Posts tagged email

Many are concerned about the NSA listening to their phone calls and reading their email messages. I believe that most should not be very concerned because most are not sending email to intelligence targets. Email that isn’t related to intelligence is rarely viewed, and it’s even less often viewed if it’s from a US citizen. Every Agency employee goes through orientation, in which we are taught about the federal laws that govern NSA/US Cyber Command: Title 10 and Title 50. We all know that it’s illegal to look at a US citizen’s data without a court order.
Former NSA employee Loren Sands-Ramshaw, explaining his perspective as a former NSA agent on his blog.
You might be surprised how many people share your full name as well…
via ohhleary:

thedept:

It’s remarkable how often this happens to me, and I do not have a common name by any means.
In particular, there’s one person whose mother, the principal of a private Jewish day school in Florida, continually emails links and other crap for her son. Even after I’ve emailed her back to tell her that she has the wrong person, and engaged with her in a conversation about whether we might be distantly related. I’ve since given up and now just delete her emails.
(via xkcd: Reverse Identity Theft)

True story: this happened to me so often that I eventually abandoned that email address. It got to a point where roughly half of all the email I received was not intended for me.
The curse of being an early adopter.

You might be surprised how many people share your full name as well…

via ohhleary:

thedept:

It’s remarkable how often this happens to me, and I do not have a common name by any means.

In particular, there’s one person whose mother, the principal of a private Jewish day school in Florida, continually emails links and other crap for her son. Even after I’ve emailed her back to tell her that she has the wrong person, and engaged with her in a conversation about whether we might be distantly related. I’ve since given up and now just delete her emails.

(via xkcd: Reverse Identity Theft)

True story: this happened to me so often that I eventually abandoned that email address. It got to a point where roughly half of all the email I received was not intended for me.

The curse of being an early adopter.

What it would be like if internet scams were IRL

The Inbox | HAPSTANCE (by HapstanceFilms)

Deconstructing the automatic “Out-of-Office” message…

Deconstructing the automatic “Out-of-Office” message…

Part of the reason why many people (particularly geeks) dislike talking on the phone is that it forces both sides to be present at the same time, instead of allowing a user to consume or respond to the information at their own pace — or multi-task while they are doing so.

That’s Mathew Ingram in his piece on digital etiquette, which is a reaction to Nick Bilton’s piece on digital etiquette in yesterday’s NY Times.

Ingram is talking about synchronous vs. asynchronous communication (ie: phone vs. e-mail or text) and how the proliferation of different kinds of communication technology has allowed people to develop different affinities for communication etiquette (depending on age/industry/how connected you are). 

Both are interesting reads. The bottom line is that people have different preferences and we need to keep that in mind when we communicate with each other. Bilton, for example, writes of his distaste for communication that wastes your time (ie: leaving a voicemail when you can just send a text). Ingram, in a similar-but-different example, writes of the patience we need to develop for those who might not be at the same technological level we are (ie: don’t expect your parents to text you if they are just getting used to e-mail). 

(via futurejournalismproject)

Pretty sure I’ve gotten the email invites from the promoters below (which inspired the sketch according to Bill Hader
via nickrrrad:

“This club has got everything…”

Pretty sure I’ve gotten the email invites from the promoters below (which inspired the sketch according to Bill Hader

via nickrrrad:

“This club has got everything…”

Matt Galligan: Facebook Just Ruined Your Address Book

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Continuing with my series on User Experience, I’d like to point out an absolutely epic failure. So let me start this one off with a question:

What in God’s name was Facebook thinking when they defaulted everyone’s publicly facing email address to their @facebook.com address?

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Yahoo! Mail users consume more energy per household than those who use Gmail, on average

Yahoo! Mail users consume more energy per household than those who use Gmail, on average

Had enough with your “unread” email counts?  Here’s one quick solution..
via kottavio:

At which point do you just ‘select all’ and hit the delete button?

Had enough with your “unread” email counts?  Here’s one quick solution..

via kottavio:

At which point do you just ‘select all’ and hit the delete button?

CNNMoney Tech Tumblr: What the hell is ShoppyBag

Beware ShoppyBag, the social network that spams your friends without permission.  I’ve got to admit I fell for their email, which my friend says preys on our social media routines of “Searching for friends already on” the service.  DO NOT USE SHOPPYBAG, and be sure to tell your friends when their email account has been compromised.

via cnnmoneytech:

screenshot by Julianne Pepitone

So I logged into my GMail this morning and found this very odd email from M, who is a friend of my cousin. M and I have never once met; said cousin was trying to hook us up, so we chatted via email. (Zero connection from the get-go, and communication ended…