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    Decided to get that expensive RAM I mentioned, the same 16GB I got a year ago. I can look past the price if I save up some money. Get it today, in just over an hour? From the great Amazon themselves? They never let me down. Or do they? I should have noticed the "3000MHz" label as I ordered "2400MHz". Unfortunately they weren't genuinely mistaken!

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    They're not the Corsair sticks I'm familiar with. They're cheap Kingston, with dirty labels. No attempt to give them similar plastic casing either. They're paperweights, even if I accepted being ripped off. This cheap RAM couldn't work properly with my genuine Corsair. I'm not happy with Amazon. There's nothing they can do until I return this. I'm going to have to wait several days at least until I can get what I paid for. Not cool Amazon.
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    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    Yuck, what a scam!
    "Out of the ground, raze all greenery with flame! Fire2!"
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    It deals with a demon virus that transforms people into freaky looking fuckers

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    What.



    No really, what?
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    This was probably fraud by some random scumbag living in this general vicinity. It often falls under "return fraud", or more specifically "switch fraud" (not to be confused with those tablets/consoles) which is quite self-explanatory. The person orders an item and swaps it with a counterfeit product, returning it for a nice refund. I spent some time looking into the "8GB RAM" I received. They're actually 1GB RAM sticks that can be bought on eBay for about $2 a piece. Additionally, the box I got is a fake.

    I ended up having to order the genuine product from the main Amazon site for next-day delivery. They gave me an amazing £5 for my troubles and I found a £20 Amazon gift card I must have had hidden away for many months. So it wasn't as much of an expense. Finally put together my computer again with a complete set of good RAM. Of course, despite the root of the problem probably being some tosser, Amazon isn't free of all blame. They could have prevented this. Warehouses should always weigh returned items. The counterfeit RAM was much lighter than genuine. Although I sent off the fake RAM earlier today I probably won't have my refund for a few days. I can't complain further because this situation could have turned out far shittier.

    The only way it could be shittier is if my RAM replacement (RAM has been identified as the most likely cause of my computer crashes/freezes) doesn't actually do anything. Then I think I might implode.
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    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    Never have I seen a more appropriate time to use this clip.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NXff9_6DRSw
    Seriously, though. That's just fucked up all around.

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    Haven't updated this in a couple of months. By the way, the RAM upgrades fixed all the crashes and freezes so that's out of the way.

    I was looking for something yesterday and searched a drawer, but ended up finding three jiffy bags completely packed with letters and postcards. I have to admit, it was a mixed bag of emotions. Er, no pun intended. I forgot how much I enjoyed exchanging letters as I found hundreds. Lea from Indonesia, Sylvia and Emma from the USA, Megumi from Japan, Liu from China...

    Even if from afar it was a nice way to get to know people. I know it sounds clichéd but I miss using a pen. There's a certain charm to writing letters. Maybe I should get back into it one day. I did send Zemekis an Outlaw Star postcard! He sent one showing a Texan blonde and proudly displaying the USA flag. (Typical Zemekis.) Postcards are fucking cool though. Don't you forget it, fellow outlaws. We've got a job to do which is teaching kids to write letters without using Microsoft Word.

    Oh boy, I feel older and older by the day.
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    Got some buds all over the world I see. I agree, getting letters is kind of a lost art. It's cool to have someone send you something in writing and just telling you how things are going. It beats getting nothing but bills in the mail, that's for sure! Don't think you'd want a handwritten letter from me though. You'd need a cryptologist to decipher my wretched handwriting.

    Oh, and happy birthday! Hope you did something fun for it!

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    It can't be that bad! And I've seen some bloody bad handwriting over the years.

    p.s. Cheers, though to be honest I only just got up so I can't comment on the day quite yet! In a couple of hours I'll go out for a meal with my dad. Guess I'll be opening some presents.

    I know for a fact a couple of the presents are manga. I'm just not sure which. I expect the traditional item of clothing from my grandparents. Some money will be handy for Spain in a month.
    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    Happy belated birthday. I wasn't on the forum (or technology at all) very much outside of work so this is unfortunately my first chance to say it.

    Glad to hear that the RAM has fixed things, although I sort of knew that because we talk so often outside the forum as well

    Letters are great, I still write them often as you know so I fully agree that it's a good hobby and a meaningful thing to receive. A letter in and of itself shouldn't feel like a gift, but these days it does. I grew up with exchange students (14 of them lived alongside me at home from age 14 to 20, if memory serves. Not all at once!) so I've sent countless letters since they've left, plus tons of letters to my wife (then fiance) while we were living on opposite sides of the planet. It's a cheap way to pass along something meaningful to another person, not to mention a very nice gesture since people don't often take the time.

    In Japan I had a bit of an obsession with sending postcards, some of my closer friends probably received roughly 15 in one year and some even told me to stop because they didn't want to throw them away but had nowhere to put them.

    I hope your time with your parents went well and that they got you those volumes of Vampire Knight & Monster Musume you asked for.
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    I hadn't guessed that this was a common pastime of yours too. Coincidentally I also talked about postcards and letters yesterday when someone brought it up out of the blue. I do intend to start doing it again on a more regular basis. There's something to it that social media or instant messaging will never, ever replicate.

    Sorry to disappoint, but the two manga I received were the first two volumes of Deadman Wonderland and I can't wait to start reading them. I also got some money which (as said above) I'll take to Spain. In Gibraltar (duh, it's a British territory) and Morocco I can use pound sterling so there's no need to exchange that. In particular, I'll be on the lookout for some decent (and more cultural than something generic) handmade souvenirs in Morocco. If I'm gonna visit another continent I may as well take something memorable back with me.

    Sounds a bit silly I know, but I also got a few scratch cards. Ever since I was a little boy I enjoyed these things. You rarely win much. (The most I recall winning one time was £20 from a £1 scratch card.) I got £10 of scratch cards (one £3 card, one £2 card and five £1 cards) and I won... £8! At least there was little money lost from it. I find the £3 cards more impressive. They often put a lot of thought into the designs. Heck, I've never played bingo before but I learned the rules from this £3 card.

    I enjoy various kinds of gambling and I suppose I should consider myself lucky we don't have pachinko. I bet I'd be there frequently. (No pun intended... )
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    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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