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Old 06-06-2008, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got my 8310 today and it's working! It's nice that AT&T let's you go to their website and activate a new phone from there, it was really simple! The last phone I got from them you still had to call them to activate.

The software installed okay, that is all except for some stupid Shockwave update that stopped responding, but there were a few questions that I had no idea about, so I just kind of stumbled my way through it not knowing what I was doing. It mostly had to do with servers, email association, etc. Hope I didn't give it the wrong answers, oh well, there will be a learning curve I'm sure Now how many times has that been said around here?

I thought I would have a problem synchronizing 'cause all I have is MS Office 2000 that I upgraded from Office '97, so I was thinking that Outlook was a 2000 version too, but it turns out that it's Outlook 2002, don't know how that happened?

I do have one big soapbox-complaint though, where's the manual? Why have companies stopped including thick comprehensive manuals that cover every aspect of their product? I don't know about other cell phone providers, but AT&T throws in thier stupid, shallow, Getting Started guides and that's all! I suppose that there's a more complete manual on the CD, but I absolutely hate PDF's, I want a real manual, like back in the good 'ol days. My first cell phone was an old Nokia and it had a real manual and it said Nokia on it, not AT&T. I wonder if you get a regular manual from the manufacturer if you buy a new "Unlocked" phone that's not associated with any particular cell-phone provider? Well come to think of it, can you even buy a phone like that anymore?

Well I'm beginning to ramble, 'guess I better go play with my new toy and try to figure it out, huh?

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I do have one big soapbox-complaint though, where's the manual? Why have companies stopped including thick comprehensive manuals that cover every aspect of their product?
This is the 21st century... we're way beyond thick printed manuals now.
If you do desire to kill a few more trees, you can go to BlackBerry, download the PDF of the user guide for your device, and print out a few hundred pages. That's your only option.

Here's a link to the user guide, direct from the manufacturer:
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Cost is why and it was found that most never read them

They are readily available online


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This is the 21st century... we're way beyond thick printed manuals now.
If you do desire to kill a few more trees, you can go to BlackBerry, download the PDF of the user guide for your device, and print out a few hundred pages. That's your only option.

Here's a link to the user guide, direct from the manufacturer:
http://na.blackberry.com/eng/deliver...b8310_gprs.pdf
It's 276 pages of joy.
Not everything improves with time, some things get worse! Where's the damn Speakerphone key? The PDF tells you to push it when you want to use it, but it don't tell you, or show you where it's at. PDF's Suck!

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speaker key is on same keys as the $ sign lower right hand side of keyboard
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speaker key is on same keys as the $ sign lower right hand side of keyboard
Thanks, I see it now.
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This is the 21st century... we're way beyond thick printed manuals now.
ROFL..

I tell my users this all the time and all I get is this blank stare. I am waiting for the day companies stop shipping driver CD's or for that matter any other material boxed with the product. It's just too easy to download every thing you need.
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More like 23.99/6.99 that is if you remember the last DB crash here at bbf.
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RIM can update it as new versions come out and it costs them $0 in printing costs.
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RIM can update it as new versions come out and it costs them $0 in printing costs.
Yeah, I know why they do it, but I don't have to like it! Nothing beats a paper manual with a real index and pages you can use a hilighter & make notes on, and take to bed with you for a good read!

Thank goddess that my other two hobbies, audio & photograpy, still use books, Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!
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Books, lol.
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Also, the manual is included with every OS installation on the PC. If you've installed the OS for your BB you can find it in the same folder as the Blackberry.alx file.
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Amazon has a couple of books available, so I'm happy!
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Nothing beats a paper manual with a real index and pages you can use a hilighter & make notes on
I've been using PDF Xchange Viewer for a couple of years now. The free version allows you to highlight and add notes as much as you want.
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I've been using PDF Xchange Viewer for a couple of years now. The free version allows you to highlight and add notes as much as you want.
As much as I hate PDF's I might give this a try, thanks for the link.
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I don't mind PDFs but I sure don't like Adobe Reader. If you want something light on the system to just read PDFs, you can try FoxIt Reader. It's a great free lightweight app.

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RIM has a lot of helpful info too.

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that and much much more!

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Yeah, I know why they do it, but I don't have to like it! Nothing beats a paper manual with a real index and pages you can use a hilighter & make notes on, and take to bed with you for a good read!

Thank goddess that my other two hobbies, audio & photograpy, still use books, Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!
Thats funny, but wait I'm blind and deaf so how does that help again I agree printed manuals still help at least include a .pdf or something along with the CD.
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