My First EMV and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoos

Self-serve station at Wal-mart. I had a gallon of transmission fluid and some aftershave. One of those late night shops. Swiped my card, and got a prompt about hitting “OK” with instructions. I looked again and wondered if I had swiped the non-mag side, so I swiped again carefully. Same error message. I read it more carefully and saw it Read More …

QR codes are dumb codes.

Bob and others I’ve worked with know I don’t like QR codes (for marketing anyway.) They may not always remember why I don’t like them. QR codes are a re-tooling of an ancient technology (2D bar codes) that were re-born to fail by the very trend they attempted to build on: smart phones. And they don’t really solve a problem Read More …

Do you take this kind of money?

When I pay my barber $20 cash, I don’t ask him if that money will work or where he banks. When I pay the dogsitter with a $25 check (dogs outrank my head), I don’t ask her where she banks. But to use this new P2P mobile payments system, clearXchange, I’m going to have to ask those questions. I realize Read More …

E Pluribus Unum and Change

New Tail PayPal gives Home Depot the finger. (A good thing.) I don’t like clutter in my car. So after a family trip, a penny in my cup holder stood out along with a straw wrapper. Kelly’s milkshake. I did not recognize the tail-side design. The familiar Lincoln memorial had been replaced by a thirteen stripe shield bearing “E Pluribus Read More …