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Latest ebay experience – fake Lenovo P780A

February 4, 2015

Preparing for a long journey involves these days the search for a dual-sim mobile phone to be reachable via your normal mobile number and able to use local pre-paid data-sim-cards. The Lenovo P780A from the Spanish online reseller tecnolia24es via ebay with 5.0″ display at 1280×720 resolution and Octa-core CPU with 2GB RAM and up-to-date Android 4.4 seemed promising.

Catch 1: Out-of-bound payment option via bank transfer (first red light). So after several days no way to get the money back and no dispute option (like with paypal). Additionally, ebay terminated the ongoing transaction (second red light) – not telling me why! Result: No seller rating possible – the trust/reputation is the online currency and I’m now not even allowed to “contribute” to it.

Shipping time from Netherlands (why?) was more than 4 weeks. After the arrival of the phone, I quickly checked it and easily noticed the overall bad quality of the phone (cheap materials, slow, etc.) and that the information in “System Info” was hard-coded. AnTuTu Benchmark for Android did the rest. A fake mobile phone – can this really happen to me!?

I contacted the seller who was acting uninformed and offering money back after sending the phone back to China (third red light). Catch 2: Shipping to China took more than 6 weeks. So after 60 days ebay dispute option does not work anymore.

Overall result: after nearly 3 months overall transaction time – Nov 2014 til Jan 2015 – I still have not got my money back and tecnolia24es is not responding to my e-mails anymore.

Lesson learned: Even as an IT pro bad things can happen when doing online business transactions and ignoring early red lights (including late dispute opening)!


Tasting Vienna – some new stuff in 2nd district….

June 29, 2012

As I recently moved to the second district of Vienna, I wanted to find nice places to go out. Fortunately, a lot of nice restaurants and cafes exist just around the corner. Eatalico is adapting the concepts of Vapiano the “Austrian-way”. The menu seems quite minimalistic on first sight, but it works due to the good quality of the dishes & ingredients.

For chilling outside during the day I recommend TeWa at the Karmelitermarkt, while for mild evenings Bunkerei at Augarten might be worth a visit.

Thinking about some Berlin-style cafe on a sleepy sunday? Then Fett+Zucker is right for you – selfmade cakes meets urban atmosphere at its best. Small can be beautiful!

Pilgrimage to Mariazell

March 12, 2012

After taking 7 times one of the eastern routes (book tip: “Pilgerwege nach Mariazell: Band Ost & Nord” by Fritz and Erika Käfer) to Mariazell over Mamauwiese (nice place to stay overnight by the way) via Frein an der Mürz and Schöneben we are going for a partial northern route this time (originally 7 days hike). From St. Pölten over Kaiserkogel and Türnitz to Mariazell – 3 days, 85 km. Try to book your accommodation early, especially when you want to go during Pentecost and just stay for one night. Took me half a day to get it right for 11 pilgrims.

Next years we are going to explore western and southern routes to Mariazell well described in “Pilgerwege nach Mariazell: Band West & Süd”.

Beyond one’s own nose

May 27, 2010

Today I attended a rather economic talk of Tim Jackson at the Buiness University of Vienna with the topic
“Prosperity without growth”. Great speaker introducing and discussing well the dilemma of growth and possibilities out of it. Looks like a hard and long way to go for us…..

Wine distributor Wein&Co in Vienna, Austria

March 6, 2010

As I’m working in Vienna, Wein&Co comes in handy to buy wine as it offers a broad range with respect to prices and brands/countries. You can try at least 6 different white/red ones and for 4 € extra you can drink every bottle from the shop in the bar and even get a bottle of water with it.

Till 30.3. they have a special offer – buy at least 6 bottles of white wine and get 6 pretty good white wine glasses with it for free.

See me there 🙂

Mind over matter – 24 hours hiking

March 6, 2010

I recently discovered the 24-hours-hike experience in Bavaria on my way back to Vienna from Berlin. Although I’m not that sporty, I think I can do it based on my experiences during my 900 km hike in 30 days on the Camino and hope to experience again some kind of “mind over matter”.

I’m going for it together with a friend of mine who also joins in regularly on the yearly 2-3 days pilgrimage from my hometown to Mariazell. Btw, if you are interested it seems that it happens all over the world, e.g. in Austria and Norway, Italy.

A chain reaction

March 6, 2010

So, here we go. After avoiding to join social networks and blogs for quite a while, although being in IT for 15 years, the iPhone finally did it. Since I own one I joined Facebook half a year ago. I quite heavily use it to stay in touch with friends on fb as well as via LinkedIn and Xing for professional networking.
It is kind of strange to need two accounts for professional networking, but unfortunatelly a lot of german researchers and business people tend to be only on Xing while US and UK researchers are typically on LinkedIn. Anyway, good to keep in touch after research projects are finished.

Now a blog about thoughts and happenings in my private and professional life. I’m wondering what will be next?