Why Payoneer is essential in Bangladesh and how the Wirecard scandal puts that at risk

After spending a lazy weekend yesterday, I booted up my computer in the evening and found out the shocking news that Payoneer prepaid cards have been frozen worldwide. This meant hundreds of thousands of IT professionals and freelancers in Bangladesh suddenly lost access to their money. But in an even more significant blow, they are suddenly unable to pay for hosting, software license, and other online subscriptions that are crucial for personal and business needs.

The news worries me because I’m one of the people whose lives have been made better by Payoneer’s services. Not only do I stand to lose thousands, but my hands will be tied if Payoneer services were to be stopped.

By the looks of it, it does feel like we’re heading towards that direction.

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On Hands

It’s not every day that I write anything related to my health. In fact, the last time I wrote about it on a previous blog was after being in a nasty bicycle accident. I don’t feel that writing about personal health has anything of value to readers. But I’m writing this post today anyway because it already had a profound effect on my mental health, one that I think is worth writing about.

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Celebrating Five Years at Automattic

Today, I celebrate my fifth anniversary at Automattic!

On Monday, May 18, 2015, I began my first day as a full-time Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

Five years have passed since then. How have these five years been? What have I learned? What has my experience been like? Here’s a post to look back on my five years as an Automatticians as shortly as possible.

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Automatticians receive a custom-branded MacBook at their four-year anniversary. I received mine late last year. Yes, the W logo glows!
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How to avoid burning out when working from home

I’m an advocate for remote work. For the better part of my life, I have worked from home as a freelance technical writer. Granted, it was never fully remote like the last five years since joining Automattic, where everyone works from wherever they like, but I’ve always hated regularly going to an office. And I’ve been preaching that “every company that can let employees work from home should allow employees to work from home” ever since.

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