eztradein.com scam!

A BIOS password is a useful thing. Not only should you keep track of it in the event you decide to upgrade your machine, but you may also need it in order to avoid getting screwed by fraudulent companies like eztradein.com. I mailed them my laptop in exchange for a Newegg gift card. Sounds too good to be true, huh? Well, it is. I received an email about a week later appraising the machine at $0 because it was “Not Working.” By “Not Working” they meant I didn’t give them my BIOS password and therefore they weren’t going to give me any money. To make a long story short, I did some of their work for them and found a workaround (turns out there are many workarounds), including the official Sony Vaio PhoenixBIOS workaround (Knowledge Article C94679). What more could they ask for? I’ve been waiting for several business days now to hear back from them. I’ll let you know what happens. In the meantime, avoid these guys!

Anyone else having a similar experience?

Update Monday, July 3rd 2006, 5:30 PM: After enough persuasion, the company decided to ship the computer back to me free of charge. I’ll be selling this laptop on my own, thanks. I’m upset with Newegg for dealing with these crooks. I’m sure they’re not all bad or else they wouldn’t be in business. P.S. My new digital camera finally came in the mail.

Hello world!

My webhost made some fatal error and erased all my content. Maybe my entire website being wiped clean is a sign, this being a time of transition from college into the real world. For those of you who still don’t know, I graduated at the end of last quarter and was hired on March 31 with Accenture as a “consulting analyst.” I start work in exactly 10 days… geez, that’s soon. I’ll train for 3 weeks in SF, 2 in Chicago, then start full time in Sacramento.

I’m not that bummed about losing all my content. I may decide to import all my old posts from blogger in the future. Until then, I will begin over again. The only real pain is losing my gallery. Fortunately, I have all those pictures backed up on my hard drive.

I’ll be taking a road trip to Oregon and Washington tomorrow. We’ll (hopefully) visit my cousin Kristen in Portland, my friends from Yellowstone Matt, Erica, and Ruby in Eugene, and Lauren and Kenny in Seattle. My co-pilot Smeagol (Aaron) and I have planned very little. All we know for sure is we’ll have a map and a full tank of gas. This should be fun.

You’ll hear from me again after the trip ends, the day before picnic day.