I haven’t posted anything in a long time. This wouldn’t be the first blog to go the way of the dodo. If there is anything you can take from my life than it is this: where people are concern, there is always a reason. Always.
In my case the last 3 years were full of personal turmoil, tragedy and change. Live, serious life intercepted me. Everyone I love the most was suffering at random fate, and my job was to do what I could for them. I took a back seat. Now I am finding myself at the other end of this process, a new perspective has emerged on many fronts, including the legal one. Read more... (738 words, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
Sometimes we run into a roadblock that we just didn’t see coming. We are racing along, full speed ahead and some tiny insect from left field pulls out bolder weighing a couple of tons and brings our forward momentum to a shattering halt.
I recently had to switch car ensurers and that is the easiest thing in the world, right? You go to a few comparison websites and a couple of direct insurance companies and pick the best deal. Within minutes you are insured. Read more... (485 words, estimated 1:56 mins reading time)
After getting solidly depressed about bottled water (link)I decided to calm down again and I did it in the most boring way possible, by reviewing my finances. 2 hours later I was building spreadsheets simulating where I would like to be financially by 2018. But I was stuck. I was trying to do an online pension review and I had lost my user, password and security token. I called the company and they managed to sort it out. But they could have said: “We don’t know you. Don’t darken our doors again” and kept my money. Because everything was online I had no redress and no proof that I had an account there. Of course there are back-ups and printed document exchanges and other safety mechanisms, but I must admit even as a data specialist I was worried about my nest egg.
The whole chain of events lead me to have a think about how I would like things to work for me. So I started drawing up a process and a way on how I would like to control my information in regards to anyone and any platform I am dealing with. And here is the first output: Read more... (853 words, 7 images, estimated 3:25 mins reading time)