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Friday, April 07, 2006

Free BlackBerry!

Did that get your attention?

No, I am not planning on giving away a free BlackBerry, or anything else for that matter, other than my opinion. But if it will make you feel any better, you can interpret the title as you would "Free Mandela!" (or for those born after 1990, "Free Willy!") In other words, Set the BlackBerry Free.

What do I have against the BlackBerry? Nothing. If it is that critical to you and your business to have a teeny tiny screen and an eensy weensy keyboard just so you can send wireless e-mails or otherwise communicate with your colleagues while you sit on the ... er ... train, then by all means go for it.

What I fear, though, is that we may be getting just a LITTLE too attached to our devices.

It wasn't ten years ago that you saw just a few people doing the cell phone dance, (swaying round'n'round and bobbing up'n'down seeking the best signal.) Today, you cannot walk down any city street without finding every sixth or seventh person connected to their telephones.

Is that a problem? Today's young businesspersons do not think so.

College grads weaned on the wireless laptop, cell phone, (including 2-way voice, text messaging, etc,) and now the BlackBerry, are telling potential employers that they expect to continue to use their devices in the workplace. Seasoned employees may shudder at such a suggestion and wish them good luck on that venture.

But the employers are listening. Corporate memos are going out to managers telling them to heed the requests of these incoming graduates or risk falling behind to the competition who will give them such access. After all, unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there is a shortage of techies coming. Big Tech will be hurting for tech-savvy people and the only ones available to fit the bill to replace retiring baby boomers will be today's whiz-bang kids wielding the BlackBerry.

Just so they don't expect me to follow suit. My VCR is still flashing 12:00 - 12:00 - 12:00.


Blogger briliantdonkey said...

Ahhhh,,,,this time I scrolled and read a little farther down and found the post you were referrring to. It is definitely interesting the level of dependence people seem to put on technology. Computers for instance are great, but let one go down and all hell breaks loose.


Tuesday, January 02, 2007 3:10:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

Yeah, sorry about that, BD. I've found that unless I split my URLs into two, they sometimes roll right off the comments page and get truncated. Modern Technology. Don'cha love it? Thanks for the visit.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 5:40:00 PM  

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