Re: Rimm Job?

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From: Kragen Sitaker (
Date: Thu Jun 22 2000 - 12:53:30 PDT

Thos. Stewart quotes AOL-style:
> <<Let me put it this way. There exists in the technology world only one
> messaging solution that is a) not aimed at consumers; b) is not an expensive
> toy; c) is not a fashion accessory; c) is completely practical, here now and
> ready to empower sales forces and traveling professionals everywhere, and d)
> cannot possibly fail because the Canadian government is pouring more money in
> the backdoor than these guys can possibly spend on marketing in three
> lifetimes. You have, I believe, correctly identified the near future 800
> pound gorilla of the electronic messaging world. Palm and CE are
> claimers--RIMM (Blackberry) is Secretariat.>>
> So far as I know, the principal effect of Canadian subsidies has been the
> production of too many films starring Donald Sutherland. Does anyone know
> about this technology?

I'm not sure what the "technology world" or a "messaging solution" are,
let alone "expensive toy" or "fashion accessory". I mean, I have some
idea what the terms are supposed to mean, but they are so vague I can't
say with any degree of confidence what they include or exclude. But
I've been using a RIM "Blackberry" pager, from "Research In Motion",
for the last few weeks.

It is much more usable than I imagined a 2.5"x3.5"x1" wireless email
terminal could be. I've written hundreds of lines of Perl code on it,
submitted tens of batch jobs from it, and I can type roughly 25-30 wpm
on it.

The battery lasts several days of non-use, or several hours of constant
use, without recharging.

I haven't tried using a Palm on a regular basis, although they seem
much nicer than the RIM pager from my brief trial uses.

I have written at length and in detail about my recent experience with
the machine on kragen-journal; send email to for a list of recent posts.

Your correspondent's inability to spell RIM suggests either that they
are dyslexic or that do not have firsthand experience with the device.
Are they dyslexic?

<>       Kragen Sitaker     <>
The Internet stock bubble didn't burst on 1999-11-08.  Hurrah!
The power didn't go out on 2000-01-01 either.  :)

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