July 24, 2009 at 8:02 PM #173655
With RIM’s recent announcement about BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac I started wondering how many people will care. My wife purchased a aluminum Macbook for me last year as a anniversary gift (much appreciated) and I have only plugged my BlackBerry into it once. It was a suitable replacement for my trusted Lenovo x61t until I tried upgrading my Bold’s OS once with Parallels and VMware Fusion. Parallels would not work and Fusion caused a kernel panic in the middle of the upgrade bricking my device and making more work that it was worth.
Until now I have always been using my desktop PC to connect my BlackBerry when I need to but I would love to be able to use my Mac. I am no diehard Mac lover (far from it) but the comparable Lenovo laptop I wanted (ThinkPad X200) cost more than the Macbook.
So I am curious. What is the reader breakdown between Mac and PC users…
PS: Before all the alternative OS users get on my case I did not mention Linux/UNIX/etc since I doubt RIM will ever support them but who knows… I use Linux quite often and OSX is essentially just a GUI for FreeBSD.
Nikolaus WalchParticipantPosts: 74
I think Ubuntu Linux has come a really long way and I’d really like to see RIM support a BlackBerry Desktop app/drivers for UbuntuJuly 24, 2009 at 8:08 PM #178975
I am a long term windows admin who has migrated to Linux over the past 5 years. I still have a windows machine setup for doing my blackberries however. I would love to see an official RIM desktop manager for Linux.July 24, 2009 at 8:35 PM #178976
The only time I’ve had problems upgrading my BlackBerrys in VMware Fusion 2 is if I navigated away from the Fusion window while doing it. If I stay inside the Fusion window it works flawlessly every single time. My BlackBerry is one of the main reasons I have Windows in a virtual machine on my Mac, so I’m looking forward to the Mac release.July 24, 2009 at 9:33 PM #178977
where’s the option for BOTH?July 24, 2009 at 9:54 PM #178978
Luis MerlosModeratorPosts: 431
only reason I don’t like mac is because you can’t really do much to them upgrades or anything once you max out memory your sol, I like customizing mine etc..July 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM #178979
I’m split 50/50 because I have a Windows desktop & a Macbook. I don’t know if I’ll ever need to sync with the Macbook, bit it would be nice to have the option.July 24, 2009 at 10:47 PM #178980
Exactly…I was thinking the same thingJuly 24, 2009 at 10:54 PM #178981
Ronen, I am glad to hear you are a fellow ThinkPad/Lenovo-er. I believe that BlackBerry and ThinkPad go perfectly with each other. Simple design, pure functionality, what is better? Cheers to all the ThinkPad-ers!July 25, 2009 at 12:19 AM #178982
I run parallels 4 on my MBP and because 1 damn application doesn’t work on it, I have to use Vista on it to remote in to a POS Dell Latitude that I have running on the desk too.
If that POS app would work on BlackBerry, I would be gone forever.
And those of you who think Mac is too hard to use…its not…give it 30 days and you will never go back to a windows based PC.July 25, 2009 at 1:08 AM #178983
I use Linux full time and I swear I almost don’t care at all if RIM will ever make a *nix Desktop Manager (which they certainly won’t). But I really think I should be allowed the basic right to synchronize my data with my Linux desktop. As a hobbyist developer, I can guarantee that such a thing is very feasible and simple. RIM could do it if they wanted. Instead, I have been forced to just simply give up on that kind of luxury. I have a “smartphone,” but my contacts and appointments are all over the place.
Never mind the convoluted solutions involving the likes of Funambol or the privacy-deprived ones involving Google. I want something straightforward and secure. Windows users have it, I should have it as well.
At least the old 4.2 Desktop Manager would let me import my desktop address book from a .csv file. But RIM even removed that in newer versions, so I have no hopes really.July 25, 2009 at 8:28 AM #178984
I wish my PC worked as good as my BlackBerry 8320. I am seriously considering a Mac.July 25, 2009 at 4:05 PM #178985
Mac’s are nice machines but with there limited user base there are just too many programs and services that I use that dont support Mac or Linux,July 25, 2009 at 9:24 PM #178986
I like Macs but I use my BB with an Exchange server. And the best way to get all the benefits of BB and OTA syncing with Tasks and Notes is only with Outlook. I hate cable or shaky Bluetooth syncing.
Beside that, for me Outlook works much nicer than Entourage.
If only Google could sync Tasks and Notes to the BB… Maybe next year
I’m currently dual-booting Win 7 and Ubuntu, simply because there are some mission critical apps that just won’t run on Ubuntu.
Gotta admit though that Win 7 is running pretty nice on my machine…
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