Thursday, 13 October 2011

Blackberry meltdown

So, Blackberry users face yet another day of being unable to use their phones. It isn't because they've updated the system, it isn't even because it's a temporary fault. No, instead this is the fourth day of global disruption to the BBM, internet and email services. Some areas appear to, as of last night and today, regained their full usage capacity, but others are facing disruption up until, and perhaps long after, this weekend.
You may well be one of those unfortunate people, so how is the Blackberry meltdown affecting your service?
But it isn't just individuals being affected by the meltdown in Slough, which has so far hit users in Africa, America, Europe and of course, Britain. Some of the biggest banks in Britain rely on the blackberry service to allow their business to function, and without it, they are left struggling. In an economic climate already struggling globaslly, and one of the biggest mobile phone providers in meltdown, what happens next? Well, unless they can solve their problem quickly, Blackberry will be a victim of their own success, as they risk being overtaken by their biggest rivals, the new iPhone, launching this weekend, and the Android phones which have become so popular.
On a lighter note, however, perhaps this could all have been avoided if we had listened to comedy writers when they predicted this just weeks ago. If we had listened when they had told us Blackberry would freeze, maybe we would have all listened and been prepared. Maybe we would not be so reliant on our phones if we had known this was going to happen. Who knows?

For all those interested, by the way, this is the clip in which they predicted Blackberry's troubles:

Monday, 10 October 2011

Exam season

Well, now the exam season is over, but another is fast approaching. But how much confidence do YOU have in the exams system as it is? With so many exams being written with wrong questions that cannot be answered, or examiners missing out marks, can we really believe the grades we see on a bit of paper after all our hard work? Personally, my marks went up 24 points in one exam. I haven't got much trust in the exam boards now. So what can be done to reverse this problem?
Currently, there are fines in place if the same problem occurs next year, but is this enough? I don't think so, I think we need to be tougher on exam boards, but feel free to let me know what you think