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Makes #1 Mistake
I get to my office in the morning, the first thing I check is my e-mail. It is
like opening regular postal mail to me, except I can respond much more quickly.||
the day, when I am on hold on the telephone, I check my mail. Or if I want to
contact somebody, I open my mail. My motivation is to send a message, and often
I find a message that requires a reply. ISDN is too expensive to leave on all
the time. |
I leave for the day, I check my e-mail. It is that simple.
you would like to join my e-mail circle, let me know at email@example.com.
was surprised by the poll results that so many of the readers did not acknowledge
using electronic mail.
e-mail messages enabled Peter Eaton to stay in touch with his daughter when she
was in the Peace Corp in South America. Realtor Nanette Weintraub send some pretty
good jokes to her friends on the net. Bridget Tesik connects with a seller of
equipment to correct an invoice to fund a lease faster. Jim DeChaine sends leasing
information and a quotation to prospective customers.
is very easy to use. You dont even need to be a good typist. All you do
is press a button to connect, choose the address from your address book or type
in the address. Its even easier to respond. You just click on "reply",
put in your response, then click "send."
Computer and modem speed are not important for messages. Pagers operate at 150
and 300 baud compared to 28,000 analog, 64,000 and 128,000 baud, the speed with
an ISDN terminal. You dont need speed for a simple message.
internet was built in the 1950s for use after an atomic bomb attack. 150
baud rate was all that was needed for this "ham radio". Modern technocracy
has created this visual/audio network and is making it available to all, not just
the educated and/or well-to-do. The age of the affordable 56,000 baud rate is
here now. In addition, the relatively inexpensive high-speed CPU and hard drives
allow graphics to not only load quickly, but makes dramatic inroads into "real
time" video and sound. E-mail has never had it so good.
find e-mail faster, easier, very convenient, and quite more affordable than a
regular telephone call, even a fax. The internet connection is a local telephone
call compared to a long distance for voice or fax. My internet connection is 3
cents a minute. My connection to the internet is a local call. Playing voice telephone
tag is common, so there is not only a waste of time factor here, but perhaps three
telephone connection charges plus the time. A fax may be only one call, but it
might take two to three minutes, depending on the speed of the receiver and number
I compose off line or send a group of messages, the time most likely will be less
than a minute for all.
San Francisco Chronicle Sports Columnist Glenn Dickey wrote about the proposed
new 49er stadium and asked for response, I sent him my opinion by e-mail. When
the New Yorker Book Reviewer panned the re-issue of J.D.Salingers "Hapworth
16, 1924", my e-mail told of my displeasure of the poor review.
I might have composed a letter, addressed the envelope, and gone to this trouble.
More than likely, I would not have spent the time. E-mail is easy and quick. I
type in the address, the message and send. When I respond, I dont type in
the address. I just type my response and click "send."
importantly, I stay in touch with my son and daughters, both personal and business
friends, almost on a daily basis, at least, a weekly basis. We "talk"
all the time. I also send group messages to friends.
has not replaced the voice telephone or talking face to face; however, it has
improved communication on both a personal and business level for me.
can find old friends or lost acquaintances with www.whowhere.lycos.com
or www.bigfoot.com or www.411.com.
This is similar to a world wide telephone book where the computer opens to the
listings you have requested.
most important thing is how easy e-mail is to use. Some people keep their "channel"
open all day from a cost of $9.50 a month to $19.95 per month for 24 hours a day.
Some even have a microphone hooked up to actually talk. Some have video. While
I have both, my routine is simpler.
you would like to know more about connecting, I can recommend some services, such
as AOL (still the best basic in my opinion and I am at firstname.lastname@example.org
for over five years) or www.ziplink.net or www.netcom.com or www. scruznet.com.
I will fax you information. And if you dont have a fax, call me anyhow at
800-727-3844 for more information. My line is always open to receive a call from
lines are always open to receive a real live call from you.
give the local economy the best report in over twenty years, according to the
American Leasing Annual Poll taken at the end of the year.
is the highest rating since the annual poll began twenty years ago. Almost five
thousand business people receive the newsletter, mostly small to medium sized
businesses located in Santa Clara Valley. |
were over 425 large postcard responses, slightly down from previous years. The
optimism was the highest ever.
said "okay," 7% said "troublesome," and for the first time,
no one marked "really hurting me" in Silicon Valley.
trend appears up-ward as 61% state "our prospects in California in 1997"
are "better." 39% said "the same" and no one said "worse."
This is the most optimism we have ever seen here.
the year of 1996 was seen as 51% "good," 27% "excellent,"
and 18% "average." 4% reported it as "poor," also the lowest
rating in this category in over twenty years.
response from Santa Clara County was different compared to those outside the area
where only 70% reported "okay", 23% as "trouble-some" and
7% as "really hurting me."
counties outside Santa Clara also reported 1996 was 39% "good," 37%
"average" and only 1% "excellent" and 1% "poor."
also predicted for 1997 54% of the economy for them would be " the same,"
41% "better" and 1 % "worse."
year the poll asks a different question as to what is happening in the business
community. This year it centered around the Internet.
10% of the respondents had e-mail. Many of them were American On Line subscribers,
followed by Netcom and a host of other providers. Only 4.2% reported having a
when asked if they were planning to have a "home page" said "no
way." 59% said "in the near future" and only 1% "right away,"
meaning they were developing a web site.
Makes #1 Mistake
you may learn from my error. When you up-grade, it is not only the CPU, video
card, network cards, and perhaps hard drive and motherboard, but who gets the
our " lease production" computers are now Pentium 200 with 64mb ram,
4mb video cards. This includes "accounting," who were at the time using
two DOS network programs designed for our industry (Summit today has a Windows
were installing Microsoft Office Pro 97 to individual stations. Our accountant
Bianca Taylor had some work to do, so she asked to use Bridget Tesiks Pentium
200, 64mb, 4mb video card computer.
I heard that the billing batch she did on Bridgets computer took under ten
minutes to complete. I was informed the billing job normally takes over 45 minutes
on her Pentium 75, 32mb, 2mb video card computer.
Dvong, our information system manager, was next in my office to tell me I could
get four times the work with a Pentium 200 up-grade, along with a 4mb video card,
and some minor work. The hardware price then was $700. Theoretically, ten hours
of work on the computer would equal the increased labor savings. Production would
be increased four times plus.
it!" my mind thought. " What is really going on here? " This was
too good to be true! Confidentially (no longer), my second negative thought was
"Is improving the speed that important?"
spending $700 a smart thing to do? Is a faster computer what we really want? All
my thoughts were negative. My immediate reaction was: "I dont want
to spend any money."
I though the reason I was in the leasing business was to help companies grow.
The dollar amount varies, but the concept is still the same. It is the "use"
of equipment, not ownership, that is most important.
I thought about my American Leasing concept to have the best equipment available
with real work stations, not sharing printers, modems, having the latest, most
efficient programs; not only being more productive, but helping staff to become
more productive, to grow and for people here to look forward to coming to work
surely took less time than when we first started with 386DX 33 computers. I can
remember the first Atari, then Apple, and then 286 Leading Edge.
does not spend eight hours a day on the computer; however, even is she spent only
three hours a day, a faster computer will create an opportunity to create an additional
twelve hours of less work for her.
matters, and in all departments, not just sales, credit, documentation, funding,
but accounting, too. Speed is very important. It means higher productivity. We
also went to a 100mb 3com ethernet connection.