Technology and the occasional justified rant


A month as a BlackBerry addict

So now I know why it’s known as a ‘CrackBerry’.

BlackBerry 8800Last year, Lizzie from RIM sneered at the mobile phone I had at the time. Perhaps “sneered” is too harsh a word as she meant no malice, but we recognised the fact that there were better devices available. Now I appreciate that. Better looking, better screen, better battery life… but more importantly, access to e-mail, calendar and Sametime. Despite this being one of the busiest times of my working life, I’ve managed to maintain my no-scroll-bar inbox. Precious minutes in taxis, the bus to the airport terminal, standing in customers’ receptions are opportunities to deal with e-mail. So when I finally get to sit down and do some work, the e-mail workload is diminished.

If I were to go to another employer tomorrow, I’d have an extra question to add… will I earn more, what car will I get, do you use Lotus Notes (or are you lacking enlightenment), and finally… will I get a BlackBerry? Or to be more precise, will I get a BlackBerry 8800? I’ve swapped the 8100 for an 8800 and I’m loving the bigger keyboard and bigger display. Number of times I’ve missed the camera? Roughly zero.

I am officially addicted.

By the way, in the interests of being fair and balanced, other mobile solutions for Domino are available from CommonTime and Nokia.

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.


Darren Adams • 30 May 2007

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  1. Matt 16 June 2007 - 1:25 pm Reply

    I’m also addicted to mine now. It goes wherever I go.

    Yours has more buttons. Do you need smaller fingers 😉

  2. Darren 16 June 2007 - 5:36 pm Reply

    No, I’ve trained a small rodent which I dictate my e-mails and Sametime messages to.

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