My BlackBerry Storm Review

Well I’ve had my Blackberry Storm for a few weeks now and I have a few tips to make it work better. I said “Better.”

1. Install the Blackberry Update that they released about a week after they started selling the Storm. This makes the phone act more like a Beta version.

2. Under the Options menu, Keyboard/screen set the font size to 10. This increases the size of the menus and other buttons. So if you have big hands/paws like me it’s easier to select the button you really want.

3. Remove the Blackberry Messenger. You need to uninstall it. This is one of the apps that Blackberry always keeps open for you so you have faster access to it. 

4. Close the apps your not using. A real pain, I know.

5. Don’t forget about rebooting the unit every now and then. I mean pull the battery for a good minute.

So even with these changes I still get it to crash and burn. (Just use the camera, video and playback.)

BlackBerry Storm Crashed again, and again.

BlackBerry Storm Crashed again, and again.

Physical Security in MDF,IDF, and Phone rooms

Physical Security in MDF,IDF, and Phone rooms

All the companies that I’ve worked for have had the policy of “Never leave unauthorized people alone in the MDF’s, IDF’s , and the phone room’s. “ That being said, over the past year or so I’ve been talking to Phone Guy’s/Gal’s and such that have come to do work in these “sensitive areas.”

I asked them “How many companies require someone be with them? The answer is about half. That doesn’t seem very good. So then I start asking about the people that hang out with them. It seems that again only about half are computer and/or phone people. It seems odd that you would put a guard on the worker that doesn’t know anything about phones and computers.

Stupidity in strange places

I just took my car in for repair at the dealer for some warranty work. My dealership does a lot of on-line stuff. They even have an open wireless network and workstations to use while waiting for car work to be done. So I received the following E-mail from them:

Customer No. #######
Your vehicle is complete and ready for pick up. Please look over the
attached invoice and call with any questions. If the invoice is correct,
you can reply with a credit card number and expiration date. I will run
the credit card number to help speed up the delivery process.
Thank You for Your Business. Jane Doe ###-###-#### ext ###

The biggest issue is the word “Reply” there is no link in the E-mail to go to a secure payment page. Have you ever looked over a dealership invoice? There is a lot of personal information on it about you and your car.

So I went to the dealership and talked to the manager. I was very happy that he listened to me and sent out some e-mails. The first was to stop using above text on invoices. The second was to ask his internal people if I was correct and what is PCI. Does anyone know if this would break PCI compliance?

Updates, Updates, Updates, What about your PDA?

This last week everyone has been running around saying “Patch this, update that!” But what about your PDA? I’ve been having issues with my PDA so I updated the OS and then went and found all the apps I had installed to re-install. (I know I could have backed them up but I wasn’t sure if the problem wasn’t caused but an app. ) I was amazed at home many updates where made to each of apps.

The moral is to remember the little machines need updates too.

P.S My dad updated his router and made his Internet connection slower so careful with what you update.


Microphones are a great tool when it comes to speaking in front of a large audience. I keep wondering how so many speakers can spend so much time in front of their microphones and keep using incorrectly.

1. Speak into the microphone.

2. Hold the microphone in front of you mouth. (Not on your stomach or by your Side.)

3. If you can turn the base down and the treble up a little. You may sound funny but you’ll be understandable.

4. No mumbling.

5. Remember when the microphone is on!

If your presentation depends on a laser pointer or a remote control for your slides, then go buy one. They cost less than a $100 for a really nice one. It looks a lot better to be prepared than asking the venue if they have an extra unit lying around. Having two is better than none. Backups are good right?

Informal Reviews

This idea to promote Awareness has two parts:

Part 1:
Setup a company webpage with the “best practices” for office security. This might need to be approved by HR.

The webpage would have things like:

Ctrl, Alt, Delete, When not in your seat!
Lock your door when you leave.
Don’t leave confidential papers on your desk.
Lock your desk.

Part 2:
If while performing our other duties we notice that a person is not doing these things then we pop into their office and leave a Special Business card. (I’d say wait 1 minute in the office before leaving the card.)

The front of the card would have the Company logo and the Words “Security Awareness is everyone’s job’ and a link to the “best practices” page.
The back of the card would have boxes to check what was wrong. It’s an informal Security Audit.

The keyword is “Informal.” The fact that they are not getting written up for violations and not getting lectured about what is wrong gives them a chance to change on there own.

Tag Lines

Here are some cute and simple tag lines to add to your e-mails to quietly remind people about security. As always if you have some suggestions please e-mail me.

Sample Tag Lines or Signature files

  • Ctrl, Alt, Delete, When not in your seat!
  • You lock up your wallet or purse when you leave your desk. Why not your computer?
  • Security is everyone’s job.
  • Did you lock your car today? Why not your office?
  • “Sec rity” is not complete without U.
  • Have you been Phished today? Let us know…