I've been thinking about putting together a list of online sites that
should be notified if I get hit by a bus or something. It would be stored
with any kind of final arrangement documents (wills and the like).
I don't even know if my family could figure out how to post to Usenet, let
alone have any access to my computer systems.
Good point. My wife cannot even get on my main computer. My daughter
does know where m y list of passwords is for web sites. Amazing how many
I've accumulated over the years with bank, credit cards, utilities, etc.
Write a drop dead batch file.
Tell the family if you croak to turn on the computer and just hit
enter on that batch file, and include the deletion of things you don't
want nosy types to see, that might take things wrong.
Whatever you tell it to do, run other small programs like one that
opens your news reader, starts a new topic in each ng you want, write
a message, post it, quit. Goto another program, transfer all your
funds over to whoever's account, return, delete a list of files and so
on down the line.
Sometimes a drop dead file can be programmed to initialize with a
preprogrammed key stroke sequence to wipe a disk (hard disk) clean,
hackers used to do it as the feds broke into their apartments or
It would take a little time to write, then compile to run as an *.exe,
but it is totally doable.
The maintain part is what worries me. With the ways websites change (and
I've done it myself to prevent automated stuff), keeping the batch file
alive would be a constant task. It's probably more efficient to put
together a notification list and store it with other important documents
so then your loved ones can handle notifications.
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