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Disregard the title under the byline here.I'm no longer an editor; I'm an e-mail processor.The coupling of the internet and instantaneous interpersonal communication was originally touted as a universal blessing.But for many of us, e-mail has become a curse—and yet a necessary evil. It is simultaneously a time-saver and a time-waster.To wit: During a recent week's stay abroad on business, I found myself inadvertently locked out of my company's e-mail network. The following Monday was entirely devoted to slogging through the result of that glitch: 417 unanswered e-mails. Mind you, this flood came undaunted by the automatic feature that tells the sender the recipient i...

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