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RIM wakes up

June 29, 2006 Comments off

About 4 or 5 years ago, when I was still working as a consultant, I was brought into a firm to deploy a Blackberry Enterprise Server and about 10 devices.  We worked closely with AT&T Wireless and even brought in their RIM liason (he was from the home office in Canada) to train our users.

I sat in the training meeting and asked few questions of the RIM guy.  Specifically I quizzed if they were planning support for Bluetooth or polyphonic ring tones.  I was told, with an air of disdain, that “business users wouldn’t want those features, and RIM is solely focused on the needs of business users.”

That makes the comments today by RIM co-CEO Jim Balsille ring in my ears with sweet, sweet irony.  Not only does my current Blackberry 8700c support Bluetooth and polyphonic ring tones, but coming models will have much more…

“Adding in media players, removable storage and image capturing will only further that (growth). “Even enterprise employees have a life beyond that and these lifestyle devices will be a part of that. Gaming, IM, personalization… it’s just as exciting as the enterprise space.” [via BBHub]

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Having a kid saves you $15/month

June 28, 2006 Comments off

I just called Comcast and removed our subscription to HBO.  We really never get a chance to watch anything on that channel any more (since we’re spending time with KC), and quite frankly when we do have a chance to do that I never see anything I want to watch.  So “goodbye HBO”!

Alicea wrote a great post the other day on how our TV viewing has changed of late, which is just fine with me.  🙂

What We Watch With the Wee One

Currently watching: Krakatoa: Volcano of Destruction!

Nathan and I have decided to limit our television watching when Kaitlyn is downstairs with us.  If we do have it on, we have a couple of choices.  Sports, education, or childrens. 

Sports: pretty much any type of sports.  During this month we have the World Cup on.  In only a couple of days the Tour de France will dominate our television.  It is amazing to me the pure stamina and athleticism of the riders. 

Education: Usually the Discovery or History Channel.  Although I’m sure Krakatoa and some of the other stuff we watch (Deadliest Catch, etc.) may be a bit extreme, I’m certain that it is better than exposing her to sitcoms and other mindless trash (hey, I watch mindless trash too) out there.

Childrens: Sprout or Noggin… usually Sprout, just because it’s 24/7 preschool.  I may be rotting my child’s brain, but it’s so cute to see her huge smile when I switch to Sprout and she sees the host, Melanie.

All that being said – this Krakatoa thing is pretty amazing.  For some reason I really like watching shows about geological events.  It is so interesting to me to learn about what this earth is capable of. 

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Proud husband

June 27, 2006 Comments off

Why am I so proud?  Because my wife found her first software application bug yesterday!  She submitted a bug report to the developer, they validated that she had indeed found a flaw (was a permissions issue in a web service), and they corrected it.

Yay Alicea!

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June 19, 2006 Comments off

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and I don’t have much of an excuse other than I’ve been too busy.  But, all that being said…

THE WHALERS WON THE STANLEY CUP!  The sweaters may be red and they may be called the Hurricanes, but the team will always be the Hartford Whalers to me.  🙂



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Saving for the monkeys

June 9, 2006 Comments off

“Maybe God just turned to one of his cherubs and muttered something like ‘I don’t roll like that,’ because it seemed funny.”

– Scott Adams from What’s My Lion?

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