"I am still annoyed at myself for just agreeing over the phone
, instead of getting a firm quote, in writing. "
That's not always a problem now. I had some, ah, "reality variations" with some important business dealings that way once, many years ago. I took to recording the calls (legal in my state) and I found that when you go back to check a recording, and you can tell the other person "No, that's not what you said, would you like to hear the tape?" they get real creative about backpeddling real fast on what they just swore they never could have said.
Oddly enough, recording calls has become very difficult today. You used to be able to install an automatic recorder on any Palm Treo or other cell phone
, but now almost all the carriers themselves have removed critical OS code (from Android, and Apple just won't supply it) in order to block recording. You can
get past that, but it means rooting phones and other complications that will stymy a casual user. In Red China
, North Korea
all sorts of places known for their freedom [sic] no problem using the recorders. In the US, everyone says someone else
blocked them, but they are being blocked.
Or you buy an inexpensive Olympus or Radio
Shack recorder.(G) The cell phones are easier, in the sense that the software
keeps a log of who each call was to, and when, so you don't have to manually track and label them all.
I mention cell phones specifically, because Congress says only the FCC can regulate cell phones, and the FCC reminds us that a cell phone
is a RADIO
not a TELEPHONE, so wiretap and recording laws simply do not apply to it, no matter who thinks otherwise.
Except, even they don't know who is blocking the call recorders.
Coming back On Topic...just saying, when someone tells you that you've simply forgotten, you must have been on drugs, you're all wrong and they never said something? Yeah, they're often
lying. And sometimes, it is simple enough to prove.
Preying on fear, uncertainty, doubt (FUD) insecurity...these are all sadly normal business tactics today.