If I were the Israeli Prime Minister (and I’m not) I’d give the following speech next week at the peace conference in Annapolis. Here’s what I’d say:
Archive for November, 2007
Like many of you, I get hundreds of email messages every week and have long been following discussions in books and on the web of how to keep an inbox under control. I like many of the ideas from David Allen‘s Getting Things Done (GTD) which does focus on emptying a physical or virtual inbox fairly quickly.
But I found that it was tricky to do this with the Thunderbird email client for Linux. There were two things I wanted to do and neither one worked. This morning, I found a one-click solution for both problems and have managed to bring my Inbox down to 0 in a fairly short period of time.
The new technology, they said, was going to transform the Internet forever. Instead of you having to go online and “pull” web pages to your browser, it would ‘push’ pages to you. In fact, it was making the web browser itself obsolete. It was such an amazing thing that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation (the owners of Fox News) offered $450 million to buy the company. And companies, media outlets, even unions were told – you’d better get on board or you’ll be left behind.
Some of you may recognize the story I’m telling – it describes something called PointCast, which most of you will never have heard of. But it, and its so-called “push technology” were the next big thing a decade ago.