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Malcolm Bowes
Works at MSS Security
Attended Concordia College, Adelaide
Lived in Adelaide, Australia
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LEAKED: Turnbull Govt radical plans to privatise $50 billion in Medicare services. Add your name to keep for-profit corporations out of our health system.
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This is a great competition for the international Android fans out there. The Galaxy S6 is a great phone if the many reviews are to be believed and the competition is open to those outside the US (a nice change).
Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday. A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the LG G4 giveaway: Reinaldo from the United States of America. This week we are giving away a Samsung Galaxy S6! The Samsung Galaxy S6 has landed, bringing with it a much needed injection of premium materials. Trading in its typical plastic design language, the latest Galaxy ...
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The DJI Phantom 2 Giveaway - Get into the Spirit of Flight with One of the Most Exciting Drones on the Market
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Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"
<click>

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!
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You are dispensing there, yes? Have you done any further studies for the next step?
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It's funny because it's true
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Bruce's 50th dinner. A good night had by all.
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Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday. A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Axon phone giveaway: Adriano P. from Brazil. This week we are giving away a Samsung Galaxy S6! While Samsung has enjoyed a ton of popularity thanks to its solid handsets with great specs, in recent years the company has come under fire for its less-than-premium designs. Th...
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I hereby wholly, and without reservation, rescind my previous praise for Google's Play Store hardware support. After an initial positive experience, the level of customer service provided has since descended into unfunny buffoonery of the highest order.

Having had a problem with the charging cradle for my android wear watch (a known engineering shortcoming as it turns out), I called Google to arrange a replacement. Instead of simply supplying a replacement cradle (the simple option), they insisted that the watch, cradle and all other accessories be replaced (and that I had to have a hold/charge placed on my debit card from the time of replacement order until the faulty item was received back in their warehouse).

I received a replacement watch which did not work at all, so I called Google to suggest that I keep the good cradle and return the broken cradle along with the dead watch to them. They said if I did that I would likely end up paying for the faulty replacement watch and instructed me to return either the good watch with the broken cradle or the dead watch with the good cradle. Only then would they send yet another watch to (hopefully) resolve the situation.

So today, after I advised Google that my watch had been received at their warehouse, I received an email saying that I needed to order the replacement and that they would place yet another hold on my debit card!! Thankfully, in anticipation of just such a jerk-around, I had ordered a replacement cradle at my own cost so I have instructed Google to cancel my warranty claim, refund the charge for the returned dead watch on my card and say goodbye to any future play store hardware purchases from me!

A textbook example of inflexible, process driven, non-customer focussed "service". It shits me to say this, but Apple wouldn't do this to a customer (and there are very few occasions where I say that Apple is superior to Google these days).
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Major kudos to google today! I had a problem with the watch I purchased from google play earlier this year and went in search of support (I googled Samsung gear live support and the page I needed was right there). The page requested the order number which, thanks to gmail, I was able to search and find in seconds.

I received a call in less than a minute from a rep who was extremely helpful and, after a couple of questions, he escalated my call to a specialist who arranged an advance replacement in about 2 minutes. The professionalism, courtesy and overall attitude displayed by both of the support people I spoke to was absolutely spot on and is an example that could benefit many companies if they followed it.

Overall, a really simple process that makes it very easy for me to recommend Google, not only for their services but also for hardware through their play store!
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Indeed. Pretty crappy service in the end
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What an absolutely brilliant, through and useful review. Excellent work!

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Holiday? Check. 20 Grand? Check. Reputable company? Check. What more do you need to know?
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  • Concordia College, Adelaide
    1982 - 1986
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Aviation Protection Supervisor
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  • MSS Security
    Aviation Protection Supervisor, 2012 - present
  • MSS Security
    Service Delivery Coordinator, 2010 - 2012
  • Carl Zeiss Vision
    Customer Service Manager, Australia & New Zealand, 2007 - 2010
  • SirsiDynix
    Manager, Client Care, 2005 - 2007
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I've bought a number of gadgets and home appliances here over the years and have been regularly pleased with the great service and the deals on offer.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
I got great, friendly service and a really good deal on a laptop!
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Excellent advice, great prices (on bikes, parts and labour), and very friendly and honest. These guys are well worth a visit (and it's really not far from Adelaide). As a previous review mentioned, someone is always keen to help but they are never pushy. Highly recommended!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Wow! This place has crashed and burned! It used to be one of the best places in Adelaide for great butter chicken but sadly in my most recent experience not only was the butter chicken not especially tasty (tasted a lot like tomato soup) and the naan undercooked and dry but it took more than an hour and a half to be delivered! How does it take so long to cook something so bad?
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Great food, friendly service, pretty good prices for what you get (perhaps a tad on the high side but not excessively so).
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reviewed a year ago
I had a truly awful experience for breakfast at this place. It started with surly, grumpy service and rounded out with overcooked, salty, bland food. The finale was the waitress who, whilst collecting a plate still half full of food, didn't bother to ask if everything was OK (which you would imagine would happen if customer satisfaction was important). Very disappointing all round.
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reviewed 2 years ago
The range of products (both in terms of breadth and quality) is amazing and their support of local producers is fantastic. Many of the products that I used to have to visit the central markets for are stocked here (some at better prices than I'm used to). I'll definitely be back!
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