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My “Enhanced GMAIL Plugin” is lost!!!

May 28, 2010 Comments off

This past 2 wks I’ve been without it, focusing too much on work and family life and just dealing with it. Now that things are getting busy everywhere its getting me vexed that I cannot Label or Add Star to my gmail account.

Since playing with firmwares with loader.exe on the PC – also tried via VM on Mac for WinXp -or- Win7; I’ve not had it.

Man this is getting on my nerves. Adding my gmail account, removing, hrt, resend service books etc. It’s driving me INSANE!

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BlackBerry Service Books: Providers Gone & Driving me MAD!

May 22, 2010 4 comments

This is something that has been driving me mad for over a year now and I just keep taking it, accepting it. I haven’t seen it mentioned on the bigger blogs or my favorites out there: BlackBerryCool, CrackBerry, or even the Forums: HowardForums.

BlackBerry Service Books in particular from Providers is just getting out of hand.

Why is it I can opt OUT of email ads or sharing my email address to third party’s but I CANNOT limit what service books for 3rd party apps, or 2nd party apps get pushed to my phone?! Whats worse is this does NOT only affect the consumer space, but also the corporate space where Service Books get forced to devices upon battery pull or Host Routing Table (HRT) registration to the providers network; even with IT Policy’s blocking app installations (I think a few get through the restrictions).

For those of you out there that do heavy troubleshooting of BlackBerry’s or your own (application troubleshooting, or firmware upgrades), know just what I’m talking about. Hiding the Service Book icons that show up in your menu list in any particular theme does NOT remedy the situation when you do a battery pull (or QuickPull) or HRT Registration thereafter.

Whats even more Mindboggling is the fact that even with administrative access to the providers’ admin page they STILL cannot selectively remove which service books are pushed to your HH. You have to KEEP removing them! ARRGGH!!!

Rogers BIS SB_1

Zoompass, Tell me again why?!

World Series of Poker 3

Yahoo & Rogers Music Store Front.

Why again?!

Rogers urMusic Download site

Rogers Wireless:

Tetris VPL [BrowserConfig], Mobile Backup VPL [BrowserConfig], VPL Telenav GPS Navigator [BrowserConfig], urMusic VPL [BrowserConfig], World Series of Poker 3 Demo VPL [BrowserConfig], Brain Challenge 2 Demo VPL [BrowserConfig], Brain Challenge 2 Demo VPL [BrowserConfig], Bubble Bash Demo VPL [BrowserConfig]. Yes that is 8 specific Service Books that Rogers Wireless pushes to your BlackBerry on every HRT Registration or Battery Pull.

Rogers Service Books List

Not to mention that about 2 of these also pushes down another service book or “piggy back” application installation demo after you download one of those listed above. Does your provider force spoon feed you this junk?! In NO WAY would I EVER use 7/8 of these … with only TeleNav getting a recognition headnod (yet I don’t need it).

Now of course this in NO WAY is pointed directly to RIM … however if RIM makes an adjustment for Consumers, and corporate purchased BlackBerry’s alike the ability to selectively remove which 3rd party service books are pushed to the devices this will a) improve end user experience, and b) improve what is offered by third party’s, possibly even have proper applications created and submitted in the App World storefront. Stop bombarding me with links, please Rogers (insert your BB provider here).

Of note you & I of course have already agreed to the digital agreement of using the BIS service, in particular outlined & quoted just below.

BY SUBMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION TO RIM PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER, YOU CONSENT TO THE COLLECTION, PROCESSING, TRANSMISSION, USE, RETENTION AND DISCLOSURE OF SUCH INFORMATION BY RIM AND ITS AFFILIATED COMPANIES IN CANADA AND/OR THE UNITED STATES FOR ANY PURPOSES SET OUT IN RIM’S PRIVACY POLICY. IF THIS LINK IS BROKEN, THE PRIVACY POLICY IS ALSO PROVIDED ON THE BIS WEBSITE. IN ADDITION, IF YOU USE THE BIS TO ACCESS AND SEND E-MAIL FROM THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS SUCH AS AMERICA ONLINE OR YAHOO!, (“THIRD PARTY SERVICES”), YOU AUTHORIZE RIM TO USE AND STORE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION RELATING TO THE THIRD PARTY SERVICES FOR SO LONG AS RIM DEEMS NECESSARY (BUT NOT LONGER THAN AS PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW), INCLUDING USER NAME, PASSWORD AND E-MAILS, FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE OF PROVIDING E-MAIL FROM THE THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDER TO YOU ON THE BIS SERVICE. Information retained by RIM about You may be reviewed, corrected or edited by You by contacting RIM at the location specified herein (though, in some situations, deleting certain information may not be technically feasible and termination of Your account may result from a request from You to delete such information). . Third Party Services, Information and Links The BIS may access Third Party Services, and the BlackBerry Internet Service Site may also contain links to third party Web sites (“Linked Sites”), and may incorporate information obtained from third parties (“Third Party Information”). Additionally, the BIS may include RIM’s Internet Connection Service (“ICS”), which allows You to browse Web content from Your wireless handheld, and may provide access to Third Party Services, Linked Sites, Third Party Information and other unrelated Web sites (“Other Sites”). Nothing herein authorizes the use of or access to Third Party Services, Linked Sites, Third Party Information or other Sites and RIM does not in any way warrant that the BIS will allow access to such Third Party Services, Linked Sites, Third Party Information and Other Sites. THE THIRD PARTY SERVICES, LINKED SITES, OTHER SITES AND THIRD PARTY INFORMATION ARE NOT UNDER THE CONTROL OF RIM, AND RIM IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR the contents, usage or performance of any Third Party Services, Linked Site, Other Site or Third Party Information, including without limitation the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, decency, links or any other aspect of the Third Party Services, Linked Site, Other Site or Third Party Information. RIM is not responsible for any form of transmission received from or through any Third Party Service, Linked Site or Other Site nor is RIM responsible if the Third Party Service, Linked Site or Other Site is not working appropriately or as expected by You. RIM provides such links and information to You only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link or Third Party Information does not imply endorsement by RIM of the site or any association with its operators. You are responsible for viewing and abiding by the privacy statements and terms of use posted at the Linked Sites and Other Sites, and for complying with any agreements with third parties that You may have in relation to the Third Party Services. All Third Party Services offered for use with the BIS are provided to You through Your third party service provider(s) and shall be subject to Your agreement with such third party service provider(s). EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN YOUR JURISDICTION, RIM SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY CLAIMING BY OR THROUGH YOU, FOR ANY ISSUE RELATING TO THE THIRD PARTY SERVICES, LINKED SITES, OTHER SITES OR THIRD PARTY INFORMATION, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE ACCURACY, TIMELINESS OR CONTINUED AVAILABILITY OF SUCH THIRD PARTY SERVICES OR THE CONTINUED INTEROPERABILITY OF THE THIRD PARTY SERVICES WITH THE BIS. Any dealings with third parties conducted through the BIS, the Third Party Services, Linked Sites or Other Sites, including the delivery of and the payment for goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between You and the third party. RIM shall not be responsible or liable for any part of any such dealings.

Still this service is offered by RIM and the conduits that make up the providers linked BIS Administration site are listed as pointing to rim’s owned portals “https://bwc.blackberry.net/BIS-E_Admin/” (that is not the FULL link btw, and will not work for those of you out there reading; yes I have access, NO I will NOT give it out, nor abuse it in ANY way (I respect ALL of you out there, and my own freedom).

Rogers BIS Admin screenshot

Yeah so this NEEDS to change … and soon with consumers & corporate account holders/admins the ability to restrict out Full/Partial 3rd party service books pushes. Think of this as Ad control, not an Ad-Mob’ing you 😉 .

Those of you out there, please comment how you feel and also right an email to RIM’s feedback to voice your opinion or concerns of how 3rd party service books annoy you, or if you enjoy them.

Cheers & party hard this weekend.

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

May 8, 2010 Comments off

Happy Mothers day everyone.

Happy Mothers Day 2010

Mother. You are incredible. You work your ass off to provide for me, nurture me, pick me up when I fall down, give me hope that everything really can be alright, fight the good fight, scold me when I’m wrong, give me a proper spanking when I continue to do wrong and knowingly so – when it hurts others or when it can develop into a wrong behaviour that is unacceptable. You clean up after us even when we’re no longer babies, provide a soft pillow for our aching heads. Like a prayer you provide comfort in a world full of tornadoes.

We’ve never had great times growing up in our broken home. Life has been VERY hard for you even at the early age of 6. I have horrible memories growing up, but I do have good memories, have met wonderful people that offered helping hands – but I was too ashamed to reach out to accept for reasons that had nothing to do with you or caused by you. I’ve said some horrible things to you out of anger of not feeling loved, I’ve done some things long in the past (that I can barely remember) that you never approved of and have beaten my ass for – rightfully so. But I have GREAT happy memories of you, times where the day began like another wave of hard times and emotional pain in a wicked sea of a week – yet you smiled and did everything you could to keep me above those waves, and even made me smile; warmed me for it.

The hard times you did for me, guided me to offer the things I never had to my kids. Find the love in my heart for both of them, even if 1 of them is not mine – I love her just as much as my son. The things you taught me, and the hurt I had learned from to be more ambitious in life, helped me find love for another.

To my wife – I love you. I knew from the first few times I met you, that you’re a wonderful woman. You’re an incredible mother – soft as a rose, sometimes to a fault – but I wouldn’t want it any other way. You do incredible things for our kids, and for me. There are times that I cannot find the words to express how much I appreciate you ~ and many times in the past could not make the time to show you.

Happy Mothers Boo Day

This is for you and all you do! Flowers our son & I got for you is on the dining table. Sorry its been a while. Breakfast in bed … sorry lazy day today on grocery day so we missed out. I too am craving chocolate but we have none, that’s for tomorrow. Will you settle for a peticure?!

For all of you out there, mothers current & past, don’t forget to treat your mothers right, and for those who’s mothers have passed on, cherish their memory. Even if times are hard and your reading this and cannot do much for them. A simple phone call, or even doing the dishes, or taking them out for coffee, a big warm hug, foot rub at the end of the day, or just a hand soak can make them feel special.

Happy Mothers Boo Day 2

Of course the hard part is at the end of the day …. trying to avoid this happening to them, even if she has Monday off and you gotta get up early to work.

A Mothers work is never done - cruelty.

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BlackBerry Prototypes: 9800 Slider & 9670

May 8, 2010 2 comments

Well, the larger blogs & favourites in the BlackBerry world are a buzz with the newest leaked prototypes. I love a peak into the near & immediate future as much as the next guy, and maybe its a controlled release by RIM, however it could be a double-edge sword.

When customers get a peak into the future product lineup of cellphone manufacturers – the can turn into a fanatic chorus or a mob. The mob can do wonders – give you great consumer opinionated feedback at no cost (maybe a profit: cell the prototype at a gain). The mob also can do you no good – just about all cellphone manufacturers make their profits from consumer/corporate hardware upgrades with cellular providers. We know that RIM’s revenue intake consists just over 60% from the consumer market and if just 20-30% decide they don’t like the upcoming device lineup they may just be looking at the competition. The fanatic chorus may just be what a controlled leak is hoping to gain: reason to push all R&D to speed up the production of the targeted prototype.

9800 Slider Prototype

Oh yes. A BlackBerry Slider seems to be inevitable and an acceptable side evolution of the brand. Lately, BGR & CrackBerry have spoken out – even shown a video – of it getting the “Bold” sub-brand. This can be a BAD move by RIM.

The BlackBerry Bold is a device that fits an upper echelon corporate & consumer base. Sure the popularity of the Bold makes any device a sure sale especially with the recent success of the 9700. Putting the Tour 2, the 9650, into the Bold lineup was just a no-brainer and an evolutionary step. It really was a better Bold, sleek yet large keyboard that the 9000 had, for those on CDMA carriers. The Bold is the brand name that evolved from the mind-numbing full-qwerty lineup of the past (6800,7250,etc). Now we already have the Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and original Bold 9000 (still being sold). All of which are full-qwerty slate devices with no shell moving parts.

This slider is a great looking device, and I have no issues with its current styling queues; but giving if a sure fire sub-brand naming is a BAD move. Not many out there have any love for the Storm 1, and the Storm 2 is an awesome device – with still few loving it in the consumer space. RIM should learn from previous cautious consumers from purchasing a touch screen device from them; why bring even the remote possibility of diluting the BlackBerry Bold brand with a slider which will have “loose slider” mechanism issues & worse satisfaction from consumers that cannot get timely (1wk) repairs or shell component replacement parts (Storm 2 replacement housing is a nightmare to find). The whole point of going from numerical device models to a name gives consumers, and various support areas (provider, sales, corporate) an easier way to relate to devices. Bold is beginning to look congested. The slider fits more into the Storm lineup, or even a new category.

No doubt this slider with non-SureType touch screen will have love.

Another serious consideration is design patents which can be fired like a viscous salvo across RIM’s brow and taken very uncomfortably. This is not Palm Inc with limited cash flows, its now a subsidiary of HP a HUGE corporation that eclipses RIM. HP doesn’t make any good smartphones, period, but they make great computers, laptops, servers, and services & software for large corporations. Hopefully this slider doesn’t impede any design patents – we really don’t want to see RIM in another globally aware patent dispute. I DO see many former Palm users going to RIM with this very model though so its smart thinking by RIM’s engineers and designers.

BlackBerry 9800 Prototype 2

Now on to the 9670 … just look at it. Its got a buttaface that only its mother could love, and shouldn’t!!

Blackberry Butta Face

Wasted space above & below the keyboard, endless design queues from Motorola parts bin: RAZR2 hinge, RAZR2 bottom chin, Pebble outter buttress (when flip is open how the edge over lips the back), outter screen case takes from the last of the Accompoli lineup, and actually the Bold series, Pearl 9100, Storm 2, and all current BB models take the back camera layout from the Motorola Q (I didn’t notice this before).

Some out there will like this, but how does this really improve form the Pearl flip experience that a morphed Pearl 9100 into a flip cannot offer? Really, will the full QWERTY really be an improvement for a flip BlackBerry device or a larger screen? Can both together with a Butta Face design really be successful enough to warrant the expense of its R&D? To be honest I think the this Flip needs to go back to formula, back the the drawing board. A flip phone by design is to evoke passion in its design appeal, offer great 1 handed experience, and lead the product line (well before the Apple touchscreen madness began).

Well that’s it for this weekend, I think. Tomorrow is Mothers day and IronMan.

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