OSX/o2 install help
Ran into trouble recently with o2's dongle on an up-to-date OSX, documented the workaround here: http://www.naviina.eu/wp/blog/o2-mobile-broadband-on-mac-os-x-10-6-2/
24 posts • joined 13 Sep 2006
'It's lovely up 'ere in't north!'...
That's not what I'm seeing, I started looking about for new posts this week to see what's out there and compared to 2 years ago there's a very noticeable reduction in positions for my field which is worrying. Strangely there are still lots of positions in the financial sector, it's the more interesting companies (to me at least) which seem to have shut up shop, moved down south or just aren't hiring at the moment.
@Chris Gibson - "When will Steve Jobs learn that instead of marketing a hugely usable device to the masses, he should be focusing all his efforts on the arcane, niche requirements of bearded nerds?"
Because these bearded nerds write enterprise software that's distributed to companies with several thousand employees, software that can't operate without background processes. Battery life doesn't need to be an issue, you just need to be able to register event listeners, after all, the BlackBerry manages this just fine...
this will quickly become irrelevant - advertisers will use the NFC (Near FIeld Communications) support in Bluetooth2.1 - users will opt-in to promotions by placing their phones in close proximity (< 10cm) to the advert.
so yes, currently it could affect the way they use their devices - but once 2.1 arrives NFC will be the standard way of initialising a pairing and this issue disappears.
The security features on a blackberry are outstanding, software profiles prevent employees installing unwanted potentially dangerous 3rd party unvetted software, the lack of a camera is also seen as a plus for companies where security is paramount. if someone does lose a unit they can be remotely wiped, and wiped, and wiped, i think i recall the data is overwritten 8 times when a command is sent for it to selfdestruct.
The smartcard product available is also very elegant, if your unit is more than a couple of metres from you it locks up.
Even the much publicised 'security-hole' was just a media frenzy - it relied on a chain of events which starts with the very very unlikely scenario that there won't be a company wide software profile in place, ie. users would be able to install software that reaches them through a malicious email.
Compare all this with a pocketpc powered device...
having used the interface i think you can rest easy. it's just as intuitive as it ever was. the camera/video/ringtone/mp3 functions are kept in a media menu option which you can safely ignore. the current consumer phones have so many features packed into them they make them incredibly complex to use, i've recently 'downgraded' from a sony k750i to a simple nokia 1600 for this reason - useability. the pearl doesn't suffer from this problem as the interface is essentially the same as previous models.
the addition of the trackball makes navigation easier, you can move about flow-fields easier, you don't have to option-scroll to move downwards through an index of icons.
the only thing stopping me from buying a 8100 is the suretype keypad; it's just as bad as it was on the 7100 series. if they create a full qWerty version they'll have the best device there is (the title currently held by the 8700 of course - i'm a blackberry developer and very biased).
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