Travel Time Capsules

Kate and I have a general rule that in our travels we don’t return to the same destination. There are simply too many places in the world to justify a repeat, no matter how cherished the location or our time spent there. We visited Copenhagen six years ago for a long (but not long enough)…

Ghosting Facebook

A month ago, I decided it was time for a split with Facebook.  I didn’t delete my account and I didn’t post that I would be leaving.  I didn’t even tell my wife, Kate.  Instead, I took a page out of Hollywood’s celebrity dating manual and simply vanished.  I was ghosting Facebook. Facebook is supposed to be about…

Citibank Can’t Stop Giving My Money to Thieves — Updated

[See update at the bottom of the story for the outcome] I’m naturally a bit paranoid when it comes to cybersecurity, whether that’s at work or in my personal life.  I generally enable two-factor authentication where it’s available, don’t reuse passwords, don’t write passwords down, etc.  For my personal banking, I even enabled SMS alerts…

The Small World of Aussie Retail

A colleague and I were discussing Amazon’s imminent arrival here in Australia and the numerous articles about the impact it will have on local retailers.  Some observers have predicted significant losses for Aussie businesses, whilst others insist that the threat is overblown. The colleague, an Aussie and former Amazon employee grinned and said, “they have…

Protect Your Data at the U.S. Border

Imagine how you would react if a customs agent in any country you were visiting told you that in order to enter the country you would need to turn over all of your journals, past communications and every picture you had ever taken–even the ones you haven’t shared. That’s the equivalent of what U.S. border…

Farewell, London

The movers come tomorrow, which means it’s time to shut the computer down and say goodbye for now.  We won’t make it to Sydney for another couple weeks, but after tomorrow we won’t really have a home here in London either.  We’re bound for Turkey for a bit of calm before the Sydney storm.  Here’s…

South London Mini Mudder

Last weekend our kids joined up with some friends to take on South London’s Mini Mudder, a kids’ version of the Tough Mudder event that Kate and I did in 2014.  It was a great atmosphere and there was certainly lots of mud.  It was great to see kids embracing the community spirit and helping…