Business letters. How the hell did 2010 come and still exist, filling our drawers, crowding our offices?
The madness is that business cards are more important now than they were a decade ago. In those happy days, Palm Pilots were as ubiquitous as office and you could pass on someone else’s data through the wonders of infrared technology. But then other devices started filling our suit pockets, all using different operating systems and proprietary interfaces, and we had to resort to that heavy rectangular piece of cardboard.
I am as guilty of spreading the tradition as everyone else. I’ve distributed hundreds of things in the last year and who knows what people have done to them. Although I have no doubt that most of the time they are just thrown away.
But the real problem is that they are still useful. I recently gave PC Pro online publisher Barry Collins a business card that I picked up while at CES. Right there, at hand, as you wish, was the e-mail address, phone number and address of the contact person you were looking for. The transaction lasted less than a second and I even managed to find the bastard in less than ten.
Which leaves me to love and hate the damn things. I fill my drawers, my office is crowded, but until something better comes along, I can’t let go. And before anyone suggests it, trying one a few years ago, I don’t intend to buy a dedicated business card scanner; I’m sorry, IRIS, but that’s too much trouble.