Posts Tagged ‘BlackBerry’

4th December
2009
written by Sean Noble

As I was going through airport security recently at Reagan National Airport in D.C. (actually it’s in Virginia, right on the edge of the Potomac River) I had an epiphany of sorts. I’m a electronic gadget carrying case.

First, my Blackberry came off my belt and into the bin, followed by my iPhone, then my Kindle. I also happened to have my iPod in my pocket, and it went into the bin. In a separate bin was my MacBookPro.

Think about that. Five electronic devices. More than 570 GB’s of space for data, documents, songs, pictures, movies, TV shows, you name it.

What is a bit absurd about all this is that I can’t really imagine life without any one of those devices. Each has just enough unique application to my life that they seem indispensible. Of course they aren’t…. other than my blackberry… or MacBookPro… or, well, this is not very convincing.

I just have to face it. I’m not addicted to these things, I’m DEPENDENT on them. I think that’s worse than addiction.

One cool thing. When I’m on the flight from DCA to PHX (those are the airport codes for Reagan National and Sky Harbor – if that wasn’t obvious – and it’s not always obvious. For example, how is Dulles – in suburban Northern VA – IAD?) I have well over 5 hours of battery in my MacBookPro, about 10 hours in my Kindle, literally days in my iPhone and Blackberry, and 4 hours in my iPod. I’m just one powered dude.

What was that thing about being a geek?

9th July
2009
written by Sean Noble

The one thing I will say about this story, is that Giblin captures what little humor and wit I have. To that I say, well done sir.

GOP operative Sean Noble on mend after wreck

Tuesday, 07 July 2009 16:24 Paul Giblin

By Paul Giblin
The Arizona Guardian

Republican political strategist Sean Noble is recovering from injuries he sustained in an early morning car wreck Saturday.

Doctors removed Noble’s spleen during emergency surgery Saturday after he rolled his 2000 Infiniti I30 sedan two or three times south of Cordes Junction.

The former top aide to U.S. Rep. John Shadegg has been recovering at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix and expects to be discharged Wednesday.

Noble said he is getting along fine without his spleen.

“I don’t miss it. I really didn’t have much of a relationship with it,” he told the Guardian in a telephone interview.

He has been able to work a bit from the hospital, but his conservative political blog “Noble Thinking” has been uncharacteristically inactive in recent days.

Noble was returning home after speaking about tolerance and acceptance at a Mormon youth camp near Prescott. He decided to make the late-night drive because his teen-age daughter Kinsey recently had spinal surgery and he wanted to be with her.

He remembers the incident clearly.

He was headed south on Interstate 17, driving at 75 mph, listening to Tom Petty on the radio. It’s important to note, he said, that despite his well-earned reputation of being a BlackBerry addict, he was not using the device at the time. He had just checked the time; it was 12:20 a.m.

“I was sipping a soda and singing ‘Free Falling,’” he said.

It had rained earlier and he came upon a patch of water on the highway that caused his car to hydroplane, he said. The Infiniti spun and slid toward the edge of the highway.

Noble saw dirt next to the pavement and knew things were going to end poorly.

“The first thing that went through my mind is, ‘You’ve got to kidding me. The last thing I need is to be stranded here at this time of night,” he said.

The tires caught on the dirt and the car rolled two or three times – or more precisely, 2½ or 3½ times – stopping on its roof. Noble found himself hanging upside down from his seatbelt. Every window was shattered.

He unbuckled himself and crawled out a window. He couldn’t find his cell phone, so he walked back to the highway and waited about 10 minutes for another motorist to drive by.

Noble said he didn’t realize he was badly injured, though later tests indicated that his spleen was damaged and that he had internal bleeding.

“I was totally mobile. I was sore. What I thought was that I had broken a few ribs,” he said. “I’m just glad someone stopped.”

A motorist named Patrick stopped, called 911 and allowed Noble to use his phone to contact his wife. Noble sat in the Good Samaritan’s car until rescue personnel arrived. After the rescue team showed up, Patrick drove off. Noble never got his full name.

Noble said he’s thankful for the first responders and the doctors who treated him. And he’s been overwhelmed by the number and kindness of well-wishers who have contacted him since the wreck.

“I wish I hadn’t put myself in that position, but I’m glad I survived,” he said.

Shadegg said he’s spoken to Noble since the crash and has teased him about his poor driving.

“You can tell him I said the conservative movement needs bright and talented people like him and he needs to stop risking it with these car accidents,” Shadegg said.

Noble worked on Shadegg’s staff for more than a decade, finishing as chief of staff. Currently, he’s serving as a campaign consultant for 2010 GOP candidate Jim Ward in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District race, and he’s working on a national campaign opposed to President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiative.

12th February
2009
written by Sean Noble

I was running late to pick up my daughter (filling in for my wife as one of my early Valentine’s gifts to her… What’s that?  Uh, you’re probably right, I can’t count that).

 

I texted my daughter telling her that I was late, and then got an email from a friend of mine asking if I meant to “twitter” that I was running late.  Oh boy.

 

Obviously, I hit the wrong recipient in my blackberry for that message.  It’s a good thing I wasn’t texting inappropriate comments to my wife.  Ok… I’ve never done that, but it sounded good.

2nd February
2009
written by Sean Noble

blackberry

Today was the kind of day that makes me realize how fragile life can be.  Well, that sounds more caustic than I mean to sound.  It’s not related to someone’s health or life.  It has to do with my BlackBerry – or more appropriately, my CrackBerry (CB).

You see, the email service on my CB went out today around 10:15 a.m.  I could still text, tweet, make calls, etc. but no incoming or outgoing emails.  So, at the first opportunity I drove to the nearest AT&T store to have it fixed.

After 30 minutes or so, and a new SIM card, I was told that “everything is fixed” and I should be good to go in a few minutes.

Well, six hours later I was standing at a different AT&T store, a bit more frustrated because I LIVE on email.  Really… if the folks who pay me for my time can’t reach me and I can’t reach them, it gets pretty frustrating.  Yes, I could still get email on my computer – but I spend a fair amount of time in my car, and while I have done it before, it’s not a good idea to read email on your laptop while driving.  It’s so awkward with the steering wheel in the way and everything.  I mean, I can drive Salt River Canyon with my knee, but doing that while holding a laptop and talking on the phone gets, well, a little complicated.

So, back to the store(y).  The guy in the store can’t help, so he puts me on the phone with customer support.  He runs me through a battery of questions and then says that I need to go to “level 2 customer support.”  Again, a bunch of questions, etc. and then he says, “well, I see that BlackBerry had an outage this morning and they don’t know when it will be restored.”

I’m standing there thinking, “you couldn’t have told me this at noon? You couldn’t have sent a text (they sure send me texts when they want me to make a payment!), you couldn’t have told the three other “customer service” guys that I have talked to throughout the day?”

It’s like this was some super-secret information that only a “level 2 customer support rep” has access to.  Then, I get home, search online for information about blackberry outages, and read that AT&T had an outage today because a cable was cut by a backhoe in Allen, Texas. 

Now, what am I supposed to do?  The “level 2” guy threw it off on BlackBerry, when it was really an AT&T issue.  Not cool.  But even worse for me, folks on various tech blogs are reporting that they have service restored… and I sit here with no email on my CB.

Let me get this straight:  Some guy using a backhoe in Texas cuts a cable, my CB goes out, I panic, waste a solid two hours of the day trying to resolve it, only to be told by Mr. Level 2 that it’s BlackBerry’s fault and I STILL don’t have service.  After still more research online, I discover that there are also problems with non-AT&T BlackBerry phones. 

What are the chances?  On the same day, there is a BlackBerry outage AND AT&T loses service.  It’s like a double-whammy from the data gods. Curse them!

Remember the good-old-days when it was a pager and a pocketful of quarters?  Expectations were so low back then, and there was a pay phone on every corner.  If the pay phone didn’t work, you quickly found another one.

Now, I’m just sitting here with twitchy thumbs, in a cold sweat, a stream of silent prayers coming from my trembling lips…. Help me, I’m addicted.

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