Re: The inexplicable endurance of business cards (Sept. 12)

I don’t hand out business cards. Oh I used to, much like the scenario you spelled out. Why do I no longer use business cards?

Because I cannot use the phone anymore — at least not incoming calls. My voice-mail box is always full. I am continually bombarded with sales calls. Easily 90 per cent of the calls are solicitations. If I am in the market for something I will call them.

Being an IT manager my workload is, well, lets say if it was 50 per cent less I would be stressed out. If, however, I was on the other side, sales, my business card would be mass-produced and mass delivered.

I remember graduating from school: the two things you looked forward to were business cards and a telephone. Twenty years later, I’d rather do without.

E-mail, I can’t keep up with that either. Should I be writing this? Probably not.

Jim Walker

Re: The Olympics in your office (Sept. 11)

Nice column on the Canadian women’s hockey coach. You have a nice flair and way of connecting things with regular business objectives.

Chris Carder
Chief Executive Officer

Re: Drive, he said (Aug. 29)

You’re 100 per cent right. Keep unnecessary distractions out of the car. By the way, my 1995 Hyundai Accent (277,000-plus km, still goes like a rocket and doesn’t burn any oil) just made two comfortable Toronto-Montreal trips in the past two weeks. It has a radio/cassette, but I only listen to music. I turn it off when the news comes on. That’s too distracting.

Did you know that listening to music uses the opposite half of the brain required for thinking and driving? Ergo, you can drive and listen to (good) music at the same time. My next car will also be a Hyundai.

Trevor Armstrong
Senior Automation Engineer
Kinetic Modular Systems

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