Archive for November, 2012

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plastic.

November 5, 2012

So I wrote about how San Francisco has made me super conscious of recycling and composting, and now I can add another thing to the list. Plastic bags. San Francisco recently banned plastic bags. Or I guess, they’re forcing stores to charge 10 cents per bag (paper or plastic) while restricting what kinds of plastic bags can be used. As the policy is still a bit new, I’m a bit torn for a few reasons.

No matter which way you slice it – it’s inconvenient for me. It ultimately forces me to constantly carry around a bag in case I might buy something bigger than my purse. Good thing I bought these a few years ago. Weirdly, this actually happens a lot. I’ll be out and realize that I need to buy shampoo or cereal or eggs. I guess maybe large purses are never going to go out of fashion now.┬áPlus, everyone always talks about how reusable bags are so much bigger than plastic bags, so you need fewer. Not a fan of that argument. I’m not really strong enough to fill up a reusable bag with heavy things and still be able to carry it in any reasonable way for more than a block.

And now I need to buy garbage bags. I’ve always used my plastic bags from stores in place of large garbage bags. Mostly because I always have them and it makes me take out the trash more. If I used the 13 gallon trash bags, I wouldn’t take out the trash for a month and it would be gross.

Lastly, the 10 cent charge gives off a really weird vibe. When the cashier asks “Do you want a bag? It’ll be a 10 cent charge” – it just feels like bad service. Like airline fees. Like this article says – if you spend a whole bunch of money at a store, do you really want them to ask you to pay for a bag on top of it? Maybe that’s just because the fee is new and they have to tell people about it up front. So eventually they can just say “do you want a bag?” and not explicitly state the charge. I doubt it though with all the tourists the come through – someone’s always going to need to be told.

Then as a customer, I’m thinking “it’s only 10 cents”. I actually feel totally petty saying I don’t want to pay an extra dime or two. Especially when I can clearly afford it as I already live in this expensive city. I know that’s just in my head. And it actually does work as a deterrent as I rarely accept a bag if I don’t need it. But it still makes me feel weird about it. Don’t like that.

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secure.

November 2, 2012

This is really just a rant because I had a bad day on Wednesday.

I attempted to set up my work email on my phone. I guess security of email for the organization I work with is really important because in order to set up the email, I had to encrypt my phone. I don’t even know what this means, except I gathered that I had to change to a more secure unlock method (password or pin) and a password to get into this email. Plus, my phone had to be at at least 80% battery in order to spend at least an hour encrypting. OK, at that point, I’m giving up. I’ll just deal with no email on the phone. Work life balance, right?

Except, now that I’ve started this process, I’m no longer allowed to switch my unlock method back to pattern swipe. Yep. Apparently it’s possible to get locked out of certain functions on your own phone. So logically, I delete the email account. Delete the device administrator account. Restart the phone. Nothing. I’m stuck unlocking my phone with a pin instead of a swipe pattern. And after many google searches online, it seems to the only way to fix this is a factory reset. What?! That’s pretty much the WORST THING EVER. Lesson learned: never encrypt your phone.

I reset the phone. First step is logging into my Google account because everything on Android seems to be tied to that. Except my free apps which I have to download and set up again. Ok, problem. I set up Google 2 step verification a few weeks ago. Let me tell you – HUGE pain. And in this case, I can’t log into my phone until I verify the device. Which means Google needs to text me the code or voicemail it to me. Which I can’t access because I can’t log into my phone. And I have no second backup phone because who has two phones? And why when I click the link for “I don’t have access to my phone” do you just tell me that I should have set up a backup (well, duh) or possibly Google emailed me one time use codes (that away from my personal computer, I also could not login to see). Worst experience ever.

Here’s my big gripe. I turned on 2 step verification because it’s suppose to be more secure. Awesome, I’m all for that. I don’t want to have a “I got hacked” story. Except it didn’t occur to me that this really just means you have to enter TWO passwords any time you log into a new computer/device. And one of those passwords, you have to look up every single time on your phone. And that this in general really really sucks because phones are now too big for me to comfortably keep in my pocket ALL THE TIME. I also don’t always have pockets. So much frustration in one night.