A Phoneless 101, An Endless In-Box
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Starting today, July 1, it will be illegal for California drivers to drive and talk on a cell phone except in the case of an emergency.
It will also be illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to talk on the phone while driving, regardless of whether or not they use a headset or related hands-free device.
Of course, anyone under 18 would likely be texting instead of talking, which suggests the new California mobile phone law is already about 5 years out of date.
Note to Business Travelers: The law applies to everyone, including those of you just visiting.
Me, I'd suggest while driving on the 101 that you keep both hands on the wheel, both eyes on the road, and your cell phone in your seat.
No texting, no phoning, do not pass go, do not collect $200...you're just plain lucky to even survive the trip.
That place is like the California equivalent of 24 Hours at Lemans, zig zagging from one lane to another.
Of course, if you can't find your way without the cell phone, fear not, as Google is about to introduce a way to help you find your way through the Shockwave.
Flash, that is.
The Official Google Blog is reporting that Google has been working on a new algorithm (aren't they always??) for indexing textual content: in Flash files, from Flash menus, buttons and banners. self-contained Flash websites.
If it's Flash-y, it's gonna get indexed.
Imagine, a way to finally be able to find that charming skateboarding bulldog video.
Finally, speaking of not finding anything, my esteemed colleague Luis Suarez (whose beloved Spanish national team ended up winning the Euro2008 tournament in their 1-0 victory over Germany Sunday night) explained over the weekend in The New York Times how he's freeing himself from e-mail's grip by embracing the social media.
Luis has stood up and basically said he's mad as hell and is not gonna take it anymore, writing that email is a "vicious cycle" and an endless merry go round that he's attempting to stop by embracing the collaborative social media (instant messaging, blogs, etc.)
I think Luis is on to something, and the fact that he's already cut the number of emails he's received by 80% is very noteworthy.
I spent four hours on the plane back from Spain (where the rain was not falling mainly on the plain) doing email, and I *still* didn't get caught up.
Calgon, take me away...far, far away from the maddening sirens of my inbox alarm!
You want to get in touch with me anymore, I suggest you pick up the phone and call me.
Just don't do it from Highway 101 without a hands-free device!