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.

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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?

Yahoo Spam?

I’ve been wondering why is Yahoo Spam so much worse than Google’s Spam. I mean worse in the quantity of E-mails not their content. So this morning I think I figured it out. It’s all about the cash.

From their site:

Mail Plus
Get personalized spam filtering with SpamGuard Plus, 20MB message size, no graphical ads, POP access and forwarding, and more great features for just $19.99/year – that’s less than $2/month.

I feel better knowing that the it is not the poor choice of spam blocking software that Yahoo choose to implement but rather that they want to earn money.