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Technology is a wonderful thing. It has provided us with tools to improve our efficiency, facilitate our communication and give us a reason to carry cool company subsidized gadgets. Technology has had an amazing impact on our corporate world. Take for example how it has changed the old cumbersome method for requesting someone to review a piece of work. Not too long ago, we would have to manually take the work from our office, make a copy for the reviewer, and deliver it to the reviewing party . This process was made much more efficient with the introduction of the “networked server”. Now we no longer had to carry the work to the individual , we could simply give them the “path” to find the work on the server. No more trips to the copy machine. Of course the “path” was never easy to remember with all those slashes and dots. So we usually had to write it down. That is why e-mail helped us so much. With this virtual postal service we could write down the “path” and electronically mail this vital trip tix through the server, to our reviewing comrade. No longer did we need to get up and walk around the building (this is why it became important to fit in a workout over the lunch hour). With true proverbial irony, too much of just about anything can be bad - the convenience of e-mail quickly morphed into the Freddy Kruger of your work life stalking you with a nightmare on your desktop. Reading and responding to the seemingly never ending stream of e-mail in the inbox conveyor belt conjured up images of Lucille Ball eating chocolates. It was time to start filtering or scanning e-mail. No longer was it considered bad form to skip a few emails and not read and respond to each. In this new paradigm, another technology became the tool of choice. Since everyone always listens to their voice mail, one could receive priority e-mail service by leaving a voice mail reminding the recipient of the waiting e-mail with the path to the work to be reviewed. The problem with this method came with the proliferation of the mother of all hand held technology ...the mobile phone. Once these little communication marvels entered our lives , somehow the urgency of the office voice mail seemed to subside. After all, “if it was really important, they would have called my mobile phone” we reasoned. Of course, not every call can be taken all the time. You can leave a voice mail on the mobile phone to notify your reviewing buddy that you left a message on their office phone, to remind them of the e-mail with the path on the server to the work to be reviewed. Since the reviewer did not answer the mobile phone, it is likely they are in a meeting, so the best thing to do is send them an instant message (IM) where you can clearly communicate that you left a mobile v-mail for the office v-mail to get the e-mail that contains the path on the server to the work to be reviewed. Without the incredible communication technology available today, this level of efficiency in communication would simply not be possible. Including the text message I just received from the guy I asked to review some work. He requested that I print it out and bring it down to his office for review. Man, this works great.