One of our Lead Maverick Reseller Partners, NarrowSearch, (formerly known as Narrow Casting Marketing), joined forces with Switch Creative Group. They had an amazing “wedding” party to celebrate the joining of two great companies. Talk about a dream home/office! They have a cute colorful little house in the popular Dallas Uptown area. Not only was the place adorable, but the party itself was so wonderful! They had drinks, BBQ, a lamb petting zoo (yes, you read correctly), mini-buttons to support either the “bride” (Switch Creative) or the “groom” (NarrowSearch), live music (which was perfect), and yummy snacks. The weather happened to be just perfect to top it off! It has been such a joy to work with the NarrowSearch team as one of our best Lead Maverick Reseller Partners! Not only do they resell/manage a ton of LM accounts, their work (Switch Creative’s) is beautiful! And naturally, I DID spill BBQ sauce on my white skirt before I even sat down to eat my cute little BBQ sandwich. Here are some photos I shot of the cute party.
Can YOU find the stain?!
For the past year and a half I’ve had a personal cell phone, AT&T Razor, and a business PDA: Verizon Motorola Q. Both have their benefits & let downs. Overall, I like the usability of the “full keyboard” on the PDA… but I also like the simplicity of the Razor flip phone. About 2 weeks ago some of us at the company got an upgraded phone model… all Blackberrys. I’ve never had a Blackberry, but it’s great if you’re using it to sync with your personal emails (Gmail, personal website emails, etc..) NOT fully syncing with a small business exchange server. REPEAT- you must have a BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server)- costs thousands of $$dollars! I was VERY VERY frustrated with this phone’s syncing (or lack there of) capabilities with my work email server for the first week or so, until I decided to just deal with it. I read more blackberry user forums than I’d like to think about. The user guide that came with the phone was extremely simple, and did not help me much at all.
The BB Storm syncs well with my personal email firstname.lastname@example.org and my gmail address- it took all of 1 min 30 seconds to set each of those emails up on my phone. NO JOKE. It took be about 7 hours to figure out how to correctly sync my Lead Maverick company email account on my phone. Ugh. I have to leave my Blackberry desktop email redirector software running at all times, if I want my work emails to wireless sync (simply forward to my handheld.) How annoying. My old Motorola Q was windows based and had much better (COMMON SENSE) syncing options. I could turn my computer off, etc… and never had to manually plug my phone into my desktop in order to receive/sync properly with my email accounts and calendar. I could also access my Outlook folders and choose which folders I wanted to sync on my handheld, FROM my handheld. I never had to set anything up from my desktop. With the BB Storm, I constantly have to manually plug into my computer to sync/setup. The Storm’s Outlook email on my phone does not sync/reconcile emails on my handheld vs. my Outlook/computer. So basically, if I delete an email on my phone, it doesn’t sync it with my Outlook (because we aren’t running our Microsoft Exchange mail server on a BES.) How ridiculous. C’mon, Blackberry- get with the program! I also can’t open .mp3 or .wav files as email attachments. This becomes a problem, because our corporate voicemail sends email with the voicemail/audio file attached. Grr.. I hope that BB will release some type of software update for this problem. But the phone can play .mp3 files if they’re not email attachments. Just silly.
One piece of software you WILL want to download (I usually don’t ever download any “extras,” but this is a MUST! Blackberry STORMLOCK (this will prevent your face from randomly pressing buttons on the touch-screen while in a call.) Try a FREE TRIAL, and then download it for less than $3.. believe me, it’s very worth it! http://www.steelthorn.com/products/stormlock/
Anyway, I love the BB Storm for everyhting else it offers, just be VERY aware that if you’re trying to use a BB storm to sync with your exchange server email, it must have a BES installed in order for you have full syncing capabilities/options!!
There are NO words for just how GREAT this thing is!!! Well, I can’t (but wish I could) speak from personal experience… but maybe one day… one day I’ll be able to. I came across this magical “Conference Bike” while reading this blog. I immediately sent an email out to my company requesting we rent this puppy for the next “Team Meeting” exercise. Who needs trust-falls when you have the CONFERENCE BIKE!?! How funny!!! The picture shows it as so inviting and just screams FUN! Be sure to watch the fun video to see it in action!