Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Awesomeness That Is My Life, part the Latest

My company has decided to take an official "We hate Microsoft" stance (again) and as such has ordered us to use Firefox as our default browser. It is my preferred browser at home, but I'm sometimes hampered by the fact that it's incompatible with some business sites. At work, that's further compounded since it won't work with many of the online applications we make and use and support. To that end, the tech people sent out an e-mail with a link to a plug-in that would allow us to run Internet Explorer applications in Firefox. The link tries to open a browser window in our e-mail program (which has never worked) but after I extracted the link from the e-mail background code and went to the site I found that the "plug-in" consisted of these helpful instructions.
  1. Make Firefox your default browser.
  2. Also install Internet Explorer.
  3. Use that instead.
I'm seriously not making any of that up.

I was also forwarded an e-letter from the law bunny with DeathStar Hospital's latest response. To briefly recap on our relationship, I endured "treatment" at one of their facilities through June and July of 2009, I filed for bankruptcy after a very long and unsuccessful struggle to get them to play fair, they turned a bill over to a collection agency, they turned the bill over to another collection agency,and then they created a new bill and sent it directly to me (along with several reminders to pay), and then they sent that one to a collection agency. My lawyer filed a claim against DeathStar Hospital whose lawyer ignored her deadline for response and then denied our claim stating that, although it was true that the courts notified DeathStar Hospital to cease and desist, they did not notify DeathStar Professional Services, a totally separate entity which can be proven because they have a separate P.O. box at the same address, who waited ten months before billing me. We are therefore mean and do not deserve protection from the law, but they promise that we will not be billed by them again now that we finally did our part and informed the new department we didn't know existed before. DeathStar Anal Rape Billing, DeathStarEvil Trolls unlimited, DeathStarYou Survived So You'll Never Stop Paying Us, DeathStar Pay Us Even If We Managed To Kill You, and DeathStarWe Like Money More Than Your Health are totally separate entities and each have their own distinct P. O. box and may decide to bill me again in the future.

And that's your daily reminder of why you should be happy to be someone else.


Charlene said...

I'm not sure I have the characters in this play right, but I assume DeathStar is an insurance company?

I don't get why we have insurance companies. All they are doing is "managing" our money and taking a cut!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

You forgot "DeathStarIfYouDon'tHaveCashWe'llTakeYourOrgansAsPaymentForServiesRendered, LLC"

Avitable said...

You should switch to Chrome instead of Firefox. I like it even better.

Pearl said...

Good to know that the IT departments across the country operate in similar fashions.

Sorry to hear about the brick outlines no doubt imprinted upon your forehead. I cannot imagine the stress piled on stress that comes from a medical condition, bankruptcy, and lawyerly/corporately hounding.


Grant said...

Charlene - DeathStar is what I nicknamed the horrible hospital I had the misfortune to encounter when I initially got sick. Aetna is my insurance, and without insurance the hospitals charge 3 to 10 times as much for the same procedures.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter - I'm sure I'll be hearing from them soon.

Avitable - I tried it just long enough to be unimpressed, then I uninstalled it. That ruined my dream of becoming completely google-dependent.

Pearl - fortunately, my lawyer is a hot bunny and is deflecting the lawyerly hounding, so that's one less thing to worry about.

Robin said...

I use firefox at work cause I hate IE with a passion but ironically I use chrome at home, work won't let me use Chrome. Bastards.

Maundering mutterer said...

What's this pussy footing about with lawyers? Blow the fuckers up. I'll lend you my x wing.