Attn BlackBerry Users/Abusers: Official CrackBerry Addiction Guide on Sale Now
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
What’s the strangest, most desperate thing you’ve ever done for your BlackBerry? Perhaps you’ve sneakily used your device during an important meeting with the CEO? Or maybe you brought along your beloved smartphone on a family trip or vacation, unbeknownst to your significant other or loved ones? Whatever your story, the accounts found in the new book, “CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse,” are sure to make your own BlackBerry-related experiences look like minor transgressions.
The book, a joint collaboration between my friend Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry.com and BlackBerry Made Simple, a private BlackBerry training organization, features a variety of BlackBerry and smartphone-related content, including piles of real-life user stories; an original, 12-step program meant to help tame your BlackBerry addiction; advice to improve your work/life balance; “BlackBerry Confessions” from the authors; and a new quiz to determine the extent of your CrackBerry addiction.
“The book is part humor, part Freud and part 12-step recovery plan,” Michaluk said. “We wanted to keep the read entertaining and light while at the same time addressing the ever-growing problem of BlackBerry overuse.”
I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I anxiously await the autographed author-copy I’ve been promised. And I’ll be sure to write up a review as soon as I can.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.