Thought for the day….” Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something”.
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but do not tell you what to see
I love technology. I really do. I was keen to install the new mCash mobile phone app so that I could pay electronically using my mobile phone. mCash is offered by a Norwegian bank, Sparebank1 so you would think that they would be ok with technology. Wrong. I ran into a problem from the start….despite having Sweden listed on the menus of the app, it would not send sms to a Swedish mobile number. So of course I contacted the mCash helpline but they are claiming that they cannot send messages (sms) to a Swedish phone. Despite asking them many times, they have been unable (or unwilling) to say why they cannot send a sms. What is even more surprising is that the same morons who set the mCash system up actually put Sweden as an option on the menus. And when you contact these people, who work in i.t (information technology) then you are left wondering how these morons actually got the job. So the people working in I.T are unable to explain or fix the simple challenge. I can send a sms to anywhere in the world, but the morons at mCash are either unwilling or incapable of doing this. And they are employed to work in I.T.
And why does any app like this demand access to ALL my contacts on my phone, and why does a payment app demand control over things like the flashlight on my phone? Very interesting to see the sort of permissions that apps like these demand. Needless to say, the app has been uninstalled. But I wonder how the morons at mCash keep their job. And how did they get their jobs in the first place?
Two photos of a sunrise at Riverton, in the far south of New Zealand……both taken on the same morning
and another photo from the archives….a simple photo that tells a story….
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Thought for the day….” Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun”
“There are many ways of going forward but only one way of standing still”.
Addiction is the ‘persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance’. I recently observed a group of foreign tourists come into a popular local cafe. The father sat at a table and immediately whipped out his mobile phone, and asked his wife to find out the password for the internet. Then once they had got the password (and some coffee), they spent the entire time heads down engrossed in their mobile phones. No awareness of where there were or what was going on, apart from their mobile phones, which were the centre of their attention. No conversation between them or their children, just the mobile phones. There is even a medical term now for this, internet addiction disorder, also known as problematic internet use (PIU). One of the factors not helping this is the fact that we are rarely out of contact now, with internet access almost everywhere. Even when we go on holiday and sit on a beach or climb a mountain, we often still have internet coverage. We are never really out of touch. Traditionally, holidays were times when you DID leave the everyday behind. Holidays were times when you were AWAY and where you were uncontactable. But for many people now, just a few minutes out of contact can cause panic symptons. And it is sad to see people sitting in cafes and restaurants concentrating on their mobile phones, not on those who are with them. Technological advance or a backward step ???
And another photo from the archives…the Stockholm marathon….
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Thought for the day…” Enthusiasm is a power that can give dreams to the dreamless, life to the lifeless and hope to the hopeless”.
“Success is a three step journey. Planning, execution and bridging the gap between them”.
Despite being the 21st century, many people are still afraid of technology. Recently in Oslo, a cafe in the city centre (and in the capital city of Norway) refused to accept plastic cards. A government department also requested that I print out an email and post it to them, and many managers that I have been in contact with refuse to use video links as an alternative to meetings. The list goes on and on. The technology is here, yet so many people are afraid to use it. They can only bury their heads in the sand for so long. Whether they like it or not, technology is going to change the way that they do business. The Luddites that refuse to change will simply be left behind. Unfortunately, I am encountering a lot of Luddites at the moment.
Some apartments in the city centre of Yerevan, capital of Armenia, for the photo today. Armenia became independent from Russia in 1991 and has a population of around 3 million people, of which about 1 million live around Yerevan. It is famous for its cognac (which is actually a type of brandy) and for its apricots. Temperatures in Yerevan, which lies at around 900m, can fall to -20 degees in winter and up to plus 40 degrees in summer. Recently there has been a construction boom in the city, much of it funded with money from Russia. Many old, Soviet-style apartments have been demolished to make room for the new roads and business areas.
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