Recently we went on a project to evaluate and buy a household appliance. Part of the sales pitch that we heard repeatedly was about warranties, with the phrase ‘lifetime warranty’ finding its way in the spiel.
I can understand the concept of warranty for a period of time (1-year, 2-years, etc.), but the concept of ‘lifetime warranty’ has me confused — I am not sure of whose ‘lifetime’ the warranty is valid for. For example:
- Is it the lifetime of the buyer? What happens if the buyer dies and the item is inherited by someone else? Does the warranty hold?
- Is it the lifetime of the retail shop or the retail chain? What happens when the shop/ chain shuts down or is acquired by some other entity?
- Is the warranty valid only as along as the item continues to function (live) – and the warranty expires as soon as the item stops functioning (dies)? In which case there is no warranty.
- Is the warranty valid only as long as the model continues to be produced?
- Is it valid for the lifetime of the manufacturing company? Or manufacturing facility?
- Is it valid only as long as the technology used is not obsolete? For example, can I claim the lifetime warranty on my floppy disk drive? (I may need to retrieve some of the data backed up in a floppy disk).
There are many more ways that ‘lifetime’ warranty can be interpreted.
But I leave that to your imagination. Please do share your interpretations in the in the space provided below for comments.
By the way, there may an opportunity for a start-up to provide extended lifetime warranties (on an app, of course 🙂 ).
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According to sources not willing to be identified, Bangalore traffic police is toying with the idea of imposing ‘invalid parking’ fine on all vehicles that are halted in traffic jams. The consulting firm that suggested this initiative projected that the annual collections will shoot up between 10.3 – 12.4 times their current collections.
It may also motivate the drivers who get stuck in jams to find innovative solutions to avoid traffic snarls.
Pilot / trial implementation may have already started.
This idea surely beats the Delhi ‘odd-even’ solution to manage traffic.:-)
Bangalore Traffic is also planning to use this initiative to apply for the ‘Most Jugaadu Innovation of the year’ award instituted by Daily Jugaad.
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August 13, 2016 is being observed as the Organ Donation Day in India.
Briefly, one can donate tissues, organs and the whole body. Donations can take place under three circumstances:
- Donations when alive and conscious. Examples of these include blood, stem cells, bone marrow, kidney (only one), and segments of liver, pancreas, lung, or intestine, and are limited by what can be given without affecting the health of the donor.
- Donations when ‘brain dead.’ These include organs that can be transplanted such as heart, liver, pancreas, intestine, 2 kidneys, and 2 lungs. Tissues such as corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, and veins can also be used.
- Donations within a short time of typical death. Some organs/ tissues can be used for others, for example corneas harvested within a few hours after death can be used to give sight to someone. You can also donate any part of your body — like the brain — for research and use by the medical community. Finally you can donate your whole body to a medical college, usually to the anatomy department, so that students can study it and gain experience.
You may be very keen to donate, but you are not the person who will be taking action and doing the donation once you are dead (or brain-dead). Someone else, usually one or more of your close family members will be performing the actual actions required for the donation. Enrolling in donor’s lists may make you feel you are a “donor”, but the deed is not done until the organ or tissue is removed at the right time.
So, what should you do now (before you are brain-dead or dead) to increase the chances of successful donations? Here is a list of things that you can do:
- Discuss your desire to donate in detail with all your close family members. Convince them and ask for their commitment to help this happen when you are dying or are dead. Be persuasive. Explain to them what to do in case of brain-death and after death.
- Document your desire clearly. Write down your wish to donate (like a will), sign it, and make copies. Give copies to your close family members. Put copies in important files. Laminate a copy and hang it at home, where it is visible. This writing down will remind your loved ones of your desire. It will also make it easier for them to cope with doubts or criticisms that others may have regarding their actions relating to the donation. And who knows, it may inspire others too.
- Make the donation easy for your family after your death. Make sure the correct and up-to-date actual contact names, organization names, phone numbers and addresses that are required for performing the donation are readily available and that the family members know about them. Write down a possible sequence of activities to be done.
Enrolling yourself as a potential donor with different organizations is a good first step. But remember that these organizations will not know of your death or brain-dead status when that happens (nor will you be in any state to inform them :-)). Finally, your family members have to decide to donate or not, even if you have signed up as a potential donor.
So you need to be more proactive to actually increase the chances of becoming a donor. Inform your family members, convince them and make it easy for them to perform your desired donations. This may be more important than signing up a with a lot of organizations and collecting their badges, t-shirts and enrollment cards.
By the way, your family members can donate your organs/ tissues/ body even if you are not enrolled :-).
Many basic concepts related to various types of donations, and also information on the various steps and procedures can be seen at this link: FAQ on Organ/ Body/ Brain/ Eye Donation. Additional comments are available at: Voluntary body donation: some thoughts in response to queries I get.
The CVV number is a 3 or 4 digit number (associated with a credit card) that is used for verification in case of Card Not Present (CNP) transactions. CVV stands for Card Verification Value and is also called Card Security Code (CSC), Card Verification Code (CVC), Verification code (V-code or V code), and Signature Panel Code (SPC).
CVV numbers are used to authenticate the card, as an additional security measure when the card is used in online transactions. It is like an ATM pin.
I am unable to understand why the CVV number is printed on the card, whereas the ATM pin is provided to the card holder separately.
Every time the credit card is used (for swiping), the staff at the outlet have access to the card. They can copy/ remember all the details on the card and later the same details can be used to place online orders. Also, if the card is stolen, the thief has most of the details necessary to place online orders on many shopping sites.
Printing the CVV number on the card is like printing the ATM Pin on the card.
So, can someone please throw some light on why the CVV numbers are still being printed on credit cards, while the same card companies are resorting to sophisticated security systems to prevent fraud?
In the meantime, all of us may be safer if we smudge the CVV numbers from our credit cards.
Click here for an Economic Times article regarding the same:
By the way, the cards shown in this post are not mine :-).
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Some weeks ago, there was a buzz in our residential complex about having to set up “grey water” processing, because it may be made mandatory by the municipality. I got curious and started investigating the topic.
At the end of my study I was left wondering why it was not yet mandatory – grey water processing, when fully implemented, could reduce the water requirements in cities by 30-35%!!
Continue reading Recycle Greywater to Reduce Urban Water Needs
I was surprised last week to see a philosophical book by Subroto Roy at an airport book stall. It was titled “Life Mantras”.
I believe the book was launched in ‘absentia’ of the author (who was in jail) with many heavyweight celebrities and politicians. There were, of course, Sahara employees who hoped for some announcement about their pending salaries.
The book is published by Rupa, is priced cheap and available easily.
I hope the book generates some of the money that Sahara has to deposit with the SEBI :-).
Maybe, now Vijay Mallya will be inspired to write a book titled “The Greatest Escape“?
Or, the Congress party high-command can write “
Win Some, Lose Some Lose Some, Lose Again“.
Please do share your comments / interpretation, in the comment form below.
This official logo for the Trump-Pence US Presidential campaign was released on 15 July 2016:
In about one day, the logo was removed from the campaign website, after a number of sarcastic comments on Twitter and other social media.
Here is a gist of the type of comments:
- It is fairly representative of Trump
- It is NSFW (Not Safe For Work)
- Some parts need to be pixelated for safe viewing
Please do share your comments / interpretation, in the comment form below.
A few months ago, it was time to replace the water purifier at home. The present one was difficult to maintain – the model was discontinued and its replacement parts were no longer available.
We thought it would be a simple task of selecting from one of the popular brands (like Kent or Aquaguard).
Little did we know that it would become a whole big project that required deeper research and evaluation of many alternatives based on criteria. Our task was made easy by the details available at achawater.com – a comprehensive site that covers water purification in great depth.
Typical impurities that need to be removed
As the first step we had to figure out the possible impurities to be removed. Our water is supplied by the municipality in Bangalore (BWSSB).
Here is a list of possible impurities in this water.
Continue reading Choosing a Home Water Purifier in Bangalore, India
Passports were earlier used as travel documents, to establish the holder’s country. With time, a passport has also increasingly become a proof of identity and address.
However, passports have an expiry date, and upon renewal, a new passport is issued with a new passport number. This is extremely inconvenient, as one now needs to remember the new passport number while filling travel documents (every time one enters and exits a country) and sometimes at other places in a foreign country. Additional mess can be created if the passport renewal date and travel dates are close to each other, or there are valid visas on the old passport (to which passport number is the visa attached? :=( ).
My driving license number remains the same, even when it is renewed. So does my PAN number with the Income Tax Department. My Aadhar number will not change when I apply for a renewal (due to change of address or replacement of my mugshot). So, why can’t my passport number remain the same over my lifetime, as long as I continue to hold the passport of the same country?
Before one starts attributing the situation to the state of the Indian bureaucracy, this is true of the US, the UK, Australia, and most other countries.
Continue reading Why Does the Passport Number Change when Renewed?
Many of us who work in offices sit for more than 8-10 hours a day. We sit for our breakfast, we sit during our commute, we sit for long stretches at our desks, we sit with our coffee/ tea during the breaks, we sit for our lunch, we sit in meetings, we sit on our way back home, we sit during dinner and watch TV while sitting. And many times we sit continuously for more than 2 hours without getting up.
Being able to sit is also a status symbol that displays higher education and higher income / wealth. People who are more educated typically have jobs that require them to be on desks; richer people do not walk to bus stops and train stations, nor do they walk to shopping centers or coffee shops.
Over the last few years there has been a concerted movement in some countries (like Australia) to encourage people to sit for lesser time during the day, reduce continuous sitting, and increase time standing and moving. However, this movement has not yet picked up any steam in India.
Summary of the Findings
Prolonged sitting has been linked with multiple health concerns like obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood-sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. It also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Sitting more than 6 hours a day may be as bad as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day.
Continue reading Don’t Just Sit: Stand, Walk, Move!