Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

The Demise of Email Has Been Prematurely Reported


In 2009, I found many claims on the demise of email. Back then, my own, for-what-it-was-worth opinion was "no way." Perhaps that was a knee-jerk reaction on my part, or perhaps it was a statement that arose out of my own use and dependance upon email and I needed to deny the rise of social networks. Well, it now appears that those reports were perhaps just a bit exaggerated. According to Michael Osterman of Osterman Research, email is alive as ever, in fact, email use is up. Today he writes (emphasis mine):

In the 2009 to 2011 timeframe, there were a number of articles in the trade and popular press about the demise of corporate and personal email.  Many believed that email use would dwindle as younger people entered the workforce, those weaned on social media and text messaging.  Email was for the “grups” (you’re welcome, original Star Trek fans), while newer forms of communication would replace it.

Maybe someday, but not now.  We just completed a survey with corporate email users to determine if that was the case.  What we found is that 42% of email users are employing email more today than they were 12 months ago, while only 10% are using it less.  The remainder are using email at about the same level they were a year ago.

Our research also found that email continues to be the dominant communication tool used in the workplace.

Moreover, I completely agree with his statement that one of the reasons that email remains and grows in popularity is that it serves as a:

...repository of emails, contacts, files and other information that acts as something of a flat-file database in which we can store content that is easily searchable.

This Is Where Indexing and Search Service for Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite Comes In

If you are like me, you not only need the ability to search the subjects and bodies of your email message, you need the ability to search your email attachments. Indeed, more and more, my email inbox has become my go-to storehouse of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDFs, and so on. So finding data, and finding it fast, is where email inboxes need to go.

Which brings me to Oracle's Indexing and Search Service product. If you haven't heard by now, Indexing and Search Service enables you to quickly search and view your email attachments. Here are some cool facts about Indexing and Search Service:

  • Integrated with our Messaging Server and Convergence products, enabling nearly instantaneous results from complex searches such as cross-folder searches.
  • Because it is deployed as a separate service, the actual search effort is offloaded from Messaging Server.
  • Any IMAP client that can communicate with Messaging Server can take advantage of this powerful search service.

Rather than go on in more detail, refer to the following Indexing and Search Service blog posts and documentation links for more information.

Friday Dec 18, 2009

Friday Christmas Blues Blogging

EC laying into Freddie King's "Cryin' Christmas Tears." Merry Xmas y'all.

Friday Dec 04, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging

Today's installment, one of the three Kings--perhaps my favorite--Freddie King, performing "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" on the 60's TV show out of Dallas, TX, "The Beat."

It always ticked me off that right in the middle of an empassioned solo, the show's MC, "Boss Hoss," saunters on stage and kills the tune.

Friday Nov 20, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging

How 'bout some funky soul for today's FBB, with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings:

Friday Nov 13, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging

Big Joe Williams and his nine-string guitar doing "Baby Please Don't Go."


Some more info on Joe and his guitar:

He played with picks both on his thumb and index finger, plus his guitar was very heavily modified. Williams added a rudimentary electric pick-up, whose wires coiled all over the top of his guitar. He also added three extra strings, creating unison pairs for the first, second and fourth strings. His guitar was usually tuned to Open G, like such: (D2 G2 D3D3 G3 B3B3 D4D4), with a capo placed on the second fret to set the tuning to the key of A. During the 1920s and 1930s, Big Joe had gradually added these extra strings in order to keep other guitar players from being able to play his guitar. In his later years, he would also occasionally use a 12-string guitar with all strings tuned in unison to Open G. It is little known that Big Joe sometimes tuned a six-string guitar to an interesting modification of Open G. In this modified tuning, the bass D string (D2) was replaced with a .08 gauge string and tuned to G4. The resulting tuning was (G4 G2 D3 G3 B3 D4), with the G4 string being used as a melody string by Big Joe. This tuning was used exclusively for slide playing

Friday Nov 06, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging

Many reasons for the Blues this week. So here are some healing bits of Ronnie Earl, ranging from groove to soul to gut-bucket blues:

Friday Oct 30, 2009

Fortieth Anniversary of First Successful Email

All it took was a "fridge-sized" computer with tiny core memory allowing between 16 and 64 kilowords:

"The contents of the first email transmission have long since been forgotten; in a FAQ on his website, the sender, Ray Tomlinson (who sent the message between two computers located side-by-side) claims that the contents were 'entirely forgettable, and I have, therefore, forgotten them', and speculates that the message was most likely 'QWERTYUIOP' or something similar."

Read more on this first successful email transmission.

Friday Blues Blogging

Another Friday, another Friday Blues Blogging. This week, sit back and groove to harp meister William Clarke and band (great swinging blues guitar solo in this tune as well), taken at Larry Blake's. Blakes was the place to go in the 80's for blues. I know, I used to live a block away. I went to Blues School there as often as I could.

Friday Oct 23, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging

Today's offering is from R&B pioneer, Rosco Gordon, leading his band through "Bop It." Notice the essential role of the chicken (or is that rooster?).

Friday Oct 16, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging: John Lee Hooker

To be sure, JLH is a well-known figure in American blues and rock, but I'm not sure how many folks are familiar with his solo stuff and how interesting and moving it is. From "The Best of the Blues:"

A big reason why Hooker remained a solo artist for so long was his unpredictable, improvisational attacks on conventional song structure and meter.

So here he is on "Serves Me Right to Suffer." Enjoy.

Monday Oct 12, 2009

The King Is Dead?

Reign over?

"Email has had a good run as king of communications. But its reign is over."

I hardly doubt it. I can see the move to a services approach, and an integration of those services. But much too early to claim outright demise.

Friday Oct 09, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging

This week's edition of Friday Blues Blogging: Junior Wells and Buddy Guy performing "Hoodoo Man Blues." Here they are from 1985:

Probably one of my favorite blues albums of all time, Hoodoo Man Blues contains some of the best harp/guitar music on the planet. Especially noteworthy is the lack of chording that goes on by Buddy Guy, who focuses instead on playing bass lines and flurries of answering notes to Junior Well's harmonica.

Friday Oct 02, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging

Today's installment of Friday Blues Blogging, jumpin' the blues with the Insomniacs:

Friday Sep 25, 2009

Friday Blues Blogging: Kid Ramos

I've always appreciated the gut bucket approach of players like Kid Ramos. Here he is, working out on a nice Albert Collins-y shuffle, Greasy Kid Stuff:

Tuesday Sep 22, 2009

Blues Tuesday: Vieux Farka Toure

Had to break the Friday rule and post a Blues on Tuesday, as I just saw this band last night (for free even, thanks Colorado College and KRCC), Vieux Farka Toure:

Desert Blues, yah!


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