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 21 
 on: August 02, 2017, 16:36:16 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
I also need to apply for a credit card.

No, not at all. 

Go to a different branch or speak to the manager - someone is trying to earn a commission.  All you need is the stock-standard basic FNB 'Easy' account. They will issue you with a Visa debit card (it says "Cheque" on the card) - it operates with a pin as normal.  That is all you need. 

I can offer you my most sincere and heartfelt condolences on this process, I had to go through it too. 

You're telling me PayPal will accept that? Because it's not just FNB that will have to be happy; PayPal will have to accept it too. Oh, and it WAS the manager I spoke to. I am increasingly un-amused at a bank that will go to such lengths to cheat its own customers.

In the meantime they let me know to come pick up my ATM card. I did so, and stupidly just stuffed the envelope in my bag without checking. Now I noticed it's not mine; it has been issued to someone with my surname. Van der Spuy is not THAT common a surname, so what are the fucking chances, I ask you, that both me and one Philip van der Spuy will open an account at the same small branch at the same time, so that the idiot personnel can get confused with our very Dutch surnames?

So tomorrow, instead of finally getting back to painting as I planned, I'll have to get back to the bank once again.

 22 
 on: August 02, 2017, 15:38:12 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Spike
Send me a copy of the back and front of the card they gave you - I'll tell you if it is the right one  Grin Grin Grin


 23 
 on: August 02, 2017, 15:36:15 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Spike
I also need to apply for a credit card.

No, not at all. 

Go to a different branch or speak to the manager - someone is trying to earn a commission.  All you need is the stock-standard basic FNB 'Easy' account. They will issue you with a Visa debit card (it says "Cheque" on the card) - it operates with a pin as normal.  That is all you need. 

I can offer you my most sincere and heartfelt condolences on this process, I had to go through it too. 

 24 
 on: August 02, 2017, 14:50:59 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
Thanks for that, I agree the windows 'photo viewer' is slow and a pain in the whatsit.  I don't even use the Office suite because I lost my l$g$t$m$t$ pa$d copy product key and when I changed computers I discovered I'd have to pay $10 a month for the rest of my life. Only payable with a credit card, mind you, no Paypal option so they can $$ck my $$$$. I now use Libre Office (donations optional) because I only need basic word processing and the odd spreadsheet.

Reminds me of more irksomosity. I'm trying to get a bit "out there" as artist, so I signed up at Fine Art America, where you can put up your work for free. As an added bonus, they have a merchandise option: they can print your pictures on everything from pillow slips to coffee mugs, and you get commission. But with one catch: they only pay out via PayPal.

In South Africa, only one bank has a deal with PayPal to receive money (apparently it's perfectly easy to send money out of the country through PayPal, but receiving is another matter altogether.) So I go to FNB and explain my situation: at the moment my income is more or less at pauper level, but I'm hoping to receive some through PayPal, so can I open a PayPal-compatible account? No problem! Account is opened literally within minutes; I just had to provide an ID and proof of residence.

Then it turns out it's not that simple: I also need to apply for a credit card. And for that, I have to provide reams and reams and reams of documentation. Among other things, three months worth of bank statements. Easy enough; I go online, get a PDF of the statement and send it along, only to receive an e-mail that the statement is outdated. So how the hell do I get an up to date one then, if the one dated the day I sent it is outdated!?

But that's the least of the problems: for the credit card I have to get a proof of income from SARS (because I am basically self-employed). But I have dropped off SARS' records when my income dipped below the minimum taxable amount a year or two ago, so to get anything out of them now will probably take a titanic effort of standing in long queues. And once I do have such a statement, in all probability FNB will decline the credit card anyway because I'm not rich and thus a credit risk. Despite the fact that I explained at great lengths to the folks at the bank that I do not want to buy anything on credit; I just need it to receive money because that's how PayPal works. (And apparently, even if you have a credit card, you have to jump through fiery hoops to get it connected to your bank account).

Summary: after days of bureaucratic struggles, it looks like I have been wasting my time, all because the frickin' consultant at the FNB branch was so eager to open an account that he didn't tell me about the fine print. Put a different way, they suck you in, and then it turns out they have actually not told you everything, and the goal posts get shifted ever further and further.

They can go insert their credit card somewhere; I'll do without it.

And why do I get this feeling that all of this is once again partly because of government regulations? Why is it apparently ridiculously easy to use PayPal to send money out of the country, but almost impossible to use it to bring dollars and euros into the country?

 25 
 on: August 02, 2017, 14:46:05 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by BoogieMonster

Perhaps you missed the part where I said it's not so good anymore.

 26 
 on: August 02, 2017, 14:34:29 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by brianvds
Windows 10's picture viewer.



Why can't I just have the old Windows one back?
Maybe this will help you.  If you did a clean install of Win10 (rather than an upgrade from an earlier Win7 or 8 ), it involves a registry hack.  You can export the registry key’s current contents (i.e., before you make any changes) in case things go awry with the hack and you need to revert to those current settings.

'Luthon64

I got Windows 10 with the laptop I'm using. Perhaps I can do the hack, perhaps not. I'm reluctant to try and end up messing it up even further. It just adds to the sheer irksomeness that one has to hack one's own computer to get back a piece of software that worked perfectly fine.

 27 
 on: August 02, 2017, 13:16:21 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Spike
Meh. I can't upload pics at all.  I get "upload folder is full'. Its not cache.

 28 
 on: August 02, 2017, 12:08:11 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Mefiante
Windows 10's picture viewer.



Why can't I just have the old Windows one back?
Maybe this will help you.  If you did a clean install of Win10 (rather than an upgrade from an earlier Win7 or 8 ), it involves a registry hack.  You can export the registry key’s current contents (i.e., before you make any changes) in case things go awry with the hack and you need to revert to those current settings.

'Luthon64

 29 
 on: August 02, 2017, 12:04:44 PM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by Spike
ACDSee

Thanks for that, I agree the windows 'photo viewer' is slow and a pain in the whatsit.  I don't even use the Office suite because I lost my l$g$t$m$t$ pa$d copy product key and when I changed computers I discovered I'd have to pay $10 a month for the rest of my life. Only payable with a credit card, mind you, no Paypal option so they can $$ck my $$$$. I now use Libre Office (donations optional) because I only need basic word processing and the odd spreadsheet.

The Open Text works very well, except for one instance when it allegedly rendered some chemical symbols incorrectly in the final document. This allegedly occurred when I opened and edited a Word doc with Open text and then saved the result back to Word. I haven't been able to duplicate this so I can't report it as a bug. It was probably nonsense.  I'd be happy to hear from others about their experiences with ODT's?

 30 
 on: August 02, 2017, 10:20:21 AM 
Started by Rigil Kent - Last post by BoogieMonster
One of the irksome problems with software is that there's a view that a working tool should always be getting better and better with time. One part of this is fixing bugs, which is nice. But the other is that one should always be adding features, which is not always nice because it starts to add a lot of bloat. Back in the day I used ACDSee to view images but that has also ballooned into a behemoth. What I use these days is IrfanView, but even that is not always to my liking.

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