Sunday, 30 May 2010

Fusion Logic Apple "Dealer" in Qurum

I had a rant about Matthew and Sreeni at Fusion Logic a couple of years ago and have decided to blog again about it after other individuals had contacted me in relation to how these cowboys are operating.

Over the past year, I have had numerous conversations with people who have bought Macbook, iMacs, and Mac Pro units from Fusion Logic - only to find them crashing after a few months.

There is no problem in getting those Macs repaired when you are based in Muscat and are bringing the product back to the Fusion Logic store.

However, the main issue is those people who have bought a Mac from Matthew, and have moved out of Muscat, only to find that when it breaks, they are not covered under the Apple warranty because some of the hardware in their freshly boxed Mac is not what was originally placed into it by Apple!

I would be interested in finding out if anyone else has had any issues with the authenticity of the parts within their Mac.
As I have stated in the past, I found Matthew to be extremely unscrupulous in the past - and even went into his store one day to ask about certain Mac products which I am very familiar with - but he just lied through his teeth about what the machine was and was not capable of, and tried to sell me a top end Mac Pro to do a job that a basic iMac was well capable of doing.

A few months later I went back to get a quote for a hard disk - which he quoted me 120 rials for because it was a genuine Apple replacement.
He then proceeded to phone "the stock department" (his mate in Ruwi) and get a quote for a bog standard Hitachi drive for 30 rats.
Unfortunately for him, I know my Hindi numbers - and there was no room for him to backtrack when I questioned him about it.

This is so far beyond the Apple Computer Company philosophy!

Without further ado, I shall be reporting Fusion Logic to Apple in California for possible breaches of customer confidence.

It may very well be that the company itself is above board, but with Matthew and Sreeni (the bootleg software pusher) at the helm - they are purely bullshitting customers and lining their own pockets - while at the same time, driving the company into the ground.

A Message For The "Mentally Challenged"

Since my show of support for the folks over at The Muscat Queer Theory there's been a couple of comments and a few emails from the following:

1. People Who Are Uneducated

2. People Who Are Bigoted

3. People Who Are Both

Since so many of you are itching to know my views on this, here they are.

We are all born gay and straight - all at once.

"What?", "No!", "How dare you!" "May God strike you down!" - well, guess what.....he hasn't!

The truth is that we are.
There's potential for people to walk down one path, or another - or even retrace their steps on a regular basis and try both.
That, my dear readers is the reality of this world.

Some of you may think that the above is sick.
Some of the zealots among you, think it is even worth oppressing, jailing and in some cases killing someone over.

I am heterosexual. I love girls (and have a particular penchant for Asians) - I always have and always will.
The thoughts of sleeping with a member of the same sex does not appeal to me.
It never has.
However, for some people, it does.
And for others who are bisexual, they feel that they get the best of both worlds - and in their model of the world, they do.

But I do not label them sick, or weird, or worthy of punishment - and those of you who either email or comment to me with your misguided drivel about what you would like to do to these "vermin" "Infidels" or "sinners" need to take a serious look at yourselves.

A good quote I have read about the issue is from a very unlikely source - Billy Joe Armstrong from the rock-group Green Day.

He says:

"I think I've always been bisexual. I mean, it's something that I've always been interested in. I think people are born bisexual, and it's just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of 'Oh, I can't.' They say it's taboo. It's ingrained in our heads that it's bad, when it's not bad at all. It's a very beautiful thing."

I'll eagerly await the landslide of abuse from the morons - but would also appreciate comments from the smart people too!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Highly Recommended

This is powerful. Watch it!


I'm going to stick my neck out and say that the cast of this were all professional dancers, as to capture both movement and facial expressions take great skill.

This should be up for all sorts of awards and recognitions. It's a truly excellent piece of work.

(A similar one for here would really work, as I think the format is acceptable and would appeal to Omani family values)

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Ideas Above Your Station...

The scene unfolded like this:

I'm sitting in the lounge.
It's quiet - as an airline lounge should be….. if I wanted noise and raucousness, I would travel Economy.
The chap sitting across from me is on the phone - talking with his wife. His father had died the day before and he was on his way home to the UK for the funeral.

The woman beside me was inbound to Frankfurt and all was
not going smoothly for her due to delays.

It was getting late, and the majority of folks were resting: some dozing in their couches.

For me, it had been irksome getting through the bedlam that is rush-hour traffic in a major Asian metropolis - and so the calm air of the environment and a brandy was a welcome respite.

Until the door swung open….

He was a bald-headed, rotund individual - noisily out of breath and sweating like unfit, stagnating fat men do.
He paused - looked around, and at the top of his voice bellowed:

"Is this a Business Class Lounge or a Doctor's Surgery?"
"What's going on here?"
"You look like you're all waiting to die?"
"I say again….is this a Doctor's Surgery?"

I rolled my eyes and went back to my book.
He picked up on it.

"Oh, I'm sorry…….did I upset you? Wanker!"
"Nobody rolls their eyes at me, boy!"
"Wankerrrrrrrrrr!"

I stayed put, waiting to see what would happen.
Words are annoying at times, but one can only justify a punch in the face when one is actually touched…..sadly - this was not to be.

"Can I see your boarding card please, sir!" said the lounge attendant.
"Oh don't worry….I'm not staying….I wouldn't stay here! I don't know why I even pay for shit like this…..I'm going!"
….and off he wobbled.

I passed him in Business as I walked through the cabin, however, he was oblivious to me because he was abusing a member of cabin crew about the "state of this plane".
"Where's my water?" "For fucksake!"

I continued on up to First and settled in with a magazine and some champagne, waiting for takeoff.

He behaved that way throughout the whole flight.
Cursing.
Abusing.
Moaning - before eventually nodding off, much to the relief of both the cabin-crew and the poor soul who had the utter misfortune of sitting next to him.

It turns out that despite all the smart-arse, super-important man shit that he spewed out, this moron was an Economy Class flyer who had been given a complimentary upgrade to Business, allowed it to go to his head and thought, "Here is an opportunity to make people feel small because I have been temporarily relieved of my own inadequacies." - but had no clue of how to conduct himself like a gentleman deserving of the privilege.

Here's the lesson of the day:

Never piss-off cabin crew, and never piss-off a member of the pilot fraternity, because we're all very closely knit - and we can make your flying life a living hell next time you come within a donkey's roar of an airport.

So… Mr. Michael Beckwith…
Congratulations! - you're now an international superstar on the aircrew "shit-list".
Not a good place to be!

We all know who you are, where you go and what seat you're sitting in!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Gays In Oman

Hello darlings!

Jet Driver has been up to his eye-balls in work for the past few weeks.
I will be blogging again in a few days.

In the meantime, why not pop over to our friends at Community Queer.

They are doing a great job of opening up the gay and lesbian community in Oman and are looking for guest contributors.
The lid won't be kept on this for long, so why not be one of the first to say what's on your mind!

See you soon!

JD