Back in September I bought a nicely-loaded Nissan Rogue. It came with XM Radio built in with a 3-month trial subscription to their programming and their traffic reporting system. I listened. Meh, I suppose it’s alright. The traffic report? Only a few major highways show information and it’s never up to date. Then the end of the trial period neared. That’s really where the trouble began. If you want the gory details, read on. Otherwise, here’s the verdict: run the fuck away.

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I was looking for a better “popular posts” plug-in for WordPress yesterday, so I tried one in particular (no, I won’t name it). Shortly after installing it, I was auto-spammed by the author using my own address as the sender. I became annoyed. Jackassery ensued.

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At the very end of last week, I started a one-month free trial with Zendesk, a web-based help desk a la FogBugz. I chose it for its simplicity and am so far happy with the system itself, even with a minor technical hiccup. It’s the crazy-girlfriend-like sales tactics that bug me a little (a lot).

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