This is going to get a bit morbid, you’re warned.
So, as part of the advice we’re given of Things To Do Before You Leave The Country, we’ve been told it might be good to have a current will set up before leaving for Italy. At first, I was a little amused by this — I don’t really own anything of huge value, I have more debt than savings, etc. — and the idea of breaking things up bit by bit is pretty apalling. Yet there’s at least one possession of mine that I have a significant interest in the whereabouts of at all times – even posthumously – and that’s my computer. There’s a brief mention of this on Slashdot today, centering around the fact that it can be difficult for others to access information that’s passworded if the passwords aren’t left behind (there’s also an extended discussion/explanation of the fact that a normal fire safe will not protect a CD from melting in a fire).
Having put a little thought into this, I’ve thought about leaving my different passwords and accounts in a neat list for one or two particular and trusted people to take care of immediate problems, but I think there are files – documents – on the computer that I’d actually like to put in a sort of trust, not to be released until a certain time after my death. I call this the Presidential Papers theory. I’m just not sure how it would/could be executed. Mostly, I like the idea of anything Presidential attending my will.
The Slashdot discussion has many morbidly interesting bits to it, including a link to mylastemail.com, a service where you can pay to have a “final e-mail” sent to friends, family, etc. in the event of your death. The amusing part of this is that they’re advertising a free thirty day trial.