Power loss is certainly not something you hope for, but the optimist in me wants to make the most of the situation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Though millions of people were affected by the storm (some more than others) and others are still recovering, it still feels appropriate to share some of the hard lessons learned from the impact that Sandy has had upon us. I thought I would open the floor for a discussion on what worked for you and what didn’t. I will start off with some things I learned from Hurricane Sandy:
- When your house (or your whole neighborhood) loses power, you really come to appreciate the benefits of a wireless browser.
- My BlackBerry’s battery might not be bad, but when I can’t charge it at home for almost a week, it sure doesn’t seem too good. Possibly backup batteries in my near future. (Reviews on those soon!)
- You can live without BrickBreaker. Really. It works.
- (Taken from someone on Facebook) Always carry your charger with you. You never know.
- My BlackBerry can double as a flashlight in a pinch, it doesn’t make a very good one but the LED together with a white screen app works. For best flashlight performance first fire up your BlackBerrys video camera and turn on the flash and then open a mostly-white screen (i.e. notifications or email). Alternatively just look for one of the many free flashlight apps.
Do any of you folks have any BlackBerry or communications storm tips that helped you during Sandy? I know Ronen was talking about his Anker backup battery for emergencies.