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sometimes I post links i like here. sometimes i don't.  

>mine:
adland
commercial-archive
endo.just.nu
dabitch.net

>friends:
zeldman
grizzly
commando
GraphicDesigngate
p.a.w.

>plain cool :
praystation
potatoland
airtoons

>current physical location: Amsterdam


My new favorite pet peeve is all those php scripts that check your browser for where you come from - and serve up the language they think you want. Adcritics adnews speaks dutch to me. I don't know dutch. Stop it already.

Thursday, September 28, 2000   02:25 a.m.
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Oh yeah - we have all been led astray by a new toy or plugin or program. Dang onion to pick up on that. :))

Thursday, September 28, 2000   01:11 a.m.
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Found this retro-gaming style - eh - music video over at metafilter. It's the cutest thing! I simply adore the matrix reference (in this thing - it's funny) I wish this was on MTV, can't I vote it in somewhere? Can I buy the album? The T-shirt? I'm a fan goddarnit!

Wednesday, September 27, 2000   09:59 p.m.
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I want vendingmachines everywhere. I want to buy mobile phones in vending machines! Machines sold in machines ah! Nirvana!

Wednesday, September 27, 2000   05:16 p.m.
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My BF is going through the same thing right now - hating dutch service that is. Four (or was it six?) weeks ago he placed an order for a pair of new glasses so that he'd have a nice pair with sunglass clip-ons when he goes on vacation - he's dashing off to Vegas.
Needless to say, they screwed up the order, and after a lot of waiting and sending wrong orders back, he finally got his pair - but no clip-ons. So he goes to the shop and asks when those will be delivered and the shop-assistant claims ignorance for ten minutes of arguing, and then caves explaining that the shipment got screwed up and he'll have to wait ten more weeks for the clip-ons.
See if the daft assistant had just started the whole thing by being honest and adding I'm sorry when explaining that the shipment got lost or whatever, then it wouldn't be so bad. But when customers have to argue for ten minutes and DEMAND that their products be delived before an explanation is given, one thinks they are just lying to get you out of the shop.
I'll stop noting any of this stuff in my weblog, it just *really really really* annoys me now - I get mad to the point of shaking when met with ignorance and rudeness from shop-assistants. It wouldn't be so bad if I could buy dutch stuff on the web - but most webpages here are as bad as the shops. Disorganised, uninformative, slow and ugly - in other words, useless.
Actually - there's an idea, I'm buying amazon stock. They say online shopping isn't taking off because "people like to chat and interact with other people in the shops".. Hah! They are so wrong!

Wednesday, September 27, 2000   04:53 p.m.
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I want a T28 world phone. Since Saturday I've been dead set on getting one. I've been in and out of shops that sell them and each time I ask if I can *please* buy it the "dutch service"-trained shop-assistant asks me for yet another paper to bring.
First it was ID, fair enough, then workcontract, ok, then Registration-proof (that I live in Amsterdam) a-right fine, then Bankcard, got that, then Bankstatement no older than one month. *sigh*
If they had specified it all at once so that I hadn't needed to go back home for *each* item, I wouldn't have been so annoyed. But noooo, one at a time, I don't think they really want to sell anything.
Finally I have all the papers - and then some, and wander in to a store pointing at the Ericsson T28 world and saying "I want that, and pray tell - which one of the dutch mobile phone providers have roaming capabilities in New York?"
The man replied that Ericssons phones don't work in the states. He insisted that only a Motorola phone does.
On Ericssons site however it says:
USA
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

and so on as countries where this phone works.
I knew he was lying - I'm a former Ericsson employee and probably know more about Mobile phones than this guy ever will. (I might be the last person on the planet to belive that people selling stuff should know about the stuff they are selling..) So I immediatly walked out the door, the yet another shop. In this one, the assistant insisted that I needed a plastic card from the Foreign Police. I explained to him that when I got all my stamps and papers from the foreign Police They insisted that I need not get a plastic card - they have stopped doing that for EC citizens. This guy didn't care - everyone needs a plastic card before they can buy a phone on his watch.
Another sale lost because of "dutch service". Never shop here. Especially NOT at BelCompany or Primafoon or whatever the hell that other one was called.
I'm buying everything via the net from now on, it cuts out the idiot shop-assistant. I find it pretty annoying - as I do want that phone right now, but I just can't bring myself to spend money in a shop that treats me bad. Strange isn't it?

Wednesday, September 27, 2000   04:28 p.m.
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Zeldman announces that he now has alistapart.net and alistapart.org running alongside alistapart.zeldman.com and alistapart.com.
We still can't get enough. :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2000   02:31 p.m.
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