This post was published in September 2008 and may contain facts or opinion that are no longer current.

Go and Die in a Hole

I’m never, ever going to understand what gives an automated system the right (or even, ability) to call me up any time of day. And why is there nothing at all that can be done about it after the fact? Link to MP3.

/ rant


By Bryant Tan on 04 September 2008 at 22:30:

Apparently swearing loudly into the phone can get you pushed up on the list and/or get you in touch with a live operator

Taken from

Swear like a sailor to skip directly to a human operator.

When that Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system’s making you navigate an endless menu of options, put your potty mouth to good use. Some IVR’s are programmed to listen for naughty words and speed you along to human help when they hear them. Adam gave this trick a try and dropping the F bomb did indeed zap him right through to a human. We suggest using this trick when you’re not within earshot of your co-workers.

By Alex Muller on 04 September 2008 at 22:49:

I am so, unbelievably, totally trying that next time.

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