You know where it’s all headed eh? Disposable tablets.
That’s right. Tablet PCs are being produced so cheaply in India that they are starting to become a single-use device. Companies there are currently selling these machines for as low as $30 US apiece, and predict they can bring them down to $10. So it isn’t hard to imagine a world where, for example, conference attendees receive their delegate packages burnt onto flash memory in a tablet PC.
So instead of killing trees, we’ll be littering our planet with discarded equipment.
And what about paper? Remember all the talk about the paperless office?
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For many of you, the reason you keep emails in your inbox is that you don’t have time to deal with them all right now, but you don’t want to forget about them, right? So if you’re like many people, you end up inundated with emails and an inbox that is so deep you can’t see the bottom.
This article will offer suggestions for what to do about this problem, so you will no longer have to be a slave to your inbox.
I use a little trick with Outlook signatures, and from what I gather from talking to a few folks, not too many people do this.
Do you find yourself sending the same email over and over again to different people (“We’ll keep your resume on file”, “Here are the directions to our office”, etc.)?
What I do is keep these messages as an Outlook signature, and just call them up whenever I need them. It is a lot easier than trying to find old emails with the same message. And there doesn’t seem to be any limit to the size. Plus it keeps you “on message”, and you can tweak the text if you need to.
When I first met Chris Lambie, the new Herald Business Editor, I explained that I always strive for my column to be about real life business situations where technology plays a part, and to speak from personal experience as opposed to secondary research.
Why not then write a story about my company and something it has done for the local community, suggested Chris.
“You can do that?” I asked. I’m just a computer guy, not a journalist.
You can do whatever you want, explained Chris, provided you give full disclosure. So here goes:
If ever I had to put together an army, I’d recruit Costco shoppers for their sheer loyalty. My comments in last month’s column garnered more feedback than usual, most of it illuminating the privileges of membership which I so callously discounted in my remarks.
In my world, the privileges of membership usually relate to technology groups. One such group is the company I work for, and recently my business partner, Dave Nicholson, did a survey to find out how small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – in the Halifax Regional Municipality make use of technology.
What he found was quite interesting.
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