Another newly announced feature of the upcoming Palm Pre sounds like it could be pretty spiffy, depending on its ability to be controlled by the user: it will automatically send messages to people if you're going to be late to a meeting or appointment.
When you're late it – remember, this thing has GPS; it has a clock; and it has your calendar. So it not only knows where you are, it knows where you're supposed to be and when....so when it realizes you're going to be late, it says, 'Hey, not only are you going to be late, but I can take care of it for you. I'll send an email to your assistant or to the people in the meeting, which would you prefer? And oh, by the way, here's the map.'
That sounds ostensibly rad, as long as it can be turned off. But Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo — their sinistral but cute-as-a-button ginger — makes an excellent point:
The proper way to handle being late is to make it seem like your presence is imminent, no matter how far away you are.
Back when I worked at HSBC in Dublin, this tack was the exact method I used to stay at the pub and out of meetings all day long.
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