Amazon, go to hell

Amazon opened MP3 music store. As iTunes is blocked here, it resulted in my ‘yay’ – I opened it and started browsing the catalogue. I immediately got few nice suggestions, and used the 1click shopping – it suggested installing download agent, so I did. Then it confirmed my billing details, and in the end, with me all happy and shining it spew out:

We are sorry…
We could not process your order because of geographical restrictions on the product which you were attempting to purchase. Please refer to the terms of use for this product to determine the geographical restrictions.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Go to hell, Amazon.

A perfect christmas story

This made me laugh. Providers were fighting who will give better ‘free sms’ plans. Then my GSM provider decided that they have enough resources for even better campaign – they offered adding 0.02 LTL to account balance for every SMS received. So, smart kids saw business opportunity – they started spamming SMS messages from one phone (free SMS!) to another (get paid for SMS received). Smarter kids started automating the process using their computers (though didn’t see to many “how to use kannel” guides – most public solutions were using gui tools and automated mouse movers :).

The best part is that smartest kids immediately found ways to cash out the ‘GSM LTLs’ – by using ‘call to pay’ service providers, and getting 50% cash efficiency.

One GSM provider (Omnitel, TeliaSonera company) reacted by establishing daily SMS limit that works (only 6LTL worth of SMSes per day), whereas other provider (Tele2) established limit that doesn’t (phones would get disconnected next day only).

And of course, this has brought down GSM providers, or at least their SMS networks – at Christmas. Way to go, marketing people. Way to go.

For all the international people: 1 EUR= 3.4528LTL

Edit: 0.02LTL for SMS

Another day of travel

As every travel morning it starts with getting up (04:30AM), packing, brushing, washing, yawning, bathing, all at the same time. I get to airport, and I realize, I’m going to Dublin, one of destinations for lithuanian economic migrants – that means big queue of good life seekers. Though usually check-in queues are just few-minutes long, this time it takes me half an hour to get to the desk, where the fun of the trip starts.
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Live Earth!

In Vienna’s Ratthaus-platz there’s a screen which shows Live Earth – great place to think of your own environmental impact. I’m pretty efficient in that regard – working at home eliminates daily transportation issues, my electricity consumption is mainly backed by clean nuclear energy, and.. oh, I had 20 plane flights in 2007 already. Probably thats far less, compared to what I’d have to do if I visited each and every customer. Continue reading “Live Earth!”

On a morning laugh..

My trip started with a very good laugh. When cab in Vilnius arrived, it had an old and once very popular lithuanian song about California (wine, girls, etc ;-) on the radio. I started laughing and couldn’t stop for a while. Then I explained to confused taxi driver that my destination for the day is San Francisco, 10 time zones and 9200kms away, and the song is absolutely not expected, but really welcoming.

Add the bearded (and hence, experienced) database expert who has been deploying MySQL all around Afghanistan to the same row on my AMS-SFO hop, border control guy who asked if my beer is cold, so he could drink it, and luggage, which managed to arrive.

And the good part, the hotel in the city center for one third of a price has working free wireless. Can’t complain about the day. Twenty hours after waking up it is still midday here. Will see what the evening will bring.

First Delta experience

Lost my luggage (for the first time). On a domestic flight. Saw it last time in JFK. Yay Delta. I got an ’emergency’ t-shirt from them. Pity it doesn’t say “I lost my luggage and all I got is this lousy t-shirt” (too small, BTW). Need some sleep now.

Update: Actually, today all flights from NY (and other north-east American locations) are canceled due to snow storms. We still have people grounded at Newark and Boston.

Update 2: D.E.L.T.A. – Don’t Expect Luggage To Arrive (wisdom of a barmaid, beer is good here :). I’m wondering if my flight back will happen…

Update 3: D.E.L.T.A. – Doesn’t Even Leave The Airport – wisdom of a hotel clerk, though hotel already participated in this story. Apparently they did reject a luggage, as didn’t find me in their database (I share a room…) – now I have hotel manager assisting in me not getting my luggage further. I’m leaving tomorrow.

Update 4: Nothing fancy, did claim my baggage at the airport, then immediately handed it back to Delta for trip home. It arrived now properly.