It’s been a weekend of lifehacking achievements 🙂
I chose a local mobile provider – narrowed it down to Telfort, Ben, Simpel (although later discovered that Lebara was good too), and went ahead with Ben based on price. A bit surprised that they ask you here to use and verify passport to get a sim, but oh well, apparently this is the way to fight fraud. All went well, but my mobile internet was not working. Two weeks, 6 phone calls and several frustrated emails later, I decided not to give up and harness collective wisdom of the Internet, once again, with the help of Google Translate. So I got on this tech forum in Dutch and bingo, found a solution that worked. A victorious tribal dance around the house ensued.
So if a company can not help you – do not give up, go and find your own solution. You will figure it out.
Now. I needed a digital signature. Quick googling revealed that this is a service I need to pay for, install complex software, deal with multistep process, etc. My futile attempts to photograph a signature or draw it in Paint were weak. And then it hit me. My little one has long ago overtaken my iPad and he has several drawing apps. Drawing with a finger is definitely easier and closer to handwriting than with a mouse or on PC’s touchpad. And voila! Beautiful signature produced as a painting and emailed to myself. Absolutely for free and in just 2 steps.
If something seems complex and not worth the money, hack it. There must be a simpler, free solution somewhere out there. And if not, well, you stumbled upon a business idea. Lucky you.
Have a happy week, my fellow lifehackers!