Cory D. Boatright, PhD

Phoenix From the Ashes

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A Fun Credit Card Story

I just paid off a credit card I got since I partially financed my fiance’s pretty engagement ring.  Except for the first statement and the credit card itself, I have never received a statement from them.  Only because I started to worry did I switch to managing the card online, and luckily I did or I would’ve missed a payment.  Since the card’s paid off and I don’t like being jerked around like that, I called today to cancel the account.  Here’s what took place after I mentioned the lack of statements being a reason to close the account.

Credit Card Woman: “I see here that we’ve had mail returned that was sent to you, so maybe the address is wrong.”

Me: “Okay, well you got me the first statement and the credit card just fine, so I don’t see how the address was suddenly wrong.”

Woman: “Can you confirm the address with me?”

Me: “And besides, why didn’t you guys try to let me know when you started getting mail back instead of waiting for me to call?”

Woman: “We’ve tried several times to let you know.”

Me: “Nobody’s called me.”

Woman: “Oh no sir, you misunderstand; they wouldn’t have called, we’ve sent letters saying we need to update your address because there’s a problem.”

Securely Deleting Hard Drive

So, late last year my Mac Powerbook pissed me off for the last time.  That coupled with another hypocritical commercial from Apple means I bought a new laptop.  The Mac was sitting around, doing nothing as an identify theft liability after 3 going on 4 years of computing history.  I finally decided I could donate the laptop, but without the hard drive.  I began with needing to open the case.  The screws were designed with such a small head that I had to give up and use a special screwdriver.

Next, I had to delicately extract the hard drive.  I didn’t stand a chance at finding and releasing the screws there.  It took hours of hammering and prying.  For future reference, the hard drive is located inside a Powerbook in this location.

The hard drive looked like this.

There was a hole in the side and what appeared to be glitter was falling out.  The “hard” part of a “hard drive” is actually more like metal-coated glass, and shatters during a strong impact.  I pounded at the hard drive to get as much of the platters out.

It was fun stress relief, and definitely keeps your credit card information safe.