Where and how far can we take this?

I have not been blogging much. My work has begun to take up my time increasingly.

Lately, the embers of the browser wars are beign stoked by the guys at mozilla who have made a series of press releases to announce the launch of Firefox 1.0. They are hoping to put a serious dent in IE’s market share :). But honestly, just because it presents a viable alternative, I went ahead and got it for myself. I don’t mean to imply that it is a better browser (which it is) or that it is safe (umm that claim is still debatable).

Meanwhile RIM Ltd have launched the Charm in Europe. Thsi is an amazing time for all at RIM and I can tell you this with certainty, I definitely don’t regret taking up my current job here. I have always wanted to be directly involved in a small product team that lays the foundations of how things are done (or de facto). For users in the USA, the Blackberry Web Client is the data + voice solution from t-mobile, rivalled by others from Treo, HP Venetian, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.

One question I have right now is, how is t-mobile so well endowed with a choice of devices while Verizon lag behind. I need not remind the well-informed reader that Verizon is way larger than t-mobile.

What people say about MyEmail

I clocked ~50 hours this weekend at work.
1. HP 6315 runs MyEmail
What people have to say:
“I had a similar issue regarding the wap/internet2 previously with my xda.
I suppose they (T-Mobile) just don’t test things.”

“I am having a different problem with email. I finally got myemail setup. This morning there were 3 new emails in one of the accounts. Two had attachments. I selected the option to download full. Afterwards, things are really messed up. If I select the second email, it opens the first email. If I select the third, it opens the second. The first opens one that isn’t in the list. ”

“I am having the very same problem. It may very well be a smtp timeout issue, but it seems like it shouldn’t be THAT slow. I was trying to send jsut a 32k attachement file last night and it never went until i came home and turned on the wifi. Even if we are getting half of dialup speeds, we should be able to send a small attachment before we get a timeoout.”

“Truthfully, I regret moving from my XDA1 to the 6315. I am likely going to switch back. Actually, I am going to start looking at other carriers, T-Mobile should be taught a lesson for oursourcing their tech support.”

Blackberries may boost your social life?

I think this is a hilarious title, but it seems to be true, atleast in Washington (DC) according to this NY Times article, (Registration is required, and is free)

A YEAR ago, Tripp Donnelly saw his BlackBerry as a social liability � an accessory with all the sex appeal of a pocket protector. But now the gadget makes the rounds with Mr. Donnelly, 31, even when he sheds his jacket and tie for a night of barhopping or clubbing. He started keeping it with him when he realized he was missing social e-mail from the growing population of Washington women who were carrying BlackBerries themselves

What probably leaves a slight feeling of ambiguity is the following statement:

The BlackBerry gained a foothold in Washington two and a half years ago, after the Sept. 11 attacks left many in the city incommunicado when cellphone services were overwhelmed. BlackBerries worked fine that day (the proprietary network that carries their signals, for a monthly fee, has far less traffic than the networks used by cellphones), and shortly afterward the House allocated more than $500,000 to outfit its members with them.

The berry uses the ‘pager’ network (I am not sure about the newer berries, like the quark). It is conceivable that the pager network is more robust due to constrained capabilities.

Vodafone adds Blackberry to mobile office offerings

An excerpt from the original article on The Register, UK
Vodafone adds Blackberry to mobile office offerings
By Tony Smith
Posted: 03/11/2003 at 15:45 GMT

Mobile phone carrier Vodafone will begin offering an own-branded version of RIM’s Blackberry 7230 handheld to European businesses later this month.

The device – and the back-end systems that connect corporate Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino or vanilla POP servers to Vodafone’s GPRS network – will be positioned alongside Vodafone’s Mobile Connect Card, which brings GSM/GPRS connectivity to laptops. Both will be offered under the carrier’s Mobile Office brand.

The Blackberry system automatically beams email to users’ handhelds, including attachments. Enclosed PDF, plain text and Microsoft Office files can be read on the device, but not edited.

The 7230 also doubles up as a tri-band GSM handset. It features a micro keyboard, backlit 16-bit colour screen, 2MB of SRAM and 16MB of Flash memory. The rechargeable battery is removable. The device can be synchronised with a PC using a USB connection, which also doubles-up as the battery charger.

The handheld, offered as ‘Blackberry from Vodafone’, will be initially offered in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.