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I got sold a fake USB flash drive on eBay. Here’s how I fixed my situation and how you can avoid this situation yourself.

March 11th, 2010

So I was searching for a 32 GB USB flash drive, and I really like the Kingston DataTraveler 100 series (I have 3 of them). I found one on eBay for a great price. What I didn’t realize was that the Internet is infested with unscrupulous sellers trying to unload fake flash drives onto unsuspecting buyers. I happened to be one of those buyers this go-round.

I had the fake flash drive in my possession; what now? Lesson one, the most important thing: Immediately leave negative feedback for the seller and report the item on eBay as counterfeit. Why? Check out this awesomely informative article at SOSFakeFlash entitled Why Leave Immediate Negative Feedback For an eBay Fake Flash Seller?

Now, I normally give the seller the benefit of the doubt and try to work things out, but in cases of fraud it just makes sense to leave feedback first. Of course, the seller will complain, beg, maybe even bribe. But they deserve the negative, even if they unwittingly sold a counterfeit. And it appears that your odds of receiving a refund are improved by leaving negative feedback.

SOSFakeFlash has no evidence that holding back a negative improves the chances of a refund. The opposite has been seen.

Second, if at all possible, use a credit to make the purchase. See this article on SOSFakeFlash: Buying On eBay – MP Players – Memory Cards – USB Flash drives – Why You should Use A Credit Card To Pay And Not Your Bank Account. Fortunately I did, but I wasn’t forced to do a chargeback, as the seller immediately refunded my money after I posted the negative feedback. (Probably should’ve though just to stick it to him more.)

What’s a fake USB flash drive and why should anyone care?

A fake Gucci® handbag might be fine if you’re Asian and don’t care that everyone else knows you have a fake. A handbag doesn’t have a lot of specs other than to look like a replica and let you put shit into it.

A fake flash drive is a lot more involved. To use a car metaphor: Imagine you were sold a vehicle that supposedly had a 32 gallon gas tank. The salesperson claimed it, the owner’s manual says it, the fuel gauge even indicates that it holds 32 gallons. But when you go to fill it up, it only holds 4 gallons. Try to put more than that in, and gas obviously just spills out.

Ok, that was a shitty metaphor, but hopefully you get the picture. I was sold a 32 GB drive that was actually 4 GB that claimed to be 32 GB.

How to tell if a drive is fake/counterfeit

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Google fade-in, plus bonus Mac keyboard rant

December 17th, 2009

This Google fade-in is great! I also liked New Coke, Crystal Pepsi, Windows Vista and can’t imagine why they weren’t successful.

But seriously, I only load up to NOT search. Meaning — for Gmail, Calendar and everything else. To search, I just use the Google Toolbar. So the fade seriously sucks for me.

How I fixed it

I tried YesScript for Firefox, which is awesome (like NoScript, but a lot simpler) but it just blindly disables ALL JavaScript, even on Gmail and Calendar. The GreaseMonkey script posted by Jangly Mark did the trick for me. Life is normal again and I no longer care if Google fixes this egregious error. The script is available at and requires GreaseMonkey. Read the rest of this entry »

Hellfire Wing Challenge at Smoke Eaters

July 4th, 2009

Last week I flew to San Fran to visit Connie for a few days and see the city. Never been there before. Best memory? Last Sunday, we drove down to Santa Clara to Smoke Eaters to do the Hellfire Challenge because I saw it on Man v. Food. The basic rules: you, a waiver, 12 wings in 10 minutes, no drinks or napkins, and a 5-minute waiting period after you finish.

It was definitely an experience! The wings came in a thick, gritty soup of hot sauce. First bite, windpipe became constricted. Not unbearably hot though. Oh, it burned, but I had more painful heat from a little green pepper my dad fed me a week earlier. The hot sauce burned everywhere — fingers, lips, cheeks, mouth, stomach, and (later) asshole. The wings were hard to swallow — I could only finish 3 in 10 minutes. Connie did 5! Read the rest of this entry »