2010 October 25 Monday
Many of you already know of my love/hate for tech devices of varying kinds. The love/hate comes at differing times and in differing levels for different devices, but all seems to have a basis in the everyday use of said items.
Today, this love/hate is being focused towards the BlackBerry 8900 from Research In Motion (RIM).
I am (now) on my –second– replacement BlackBerry 8900 device from T-Mobile due to an annoying issue (in layman’s terms-#8900 number three) which causes the screen to go all white, like a bad flashlight application might try to do. And, no, there is no “flashlight application of any kind–good OR bad– on my device to which I would be aware. I have wiped the device, I have tried updating to version 5 of the OS, I have used version 4.5 of the OS, I have had it happen when using OS applications (such as reading a received SMS/txt message, taking a picture with the camera–or attempting to do so, trying to send a message using the SMS “feature,” and so on).
I have done everything the BlackBerry tech support people on Twitter ( @BlackBerryHelp ) have said to try, as well as doing the same with the information and procedures from the people in T-Mobile’s Smartphone/BlackBerry telephone technical support department.
I have had varying levels of speed/ability in getting past the “white screen” (which fades into white like a filmographer might have a scene “fade to black”)–pulling the battery is a must; I have learned that changing the power source while rebooting allows me to get to a “desktop” but usually after a looooooooooong wait/”boot up time” to do so (e.g. last night, it took over half-an-hour before I finally went off to do something else-it had reached the desktop sometime between then and four hours later).
On the latest instance, I have installed NO apps other than what comes on the Blackberry 8900 itself. I have my address book and messages synched to the device and have “managed my email/validated my email” addresses so far, and on version 4.5 of the device OS at the moment (by the looks of the messaging style-it’s not the wretched “conversation view-style of version 5″).
This REALLY STINKS, T-Mobile & R.I.M.–this is my third 8900 device now needing to be fixed (and this one only received less than a week ago)-I do not drop the device, etc.-it gets decent treatment. It has NOT been in water or excess humidity, the device is entact, the sensor stickers are still white, etc.
Just to clarify things a bit (some of which will be obvious to my followers, but not necessarily to those who stumble onto this posting) :
1) I work in the tech industry and am not computer illiterate.
2) This is not my first BlackBerry-I have had (and used) a BlackBerry for 3-3.5 years. This #8900 has been my BlackBerry device for about 1.5 years.
3) I perform regular data backups of the device.
4) This started some time ago as what I thought was a “temporary annoyance,” but has become commonplace, happening several times per day when I am indeed able to get said device to boot/reboot.
5) I need to pull the battery several times per day as a part of regular usage due to equipment freezes; this “white screen issue” simply adds more down-time to the device and for more battery-pulls.
6) This has been happening not only on downloaded applications, but also on NATIVE applications (i.e. ones which are a part of the BlackBerry device upon a “clean” installation, such as camera, reading a SMS/txt message, or even USING THE TELEPHONE “FEATURE”).
7) I have also heard a “buzzing sound” when using the phone as a phone-this sound is also heard by the party with whom I am speaking. The sound is similar to the sound one hears when a GSM phone is near computer speakers/a “live microphone in the broadcast industry,” but instead of a staccato rhythm which comes over the speakers/mic as a call or txt/SMS is about to arrive, this sound is continuous/not staccato.
8) After trying to get a solution via the T-mobile techs in the “BlackBerry” department (and having the problem continue), I went through RIM (Research in Motion)’s Twitter department, following their many instructions on wiping the device, eliminating applications, updating the operating system of the device and desktop, etc. yet the problem continues.
9) Today is the first day I have tried yet another replacement device from T-Mobile for this problem; I got a few hours of use tops (mostly in the area of trying to get my former workflow back into place, not to mention simply using the device itself) before this issue arose YET AGAIN.
10) I have not dropped my Blackberry, nor does it get any more jostling than what a business-card might get if placed into the shirt-pocket of one who spends the majority of his days sitting at a desk.
In the past, I have had annoyances with not receiving SMS texts sent from others using the same telephone provider (which was more-than-annoying), but this issue tops that one in making me frustrated, not to mention having me not want to tell people to buy a BlackBerry device. Someone at Research In Motion really needs to look into this problem ASAP.
2010 April 17 Saturday
Wow-I just realized this blog has not had an update in way too long of a time. My apologies to you, dear reader, for my lapse. For those of you with shorter attention spans, my tweets tell more of the story, but to quote the radio-personality Paul Harvey, “here’s the rest of the story.”
Sort of. OK-in reality this is missing quite a bit.
I hope to post here more frequently in the future. I have so much I’d like to say on so many topics right now, but professional decorum, self-imposed NDA’s, and the fact that some people give themselves plenty of rope with which to hang themselves (without me needing to give them any additional) generally keeps me biting my tongue for the time being; it is sad to see those to whom one has offered assistance continue to repeat the same mistakes, but in different (and also the same) areas; it is also enlightening to be able to postulate the next moves of a foe because you generally know the modus operandi and have already taken that move into consideration. Maybe I should take up fencing? Or Chess?
As mentioned on the TV-show “The ‘X’ Files,” the truth is out there… and the more I discover of it, the less I like what I see; it is not as if I am seeking the truth-it simply keeps arriving whether or not I seek it; how many others seem to not be able to put together otherwise distant activities (or can do so but also choose to bite their tongues) is baffling to me.
But unlike many who simply sit at their computer, or at a barstool (or both, or similar), and complain, I am taking action; if you are not part of the solution, them you are a part of the problem. I have lost(?) much sleep over some of this and have short hair for a reason right now (and the reason is NOT chemotherapy. Thankfully. Jerk.).
I am still presently happy for my generally decent health, family, and friends; I plan on keeping these near and dear. I also offer a toast to fallen comrades, as well as for those about to fall but have yet to realize it (as long as said blindness is not mine, knock on wood, in which case it’s time to skip the toast and change course). Speaking of changing course, please come back again and read more-I hope to keep more here to read in the future, and hope to be able to spill my guts on a few pertinent topics soon.
And because this specific user of a posted video clip on YouTube decided to not allow embedding, you will simply need to click the link and watch it on YouTube instead. I’d post a different link to the same track but this specific uploaded version’s audio and video quality seem to be the best of the bunch. “Mea Culpa” by Enigma (whose title AND artist names BOTH seem to be correct for this posting). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvUD14U4PNU
2009 July 10 Friday
Per a few reports online, Microsoft has a big announcement happening at noon today in regards to Silverlight. Correction-a just-now received Tweet from Anthony Handley says it is in about 14 minutes at http://www.seethelight.com
By the way-follow me on Twitter: @weberjon
I have been fortunate to have seen version 3 in beta of Blend and am actually excited about this version-which, for me, is a bit unusual for a Microsoft product. Although I am still a bit of the feeling that Windows 7 = Mohave plus possible service packs, I am strongly of the feeling that Expression Studio 3 (esp. when paired with Visual Studio 10, which I saw beta’d about a month ago in the Chicago ‘burbs by two huge proponents of WPF) will be a turning point for many designers; Adobe should be a bit nervous (not earthquake-shakingly nervous yet, but definitely nervous).
Here is an appetizer from a few months ago which should wet your whistle from uber-SL designer Corrina Barber on some of what is in store: http://blogs.msdn.com/corrinab/archive/2009/03/25/9508683.aspx
Like in the mid-to-late 1980′s, this is going to be a damn cool time in which to be a designer…
2008 November 7 Friday
…Windows 7 is Vista with a new name? Granted, I have yet to see/try Windows 7, but the minimum I have seen/read makes me think “Mohave,” but for real; I’m waiting for someone to tell me that it’s really Folgers Crystals, or that I’m soaking in it, etc.
2008 October 20 Monday
I was just informed that an interview I gave at BFusion 2008 has been posted:
Check the above podcast at about 7:30-about 12:30 to hear me give my reactions to my BFusion 2008 experience!
2008 October 18 Saturday
A few really cool things of note:
BFlex/BFusion 2008 – This was a GREAT conference. The second year for this conference, held again at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, was a HUGE success from my point-of-view. Matt Boles, THE original trainer for ColdFusion, was the main instructor for courses I attended at the conference, but he was not the only one doing courses. Bob Flynn, and his band of incredible volunteers, was again able to get a bunch of us together for (this time) two-days of FREE training by industry experts. If not for my car breaking down on the way home (just south of Lafayette, IN on I-65), it would have been a perfect weekend of training and networking. If they decide to do this a third time, do not hesitate to sign up-last year had 80 people for one day of training and this year had 200 people each day for two days of training! Lunch was provided for both days, as was a bunch of swag and, of course, VALUABLE TRAINING FOR FREE! HUGE KUDOS TO BOB AND THE GANG AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY FOR THIS EVENT!!! (Was that noticeable enough? If not, reread those words in all caps a few more times).
Adobe gets Kudos from me for CS4 finally getting a formal release-if you have not played with this yet, give it a look. My students will be learning on CS3 still for the specific course I am teaching, but I expect that CS4 will now get merged into the course (as it just “released” this last week). I hope that we will also be able to use Flexbuilder in the course, but the progress of the students will determine whether or not this will be possible to do.
Microsoft has finally released version 2 of SilverLight after it being in beta for what seemed like forever. I hope that they soon add more WPF elements into the “SilverLight Realm,” as I am beginning to enjoy working with WPF. Did I really just type “enjoy working with WPF?????!?!?!?”
I am liking Twhirl as a desktop-based tweeting tool. Twitterberry seems to be decent for the CrackBerry, but it is not as “nice” to use as Twhirl. (If the term “tweet” is one with which you are unfamiliar, google twitter.com. Live it. Love it. Learn it.)
Why are RIM (Research In Motion) and Apple both not allowing Flash and SilverLight onto their devices? Get into the 1990′s, guys (esp. since it is now 2008). Heck, even Sony has it on the PS3 these days…