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1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today? | Ars Technica
As expected, the Macintosh IIsi is, unsurprisingly, not going to replace your modern computer. It's not going to replace mine.

To its credit, however, the IIsi was able to get me to where I wanted to go, whether it was a spot of writing, listening to music (kind of), checking emails, unwinding with a classic computer game, or browsing the World Wide Web. The more I interacted with the IIsi, the more I remembered what it was like to enjoy using a computer—to appreciate their capabilities as tools of business and leisure. While I initially wrote this off as misplaced nostalgia (something I am very susceptible to, I'll admit), I eventually found a subtle silver lining to my initial frustrations and setbacks.
Further Reading
A 1986 bulletin board system has brought the old Web back to life in 2017

Modern computing is all about supposed convenience: the convenience of connection, of multitasking, and of high performance. In my case, this means that I'll often have more than 30 open tabs in my Web browser before I even start my day, their contents often a mystery to me before I bother to clean house. I'll jump between multiple email accounts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other modes of communication throughout the day, fragmenting my attention further. I may write for a few minutes distraction-free before a popup appears on my taskbar—updates pending.

A modern computer, something a thousand times faster than the IIsi, might imply that I'm completing a thousand tasks at once or one task a thousand times faster. Neither is the case—all those open tabs, unread messages, and pending updates are a drain on resources, both computational and personal.

In contrast, taking the IIsi through its paces was a joy. The limitations of the machine, with barely enough power to run more than one application at once, demands your attention to be 100 percent devoted to any single task. Paradoxically, it often felt like I was more productive with significantly fewer resources at hand. It captured and holds my attention on a single problem, rather than splitting my attention across dozens of unrelated tasks. Coming in with low expectations and knowing roughly what 20MHz can do for me these days, I came away from my sojourn pleasantly surprised.
apple  history  internet  informationmastery  email  web  text_tools 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Chew the fat with us
The easy way to keep in touch

Hackney LCC's email discussion group

What is it?

A small but growing group of Hackney cyclists (32 as of early March '98) who keep in touch about local cycling-related issues by email.

How do I join?

It's free and easy. Just send an email to borough co-ordinator Douglas Carnall, saying you want to be on the mailing list. He'll copy it to everyone in the group, including you, and we all then update our mailing list. Simple!

At the moment there aren't too many messages, so don't worry about having your mailbox filled up!
Hackney  cycling  politics  internet  email  history 
january 2019 by juliusbeezer
Are You There Netizens? It's Me, Dana. | The Huffington Post
Douglas Carnall - translator, editor and the 185th winner of The Listerve lottery - said he feels beholden to his readers as an author. He included his personal email address with a piece on the semantics of the phrase, ‘Scout’s pace,” and received about 30 replies.

“Responding took up most of my free time for the next few days; it was an absolute pleasure to do so,” he said.

Carnall compared the experience of writing to an audience of 20,000 strangers to “a secular prayer.”
walking  cycling  writing  email  internet  religion 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
What is a Good Engagement Rate? | Fan Growth and Relationship Management | FanBridge Blog
Often, people wonder if they are using platforms like Facebook and Twitter correctly because they have what they would consider to be low engagement rates. As it turns out, most people average around 0.5-1.0% engagement rates on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, as well as many others. Because of Facebook’s News Feed algorithm and other live stream-style feeds, reaching your audience, let alone getting them to interact with you can be a challenge. Just know that a 1% engagement rate is no failure.

Instagram, however, is known for having higher engagement rates than other platforms. While you may only engage with 1-2% on Twitter, Instagram has closer to a 3-6% engagement rate. It would seem that the nature of Instagram’s eye-appealing visual content, users are more likely to show support with a quick double-tap. Pair a well-designed image with a few smartly chosen hashtags, and you’ll see a great response from your followers.

Email is still the digital channel that boasts the highest engagement rate. While social channels often miss most of your followers, email subscribers are far more likely to see your message in their inbox, and therefore more likely to interact. The average open rate for an email campaign is about 20%.
twitter  facebook  email  attention  socialnetworking  socialmedia 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
How Clinton’s email scandal took root - The Washington Post
But Clinton kept using her private BlackBerry — and the basement server.

The server was nothing remarkable, the kind of system often used by small businesses, according to people familiar with its configuration at the end of her tenure. It consisted of two off-the-shelf server computers. Both were equipped with antivirus software. They were linked by cable to a local Internet service provider. A firewall was used as protection against hackers.
Four computer-security specialists interviewed by The Post said that such a system could be made reasonably secure but that it would need constant monitoring by people trained to look for irregularities in the server’s logs.

“For data of this sensitivity . . . we would need at a minimum a small team to do monitoring and hardening,” said Jason Fossen, a computer-security specialist at the SANS Institute, which provides cybersecurity training around the world.
email  security  surveillance  tools 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
The art of email
The art of email
Also published at Short Words (Autumn 2001).

Email is a wonderful medium: direct, cheap, spontaneous, combining the one to one intimacy of a phone call with the measured reflection that is possible of a letter. Email is easy and intuitive to use straightaway--a characteristic of a well-designed computer system--but a little additional knowledge is necessary to use it really well.
email  dcarticle 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
N1 Email Client -- A User-Friendly Option |
If you’ve paid close enough attention to the news, you know that the Mozilla Foundation has cut the cord to Thunderbird. Considering that, for years, Thunderbird has been the most user-friendly desktop email client for Linux, this could have been a disaster for the open source platform. Fortunately, there’s a new kid on the block with plenty to offer. That new kid is N1 by Nylas.

N1 is an extensible, open source email client that not only gets the job done, it does so with style and an ease of use that Thunderbird couldn’t match. N1’s feature list isn’t nearly as impressive as, say, the likes of Claws Mail. But, it makes up for that by bringing a modern UI and just enough features to make it usable for nearly anyone. The features include:
tools  linux  email 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
New Gmail Search Operators
Gmail added a lot of new search operators. Now you can finally filter messages by size, find old messages and mail that has no label.
tools  email  gmail  search 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Hahaha vs. Hehehe - The New Yorker
My savvy friend whose use of “hehe” provoked all these questions said that “hehe” is one of his favorite words. He pronounces it “heh heh,” to indicate mild amusement “without having to resort to emoticons, LOLs, or ROTFLs.” He said that “haha” indicates “more serious amusement,” and adds extra “ha”s for “more serious mirth.” He wrote, “There is no such thing as “hehehe” in my vocab, though.” Noted.

Another young “hehe”-er thinks that it’s “hee-hee,” doesn’t know where he picked it up, and enjoys that it helps him avoid older terms like “hahaha” and “LOL.” “Have to keep things updated,”
writing  internet  email  socialmedia  socialnetworking  language  english 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Forget Facebook and Snapchat: American Workers Still Need Their Email, Pew Report Says | Re/code
They can hack it, spam it, even slam it as so old-school. But American workers can’t live without their email.

About six out of 10 working Americans surveyed recently consider email “very important” to their jobs, making it the most critical digital tool in the American workplace today, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
email  internet  work  business 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
response to agreeably long-lived "Death to Spam" page
Hi, hi, thanks for your super clear email form.

A perhaps trivial question, but it occurred to me to ask it, so I will.

I host a venerable (~1998?) link to your "Death to spam" page, and obvious...
email  copyright  internet  linkrot  notably_durable_URLs 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
How we doubled our email sign-up rate by reducing friction | Quartz
Since we rolled out the new system on February 19, our daily subscriber rate has doubled
email  journalism  attention  socialmedia 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Quartz increases newsletter readers by going simple » Nieman Journalism Lab
staff decided that its email newsletter subscription rate was not climbing as fast as they liked. They simplified the signup process for the email and have seen the daily subscriber rate for the newsletter double since February
email  journalism  socialmedia  attention 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Ideal Length for All Online Content
Ideal length of a(n):

domain name: 8 characters
email subject line: 28-29 characters
Headline: 6 words
html title tag: 55 characters
Blog post: 1600 words
tweet: 100 characters
Facebook post: <40 characters
G+ headline: 60 characters
internet  web  email  blog  twitter  facebook  google 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Immersion: a people-centric view of your email life
So Immersion is not about one thing. It’s about four. It’s about self-reflection, art, privacy and strategy. It’s about providing users with a number of different perspectives by leveraging on the fact that the web, and emails, are now an important part of our past.
email  socialmedia 
july 2013 by juliusbeezer
How bad language can catch financial rogues -
fraud investigators deploying increasingly popular linguistic software: 'Expressions such as "special fees" and "friendly payments" abound for those embroiled in bribery cases, while rogue employees feeling the heat are likeliest to write that they "want no part of this" as well as the somewhat misguided "don't leave a trail".'
email  language  crime  law  finance 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
Surveillance and Security Lessons From the Petraeus Scandal
agents spent weeks piecing together who may have sent [the emails]… It seems that Ms. Broadwell did at least avoid the common mistake of sending sensitive emails from her residential Internet connection. However, she did not, it seems, take affirmative steps to shield her IP address (such as by using Tor or a privacy-preserving VPN service). Instead, she apparently logged in to her email accounts from public WiFi networks, such as those in hotels. Had she sent just one email, she might have been able to at least maintain plausible deniability. However, each new hotel (and associated IP login record) reduced the anonymity set of potential suspects.
A persistent myth… fueled by several counterterrorism experts, has been that it is possible to hide a communications trail by sharing an email inbox, and instead saving emails in a “draft” folder. Apparently, this method was also used by General Petraeus.
privacy  security  email  attention 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
ListServe Meta | yo dawg, i herd you like the listserve.
Complete listing in wordpress format: plus unsubscribe stats after each post. Wind whistling around the comments section, but still...
internet  writing  email 
june 2012 by juliusbeezer
Email Bankruptcy
NY new tech venture capitalist, faced with >1000 messages and only 3 hours in which to deal with them, manages 400 (using top thirty technique? sl ambigu) then trashes 800—the "bankruptcy"
"Sorry if your message was there: if it's really important, send it again"
email  bankruptcy 
may 2010 by juliusbeezer
The Death of Email (yay!) | Thomas Crampton
I don't know why the death of email is to be celebrated.

Firstly, it's an open standard, which means you own your data, not some proprietary corporation that will doubtless gouge you for access in future.

Secondly, it remains nice to use, intuitive, asynchronous, fast, reliable. There're good reasons why it's so popular.

Young people may prefer evanescent chatter, but we grownups are more serious about keeping our word, and our words. The youth'll learn. In the meantime, the big corps can exploit them, same as it ever was.
jbcomment  email  openstandards 
july 2009 by juliusbeezer

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