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A brief-yet-ongoing journal of all things Carmi. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll reach for your mouse to click back to Google. But you'll be intrigued. And you'll feel compelled to return following your next bowl of oatmeal. With brown sugar. And milk.
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Some customers might well have "dodged the bullet," said Carmi Levy, an analyst at Info-Tech Research Group in London, Canada.I spoke to David Friend from the Canadian Press for his followup piece, RIM keeps quiet as BlackBerry system appears to be returning to normal. I was a little on the judgmental side in this one:
The root cause of the outage, he said, was in the core network near Research in Motion's Waterloo headquarters in the province of Ontario. It caused a backup in e-mail that left the system unable to handle even the diminished traffic at that late hour.
"It raises questions about the robustness of the system," Levy said.
Meanwhile, Internet message boards were buzzing with talk that some users still weren't receiving full service. Some were still reporting that old e-mails were trickling into the system because the outage was so large, according to Carmi Levy, senior research analyst at InfoTech Research Group.This was also picked up by Newsday.
"The company that provides proactive, real-time communications through its leading-edge smart phone devices seems to have dropped the ball," Levy said.
"This is the time you want to get in front of the media... to share your perspective with the world. They need to manage that messaging stream more effectively than they have."
1 - BlackBerry service restored, RIM says. Byline Tavia Grant
2 - What went wrong? I wrote this Q&A on what caused the outage and potential consequences.
Oh, and I think they're running a graphic that I helped create in tomorrow's paper. Fingers crossed.
The Moon ShinesThey're all winners in my book. As are you for participating and turning Caption This into a weekly tradition that I always look forward to.
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RIM profit up sharply, says SEC upgrades probeHere's my quote (lead quote, the only analyst in the piece, and quoted opposite RIM's co-CEO Jim Balsillie):
- Reuters: Initial piece, 2nd update, 3rd update, UK, Canada, (and here)
- Other tier A media include: MSN Money, CNNMoney, The National Post, eWEEK, etc.
- And more...The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, BBC, CNBC, KPLC-TV (NBC, Los Angeles), CIO Insight...
Carmi Levy, senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group, said that although the stock-options investigation is a drag on the company, RIM continues to deliver solid results.But wait, there's more...
"The company continues to perform and perform strongly, regardless of the progression of the investigation," he said. "You have to ask yourself the question: Is this enough to bring down the company, or is this enough to severely damage them? And the answer on that is an emphatic no."
Web gurus want blog etiquette despite backlashIt was filed from the New York bureau after I was interviewed by reporter Natalie Armstrong out of their Toronto office. Here's what I said:
Meanwhile, some say it is impossible to have a universal code on the Web, which has proven difficult to regulate.This piece has also been reprinted in a bunch of places: ZeeNews.com, Moneycontrol.com, CIOL India, ExpressIndia.com.
"It doesn't have a prayer of ever actually being followed universally, so it's not really going to accomplish a whole lot in terms of making the blogosphere a more civil place," said Carmi Levy, senior research analyst with Canadian-based Info-Tech Research Group in London, Ont.
He added that there will always be people who will swear and treat others with disrespect and a code of conduct will not change that.
"Blogging will continue to survive just fine without it," Levy said.
It was a while before the shopkeeper noticed that his new advert for a male stripper was attracting rather a lot of attention.Minerva is, quite simply, the most courageously eloquent writer you'll ever meet in blogland. She's a mom, a cancer survivor, and an honest observer of life and all its brutal realities. Her site, A Woman of Many Parts, has become a must-read on my reading list. Please drop by and congratulate her for having a sharp eye (check out the box under the table) and a sharp wit.
Quick aside: Maybe it's our adult reluctance to admit amazement and wonder that makes the world less than happy for so many of us. End digression.So when I saw this building in San Francisco, I thought it would be neat to capture. It has a dreamy, cartoon-like quality that reminds me why sometimes I shouldn't overthink the picture. Rather, I need to pick the camera up and shoot whatever amazes me. I'll figure out the specifics later on. Until then, it's perfectly OK to say wow. Even though I'm an adult who's supposedly beyond that.
Decision Landing.If you haven't yet visited his site, Notes From My Corner, you're missing an inspirational view of life from a husband's and father's perspective. He'll make you think. Really.