Two things on my mind

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    1. If you are looking for a new all-in-one printer DO NOT CONSIDER the Canon Pixma MX922. I have had 2 of them in one week, neither worked properly.

    2. What do you all do about constant telephone calls from unwanted solicitations, spoofed numbers and calls from the Dominican Republic among other places? I can block up to 30 numbers with my phone but the calls are still constant. Obviously, the DNC list is no longer a viable means of deflecting unwanted calls.
  2. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    When I had a land line, I would either a) say to the solicitor "Please hold" then set the phone down and walk away (the off-hook signal was my que to hang up the phone), or b) inform the solicitor that I wanted them to place this number on the "Do Not Call" list. Your question #2 is mainly why I got rid of my land line.
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I'd love to get rid of my landline, but cell phone service is too iffy where I live. :mad:

    Besides that, I've seen some numbers on my cell phone that seem to be from not-legitimate callers also; a number but no message is left.
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  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I've been on an Epson Artisan 835 for a couple of years now, been very happy with it. Easy to bridge the network/VPN here by connecting the USB cable to the isolated machine, and using Wi-Fi for the regular machines to print.
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The only land line we still have is at hour cabin. It would start ringing almost as soon as we get there and the telemarketers would be calling all weekend. So, I leave a phone recorder on all the time, announce only, reminding telemarketers to hang up and put the number on their do not call list. And secondly, the local ISP doesn't mind people camping on the line, so I leave my laptop connected to the internet 24/7 when we're there.

    You might consider suggesting to North Korea that the Dominican Republic would be good target.
  6. We get a lot of these calls, too. I don't answer if it looks iffy on the caller ID. I figure any important calls will leave a message.

    Also I've noticed that when you do answer, if there's a gap of a couple seconds before someone responds, you can safely hang up -- it's a call center call.
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I never answer my cell phone unless I recognize the caller.

    If I don't recognize the caller, I usually Google the phone # from the "missed calls" log. 99% of the time that indicates they were properly ignored. Once it did indicate that # was used by AMEX's credit card application people, and I did need to return that one. Most people I know send me email. My only real calls are from wife & for medical stuff (e.g. appt. reminders).
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Get a compressed gas horn. Let them hear it. If you're on the DNC list they won't complain.
  9. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Trouble is, most of them, if one answers, are recordings......

    The ones about the FBI reporting a great increase in crime in my neighborhood and offering to install a free alarm system, if I'll allow them to put a sign on my property, make me laugh. These calls come from all over the country and the numbers are all spoofed.
  10. I wish I only got phone calls for the free alarm system. Around here they come to the door, and they've got an answer for my every excuse. I have to play dumb housewife and defer to my husband, who is always at work. ;)

    Actually, I play dumb housewife on the phone a lot too. I answered a call the other day from a guy who wanted to give me insurance quotes, and I pretended I didn't even understand how insurance works.
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    These days you have to play them along enough to get a real phone number out of them.

    We answer our front door less often than our phones, and rarely for any purpose other than to receive a recently ordered pizza. Basically, when we have business to conduct, we conduct it elsewhere, and we like to be left along at home.
  12. RB

    RB Founding Member

    For door to door sales I slip my pistol in my pants waist line, front and center. They never seem very talkative after I open the door with one hand on the grip.
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  13. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    That's why I have a sign in my yard announcing that "This home is protected by <insert fake name here> Security Company." :D

    I tell the alarm sales telephone solicitors who call my cell phone that I already have a monitored alarm system in my home and I want them to put me on the "Do Not Call" list.
  14. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Get this sign.
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Protected by Smith & Wesson three days a week.
    You guess which three.
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  16. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    That doesn't work here in NJ - and it sure didn't help the prosecutor down your way, whose home was apparently filled with guns behind every door, all for protection.

  17. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Well, just this morning they arrested the wife of the former Justice of the Peace (he is already in jail) that was removed from office and according to reports on local radio have charged her with capital murder. This might have been a case of opening the door to someone known.
  18. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I use caller-id as a whitelist. Don't recognize the number, don't answer.
  19. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I do the same and if you don't leave a message your number is blocked, as it often is even if a message is left.
  20. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    What's frustrating to me is that they abuse my business line. I have to answer and I have to be gracious.

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