Over the weekend my father was upgrading his 2G iPhone to the 3G model. I had himmed and hawwed about getting the iPhone or waiting for the Blackberry Bold. Screw it, I got the new 3G iPhone, the 8GB model. Now I’m basically loading up on the needed accessories, a case, extra sync/power cable, apps from the app store. The one thing that I’ve come to rely on is the calendar. Before with my Windows Treo 750, I was syncing my calendar on the device to Google Calendar. Now I know that there are a bunch of Third-Party apps that filter my entries via another service, that scares the shit out of me. I’d rather just have a direct link between my calendar on the iPhone and gCalendar. Even if it’s only one-way, I’d take that.
I got an email from my landlord yesterday saying that he lost my rent check, and would like me to cancel it and have my bank reissue a new check. For people who write checks this would be easy, just void the transaction in your checkbook and write another one. Problem is, I do all of my bills via Bank of America’s Bill-Pay feature on their website. I set an automated transaction on the 27th of every month to send the check to my landlord’s home address, money is automatically debited from my account, no manual intervention needed. Since the money is automatically and already debited from my account, by just cutting him another check I’m out twice a rent’s payment instead of just one.
Now I have to deal with customer service, and the joys that that brings to most peoples’ hearts. I jump on the BoA website, send an email to customer service explaining my situation and cross my fingers. They’ve been helpful before, and I am hoping this does not require a phone call or visit to my local branch.
I got a response this morning, saying that the transaction has been cancelled, and that funds should be reimbursed to my account within one to three banking days. I was blown away, even after in previous emails they give 24-48 hours of leeway to respond, and this had only been about seven.
Now I wait until the money shows up in my account again before issuing another rent check. Here’s hoping to more great customer service from Bank of America.
So I was trying to figure out how to upgrade my server at home without needing a floppy drive. I came upon this page, that while you need a Windows machine, works flawlessly. Beware of its hacky nature, it works.
This looks very handy, allowing bi-directional syncing between fat-client calendars and the web based google calendar.
I’ve given the blog another incarnation, this time on a real bonafide website, Webfaction. After reviewing a ton of other hosts, reading even more blog and forum entries, Webfaction had the best balance of cost, features, and location on the Internet (In ThePlanet datacenter in Dallas) that seemed to suit my needs.
Here’s to another go at this whole blog thing.