Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Why Can't Things Be Easy
Aren't computers supposed to simplify our lives? I swear I'm about to chuck mine out the window. First Yahoo sends random messages from people in my address book to either Spam or Trash. I pay $19.99 to Yahoo so I can use my Outlook program, so now I have to actually log into yahoo several times a week so I can check that I'm not overlooking something important. I get to skim all the 'enlarge your penis and clean your colon' ads for actual emails. What a bargain, and all for less than $20 bucks.
I didn't have enough to do, what with watching my grandson, doing laundry, mopping, dusting, and eating myself into oblivion, so I decided to take on paying my Son and DIL'S bills. I absolutely hated their old online bank, and even more, their bill paying system...they didn't pay. *lol* So, they switched banks and brought home the literature. I set up the account with the required pins, answered the security questions, picked my 'safety logo' and settled down to send out some payments.
What do I get? A message that says, "you aren't signed up for billpay." Who in the heck wants online banking without that option? So, of course it's a holiday weekend, so we have to wait to contact someone. Today I get a response to my email in which they tell me that they've now added that convenience to our account. "Well hell, if you'd done it in the first place you'd have saved us both time and bother," I mumble as I log in again. Of course, I'm not on the account, but they don't know I'm the money manager. *lol* So, I settle down again to pay bills.
Can you hear me screaming? This is the error message I get:
The Payee Name entered is invalid.
Please reenter a Payee Name and ensure that the first character is not a * or just a ´ ´.
Now mind you, I only typing in names like Capital One, Citi Financial, etc. And each time I get this message despite making sure the block is free of all characters, alpha or not. You know...search/destroy/start again. Still I get the $@@**ing message. So, I fire off another email and sit and wait. I won't mention the Bank's name, but it's the same color as money and now I know why. They're drowning in it because you can't send it anywhere via your online banking. It's these little annoyances that drive me up the wall.
While I wait, I'm going to send an email to yahoo, once again, and ask them why people I've listed as friends are being trashed while everyone in England, Africa, and the nether regions of the world can notify me that I've won millions in their bogus lottery drawings. There's just no justice.
Have a great day. Mine started out with hair pulling, and I'm sure it's going to end on the same note. They usually do. What happens first usually sets the tone. And gee, it's summer break and now I have Spencer all day, too. Woo Hoo!