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There's another tactic that will work for both Outlook and Gmail users - assigning tags (either manually or automatically) to various emails. I've used Outlook at work for the last decade-plus, and finally gave up on literally creating hundreds of folders to sort various things. Now I just apply tags (and also use flags to color-code current projects) and even with manual application of tags, it's a lot quicker to categorize things, and a lot easier to find things. And since I'm using Gmail for some of my personal business stuff, tags can be used there also (and Gmail has its own rules facility also). Now if only Hotmail would catch up so that my personal personal emails could be similarly streamlined...
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But I thought that corporate headquarters always knew better, and that they should guide the messages worldwide, and that if you actually empower the local people, there is a grave danger that the message that is presented in Finland might be slightly different that the message that is presented in South Korea! The horror! Seriously, even if the Chevy Nova tale is apocryphal (see the http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/nova.asp URL), there are Engrish and other examples of message that are badly mangled when people don't work together to ensure that the correct message is delivered.
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Monty Python used a similar problem to great effect when they released a record album of their film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The record recounted key portions of the plot of the film, but when it got to the ending scene, the narrator simply said that the ending was visual and didn't say any more about it.
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As someone from the enemy camp who came to this site to hear Celtics chatter, I have to say that I'm not expecting a Lakers sweep. Game 2 will be a lot closer...and even if it isn't, there's still Game 3. Both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference finals showed that you can't use a single game to extrapolate how a series will end up. As for Plaschke, you have to remember that all of us in Los Angeles still recall the lopsided blowout of the last game in the 2008 Finals; it still haunts us.
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One possible exception could occur when the internal jargon is not so internal. If the notification happened to reference "ISO 9000," most customers will not comprehend it, but some customers may be reassured that the car repair shop is using a standard set of processes. (I will grant, however, that most car repair shops do not seek ISO certification.)
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I also love the topic of the proposed WebEx call - a 20 minute call to discuss the goals and initiatives you face in the near future? Perhaps I'm going out on a limb here, but I have a sneaking suspicion that during that 20 minute call, the salesperson would end up doing most of the talking. At least the salesperson didn't ask if he/she could call you "Jim."
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I was in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld, and in my view the gimmicky protesters weren't all that effective. There were "prisoners" on Monday and Tuesday that promised to free you from Oracle, and they had an event at the Thirsty Bear which I skipped. Slightly more effective were the Microsoft people, but once you got to the underlying YouTube video, it was...gimmicky. Because I'm only in the Moscone area during OpenWorld, I observed to another attendee that I have never actually SEEN Howard Street. Bet you're looking forward to its return.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2009 on No Slackers In This Town! at Dogmom's Dish