Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Flight Software

Grabbed a cell phone snapshot of myself in my "deep winter" hat for today's corner pic. And just a reminder - if you want to see the picture in more detail, just click on that photo.

As I mentioned yesterday, this is "Clean Out Your Inbox Week" and as I write this, there are just under 8,300 messages in my Inbox. As part of my ongoing interests and as ammunition for this post, I receive approximately 75-90 e-mails each day, of which perhaps a dozen are from friends, bandmates, baseball buddies, and family. Many people receive more messages than that, even.

My personality is such that I have difficulty simply deleting unread e-mails without any idea of their intrinsic value. Oh, there are the obvious spam and advertising messages, and those I can kick to the e-curb without hesitation. But I always think there just *might* be something useful in the others I can turn into a "Musing."

Marsha Egan has created a program she calls Inbox Detoxtm, and the link goes to her blog, with helpful tips. I signed up for her biweekly newsletter, which means even more e-mail, I guess.

Hmmmm. Receiving an e-mail to help me *reduce* the amount of e-mail. What's wrong with this picture?


At a recent company-mandated refresher course for my engineering team, the participants were given an awkward question to answer:

"If you had just boarded an airline and then discovered that your team of programmers had been responsible for the flight control software, how many of you would want to get off the plane immediately?"

Amid the forest of hands that shot up, one man sat quietly, serenely, with a look of confidence on his face.

When asked what he would do upon this discovery, the man replied that he would be quite content to stay on board the aircraft.

"You see," he explained, "using the software written by my team, the plane would be lucky to be able to taxi anywhere, let alone take off!"

[Doc's Daily Chuckle]


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Steve Walton said...

That is a dashing hat you are sporting, it makes you look just like Don Cherry!

Marsha Egan said...

Hey Mark,
Some emails are more valuable than others. Ha.

Thanks for sharing our information and signing up for our e-news!

I like the hat too.

Mark said...

@Steve - Well, I agree with the "dashing" part, anyway. Just never liked hockey much.

@Marsha - Can't argue with that. And there are some e-mails I open before others. Here's hoping yours becomes one of them! Thanks for reading my humble efforts.