Our local area has had a lot of snow this week and people are struggling to get to work, after a particularly heavy snowfall yesterday we decided it was too risky to travel so stayed at home.
We have remote email access, VPN access to the office and a VoIP phone so it was business as usual and our customers did not notice any difference as we were able to provide support as normal. It shows the power of modern technology that we could run the business as a virtual office.
The main problem we have with weather like this is the Couriers who are struggling to collect and deliver equipment but technology cannot do much if the roads are not gritted !!!
We recently saw an article saying that the UK mobile network is 25 years old on 1st January 2010 and it got us thinking about life before mobiles.
We are old enough to remember a time before mobiles and email, we had pagers and the new fangled message pagers where you would get a message saying ‘call the office’ and after pulling off a main road, trying to find a pay phone that worked and if you had change only to be told it was not urgent and you could have called when you got to your destination !!!. Life certainly has changed and we are very dependant on mobiles in day to day life but of course not only for voice but with SMS and data access we are always in touch.
There is an interesting article about this over on the IET website here and the history of how the market has developed is fascinating.
Sometimes we see something that catches our eye that just makes us smile. GMail or should I say Googlemail has just added a feature called Mail Goggles
I am sure we have all done that late night email sent after a long day and a few beers or glasses of wine that in the cold light of day you would never have sent, so Mail Goggles helps with this by asking you to do some simple maths equations before you send the mail which should ensure you are sober or at least make you think again !!!
A great idea that should save some embarrassing moments just make sure the hours are set correctly so it checks you only when it needs to
We like Google Mail and the origional features that it provides – Get more information here