One of my least favorite things is the time between my blackberry buzzing and my Outlook showing me a new message. The buzzing crackberry is not so annoying when I am away from my computer—It buzzes and if I’m in a good mood I look at it. But when I am at my computer and the damn thing buzzes on my hip I sit and wait for the little popup window thingy in the corner of my screen to tell me Outlook knows there is a new email.
Why? Because it’s easier to look at email on my computer screen. Because if I look at the email on my crackberry it won’t show up in the unread emails on Outlook. And because I am loath to be that connected, it’s just wrong—the leash is for when I’m away from the computer. You don’t keep you dog on the leash when your inside (do you?).
But OH! the annoyance of waiting for Outlook to update. The antici…pation. I don’t get any work done in that 40 or 60 seconds. God I must waste a good 10 minutes a day just waiting for my computer to catch up with my crackberry! Why are email clients pull based? Why can’t the server push a note to my computer when I am connected? Oh the humanity!