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Samsung "support" chat

01 Apr 2018

More, stereotypical bad customer service. This time, from Samsung "Support".

They, like most "support" companies that are hired to do technical support, do NOT read. Or, they try to frustrate you will endless tasks that don’t work… until finally, they send you off to someone else.

In this case, they still didn’t fix the problem. And I am *100% positive* that calling their phone support will yield the same result – endless tasks that result in their "solutions" not working.

When a computer geek like me can’t figure things out, 99% of the time, the software has issues. (I HAVE, on occasion, made dumb mistakes – but this isn’t one of them.)

So, Samsung "support" gets a thumbs DOWN. Terrible customer service, as expected.

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Hi, welcome to Samsung Chat!
19:18 PM, Apr 1

Thank you for contacting Samsung. I am here to provide some assistance.

19:18 PM

Before we begin, Who am I speaking with?

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Dave

Hi Dave!

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Here are the topics you could choose from

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Support for a Product I already own

Here are products I can help you with.

19:19 PM

Just let me know which one.

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Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

Let me know how I can help you in a few words.
19:19 PM

All right

19:19 PM

Go ahead and choose your product below.

19:19 PM

Let me know how I can help you in a few words.
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Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

Sorry, I’m not fully trained on that yet. Can I connect you to a Samsung Care Pro?

19:20 PM

Before I connect you with a person, can you please share your full name?

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Dave Tavres

Can you please share your email address?

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d*******@**********.com

In order to connect you with the right person, please choose the issue you’d like to discuss today.
19:21 PM
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Software/Drivers

Connecting you to a Care Pro now.

19:21 PM

You are connected with Santosh C from Samsung Care.
Deepkumar D, SAMSUNG Care Pro

Thanks for reaching out. I’ll quickly go through the conversation.
19:21 PM

Are you referring to Samsung gear 360 camera?
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19:21 PM
Samsung Gear 360 (2016)

We have a dedicated team to assist you on the product that you are inquiring about. Please be online while I transfer the chat to the appropriate department for further assistance.
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https://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/gear-360-2016
Pramod Reddy N, SAMSUNG Care Pro

Thanks for reaching out. I’ll quickly go through the conversation.
19:22 PM
19:22 PM
I’ve tried MANY TIMES to install the software listed on that page. I’ve restarted my computer between attemps, no matter what, I always get errors.

May I know the issue with the gear 360 to assist you better?
19:22 PM
19:23 PM
I just need the DRIVER for the camera

Are you referring to the Action director software?
19:23 PM
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Yes… I’ve tried MANY TIMES to install the software listed on that page. I’ve restarted my computer between attemps, no matter what, I always get errors.
19:24 PM
I’ve tried: Gear_360_ActionDirector_2.0.1619_Live_1.0.0419.exe
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and Version 1.0.0.2423 – JAN 25,2017 – Gear_360_ActionDirector_2423_15L.exe
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AND, Version 2.0.2112.0 – OCT 30,2017 – Gear_360_ActionDirector_0915.exe

I am checking that for you, just a moment.
19:24 PM

May I know the OS version of your PC ?
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19:25 PM
Windows 7
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all latest updates/patches
19:29 PM
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YbQ5D9EKlag5NHogw4asfzzFOrJDIS1J/view?usp=sharing

Are you getting any error message while installing it?
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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YbQ5D9EKlag5NHogw4asfzzFOrJDIS1J/view?usp=sharing

I am checking that for you, just a moment.
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19:30 PM
So, I went to Microsoft and downloaded their updates (vcredist_x64.exe and vs12-kb3174417.exe) and restarted the computer, and tried installed all 3 of the Samsung apps, and still can’t get the error message
19:30 PM
"and STILL get the error message"

Try to download it with this link:
action director download
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19:31 PM
Then try to install it?

Yes download and install it.
19:32 PM
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k.. hold. on..

Be at your pace I’ll be online for you.
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19:36 PM
** PLEASE ** READ what I wrote above.
19:36 PM
I ALREADY tried installing this version!
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MULTIPLE TIMES!

Try to download it from different browser and see if it works.
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I’ve been a software developer for 20 years. I know what I’m doing.
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It’s the exact same file size and checksum as the version I downloaded from the Samsung website.

Have you tried to install it on any other PC which has windows 8 or above to see if it works?
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The installer runs – it gives that error during installation.
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No, because I want to use it on MY computer, not someone else’s computer.

It seems that the action director software is not compatible with Windows 7.
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Send me a link on the support site that says that please.

I am checking that for you, just a moment.
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(And tell me how you came up with the incompatibility "solution")
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OR, transfer me to someone above you.

I’ll be right with you.
19:43 PM

Just a moment, please.
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19:53 PM
I’m still here…

Please wait while I transfer the chat to my supervisor.
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Santosh C, SAMSUNG Care Pro

Hello
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Would you mind being on hold for 3 minutes while I go through your previous chat session?
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Sure
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PLEASE READ IT ALL.

Sure, thank you
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Thank you for waiting.
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Sure
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I just want to fix this.

I see that you are unable to install the ActionDirector on the PC
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Yes – what versions did I install?
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(or TRY to install?)

Please go through the below web link.
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http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=5582
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Run the downloaded file.
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*** READ WHAT I WROTE BEFORE ***
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I have ALREADY DONE THAT!

I see that the above web link not provided to you in the chat.
20:12 PM

Please try to run the downloaded file.
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I already did.
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And I restarted the computer. Then tried to install EACH of the 3 version of the Gear software – STILL got the error I shared above.

Are you able to install it on alternative computers?
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I need it to work on MY computer.
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I only have 1 computer.
20:15 PM
You did NOT read the chat session above.
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Please transfer me to someone who can help me.

I’m sorry for the delay. I’ll be right with you.
20:17 PM

Thank you for waiting. I’ll be with you in just a moment.
20:19 PM

In this case we suggest you to get in touch with our phone support team for further assistance on this.
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Will you be sending a transcript of this chat to me when this chat ends?

You can contact our Phone Support at 1-800-726-7864.
Mon – Fri : 8AM -12 AM (EST)
Sat – Sun : 9AM -11 PM (EST)
20:21 PM

Yes, Once the chat was terminated you will get the option to receive the chat transcript.
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How do I end this chat?
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AND get the transcript?

Please click on the X button to receive this chat transcript.
20:23 PM

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Wow Google Maps…

13 Oct 2017

I’ve never noticed this before… or maybe it’s a new feature that Google recently added.

Click each of the links below to look at different satellite views of the Los Angeles area:

 

What’s missing? Cars on the freeways! I can’t believe if missed this before! I looked all over the freeways around LA, and except for a few anomalies, it looks like Google has removed vehicles from the roads! Considering that they have a bazillion photos (not a real number, it’s just obvious that they have a huge number of pics) of all kinds of terrain and roadways, that must be a pretty amazing algorithm to automate the removal of vehicles from the roads.

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AVOID Skadate! – Lack of tech support

25 Jun 2017

AVOID Skadate! – Lack of tech supportSkadate – AVOID THEM!

Sadly, I started a website using the Skadate software, and it has been a nightmare from day 1.

LOTS of people have complained about Skadate. I’m not the first. BUT, the most people I can steer AWAY from Skadate, the better. They operate under the name "Skalfa LLC" as well.

One of the *ONLY* redeeming things about Skadate / Skalfa, was the customer community forum. There were THOUSANDS of entries with hundreds and hundreds of solutions to the countless problems Skadate has… and today, when I’m trying to figure out and solve a problem with the software, they’ve REMOVED the forum!!!!

SKADATE REVIEW / SKALFA REVIEWSI only found out because their "Pre-sales" live chat person told me that it was taken down, but they are putting it back "on Monday." I HIGHLY doubt they’ll have it back up on Monday – and I suspect they will have removed all of the useful history. BUT, let’s say that they DO bring it back up, and all of the existing information is there… WHY did they take it down in the first place? They could have left it up, but disabled the ability to add new comments, so that CUSTOMERS could still make use of the information while they retool it. (For REAL software development companies, THAT is how they do it!)

Again – BEWARE of Skadate / Skalfa!

Trust me, this is just the latest in a DOZEN issues I’ve gone crazy over. I’ve just never written about them – but going forward, I’m going to share EVERYTHING they say, in the hopes that other SUCKERS like me don’t fall for their sales pitch.

Here’s the full transcript of my chat session with them tonight:


Chat transcript

Sabrina – Sat, 06/24/17 11:43:16 pm America/Los_Angeles
Hi! Do you want to start a dating website with iOS & Android? I’m here to help.

Client – 11:43:16 pm
Where’s the URL for the community support forum?

Sabrina- 11:43:46 pm
Are you a SkaDate Customer?

Client – 11:43:51 pm
Yes
I use to find other customers on the forum who had answered questions…

11:44:10 pm
I already submitted a ticket to "support", but the answer might already be in the community forum.

Sabrina – 11:44:43 pm
May I please have your name and email?

Client – 11:44:50 pm
Dave Tavres – dave@tavres.com

Sabrina – 11:45:08 pm
Thank you! Hold on please

Client – 11:50:02 pm
? Hello?

I just want the URL for the community forum

Sabrina – 11:51:28 pm
Dave, I was told that the Forum will be activated on Monday.

Client – 11:51:43 pm
Huh? It’s been up for a few YEARS

Sabrina – 11:52:39 pm
Yes, they upgraded the Client Area but no Forum yet.

Client – 11:52:52 pm
Fine – where is the OLD forum?

I just want to search for existing solutions.

Sabrina – 11:53:59 pm
I understand but it is disabled now. You will have the access to Forum on Monday

Client – 11:54:29 pm
!!!!!! WHY DO YOU GUYS SUCK SO MUCH?! You don’t have 24/7 tech support, and now you TAKE AWAY access to the only USEFUL information?!

Can you have someone answer my support ticket NOW then?

Sabrina – 11:55:25 pm
I’m a pre-sales operator. I do not have access to customers accounts. You will need to wait til Monday when support team is back to work.

Client – 11:55:37 pm
Yeah… figures.

Duration: 12m 36s

Chat started on: https://www.skadate.com/

 
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Awesome feature in Slack

25 Apr 2017

Awesome feature in Slack – #REMINDERS!

Such as:
/remind me on December 5th that It’s Walt Disney’s Birthday
/remind me every day at 4pm to drink a glass of water

www.Slack.comSlack | DaveTavres.com

 
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The end of Google Keep…

22 Apr 2017

Google Keep | DaveTavres.comWell, it looks like the end of #GoogleKeep… Keep has been a GREAT tool, but Google just removed Keep support from Google Home. Probably a sign that they will be killing #Keep :(

 
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