Believe it or not, we nerds will die, too!

February 14, 2011

Originally published on The Eight Forums.

According to an old saying, the only certainty in life is that it always ends, sooner or later. In this digital era we currently live, clearing your stuff after you are gone can be almost impossible to those left behind.

Making a will divides people very clearly on two sides. The vast majority of people do not have a will when they die. Reasons are many; some think making a will is like a bad omen, some others think they are still young and have time to leave it for later.

In my opinion a will shows you care about your loved ones, the people you some day leave behind. It shows you wanted to take care of certain things so your kids, wife, husband, parents or others do not have to decide for you. I leave it to you to decide to whom you want to leave your car or PC or that ring you got from your grandmother. I want to give some ideas on how to tell about your digital, intellectual inheritance and property.

Everyone of us geeks has at least a few email accounts, a website or two, accounts in Twitter and Facebook or MySpace or LinkedIn. Hidden and encrypted drives containing personal files, documents, photos and so on. Some have made it practically impossible to others to access the personal computer and everything it contains. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to take care of your digital inheritance if those left behind have no clue how to access it? Here’s an article telling about how difficult it can be, and what those left behind have to do.

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