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email hell October 5, 2007

Posted by nicholas gill in blackberry, blog, email, management, office life, presentations, thoughts.
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man on beach using blackberry

I still remember the days of fax and acetates in the working environment and email was just coming to the fore. In 10 years its use has rocketed to make communication faster and easier on the one hand but overwhelming and pointless on the other. New research from Glasgow & Paisley universities suggest that British workers are now suffering email stress. Here’s some nuggets & food for thought:

More than a third check their inbox every 15 minutes

64% check in more than once an hour

Using monitoring equipment, the researchers found workers viewing emails up to 40 times an hour

33% said they felt stressed by the volume of emails and the need to reply quickly with female workers feeling under more pressure to respond than male

38% said they felt relaxed enough to wait a day before responding

Many workers feel invaded when emails interrupt their work and disrupt concentration

This video has some great tips on keeping your email under control from Merlin Mann @ 43folders

And Virgin Holidays has a 6-step Disconnection Therapy so you actually enjoy your holiday and don’t look like a geek with a blackberry on the beach. Come on, surely we can leave it alone? After all, we’re not running countries.

Source: The Times


bag full of accessories May 29, 2007

Posted by nicholas gill in blackberry, futurology, gaming, integration, mobile, skype, thoughts.
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I just read a Forrester report on how Sony & BT have teamed up for a project to make the PSP a true communications device. Intended to be targeted at the millenials (those born after 1980 and thus deprived of an education in Bowie) who will naturally gravitate from wireless gaming to using the PSP to IM, surf etc. While I desperately want a PSP for no other reason than “just because”, the article lets slips something that is beginning to really piss me off. You’re likely to need a whole bundle of accessories to make it work properly. Text input? PlayStation thumb may be one thing but box, circle, triangle and X don’t necessarily translate to QWERTY to make IM a true possibility. So the next generations will either need a stylus (yuk) and input screen or a plug in key pad. And to become a video calling device so you can Skype and play, another webcam accessory. And a microphone, and another battery, and more memory disks. I’m not so sure. The beauty of the PSP is that it allows you to play high quality games wherever, whenever. Buy a better phone if you want to do all that other stuff on the move, surely? I have enough crap to lug around with me all day anyway. A blackberry (and lead and charger), a mobile (and charger), a laptop (and charger) an iPod (I ditched the lumpy for a shuffle), a usb stick or two, and an european plug adapter so I don’t forget when I fly. If only the batteries lasted longer in all these and all adapters were the same for everything. Maybe I’m just getting old?

Anyway, here’s a nice promo spot about the PSP, splendid production. I can’t remember where I found out/who gave me the link.

textual tension May 17, 2007

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I like the quotes in this Times article by the good folk at T-Mobile & o2 about how rude it is to text, talk and berry during meetings. Shame that their marketing teams didn’t take note of this. Apparently they’re well known for talking, texting and berry-action during meetings. It even happened during a high profile pitch for their entire CRM business a few years ago to the point where the agency stopped the pitch and were ready to about turn out of the building. I will happily admit to using the berry during long (i.e. 1hr plus) conference calls when the attention is known to wander… but face to face is pretty poor form.

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line and length, son March 14, 2007

Posted by nicholas gill in blackberry, blog, content, cricket, integration, podcast, TV, web 2.0.
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The next 6 or so weeks will give (almost) everyday a special lift, spin or thwack. The cricket world cup started yesterday – I ignore the opening ceremonies for fear of being bored away from any tournament by Barry Davies or his commentator fraternity suddenly extolling the virtues of jamborees, traditional dances and ridiculous tightrope walking atop fantastically awful “national” and “historical” costumes and themes. Give it up. Get on with the show!

And the show started last night. And the home team won! This is great for the tournament as the west indies have been a bit shit of late and it would be great to see some swashbuckling batting and rib-shattering fast bowling from them again.

Of course my wedge (metaphorically as always) is on England (as i always hope… One day…).

In a slightly skewed way toward my profession, I’ll be trying to assess the relative digital merits of my good friends Sky Sports, The Times and BBC as the tournament progresses. Looking at the fairly large but somewhat uninspired content of their pullout yesterday, the times is looking forward to bombarding me with podcasts, live updates, blogs etc. Sky is my natural home for over by over commentary as they add some subtle humour. And please lord let bumble have a daily column! As for the beeb, well old auntie has dropped in my rankings already. I just don’t go there for sport as my mind has shifted to sky over the past few years. TV driving online usage? I am a statistic.

Unlike the ashes which all took place while we were snoozing and led us into a constant state of depression and occasional sense of hope when we awoke, the world cup will play out from lunch to the 10 o’clock news (ish). So I can check in at work, attempt to muddle my way to getting the scores on my blackberry on the way home and keep flicking to sky sports 1/2 when I get home.

And most of all I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of David Gower’s seaside lair in barbados. Now that’s my £37 a month well spent!

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