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October 29, 1995
Well, I guess "Many On-Line Users Not All That Hooked on Cyberspace" (Oct. 16), about what people are seeking in an on-line service, certainly explains the large number of disconnects. If e-mail is the primary interest, it would seem many are probably disappointed and surprised to find it can only be used to correspond with others who are connected and have access as well. Perhaps, upon discovering the limitations of e-mail and the dearth of other products, which cannot also be found in other sources around the home, they become disenchanted and disconnect.
July 29, 1998 | CHRIS ERSKINE
She lives the way the Greeks once lived, sleeping late, then taking it easy the rest of the day, often accomplishing little except maybe one great thought or observation--just like the Greeks--some little insight into the human condition that makes her leisurely summer day worthwhile. "Only in California," my lovely and patient older daughter observes after a swim party, "could you fall asleep while floating in the pool, then wake up to find somebody else's mother feeding you fruit."
August 31, 2006 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
You've got mail -- but no job. That was essentially the e-mail RadioShack Corp. sent to 403 employees Tuesday to notify them they had been fired as part of a company downsizing. RadioShack spokesman Charles Hodges said the company had notified employees in the last 10 days that they would learn of their fates through an e-mail. At 8:45 a.m. -- the designated time -- employees were glued to their computer screens at the company's headquarters in Fort Worth.
April 10, 2002
Re "Mahony E-Mails Cite Fears Over Scandals," April 6: Your coverage of the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Cardinal Roger Mahony went over the top. The Fresno woman's charge merits nothing more than back-page coverage until she comes up with something more substantial than she has produced so far. At this stage, her unsubstantiated charge is nothing more than an allegation by a perhaps deranged woman. The e-mails actually are helpful to the cardinal, as I read the one that you printed in full.
June 26, 2009 | Larry Gordon
In a case that triggered a national debate about academic freedom, a UC Santa Barbara investigation has cleared a sociology professor of improper conduct for e-mailing students images that compared Palestinian casualties of Israel's Gaza offensive this year to Jewish victims of the Holocaust. But professor William Robinson said Thursday he was not satisfied with faculty and administrative findings that he should not be disciplined. Robinson wants a campus apology and an investigation of what he said were improper efforts to silence him. In January, Robinson sent his class the images, along with a statement in which he described Israel's Gaza policy as slow-motion genocide.
December 26, 2010 | By Katherine Ellison
In the time-honored tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, I recently entrusted my fate to a higher power ? specifically, to a new software program that shuts off my access to the Internet for a designated time. I finally had to acknowledge that I was helpless in the face of my addiction, which has had me, especially in recent weeks, tapping my e-mail "refresh" button like a lab rat trying to get cocaine. I know I'm not alone in my hardwired weakness for novelty. Yet while constantly seeking out new things was once a helpful instinct that alerted us to new foods, mates or danger, it's now a siren's call to being chronically overwhelmed.
November 8, 2009 | Scott Timberg
John Freeman, a longtime book critic who recently became the editor of the literary magazine Granta, has written a new book called "The Tyranny of E-Mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox" (Simon & Schuster: 256 pp., $25). He's conceived of the subject in the broadest possible terms: He begins with an ancient Sumerian love poem, tracks the history of communication from the Persian Empire in the 6th century, the Arabian use of pigeons, the growth of literacy, the golden age of letter-writing in 19th century Europe, up to the telegraph, ZIP Codes and development of computers.
October 19, 2001
My proposed solution to avoid being victimized by terrorism (anthrax, letter bombs, etc.) is to replace conventional postal mail with e-mail exclusively. Yes, we are in the 21st century, and today sending paper (checks, bills, letters, solicitations, etc.) is archaic. Replace checks with bank debits/credits. Solutions to problems aren't always easy, but this solution is doable, even if the changes are immediately inconvenient. In the longer run, I believe it will be cost-efficient as well.
July 7, 1997 | KAREN KAPLAN
PeopleLink Inc., the first spinoff from the Pasadena-based Internet business incubator known as Idealab, launched its flagship "interactive messaging" service last week. The service, also called PeopleLink, combines the best attributes of e-mail and online chat to allow users to communicate with family, friends and colleagues, said Steve Glenn, chief executive of the year-old Santa Monica company.
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