Random Email Stats…

A wise man once said:  "Don’t confuse motion with progress."  That could also be applied to email volume.  I use X1’s desktop search engine on my work computer, which indexes all of my email/attachments/docs/etc…  I am a pack-rat with email, and have archived every single email I’ve received at my current company.  I was recently in a meeting where we were discussing email proliferation and our reliance on it as a collaboration tool, and I decided to run a couple of queries with X1 to see what my usage looked like.  Here’s this relatively useless, but scary, information:

Range:  From June 2003 – December 5, 2006

Received Email Stats:

  • Total Emails:  130,000 emails
  • Total Emails with attachments:  31,341
  • Top Email Sender (either To or CC’d me):  4194 (and counting)
  • PowerPoint Presentations Sent to me: 1199 (and counting)

Sent Email Stats:

  • Total Emails I’ve Sent:   32,417 emails
  • 2004 Emails Sent:  8704 emails
  • 2005 Emails Sent:  9293 emails
  • 2006 Emails Sent (and counting):  11,332 emails

All of this totals up to about 8GBs of information sitting in several .pst files on my computer.  Does any of this total up to productivity?  Hmmm…

Making the switch…

After years of chastising my brother and any other Mac-head, I’ve made the big switch over to Mac(tel).  At home, I’m using a new iMac for my office, and then a Mini in our bedroom for movie watching (see earlier post re: media pcs).

While home-use is one thing, I just got a MacBook Pro at work, which will be the biggest change.  Couple of reasons for doing so:

  • The ability to run both Mac OS X and XP (via either Bootcamp or Parallels, hopefully VMWare soon) on the same hardware vs. carrying around multiple laptops.
  • Adobe Connect (formally Macromedia Breeze) is a cross-platform solution, so the MacTel provides the opportunity to work with both Mac and Windows on the same hardware.

Couple of things I’m enjoying already:

  • Everything "just works…"  For a long-time Windows-user, this is very strange but enjoyable 😉
  • Smackbook – virtual desktops through a "tap" on the monitor
  • Adium – great piece of software, such a better user experience than native IM clients (won’t name you guys…)
  • The huge list of open source applications I can run on either Mac, XP, or Unix.

For business apps like Office/Outlook, I’m going to still have to rely on the XP instance running on the Mac.  The Mac versions just don’t cut it when working with a large number of users who rely on Office to collaborate.

For software companies/product managers/developers/QA, I really don’t see the point of using any other hardware given the broad platform support you get at the tip of your fingers…

More On-line Presentation Tools…while Presenter celebrates its seventh birthday…

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Preezo Enters Online Office Race

It’s articles like this that remind to keep in perspective how great the value proposition of Adobe Presenter (formally Macromedia Breeze Presenter) is.  Presenter is the original product within a series of applications that make up what is now called Adobe Connect (formally Macromedia Breeze), and has literally been out in the market since 2000.

When engaging with customers on the Connect/Breeze product line, I end up spending the majority of my time on our web conferencing or training solutions, basically assuming that people “get” the value proposition of being able to take your huge presentation with animations and such, add voice over, and publish it all together as a rich Flash application on the web.  However, every now and then I run into a customer who isn’t aware of this technology, and am reminded through their reactions of what a great concept this is.  Kudos to Keith and Kevin (Presedia founders) for having the vision back then…

Airplane seating – a better way

Airplane Seating – There’s got to be a better way…

I had a cancelled flight this morning, and ended up being placed on the next flight out. This meant a reassigned seat, and lucky for me, it was the middle seat between two large adults. If you’ve sat next to me before in an airplane, then you are aware I have fairly broad shoulders, which will end up annoying you pretty quickly. Couple my shoulders with my tendency to fall asleep almost instantly with my head way back and my mouth wide-open, and you’ll be looking for the parachute.

Today, I wasn’t getting much sleep with these large people surrounding me, so I thought about what could possibly help my situation. The first and most obvious was not to travel. Second, charter a plane. So with two strikeouts, what was next? Ding Ding Ding. I looked across the way and saw these three small people in the seats across from us. As I jealously eyed the person in the middle seat, it dawned on me that there is probably a pretty simple solution to broad-shoulder-thunderdome:

Most travellers today are using frequent flyer programs to benefit from their suffering. Why not include a profile attribute which contains your shoulder-width? This could then be used to calculate optimized seat-assignments for the greater-passenger-good! How hard could that be?

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » DimDim launches FOSS challenge to WebEx

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » DimDim launches FOSS challenge to WebEx

I always love to see Webex challenged. I love it so much, I’ve made a living doing it for the past three+ years at Macromedia/Adobe. 😉

The platform limitation of this solution is a big issue though for any business considering using it as a tool to communicate and collaborate with external users. In these cases, you have no control over the desktop and application usage, which often results in you spending time asking your audience to configure software or networks vs. selling your product or delivering you message. That technology-challenge is exactly what generated an opportunity for Breeze, and was largely solved through the use of the Flash platform (98% of the world’s computers have Flash…).

The second challenge will be reliability. Web conferencing is a social experience, and when it fails, the egg falls first on the end-user (not the providing vendor). Because of this experience, it’s critical that web conferencing solutions provide failover and highly-available solutions. It’s something the Breeze solution has spent huge investments on from the beginning, and continue through version 5 and beyond. Web conferencing and collaboration is not your typical web-based application given the real-time nature of the interaction.

Anyway, nice to see the open-source community investing in the web conferencing and communication space…only good things can come from it.

The New Breeze Upgrade It’s A Tough Act To Beat – Online Collaboration and Web Conferencing Breaking News – Kolabora.com

The New Breeze Upgrade It’s A Tough Act To Beat – Online Collaboration and Web Conferencing Breaking News – Kolabora.com

Yeah, it’s an older article at this point, but it’s a nice overview of the product I spend my days working on…