October 7, 2014


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October 6, 2014


Apparently I’ve turned to comment forms to vent lately. The e-commerce note was for natfinn


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Handling Mold Remediation Aftermath = Bane of My Existence. Just saying.

Note: I promised Nate I wouldn’t attach any names to this yet. Or publish it anywhere that my name is readily associated with. But I’m frustrated.

And done.

I’m not sure if we’re making mountains out of molehills, or if we should actually be pushing things with my landlord.

My fiancé, @natfinn, and I lived in a hotel for 2.5 weeks while the apartment complex performs mold remediation on the area of our apartment that endured. They’ve got contractors and a hygienist. They let us move back in this past Friday (Oct. 3).

The issue happened in Mid-August when the upstairs apartment’s water heater leaked. We initially thought it was our AC condenser gone bad after a couple days.

They came down the and looked and discovered the problem was upstairs where they were fixing a water heater - though it never dawned on them to see where the water went.

The water came down through to our water closet (play on words). It soaked the wall between the apartment and the patio closet, seeped to the carpet to a 6’x6’ area, and worked it’s way up the walls a couple feet.

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They got carpet cleaners and they bleached the patio closet where our heater was.

Then fours weeks later I wasn’t able to sit in the living room without breaking out into hives or having trouble breathing. The dogs were picking at their feet. So we called them again. They came down and found elevated moisture in the closet, but maintenance thought it no cause for concern. We pushed.

Long to we were in a hotel for over two weeks while they brought in a contractor, they did hepa filtering and sealing off of the infected area with ceiling-to-carpet plastic. They’ve had hygienists in to give instructions on repairs. They ripped out the wall between the apartment and patio closet. They’re replacing the ceiling. They took out a 6’x2’ section of wall (the wall we share with the neighbors - PS: the complex hasn’t told the neighbors yet).

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Before they started that work, they let us go in and get some more clothes / etc. since it was longer than the 2-3 days they initially told us it would be.

I didn’t realize when my fiancé brought back heels for me (had to wear business casual for a day conference) that they’d been sitting out in that room. I put them on and an hour later I was running a high fever and felt like an ice pick was driving through my head. I took off the shoes, washed my feet with soap and water, and the reaction went away (still had a mild headache, and minor itches, but no fever).  

They replaced the insulation from the exposed areas. New Drywall. They replaced the baseboards. They’re doing moisture checks. Rent was pro-rated while we were out. 

- But they’re not replacing the carpet padding or carpet in the exposed area.

- They’re not testing for dust.

- They’re not dusting the place when they’re done.

Despite the fact that for 4 weeks all the apartment went unchecked. My fiancé is currently vacuuming with the hepa vacuum now that we own, and has clorox wiped all of the walls and ceilings in that room to try and help my health out. (I get that huge headache whenever I’m in the room for extended periods of time still, and still itchy. Any time I scratch my arms / ankles when I’m in the room, it leaves actual marks and ends up being a way worse.)

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Questions:

1 - Isn’t it a little odd that they wouldn’t replace the carpets or the carpet padding, or test / check dust, (let alone dust after themselves)?

2 - Do we need to throw out the other shoes that were in that room, or the single bed we’ve been using as a couch?

3 - Should we just throw out the carpet padding ourselves and re-shampoo the carpets, or push the issue with our landlord?

These better be answered ASAP or both natfinn and I are going to blow up every digital channel and avenue we can. Just saying.


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Throttling Bandwidth

douglaskarr:

It seems sometimes corporations take very simple issues and make them complex to simply disguise what’s actually happening. Even worse, they rely on the ignorance of our elected officials to pass regulations or loopholes to enable their behavior.

Simply put, AT&T and the other ISPs are still throttling users who utilize a lot of bandwidth under legacy unlimited bandwidth packages. For some, that may seem fair - as bandwidth demands continue to grow on mobile devices, it seems only fair that AT&T and other providers didn’t realize that was going to happen, so they needed to reverse the practice.

I say that seems fair, but you have to look at the larger picture. For every user that’s hogging bandwidth, there are hundreds of users that barely reach their bandwidth limitations. As a business, that means that the demands all work out in the end… and most likely work out in AT&T’s favor.

So here are some ideas:

  • If there’s literally bottlenecks because of heavy usage, then I’d say that AT&T sold capacity that it knew it didn’t have. That’s not the customers’ fault, that’s AT&T’s fault.
  • If it’s okay to throttle heavy user bandwidth, then the opposite should be fair, too. AT&T and other ISPs should pay back customers for unused bandwidth. I’ll hold my breath.
  • How much more money does it cost the ISP to send more data packets through existing fiber and other networks? This isn’t a utility like water where there’s a cost to generation… the equipment is up, running, and waiting. The cost is additional capacity when their thresholds for equipment has been exceeded - but it barely costs anything to send data through existing networks.

This is almost the same as airlines selling too many tickets for a flight and then having to kick people off… in that case the airline typically offers you a free flight in the future, pays for your hotel if there’s a layover, and even provides you something to eat. Perhaps we should hold the ISPs to the same standard.

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