Email is far from hip these days. Pundits and investors alike salivate over ways to replace it with something more modern, but The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal argues that email is still the best part of the Internet. Despite its flaws, email is open, universal, decentralized, mobile-friendly, and decidedly less commercial than alternate communications technologies. Madrigal argues that email may be our last best hope of keeping the large tech firms from imprisoning us in their proprietary walled gardens. follow link
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Encrypted Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard
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In Defense of Email: Our Last Best Hope
Rather than the friendlier "gardens", call them gated communities, including registration of who/where/when (with different links).
Email is all I can use because it allows me the multiplicity if resources I like using on my MacBook Pro. My old fat fingers are too fat for the phone. The iPad is difficult to use because it is so hard to go from one application to another. On my computer I can have six programs open and tiled to get easy access from one to another. I do not tweet or use other social media because I simply do not have the time for idle one liners and yet another way to waste my time. I also do not want to miss the world and universe that passes by each day as I watch all of these other humanoids staring at their small screen and nearly getting hit by traffic. Time is short and nature is beautiful.