August 31, 2006 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2009 |
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.
November 8, 2009 |
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.
September 21, 2006 |
THE day I received an e-mail from a married male acquaintance that he signed with an "XO" was the day I realized I didn't know what "XO" meant anymore. I usually reserve my own XOs -- which, as an admittedly pathetic attempt at originality, are actually XXs -- for female friends, and they typically mean either "I like you," "I love you" or "I'd write more if this e-mail wasn't 37th on a list of 200 that I need to respond to."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 |
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.
May 27, 2002 |
He's an unlikely figure for a mass-media oracle, a modest, mild-mannered fellow easing into his 50s. But war often chooses its spokespersons, like its victims, arbitrarily. Tamim Ansary's moment came on Sept. 12 when he fired off an impassioned e-mail to a few close friends--or so he thought. Born in the Afghan capital of Kabul in 1948, the Bay Area children's book author and Internet columnist was angry and alarmed by talk-radio callers urging the U.S.
December 26, 2010 |
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.