I’m a Winner

The New BlackBerry PlayBook

Yesterday I found out I won one of 10 new BlackBerry PlayBooks from the RIM folks:

and the other 5:

We had to write up to 10 haiku, via Twitter, to @BlackBerry with a #PlayBookHaiku hashtag in the tweet. The haiku had to follow the 5-7-5- rule, and have either BlackBerry or PlayBook in the poem.

I love writing haiku so it was really a fun and quick little contest for me, and I knew I had a good chance of winning one of the PlayBooks. I realized I had an even better chance when I looked at PAGES of #PlayBookHaiku entries. Either they didn’t follow the 5-7-5 rule (what the heck is a haiku?!), their entries were kind of stupid: “Hey I wanna win a Blackberry”, or they wrote haiku without the word BlackBerry or PlayBook in the poem. Sometimes these contests are all about following the rules.

The BlackBerry folks sent me a DM saying they’ll post the winning entries on their blog sometime next week. I can’t wait to see which of mine was picked, and to read the other folks’ winning entries.

Here are all 10 of mine. I’ll edit this post next week and mark the entry that was the winning one. Don’t steal them for your entries for the next #PlayBookHaiku contest – make up your own original ones, ok? And don’t laugh too hard – some are so silly.

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Sit back and relax
Under the pink sakura
enjoy your PlayBook

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I open the box –
“New toy” excitement brimming!
PlayBook from RIM.

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BlackBerry PlayBook
Winter, spring, summer and fall
Four seasons for love.           <——-If anyone has watched Avatar: The Last Airbender – you’ll know the “Four Seasons” song.

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Pink, gently floating
A cherry blossom petal
Lands on my PlayBook

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Frog jumps into pond
A splash of water!
Protect my PlayBook      <— reminiscent of Basho’s famous frog jumping into pond haiku

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You call me a geek
As I hold my new PlayBook.
Call me what you want.

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News. Mail. Games. Books. Apps.
It all comes together now.
My life. My PlayBook. <<– Looks like this one was the winner; they mentioned they loved it in the Congrats letter they sent with the PlayBook

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Relaxing morning –
French pastry, a cup of tea
and the new PlayBook

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Hand-cradled PlayBook,
Oh BlackBerry BlackBerry
How I do love thee.

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Sleek black PlayBook
the newest BlackBerry crack
should be wearing shades

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Good Alternatives to UberSocial

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Last week Twitter shut down Ubertwitter’s access and millions of folks around the world had no way to post tweets from their phones. There’s no better app out there than UberMedia’s for the BlackBerry, at least. Most of us didn’t want to “downgrade” to Twitter for the BlackBerry – it’s just too featureless and well, speaking for myself, I just don’t like it.

I started digging around for other alternatives to use in the meantime. It was kind of good that UberTwiitter went poof because as I was digging around for other Twitter apps for my phone, I found some  new favorites that I’ll be keeping.


Because I was extraordinarily happy with UberTwitter, I’d forgotten that Viigo can do Twitter. It’s not the greatest but it works! Viigo is a great app and I always find cool things that I would have missed otherwise. Last week I found a great new app called TuneIn radio (for my phone) and a little free RPG puzzle game for my PC called Wind and Water Puzzle Battle. A definite download for your BlackBerry and you’ll have Twitter just in case. Plus the app can post news articles to Twitter – bonus!


Seesmic you moved along fast, didn’t you? You used to be a mere desktop Twitter app just yesterday…now you’re a cross-platform tool allowing us to tweet from anywhere! Great job – you’re the one I was most surprised to see . Your interface and menu are somewhat UberTwitter-ish and I felt quite at home. Congratulations – you’ve got a new home on my BlackBerry.


Had heard a bit about Snaptu, figured it was something that would just clog up my phone. I try to keep my phone apps only to productive practical things. But wow – this little tool is great! It reminds me of Viigo in that it offers news. But it’s more – there are visually appealing modules that you can add and make your Snaptu experience personalized. This personalization thing really appeals to me. It’s an app that has me hooked. It does Twitter very well, as well as offers some very nice modules I can’t get on Viigo, like live International soccer scores, and a visual image topics  module called The Big Picture – a must have.

Since last week, the hubbub has died down and  UberTwitter has now been renamed to UberSocial. You can get the new download from UberSocial.com. Super glad it’s back. Also glad to know that I have other good alternatives, just in case.

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Gadgets: Pretty on the Outside, not so Inside

I found Scot Finnie yesterday while cleaning up my Google Reader feeds. Anyone that’s not posted in over a year I’m assuming is not posting to that feed anymore. Gone! But I couldn’t get rid of Scot’s until I read his last post again.

He got quite a few articles up on ComputerWorld now, and I’ll be reading through them when I can. His recent article, A Love-Hate Relationship with iPad and iOS was one on which I couldn’t resist commenting. Soct discussed his excitement to first get and use the new iPad, but his excitement waned as he realized the restrictions there were to the thing. Having not owned any Apple products, maybe I don’t have quite the right to speak. It’s always just been a feeling that there’s not a whole lot appealing beneath the sparkly surface of Apple’s products for someone who really likes to have control of their systems.

I posted a comment and it’s really what I’ve thought about Apple products for a long time.  It’s more of a feeling that’s kept me from buying any of their products.

It’s almost like…sacrilege right now to downplay the iPad. *gasp!* It’s so hot right now.

Apple products always look nice on the outside, but then we hear unforgivingly bad things later about one thing or another. Who doesn’t know better than their users that Windows based machines and other OS’s and gadgets have their own issues as well? However, in all honesty, I’d rather wait a few revolutions of the gadget when all the kinks are worked out, then buy an Android one, or see how the BlackBerry pads go.

It’s my wonder after reading your article if the problem in this article is two-fold: (i) a factor of highly technical folks’ need to tinker unencumbered, and (ii) Apple’s need to dummy-proof their products, in order to appeal to the general public, most of which don’t know their way around file systems, for example.

Wild as all the Apple apps are for these gadgets, I’d pass on them all to be able to tinker and have more control over the gadget. That’s the factor that makes something cool to me. Beyond the surface of pretty, there’s really cool. IMO Apple only seems surface pretty, and not a good value for my money.

I’m sure one day I’ll buy one of these pads. When they came out I told my husband – I need one of those! But not the iPad. Something else. 😀 Then we started hearing about Androids, and now we’re hearing about BlackBerry’s Black Pad. When it’s time, it’ll be one of those.