With paperless statements from Scotiabank, you don’t actually get a statement. You have to print the monthly transactions if you want a record. I print to a PDF for recordkeeping. No big deal, except that cheque images are not printed with the transaction history, and you can only go back a few months to view old cheque images.

It is painstaking to open each cheque image and print or save to a PDF. By the time you go through these for a month and save each cheque image as a PDF with appropriate file name you can spend 10-20 minutes.

I am now investigating whether I can get cheque images on the paper statement. If so it would be about 20 minutes faster each month to scan the statement and avoid recording each cheque image, which would be ironic.

mint.com collects and stores login credentials to banks and other financial institutions as users provide them willingly.

My instinct is that users who have provided financial institution credentials to mint.com should change their passwords and that financial institutions who don’t allow their users to give their login information to third parties (isn’t that all of them?) block all login attempts from known mint.com addresses.

Here is an example of mint trying to collect a users login. A user probably thinks they are logging in to Scotiabank given the nice logo and all, like when they log into third party accounts safely (I think) using their Facebook (ugh) or Google or Twitter IDs as identifiers (OAuth identification).

mint-spoof-bank-login

From the mint.com privacy FAQ:

Your bank login credentials are stored securely in a separate database using multi-layered hardware and software encryption.

I have sent a note to a well known security expert Bruce Schneier, if he elects to comment I’ll post an update.

mint.com isn’t new and has probably been collecting users financial institution credentials for years.

Trying to put an epub book into Kobo IPad App with ITunes seems to cause the IPad app to crash on startup.

The failure on the IPhone app is less severe, it reports library books are expired when they are not.

Non-DRM EBUB books will sync to to Kobo via ITunes fine it seems.

Also tried bluefire reader, seems like you can copy non-DRM and DRM epub books to Bluefire reader on IOS.

If you want to read DRM books from a library on Iphone or IPad, the easiest is to download them right into the device using Overdrive Media Console app. You can’t currently transfer DRM books from the computer to Overdrive Media Console (lame) via ITunes.

If you want to read a DRM book from a library on Kobo you can transfer via adobe digital editions.

If you prefer to use the Bluefire app to read library books on your IOS device, download to adobe digital editions, find the epub file on your computer, and transfer to Bluefire.

It also turns out you can add non-drm epub books to dropbox or similar service, and then open those files in dropbox, selecting either bluefire, kobo, or overdrive media app to read your book in. DRM books will only work in bluefire right now this way.

I was able to get this working on bluehost, and probably would work on other hosted unix you might use for web hosting.

  1. Download the binary 64 bit installer for linux from node.js. You can download it to bluehost with curl and extract with tar, or unpack it on your computer and upload the binaries, it doesn’t matter which.
  2. Copy npm and node to your ~/bin directory. make sure they are executable (try and run them, and fix with chmod if you need to).
  3. npm will probably be broken. Fix by downloading install.sh from http://nodejs.org/. Run it with sh install.sh.
  4. install lessc with the usual “npm install -g less”

Before I figured this out I was running lessc on a webdisk, which would take 20s to run. Running on bluehost via an ssh login takes only 0.8s

I am not Japanese, nor can I read Japanese ebooks, nor have I purchased any or tried to send any to the Kobo Service. I did try and send an English language ebook to the Kobo service from the Pottermore store. Check out the error messages!

Pottermore store reports some issue with Japanese ebooks when attempting to access an English language ebook.
Pottermore store reports some issue with Japanese ebooks when attempting to access an English language ebook.

– Update

Pottermore store tech support indicated i had to unlink and relink my kobo account to their sotre. That worked.

There is no more complicated way to buy ebooks than to use the Pottermore Store. I highly recommend against it as no doubt it will confuse you and waste time. It is a feat of strength to get these onto your Kobo service so you can use with IPad or Kobo reader. Same with other services. Pottermore wants you to buy from them, cut out the middleman I guess, except your labour exceeds the cost of the ebook purchases. It would probably take you less time to find them somewhere without DRM or drive to the library a few times to check them out in dead tree format. No doubt people find it more convenient to pirate the Harry Potter books than to buy them like I did.

Tried to change my password on the store, this is the output in the browser. From the user feedback (ignoring my skitch comments) could anyone possibly know if their password took or not? Make sure you keep your old password after changing your password on Pottermore store. Because you might think you changed it, only you didn’t.

Pottermore_Shop_Password_fail

Ikea has some serious usability issues.

Failure # 1. I went to IKea online and created an account profile before shopping. I did not realize I was at the US site, probably a search engine had me on the US site. Of course I wasn’t challenged for a postal code or anything. So I create my account, then realize I on the wrong country web site.

So I go to IKea Canada and try and log in with same user id. It recognizes I have an account with IKea US, and refuses to let me use the same user ID to log into the Canadian site. Further, it will not let me create an account on the Canadian site with the same email address.

Failure #2. I created a login on the Canadian site by using a secondary email.

I was unable to complete the purchase with mastercard, because although all information was entered correctly mastercard barks an error that it isn’t. So I tried with a Visa.

The Ikea site works with verified by Visa. Here is a clip in Google Chrome, you can see it suggests I hit the submit button, but none is visible. Hittening enter didn’t work either. You can see there appears to be something like a scroll bar towards the right, but it was scrolled all the way to the bottom.

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So I logged out, logged into the site again with Firefox (my items were still in my cart, Yay!). Still no submit button. Oh wait, if you look close, you can see the top 3 or 4 pixels of what might be a button at the bottom of the form.
ikea2.pay2

Sure enough, hitting that button with the mouse completed the purchase.

Shockingly hard to give Ikea money at their online store, I imagine most folks just give up.