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Open Thread: Whither Blackberry? What's your fallback plan?

BlackBerry shutdown closer after ruling - U.S. Business - MSNBC.com

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge has rejected an effort by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. to settle a patent case and moved a step closer to reissuing an injunction that threatens the device’s e-mail service in the United States.

RIM said in a statement that it has been preparing technology that would keep its service running in the U.S., where most of its 3.65 million BlackBerry customers are based.

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Damn, this could be pretty big stuff, eh?

I'm guessing at least a few of you out there are rabid Blackberry users -- I've never even used one myself, but I have friends who live on theirs. So, I'm curious: How do you feel about the possibility of losing Blackberry service? If it went away today, what would you use instead? Do you have a fallback plan?

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I can't wait for the...

I can't wait for the big switch-off.

We'll see a massive increase in productivity and renewed focus on complex stuff requiring thought, insight and planning. Projects that can't be ignored, procrastinated on or answered by an instant one-line email every waking moment of the day. The kinds of projects in fact that most of these highly paid management types should be engaged in solving as opposed to answering a constant procession of emails.

Not to mention greater concentration, focus and respect for colleagues and the work they've put in to conference papers, presentations and meetings. These people usually being of a lower rank and therefore not important, worthy or busy enough to warrant one of these "productivity increasing" inventions and instead have to endure half their "audience" with their heads bowed in constant reverence to their push email devices instead of what they are supposed to concentrating on.

Or perhaps we'll be greeted on the Big Day by hundreds of bewildered management types gazing blankly into space incapacitated by the lack of constant emails flow to the hip or palm, trying to remember what they could usefully do instead?

These are one of the rudest, disrespectful and diversionary inventions ever conceived. I could go on.

Productivity enhancers, my arse.




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