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Reports of eMail’s death

There are serious bonuses to doing the newspaper review on my local BBC station.  Good Morning Wales, the flagship of BBC Radio Wales, runs on decent coffee, consummately professional yet fun people, and above all “a life measured in the currency of seconds” as a lovely poet friend of mine put it after being interviewed.

We’re a mixed bunch of reviewers.  I’d like to say we are picked largely for our wit, charm, and insight. But I suspect a degree of cynical media-worldliness and the ability to to get into a studio before 6am while sounding cheerful are rather closer to the mark.

The attraction of being the reviewer is being able to finish both a morning coffee and the papers – a rarity with a four year old – and then chat to people who are genuinely interested in what caught your eye.  This morning I had Samuel Cunard, his glamorous liners, the golden age of transatlantic travel and the brave emigration of thousands of our huddled masses to a new life an ocean away.  We were ready to discuss the excuses of French drivers, but ran out of time.  But we were able to talk about the link between sleep and productivity (what insight!), Abraham Lincoln’s death pillow, a six-metre gold statue of a Turkhmenistanian despot, and the restoration of business as usual by the Parliamentary whips (another post to come on that one).

The bonus of today was a great article in the Daily Telegraph interviewing Evernote founder Phil Libin.  Evernote is a marvellous thing: a cross between a Moleskine notebook, a brilliant memory, a GTD tool (google it), a virtual filing cabinet and scanner combined, and a communications system for your life.  I’m a huge fan, and if I hadn’t been before reading his interview, I would have been afterwards.

“Email is dying. That’s pretty much accepted as a fait accompli in Silicon Valley. It will take a few more years for it to sink in everywhere else.”

The interview also has some lovely, biting criticism of the corrosive power of Powerpoint to obfuscate, de-energise and slow progress.  But the finest quote of all, a soundbite that I salute, is this:

Your email inbox is a list of things that you’re behind on, sorted in the wrong order.

You can read the article it here.  Forward it on?  Even better, clip it into Evernote and share it…

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