Equifax letter 2

(Equifax CEO Tom Chapman had his "Office of Consumer Affairs" reply
to my letter pointing out that my credit record is chronologically
impossible...with a form reply asking me to photocopy my driver's
license and Social Security card for them. Yeah, right. I really
shouldn't bother with these people any more, but here's my reply.)

December 2, 2002

Office of Customer Affairs
Equifax Inc.
PO Box 105139
Atlanta, GA 30348

Your letter makes it sound like I'm asking for your assistance with
something. I don't want your assistance. I offered you assistance.

Personally, I don't care if you want to charge people money to
tell them that I started working two years before I was born.
It's kind of funny, actually, since it makes your company look
like you don't know about the flow of time, events depending on
each other, and such. It gives everyone a chance to laugh at the
big dumb credit bureau, and that's a good thing.

As far as your request for photocopies goes, the last thing I'm going
to do is send you more personal information. Show that you can take
care of the information you have, first. If you don't care that
the information you sell is worthless, I can't care about it for you.

It astonishes me that so many people spend so much time worrying
about their credit ratings, when your company is so careless with
its product. Fix it or not, I don't care.


Donald B. Marti Jr.

Equifax letter 1

Mr. Thomas F. Chapman
Equifax Inc.
1550 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

Dear Mr. Chapman:

As you can see from my credit report, I am 34 years old in 2002,
and I began working in 1966, at the illegal age, both mathetically
and child labor-wise, of minus two.

You might want to hire someone who understands basic arithmetic
and the fact that time flows forward, not backward, to check
your company's records. If you'd like to send me a copy of your
company's job ad for this position, I will pass it along to some
qualified computer programmers I know.

I can make sure to find one who has seen that Stephen Hawking
movie, since you seem to have trouble with the time thing.

In the meantime, please remove the inaccurate information about me
me from your company's system.


Donald B. Marti Jr.

"music industry" mutilates music

Rip Rowan writes, "Unfortunately, I know all too well that the record label is almost certainly the culprit in this crime, and the band and its fans the victims."

What's the crime? Mutilating the sound of Rush's "Vapor Trails" CD just so it will be LOUD.

When the record companies are making the professional engineers abuse their skills so CDs will sound good in a car, regular people who get decent equipment and practice can make better recordings than the record companies can.

Most people probably know bands that play better than bands whose CDs cost $15 at the record store.

Equipment and skills are available to record them so that it sounds better than that CD. You can do 24/96 on your hard drive but not on a CD player, and the Consumer Electronics industry is too chicken to give us 24/96 without nasty DRM.

Linksys WAP11

I used the ap-atmel utility from http://ap-utils.polesye.net/
to change a few things on the Linksys WAP11, and it works fine.
I get 11MB/s on channel 11 everywhere now, and was only getting 5.5
in the living room on the default channel, so IMHO it's a good idea
to try a few different channels.

I did manage to hang the AP entirely when changing its IP address.

The Linksys manual was correct regarding the default IP address and
password. You should change the latter.

Prodigy's big win

BT Group Loses Bid to Sue Prodigy Over Internet Hyperlinking.

Finally a company actually fights a bogus patent to the death, instead of licensing it. This may be bad game playing in the short term on Prodigy's part, but it's refreshing to see a company actually follow a "we press charges against shoplifters" strategy on a large scale.

If someone shoplifts a $2 item, it's cheaper to let them go than to call the police, then go to court and testify. But store managers DO testify against shoplifters, because in the long run it's cheaper to deter them from stealing.

This basic business lesson is completely lost on Internet firms, who generally only look at the quarter-to-quarter costs of licensing a bogus patent or fighting it. Licensing the patent just encourages more patent holders to come after you. Maybe they'll think twice about messing with Prodigy now.

Mes compliments au CEO.


begin darren@8e6.net quotation of Fri, Aug 02, 2002 at 02:50:59PM -0400:

> Don
> I'm not sure if this email went out earlier.
> I'm the PR rep for 8e6 Technologies (the Internet filtering and reporting
+software) and we've had some genuinely newsworthy stuff happening lately.
> Are you familiar with Triangleboy, an anti-filtering technology that allows
+students and employees to get onto porn, gambling, and other 'filtered' web sites?
> We'll, 8e6 has recently cracked that code. Can we set up a time and day to talk a
+bit? Are you available on Monday or Tuesday of next week?
> Darren Shuster, M.A.
> PR Rep
> 8e6 Technologies
> Phone: (818) 262-2834
> E-Mail: darren@8e6.net

Yes, I've heard of Triangle Boy, most notably through the article, "VOA Goes High-Tech in Chinese Net Censorship Fight" --
http://sci.newsfactor.com/perl/story/13238.html and
"U.S. May Help Chinese Evade Net Censorship" http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/30/technology/30VOIC.html?pagewanted=print

So yes, I would be interested in discussing your Communist software
for silencing the Voice of America. Although Linux Journal is
based in the United States of America and I am an American citizen,
we are interested in presenting all points of view, including your
Marxist/Leninist/Maoist one which has been underrepresented in
our pages.

Don Marti dmarti@linuxjournal.com
Linux Journal