Last year I had an idea: Create a really, really high quality newsletter. Reading technology related news is a daily and rigorous ritual for me, so why not take that effort and synthesize it into a curated list of “What to Read“? Many others are doing this, of course, but I felt the value for readers was to get it from your trusted technical advisor (I manage technology for a number of small and medium sized businesses). For many years this voracious appetite for news and information was only for myself, but I knew it was time to change that. Time to share this with the world.
You might think the two of these have nothing in common, but I find it surprising how these two share similar tactics. In fact, taking a similar approach to writing information in each place might improve your odds of getting that message accross clearly and concisely. You may be the type of person that writes one-word message in email and Tinder profiles; and this wouldn’t be an article for you. For everyone else, however, read on to see these two in action.
Blogs, sites, social networks, and news sites are all vying or your time. With all that noise, it can be difficult to ingest the most compelling and useful information out there. In the past, I’ve resisted the idea of being part of that noise because I didn’t want to contribute to it. Over time, I realized that a great portion of my time is spent weeding through the noise. I do it so you don’t have to.
Email Signatures are those small self-promoting snippets that you usually see at the end of an email message. They’re generally good for signalling who you are and providing details people might otherwise not know. Since you might be creating this by hand, you may not know it can be nicely generated by online tools such as in today’s First Look. Today I’m taking a look at Email Signature Generator and speaking to the author of the tool.
So, you may find yourself in a situation where you’re recovering an Exchange 2007 system, but your entire Exchange server is dead, and your backup is not exactly what you wanted. I’ve had the misfortune to see a number of these sorts of scenarios, and the one unifying key is that no one wants data loss. If you want every active user’s data back, here’s one way you can get there.
A little over a year ago, I wrote about how the post office in Canada might reinvent itself. I was thinking out loud, for sure; but I was also thinking of was the post office could continue during a time of serious change. Fast forward, and news of Canada Post recently announced a slew of changes to the way it operates and delivers mail. For most of us, this means worse service, for a more expensive rate. This is what a company looks like when has no idea how to change beyond reactionary measures. For all Canadians, this should be incredibly disappointing for a service that forms such an important part of our society’s infrastructure.
Andrew Chen writes today on his blog (or is it an essay?) about RSS and more specifically how he found the light with email subscriptions:
RSS was meant to be a different way to present content, and doesn’t have identity or interactivity baked in. One of the best aspects of email subscriptions (and Twitter) is that you can actually see who’s taken interest in your work.
What can I say to that? RSS is a syndicator of content. RSS is a standard. This is something available to anyone that wants to ask for it, and it updates automatically. The identity of the creator is built in, and you definitely know who you’re subscribing too. But, does some sort of feedback loop need to be part of RSS? No, that’s not what it’s about. That’s what the web is for.
Recently, Google has announced that Google Sync about to hit end of life. Google Sync is designed to let users of Google’s Mail system access and synchronize mail, calendar and contacts as if the server was an Exchange Server. Probably the most popular use of this is setting up an iPhone for Google’s Mail and choosing the “Microsoft Exchange” option from the beginning. What Google plans to do is only allow new “paid” users into this service starting Starting January 30, 2013 (Update: Google has amended it’s previous announcement to extend parts of this to July 31). Those that already use it will continue to function. What I wanted to do, in anticipation of this change, was switch an iPhone from Google Sync to Google’s preferred method of syncing. Here’s how it turned out.
I’ve occasionally thought of the struggles journalists face, with the ever-looming democratization of news, as a change of power. This kind of shift in power is good in some ways (more voices), and bad in others (noise). Generally left out of this conversation, though, is how the Post Office (and mail in general) is also facing that power shift. It appears more and more that the reliable need to send mail on paper being replaced by other tools like email, scanners, and faxing (to a lesser extent). I thought, what could the Post Office do to stay relevant?