21 February 2013

This morning, I saw that old truism in action: “Avarice is the root of all kinds of evil.”

As I drove by the ANZAC park, just before the new(ish) Entertainment Centre here, I drove past a pigeon
(one of several) who had been unfortunate enough to fail in a space dispute with two tonnes of moving metal... and a Silver Gull which had been so intent on eating its part (as much as possible) of the unfortunate pigeon (a gull will eat anything which gives the appearance of having once been organic in nature, so this must have given it the appearance of a banquet) that it had also failed to notice a few tonnes of moving metal, and had actually become a new layer atop the pigeon. Feathers and all.

So... be sure that your immediate goal is worth the risk before withdrawing your focus from the surrounding issues...

11 February 2013

Backup often, starting now

“Backup regularly” has just had a new win.

Behold, a letter informing a creditor that there was no reason to believe that any of half a million dollars could be collected from a debtor who had gone through a mental breakdown etc.

Behold, another letter thanking a mother-in-law for providing the final payments on a house initially bought with half a million dollars “mistakenly” paid into their own accounts by said debtor, as they had so directed.

Oops!

Yes, some of the paperwork has “mysteriously” disappeared from separately kept, ordered files. The banks are obliged to keep records for long enough that said disappearance will not be permanent. If you find yourself in a hole, the obvious next step is to stop digging. Evidently, they didn’t.

Your sysadmin backing up often means that there are times when documents you have forged and forgotten to/been too careless or lazy to delete or overwrite by the time a backup happens may (have, in many cases) come back to haunt you.

I am becoming increasingly glad that honesty is my only policy. I have no pressing need to remember exactly what I said to anybody at any particular instant.