Your Father Respected Google, Your Father Did Business With Google …

January 31st, 2009  |  Published in etc

… but your father didn’t trust Google.

“As of this week, Gmail has reached perfection: You no longer have to be online to read or write messages. Desktop programs like Microsoft Outlook have always been able to access your old mail. There is a certain bliss to this; if you’ve got a pile of letters that demand well-composed, delicate responses (say you’re explaining to your boss why you ordered that $85,000 rug), unplugging the Internet can be the fastest way to get things done. That’s why offline access is a killer feature—it destroys your last remaining reason for suffering through a desktop e-mail program.”

I’m not sure this is “among the stupidest tech articles I’ve ever read,” but I’m questioning why, in 2009, anyone would treat “all my mail is on Google’s servers” as an unalloyed good. I’m wondering if I should even post this, because it seems so obvious that just saying it will mark me as a bigger bore than usual.

Well, I’ve typed this much.

I also think” unplugging the Internet … to get things done” is one of those little lifehacks I’ve always thought was sort of dopey, but the idea is in such wide circulation I guess it helps people.


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