August 2006

I appreciated the business wisdom shared in this Top 10 Llist at Get Rich Slowly, particularly item 2 in the list:

The businessman should never lose sight of the central aim of all business — to produce more and better goods or provide more or better services to more people at lower cost.

Hmmm… Note sure I’ve adopted this as my central aim just yet, but it sounds good.

I occasionally finish typing an email, click the send button and immediately wish I could go back in time to change something about the message. However, since I don’t have a flux capacitor (which, when combined with 1.21 gigawatts, is what makes time travel possible) I had to come up with a more practical solution to this embarrassing problem. Here’s a great tip from our friends at Microsoft that will keep messages in your outbox for a configurable number of minutes. This allows you to easily edit or delete the message altogether even after pressing the send button. So, yeah, if you think about it, this kind of makes time travel possible. See you in the future.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Rules and Alerts, and then click New Rule.
  2. Select Start from a blank rule.
  3. In the Step 1: Select when messages should be checked box, click Check messages after sending, and then click Next.
  4. In the Step 1: Select condition(s) list, select any options you want, and then click Next.

If you do not select any check boxes, a confirmation dialog box appears. Clicking Yes applies this rule to all messages you send.

  1. In the Step 1: Select action(s) list, select defer delivery by a number of minutes. Delivery can be delayed up to two hours.
  2. In the Step 2: Edit the rule description (click on an underlined value) box, click the underlined phrase a number of and enter the number of minutes you want messages held before sending.
  3. Click OK, and then click Next.
  4. Select any exceptions, and then click Next.
  5. In the Step 1: Specify a name for this rule box, type a name for the rule.
  6. Click Finish.