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  • The Technology Guy 12:00 on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    #blackberry Z10 update on calendar 

    Update. I finally solved the calendar issue with Gmail.

    Using Active sync and m.google.com I now have two way calandar working.

    This is the first post I have made to the blog from it. Typing is so much easier than the iPhone.

    Next stop apps watch this space. Still no Internet on the office

  • The Technology Guy 07:20 on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ISP Issues   

    #virginmedia sort it out! How much do we rely on the web? 

    How much do you rely on the web? How much do you rely on connectivity? How much of our lives are under the control of one company, our ISP?

    Questions I have been asking since 6 am Thursday. This is when I found I had NO Internet.

    As I enter the third day of no connection and no business land line (same supplier) I begin to get nervous. 3pm Monday I have 25 people signed up for a free tutorial on Tin Can. Will I have connection by then? How many have tried to contact me by phone that I have missed. What is the cost of this failure? Can I get compensation?

    My mobile provider has a lousy signal in my house, so I have a surestream box to aid my connection by providing a private cell. It plugs into my router!!

    So why no connection. Some person digging a road hit the fibre and knocked out the whole of the east of London. Area 22. Might as well be Area 51 as it is a big secret why they can’t fix it!

    Every 6 hours as the time runs out on their update page they maintain, it moves the repair time back another few hours. 2pm Thursday became 6pm, became 10pm, became Friday 10am, 2pm, 10pm, became today, Saturday 10am. Yeh right!

    I called in frustration again (3rd time) at 6pm last night. The young lady in Bangalore informed me that my line was working fine and there had been no issues other than planned maintenance. I told her I was looking at the update page that had taken 30 mins to load on my phone with one bar of signal, it clearly shows a fault and time of fix. She told me I was wrong and must check my equipment. Funny she agreed there were notes I had called earlier about a fault. The supervisor was to call me back within 10 minutes. I am still waiting 13 hours later.

    Would you like to be fly on the wall for the conversation this morning?

    My overall point is we rely far too much on connectivity. And it’s not till we don’t have any we realise.

    It was not like this just a few years ago, where is this going? What do you have in place as a fallback? We have hundreds of servers to provide failsafes, we complain when Facebook falls over for 10 minutes but this is all hinging on a piece of fibre, the size of a hair to keep us connected. When it fails, so do we.

  • The Technology Guy 06:56 on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blackberry   

    #blackberry Z10 first issues 

    3 days in to this new machine and although there is much to love there is some not to like too.

    I have a calendar issue I can’t solve. I use Gmail and I can’t write a new event. There is a Dropbox with a list of the calendars. However only Local shows not my Gmail one, even though the Gmail calendar is set as default. If you don’t choose Local the App crashes every time.

    Still confused by this I deleted the Gmail calendar and tried to reinstall only to find it reports an issue at Gmail. Will keep trying, but this is a basic functionality that Blackberry need to sort out as a matter of urgency. Quick trawl of the web found a few threads with the same issue, so not just me.

    There also appears to be no 3rd party calendar apps. I get the impression Blackberry are not allowing developers access to the PIM. So the iPhone is my calendar of choice right now. This may change of course once the Z10 releases in the USA and many people start making a bigger noise than us.

    I found a great glitch in the clock. Once open on screen there is no way to close it. Other than turning off the device!

    I spent most of yesterday looking for apps for WordPress (found) Path ( not found) News Reader ( still looking for one I like) WhatsApp (best tool I have for keeping in touch with my kids and. Not found). So many junk apps in the App Store and so many games? Hey Blackberry, for years you were the only business machine In town, it’s your competitive advantage over iPhone, have you forgotten that?

    Now I have some gripes ( not as big as my next post) but overall I still like it a lot. It’s intuitive, I love the gestures, I love the keyboard. In fact I like most things I have found but the gripes are nagging!

    So for now, my main sim is still in my iPhone.

    • Richard Nelson 08:39 on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for keeping us up to date with your journey with the Z10. I guess I will either be getting another Android device or start programming some Apps for the BlackBerry.

      • The Learning Coach 09:04 on February 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        There are some posts suggesting Android apps can be converted to berry? Let you know when I find out.

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