OpenIDs for bank accounts

Even though we have e-banking, we cannot use the bank accounts we manage via e-banking to purchase anything in an online shop. We have to use a credit card instead. That’s a bit strange in the web age.

What about having an url for each bank account? So, the url of my private account may look like and it would be an OpenID. Instead of providing the credit card data at the check out I would simply provide my bank account OpenID. Then I would get redirected to my account, where I would have to login and to confirm the amount I have to pay. Quite easy (at least on the non-technical side, on the technical side it is more complicated).

The postman as waste paper collector

In my previous article I thought about using the letter boxes also for outgoing mail.

An additional function of a letter box could be to act as a container for waste paper. So we would have a nice cycle: the postman first brings the mail, and later he picks up what ended as waste paper (which then can be recycled). And the people no longer have to store the waste paper for the next waste paper collection or to bring it to the collecting point for waste paper.

Why don’t we use the letter box for outgoing mail?

Every house and every flat has its own letter box — or “inbox” in geek slang — which gets filled (almost) daily by the postman. So the letter box acts as a container for incoming stuff.

But what is with outgoing stuff? We have to bring it to the next post box or post office. Wouldn’t it be much easier to use the letter box also for outgoing mail? When the postman brings the mail, he could also pick up the outgoing mail.

The barking dogs of the dog trainer

When I do my daily round with the bike I drive past the house of a dog trainer. He has three dogs. When they are outside, they act like crazy when I drive past them. They bark. They run along the fence (which fortunately is there), eager to attack me (do they know the saying “Barking dogs seldom bite”?). The first time I was really frightened, but now I am used to it.

Anyway, the message this sends out is obvious: there is a dog trainer who isn’t able to train his own dogs. I wouldn’t hire this dog trainer, would you?

Are there some barking dogs in your own life?

What can I do to make it a happy new year for you?

With the start of the new year you often hear the phrase “I wish you a Happy New Year”. That’s nice. On the other hand it is strange for me to hear it in person from people who don’t even know me (and don’t care much about me).

It reminds me of a ritual of some top managers from the company where I did my apprenticeship some years ago. At the first working day in the new year they walked around the company and wished everyone a happy new year. It felt strange, as it was the only time they ever “talked” to me (and they never knew my name). But they wished me the same as those who cared about me. Hm.

Maybe the next time we wish someone a happy new year we should ask ourselves whether we really care about this person, and if that’s the case, to ask: What can I do to make it a happy new year for you?

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