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Spam

I participate in a number of technology forums. One of the forums sent me a report on July 29th which included the following claim:

… email is still king and 75% of the world’s digital knowledge is stored in email.

On a possibly related note, McAfee released a report the same day that announced that spam was at an all-time high:

McAfee announced today that the volume of spam emails has increased 141 percent since March to more than 117 billion emails a day. That means 92 percent of the email we get, assuming it all goes unfiltered, is spam.

So 75% of the world’s digital knowledge is stored in email and 92 percent of email is spam. I now need to refine my understanding of the phrase “digital knowledge”.

Inbox Zero

With the new role and with frequent travel between Toronto and Kingston I have been getting swamped by email.

I had to remind myself about Inbox Zero. Merlin Mann’s video on how to deal with email helped me in the past and it renewed my perspective on my current battle with inbox overload.

His view is that there are only a few things to do with email:

  • Delete
  • Delegate
  • Respond
  • Defer
  • Do

I had some time today to get my work email down to size. Tonight I will get my personal email to zero.

Email Change of Address

4 weeks before we move. I am paralyzed with fear. My personal email address of the past 10 years has to go. Hundreds of email addresses on file with hundreds of sites must be changed.

Why not keep the original email address? Because it is Sympatico.

The country estate has no ADSL high speed service for Sympatico. The only offer from Bell is a 2meg wireless service with a 10gig monthly cap. 45 dollars a month and a dollar fifty for every gig above 10 to a maximum of 30 dollars.

I signed up with a different wireless provider. 7meg downstream and 20gig a month for 44 dollars.

I should have stuck with my own domain email. Which, if you are someone who corresponds with me through the blog, matters not. The email link at the bottom will continue to work just fine.