Dear Webby Humor Letter, Oct 12/06: Problems at Shaw.ca getting worse 

Good Morning,   !
Thursday,  October 12, 2006
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The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you're
not in shape for it, it's too far to walk back.
-- Franklin P. Jones

I like rice.
Rice is great if you're hungry and want 2000 of something.
-- Mitch Hedberg

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
-- Victor Hugo

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Thanks to Bunny for this:
There once was a woman who woke up one morning,
looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs
on her head.

"Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today."

So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that

she had only two hairs on her head.

"H-m-m, " she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle
today."

So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
that she had only one hair on her head.

"Well," she said, "Today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail."

So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
that there wasn't a single hair on her head.

"YEAH!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"

Attitude is everything.

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=========================================== A "Sniveling Ninnie" award goes to Shaw.ca for losing mail If you are on Shaw.ca, don't expect a reply to your mails or help requests. Use gmail, AOL or hotmail for anything important.
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"Well, how much did it cost?" asked the husband probingly. "It cost the same as always." said the wife. "I told the man to put in the usual ten dollars worth." ======================================== Pervert Alerts By popular demand, the Pervert Alerts have been moved to a separate page. I will continue to do the research, but the results will not be mixed in with the humor here in the Humor Letter, but one click away at the Pervert Alerts Have FUN! DearWebby ======================================== To find a real bugler for military funerals, browse to Buglers ======================================== One of many letters from SHAW.CA victims: This one has no profanity in it. From Neil: Dear Webby When I read complaints from your subscribers regarding Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL and others not delivering your letter, I would feel smugly superior that Shaw Cable would not do that. I used to boast about the high level of expertise and good service from Shaw's tech support. That all changed on Oct 8 when I realized that I had not received your letter since October 1. I had been very busy, so I actually had not read most of the email coming into my inbox for about a week. I called Shaw's support line and left my telephone number and name on their system as they assured me I would not lose my place in line and my call would be returned within 14 minutes. As of October 11 at 2:42 I am still waiting for that call and others placed over the next few days to be returned. Today I bit the bullet and remained on hold for 57 minutes until my call was answered. I spent an hour with Shaw to try to get them to pass your email on to my inbox. The first thing Shaw did was blame my router. I know it is not the router that is blocking select emails. But I dutifully followed through on their instructions and unplugged my router and modem to allow them to reset. No change (no surprise) so it was time to move on to the next step. The next step he asked me to take was to delete my accounts from Thunderbird and then set up the accounts again. (This is not the problem either, but I did so without thinking) I did not back up the emails. Now all the emails in my Thunderbird inbox are lost. Bah! Then they said they were not using any filters to block email. I do not use Shaw's online ju$nk filtering as I have used Mailwasher for many years. Tech support did not know what Mailwasher is or does and needed an explanation. Then the support guy asked his supervisor, who said they routinely block servers who send thousands of emails to Shaw customers. The explanation is that any server sending huge numbers of emails must be a sp@@#mmer!! What a stupid way to assess sp@@m! Have they never heard of spoofed email addresses? What about bot nets? I could go on.... I asked him why a legitimate family newsletter like yours was being blocked, but my inbox always contained solicitatio@ns to get rich, I have won the lottery, and of course the inevitable offers to help me enlarge certain body parts, make those parts work better er um harder, etc., etc. He repeated the "tens of thousands of emails from a single server mean the email is sp@@m. I replied by quoting your reply (verbatim) to Cindy about her problem with Shaw. (See the archived copies of DearWebby's letters at http://webby.com/humor/blog/ for the reply. He repeated that Shaw blocks servers that send "tens of thousands of emails to Shaw customers because they are sp@@am." I asked him about the likelihood of them blocking newsletters from other places like Cloudeight, ZD Net, and Lockergnome to name a few. He said that was possible. I explained that I pay for subscriptions to some of these newsletters, and I would be angry to have them blocked. I said that I pay Shaw to connect me to the internet and provide email service--not to be my Mommy and censor my email. He was unmoved. I argued that this was the same as your mailman deciding to throw out some of your mail because he didn't like Reader's Digest, or any other advertising flyer. He remained unmoved (or didn't get it.) According to the tech support guy he has sent a ticket to allow Webby's newsletter back through to my and other subscribers email boxes. He said it might take two or three days to get the ticket out to everyone in building(!!???!!!?). He also said we would have to go through the whole rigamarole again if Shaw chooses to block other newsletters. What a bunch of horsepuckey!! Feel free to post this in an upcoming letter. Maybe someone higher up in Shaw will read this and do something. (no, I won't hold my breath) Neil Dear Neil The mail at Telus, Shaw's competitor, started working on Sept 28, just as if they had fired their "tech". On Oct 1, the mail problems, that Telus used to have, mysteriously appeared at Shaw.ca. By the way, there are not "tens of thousands" of subscribers with shaw.ca addresses. There are less than 500 left. All the others have already upgraded their mails to gmail, hotmail or AOL. Yes, pretty sad when Shaw is making AOL look good by comparison! Forget trying to get results going through their IT department. As you noticed, they have no clue and resent it, when you try to confuse them with facts. Your only hope is to reach Shaw's management through letters to the editors of local papers. Good Luck! DearWebby
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