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Old 01-25-2006, 02:17 PM   #1
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Executives Will Need Rehab

If they take away our crackberries.....

Life without a Blackberry? Users shudder to think

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Life without a "Blackberry?" Hard-core users of the wireless portable e-mail devices are shuddering to think about a possible future without the gadgets they love, hate and aren't sure they can live without.

The chance of a Blackberry-less future loomed more vividly this week when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a major patent infringement ruling against maker Research In Motion Ltd.

Now, a federal judge could issue an injunction to block RIM's U.S. business. Many observers, however, suspect RIM may develop alternative technology or perhaps pay what some say could be as much as a billion dollars to settle with patent-holding company NTP Inc.

"I'm addicted. They should pay the billion dollars and get it over with," Blackberry user and insurance company executive Jim Long said outside his Manhattan office on Monday.
An amazingly addictive device - even more amazing how people can't remember life before the Blackberry (just a few short years ago).
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can anyone remember life before FYM?
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I don't think I've ever even seen one....
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can anyone remember life before FYM?
I do kinda feel like I've known some personages around here forever, maybe because they remind me so much of people I've known before. Funny how the cyberspace environment enables those sort of connections. Some posters seem shadowy and hard to figure out, other personas are just so palpably real and seem to jump right off the (web)page.

And I don't know that I've ever seen a Blackberry before either. That's about the last thing I need, the temptation of distraction available to me 24 hours a day!
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can anyone remember life before FYM?
Yes. It was over in EYKIW.
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Too true! And it wasn't much of a life either, was it?
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A lot of my friends/connections in the political realm are crackberry addicts and can't be too happy.
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I've posted on Interference from my Blackberry.....
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I've posted on Interference from my Blackberry.....





wow. you win.
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It's been on my list of things to buy after my car's paid off (T O D A Y), somewhere after the iPod (last music fan on the planet to get one?) and before the dining room table.
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It's been on my list of things to buy after my car's paid off (T O D A Y), somewhere after the iPod (last music fan on the planet to get one?) and before the dining room table.

I don't have an iPod either It's too damn expensive!
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It's been on my list of things to buy after my car's paid off (T O D A Y), somewhere after the iPod (last music fan on the planet to get one?) and before the dining room table.
I'd eat standing up to get an iPod too!!
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I'd eat standing up to get an iPod too!!
'tis a no-brainer for a recovering New Yorker who always lived in tiny studios and ate sitting on her futon holding the plate but who did not leave her apartment under any circumstances without her walkman.
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I don't think I've ever even seen one....
Neither. I don't think I'd even heard of them until a few months ago.

As far as I'm concerned, blackberries are for making jam. I'll need rehab if someone stops my grandmother from making her excellent blackberry jam!
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The current models have color screens (and are nicknamed "Blueberries")
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