Archive | May, 2014

The last 3 figures that matter

26 May

Last time I travelled to Miami for less than a week, I had the pleasure to receive a phone call from my banker after I paid my taxi back home in Paris.

Did I spend too much in Florida ?
Did I forget to send him a postcard ?

No! Someone stole my cards details and was still doing some shopping while back in France …
Annoying and costly …
The bank cut both my cards and reissued new ones!

What did I do wrong so they could copy my bank card details ?

Thinking about it a lot, I gave my cards to a taxi driver who didn’t have the machine but something they use to take the print of the card. Then I think he turned the card and memorise the 3 security numbers and he had all the infos necessary to copy my card.

When I told the story to my mom, she said it couldn’t happen to her because she had a trick.
A trick? What trick?
And then she shared it with me and I will do the same with you.

To protect your bank cards, you need
. a pair of scissors,
. a sheet of paper
. and some adhesive or simply a sticker.
Cut the paper so I will cover the last 2 digits of the security code.
Than put the adhesive on it.

So easy, now they won’t have ALL your information and won’t be able to use your card to shop 4 times a day a pretty full cart in the Publix like it happened to me.


PS: also be careful with the contact cards, and prefer wallet with anti-RFID shield so the thieves won’t be able to get your bank infos (just by hanging close to you in the metro or bus …)

It won’t be lost for everyone !

19 May

If like my friend, let’s call him Kiki to preserve his honor an the one of his family 😉 you got mugged in a bar by a girl who stole your iPhone 4s that you stupidly placed on the table … Don’t panic.
Here are the 3 steps you MUST follow to find you phone or at least have it’s content back on your next iPhone …

1. You NEED to activate the “Find my Phone” option
Go to “Settings”/ “iCloud” and turn on the toggle “Find my phone
While you in the iCloud menu, please consider turning on the iCloud backup.
The backup will be done automatically while wifi- connected, this will ensure that if you lose, break your iPhone, … You’ll just have to enter your iCloud ID and password and your content will be reinstall on your new iPhone.

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2. When the girl is running away with your phone, faster than you, use a friend’s iPhone, iPad or random computer. Log in on the page and type ID/password and go to the Locate my phone page … And you will be able to track it down, give it’s location to the police, send message on the screen, an alarm tone and even erase its content!

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3. Last step, if you really can’t find your phone, call your mobile operator and have it blocked …

Now, you know what to do and for your info our Kiki just bought a brand new iPhone 5s!

PS: I used the locate my phone once when my iPhone fall in the grass while leaving a taxi, I would never ever found it without this tracking option.

I’m not into sandwich!

12 May

Thermo-pot by Black+BlumFor lunch, I like to go to restaurants, japanese restaurants to be precise. But sometimes I don’t have time because I have to stay at the office to finish THE presentation that will save the world or not …
When this happens, I have my super Thermo-Pot by Black+Blum with me and I’m ready to kick the PowerPoint!
Thermo-pot by Black+BlumWhy the Thermo-Pot?
. It’s great to keep your food warm for at least 6 hours (miso soup, congee, ramen, donburi…)
. It’s a beautiful stainless steel bottle
. The spoon, that goes with it, is magnetic and will rest nicely on it’s spot on the side of the bottle
. It’s a 500ml/20OZ size, so it’s big enough for lunch
. The stopper is made of cork and this is coolThermo-pot by Black+Blum

Of course my Thermo-Pot is dishwasher-friendly as I’m not into hand-washing 😉

More info
. Black+Blum official website
. Follow @blackblum

It’s not easy to be green …

5 May

20140502-092908.jpgI’m not talking about an episode of “Once upon a time” when Regina meets her evil sister Zelena … but about a great product called Cella.

Cella is a flexible, lightweight plastic kind of futuristic pot that will house small plants and moss.
20140502-092918.jpgThe creators at Ecoid based their idea on 15 years of study of the moss and also observation of the now fashionable concept of green roof.
With the Cella (coming in 3 sizes), you can now also have a moss ball in your office on your desk, hung on a wall, in the garden, inside or outside …
Let’s add some green in our urban life!
You’ll love it’s flexibility of use and low 20140502-092939.jpgmaintenance (if the Cella is indoor, just spray it with water 2-3 times a week) and if, like me, you don’t have a green thumb …
give Cella a chance and check their Kickstarter campaign.

More on Cella
. Official website
. Cella on Kickstarter

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