CrackBerry Software Can't Be Stopped

I know plenty of people who are addicted to their BlackBerrys, and the only thing I can figure is they must all have tiny fingers. I love checking my e-mail, but writing anything on the darn thing turns out like this:

Tjanmks fir yoyr niote, I'll bei inm towen nexrt weaek and hopoe to getr togfether. Taklk to yoiu soopn.

My fingers aren't huge, but if I only hit two keys at once, I'm doing well.

Research in Motion is now offering its software to makers of other mobile devices such as the Palm Treo. Now, if Palm can make a unit with BlackBerry features and a keyboard I can actually use, then we can talk.

Have any of you tried the BlackBerry 7130, where one key represents two letters? It took me 20 minutes to type in my e-mail address. I'd get to "dbarne" and then it would change it to "fbarne." How did you figure this thing out? Let us know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Windows Mobile With a BlackBerry Twist
Microsoft, now that BlackBerry software is open to other device makers, will be adding some BlackBerry features to Windows Mobile 6, allowing devices to tap into the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to get corporate e-mail.

Dang, wish Redmond had done this earlier. Then I could use a smart phone instead of my bulky BlackBerry 8703.

.NET .NOT .NEW?
A small Texas software developer claims that .NET is .NOT entirely original, and that the concept of having an object framework where each object can "be accessed or modified separately" is the creation of Vertical Computer Systems Inc., covered by a patent, and not the brainchild of Microsoft Corp.

I haven't dug too deeply into all this, but this patent seems to speak to a fairly fundamental precept of object-oriented programming.

Worst case scenario? Microsoft digs into its petty cash fund and pays Vertical off.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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