RIM Promises New Mac Tools, It’s About Frickin Time

It’s been on their radar since 2004 and they won’t have anything until next year? 5 frickin years to enable Mac users with full native support on Mac OSX. I’d buy another Blackberry today were it not for the crappy desktop manager that is PocketMac.

Let’s call this what it is, RIM was perfectly content to let users suffer with third party software that offered limited features when their only competitor was Windows Mobile, but now that the iPhone is making inroads with RIM’s core market well Mac support is suddenly important. Fuckers.

“We know that we don’t have an ideal solution for Mac users,” the RIM source said. “It’s something that’s been on our radar since 2004, at least.”

[From Mac BlackBerry Users Rejoice: RIM Promises New Mac Tools - CIO.com - Business Technology Leadership]

Obama Urges Supporters to Stomp Home Message of Hope

I swear that Iowahawk writes some of the best satire in the entire blogosphere.

“Righty right, me malenky droogs,” said Obama, nonchalantly spinning a steel baton while pacing the stage before a packed audience at a Las Vegas baseball stadium. “Come with uncle and hear all proper! Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones. You are all invited. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their faces, with bootsie-woots if thou it suits.”

[From iowahawk: Clockwork O-Rage as Obama Urges Supporters to Stomp Home Message of Hope]

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Media Goes Social

Hutch Carpenter has a good writeup on the new site that BusinessWeek is hosting, Business Exchange. Frankly I’m surprised that it’s taken media sites this long to realize that allowing comments is not the same as community. While BusinessWeek’s efforts are still beta, I hope they succeed.

Having said that, I still don’t understand why FriendFeed and the other meta-social networking sites are not offering white label versions to media that bring a turnkey social network to the mix. The idea that a few dozen media sites will be able to build their own communities is feasible but the cost and time required to be successful will be daunting. Better yet would be for a consortium of media companies to get together and offer a shared community service.

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Free Support as R&D Investment

Mike makes a great point about the merits of offering free support services.

For all the bean counters who see support as a cost center, think again. Telephone calls and email and the forums threads are research tools. Every person you connect with helps inform decisions about what’s working and what’s not, and gives you ideas about what to do next. In all seriousness, I would pay for this service.

[From On offering support for free]