Email is unreliable, asynchronous, communication channel

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Just a reminder to myself, for the last couple of days I am starting to see time lapsed threads in Gmail. Specifically, a reply will arrive my mail box much earlier than the originator message. Sometimes the difference is measured in days.

Considering that I am much more prone to use Email for IM discussions than IM clients, I find this highly amusing.

It is also a good reminder of what we can tolerate such an unreliable communication protocol for something so essential. I am currently building my Producing Production Quality Software presentation, and this bring to bear the fallacies of distributes computing one again.