Digital Dirt

March 21, 2009

Drunk Emailing, a Thing of the Past

Alcohol has a major impact on our digital footprint.  Well, for me at least.  How many times have you sent an email after a late night on the town only to regret it once you wake up?  Problem solved.  All thanks to, who else, our friends at Google.  If you have a gmail account you can set this up from Google Labs.

Here’s the deal: you set up “Mail Googles” to for specific times when you are most likely trashed.  Say, 10pm Friday night to 5am Saturday morning (or if you have a bit more of a problem you can keep it set up 24/7).  


When you go to send an email during that time frame gmail will prompt you to answer five ‘simple’ math problems in under 60 seconds.  If you can’t do the math, you can’t send your email.  It’s like a breathalyzer for email.


So that takes care of email, but what about all of the other Dirt that is alcoholically induced, like text messaging or the infamous drunk dial?  Some cell phones abroad have built in precautions. LG released a phone in Korea that features a breathalyzer. Virgin Mobile users in Austrailia can use a feature that will allow them to block certain numbers at late hours of the night.

Now we can finally drink without fear!



  1. Genius! Reply-all’s can be just as deadly, especially on a work email address.

    Comment by verdantic — March 21, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

  2. OMG…what will they think of next?! Danny, you have again demonstrated how technology can indeed improve my life. BTW – thanks for the ipod advice (letting the battery die – so wise). It works just fine now!

    Comment by Alex — March 22, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

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