E-Mail: Take It Back
Lileks comments on “the world’s coolest email”:
Well, Bigstring.com offers a free service that lets you recall e-mails you've sent, or make the messages self-destruct after they've been read. And they're "non-printable." How? you ask. For the love of Pete, HOW? I don't know. Patents are involved. I'm guessing the contents of the e-mail stay on the Bigstring servers, and the naughty bytes never alight on the recipient's hard drive. But let us imagine the following: the boss comes over, taps you on your shoulder.
"I'd like to talk to you about that picture you sent around" he says. "The one where you pasted the CEO's face on a snowman."And there's a carrot stuck in a rather suggestive location?" you ask. "That's the one."Never seen it," you smirk, thinking: Laugh while you can, monkey boy! I've already destroyed the e-mail. Confident, you stride to the boss' office -- where you find the CEO, a union rep and the HR director, whose lips are pressed together so hard it looks as if she used Wite-Out for lipstick. They're all holding copies of the e-mail, because the boss used a screen-capture utility to take a picture. You. Are. Dead.
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