My New Child
February 6, 2014
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Yup, I have a kid. I hate children, too. Let me explain how this happened.
I do the finances for a non-profit organization. It’s brand new and doesn’t have a ton of structure yet, so pretty much do-what-you-want. So as part of my duties, I decided I’m going to start emailing members when their membership dues are due.
I have an email account for the org’s domain, but the email server doesn’t have any contact management. No problem, I’ll create a Windows Live account for that email and use the People function to store the addresses. Works fine, since Windows Live Mail uses People as the contacts.
So I start the process to create the Live account. During creation, I am prompted for my date of birth. I’m not going to use mine, duh. I could make one up, but this should be something that anyone in the org can remember in case they need to reset a password or something after I’ve passed the reigns. So I use the date the org was formed: 10/1/2013. I click Save.
Now, to my surprise, I am told that a minor cannot use the Live services without parental consent. Damn it. This account now belongs to a 4-month old. So, without thinking much, I logged in as myself to authorize. Congratulations to me, I’m a parent now.
It would be easy for anyone to create two accounts and authorize one from the other, so there has to be a way to prove that the “parent” account is really an adult. How is this done? By charging your credit card, of course! A minor can’t possess a credit card, so that’s foolproof. Or something. Cost to have a kid: $.50. Some of that gets donated to charity, which I suppose is great.
So I figure I totally own this little shit now. After all, I paid for it.