Why people use express mail? I think everyone has its own reasons.
Someone wants to send some tomato sprouts to a granpa in Nebraska.
Another one is eager to send anthrax anywhere. And great amounts of
various jokers use express mail to send farting pillows, rubber shit, or
cosmetics for monkeys. However, all of them (if express mail is chosen)
want it to be delivered fast. I also wanted to receive my documents from
Ukraine fast. Having in mind our previous expirience of using UPS
we decided to entrust it to them.
Last time they managed to deliver a letter from Kharkov to Buenos Aires
in 4 days. Now they made it awful. Nope, they did it that awful, so that
I will never send anything with UPS. Instead of promised 3 days my
envelope is still on its way. Two weeks have already passed. After some
clarifications my envelope appeared to be in Romania for quite a period,
but some of their operators mixed up addresses and they were not lucky
to find me. And of course it was incredibly difficult to phone back and
tell that there was no such destination. In my humble opinion, they were
quite able to do it for 25$, and just for the company's prestige. I
realize, my documents is not a big deal, but treating customers like
this can prevent companies from getting more major orders. Now I will
never send, say, and elefant (if I have one) with UPS
. I would rather use DHL
, the more so I heard only positive
feedback about the latter.
ICQ protocol now has it's most dark times. To be more exact, unlike v5,
v6 and v7 the latest v8 protocol feels great. The problem is that v7 is
the protocol the majority of Linux clients use. And they now work very
bad, because guys from Mirabilis
probably decided to add some bugs to their server software to make users
of their software upgrade to the latest version. Main symptoms of the
problems are inability to deliver messages sent through the server,
along with offline messages queue being uncleanable. This means every
time one logins to the ICQ network he gets the whole bunch of waiting
messages. It annoys too much. So, until someone
completes an initial
open source implementation of v8 protocol I will be adding support for
more IM services to centericq
. Today sending
and receiving Yahoo messages have worked well for me. As soon as I
finish it I'm gonna implement MSN. Good thing is that libraries for
those protocols do exist.