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Subject:Re: First day advice. From:Peter Gold <pgold -at- NETCOM -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 31 Dec 1997 10:37:55 -0800
Watch your email!
My first week at a new place I dug myself into a good lesson:
I took lunch later than most people in my group, so I sent email with the
subject "Out to Lunch" to let people know where I was when I wasn't where
I was supposed to be.
Then, to save electrons, I put a note in the body "So-and-so returned my
books on hypertext. They're in my bookcase for anyone interested."
Well, the note wasn't a problem for anyone except So-and-so, who read it
as "Out to lunch: So-and-so", inferring a slam from me. I inferred
from the public roasting I got in response," Welcome to the hardball tech
pubs group. I better watch myself REALLY closely!"