The End Of eMail!, Whose Going To Be The Boss?

TranquilpenStarred Page By Tranquilpen, 8th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1i_4_x5h/
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Using doubtful data in a school project is one thing, using it to make a major business
investment could be calamitous.

No More eMail!

Last September, My sister had arranged a barbecue to celebrate my 60th birthday.
She invited my two younger brothers and their families all of whom I hadn't seen for a while. It was wonderful catching up on all the family gossip. It was a whole lot later that night, that we said our good byes and went our separate ways.

I hadn't surfed the Internet the day before and decided to just check back on the
headlines.The first headline that greeted me, was an announcement by a huge local business, that e-mail was to be phased out in the company. This, you may agree,is a pretty radical step for a company that prides itself on being a leader in innovatory techniques in the IT industry.

The management had however, come to the conclusion that their staff was spending
way too much time handling email messages, most of which are insignificant, Spam, or just simply unnecessary. Hardly any time at all, is spent on real face to face contact or just getting their jobs done, which they were paid to do.

The Blue-Letter Husband and Then eMail

This experience got me thinking how technology changes our lives without
us realizing what is happening. When my job sent me away from my home years ago,
I used to pick up a pen and write a letter or a postcard home each time I was in
a different place for a few days. My wife's friends used to tease her about
her blue-letter husband who bombarded her with "blue airmail" letters from different
places around the country.

Once email arrived Online, I would usually have to increase the font size before sending them out to my aging mother to read. I remember when my Daughter and son left to work in the UK, halfway around the world, their emails which were coming out regularly, suddenly dried up. Now, If I want to keep up with them, I have to log on to Facebook and scan their latest postings or downgrade myself from parent to friend.

Smiling 100 Year Old Faces

My brother who was staying with me for a year, bequeathed me a box of old family
photographs, many of them clearly dating back about a hundred years or more. Alas, none of the smiling faces staring out at future generations had taken the trouble to annotate their photos with their names. A quick Google search showed that the photographic studios are no longer in existence, which reduces them to mere anecdotal value. I have included some of them on this page.

Fortunately, innovative technology has ensured, that we have now all learned the lesson from that saga and are labeling the thousands of shots automatically, while even manually manipulating or enhancement of all of the data on the photos we take with our digital cameras.

But I see another problem ahead. What happens if Flickr, Twitter or Facebook go out of business or even worse still, is upstaged by the next big technology upstart? Do you have any easy way to reclaim your precious pictures before the lights go off and the servers grind to a screeching halt?
What about all the other information you so freely save inside the cloud environment
every day?

Some of you will have backed up your files. I know, I started doing that nearly five years
ago when I bought a computer complete with six inch floppy disk drive and a state of the art word processing package. Then I went to work for one of the bigger insurance companies which provided employees with IBM computers complete with stiffy disk drives. As you can imagine, there was a double disconnect with my previous technology - operating system, diskettes and word processing software. And ever since, these disconnects have continued, as I upgrade from one obsolete system to the next.

Keeping my old files readable is almost a full-time chore and often paper is the only practical solution. I wonder how many businesses check that they can still access the years old information which they are required by law to archive?

We Teach our Kids To Go Straight Online.

And another thing too, when I was growing up, our local library boasted a full set of
Encyclopedia Britannia, the contents of which had taken years of painstaking preparation by experts to compile. By the time my kids came along, encyclopedias were cheap enough that our family could own a set, though I can't say they were used nearly enough to justify their purchase, save for the two volumed Funk & Wagnalls dictionary,which accompanied the original set, those I use daily.

Today no-one buys encyclopedias. Instead we teach our kids to go straight Online,
do a search with whatever keywords come to mind and to accept as gospel, whatever pages are listed by Google. They have no way of knowing for certain, if what they are accessing is true or just plain fictional rhetoric,

Maybe, like the management of the company wanting to dispense with email, it's time for us to take a step back in our personal and work capacities, and decide just who's in charge, technology or us!

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As Andre' Hartslief, I strongly believe, that In life, there are no justified resentments.”We the old legends will become relics and fade away, while new giants emerge in our world of sobering truths.

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author avatar Retired
9th Dec 2011 (#)

We usually keep all our stuff on a hard disk drive and cut the essentials on CDs and yes something called an Online Drive too. So that preserves the all memories very well.
With regard to restoration of old stuff, we get them refurbished with the help of a classic photographer who knows how to redo them to perfection of the good as new effect.
With regard to emails, guess what download them to Outlook save them as a *.pst and store them if you wish.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Lady Aiyanna, some great tips you share right there, thank you for contributing. I decided at the last minute, not to place the family photos, and to advertise locally that I have them, and failing any response, only then to place them.

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author avatar Uma Shankari
9th Dec 2011 (#)

Interesting post, and yes, a star page too. Liked it.

Just one point. There is no way to send private message - that is why i am writing it here. Instead of 'whose' in the title, use "who's" or who is to blame. Whose is possessive pronoun and not appropriate here.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Dec 2011 (#)

I never back up my files, but you'd think I'd learn. A year ago my hard drive crashed and I lost the data for 600 birth charts. Great post Andre, and congrats on the star page.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Hi Steve.What a terrible loss my friend. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello, Tranqilpen: Thanks for this article. I need a computer technician to be on call. I am like Steve, although I think maybe I have a back-up system. Sometimes I have lost some files but I don't get too upset about it.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Ivy, Thank you for reading the article.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Well done, thank you for this great advice and article Tranquilpen...!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Delicia I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for reading:-))

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author avatar Buzz
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you for the wonderful advice, my friend Andre. It's only when I saw this great article that I realized I've had no back up system. I will consult a computer geek for that.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Buzz, thank you for reading, I'm glad you found it useful.

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author avatar White haired one
10th Dec 2011 (#)

excellent share my friend

WHO

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello WHO, thank you for reading this.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Dec 2011 (#)

Yes - it's so important that we back up our files and folders. If we lost the internet, we'd be sunk without backup. Another important point you make, is about online information. I would never ever stop buying books. To have that paper rustling in your hands is a feeling beyond compare.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Dec 2011 (#)

We love real books as well Sheila, Icannot imagine a life without paper. Fortunate they are looking at a sustainable organic alternative, which is also more Eco-friendly. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Retired
11th Dec 2011 (#)

Highly relevant insights and tips. Great star page.This new cyber-age has potential for great things and also great problems.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello RDN, you are so very correct on that score, pro's & con's. Thank you for commenting my friend:-))

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author avatar Denise O
13th Dec 2011 (#)

Oh how times have changed and just in our life time. I was chatting with my son last night about how Christmas cartoons were such a big thing for my siblings and I. he just looked at me funny and said why. I ten informed the guy that, no we didn't have VCR's back when I was growing up, you usually had one time to see it on TV. The shock on his face was priceless. I am a letter writer still. I guess as they say, sooner or later, your old things will be new again. I better get my pen and paper out. What a fun and interesting page. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Denise, nice of you to drop in. You are so right, about longing for those simpler things back then. No sooner has this article been published, and now The US government wants to pass a bill restricting free speech on the Internet. Read about it in my next issue. Thank you for reading my friend:-))

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author avatar Sam Bralley
13th Dec 2011 (#)

Oh, how times change--

Merry Christmas to you and yours...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you for reading Sam, times sure change too quickly for my liking. You are welcome my friend

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author avatar amberdextrous
16th Dec 2011 (#)

You have expressed the computer-user's dilemma perfectly, Tranquilpen. Thank You.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
16th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Amberdextrous, great of you to drop by. Thank you for reading. It really works, yesterday my PC crashed! My daughter loaned me her laptop and I managed to access 4 gigs of my essential data stored on on a 6 gig memory stick. Happy holidays.

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author avatar ittech
21st Dec 2011 (#)

interesting post

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Dec 2011 (#)

Hello ITech, glad you found it interesting my friend.You know off course that there is bill before the US Congress to sensor the Internet and only to allow what they want the people of the world to publish. Now that is interesting as well, since the internet was originally designed by the American military>

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author avatar Songbird B
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

What an insightful and nostalgic Star page Andre.. You have made me think my friend, as although I back up all my work onto a private account, if that went down, I would be lost!!! Help! I think I am panicking now...!! lol..

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author avatar Tranquilpen
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Hello Bev. I had no sooner written about it when it happened to me. I have been able to recover most of my data from some memory sticks I had stored info on. Thank you for your most welcome comments.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Back up is like measuring your food calorie and then chose to eat -!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Md, If you back up on external hard drive or memory stick and your computer crashes for some or other reason, it does help me to recover certain data that I would have now been without. I am not sure what you are saying, sorry

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Jan 2012 (#)

That's a good idea, Md. Put aside the food you should eat and not count calories after you have eaten, when it will probably be too late. Maybe you didn't mean this.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Putting aside food (data) in a back up system is great for recovery after a crash. It sure is useless to know about the danger of not storing back up information and not acting on it. I trust that you are safe from all the flooding in GB right now, my son lives there too, while we are experiencing temperatures in the high 30's Celsius :-)).

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Andre (with an acute accent): This is so funny: I think you, Md and I are all crossed up. I added my comment and you translated it into computer language, I am not in U.K. right now but my daughter has just called and said that there is a new baby in the family.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
4th Jan 2012 (#)

I can see that, my apologies, it does become a bit confusing when someone carries on a discussion on the wrong page. Your articles somehow lead me to believe that you were living in the U.K. :-))

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