While I don’t agree with meetings restricting use of laptops, phones, etc. (how am I going to document ANYTHING?) I do think that 15-20 minute meetings are by far more effective than 30-60 minute ones.
One of my favorite parts of Google is getting instant responses from search results — it massively simplifies currency conversion, for one thing. (via Google begins allowing you to create Google Now reminders right from its search engine)
Is iOS spying on you for Apple? According to forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski, quite possibly: several undocumented services run regularly in the background on over 600 million iOS devices, which could be sending data to Apple. (via Security researcher says iOS may be vulnerable to government snooping by design)
Please note: this conversation starts about 10 minutes in — by this point my wife and I are both completely flustered by the oppressiveness of the rep.
So! Last week my wife called to disconnect our service with Comcast after we switched to another provider (Astound). We were transferred to cancellations (aka “customer retention”).
The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone. Overhearing the conversation, I knew this would not be very fun.
What I did not know is how oppressive this conversation would be. Within just a few minutes the representative had gotten so condescending and unhelpful I felt compelled to record the speakerphone conversation on my other phone.
This recording picks up roughly 10 minutes into the call, whereby she and I have already played along and given a myriad of reasons and explanations as to why we are canceling (which is why I simply stopped answering the rep’s repeated question — it was clear the only sufficient answer was “Okay, please don’t disconnect our service after all.”).
Please forgive the echoing and ratcheting sound, I was screwing together some speaker wires in an empty living room!