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Ford Radio Display Fix and Threats from a Phony Lawyer

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Blanca, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. Blanca

    Blanca Guest

    Greetings

    I posted the pictures yesterday on how to fix the Ford radio. Today I
    get a email from a "lawyer" saying that he has a client the did the
    repair and it burned up his car and apartment.

    Right off I'm thinking that it is a hoax so I go to check the owner of
    the domain that the message was sent from "bernstein-siler-law.com".

    I then go check the owner of the domain that sells the info to fix your
    radio and guess what, they are the SAME person.

    See the letter here...
    http://mysite.verizon.net/res046jx/id5.html
    What a low life...

    Billy Menasco
     
  2. Wow, that's a new one! I'd say ignore it.

    If I'm wrong, is the the beginning of the end of the Internet as we know it?
     
  3. sehaare

    sehaare Guest

    That guy is a scum bag. My radio display broke 4 years ago and when I saw
    that someone had a website with a fix I thought "great someone figured out
    the problem and has posted how to fix it". Not this guy, he wants to charge
    everyone for it. There are millions of people who every day post to groups
    like this to help each other for free and this guy just wants to make a
    buck. And before someone want to defend him for charging a fair price for
    his time and expertise, there are plenty of guys on this site (DR. Bob, Jeff
    Singletary, Jim Warman) who over the years have spent many hours using their
    expertise to help others and have not charged a dime. And while I'm not here
    like I use to be, because my car is now getting too dated to answer many of
    the questions on the new cars, I'm always on the water-cooled VW site
    helping out with all of the electrical stuff and I've never charged a dime.

    So let me get back off of my soapbox, thank you for posting your fix for
    free, and go back to my personal one man boycott of that scum bag.

    And one final thing, I would be glad to donate what ever that other guy is
    charging for his fix to your legal defense fund. And I bet I'm not the only
    one.

    Steve
     
  4. doS

    doS Guest

    Posting the person info like that aint cool, if he is a real lawyer........
     
  5. Blanca

    Blanca Guest

    I feel the same way about the newsgroups. People should try and help
    each other.

    As for a legal defense, I see no problem with the site. I just figured
    out the radio problem (with the help of other posts in the newgroups) ,
    took my own pictures, and posted them on the internet for free with my
    little disclaimer.

    Billy
     
  6. Blanca

    Blanca Guest


    What personal info?


    Billy
     
  7. Blanca

    Blanca Guest


    Funny you mentioned personal info.

    I did a little research and found out that Duane (suspected author of
    the lawyer letter) graduated from High School in 1983 from Mexico High
    in Mexico Mo.

    It's kind of eerie what you can find on the internet when you want to.
    Billy
     
  8. Blanca

    Blanca Guest

    I wonder if his hosing provider would consider his posting to these
    groups to be grounds for Suspension or Termination?

    TERMS OF SERVICE AND ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
    http://www.intelligenthosting.com/support/tosaup.htm

    g. Posting commercial messages to a USENET group for the purposes of
    promoting your website, where the posting is not approved by the
    specific USENET group in its charter;


    A quick search on Google shows several posts touting his services...
    http://tinyurl.com/5ldy9 (google searh shortened)


    Billy
     
  9. NSM

    NSM Guest

    |
    | I wonder if his hosing provider would consider his posting to these
    | groups to be grounds for Suspension or Termination?
    |
    | TERMS OF SERVICE AND ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
    | http://www.intelligenthosting.com/support/tosaup.htm
    |
    | g. Posting commercial messages to a USENET group for the purposes of
    | promoting your website, where the posting is not approved by the
    | specific USENET group in its charter;
    |
    |
    | A quick search on Google shows several posts touting his services...
    | http://tinyurl.com/5ldy9 (google searh shortened)
    |
    |
    | Billy


    Do it.
     
  10. doS

    doS Guest

    You are out for blood aren't you.
     
  11. Herb Kauhry

    Herb Kauhry Guest

    I never cease to be amazed that people think because someone uses the
    internet, that they are somehow obligated to do favors for every freeloader
    that passes by. The secret protocol is "help each other", that is to say,
    it's a two-way street. Suppose he'd figured it out and never told anyone?
    Maybe there a lots of people who have figure it out but nothing motivates
    them to bother with typing it into a web page. Is that better?

    Hard to see him as a "scumbag".

    It sounds like you have been letting this gnaw at you for 4 years, like it
    was some sort of personal insult to you. Get a life or some counselling.

    --
     
  12. Kevin D

    Kevin D Guest

    Hmmm...I wonder if Duane isn't being impersonated by someone else. I've
    communicated with Duane via email when I was looking for a volume control
    for my Explorer's radio. He told me exactly where to find it, and didn't
    ask for any compensation. I chose to send him $20 anyway, and when I did,
    he gave me full access to his website. He's an electrical engineer like me,
    and he's currently unemployed, so I gave him some tips that I used when I
    was in the same boat a decade ago. He seemed quite pleasant.

    The Internet is the perfect place for chameleons and impostors. It would
    not surprise me in the least if someone was chapped at paying Duane for his
    knowledge, and then to "get even", is doing this. Have you emailed Duane to
    ask him if that letter was really from him? He's smart enough to know about
    the whois utility, and would be very clumsy indeed to do this. I'd give him
    the benefit of the doubt, and ask him (a) did this come from him, and (b) if
    so, why.
     
  13. Colibri

    Colibri Guest

    Um, I wouldn't say that. His web page also said he was currently unemployed
    years ago, when the information there was free. Maybe he was then, but
    selling information is his job now.
    Why? Because selling this information is his job now.

    A link was posted here to an archived copy of his original web page on The
    Wayback Machine, http://www.archive.org/
    The page had been archived there for years, but was suddenly removed after
    the link was posted.

    A few pics from his old page were put up on a free server. They were
    supposed to remain up for a couple weeks or so, but quickly disappeared.

    Info about fixing these radios was posted at
    http://www.railroadclocks.com/ford.htm not long ago, by a guy trying to be
    helpful like Billy. The page suddenly was pulled after just a few days.
     
  14. sehaare

    sehaare Guest

    First, I will not get into a flaming war on the internet. If I did it would
    be a sure indication that I did indeed need to "get a life or some
    counselling" as you suggested. So this will be my one and only reply to you.

    When I did my original reply I did not notice that it was being cross-posted
    to several sites (something else that I don't do). The sites other than ford
    newsgroup might have standard practices of charging for info, but on the
    ford newsgroup thousands of dollars of valuable information and knowledge
    are gladly given for free every day (some of which has helped you
    personally). I don't think anyone else here would call anyone a
    "freeloader", we have some people that have the training or experience to
    help others and some people who don't and can benefit from it. I myself used
    to be pretty helpful here but have found as my vehicle has gotten older I
    have less and less valuable info to share. If you are implying that I
    personally am a free loader, do a google search for sehaare here (most post
    here will be between 94 and 2000)or the VW water-cooled group or
    VWvortex.com and you will see that I've helped out quite a few people (in
    fact I just did the search for you and found 37 pages of results).

    Scumbag maybe too harsh of a word. You can choose you own word for someone
    who:
    1) Post to a group whose main function is to give free help, and then tries
    to charge for his help.
    2) When someone else post to give free help on the item that he is trying to
    charge for, he then impersonates a lawyer and sends a threatening email.
    (and as someone else posted it appears that this is not the first time he
    has done so).

    I don't mind someone trying to make a buck off of the internet but, you
    don't try and do it in a forum that is mainly non-profit and you don't
    attack someone else who has figured out the same thing and is willing to
    help others for free.

    Steve
     
  15. WHAT A RETARD!!! PEOPLE LIKE THAT SHOULD HAVE THEIR INTERNET PRIVILEGES
    REVOKED AND GET POKED IN THE EYE FOR BEING DUMB!

    HAHAAH

    IGNORE THE MORON!

    OTTAWAGUY
    99 XLT
     
  16. Kevin D

    Kevin D Guest

    Well, I don't know the man personally, so I can't say if he is really
    unemployed or not. However, my profession has seen a lot of upheaval and
    change in the last few years. This is especially true in
    telecommunications, where thousands of us have lost jobs. It is entirely
    possible that he was unemployed then and is again now. He could also be one
    of those people whose attitude and/or competence precludes him from holding
    a job for too long. I don't know.

    Maybe selling info on the net is a side job. Again, I have no idea. All I
    know is that he gave me information for free, and I chose to compensate him
    for it. He didn't have to do that. I'm neither damning nor defending him,
    just stating my experience with him, and suggesting some possibilities.

    For the record, while I can understand someone wanting compensation for
    information (after all, none of us work for free, at least I don't), I
    greatly appreciate all the knowledge I've obtained through this newsgroup.
    Jim Warman, especially, is quite giving of his time, after having worked a
    long day, and with his family commitments. Thanks to Jim and all the other
    folks who are way more knowledgeable about Explorers than I am.
     
  17. Stan

    Stan Guest

    "Bob Kegel" <seventy 2002 at hotmail dot com> wrote:

    (nothing) (absolutely blank) (zip) (nadda) (zilch)

    Ummmm....send a copy of what?

    Stan
     
  18. Herb Kauhry

    Herb Kauhry Guest

    I can't figure out this bizarre "internet mentality" that is so frequently
    exhibited, especially with regards to this "radio fix". As far as I know
    the internet was not created explicitly for freeloaders to suckle at the
    teat of everyone smarter than they are. While I object to people
    (particularly the anonymous variety) interrupting discussions with "Get rich
    in 5 days" or other hard-selling tactics (legitimate or scam), it's hardly
    grounds for an Inquisition if someone happens to have worked out a solution
    and asks for a few bucks in return. In particular, what's so terrible about
    one that would SAVE you 80-90% off a repair bill.?

    I personally find the selfinsh "gimme gimme" attititude insulting and
    objectionable beyond description. If there were daily "I will sell you
    instructions on fixing radios" posts then, yeah, I'd be pretty fed up with
    that. If the information being sold was false or proved to be a scam of
    some kind, I'd be first to want to step up and set the record straight.
    Neither of these scenarios apply.

    I often see people suggesting go to this website, or that website, for all
    sorts of things like headlamps or shocks. One (apparently) talented and
    intelligent person offers information (rather than tangible goods) in a
    forthright and honest manner and is subjected to no end of libelous and
    denigrating comments from what are evidently less talented or intelligent
    people (since they want the info, I conclude they haven't figured it out
    themselves). Because these bozos read about something on the internet, that
    somehow means that whatever they read about must be given to them for free
    or some moral transgression has occurred.

    Narrow-minded thinking like that only serves to discourage the next guy from
    lending a helping-hand. And that sucks far worse.

    Since someone is no doubt going to disparage me as being somehow in cahoots
    with the aforementioned person - I am not, don't know the guy, never had any
    conract with him, and I really don't care if you believe the truth about my
    impartiality or not. I have a lot more respect for him (not even knowing
    who "he" is) than all of the other people combined, the ones who are trying
    to turn forums like this one into electronic voodoo dolls.

    --
     
  19. Herb Kauhry

    Herb Kauhry Guest

    Following a comment like:

    "That guy is a scum bag. My radio display broke 4 years ago and when I saw
    that someone had a website with a fix I thought "great someone figured out
    the problem and has posted how to fix it". Not this guy, he wants to charge
    everyone for it. There are millions of people who every day post to groups
    like this to help each other for free and this guy just wants to make a
    buck."

    with another one like:

    "First, I will not get into a flaming war on the internet."

    would lead most people to conclude you can "dish it out, but can't take it."

    --
     
  20. Bill HALL

    Bill HALL Guest

    Won't respond to the tirades of past,will say that I sent the "gent" my
    $19.00 about three years ago. With the pics and very in-depth "how-to", I
    fixed my radio (still working) and a friends (still working). I burn-up more
    dough than that in a week on smokes and have nothing but a hacking cough to
    show for it!. I'd gladly pay Jim for all the helpful hints that he has
    provided also.
    BTW Jim, please don't bill me :>)
    Bill
     
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