I have ranted that software needs to be stupid before. I am not suggesting that software should not work effectively, in fact, quite the opposite. I just don’t think that software should make assumptions about what I want and it definitely should not override my common sense.
I mention this because I just read about Safe Driving Systems Corporation. I cannot think of a dumber idea (I know that they have competition so they aren’t the only ones with a dumb idea).
At first blush, their idea has merit. Software that will detect if you are moving at driving speeds and turn off the ability to call and/or text. This may sound great if you are a driver, but what about if you are a passenger? Does this mean that the teenager in the back seat can’t text to her BFF? Even a person that normally drives will occasionally be a passenger therefore they would need to be able to turn the software off.
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Mastering Technical Sales has a great article on their site explaining how to handle 200 emails a day. It is purposely written for suggestions to their target audience which is the pre-sales technical folks that are the brains in the IT sales world.
I pulled out a few of the more relevant paragraphs that were relevant to all regarding of profession but I suggest that you read the entire article.
I will start this suggestion list by sharing one of my habits. “Don’t file – SEARCH”. Install one of the several desktop search indexing tools such as Google Desktop Search, Windows Desktop Search, or Copernic Desktop Search. Then, when you have read and are finished with an email, move it to a “Done” folder and forget about it. Don’t try to figure out if you should file the email in the customer folder, the folder of the person that sent you the email, the folder for product problems or whatever. Most people end up spending way to much time worrying about their filing system or trying to find an email in the file system. Don’t worry about it – just search for the email in one of the above systems let the engine do the heavy lifting for you.
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Bill Maher is a relatively famous television personality. Of course, he got this position by correctly realizing that he wasn’t a very good standup comedian and his real talent was getting famous people on TV and then making fun of them or using them as foils to make a political point. He has bounced around a couple of different venues and has currently landed at HBO. His show is called “Real Time with Bill Maher”. He has used this notoriety and fame to also publish some of his remarks and is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post. His latest article is the subject of this post.
Originally, I only wanted to reply to Bill Maher in his comments section. However, Huffington Post limits comments to a small number of words so I am forced to make further comments here. You can read my original thoughts at this link as there are currently over 2500 comments on this article and it would be difficult to find mine. You may also want to read Bill’s original article before you read my comments.
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