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Every once in a while I get a check for some miscellaneous activity of life. It's usually a rebate or refund, or a friend paying up for some group activity I organized. And every time it makes me angry because I have to take that stupid check to the bank and deposit it. It feels so 1990s.

I am frankly amazed that checks still exist. And you know how happy you are when standing in line and the person in front of you whips out a check.

I will have limited time to blog for a few weeks, so today I'm just wondering what else you encounter in your daily life that seems like it should have gone the way of buggy whips ten years ago.

 
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Feb 26, 2009
Hey I still pay by check, even at the grocery store. I don't trust the internet enough yet to pay my bills online, although if the post office gets their wish of one less day to deliver mail and still ups the price of a stamp I might start paying them online.

As for purchases at the grocery store and other similar places, writing a check forces me to think about the purchases that I'm making. It's much more invovled then whipping out the plastic which enables me to control my spending more easily.
 
 
Feb 26, 2009
1. George Bush
2. The Bush Doctrine
3. Flava Flav
4. Reality Tv
5. Gas Powered Homes
6. Gas Powered Cars
7. Cancer's

 
 
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Feb 26, 2009
Paper receipts when you use a credit card, especially at gas stations. The receipt should be saved on a memory card in your credit card and/or emailed to you.
 
 
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Feb 26, 2009
You should try delivering pizzas these days. A lot of people still pay the delivery boy with checks and it's the most retarded thing in the world. We even have a rediculous amount of requirements for anybody who actually pays with a check (the check has to be above number 1500, you must write your driver's license number on it, your address has to be printed on the check) but people still persist anyway. I can't tell you how many times I've explained the check policy to people, but then arrived only to find a check numbered below 1500, or to have somebody argue with me that their driver's license is personal information, and they refuse to write it on the check.
 
 
Feb 26, 2009
Fapping. Where the hell are the sexbots already?
 
 
Feb 26, 2009
Postage stamps and, eventually, currency will be of interest only to collectors. You can mail stuff with the correct postage right from your computer. No one will need cash in the future, just a debit or some sort of social security card. This is already happening ....yesterday I was in line at a Dunkin Donut store waiting in line while the person in front of me was paying a $1.49 tab with her visa.
 
 
Feb 26, 2009
Voicemail, especially at the office. Who really has time to check voicemails? Faxes are neck and neck with voicemail.
 
 
Feb 26, 2009
Oooo, I should have said that! I always get a little po'd when someone wants to fax me something or fax it back. Gotta remember the fax number, pick it up, remember how to send...
 
 
Feb 26, 2009
Why does any small handheld appliance that needs charging use anything other then Micro-USB? Five years ago every cell phone maker had their own charger that changed from model to model. Now some use Micro-USB so we are on the right track. But some use Mini-USB which is not the same thing. I think vendors should realize how much happier we are all with one standard charging plug for everything.
 
 
Feb 26, 2009
This argument begins and ends with fax machines. The fact that so many major facets of life are still done via fax, FAX, when we have abundant scanners and email, both confounds and infuriates me.

I'm sure a bunch of people will comment with things like "cars" and "gasoline", but seriously, you can understand the slow changeover from those; the alternative is there but not a mature technology. EMAIL is a mature technology, and fax is a horrifically outdated and sub-par alternative.


Also, Scott, re: your banking problem, get an online bank, then you just have to mail in your checks, rather than take them to a bank / ATM. With the bonus being that they tend to have better interest rates for checking accounts.

 
 
Feb 26, 2009
Driving to work!
 
 
 
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