easy watering

When it hasn’t rained, unsurprisingly I have to water the plants.  Using the hose takes 10 minutes at least.

This is the quick and easy way.  Put a big bin in a place convenient to the plants, put the hose in and turn it on.  Water pressure is not great, so filling it takes a while – so I come back later when it’s full, and use a scoop to water the plants.  It only takes two or three minutes to water the whole garden.

Gurney Wharf Project progress photos No. 12, 13th July, 2017

The Gurney Wharf project started at the end of February, 2016, which so far is manifested as putting a fence along Gurney Drive, and now dumping gravel. So I will photograph progress from the same standpoint – in front of Bali Hai, which is around the middle of Gurney Drive.

In recent months I have noticed less activity.  Maybe there is a good reason for this.  Here are some photos I took this morning at low tide, in bright sunshine.

July 13th, 2017

July 13th, 2017

July 13th, 2017

Voting (for Bitdefender Total Security) with my wallet

My Kaspersky Total Internet Security expired while I was away. I’ve been using Kaspersky for 12 or more years, and have been very happy with it. I intended to continue to use it.

But while the rest if the world is globalising, making it easier to use products anywhere in the world, Kaspersky decides to regionalise.  Hollywood did this a couple of decades ago to extract more money from customers – instead people revolted and we got what they call piracy – people shared with others free, and Hollywood missed out on a lot of revenue.  Did other companies learn from this? Not Kaspersky.  So now I can’t buy Kaspersky anywhere and install it in Malaysia, but am restricted to purchasing in this market, increasing the price. Very dumb.

I researched alternatives and chose Bitdefender Total Security, which is installable anywhere.  So far it seems it’s very good, and even has ransomware protection.

Voting with your wallet and your feet are about the only effective votes you have.  I use them.

Back from Berlin

Brandenburg Tor, central Berlin

I am just back from a month in Berlin, explaining why I haven’t posted for a while.

I have read the newspapers online, and it appears Malaysia is pretty much as usual.

Anyway, I have a couple of posts in mind and once I have settled back in and taken care of everything that’s come up in my absence I will get to them.

Don’t waive the wave

wave

In Malaysia they are trying to phase out signing when you use a credit or debit card, in favour of using a PIN number. But below a certain figure, RM250 in Cold Storage, for example, you can just wave your card over the reader to pay.

As there are CCTV cameras everywhere – some that would see the number you punch in if you use a PIN, I would prefer to use the wave payment instead, as it would be more secure. Alternatively, check around for CCTV cameras first to see if you can input the PIN securely.

But don’t forget to use cash – if you don’t use it you’ll lose it as banks (and their governments) would prefer to go cashless – then everyone is a captive customer, and they’ll be able to charge you for having an account instead of paying you interest.  And, of course, it gives governments almost total control over you, as if you don’t cooperate, they simply freeze / confiscate your electronic money – and you won’t be able to buy or sell any more – including useful things like food.