Stories from my Past: That would be fantastic!

Many times people complain about what they don’t know and but mysteriously don’t have time to learn new skills. I worked in a company once where two people complained that they didn’t know something very well and since I was familiar with it, I offered to answer their questions and teach them. They both seemed excited and said that they would let me know tomorrow when we could start. One even said to me “That would be fantastic!”

It turns out that they never followed up on learning the programs. Even though their current way of doing things was causing them problems, for them, it was “good enough”. I find this curious. If you complain about not knowing something, and have the opportunity to learn something that could save you time and effort why not?

It is interesting isn’t it? One of the principles is to always “sharpen the saw”. You want your tool that you work with to be as sharp as possible so it is an easy and useful tool. Yet when it comes to thinking and learning, some people have decided that they are going to learn as little as possible to get by. No one said change is easy, but it seems to me that doing the same inefficient thing for years is an unnecessary way to suffer.

Well whatever. If someone wants to do things the hard way when they have been told there is an easier way, ultimately that is their choice. It is a curious choice though isn’t it?

Why is there a chip on my Credit card?

Source: MintLife Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice | Chip-Enabled Credit Cards are Coming: What You Need to Know

I recently had to get a new debit card and it came with a chip on it. This was interesting because many merchants can’t deal with the chip. I asked many of them but they didn’t have compatible machines. They just wanted me to swipe the card.

If this helps make transactions safe and starve criminal networks of money that will be wonderful. Sadly, criminals seem to adjust to every technology. What is surprising is how long and slow it took companies to make this upgrade. It’s almost like someone did the math and said that the economics favored waiting and supporting criminal organizations indirectly.

Its strange isn’t it? Companies like the MPAA/RIAA sue consumers saying they are losing them money, yet banks and credit card companies delay plans to secure their infrastructure and lose money to criminals. If the law is important, why isn’t it important all of the time? Or is it rather than scaring customers who have little resources and recourse is safer than angering criminal organizations with the money and motivation to strike back?

I think that is what you learn as you get older. That the reasons companies give for decisions are lies, and that those reasons change depending on what is convenient to the company. Consistency is rarely supported by anyone who gains knowledge.