Sun 01 May 2005
Category : Commentary/PFEFlags.txt
Now that I am able to map IP addresses to country codes, I have a better idea of where Postfix Enabler (or any of the other software that I've put up for download) is being used. These are some of the countries I've found, when I made a list from my server log this morning.
Of course, I wouldn't know if it's used in Paris, New York, or Tokyo. But you get the drift. It's a weightless world. The bits go where they're wanted. And the money flows into the bank. Like the rain, the clouds, and the wind.
No matter how hard it gets sometimes, I've always felt that it's a privilege to be doing this - we're in the midst of some significant changes in the way we choose to live and work. There's no better way to understand the changes than to dive in and participate.
Take credit card processing as an example. Just two or three months ago, we wouldn't have been able to do that. We would have been banging our heads against the barriers put up by WorldPay or Planet Payment, supposedly new-age companies with old-world mindsets. When PayPal made it possible for any business to receive credit card payments without opening a merchant account, we waited anxiously to be offered the same service outside the US.
Hai Hwee didn't just wait. She thought through the workflow, so that when we got that email from PayPal that we're on, she had the system set up in a couple of days. Every time we get a payment, I think about how technology has made it possible for two people to trade with the whole world, from the comfort of their homes.