My partner spotted one of these at the jQuery conference in Boston on Sunday. It's a cheap ($249.99 on Newegg.com) and adequately powered (2GB) tiny (2 lbs, 7") laptop. It's the perfect little buddy to take with you to conferences, off-site meetings or other events.
[This is the third in a series about e-mail. Read earlier posts under the category e-mail.]
Emoticons, short for "emotion icons," and also known as smileys, are punctuation combinations that can help soften an informal message. Here are some frequently used emoticons and their definitions. Use them in moderation; too many can make your messages look too doodled-on.
; )wink, jest
: pgiving the raspberries, poking out tongue
[This is the second in a series about e-mail. Read earlier posts under the category e-mail.]
It seems e-mail overload is inevitable as long as people reach for the sometimes sinister "cc" field. By including everyone in your address book, or even a handful of people who you might like to include in a discussion, you can create an overwhelming influx of mail. The cc field also has political issues. Some employees will include a higher up simply to make the main recipient look bad.
E-mail has seemingly boundless attributes and has shaped the face of modern correspondence, but it can create unequaled debacles. In the right hands, e-mail is a speedy and effective way to pass news and keep in touch. But careless fingers can send sensitive material into the wrong in-box, clog up disk drive space and spoil relationships.
Here's a trick we use when we have a collaborative online whiteboard project that we want to lose when we log out of our web meeting software. We simply print to PDF.
This is handy too for documenting online receipts, itineraries and sending low-resource proposals and other documents that you don't want in easily-editable Word format.