13 Jul 2000 dwmw2   » (Master)

There are definitely bugs in JFFS. If you get bored of waiting for it to move 14Mb of data around the flash, and pull the plug, it seems to get very confused when you later reapply power.

Not good.

Many random bugfixes and compile fixes in MTD code, along with a few new drivers, flushed to Linus for 2.4.0-test4.

Haven't had to deal with any particular telco stupidity today, only routine cluelessness. Called BT's ISDN helpline, who didn't really know about HomeHighway, but expected that it probably ought to be possible to make the voice calls visible on the S-bus. I said I might want to change to ISDN, so they put me through to sales. Business sales, who then refused to transfer me to the normal sales line, telling me I should call 150. I said "Even from a Cambridge Cable line" and they said "Yes". So I hung up, called 150, and surprise surprise I got CamCable sales.

I love BT.

The bloke from NTL did actually call me back, much to my surprise. Apparently the exchange technicians are now admitting that the wrong CLI really is their fault, and they're working on fixing it. When it was Cambridge Cable a year or two ago, they continued to swear blind that there was nothing they could do. NTL might be clueless, but at they seem to be better than CamCable were before the takeover. I wonder how many staff got replaced. Or shot.

I just remembered the other thing that was in the mail I sent to Vodafone a couple of months ago, to which I've not yet received a response. Vodafone, in a fit of intelligence, set up every new customer's voicemail so that you can dial directly into it from anywhere in the world, and they all share the same default password, which is 3333. If you dial any number within the ranges they assign to voicemail boxes, for example +44 778 744 50xx, I bet that you'll find that most of them haven't yet changed their password - so you can log in, listen to their personal messages, change their recorded greeting to something offensive and change their password :)

As if setting it up like that wasn't stupid enough, they're also being completely negligent and not bothering to fix it after being informed. As I said, I told Vodafone about this months ago, but they haven't even bothered to respond to my email, let alone fix it.

Fucking Useless Telco.

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