Setup Auto top-up on Oyster cards without a UK address

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LondonAs a semi-frequent visitor to London I have had an Oyster card for quite a while. To get around the hassle of waiting in line at Heathrow behind tons of confused tourists trying to figure out how to use the machines to buy tickets, I figured I could top-up my card online from home.

This isn't awfully difficult, all you need to do is register your card online. The problem is, the form officially only allows you to enter UK addresses. The big issue comes up, if your try to pay via credit card and the billing address of your credit card does not match your Oyster card address.

A trick that seems to work is to provide your real address in your home country but enter a valid UK postal code. At least in my case the payment went trough after changing this.

The power of creative commons

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Funny story: Years ago, in 2006 I took a picture of Munich's famous Frauenkirche which you can see below.

Frauenkirche, Munich

The image is posted on flickr using the most liberal Creative Commons license CC BY. This means anyone can use the image for any purposes as long as they publicly state that the image was taken by me. I do this for most of my pictures that don't show people on them, because I believe in this licensing model.

Last week I received an email from a russian company that produces merchandise from all over the world. Apparently they have used the image to sell fridge magnets depicting my image!

This feels like the Homer Simpson moment where he finds out that his picture is used in a Korean dish washing commercial :)

I'll ask them if they will send me one...

Skateboarding with Kinect

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Happy new year to everyone

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2011 was a big year, thanks for all of you coming along! Have a happy new year and enjoy the celebrations tonight!

Paris Street Music from Thomas Jaehnel on Vimeo.

Program or be programmed

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