Verizon White Pages Wrong for 19 Years-Update

This is a story about a number that will not go away. Nineteen years ago I moved my upholstery business to a new location and needed a new telephone number. When the next Verizon white pages came out, my new number was there, published correctly. But much to my surprise, the old number from my other location was also listed. I wasn’t thrilled, but figured it was a publishing, timing thing and I’d make sure that before the new books came out the following year, I’d confirm with the sales rep that the listing had been removed. So that’s what I did, I talked to the rep, no problem, everything was taken care of. Nineteen years and probably a dozen calls later, the number is still there, listed incorrectly as “Gramm Custom Upholstery”, Yarmouth Port, Ma. 508-362-xxxx

But now I have an additional number Issue. I was getting so many telemarking calls on my 800 line, I decided to drop it last year. So I talked to both Verizon and idearc customer service to make sure the 800 number would be removed from the listings. So guess what’s in the newly released Verizon white pages. If you guessed the 800 number, you’re correct. At the time, customer service even said that they could help me out with the other number issue from Yarmouth port. I could here lots of keyboard action in the background while the computer files were being updated and inter-office emails were even being sent to various places for even more assurance. All to no avail. idearc, by the way, is the company that took over the publishing of the white/yellow pages for Verizon several years ago. All their literature has idearc spelled with a small cap “i” to begin their name. Seems strange to have a proper name start with a small cap or begin a sentence with a small cap letter.

So if you’re a Cape Cod local and happen to look me up in the Verizon-idearc white pages, choose my local South Dennis number to call, where I’ve been for the last nineteen years.

It’s hard to believe that one person, sitting at their computer blogging, can get the attention of a company the size of idearc, but it’s TRUE. Somewhere, somehow, someone from idearc noticed my blog. They in turn had a customer care person by the name of Kristen Tripoli, contact me by landline. She was extremely nice and assured me that idearc cares about all their customers and would remedy the number problem. Hail Hail the blogasphere! End of story, unless next years book……………….

Upholsterer loves his Apple

With the exception of an IBM compatible Leading Edge computer in 1986, I’ve always had Macs. It was awesome when Apple came out with iTools in late 2000. ITools let anyone with basic computer skills create there own websites. To make it even simpler, iTools even hosted your site. So in 2000-2001, my upholstery business went online. You might say, big deal, lots of businesses were on line back then. That’s true, but back then, not many small one person businesses bothered with the Web. iTools made it easy for me to start my nine year presence on the Web. ITools has since morphed to .Mac and now to MobileMe.

Apples newest web site building software is iWeb. iWeb has total integration with Apples other applications like iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes and MobileMe, making it easy as pie to create and update a website. I can update my site with a new photo of my work in minutes and even notify all the major search engines of the changes in a few more minutes using Rage Sitemap Automator. Apples web building applications may have some design limitations, but it’s ease of use and simplicity is just what this upholsterer with limited time to spend on a website, needs.

MYOB is an accounting software that’s made for the Mac. I’ve been doing the business accounting files and invoicing on the computer since 1986. That’s what the first Leading Edge was for, the business. I was using Quickbooks on floppy disk. When I got my first Mac, I switched to MYOB because Quickbooks was not compatible with Apple. Once you get MYOB set up, running your business and having having all your tax info ready to go is also simple as pie. Quickbooks is now Apple compatible, but I still use MYOB, I think it’s much better for my needs.

Funny thing is that Apple doesn’t have the reputation as a business computer. My Apple has allowed me to make the transition to the Web early on and has kept me in good favor with the IRS. What more could any business ask of it’s computer!