I wrote an article, that my friend Merlin linked to, about how much I loved my PPC-6700 from Sprint. I had used it to such an extent that it became a remote avatar of my digital life. This extension that fit in my hand, providing me a connection to the immaterial world that so consumes my life. It lead to friends, indie rock star acquaintances and more than a few trackbacks.
And now I have to say that the device that is my portable avatar has moved from a big MIcrosoft device to a moderately large RIM device. THe reasons are many, but are concentrated in the following:
1) Battery life. The PPC-6700 was around 6 hours. The 8700c is 2 days.
2) Screen readability outside – nil on the 6700, very nice on the 8700c
Basically, the 6700 is a brilliant device, but its a Windows device. It is very flashy, cool to show people, and HTC did an amazing job on the build quality. But 2-3 soft resets a day, lots and lots of screen delays, etc leads up to the realization that you are essentially relying on an underpowered, large, power-hungry Windows machine for your phone. It seems silly when you think of it like that.
So the 6700 will be ebayed (it makes a killer EVDO modem or GPS device) and my 8700c is now all pretty on my desk (along with a Motorola H700 headset).
So lets recap, and move forward. More than two months later, how is My So Called Digital Life shaping up.
The volume of e-mail I get daily has not decreased. In fact, because things are going rather well with work, they have radically increased, and increased in monetary value. By monetary value, I mean that the potential money earned from each e-mail (for the company, etc) has gone up to the point where one e-mail can pay for a year of remote e-mail access, sync services, scornful looks, etc.
The Blackberry is used in a similar fashion. I keep its inbox cleaned by filing into folders. To do so, I had to mark those folders as Redirected in the Blackberry desktop client. Once I did that, messages I file on the computers (in Entourage or Mail) are on the Blackberry. Unfortunately it doesn’t apply to pre-BES messages, so I’ll need to do a resync on Apple Mail later.
The zero-count inbox has worked really well for me, in terms of making sure I can keep focused and not be so consumed by what I MUST do, that I avoid doing anything.
As I’m still using an Exchange server, you’d think I’d still use Groupcal, from Snerdware. You would be wrong! Groupcal is a really crappy product, and I’m very sad that I spent upwards of $120.00 on it. Instead, I’m now happy that Entourage uses iSync to sync to Address Book and iCal. This works really well surprisingly, complete with invites and such.
I disabled Address Book syncing as well, for this reason.
Of note: Entourage/iCal/Address Book syncing is real-time. You move an apt in iCal and it moves in Entourage and syncs to the server. Sweet.
I still use Apple Address Book, but it syncs to Entourage and from there to Exchange. Its a bit more seamless than the weird, strange and unpredictable syncing direct from Address Book.
My friend and ally. I have now fully consumed myself in Yojimbo organization, with a modified GTD type infrastructure. Versus having a monolithic todo list, I decided to be more modal and fragment things up by task, project and end-state goal. I can’t show the contents of these folders, but trust me, it works. It syncs with .Mac seamlessly now, and all my machines remain in perfect harmony.
Coming soon….. life with a Blackberry. How a nerd hacks a wonk device.