Global Wealth

Interesting post here summarising Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report. Basically to be in the top 1% of the global wealthy, you need to have $712,000 USD in net assets. To be in the top 10%, you need to have over $82,000 in net assets.

One percent of 7 billion is 70 million. So basically there are 70 million people in the world with $712,000 USD or more in net assets.
[EDIT] Actually, having just read the report, the results are expressed in terms of the global population of adults, 4.5 billion in 2011.

Micro-boxing for productivity

Time-boxing is an idea that I heard about a number of years ago. It’s only been fairly recently that I have tried to incorporate it as a regular part of my daily workflow. The general idea behind time-boxing is that you concentrate on working for a set periods of time through-out the day. I adjust the period of time to how motivated I feel. When I feel really motivated I work in blocks of 25 minutes. When I am just getting started on the day I work in blocks of 10-15 minutes.

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Ledger to OFX

I keep my finances in J Wiegley’s Ledger format, which means everything is in a flat text file, for easy editing. I recently decided to use for both my company and personal accounts. Unfortunately, this means that I somehow needed to upload all my past transaction data. So I wrote a Python script to convert Ledger format account files to OFX. You can grab a copy of the source code over at GitHub.

Evernote to Dropbox

I’ve just started using Evernote to make a note of things I find interesting on the web and to capture ideas or random thoughts. So far I love it!
What I wanted was an easy way to extract the notes and save them to my filesystem, where they become much more useful. Specifically I want to save the notes as text files to a place in my Dropbox repository, so they get synced across all my devices, and are backed up.

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How to get Maplin’s USB Microscope working on a Mac

I just brought Maplin’s USB Digital Microsoft with 400x magnification, which is advertised as having Windows-only drivers. System Profiler identified the chipset as being from Vimicro Corporation. I went to the Driver Download section of their website and downloaded (and installed) the DRV_ZC0301PLus_070305 driver. I then opened up Photo Booth, and was able to select the Vimicro camera as the video source. What I should have done was just try and access the Microscope using Photo Booth before I installed the driver, as I half suspect that there was no actual need to install that driver.

Close-up of a new razor blade
Close-up of a new razor blade

Please try to use the microscope with Photo Booth first before downloading the driver, and let me know in the comments if that works.