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November 4, 2010


Lovely idea for a service. You give it access to your online credit card statement, it “rounds up” every transaction to the nearest dollar, and donates the difference to charity on a monthly basis. Currently works seamlessly with American Express cards.

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May 18, 2010

Just imagine…

Reading the 'about’ page of banksimple, the new online bank that Alex Payne has left Twitter to work on, I felt sad.

A simpler bank that is easy to use.
A bank that treats you with respect.
No extraneous features.
No hidden fees.

I already have that. I feel sorry for the people who don’t.

Well, not I don’t have that in a bank per se, but Digital Federal Credit Union — the credit union I conduct all my personal banking with — charges me practically nothing for my checking or savings accounts, refunds the fees other banks charge me to use their ATMs, has a credit card with a fantastically low APR, and has never been anything less than ace to me when I’ve needed to speak to a human.

Despite my being thousands of miles away from the nearest branch, they’re still more convenient than the banks that litter the streets of SF, not least since they support scanning paper checks and uploading them on my home laptop (and now, with a new iPhone app, I can just use my iPhone camera!)

Seriously folks, if your bank is a bunch of dicks, look around for a local credit union. They’re not all as awesome as DCU, I’m sure, but it’s well worth it.

[Utterly random geekyawesome history aside: DCU is so-named because the company whose employees they originally serviced? DEC!]

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June 15, 2008

Bad Science: Money money money money money

Ben Goldacre on the experiments that show that humans are happier with things that cost them more money. I suggest naming this “the Bose effect”.

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May 30, 2008

Man Allegedly Bilks E-trade, Schwab of $50,000 by Collecting Lots of Free 'Micro-Deposits'

Man opens thousands of checking accounts, then links them to E*Trade, who verify each by sending sub-dollar deposits. The richard-pryor-in-superman-3 attack in action.

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April 10, 2008

Ten Thousand Cents

Mechanical Turk project where users were paid $0.01 to draw a section of the $100 bill.

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April 2, 2008

The Royal Mint: The New Designs Revealed

The new UK coinage is wicked cool — the individual coins are part of a larger picture.

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July 12, 2007

Your bank has a REST API now (shhh! -- don't tell them)

Wesabe have created an open API to allow folks to hack on their bank account data. I foresee some stonking visualization work coming out of this that will put Quicken, Microsoft Money, etc to shame.

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March 19, 2007

EURion constellation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I knew of the security feature that prevents scanning/photocopying modern paper currency, but I hadn’t heard this name for it.

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December 29, 2006

35 most outrageous fees (and how to avoid them) | Money Magazine

Good tips on avoiding being caught out by unexpected “fees”.

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December 7, 2006

Retirement Funds over Time

Retirement Funds over Time

I was working on retirement-planning stuff this evening: checking my 401(k) investments, finally setting up a Roth IRA for myself, that sort of thing.

I plotted this graph in Microsoft Money showing Joy's and my retirement funds since I started working. The numbers are wiped out in the name of modesty, but the way the graph's trending? Makes me happy.

(The different colours are different investment accounts. See if you can spot the three year period where I was working for startups which didn't offer retirement benefits.)

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November 17, 2006


Marc Hedlund’s start-up launches. Looks like an awesome light-weight social web-based finance manager, for folks for whom Quicken is too much hassle. Whether users will entrust their financial info to Web 2.0 remains to be seen.

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October 3, 2005

Spam Stock Tracker

“Tracking how much money people can lose with penny stocks from spam.” Next you’ll be telling me that V!A6RA doesn’t work!

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September 4, 2005


Us east-coasters can now get our full credit reports online for free.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.