I currently use a BlackBerry Z10 and it’s been a well-documented fact that depending on your carrier, your APN settings may be locked with certain SIM cards. While this isn’t usually an issue as the SIM should grab the correct APN for your provider, there is a rare and unique situation where your APN could be locked … Continue reading
So as I mentioned before, I was lucky enough to have attended a BlackBerry 10 developer session and was able to obtain a development device called the Dev Alpha. However today when I tried to use it, it wouldn’t boot up and instead the LED indicator started flashing red. It wasn’t some random blinking though, … Continue reading
Just recently, I managed to obtain a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. However when I decided to boot it up today to do some dev work, I got a screen saying that the Dev Alpha program has ended. Luckily restarting it a few times had resolved the issue for now and I don’t get the … Continue reading
Here is an interesting article regarding a company outfitting police cars with the BlackBerry Playbook.
The idea is interesting as a majority of police forces currently use BlackBerry devices due to the fact that they are the only devices that are FIPS 140-2 compliant out of the box. With Bridge and software made to query police information systems, it’s a no-brainer for the idea to implement the Playbook in the police environment.
However, as an experience IT professional in law enforcement, I have also seen the working environment within a police car, as well as personally observed the abuse that the current mobile data terminals (MDTs) receive in the field (We currently use Panasonic Toughbooks and they still come back with screens broken from finger pressing or accidental bumps). Just considering those two factors, in my opinion the current iteration of the Playbook is not suitable for such a deployment as the screen is too small and the device is too fragile to withstand any long-term deployments.
As I mentioned in my About page, one of the advantages of my position is that I’m not pigeon-holed into only performing traditional DBA tasks. One of my projects was to manage the implementation and roll-out of BlackBerry devices, which can query the police database, for officers that patrol on foot or bicycles. The other day, I had … Continue reading