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Apple sanlitun store in Beijing, poor after-sales support!

My lovely 2011 mac book air has died, again. It was repaired only a month ago. Exact same thing, m/b or main controller has fried. Last time had to wait one day to get hold of genius at bar, repair as quick in one day (that was nice). This time round i have to wait two days for the Genius! Apple I paid good money for your product and the AppleCare, you sit on cash like donald duck’s uncle would be proud of but even in China you refuse to hire staff to deal with the demand? This sucks. It will take exactly two minutes for the genius. You guys need to rework the system or you will find your industry leading service is panned.

March 13, 2012   12 Comments

Fujifilm X100 gallery

Through the looking glass. macro, hand held.

December 20, 2011   Comments Off on Fujifilm X100 gallery

Lunar Eclipse in Beijing

As I get to play around more I hope to finally get some picture up of the Fujifilm X100 I have started using. Lots of site talks of ‘the most hyped camera’ of 2011 or whenever, and I bought it because I can actually use it. Yes, it has some faults, but it has many many qualities that make it an interesting choice for lots of photographers. And that includes bumbling amateurs like me who just try and enjoy taking pictures, but like to have something that can actually take what is wanted, and that requires minimal post processing. But I have little time, so cannot guarantee anything!
For those of you that may see this post looking for a review of the Fujifilm X100 I wish I had time to do one. Seriously, it deserves better press than a lot of what I have read. It really will make you happy about having a camera again, and just taking pictures that you like. The angle of the lens, the luminosity are totally perfect. It is not so much a question of zoom or lack of it, it is a question of having a field of vision that is natural and close to how you eyes see things, with a bit extra on the sides. You can see a shot and frame it, whip out your camera, and take it. Wander around with it, it makes no noise, it just looks nice. People will not feel embarrassed by having a large phallus thrust at them, nor will they feel that you are taking a picture with a toy.
Maybe more. Stay tuned. (lightly tuned)

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December 13, 2011   Comments Off on Lunar Eclipse in Beijing

More scam emails – Recently Posted Opening from a certain David Hunt

This one is tricky. Well written, sounds promising and has an apparently “real” email address.

It’s a scam.

  • it does not have your name in it. Think about it, it is claiming to have found you via an online CV firm. It does NOT know your name. Or your background (eg – your background in art and literature leads me to believe) etc…
  • it is using a GMail address, name sounds genuine, but does a real firm use a Gmail address as official correspondance. Of course not.
  • Any further doubts? Check scamwarners. Esp the part about how *you* will become a victim. I was surprised that Google did not send it straight to Spam hell, it is usually quite good.
  • and of course the money. Too easy for too much money? Don’t believe them, have you checked job offers in the UK recently, even in London you can find jobs @ sub 20K GBP/year. Of course this is a pile of manure.

<<We have received your lead from CV Central Staffing Agency ( Based on the information provided, we believe that you might be a good candidate for this part-time position.

Richmond Art Group Ltd are searching for independent agents who will represent our company in different regions. Two to three hours a day performing your duties over the Internet will be sufficient to fulfill the requirements of this position.

The main strategic aim of our company is to provide quick, easy, efficient and secure ways for art lovers to fulfill their dreams by helping sellers and buyers find each other locally, nationally and globally.

The goal of our company is to ensure both, the most reliable security level and simplicity of use and availability.

We are happy to offer you the Payment Processing Agent position.
Here are some of the job requirements:
– 18 years of age or older;
– Internet access to promptly reply to emails;
– availability by phone (1-2 hours a day);

We welcome competent and reliable approach to work, responsibility and initiative in search of the most efficient ways of job implementation.
At the beginning you will be hired on a probationary basis for 30 days. Given your performance is satisfactory you will have a choice to be employed full time and earn more.

Your salary during the training period amounts to GBP 2,300 per month plus 8% commission from each transaction completed. Total income, given the current volume of clients, could easily amount to GBP 4,500 per month. After the training period, your base salary will increase to GBP 3,000  per month plus 8% commission.

My goal is to spark your interest. In light of the present economy, we feel that our position is unique and desirable, as it offers training, support and a pay scale comparable to an entry level position that would normally require 40 hours per week. I hope you will explore, compare, and then contact me with your questions.

If you would like to learn more, please email us any updated contact information to: ( richmond.serviceart (at) gmail (dot) com
Our human resource managers will contact you within 2 business days.

bla bla bla>>


March 31, 2011   Comments Off on More scam emails – Recently Posted Opening from a certain David Hunt

As it is only possible to complain to Lufthansa by fax, here is a copy so it can be added to the growing voices of discontent

I will be sending a fax to Lufthansa here in China, presumably this will go the way of all other communications but as they provide no other option I will have to try this:
Lufthansa Customer Relation:  China
Name    Lufthansa German Airlines
Customer Service and Support Center
City    Shanghai
Zip Code    200021
Address PO    湖滨路222号, 卢湾区., 企业天地一号楼三搂, 14-21室.
Address    Department, SHA XR
Fax    + 86 21 6340 6698

Dear Sirs,

I wish to strongly complain about the attitude and service levels provided by Lufthansa and its flagship airport in Frankfurt. Like thousands of other passengers our luggage was stranded on the plane after we landed on the 19th of December 2010 as for reasons known only to LH the luggage was NOT/NOT taken off the airplane.
Information provided to us on the plane was not correct, information provided on the ground was not correct, staff was (apart from one really helpful woman at the baggage service desk who took the time to go with us to provide a replacement folding stroller) lazy or rude, or both.
We were told to contact LH in Shanghai to get compensation for items we had to purchase whilst our luggage was not delivered at our home.
Please investigate BRULH68005 – the missing item is a electric blue Quinny folding stroller that is most likely in Frankfurt.
Tag Number       LH549852
Tag Number       LH549853
Tag Number       LH549851
Despite three hours in Frankfurt on the way back your airport layout and inefficient (read lazy) staff meant that it was totally impossible to even find the Lufthansa Lost Baggage department. (finding the Frankfurt Aiport Lost Luggage department just earned us a “please fuck off and ask Lufthansa it is not our problem”, I add the please because they did not say “hau ab” but the meaning was the same: Es ist nicht unser Problem, bitte melden sie sich beim Lufthansa.)

Please find a thread started here:
short url:
This will give you all the background info you need.

I would appreciate a quick answer as I need the stroller for our baby and the replacement is for a six month baby not a four year old and you know the quality of the strollers you provide as replacements. Failing that I will have to purchase a new stroller and I will be billing you as per our rights.

Yours Faithfully,

Patrick Dean

Victor in the Quinny stroller

Victor in the Quinny stroller

January 5, 2011   2 Comments

Lufthansa’s disastrous handling of passenger luggage during the snowstorms 2010-12-19

Luggage lost, why is Frankfurt airport unable to have luggage delivered when onwards flights cancelled?

Arrived from Beijing on LH721 (Beijing-Frankfurt), 19-12-2010, during another snowstorm.
During the flight they announced dozens of cancelled flights, including our onwards flight to Brussels. Luckily I knew that it was possible to take the train so that was not too bad.
BUT – what on EARTH is Lufthansa doing? They KNOW that all the onwards flights are canceled, what the HELL are they doing NOT DELIVERING the bags to the baggage delivery area but leaving them on the plane? IN THE PLANE we were told:
– if your onwards flight is canceled please go to the baggage delivery area to collect your bags
– if you have a possibility to take the train, please go to DB (Deutsche Bahn) and you will get a ticket for free in exchange for your travel stub.
NONE OF THIS HAPPENED! It was a complete and utter ballsup! German infefficiency delivered with German efficiency! No effective communications with the passengers, rude staff (actually not rude, but worse, lazy), DB even ruder.
So we got home, but had to pay for tickets, supposedly it will be paid back. But the real problem is the luggage, WHERE IS THE LUGGAGE? Two 1/2 days later, nothing out there on the status website. A friend in Germany has had her luggage lost by Lufti. What kind of hope do we now have?

But why oh why could you not save everyone massive headaches and deliver the luggage? You have saved NOTHING doing that and just spread so much misery. Fellow passengers even worse off, one couple with three kids left weeping, no luggage, no nothing, no possibility of onwards travel, everything cut off and just left out there in the cold. Lufthansa you have lost so much street cred in this debacle you have a lot of work on your hands.

Please answer: what are you doing with the luggage? BRULH68005

This is linked with where I have posted the same.
More Christmas 2010 travel horror stories on the BBC website

December 22, 2010   1 Comment

Nice to Meet You – and please hand over your cash…

I am Amelia Dacu. I am 23 years old girl. From Sudan. I am also a member of Facebook. I saw your email address at ( I will appreciate your friendship if you tell me more about you. Could you please contact me at this my e-mail address ( ( amelia.dacu (at) yahoo (dot) in) for my picture and more information about me.

( ( amelia.dacu (at) yahoo (dot) in)>>

Once more we are confronted by SPAM/SCAM. The really annoying part is that this is actually human actuated – they have done (apparently) some research on you (btmbeijing) and are greatly moved by your “profile”. What they fail to say is that they have received a list of emails trawled from a website and are spamming all of them. Again, if they really knew you, they could say your name, or try and give a page on which your profile appears. Also the headers show that its a blind CC, so it’s sent to a whole bunch of people.

Finally why would someone from Sudan (!) use a Yahoo email in India ( Smells scammy.

Typing the email address in Google quickly shows up many pages with this email address, usually email blacklists, so you know, don’t bother unless you like to take them for a ride or be taken for one. Have fun.

November 6, 2010   1 Comment

Beware of your inbox! <>

Su Huang


There is a situation here I think you should know about.


Why should you be  careful: do you know this person? If yes, would you expect them to write

“Are you….?”

as title. They kmow you or not??

A lot of google searching turned up nothing on the email address but the headers are interesting:

From: Su Huang <>
Reply-to: s.huang (at) kimo (dot) com 
To: turns out to be a free webmail provider in Taiwan (Yahoo!!). alarm.

The originator is probably a real person whose email address has been hacked, reply email is not the same, but very similar, to evade suspicion.

Although email appears directed to me, it is probably just a BCC as the TO: in the header is the originator, not my email.

Trying out the IP address and email turned up nothing, so it seems this is a highly targeted attack, using apparently high value email addresses (I suspect collected from Hotmail, I have had four contacts have their Hotmail accounts hijacked in the last year).

Doing a google search on exact sentence used turns out a useful conversation on this website. (JKOWNERS) so I guess it’s good to double-check on any email that comes in, especially alarming ones that are apparently asking you to reply but give no info of their own. This is scam email that is asking you to answer and then becomes a classic Nigerian scam. Don’t do it!!!

It is worth reading the JKOWNERS thread as they talk about how they tagged the con artists along for fun.

Good luck!

November 1, 2010   Comments Off on Beware of your inbox! <>

Busy bots in Ukraine

Sudden burst of robotic nonsense coming out of Ukraine, quite what they think that this weak website has of use for them I do not know, but they have been trying quite hard all proportions kept.

Author : Bigizer (IP: ,
E-mail : ( Bigizer (at) gmail (dot) com

(just one of many!)

One could argue that some form of spam is unavoidable on the Net but this is just stupid stuff, more just designed to bring the target website down due to spam volume and possibly to increase Google rankings for pill/sex fake sites through SEO tactics.

Basically a waste of time and electricity (at some point spammers will  have to be fined for the energy that they have wasted by abusing a shared resource such as the Internet)

November 1, 2010   Comments Off on Busy bots in Ukraine

Dan Chung’s take on the 60th birthday parade

I came across this video from Dan Chung of the Grauniad and think it is sensational, not only because of the parade, but because of how he did it.

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion – 7D and 5DmkII from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

see original in vimeo here

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October 6, 2009   1 Comment