Slip Your Special Mail Into These Letter-Holder Bookends

This is just a clever use of space right here. These bookends keep your softcovers in line and your mail in order. All your favorite paper goods, all in one place, tidy and organized. Nice! » 4/01/14 5:00pm 4/01/14 5:00pm

Junkmail for Cats Drives Them Crazy With Catnip

To appeal to cat owners, just target their cats. And what better way to do so than with an advertisement that is literally catnip? In this diabolically clever ad campaign for Bulk Cat Litter Warehouse, Rethink Canada came up with the idea of spraying paper with catnip concentrate. » 2/19/14 5:30pm 2/19/14 5:30pm

The US Postal Service Is Testing Mobile Point-of-Sale Technology

Door-to-door mail delivery might be on its last legs, but that isn't stopping the US Postal Service from flogging the horse. Now, it's testing a mobile point-of-sale system to reduce waiting times in its customer lines. » 1/02/14 5:20am 1/02/14 5:20am

The Days of Door-to-Door Mail Delivery Could Be Numbered

Every day, millions of people enjoy the simple luxury of a blue and grey-clad letter carrier showing up at their house and dropping the day's mail on their doorstep. But if some Republican lawmakers get their way, this luxury may be short-lived. » 7/23/13 1:24pm 7/23/13 1:24pm

The Super-Humans Who Read Addresses Computers Can't Figure Out

Email has eaten most of snail mail's lunch, but computers are cutting into what's left by parsing the addresses of your packages and letters. When they can't figure out your scrawl though, it's squinting and guessing to the rescue, and the New York Times tracked down the few people left with that job. » 5/04/13 10:31am 5/04/13 10:31am

How the Post Office Sniffs Out Anthrax Before It Hits Your Mailbox

The Amerithrax case of 2001, in which letters harboring Anthrax spores were delivered to media outlets and a pair of US Senators' offices, killed five people and sickened another 17. In the wake of these attacks, the US Postal Service (USPS) installed a system of electronic noses in mail processing facilities around… » 4/18/13 11:37am 4/18/13 11:37am

Why Paid Email Will Never Beat Gmail

Much has been said over the demise of Google Reader and what it should mean to users. A popular position advocated by many tech bloggers is that you should pay for services rather than trust your data to companies offering services for free. They argue that paying for services will give you more control over your data… » 3/26/13 10:34am 3/26/13 10:34am

Five Days of Mail a Week Is Still Too Much

The United States Postal Service announced plans today to end Saturday mail delivery later this year, as part of its spirit quest to become something other than a $16 billion sinkhole. Good! But it's not enough. In an age where we've already started to leave email behind, five days of bulk catalog and sweepstakes… » 2/06/13 10:27am 2/06/13 10:27am

Mailing Recorded Messages Was Once an Actual Alterative To Long…

Sherman, set the wayback machine to ridiculous because back in 1967, Smith-Corona—best known for its typewriters—actually sold a device called the Mail Call. What did it do? Let users record messages on small cartridges and mail them to anyone with a matching device. » 10/01/12 4:40pm 10/01/12 4:40pm

The Postal Service Shipped This Guy's Package Across the Country Twice…

This fellow wanted to have something shipped to his house in LA. It started off in Union City, California. Should have only taken a few days, right? Try two weeks—because USPS sent it across the entire continent. Twice. » 4/25/12 4:20pm 4/25/12 4:20pm

Flickr's Getting a Facelift on February 28th

Flickr has been bleeding users like a hemophiliac since around the time Google+ launched. Now, Yahoo's doing something about it. Flickr senior product lead Markus Spiering has hinted that big changes are in store for the photo-sharing site come month's end. » 2/21/12 9:05pm 2/21/12 9:05pm

Genius Parents Are Organizing 'Pox Parties' on Facebook

Idiotic parents who choose not to vaccinate their children are mailing viruses to other idiotic parents so they can time when their kid gets sick with diseases like chicken pox. And they're organizing it all on Facebook. » 11/04/11 7:20pm 11/04/11 7:20pm

These Are the Postal Service's Sad Ads Against Email

The Post Office is dying, kids, hemorrhaging money while you fritter away your time with those emails. Don't you know that paper mail is safer? Friendlier? And can't be hacked... by terrorists?! That's what the USPS's new ad campaign wants you to think. » 10/01/11 7:20pm 10/01/11 7:20pm

I Bet Batman Really Hates Notification Badges Too

Badges. So convenient. So stressful. A permanent reminder that you have pending stuff to read, to do, to write, to go to. I remember when I didn't know the number of mails waiting. I was happier. [Fuck Yeah Alburquerque] » 9/15/11 9:20pm 9/15/11 9:20pm

The Post Office Is Dying Because We Don't Need It Anymore

The Post Office is going to die, so says the old pony express. They're strapped for cash, probably defaulting on a $5.5 billion payment due this month and will shut down entirely this winter unless Congress stabilizes its finances. Sad. But we don't really need it anymore. » 9/06/11 9:21am 9/06/11 9:21am

Does Google's Patent for Shipping Notifications Mean They Have UPS,…

Patents related to shipping logistics normally aren't the concern of the public. But when Google receives a patent for electronic shipping notifications, one has to wonder what that means for online merchants, like Amazon, and major shipping companies, like UPS. » 8/11/11 12:18pm 8/11/11 12:18pm

Get the Thoughtfulness of Snail Mail With None of the Effort

Some folks can't embrace this digital world. They cling to snail mail and painstakingly write letters that most netizens don't have the attention span to read, never mind respond. Don't ignore these dinosaurs, use Snail Mail My Email instead. » 7/19/11 8:41pm 7/19/11 8:41pm