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Thursday, 13.Feb.2003

8:31 - more pointless bitching

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Oh man, I don't think I could have found a crappier answering machine if I'd actually gone out and comparison-shopped at 20 different stores!

So, I get home and see the light blinking on the machine. I'm thinking "yay! a message!" and I notice that it's blinking oddly. After a little observation I realize that this machine actually does blink in groups, with the number of blinks per group being the number of messages. So, I'm a little happy to know that this isn't a total piece of crap when I hit the play button. It's a telemarketer. Ugh, worse yet it's one of those automated machine telemarketers that just plays a nice long message at you. So, I'm knowing that it's just going to babble on until it runs out of message space and I go to hit the "skip" button, which is when it dawns on me:

There is no "skip" button.

That's right, no "skip" button. No "Fast Forward" or "Reverse" buttons, either. I read through the entire operating instructions, I turn the unit over hunting for the hidden controls. All to no avail. As far as message playback is concerned, you can play them all in a row starting at the begenning, or you can stop playback and save them for later listening.

Here I am, thinking, "This is a *DIGITAL* machine! Shouldn't it be able to skip messages!??!" while I'm forced to sit there and listen to this disgustingly boring, uninteresting, and LOOOOONG telemarketer message. I can't just turn down the volume and walk out of the room, since there was a second message waiting to be heard. I couldn't turn down the volume and wait for the "end of message" beep, since it's about the same level of volume and if I can't hear the message I wouldn't be able to hear the beep, either. I'm stuck there, a captive to this worst-ansering-machine-ever, listening to an automated telemarketer machine babble on and on about how great this deal is that they are offering to me.

gah. I'm really starting to have a nice, healthy, hatred for this answering machine.

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From:ox_number_10
Date:8:56 13.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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Don't know why I didn't think of this last night. Box it up and return it for a better one.
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From:lograh
Date:9:01 13.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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I might. I don't know where the receipt is, though.

That, and I'll have to get out there somehow.

It might just be easier to unplug it and never think about it again.
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From:lograh
Date:11:51 13.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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I don't check a car to see if the transmition has more than one speed. I felt these functions were basic enough as to be considered "standard" on a product of this type.

Obviously I was mistaken about the level of functionality inherent in the term "answering machine".
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From:macklinr
Date:14:55 13.Feb.2003 (UTC)
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Yes, but a single-speed car won't sell. A crappy answering machine will, at a low enough price.
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