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CrackBerry True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse

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ISBN-10: 1430231807

ISBN-13: 9781430231806

Edition: 2010

Authors: Kevin Michaluk, Gary Mazo, Martin Trautschold, Made Simple Learning Staff

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Apress L. P.
Publication date: 10/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Gary Mazo is vice president of Made Simple Learning and is a writer, a college professor, a gadget nut and an ordained rabbi. Gary joined Made Simple Learning in 2007 and has co-authored the last 13 books in the Made Simple series. Along with Martin and Kevin Michaluk from, Gary co-wrote CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse a book about BlackBerry addiction and how to get a grip on one's BlackBerry use. Gary also teaches writing, philosophy, technical writing and more at the University of Phoenix. Gary is a regular contributor to, writing product reviews and adding editorial content. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Brandeis…    

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…    

Contents at a Glance
The Authors' Stories
Gary's Story
Kevin's Story
Martin's Story
The Responsible BlackBerry User
Phantom Vibrations
Early Days of the CrackBerry
Benefits of BlackBerry Wireless Email
CrackBerry Terms Defined
Presidential BlackBerry Addiction
BlackBerry Addiction Avoidance Tips
The Path to a BlackBerry 12 Step Program
Our 12-Step CrackBerry Addiction Program
"I Can't Be Without It!"
Must...Check...Messages Now!
An International Problem
The Roots of the Problem
We're Always Connected
Communication Feels Good
Can't Leave Home Without It
Checking Messages Makes Us Feel Important
He Couldn't Be Without It
Why the BlackBerry is So Addictive
BlackBerry On Bike
Eat, Sleep, and Dream BlackBerry
Cannot Resist-Busted!
It's a One-Handed Device
Instant Communication
It Calls to You
Jet Ski and Fender Benders
The Clikety-Clack of the Keyboard
The Addiction
Vanessa's Story
BlackBerry During a Funeral
BlackBerry Caused Mercedes Crash
We Hit a Stopped Truck at 60 mph
"Do I Worship My BlackBerry?"
Almost Hit by Bus for BlackBerry
"Step Away from the BlackBerry"
Cannot Turn It Off
BlackBerry in Shower
The World Stops Without My BlackBerry
Fear of Losing My BlackBerry
"BlackBerry Boo-Boos"
The BlackBerry Alphabetic Acrostic
BlackBerry Football Instead of Dancing with the Wife
Embarrassing Ringtone!
Taking a Moral Inventory of BlackBerry Abuses
"Am I a BlackBerry Abuser?"
The BlackBerry Addiction Quiz
Assessing Your Addiction Quiz Results
Sneaking Away from Groups
Cash Penalties for Use in a Meeting
Kevin's Comments on the Addiction Quiz
Martin's Comments on the Quiz
Musings of a BlackBerry Abuser
Dual Addiction
"OK, I Am a BlackBerry Abuser"
The Work-Life Balance
Seeing the Light at the End of the Tunnel
Lakefront Cookout
Addiction by the Numbers
The Sheraton Hotel Study
"Ask Others for Help"
An Exercise: What Should You Do?
Electronics Rehab Getaway
CrackBerry Massage and Spa
Massage for BlackBerry Thumb
"BlackBerry Bystanders"
My 5-Year-Old Son
BlackBerry at Funeral
Concerned Bystanders
Quotes from Concerned Bystanders
Missed a Big Hit at Baseball
Berry vs. Boyfriend: Who Wins?
Frequent Flyer's Fiasco/Stand-by Hell
Kevin's Missing Curve
Exercise: List Your Own BlackBerry Bystanders
"Scooping BlackBerry Poop"
Jam on My BlackBerry while at a Red Light
Use BlackBerry AutoText to Reply in Car
BlackBerry on Wheel, Typing Next to A Police Officer
He Stopped in mid-Story to Use His BlackBerry
Exercise: Create a Checklist for Apologizing to Your BlackBerry Bystanders
"BlackBerry Etiquette"
BlackBerry Abuse Interventions and Etiquette Rules
Achieve Balance with Interventions
Addiction Avoidance Tips
Top Ten BlackBerry Rules to Live By
Top 10 BlackBerry Productivity Myths Busted
Rationalizing Our BlackBerry Use
The Table Analogy
"Conscious Contact or Constant Contact?"
Helping You Reflect on Your BlackBerry Addiction
"Typing the Talk and Walking the Walk"
BlackBerry Addiction Avoidance Tips
Advice for Employers
Advice for Parents
Advice for All BlackBerry Users
Our Final Thoughts
Gary's Final Thoughts
Kevin's Final Thoughts
Martin's Final Thoughts
Constant Effort
Appendix: CrackBerry Terms and Definitions