Thursday, June 14, 2012

Still learning ...

Okay so I am still in training on the new ‘toy’ – the Blackberry -- but I have to admit I find it useful already. I hate to admit it, but there is something nice about not rushing back to the office, or the house, to check my e-mail. But here’s the thing… even though the Blackberry can be set up with our corporate e-mail, I haven’t done that. I have flagged a few important contacts and anytime they send a message it goes to my old hotmail account. And that pops up on the screen… instantly.  I am not going to use the phone for the “social media” thing either. I have already deleted the Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts.
It has quite a few interesting features, a still camera, a video camera, a compass, a very useful GPS tracker, so that’s all cool. The one I find really interesting is the QR-Code reader, which downloads tonnes of info based on those square codes you see everywhere. This one here is for the New York Times. As you might expect I have loaded up several news applications along with direct feeds from the OPP, city police and city hall.

So I guess you could say, yeah, it’s useful.  

Saturday, June 09, 2012

I am NOT as smart as my phone...

Well, things change. So I bit the bullet and got a new phone. It's one of those smarty phones. It's a bold blackberry 9900.  I just got off a 25 minute call with the customer service guy and I had to laugh because I didn't know how to end the call... so I put the phone down and looked in the little booklet. Two minutes later I shut the phone off. I figure it will take the better part of the weekend to figure out how to get this thing fired up and running right. The guy said I can watch movies on it. Yeahhh, right. Like I am going to warm up some popcorn, grab a beer and sit down to watch Bridge Over River Kwai on this thing. I can't wait.