Email Ettiquette

by ian
Categories: IT
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Published on: August 20, 2008

Warning:  Some people may find this post offensive.  Oh well.

I am very particular about a few things.  Email happens to be one that I am a bit more vocal about, well at least vocal to Kevin at work.  I gripe to him about things that people do when composing e-mail messages.  I’m sure he’s sick of it.  Anyway here are a couple of things that really get my goat.

1. Subject lines – The subject line is just that, the subject.  It should contain a very general synopsis of the content of the e-mail.  It should be short and to the point.  It should NOT be blank.  It should NOT be the first line of the the body of the message unless that first line is also included in the body.  For example:

To: [email protected]

Subject: It is time…

Body: to go to work.

I don’t want to have to re-read the subject to figure out the first part of the sentence and no one else should either.

2. Post Scripts.  Adding a P.S. to the end of an e-mail message is ridiculous.  From my understanding the Post Script was when you finished writing a letter or some other correspondence and you remembered something you forgot to put in the main body.  You would write P.S. at the bottom and write your thought.  If you are composing an e-mail you can obviously just move the little cursor back to the main body and add the thought there.

There you go.

Speaking Assignment

by ian
Categories: IT, Religion
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Published on: August 10, 2008

I was approached today in church by one of the Stake High Councilors.  He asked me to be his companion next week in one of the Moscow wards.  I’m not a huge fan of speaking in any ward.  Anyway, my topic is Uplifting Media.  He asked if I would cover Internet and computer media specifically.  I guess I have some expertise in that area but I still don’t know exactly what I want to say.

I think I want to focus on the uplifting side of it since the focus in General Conference is usually on the evils of the internet.  Not that I will avoid that completely but I think a lot of people are scared of the technology and expect to be bombarded with pornography the instant they open a web browser.

An example of this is, this last week an elderly woman in the Ward called me to see if I could setup her internet and and new computer.  She’s been asking me for a few weeks but things have been pretty hectic lately with the play and such.  Anyway, she called and I thought I better just go and do it.  So I went and got her all connected.  Her first question when I was done was.  “This will block all the pornography, right?”  I politely told her that it would not and that you would typically buy some other software if you wanted to do that.  She was mostly concerned about her teenage granddaughter.  I told her to just not let her use the computer alone.  I also showed her Google and let her know that they do a pretty good job of filtering results so you don’t accidentally find things you shouldn’t.

I wouldn’t mind any other ideas you might have that I might bring up.

Random stuff this week

by ian
Categories: General
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Published on: June 29, 2008

This is going to be a little random.  A few cool things happened this week.

1.  We ditched our phone company on Wednesday.

A couple of months ago we  switched from DSL internet to Cable internet.  Verizon decided they didn’t want to disconnect it because that would disconnect our internet connection so they kept charging us.  I’m not sure why they didn’t want me to disconnect the internet but they didn’t.  So I was talking to a guy at work (Jeremy) and he was telling me that he just got VOIP (Voice Over IP).  I have always been interested in trying that but I haven’t heard good things about Vonage and that seemed to be the only option.  So Jeremy did all of the leg work in the research and found that phonepower.com had the best support, service and price.  So now we have phone through them.  We kept our phone number and have pretty much every feature imaginable and free unlimited long distance in the US and Canada.  Not a bad deal if you ask me.

I don’t know why the large phone companies suck so bad.  Maybe it is because they don’t have much competition within the regions so they don’t have to try very hard.

2.  Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition.

I got my Father’s Day gift on Wendesday.   The new core rule books came out a couple of weeks ago and now I have them.  It is very cool.  I think I like the changes they made and I’m excited to play more.  I have done 3 sessions now but they were all pretty limited because we are learning the rules still.  We are also going to be running a couple of them on our rpg site, Alternating-Reality.com.

3.  Aluminum casting progress

We fired up the furnace again yesterday with some modifications.  We used a plenum to distribute the air evenly through the coals.  It worked fabulously.  We also used a dish washer dryer fan instead of the vacuum.  The dryer was very quiet and pumped plenty of air.

The furnace was much hotter this time with the new setup.  We need to redesign our setup now to be able to handle the heat.  The tin cans won’t work.  We destroyed 2 of the 3 cans we were using.  We also need to figure out how to get our aluminum shavings into the crucible.  Right now we can’t get them in fast enough.

4.  Wall-E

We saw Wall-E yesterday and it was awesome.  They did such a great job telling the story.  There was very little dialog and it was just visually stunning.  It really is a must see in the theater.

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