Sunday, May 21, 2006

About Email for Life

SP MT4 at Susuin

Does E-mail for life make sense?
My dad was a railroader. To him this was a typical day at work, a bit over 50 years ago. This steam engine was the transportation technology paradigm of this time. In 1952 he took his, then new, Argus camera to work in to test this new camera. He was not trying to capture history. This was transportation technology just over fifty years ago. It was taken for granted as being the way things were done.

Lately some university folks are talking about offering students E-mail for life and possibly supporting E-mail for our graduates for fifty years into the future. They take it for granted that E-mail will still exist in fifty years. Do we want to make a commitment to support E-mail technology that long? Imagine if the railroads had made a commitment to support the technology of fifty years ago "for life." Actually, that would of been kinda cool. It is not very practical though.

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