- Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (October 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430231807
- ISBN-13: 978-1430231806
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,653,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse (Books for Professionals by Professionals) 1st ed. Edition
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About the Author
Martin Trautschold is the founder and chief executive officer of Made Simple Learning, a leading provider of Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry and Palm webOS books and video tutorials. He has been a successful entrepreneur in the mobile device training and software business since 2001. With Made Simple Learning, he has been helping to train thousands of BlackBerry users with short, to-the-point video tutorials. He has now co-authored 15 Made Simple guide books. Martin also co-founded, ran for three years, then sold a mobile device software company. Prior to this, Martin spent 15 years in technology and business consulting in the U.S. and Japan. He holds an engineering degree from Princeton University and a master's in business administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Martin and his wife, Julia, have three daughters. Martin enjoys rowing and cycling. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Top customer reviews
When I got the book I said to my husband "I'm going to find out how to get you off that BlackBerry". He answered "Then get one to wean yourself off the HTC". I later said to my 8 year old daughter "I'm reading a book to get daddy off the BlackBerry". She looked at me and answered "You should do what the book says too". "Who me? I'm not addicted!" - or so I thought.
The authors of the book, who are former addicts, designed a strategy aimed at overcoming the problem. Through their personal experiences, as well as experiences of other users from CrackBerry.com site, readers learn to empathize with those who have to put up with the constant attention a PDA user gives to their phone. By dissecting various psychological and environmental influences that bond users to their mobile, the authors help the user understand where the addiction comes from. They also adapt the 12 step program to help overcome the addiction.
For each step of the program, the authors explain the main idea behind it, give examples of related uses and abuses and then go on to explain how to make real-life use of it.
How clear is the book? It's very well written. I had the impression that the authors learned to explain their ideas while writing the book. The first and second points of the 12 step program left me thinking "and? so? what do I do now?". However the rest were well organized and the examples were adequate. I enjoyed taking the addiction test. To my surprise (although no-one else was) - my husband only scored 10/25 on the addiction test, whereas mine was 17/25!
Did it help? I should ideally read the book slowly taking it in chapter at the time. Instead I got the book on Monday evening and was done with it by Wednesday afternoon. However just reading and realizing there is a problem is already a success. I put it on silence in a different room yesterday as I entered the house.
Who do I recommend the book to? All who own one of those small gadgets; it doesn't matter whether it's a BlackBerry, iPhone, HTC or any other smart phone!
It really doesn't matter whether you believe you're addicted or not; the book is a good read and it may help you just realize that (a) you have a problem or (b) you're on your way to have a problem. Enjoy!
The authors have laid out steps and provided worksheets to help determine if you're addicted to your "CrackBerry" - and if so, to start on the path to getting your life - and your family and your friends - back. They note how even your pets may be missing your beloved interaction due to CrackBerry addiction!
A lot of the warnings and comments are repeated over and over in the book (albeit with new tales to illustrate the points). Perhaps the repetitive warnings and comments are really needed for the CrackBerry addicts out there, though.
I recommend this book as a fun read, with interesting tales of addicts being caught out in church, at family gatherings, and on the road. At the same time, it addresses a serious issue every smartphone user should consider - not just BlackBerry users: how much has your phone really taken over your life? Read the book to find out - and how to fix things if it's gone too far.