Recent comments on archives in the blog:
Installing and adding DHCLIENT=yes to my home network in /etc/network.d did it!
The Guardian published a story about cycling on the same day.
To get cycling mainstream, experts agree, you need wholesale investment in infrastructure, most obviously well-designed and continuous cycle lanes, separated from faster traffic by a kerb or other barrier and with cyclists offered protection at junctions. The philosophy was summed up by Enrique Peñalosa, who as mayor of Bogotá revolutionised transport in the Colombian capital: "A bicycle way that is not safe for an eight-year-old is not a bicycle way."
The basic functionality to add and view cycling incidents are up. Do visit: SaveCycling.com
Will improve (and beautify) the site later and add mobile clients at least for report submission..
For now, time to sleep
Hey man, yeah, most local cyclists will tell you how much nicer it is with our friendly neighbours up north. I do my escapades into Malaysia and the drivers are sooo much better behaved.
Anyway, thanks for the heads up on savecycling.com. It's not quite ready. Will ping again when the web submission UI is up.
Good comments Jamie.
I've asked the payments demi-god Dave Birch, and it looks like UK got fast around 2008. I've since updated the blog.
It's only very recently that bank transfers in the UK have become faster than three days, I'm talking like this year.
There is an argument I've heard that says that in the UK we fool ourselves into thinking that banking should be free. And once we think that it's free no one is going to pay for it. Which is why we end up with such huge charges for going overdrawn etc. You don't mention how much this costs in Singapore, maybe less? For example, ATMs, you think that banks can offer that service for nothing? Maybe in Singapore the charges are just more honest, you actually get charged for what costs the bank money.
I'd probably also add that getting paper notices whenever someone credits your account. That's something I've never seen done so extensively and I can't even imagine what a waste of paper that is. At best, it provides value for 1 second. But more realistically speaking, most folks, if use banking for personal purposes, know quite exactly when money is coming and how much. It looks like a rudiment from the past century.
Also, the long queues. If you ever hear from the service person that you need to go down to the bank branch, take a long breath and plan your time accordingly (with a buffer). Even better, try to convince the service folks that you're disabled, because every time it seems to take minimally 1h to 2h time to get something done. In a developed country with litte resource and busy people, this sort of inefficiency classifies as criminal activity.
On the good side of things... I do like that there seems to be good momentum in digitalizing services, convenience and probably we will see less of these problems in the coming years.