While most of the attention is focused on the Apple tree, another tech company is quietly making its move.

I recently sat down with John Chen, CEO of Blackberry about the direction the company is going since he took over less than two years ago.

“Yea I’ve been there, this is 17 months we came in to turn around company, and we have a 2 year turnaround plan so we’re right in the middle of it.”  read more »

A Blackberry Ban


In a couple of months travelers to one Middle Eastern country are going to find themselves a little less connected.

Starting in October the United Arab Emirates will ban the use of email, messaging and web services on Blackberry’s. The ban will apply to citizens and any visitors to the country. Officials say the ban is being put in place because the Blackberry system is too hard for the government to eavesdrop on. Messages and emails sent from Blackberrys are encrypted and even the company that makes the blackberry can’t decode them. This makes government officials nervous that people could be conducting illegal activity.  read more »

The Dark Day My Blackberry Fell Into The Toletta


When I first asked my wife if she could take enough time off for a long anticipated vacation trip to Italy, she said “only if I can keep in touch with the office and my clients”.

No problem, I thought. Plenty of my golfing buddies travel on business around the world. But I should have remembered that they have “people” who handle the details. I was on my own.

My descent into international telephone and e-mail madness began with a series of trips to the local ATT Wireless store to test drive various products guaranteed to keep them and my wife in business, while driving me nuts.  read more »