Tag Archives: Computers

Why haven’t I been answering your email? Here’s why.


A family member wondered why I’d been absent from the email scene for a couple of days.  My answer:

Basically, I’ve been ignoring email as much as possible, and deleting a lot of the rest.  I need a break.  I’m tired of spending hours a day futzing around with junk mail and vetting links and articles that I really have no interest in, because people with whom I have little in common think it amounts to “staying in touch” in lieu of actually communicating.

Another problem is collective mailing lists.  Hit a button and bother ALL your contacts, not just a chosen few.  I’ve never done shotgun mailings except for necessary family announcements, and it pisses me off.

If I sound grumpy, it’s because I am.  I’m sick of having electronics and people who misuse them intruding in my life, and I’m seriously considering reading personal mail only, and ignoring all links, videos, cute cats and other glurge. I make a good part of my living in front of a computer, spend hours at it, and I’m less and less interested in screwing around with them when I don’t really have to.

The email is one major reason I no longer consider it fun.  It’s really too bad the things don’t cost 43 cents apiece the way snail mail does; it might slow people down a bit.  It’s just too damn easy to paste something and hit “enter” without any conscious thought, or any consideration for the people who have to wade through it.

So if you have something to tell me, please feel free. I am not, however, interested in your political views, your religious ideas disguised as photographic displays, or other mindless forwarding of useless crap. If you want to interact, I’ll join in. If your best efforts are going to waste my time, fahgeddaboudit!

There.  I said it, and I’m glad.  If you agree, send this around to all your friends. Just don’t put my name on it.

Hacked!


This has happened to three people I know in the past two weeks.  Read the article.  It’s long.  Read it anyway.  If you don’t, then don’t whine when it happens to you.  It’s your own fault.

As email, documents, and almost every aspect of our professional and personal lives moves onto the “cloud”—remote servers we rely on to store, guard, and make available all of our data whenever and from wherever we want them, all the time and into eternity—a brush with disaster reminds the author and his wife just how vulnerable those data can be. A trip to the inner fortress of Gmail, where Google developers recovered six years’ worth of hacked and deleted e‑mail, provides specific advice on protecting and backing up data now—and gives a picture both consoling and unsettling of the vulnerabilities we can all expect to face in the future.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/hacked/8673/1/?single_page=true

Free 50 GB Cloud Storage Account on BOX.COM — For LIFE!


If you’re looking for cloud space, BOX.COM is giving away 50 GB with a new log-in until (I believe) March 23. It’s definitely in effect right now. After you sign up and confirm by clicking the link in the email they send, you log in and are automatically upgraded to a lifetime 50 GB account (personal accounts only).

Kicks the 2 GB that Dropbox gives you all the way to the curb.