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April 2009

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Best Application for the BlackBerry Storm

April 21, 2009

Over the past few weeks I've been browsing through the FREE applications available in BlackBerry App World and I think I may have found the best and most useful App available so far for the BlackBerry Storm.

I introduce to you QuickPull v2 by Steelthorn Software.  QuickPull is an app that frees memory quickly by simulating a battery pull soft reset.  It even has the ability to schedule to run daily.

Laugh all you want, but I'm still running the latest official OS release (4.7.0.75), which is 4 months old at this point.  With all of the new apps I've been downloading, I'm noticing more freezes and little bugs and glitches popping up everywhere. 



Pandora for the BlackBerry Storm Finally Released

April 16, 2009

It's here, finally.

After constant badgering from Storm users and months of delay...

Pandora has released the highly anticipated application that will give BlackBerry Storm users a mobile version of their service.  Download information for the Storm is located at http://www.pandora.com/blackberry.

It's a shame I switched to Slacker Radio months ago.  If Pandora had been on the ball, I may never have even found Slacker in the first place.

Twitter Trash Icon Missing

April 8, 2009

Twitter is buggin today.

I just ran through my twitter page and noticed I can't delete my tweets anymore, because there's no trash icon.  Careful what you say today, because you can't take it back, at least for a little while.  You can follow the pandemonium it is causing across the social network here.

If you're in desperate need of a trash icon RIGHT NOW, this link is the best I can offer you.

Other than that, I'm stuck and waiting with the rest of you.

An Evening at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

April 8, 2009

I had the privileged and opportunity last night to sit in on the taping of the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the "fake news" program aired on Comedy Central. I had never before been to the taping of a television program and I jumped at the opportunity when a friend of mine offered me VIP tickets, especially to one of the few programs I watch on a semi frequent basis.  However, while I'm glad I had this opportunity, I can safely say I won't be doing it again.

Personally, it was a little bit of a let down.  The whole process of getting in wasn't worth the payoff (basically 30 minutes of rushed entertainment), even at "VIP" status.  I arrived at the studio located in Manhattan/Hell's Kitchen on 11th ave between 51st and 52nd streets about a half hour prior to the suggested 4:15 pm. 

Study Says I'm Wrong About Social Networking In The Workplace

April 6, 2009

So, today I learned something.  Studies from top universities don't apply to the real world.

A recent study from the University of Melbourne has "concluded" that those who surf the Internet for fun during office hours actually increase their productivity.  Read more about their ground breaking research here (yes I rolled my eyes when I typed that, but I refuse to use an emoticon).  Essentially there is conclusive research now that goes completely against one of my earlier entries titled Facebook is Killing Productivity.

Dr Brent Coker, from the Department of Management and Marketing, says that workers who engage in 'Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing' (WILB) are more productive than those who don't.

That quote alone disqualifies this study for me. 





MSN Live Search Submission Change?

April 3, 2009

Once I launch a site or micro site on the web, I usually submit the URL to Google, Yahoo!, and Live Search.  There's never a guarantee that any of them will crawl or index you promptly (or that this does anything at all), but in the world of SEO, I try to use whatever the search engines offer that will get my work found.  The rest is in the hands of God... I mean Google.

I was doing this routine for a handful of channels launched on TMCnet recently, and noticed a change with the Live Search submission page

BlackBerry App World is Here!

April 1, 2009

They missed their March 2009 launch by a day, but who cares... it's here.  RIM and BlackBerry® take their next step in the ongoing competition with Apple and the iPhone.  Finally an application store for our BlackBerry's, which is something I've been envious of that iPhone users have been waggling in front of my face for a while now.

If you have a PayPal account, and if your BlackBerry smartphone meets the system requirements, then you're ready to start.