What happens when you travel? You catch up on reading--between planes and airports and cab rides. So I learned recently that Tim Draper from Draper Fisher Jurvetson is willing to invest $3M in a new database venture (simple yet capable), and Amanda Reed from Palomar Ventures is willing to invest $5M in a new spreadsheet venture (“that truly excels”), and Danny Rimer from Index Ventures is willing to invest $2M in new types of Web searches to mobile phones. If you’re interested in more details, you can refer to the article in Business 2.0 September 2006 issue.
Finding information on the BlackBerry 8700
When I needed to find one of the messages in my inbox today, I was able to do that with just a few clicks and just a few seconds. I selected the Search icon from the home screen of the BlackBerry 8700, and entered the first name of the sender, and then indicated that I would only like to search the messages, and then started the search (I could have also selected other items such as calendar appointments, contacts, tasks, and memos). Almost instantly, the search results showed up, grouped by date, and I found the message I was looking for. In this age of information overload, searching and finding information is key, and the BlackBerry 8700 seems to do this job well.
Attachments with the BlackBerry 8700
Today, I opened a message that had an Excel attachment, and then pressed the Trackwheel, selected “Open Attachment”, and then selected “Retrieve”. A request was sent to retrieve the attachment data and the clock icon appeared next to the attachment. However I got an error about the request not being completed because of some missing service book information. This sounds like a technical support call to determine what the missing information is and how fix it.
One of the strength of the BlackBerry 8700 is the abundance of keyboard shortcuts that make the common functions easily accessible. For instance, you can easily select an application from the home screen by pressing one key (such as the “M” for the Messages application, “L” for Calendar, and “F” for Profiles).
Within an application, you are likely to find shortcut keys to perform the common actions. In the Messages application for instance, you can press “T” to get to the top of the list, and “B” to get to the bottom. The shortcuts are implemented consistently across applications. For instance when you open a message, you can also use the “T” and “B” to quickly jump to the top or bottom of the message.
In the Calendar application, you can use the “W” to get to the week view, and the “M” to get to the month view, and when you are in a view you can use the “N” and “P” to go to the next or previous entry.
By the way, in order to use the above keyboard shortcuts in the BlackBerry 8700, you want to disable the “Dial from home screen” and “Enable quick entry” options from the phone and calendar applications respectively. Otherwise, the shortcut keys mentioned above are interpreted as being phone entries or calendar appointments.