probably be canned anyway.
Update: The resolution seems to have been to upgrade to a business acct. Can’t imagine why… bank acct in my name, I wasn’t planning on switching to a business PayPal acct until I got one as such from my bank. Go figure. Waiting for the deposits to verify the bank acct now. Any more problems and I’m going to just drop PayPal and get a merchant account.
Update: Woke up, checked to see if the two little deposits paypal makes to verify account had been made, and they hadn’t been. Nothing unusual, it can take 3-4 days and I started it on a weekend anyway. Checked paypal acct, and I see this:
We recently reviewed your account, and we need more information about your business to allow us to provide uninterrupted service. Until we can collect this information, your access to sensitive account features will be limited. We would like to restore your access as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Why is my account access limited?
Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):
Sep. 22, 2008: We have detected suspicious activity regarding the receipt or withdrawal of funds.
Apparently, there were two refunds. Except my one customer swears they didn’t request one, and the 2nd one is… a whole 10 dollars, which was from my self when I set up the acct to make sure I could accept $ with it. I fucking know I didn’t request a refund from my self. Again: What. The. Fuck?
Needless to say, I’m not fucking amused at all. I will attempt to get my fucking money out of this situation, but considering their well known history of this crazy shit, I’m not expecting much. Damned thing is I knew about this going in. It was just the only real way I could accept a payment at the moment. I was so happy, too. Was going to use the cash to get a business license, open a new bank acct for it, get a proper domain and hosting, and buy more books to study, particularly regarding PHP5, as most of my PHP knowledge is from when PHP4 was new. Now I have nothing.
I’ll just have to borrow the cash I need, and work my way from there. Which is precisely what I was trying to avoid having to do. Needless to say, no more of my earnings will be trusted to PayPal.
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Now, I’ve always preferred BSD-style firewall configs. But I’ve never seen before such a painfully clear example of *why* I prefer them. If you’re at all familiar with how TCP/IP works, “add drop tcp from any to me 6883 tcpflags rst”, isn’t exactly brain surgery to understand. Now, does “-A INPUT -p tcp –dport 6883 –tcp-flags RST RST -j DROP” really add any relevant information so far as the action you’re trying to perform? Why is RST stated twice?
But really, that’s minor. What’s the real difference here? BSD firewalls use a Domain Specific Language, whereas Linux uses flags to an application. Either way has its pros and cons.
It’s a matter of taste, really. I prefer the one that doesn’t look like line noise, and doesn’t involve an extra process to get to use things like variables (as in the script for Ubuntu/etc…). What if I want to make 6883 a variable, holding a list of subnets? Well, the solution in the linked post was to wrap the rulesets in a shell script. Would iptables support, say, a list of subnets instead of a number as the value of that variable? Well first I’d have to read the documentation for iptables, and either way read up on a separate scripting language (Case 1: It does, and I only need to know how to set a variable in the script language. Case 2: it does not, and I need to also learn how to do a loop in the scripting language). Having a DSL for the rulesets, however, all 2 (or 3) steps above are covered within the same document, within the same section. Indeed, within the very same text. As it explains how to set a variable to multiple values, it can be inferred that rules will accept them, and that explicit looping is unnecessary. Speaking specifically of OpenBSD’s PF here, it’s simply the most elegant firewall system I’ve ever dealt with (and the only one I’d describe as “elegant”, for that matter).
Of course it could be argued that iptables doesn’t make you learn a new language, and that you can just use any scripting language you’re already familiar with (assuming you’re using a *nix because you like *nix, and not just because you hate Windows and can’t afford OSX, you probably know some script language or another). But then I’d say, look at the shear complexity of those flags… you’re still essentially learning a DSL anyway, and if you just really, really want to use your scripting language of choice? The ‘ipfw’ command is available to any OS using IPF as its firewall, and performs the same function as ‘ipfilter’ does for Linux’s firewall. And IPF has been ported to FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, SunOS, HP/UX, OpenSolaris, Linux, QNX, OSX, Windows… being the default on at least the first two (maybe Solaris as well, I forget). Who didn’t have to learn what, now?
As an aside, the fact that there’s two configs for what is at its core the same OS, and one script for two entirely different OS’s (and all the others IPF supports, at that) just seems hilariously ironic to me. I would assume that the ipfilter script for Ubuntu/etc… would work on RedHat &co as well, but I’m still laughing.
A while ago a friend of mine wanted me to access their webcam over Yahoo Instant Messenger (no, not for amateur porn). What the hell ever happened to web-based camera feeds? You know, the “web” in “webcam”? Does anyone here remember JenniCam? Oh well, anyway. I happened to have a Win2K install at the time, Pidgin lacks webcam support, and so I reluctantly installed YIM’s own “official” client.
Forced, entirely unmentioned install of Adobe Flash. Adobe can’t even make a PDF reader not take an agonizing amount of time to load and display even the simplest of PDF’s. Xpdf and gv in Unix start, as far as practical, *instantly*. Foxit does the same for Windows boxen. And the shear size of it! Ugh. You’d think the company that invented the format could produce a decent viewer for it? Apparently not. So why should I want anything else of theirs on my system? Especially given Adobe’s history in recent memory: Adobe Quietly Monitoring Software Use? — Adobe Flash Zero-Day Attack Underway. Yeah. I totally want their shit on my computer. Riiight. To be fair though, at least they’re finally opening up the specs to the Flash format. Not that you couldn’t get them before, but now you’ll be allowed to use them to actually write a player, not just a producer, and projects like Gnash have begun to suck quite a bit less since then. Anyone willing to bet this wasn’t simply in response to Microsoft’s Silverlight? Everyone’s familiar with the phrase Embrace, Extend, and Extinguish. Just sayin’. Regardless, I was trying to install a damn IM client, not a browser plug in. The only plausible excuse I can think of for this is if it’s using Flash for its webcam support… but then why can’t I just point any old flash-capable media player at the stream?
Oh, I know why! Ads in the webcam window, unless it’s fullscreened. Want to multitask? Say, to write to the person who’s webcam you’re viewing to request a different view angle on the problematic component they’re trying to show you? And face it, for many, many users, tits? They know their userbase, and sex sells.
But that’s not the only time you see ads. They’re in your friend’s list. Constantly. Are we ad-ware yet?
During install, must opt out of installing a “toolbar”, and some other browser crap. I want an IM client, not my browser hijacked.
Weather and music crap. A VOIP phone balance telling me I have no minutes either way, which are separately billed, of course. Irrelevant plugins. What the fuck? I even told it during the install that I didn’t give a shit about VOIP. And if I wanted to stream music, or use VOIP, why the hell would it be with an IM client, from Yahoo no less? If they can be turned off, it wasn’t very obvious how to do so. Stop advertising shit I’ll never use. It makes me cringe, it makes me desperate to slam the reset button and get back into BSD, where do one thing, do it well reigns supreme. IM client. I want IM. I have a back yard. I have music. I have a cell phone, kthx?
It starts with windows, without ever having asked to do so. It’s not in the start up folder. Any software which does this is FUCKING EVIL. YIM is not a device driver, the only remotely plausible excuse for this behavior. Again, if this can be corrected, it wasn’t obvious how to do so. IM client, not a device driver.
Yahoo Messenger Insider. What The Fuck? No, I don’t want what you call “news”. I don’t want to see it every goddamn time I log into Yahoo, especially considering how piss fucking slowly it (and YIM itself) loads. I want an IM client, not a goddamn web browser.
Quit checking my fucking email account. I don’t care what’s in it, anyone fucking stupid enough to email me there doesn’t know me well enough for me to give a shit about in the first place. IM client. Not mail client. Why the hell is YIM trying to be the center of my fucking life?
GUI. It stands for “Graphical User Interface”, not “Candyland User Interface”. Using it made me feel like I was in preschool.
No tabbed windows. An entire separate window for each person is simply… primitive. Can we get out of the fucking 1990′s, please? Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if Windows supported tabbed window management, but it doesn’t. Unless you replace the shell, of course.
Webcam only support 1x, 2x, 3x, and fullscreen zoom levels. I can’t remember the last time I saw anything related to the display of media with such limitations. Maybe this is normal in Windows?
Bad lightning storm, some bits of kit were fried (along with a tree, a few power line transformers…), the computer I was using is now an NFS server for my laptop, which lacking a (working) HDD is acting as a diskeless client. Because you can do that kind of shit in Unix, without a “pro” or “corporate” version of your OS and yearly Terminal Services licenses. For obvious reasons, I nolonger have a Windows install, and with it no YIM. I’ve also come to find out that Kopete supports the viewing of YIM webcams perfectly well, and have it installed for such cases where it may be nessessary again. I’d just use it exclusively instead of Pidgin, but like I said… I’m a fan of do one thing, do it well, and I don’t appreciate the resources it sucks up loading all of its required support daemons (artsd, dbus, a whole slew of shit under kdeinit…) every time it starts. Granted KDE at least has a nice modular design, I still just don’t want all of that to run a simple IM client, and I’m not interested in the Windows/OSX-cloning desktop-”integration” whoreing behaviors of KDE/Gnome/etc… in general. But that’s for a different post, at a different time.