My current ISP is Charter, and yes, like all of their brethren, they suck.
For the past four years I’ve signed up for their two year, $40/mo, internet-only program, which they DO NOT ADVERTISE, but will begrudgingly give you if you call and cmplain enough. Well two months ago this ran out. I called to sign up for another two years… only to find out they now REALLY, REALLY don’t offer it anymore. So after three calls, I eventually believed them… for reals. Hardball. Fine.
They raised my rate to $67 a month…. ouch.
So I paid the first month and looked around at ANY other provider. But, as they know, there are no alternatives that don’t also suck ass. Lame.
So I got my second bill from them today and decided… fuck them. I called and told them I wanted to cancel, and that it was because of the price. They then offered me another year @ $40/mo.
Clearly I wasn’t complaining enough!
This is less than ideal customer service… and yet it seems to have become an industry norm. And while 1/3rd of Charter’s business (internet), is killing the other 2/3rds (phone/tv), at least this gives them a step up on car salesmen and realtors for “most annoyingly tolerated, unnecessary, service providers on the planet” award. For now.
Anyway, I won’t say “problem solved”, but I’m willing to celebrate “problem temporarily averted”. I look forward to the day when some Google-sized meteor finally kills off these dinosaurs.
I’ve shared the code up on GitHub. It simply grabs future events (via an async call), from a public Google Calendar, and inserts them into a div on a webpage. No authentication needed, and it should be easy to refactor to include any data you want.
I would join Apple Computer about two years after this clip, and there was still grumbling about OpenDoc‘s demise; one of the many technologies that geeks dug, that Jobs killed. Obviously history has been kind to his decisions, but at the time, these decisions took serious balls. Jobs was many things… but lacking cojones? I seriously doubt anyone ever accused him of that.