Clearing The Cache – Email

Like many of us, I spend quite a lot of time on the web and come across a staggering number of interesting things. In Clearing The Cache I choose a theme, pull out some of my favorites and share them with you here.

Execupundit shares The Biggest Email Sin

jkOnTheRun takes a Poke at the Peek: email only device

Merlin Mann talks Inbox Zero

Publish just about anything by email with Posterous

Convert your webmail to standard POP/SMTP with IzyMail

The iPhones have it

Say what you will about the iPhone, and no one seems reluctant to do so, the iPhone is the most significant consumer electronic device to come along since, well, the iPod.  Dwight Silverman has an iPhone and he’s bumping into the "he’s got an iPhone!" syndrome wherever he goes.  Even though it’s low on smartphone features compared to current competition even power users I’ve spoken with who have bought and subsequently returned the iPhone express "returner’s remorse" after doing so.  The draw of the device is its greatest strength, and that is attracting millions of users to the iPhone.

Apple has not only done a remarkable job marketing the iPhone (business schools should study what they’ve done) but also in producing another device that is not only cool but simple to use.   Case in point- yesterday I had the good fortune to perform my civic duty and report for jury duty.  A gentlemen I peg to be in his 60s was sitting in front of me playing with his iPhone for hours.  I could see he was surfing the web and working with his email.  I struck up a conversation with him and it was quickly apparent that this guy is a complete neophyte when it comes to smartphones.  One statement he made is proof what Apple is accomplishing with the iPhone- "I didn’t even know you could surf the web and do email on a phone".

That statement is proof positive that Apple is achieving a great thing with the iPhone.  They are bringing millions of newbies, and not kicking and screaming, into the smartphone age.  It was totally cool watching this guy being productive in a setting he never would have been otherwise.  This is huge in terms of bringing technology to the uninitiated, and Apple is to be congratulated for this.  Yes, the iPhones have it.

Why SBC Really Bought AT&T

Ed Whitacre Jr., the chief executive of SBC told the Senate Judiciary Committee why his company, which has been losing about 60,000 access lines each week really decided to buy AT&T. First for the AT&T network, and then for the business services. But another reason he gave was AT&T’s VoIP expertise.

the “next big thing” in communications technology is voice over Internet Protocol…or VoIP. It has already opened the door to a host of new competitors. Dozens upon dozens of cable companies and others are using VoIP to provide telephone service, and they are winning customers. SBC does not have a consumer VoIP service but AT&T does. The combined company will have the resources and incentives to compete with VoIP in our region, outside our region and for business customers around the world.

I guess that was before AT&T filed a document with SEC saying that it had garnered a mere 53,000 customers with its VoIP effort, CallVantage. Still, David Dorman’s passionate defense of the merger was impressive.

Most of you, and your parents and grandparents, have always known AT&T primarily as your phone company, a residential consumer-oriented company. That is not the AT&T of today. The AT&T of today is a global IP networking provider with a software infrastructure.

I think despite a lot of obsession over consumers and what not, that expertise is going to be increasingly important in the future. Funny, SBC head honcho did not list that as the first and foremost reason why his company is buying Ma Bell.