A Picture I Took By My Bus Stop (I will have to look up the name)

A Picture I Took By My Bus Stop (I will have to look up the name)
I think these are Clematis (but don't quote me!) - This picture was taken by my bus stop

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I've Survived the End of the World - Will I Survive Another Blackberry Upgrade?

I'm afraid. No, not of the world ending. I'm pretty sure I've survived that but of my Blackberry upgrade.  This morning I noticed a new icon which just showed up on my Blackberry.  Next to the icon there's a great, big red dot that indicates it is time for another dreaded upgrade. Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da (cue music from The Twilight Zone). 

For those of you who follow my blog, you've read my previous entry of "Why Can't They Leave Things Well Enough Alone?" You know what I've gone through trying to get used to the new settings, etc. My problem is that I now do most of my "other" work on my Blackberry.  Yes I now have two jobs and my time is very limited.  Unfortunately a lot of web pages are blocked at work and I also spend half my time on the so called "express" bus which is anything but express. As you know it was against my will that I bought the Blackberry in the first place (that will be another blog) but after I got it I was happy. My son wanted me to get a Droid but it was cost-prohibitive.  Sorry son - I love you and everything but we do have to keep a roof over our heads!   Since when did such a little-itty bitty phone get to be so expensive...so Verizon had a special which was buy one and get one free. I was due for an upgrade so like it or not, unless my son wanted to buy his own Droid, he would be stuck with the Blackberry (which he also loves BTW).  So far so good. 

As first I was disappointed because the Internet pages were too small to read even with my glasses (as an aside I am now part of the Senior Generation - but that's another blog) but then I found Column View Ahh. How I loved column view because it fit everything into the screen without my having to fiddle with anything. Unfortunately even though I've found so many wonderful things with this upgrade, such as having the ability to view multiple pages on the internet, the Zoom feature which replaces "Column View" doesn't always work. This morning for instance I found on Twitter - yes I am now Twittering!! I am so TweetHappy - I can be found as @FiorDiDee - nice ha? a really nice blog on http://www.tglong.com/blog/?p=359 on "8 Steps for Focusing Stories & Essays" because I think that's what I lack.  *Trying to add link  8 Steps For Focusing Stories & Essays; Focus, Part 2

When I clicked on the web page though the text was too large and even when I used the Zoom feature it was either still too large or too small.  I had to give up.  It was too much for me to slide from one side to the other to read the article.  So lesson for all of you bloggers out there - try not to put too many graphics or pictures - be mindful of those poor Blackberry owners like me who perhaps cannot log into their notebooks or laptops or IPads.

Sigh.  I will eventually have to upgrade.  I will let you know if I survive. 


  1. Hey, you. I haven't been here in a while. Looking good!
    Remember when the big thing was the Blackberry? What was that--two weeks ago, now it's something else, next month it will all be obsolete.Brother!

    I don't know if I'd ever want to do Twitter. I don't have any reason to, actually, but I see why you would. But great that you are working on it now, and won't give up.

  2. Thanks Lorelei. I was kind of iffy on Twittering to be honest, but I thought I'd give it a try. I've made new friends already: two writers I never would have found who, as luck would have it, write the same kind of book I would love to eventually write. I also want to champion your book "Vampire Ascending." Even though I only read a chapter - and I'm anxiously awaiting the book in the mail so I can review it - I think you are a great writer.

  3. Hi Dora!
    I had this on my backberry too! It's sooooooo annoying and it feels we have to bleeding "upgrade" every month! I too wish they would leave us alone!! Sigh - I fear it may be the beginning.

  4. I hear you Freya. There's some good news on that front which I will be posting very shortly.