Can a wife can expect privacy on a computer she shares with her husband ... while having an affair?
Facebook is holding a media event today in San Francisco. The technology community is speculating the social media site will announce an e-mail service.
Google has rolled out what it calls an overhaul of Gmail Contacts with a number of added features.
A Microsoft beta version of Outlook will be a desktop hub for social networking.
Mozilla has released Thunderbird 3. The best email client ever?
Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina doesn't need to answer to me. I didn't have the chance to vote for or against him. And his politics are his politics...very conservative, etc. Again, to each his own.
But one of the more painful moments to me in the unfolding of the Sanford affair story was hearing a couple of television commentators read aloud some e-mails Sanford had sent to his woman friend in Argentina. Music played in the background as the aforementioned TV talk types emphasized the phrases of their choice. The governor was being humiliated...in his own words.
The e-mail world has more potholes in it, metaphorically speaking, than Raleigh's Wade Avenue. When folks started using it in offices, more than one boss accidentally received an e-mail meant for a co-worker. A friend of mine mistakenly sent one to an editor here one time, and while it wasn't vicious or profane or anything, it was critical. He realized the minute he hit the button what he had done. So he e-mailed me: "Oh, no! Oh, oh, no! I'm doomed!" The editor, a fellow of even temperment, just let it pass as if nothing had happened.
As someone who writes opinion pieces, I sometimes get e-mails that are pretty tough, calling me names and the like. I'm constantly amazed at what people will say about you in an e-mail that they would never say to your face. It's like a whole world of communication with no rules or guidelines of behavior.
As for Sanford, well, it was hard to see, because he's not the only person who wrote a love note to somebody, figuring it was between the two of them and not between the two of them and a few hundred million more people.
I recently returned from a two-week long vacation and, despite having a nice time away from the office, I almost hoped that I had never taken the time off in the first place.
That's because it took me days to go through the email and voice mail messages I had received while gone. Although I didn't need to worry about most of the emails, many of them still needed to be dealt with. I had to write replies and explain why I hadn't done so immediately. And although I had installed a vacation message that was automatically sent to everyone who emailed me while I was gone, many people still had emailed me back the second time and said they wanted to hear from me as soon as I came back.
It seems to me that every time I go on vacation, the days leading up to it and following it are less than pleasant. Before leaving, I try to do extra work so things are not left undone while I'm gone. And when I come back, I deal with stuff that happened while I was gone.
I don't know what the solution would be, but I wish it didn't have to be this way. As I see it, a vacation should be something you look forward to. And coming back from vacation should not be an experience you dread because of the amount of work you know is waiting for you.