Archive for August 2005

Out of office message

Ever send an email to your colleague and got a “Out of office” reply? It’s a common sight. But seriously, how many of these out of office message are useful?

If properly written, an out of message can provide a lot of information to the person who is sending email to you.

My out of office message will usually look something like this:

I’m on leave/MC/reservist and will be back on *date that I’ll return*.

For urgent matters, please contact:
*Issue 1 under my charge* – *My coverer’s name*
*Issue 2 under my charge* – *My coverer’s name*

Else I’ll reply when I’m back.
Thanks and have a nice day.

Simple, sweet and informative. :)

But then, I hate it when people just don’t know how to write a good out of office message. Alot of time, I got this kind of out of office message:

Hi, I’m on leave.
Please contact *coverer name* for urgent matter

Which makes me wonder, when will you return? How long more do I need to bother your coverer?

Others just simply don’t put the coverer’s name:

Hi, I’m on leave and will be back on *date*

SO how? I go hunt high and low for your coverer if I got urgent issue?

Then there are others who simply don’t know the purpose of setting out of office message:

Hi, I’m out of office

Sure, you left for your leave in a hurry until you didn’t have time to write a proper “out of office message”. But with this kind of out of office message, might as well don’t set any lah.

But these are not the worst “out of office message” I’ve seen. The worst I’ve seen come from 1 of the china staff whom we outsourced our work to. He was on leave from friday afternoon to the following week’s Tuesday. Here is his out of office message:

I am so sorry for missing your mail, I am not in office from today’s
afternoon to next Tuesday.
I would be back to office on next Wednesday.

Err…. if I were to send you a email on Monday morning, I’ll be darn confused. So exactly which afternoon will your leave begin and which wednesday will you be back?
*Confused look*

The above “out of office message” are all real. SERIOUS!
Anyway, below are some jokes “on out of office message”

I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to
get the position. Be prepared for my mood.

I’m not really out of the office. I’m just ignoring you

You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the
office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn’t have received anything at
all.

Sorry to have missed you but I am at the doctors having my brain removed
so that I may be promoted to management

I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send me
until I return from vacation on 4/18. Please be patient and your mail will
be deleted in the order it was received.

Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the
first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message

The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is
unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try
sending again.’ The beauty of it is that when I return, I can see how many
in-duh-viduals did this over and over.

Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queueing system.
You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in
approximately 19 weeks.

Please reply to this e-mail so I will know that you got this message.

I am on holiday. Your e-mail has been deleted.

Hi. I’m thinking about what you’ve just sent me. Please wait by your PC
for my response.

Hi! I’m busy negotiating the salary for my new job. Don’t bother to leave
me any messages.

I’ve run away to join a different circus.

AND, FINALLY, ABSOLUTELY THE BEST:

I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical reasons.
When I return, please refer to me as ‘Loretta’ instead of ‘Steve’.’

White elephant?

Can someone please explain to me the logic behind this.

You build the NEL, but keep 1 station closed. Giving the excuse that there is not enough people in the area to open the station.

Now you come out say you might wanna relax the rule and open the station. Make a big hu-ha over it and everyone start calling you an angel.

But wait a min, aren’t you the same devil who kept the station closed for the past few years? So why should I be grateful now?

Words On Love

Found this in a old email
Very meaningful…

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Words On Love

I would like to share something on the ‘nature of love’ I once had a
friend who grew to be very close to me.

Once when we were sitting at the edge of a swimming pool, she filled the
palm of her hand with a little water and held it before me, and said
this:

“You see this water carefully contained on my hand? it symbolizes Love.”

As long as you keep your hand caringly open and allow it to remain
there, it will always be there.

However, if you attempt to close your fingers around it and try to
posses it, it will spill through the first cracks it finds.

This is the greatest mistake that people do when they meet love…they
try to posses it, they demand, they expect… and just like the water
spilling out of your hand, Love will retrieve from you.

For love is meant to be free, you can not change it’s nature. If there
are people you loves, allow them to be free beings.

Give and don’t expect.

Advise, But don’t order.

Ask, but never demand.

It might sound simple, but it is a lesson that may take a lifetime to
truly practice.

It is the secret to true love. To truly practice it, you must sincerely
feel no expectations from those who you love, and yet an unconditional
caring.

May be this is applicable for all of us…….

Digital Knight???


Digital Knight

Ok, I admit, I’m bored…. Damn bored….

Ku Zhong Zhuo Le

Making Pleasure out of Bitter times. (Pls excuse me if my translation is not that good)

Knew that I have to work OT till very late today. So happen that my dad was nearby my office at 6pm. I took his car home with him and drive the car back to office so that I can drive home after my OT.

While at my home, saw that the Pasar Malam is still ongoing. Went to buy Ramly Value Meal again and bring it back to office to eat.

I don’t know if it is the stall make really good ramly burger or because it’s simply Ku Zhong Zhuo Le. The burger taste very good today.

Which reminds me of life…. This is what life is suppose to be. Making pleasure during hard times. It is all these little pleasures along the way that keeps you going during hard times.

And I know I will go on….. :)
(Oh btw…. this blog was written in office. Time now, 12:30AM. I should go home now.)