January 8, 1992 |
Telephone users who don't own computers can now shop, pay bills and, in some cases, read the news or exchange electronic messages from home through two low-cost services announced Tuesday. Like cable television companies, both services provide the equipment--a special telephone in one case and a terminal that hooks up to a home phone in another--and charge customers a basic monthly fee.
October 12, 1990 |
As Alice McLerran's father lay dying in a Rancho Bernardo retirement home, she was at his bedside--with her laptop computer. McLerran tapped out a stream of messages on her keyboard, sending updates on her father's condition to everyone from a sister in Lexington, Mass., to a son in Seattle to a cousin in Dublin, Ohio. Her scattered family shot back words of support. "I knew that by having the laptop, I could keep everyone close by," said McLerran, a children's book author from Minneapolis.
August 21, 1991 |
Messages flashing on the Macintosh computer screens at the offices of San Francisco/Moscow Teleport tell of tanks rumbling through Moscow and crowds massed in the streets shouting support for Boris Yeltsin and other opponents of the right-wing coup. "We are ready to give the hunta (sic) an airplane so they would fly away from our country," one politician is quoted as telling the gathering.
April 12, 1992 |
When a worker discovered the kickstand on his motor scooter had been broken in his company's parking lot, a speedy way to express his rage was right at his fingertips. He used his employer's electronic mail to denounce 300 people at once with profanities in CAPITAL LETTERS and these other harsh words: "If I discover anyone tampering with my scooter again, I will cheerfully rearrange your face w/the 'generic blunt object' I carry with me."
February 24, 1992 |
When a worker discovered the kickstand on his motor scooter had been broken in his company's parking lot, a speedy way to express his rage was right at his fingertips. He used his employer's electronic mail to denounce 300 people at once with profanities in capital letters and these other harsh words: "If I discover anyone tampering with my scooter again, I will cheerfully rearrange your face with the 'generic blunt object' I carry with me."
October 30, 1994 |
Poor William Strunk Jr. Sure, he's achieved immortality; thanks tB. White's revival and expansion of his classic, "The Elements of Style," he lives on wherever clear, forceful writing is cherished. But thank God the late professor didn't live to see the bevy of illegitimate "Elements of" progeny stumbling along in his durable footsteps. The latest of these descendants, perhaps reflecting the declining vigor of the genre, is surely among the most dim-witted. "The Elements of E-mail Style" takes as its premise that electronic mail, to which I confess a middling addiction, is a different medium that requires a different kind of writing--one "that is clear and concise without sacrificing speed."
June 8, 1998 |
"Get me something in writing about the new sales promotion that I can distribute to the VPs by 5 o'clock!" your boss said moments ago, before scooting off to another meeting. "And make it persuasive!" You sit staring at your computer screen, your hands frozen, as your blood pressure begins to rise. Get me something in writing, something persuasive, you mutter to yourself. Like what? A memo, an e-mail? But I can't write! It's a situation many of us have faced.