on after-hours work email

The results were immediate and powerful. The employees exhibited significantly lower stress levels. Time off actually rejuvenated them: More than half said they were excited to get to work in the morning, nearly double the number who said so before the policy change. And the proportion of consultants who said they were satisfied with their jobs leaped from 49 percent to 72 percent. Most remarkably, their weekly work hours actually shrank by 11 percent—without any loss in productivity....

April 29, 2014 · 1 min


This almost **never** happens. But I took the time to nuke old emails that I didn't need to keep, and dump stuff that is no longer relevant. An inbox cleansing is very cathartic. [Merlin](http://www.43folders.com/) would approve. (but it probably won't last very long...)

February 12, 2011 · 1 min

phishers using copyright to appear legitimate

Phishing is nothing new. But they keep trying new tricks. Here's the latest modification (on top of the clever ASCII-Art form and spoofed email address): The phishing email is apparently ©2010, The University of Calgary. Well, **I'd** sure believe that. We've been told to **trust** everyone who claims copyright, right? I assume/hope there is a standing order to fire anyone on the spot for providing their account info to these moronic phishers....

November 6, 2010 · 1 min

Priority Inbox without GMail

GMail's new Priority Inbox sounds interesting - a special inbox with just the messages that are important to you, likely from people you care about. There's likely some magic special sauce in the Priority algorithm, but a simple facsimile can be created using a Smart Mailbox in a standard email app. I have a group in my address book: It currently has 96 people in it. People that I would stop what I'm doing to read a message from....

September 3, 2010 · 1 min

dear email account user,

I just got this phishing email. You may have received a copy of it as well. I normally delete them without much thought, but actually read this one. It's got a new angle I haven't seen before. Here's an image of the email (not using the plaintext, to avoid attracting phishers and spammers etc... wait. too late...) Update: Microsoft just nuked the account used in the phishing scam.

June 11, 2010 · 1 min

Inbox Zero

Watching Merlin Mann's "Inbox Zero" presentation at Google. I got inspired to stop saving emails for CYA purposes. I just deleted over 1600 messages that were accumulating in my inbox. I saved less than 100, into a "Deadmail" archive folder. This is the cleanest my inbox has looked since I got the account in 1987. Yes. The account is now 20 years old. Actually, this is probably even cleaner than that, since it came with a "...

August 23, 2007 · 1 min

Cleaning up my inbox

I just went through my email inbox and nuked over 4500 messages. All since January 2005. Anything important is either archived as a project file, or available through the magical wondrousnes of The Goog. I'd been letting messages just stay in my inbox, using Spotlight and Smart Folders to find stuff easily, but over the last few days the U of C's webmail client has been warning me (via a friendly BLINKING RED MESSAGE) that inboxes with over 5000 messages are bad, 'mkay?...

March 23, 2006 · 1 min

Subscribe like it's 1999!

I realized that there are a few folks that read this blog without the benefit of an RSS aggregator. To each their own, I figure. So, I just installed a handy plugin to let people subscribe to the output of this blog via email. If that kind of thing turns your crank, head on over to the Subscribe page, where you'll be provided with links to the RSS and Atom feeds, as well as a handy dandy email subscription form....

December 16, 2005 · 1 min

Email Autoreply Considered Harmful

I intentionally refuse to set an email autoreply (those annoying "I'm out of the office, but your email is very important to me" messages that get spewed onto mailing lists). Autorepliers are too dump to not spam lists, and I generally check email regardless of where I am, so it's not like important messages get dropped. Sure, less important messages might get neglected, but that should be the rule rather than an exception....

June 12, 2005 · 1 min