Gordon Swaby

Blackberry Go Bye-Bye

If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away-Matthew 5:30.

Now, i have my reservations about the Bible, but that one verse was pretty potent.  My Blackberry was my right hand and it was causing me great pain ( Way to take the Lord’s word literally eh?) . Crappy battery life, non functional keys, and a plethora of other issues.  Now, I can’t recall it leaving my hand and making contact with the wall, but it happened and it happened fast, Jesus guided my hand maybe?

Make no mistake i love(ed) my blackberry. It made me a little more productive, but also caused me to be a little less productive.  Even though it’s sitting in a garbage bin nearby i will miss it dearly and have already started to miss it. I’ve been hearing Blackberry Messenger notifications all day and I’ve been seeing flashing LED lights on things that aren’t supposed to be flashing (like my macbook…call me crazy).  I’ve also been reaching for it to make phone calls only to realize it’s not there ( not to mention I’m without a mobile phone now).

But that’s fine, life is all about change and sometimes we become so caught up with vanity that we forget to pay attention to the finer things in life. Maybe I’ll pay more attention in my lectures  and actually listen to my friends when they’re speaking to me. If i could, i would do it again. Make no mistake i value my gadgets, but if any of them ( even my macbook) start causing me great distress then I’ll smash it too.

Financially, I’m not in a position to buy a new smartphone, but that’s cool. This smartphone sabbatical will be good for me, it will also give me some time to actually think about my next smartphone purchase. Whether it be an android, an iPhone or even another Blackberry.

The Blackberry Bold 9000 in Queston

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at 6:59 pm. Filed under Personal, Tech, Uncategorized.

  • Dale-Kurt Murray

    I vote for another Blackberry, Android and iPhone has no place in our local mobile culture

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    Well at least no time soon

    Sent from my iPod

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    ouch, mine fell and died many moons ago and I have yet to replace it -_-

    Hopefully getting an android phone soon, trying to convince family in the states to send me one -_-

  • Djcino123

    I’m encouraged….You linking your life to spiritual things…There just might be hope for you yet. And don’t worry…maybe this event is an opportunity for you to consider the welfare of your soul. I’m looking forward to what happens next. =]

  • http://twitter.com/redrory Rory Walker

    I agree, from I got my BB my iPhone has turned into an iPod Touch.

  • http://twitter.com/apachieomg58 sandra angella peart

    Such love must be nurtured [having the heart to actually commit] Commit to change, change to enhance a spiritual guide. Yes, you’ll listen more and be not be distracted until the next new thing, but remember its not having the item is the problem it’s the use of it and the control we let it have. Such as the root of all evil is moneeeeey but our heart and head much have the control not the money, cause money can provide new opportunities, jobs, housing, food. So let not the left hand offend you but let the right hand guide you

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  • Tracy-Ann

    Oh my this is very serious!

  • http://twitter.com/aYO_chanz Chantelle Aubrey.

    My attentiveness in class and my awareness on the road has grown since I’ve been blackberry-less. I laugh every time i recall memories of myself tweeting that i “can’t do without my blackberry” a couple months ago. I even had withdrawals too at first but now I’m pretty nonchalant about it. Throwing it into the wall though Gordon? : | wow.

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    As the days go by i realize that it really wasn’t an indispensable part of my life. +1 for me. And i don’t know how it happened it just hit the wall lol

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  • NickieNix

    Backside!! I’ve heard of people doing such things to their BBs but never actually seen proof of it. RIP Mr. Blackberry… you’ll be missed I’m sure.

  • http://twitter.com/blipsterfarian Blipsterfarian Logic

    What if the BB was merely the conduit for sin as opposed to the cause?

    Anyway, good post. So much going on in life.

  • http://www.experienceaurie.com Aurie

    This is a good detox for you. Everything for a reason sometimes.

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