Saturday, January 12, 2008

there's something about ..... communication

I have been busy the last 1 over week on my buddy's wedding. Not too often you still have buddies getting married at this age and it's a real blast!!

I was jokingly telling coolcat that maybe it's time I find other buddies that would satisfy my desire to be best man.

They have to be in their late 20s, and planning to get married in about 2 years so that we have time to bond and build the buddy-buddy relationship.

Yesterday at the wedding, we saw how modern technology has conquer our lives. Some of my friends were constantly on the phone with clients and colleagues, even at night!!!

And I just wondered.... wasn't life much easier during the days without such technology?

It's almost a job requirement now for you to reveal your mobile number to your office as well as your client. And when you express privacy as a reason for not giving, one will be given to you... plus a blackberry.

You thought... WOW... blackberry... you take it with a glee...

... and the glee last for 3 days...... and you felt like you have been cursed after that. You wonder which is worse... client calling you after office hours or client sending you an email after office hours but expect you to reply immediately... because you carry a blackberry.

Gone were the days when you carry a pager....

The pager peep..... and you ignore it.

The next day, client ask you why you didn't return the page and you replied that your phone card has no more value or you couldn't find a public phone in the train.

In fact, during those days, clients do not page for you outside office hours. It's almost a courtesy thing to do. Nobody does that. They wait till the next day and if necessary, they faxed across to your office asking you to return the call.

So you are given a blackberry? Good luck to you!

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