"Contrary to what banks say, writing checks really isn't that much of a hassle, at least if you don't write that many of them."
Yep but here in Finland, we stopped using them seriously - oh - 25 years ago. I've never had a cheque book in Finland. Never even been offered one - all payments I make are online, either from home, or from a bar-code reader in the bank's foyer (which I never use - costs €2/month for the service)
When I got my pension cheques from the UK, I had to go through a lot of form-filling - in the main Oulu branch, 3kM from home - to cash a £100 cheque. Took the famous "10 wurkin daze" and cost me £25 for the priviledge. Thank fuc*k the Equitable changed to Worldpay. Only £3 now...(Sigh)
@big-nosed Pengie - were you referring to the Ford Pinto, as best satirised in the film "Top Secret"?
Penguin icon, natch. I only use my mini-lappari (Asus 701/eeebuntu) for the bank. Plus my one-time pad access code, used with my memorised 7-digit customer number. Wanna see how it works? Try
http://www1.nordea.fi/appx/solo/3/include/demo/pndemo/index.html and click the mouse icon.
Not bad for a quid or so a month TOTAL bank charges...Now, that's real service.