1. s7khan's Avatar
    Feeling a little nostalgic, I started reading CrackBerry from it's first post. (And cause I'm bored right now). Even though it was just 4 years, 4 years now means a world of difference with technology as new as smartphones. While I still use my 4 year old iMac, I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to have a phone that 'old'.

    Anyhow, reading the blog was fascinating. There seemed to be this optimism about RIM, that it could do no wrong, and even if it did, it was quickly forgotten. I even went over to BGR, started ready it from it's earliest blog posts, and I was surprised with how such insignificant BlackBerry news were reported (Think BGR and iPhone now).

    One of my favourite things I noticed were posts about Jim Basillie. Thought I'd bring up some old posts, and reflect on them with the magic of hindsight for fun.

    1) The first one was kinda hard to read. RIM Picks Up iPhone Gauntlet | CrackBerry.com
    Jim has this to say -
    "I think its 10 if not 100 times harder to do the communications aspect onto an MP3 player than to do the mass media player onto a communications framework. I think well absolutely nail it before some new entrant comes even close. You know, everyones brave in the locker room. Lets get it done."

    I wish this had come through. When the iPhone came out, I was amazed with the music player part of the phone. I wish Jim B had followed through with this comment. Hopefully BBMusic is a step towards that direction.


    2) This one brought a smile to my face
    BlackBerry Shutdown "Will Never Happen Again" | CrackBerry.com

    About that promise Jim...


    3) I really enjoyed reading this post. I think it gave a small but normally unreported aspect of Jim's personality. Great job Kevin.
    My 43 Minutes with Jim Balsillie, CEO of RIM | CrackBerry.com
    Still going through the CrackBerry Blog (I've only reached August of 2007), but I was wondering if CrackBerry has had anymore interviews with the Co-CEO's.


    4) I don't know if this one is an indicator of things to come, or if Jim + RIM have finally learned their lesson about being more accepting to new technology.
    Balsillie Hops On The Wi-Fi Bandwagon | CrackBerry.com
    Listening to the April Investor conference call, and hearing Jim and Mike talk about competitors' hardware "Arms race" leads me to think that he still has not gotten it. I so want to be wrong about this.


    5) I don't know if Jim was putting a brave face, or if he really believed that there was no threat at all.
    Balsillie Unfazed By iPhone Onslaught | CrackBerry.com
    I found this paragraph interesting -
    "The whole air of indifference Balsillie is projecting is interesting considering Apple may have sold as many as half a million iPhones in its first weekend. But then RIM are in the habit of adding about a million subscribers every three months and the whole iPhone is going to slow up at some point."


    And finally, after the OS 2.0 news all of us were so disappointed about recently, So Much for the Release Date

    Anyhow, I didn't make this thread to put down RIM. I have a few friends who have or used to work for RIM and they are all intelligent and hard working individuals. If the entire company is filled with people like them, that's a good thing in my book. I just thought with all the recent frustration towards RIM, maybe a reflection on one of the co-CEOs would be interesting. I would've written about Mike L, but so far, there aren't a lot of posts on him (From CB genesis to Aug 2007 that is)
    10-30-11 10:54 PM
  2. rcheung135's Avatar
    Feeling a little nostalgic, I started reading CrackBerry from it's first post. (And cause I'm bored right now). Even though it was just 4 years, 4 years now means a world of difference with technology as new as smartphones. While I still use my 4 year old iMac, I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to have a phone that 'old'.

    ...

    Anyhow, I didn't make this thread to put down RIM. I have a few friends who have or used to work for RIM and they are all intelligent and hard working individuals. If the entire company is filled with people like them, that's a good thing in my book. I just thought with all the recent frustration towards RIM, maybe a reflection on one of the co-CEOs would be interesting. I would've written about Mike L, but so far, there aren't a lot of posts on him (From CB genesis to Aug 2007 that is)
    Jim B lucked out. In fact, I think Steve Ballmer was even more close minded than Jim was. Makes you wonder if it's the Harvard student effect...

    About the hardware collapse: Jim's more marketing and takes care of the business side of RIM. Less of a monkey wrench guy.

    Lack of connection and strategy.
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    10-30-11 11:27 PM
  3. kevinnugent's Avatar
    In my opinion Jim is a salesman with a very loose grip on his honesty reins. He'll say whatever the person opposite buying wants to hear, and then makes the back end fulfill his ignorant promises.

    A rat with a gold tooth comes to mind.
    10-30-11 11:48 PM
  4. 123berryaddicted's Avatar
    Wow. Love the post. I didn't know one could so easily access posts from so long ago. That's awesome. I bet there is some great reads over the years.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    10-31-11 01:10 AM
  5. qingyuank's Avatar
    i look forward to the day he gets the boot from shareholders. i'd bookmark that blog post.
    10-31-11 05:17 AM
  6. ichat's Avatar
    Thanks the reading. Will post what I think after done

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    10-31-11 05:25 AM
  7. ichat's Avatar
    Wow nice posts! I love them but I don't want to comment

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    10-31-11 05:34 AM
  8. s7khan's Avatar
    Wow. Love the post. I didn't know one could so easily access posts from so long ago. That's awesome. I bet there is some great reads over the years.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    Trust me, there are. I had to force myself from including a lot blog posts that were unrelated, but completely fascinating to read
    10-31-11 09:30 AM
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