Monday, June 26, 2006

Turning My Life Over to a Blackberry

When my young boss offered several of us the chance to get a Blackberry, in a moment of weakness I said YES. Up until now I had sworn off all forms of PDA, preferring to keep phone numbers and my calendar in my head. I’m not sure if this was motivated by a desire not to turn my memory over to an electronic device or my aversion to operating techy things.

I was out for dinner with a friend last week when she asked me what my job title was. When I said "IT Specialist", she said, "You’ve got to be kidding. You don’t even know how to use your cell phone!" And how right she was. I am a damned good computer programmer, but hardware is another matter. I think it’s sort of like my lifelong aversion to driving a stick-shift car, which suddenly disappeared when we no longer had a car with an automatic transmission and I realized that I could do it.

Last week a technician delivered my new "toy" and gave me a 20-minute overview of all its functionality. I followed along, but after she left I had two immediate observations: it is really hard to hit those tiny little keys with your thumbs and I can’t get beyond keying in my password in terms of doing those things that I need to do with this device.

My part of the agreement in getting my Blackberry was that I agreed to use it pretty much all the time. Does this mean that my boss will be texting me at night? Will I be answering my Blackberry phone in Whole Foods along with everyone else who is speaking on a cell phone? I truly hope that nothing I do warrants needing to use it outside of office hours, but I did agree...

So this afternoon I am getting remedial Blackberry training. I have requested that a technician come and sit with me while I push the keys (if my thumbs can figure out how) and assure that I can make and answer phone calls, read and send e-mail messages, and check my calendar. I will feel good if I can just master this set of functions for now. Maybe next week I will explore the other 15 icons that pop up on the main screen.

I’m surrendering my mind to my Blackberry. God help me!


Anonymous Sweet said...

Yeah I'm staying away from those things. I know if I get one, I'll become addicted!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

When asked by the boss: "Who wants one?" Everyone leaped on the idea mais pas moi!

I do not want to have emails shot to me at all hours with the idea that I should not only read them at 3 in the morning but respond to them.

But then........I am on the downside of working and perhaps if I had 10 more years to go...........




1:44 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I just figured out why my StatCounter has been going crazy for the past 2 hours. I was featured in the Metro Section of Wonkette today. I wanted to post a thank you comment to Wonkette. Can someone "sponsor" me or tell me how to do it? This is SO exciting!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Have you surrended your mind or have you formed an alliance, kind of like then kings of one land married queens of another? That's how I would think about it.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Reya -- I like the alliance idea, a marriage into greater strength! I'll let you know when I figure out how to use this amazing little device. I keep wondering why they call it a Blackberry?

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Kelly Brueggemann said...

My first time using my BlackBerry, I thought I wouldn’t be able to get the hang of it either. But eventually, I become comfortable with the functions and the apps - email, calendar updates, documents, and other data. It’ll definitely help you organize things and make it easier for you to keep track of your objectives. Are still a BB user? :)

10:39 AM  

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