Saturday, June 30, 2007

Craze has begun!!

Craze has begun!!
Originally uploaded by Cizake.

Sent via BlackBerry Curve powered by CelTrek

Friday, June 22, 2007

LinkedIn power!!

I have been a member of LinkedIn for a long time but never put any attention to it. Another networking service...until my new web-friend Pat sent me a LinkedIn invitation to join his network.
I had a couple of connections from the old days in April. Today over 40 50 new connections!!
Mostly in my field - mobile/wireless telecommunication. I had few good contacts and everyone seems to have something interesting to say.
LinkedIn can be very useful when seeking new ressources. We are currently working with an independent contractor found on my network. You can also use LinkedIn to promote your company/products.
After all networking is not a bad thing eventhough its time consuming. Some people just add new connection to beat the system and be in top linked members. Can be an ego problem...check with your shrink!
Anyway if you think we have some common matters you can send me add me to your network.

Who said Frenchmen are stupid?

Reading the following article really made me laugh.
BlackBerry can endanger France. Give me a break!!
They should also stop using Internet, phones, post office, GPS, mobile phones, safe boxes, VPN…

PARIS (AP) -- BlackBerry handhelds have been called addictive, invasive, wonderful - and now, a threat to French state secrets. That, at least, is the fear of French government defense experts, who have advised against their use by officials in France's corridors of power, reportedly to avoid snooping by U.S. intelligence agencies.
"It's not a question of trust," French lawmaker Pierre Lasbordes told The Associated Press. "We are friends with the Americans, the Anglo-Saxons, but it's economic war."
Le Monde newspaper, which broke the story, described BlackBerry withdrawal among those who have given them up. "We feel that we are wasting huge amounts of time, having to relearn how to work in the old way," the daily quoted a ministry office director as saying.
E-mails sent from "Le BlackBerry" pass through servers in the United States and Britain, and France fears that makes the system vulnerable to snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency, Le Monde reported. The company that makes BlackBerrys, however, denies such spying is possible.
Lasbordes, who was commissioned in 2005 by then-Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to look into such issues, said he alerted the government to this "weakness" months ago. He said he met with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. to discuss the problem in the course of preparing his report on the security of French information systems.
The Canadian company "admitted that there was a certain fragility in the protection of information when you use the e-mail system" and promised it would be resolved, said Lasbordes, adding: "That was more than a year ago."
BlackBerrys pose "a problem with the protection of information" and "the risks of interception are real," Alain Juillet, in charge of economic intelligence for the government, told Le Monde.
Research In Motion insisted that BlackBerry e-mails cannot be read by the NSA or other organizations. The e-mails are more heavily encrypted than online banking Web sites, Research In Motion said in a statement.
"No one, including RIM, has the ability to view the content of any data communication sent using the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution," the company said.
The BlackBerry system has been accredited by security agencies in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Austria and Canada, Research in Motion said, adding that a certification process is under way in the Netherlands and Germany.
In France, the circular on BlackBerries from the General Secretariat for National Defense applies in theory to all ministries, and "it's up to everyone to be responsible," Lasbordes said.
Another official in a major ministry who got rid of his BlackBerry following the order said authorities are looking at other types of hand-held computers to use instead.
The prime minister's office would not confirm that it and the presidential palace were included in the circular, as Le Monde reported. But a spokesman, Severin Naudet, cited the General Secretariat for National Defense as saying that no type of hand-held computer is risk-free.
"It's not a problem if you're writing to your mother-in-law," Lasbordes said. But "one can imagine a minister coming from a meeting of the G-8 or G-7, et cetera, or a meeting in Brussels, and he sends information to his colleagues. It goes via Canada and the United States and that's it, game over."
Suspicion goes both ways. At a Group of Eight summit in Germany this month, White House aides were instructed to leave their wireless e-mail devices behind, apparently for fear of Russian eavesdropping.

Source: AP News

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Opera Mini Vs. Iphone

I love it!! Mac is using same advertising against Opera is using it against iPhone.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Tutorial for BlackBerry Curve - Get all hidden themes and suppress PTT

After trying many combination I have finally an ATT curve working with my T-mobile with all themes unlocked and no Push to Talk.
PTT is useless for me as for many. Therefore you can free some memory and have your curve run faster.
Files below were tested with O2, Att/Cingular and Rogers latest OS.

Download, unzip and place both files in :

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\Shared\Loader Files

File blackberry.alx will unlock all themes
File platform.alx will remove PTT

Once you have installed both files you need to remove vendor.xml from your pc:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader\vendor.xml

Then connect your curve to the PC and launch Desktop Manager.
If no message is shown during synchronization then launch Application Loader and simply press next a couple of times.
Your device will reboot automatically. Unplug after reboot and enjoy your new themes.

Download files here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Blackberry curve test photo

Blackberry curve test photo
Originally uploaded by Cizake.

You can judge the quality with this pic taken at sunrise this morning.

Friday, June 08, 2007

My new curve has arrived!

My new curve has arrived!
Originally uploaded by Cizake.

That's it! Here is my new BB...a lot of fun during the week-end.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Just ordered a BlackBerry Curve

This is my 1st post in english and certainly not my last. Anyway I just ordered a new BlackBerry Curve. Currently my provider - T-Mobile - does not carry this handset but I was fortunate enought to find an unlocked AT&T Curve.

I will keep you posted as soon I receive my new toy.