Tiscali: affligeant! :'(

Non contents de me surfacturer systématiquement de mois en mois, Tiscali (France) vient de m'envoyer ça: (après plus de 24 heures d'intense réflexion)

Cher Francois Planque,

Nous avons bien reçu votre demande.

Nous vous invitons à préciser les éléments sur lesquels portent vos interrogations.

Nous restons à votre disposition pour toute question ou suggestion.


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Service mail Tiscali
Service Client - 0 892 95 5000 ( 0,34euro/mn )
Ouvert de 10h à 22h, 7j/7

--Original Message--
From: [[pas de spam ici, merci]]
Date: 06/03/04
To: service.clients@tiscali.fr Là vous pouvez spammer, de toute façon ils lisent pas!
Subject: Adresse postale[#3560280]

Pouvez vous me communiquer l'adresse postale du service clients svp ?


Mon interrogation porte sur l'enveloppe en papier dans laquelle je vais insérer mon courrier de résiliation, pauvre >:XX!

C'est dommage, pour la technique j'étais content. Mais pour le reste ils sont vraiments trops nuls, et ça fait plus de 6 mois que je vais de déception en frustration. 10 minutes de tel à 0,34 € la minute pour obtenir une semi régularisation de leur compta d'incompétents, j'ai pas l'intention de m'infliger ça régulièrement.

Je crois que je vais essayer Free. |-|

22-09-04: Devant l'insistance de nombreuses personnes et le foutage de gueule manifeste de la part de Tiscali (voir commentaires ci-dessous), voici l'adresse que j'ai utilisée pour résilier: TISCALI Service Clients 33071 Bordeaux Cedex Recommandé AR évidemment :-/ ... et pour le prix que ça coute, faites vous plaisir, dites leur ce que vous pensez!

Coder to Developer

From Joel's foreword to Mike Gunderloy's "Coder to Developer":

When I got out of the army, I headed off to college and got a degree in Computer Science. Now I really knew everything. I knew more than everything, because I had learned a bunch of computer-scientific junk about linear algebra and NP completeness and frigging lambda calculus which was obviously useless, so I thought they must have run out of useful things to teach us and were scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Nope. At my first job I noticed how many things there are that many Computer Science departments are too snooty to actually teach you. Things like software teamwork. Practical advice about user interface design. Professional tools like source code control, bug tracking databases, debuggers and profilers. Business things. Computer Science departments in the most prestigious institutions just won’t teach you this stuff because they consider it “vocational,” not academic; the kind of thing that high school dropouts learn at the local technical institute so they can have a career as an auto mechanic, or an air-conditioner repairman, or a (holding nose between thumb and forefinger) “software developer.”


There’s something weird about software development, some mystical quality, that makes all kinds of people think they know how to do it. I’ve worked at dotcom-type companies full of liberal arts majors with no software experience or training who nevertheless were convinced that they knew how to manage software teams and design user interfaces. This is weird, because nobody thinks they know how to remove a burst appendix, or rebuild a car engine, unless they actually know how to do it, but for some reason there are all these people floating around who think they know everything there is to know about software development.

I bet this sounds familiar to many of you if you've been in the field for a little while... :>>

I love WiFi! (well, actually...)

I mean, you gotta love it!

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Let's go outside!

Okay, so much for the showing off. A few hours later:

  • I had to switch to a ~`High Contrast'~ Windows color scheme (now I know what these are for!) to be able to see something with my sunglasses. B) And without the glasses, the sun hurts my eyes! 8|
  • I had to move the table more in front of a window to get better signal strength...
  • I had to plug in the power adapter since WiFiing through the walls really sucks a lot of power...
  • I had to clean the screen at least four times before the sunlight stopped reflecting on the dust... (sorry for sounding like I had never tried to open a laptop outside :.)
  • And now the neighbours are mowing their lawn! Damn it! >:XX

Yeah, next time they tell you nice stories about WiFi in the magazines, don't believe what they say! :-/

PS: This is just for fun, I still enjoy WiFi very much. Example.