Just a while ago, I got a mangled voice-mail message from someone named Jillian at APlus Web Hosting, Dedicated Hosting and Web Design. Well actually, all I got was Jilian at APlus, everything past that was messed-up. Fortunately (I’ll explain why in a minute) I was away from my desk in the test lab, performing some Q/A testing of my CSS on the Mac. Something I tend to do if I when develop a product on a PC-based browser; but I digress.
Anyway, the call is a bit garbled so I return Jillian’s call at 877-527-0877. I get some guy instead. I ask for Jillian but she’s unavailable. So I tell them the phone call was garbled and ask what the call was about – paranoid I had missed the call of a potential client. No such luck.
Instead, he asks me if I recently purchased a domain and proceeds to try and sell me web design, web hosting and dedicated hosting services. So I ask the guy (whose name escapes me) if their web development adheres to industry standards for usability and accessibility? Instead of saying “yes,” “no,” or “let me check,” the guy says “Absolutely, we’ve been doing this for the past seven years and in fact we set the standard.”
Amazed at this statement, I ask the guy “are you telling me that APlus established the current w3c standards for web site usability and accessibility?” His answer was “sure did!”
Not seeing APlus listed anywhere on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Members list, I tell the guy to “please don’t piddle on my leg and tell me its’ rain” followed by “you’re lying, how am I supposed to trust you with my business when, IMHO, you lie to me like this?”
“No, I’m not” he assures me, and then goes onto some schpiel that his company has been around for 15 years (whereas before it was 7), blah, blah … yeah right, and there’s are condos in the towers of this bridge in Brooklyn my cousin Athey can sell ya cheap if you’re willing to pay cash.
Speaking of Brooklyn, all this reminds me of when I lived in NYC back in the early 80′s. A co-worker and I went to a personal computer store to check out the new fall line of 80186′s. There we were greeted by a ‘cugine‘ of a sales guy named ‘Tony.’ When we expressed dismay that the computer we were interested didn’t come equipped with an operating system, Tony replied in a very NY accent: “look … you’re a programmer … I’m a programmer … you write your own operating system.”
Wonder if the APlus sales rep is related?