In 1991, I worked on my first e-mail project. Our goal was to make it possible for our employees (users of our rather crude, text only email system) to email our contractors (users outside of our firewall). It was a major undertaking at the time, but I was pretty excited about it! I can’t say the same for my boss though. He was convinced that e-mail was a passing fancy. He felt the same about the “useless” connectivity that the internet brought us. I wonder what he’s up to now? He’s probably still using a text based word processor on a DOS PC to build cover sheets for someone’s weekly activity report, but I digress…
As excited as I was to work on the project, I had no idea at the time just how “big” email would eventually get. As I sit here and write this, I’m mulling over four different email accounts I have to handle various things as I travel. The one mailbox I have little control over is my US Mail box at home. You know; the one that collects all of the paper junk now that you pay your bills on line? That box. I never had much control over that box… until now.
If you visit www.earthclassmail.com, you’ll discover a new way to manage your analog mail while you travel. For a small fee, the US Postal Certified Earthclass Mail company will receive your mail to an electronic post office box. They’ll scan the front and back of all of the envelopes and catalogues you receive, and post them to a secure website where you can log in and handle it. You can look at the scanned images of your mail and choose to have the contents scanned into a PDF document, recycled, shredded, or forwarded to any address that you choose!
When I thought how convenient it would be to just “click” the mail into a legitimate recycle bin, shredded or not, I was hooked. Even when I remember to throw my junk mail into my recycle bin at home, I’ve witnessed the trash men just throwing the contents of the recycle bin into the back of the truck with the rest of the garbage.
I’m married now and fortunately, my wife takes care of the mail. I traveled when I was a single man though, and I get the shivers when I think back on all the yellow “We tried to deliver, but you weren’t here” notices, the bundles of unclaimed mail, the boxes of mail sitting at the neighbor’s house waiting for me to get home, the mailbox stuffed full and overflowing at the curb… bah! No more!
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