RIM Blackberry 10 (BB10) available this week

With the general availability of the Blackberry 10 device starting on Monday of this week, several important questions arise.

Does anybody actually care?  RIM has lost so much momentum to iPhone, Android, and Windows phone.  Can they realistically ever recover? I doubt it.  Still, there are die-hard crackberry addicts who will embrace this new model.  Businesses need to take a bit of a look and see if there is any demand in their user base.  If there is (especially executive demand), then the new management platform may be worth digging into.  RIM wants everybody to use this to manage ALL of their mobile devices.  Whether or not this will actually happen remains to be seen, but BES10 will be needed if you want to support BB10 properly.  Since BES10 is new, it would probably be prudent to wait 6 months or so before deploying it in production.

Gartner has published a fairly concise report on this: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2374518

Phone messages – rushed numbers

I suppose this has happened to all of us.  You find a voicemail has been left for you.  Upon listening to it, you wade through lots of “um..” and “ah…”, as the caller’s thought processes are revealed in more detail than you ever wanted to experience.  Then, at the end, they leave their call-back number… at light speed!  So, while you could easily skip the bulk of the message, the single most important part of it is rushed and unintelligible even after repeated playbacks.  The caller has therefore failed in their most basic task; to obtain a call back from you.  Oh sure, they know their number by heart, but you don’t, or they wouldn’t need to leave it, would they?

This has bugged me for years, and so whenever I leave a message, and get to that all important point, I consciously slow down when I leave my number.  I doubt anybody notices, or appreciates the little gesture, but it makes me feel like a better human being.