I ask myself this question every day - is technology leaving me behind? When Intellect Solutions started off as a partnership back in the 90s, the focus was on selling computers. We kept a few of those invoices to look back on, because it's phenomenal how much more the parts cost back then. Today you can get a computer with decent speed for a few hundred bucks or a new 22"+ monitor for under three hundred dollars.
As you may have gathered from my various posts about recycling, at ISI we feel it's our responsibility to do what we can to decrease our environmental impact. For our home office, this includes the following items which fit quite naturally in with our personal lives:
c) reducing energy consumption
d) decreasing paper consumption
e) planting a tree
A couple of months ago I posted about using Google Insightly. Since then, it has become an almost daily tool to add emails, projects, tasks and opportunities. This has become a good tool for both Koji and myself, as it allows better tracking of current projects and has made it somewhat easier to keep up with emails that are higher priority.
Quick tips for getting through emails quickly from Merlin Mann: http://www.43folders.com/2005/02/18/quick-tips-on-processing-your-email-inbox.
That's the short version. I read my way through all of the original posts here: http://inboxzero.com/articles. My favourite part is likening email to medical triage - some will make it through the gauntlet, others can wait and the rest...well, you know.
Recently one of our long-term customers received an email with the text below. A week later, we also received the same email. This is one of those annoying messages that looks genuine but is not - basically the people involved are attempting to make businesses panic that their brand may be misused under a number of foreign domain extensions. The company sending the email is offering to "protect" the brand/domain for you - But is basically just trying to sell you some domains through their registration service.
Our advice? Delete.
On October 15th, our family headed over to Ucluelet, a beautiful and quiet fishing village on the west side of the island. Ucluelet is home to a beautiful section of the West Coast trail and the Ucluelet Mini Aquarium. While the Aquarium may be small in size compared to others, this is an aquarium unlike many - intepreters allow visitors to touch and hold the animals, discuss details about the creatures' eating habits and answer every single question with firm knowledge. They talk excitedly about fundraising goals for the new Aquarium buildin
I haven't attempted it. I've read lots of articles about people who have gone offline (of course, I had to Google it to try to find the links again but was unsuccessful - quite a little industry has cropped up around people who are blogging about how to disconnect).
Ink - what is it good for? Documents, photos, even printing on fabric. We use a lot of this stuff and we're left with a lot of empty cartridges which are made of 40% plastic, 40% metal, rubber, paper foam and toner. We make choices about what to do - refill, recycle or throw cartridges away. Just to make the last option less appealing, below are some places in the Lower Mainland where you can recycle cartridges.
CDs and DVDs can be recycled! Cool, huh? I didn't know this until I came across the information by accident. While there's no vouching for the safety of recycling backup discs of your documents when you drop them in a store's communal bin, this is a great option for other coasters or discs that are scratched beyond repair.
Cell Phone Batteries
It's a reality - at some point the old cell phone battery just isn't charging anymore. Rather than throwing it in the trash and introducing heavy metals and pollutants into the environment, below is a short list of locations which accept cell phone batteries. This list is by no means complete, as there are a multitude of excellent options available in the community for recycling cell and cordless phone batteries.