22 2 / 2014
20 2 / 2014
Talking to My Brother
- 1: Did you know the earth's core would be solid if it weren't for the heat generated by radioactive decay of nuclear isotopes?
- 2: That's kind of beautiful.
- 1: hahaha
- 2: No, but the idea that decay is what makes life possible is deeply resonant.
- 1: Well, it isn't decay in the traditional sense.
- 2: Shut up. I'm having a moment.
30 1 / 2014
A fantastic post over at ButtonClickAdmin.com on driving improved Salesforce1 adoption led to a pretty major discovery that has rocked my world for the last couple days.
Seriously. I’m cursing that I didn’t stumble onto this sooner.
Here’s a nifty little URL trickery you can do to load the mobile version of your salesforce org, from any browser.
Log in to your salesforce org in the usual fashion. Once in, you’re probably at the Home tab with a URL that looks like https://abc.salesforce.com/home/home.jsp (where abc is the instance where your org lives, e.g. NA5, AP0, EU1).
Replace the end of the URL with /one/one.appto get https://abc.salesforce.com/one/one.appand prepare to be amazed. Welcome to Salesforce1, on your desktop. Or wherever you are.
Why This Rocks
As Mike points out in his post, this is an outstanding way to demo/train on the mobile app by leveraging the browser version, rather than trying to deal with a classroom of people buried in their phones.
Also, ever try to make documentation or user guides for the mobile experience? Forget trying to snap screenshots via mobile. Being able to do that via browser can surely make that whole process smoother.
More Importantly (at least to me)… Why This Rocks MY World
This tricks works in just about any browser as far as I can tell. Including, those with unsupported mobile devices, like BlackBerry 10 devices that don’t have a native mobile app to leverage.
As one of the few myopically optimistic former BlackBerry faithful, I decided to go out on a limb and gives the new BB10 platform a try. It’s been a year, and it’s been up and down. That’s a whole long-winded story in itself that I’ll save for another day.
But one of my biggest peeves about this whole experience since day one has been the lack of salesforce app.
No Salesforce Touch. No Chatter app. Not even the old Classic Mobile app to be found. Certainly no Salesforce1 app to be had on launch.
As a salesforce fan, it’s been painful.
Last year a private beta of Salesforce for BB10 circled around. It ended up being a front-end for securely storing login credentials and then passing to a mobile browser - which at the time was useless, as the config only supported mobile Safari or Chrome. That fancy BlackBerry 10 mobile browser, touted as the best HTML5 mobile browsing experience, wasn’t supported.
Cue Salesforce1. Revamped. Re-engineered. Re-awesomed. I fell madly in love with the mobile experience all over again. As exciting as Touch was, Salesforce1 makes it look like Encyclopedia Britannica.
And again, no official app for BB10 at launch, or in the foreseeable future. Some fine folks at BlackBerry took a stab at replicating the official Salesforce1 app for the BB ecosystem - and while it’s a noble gesture, at the moment, it’s so far behind the native iOS and Android apps, it’s a bit embarrassing.
… yeah. I’ve been at the point over the last month or so where as much as I appreciate the OS, I need to give up on the BlackBerry and go running back to iOS when the next device hits.
But in the meantime, saving the day, is one/one.app.
Hit up the one.app URL from your mobile browser, bookmark it, save it to the homescreen, and VOILA - it’s about the closest approximation to an “Official” Salesforce1 app we have on BlackBerry10.
14 5 / 2013
I know I shouldn’t let it get to me, but all the anti-Leaf vitriol all over the social feeds is nonsensical. I’m not sure at what point it was decided that hating makes you a better fan.
All this talk of choke and collapse takes so much credit away from the Bruins, who probably had more playoff games played on their top two lines than the whole Leafs roster. The way they smothered the last two minutes with the extra man was amazing. Horrifying, but altogether impressive. They made Toronto look like the untested underdogs that came out to be destroyed in Game 1.
This youngest team in the league, a postseason longshot for many at the start of the year, projected to be outclassed and knocked out in 5 or 6 by the more seasoned Bruins, clawed back from 3-1 and came within a couple minutes of doing the impossible.
Proud all the same. And next time, I’m sure they’ll have a much better understanding of what it takes to close out a series in this amazing sport of ours.
30 1 / 2013
So, the re-imagined, re-invented BlackBerry Z10 was released to the world today. From what I’ve seen of the launch event and early BlackBerry Z10 reviews, the consensus goes something a little like this;
Is this the best Blackberry yet?
Is it enough to save
We don’t know.
I’ve said before I’ve got a huge soft spot for BlackBerry, despite having moved pretty much all-in with Apple since my Crackberry-carrying days. It’s a soft spot so deep and wide that I’m on the fence about ditching the iPhone and giving BlackBerry another chance.
Everything I’ve seen of BlackBerry Flow, Hub, and what seems to be the best virtual keyboard you can find has me itching to try it. Just looking at the device in action at the launch event, by comparison iOS seemed so incredibly stale and bland. BlackBerry really has put together a pretty solid package to bring them back to the playing field, and with the BB10 operating system they seem to bring the focus onto the smartphone as a communications device first.
But… with the vast App Store and iTunes, my iPhone is much more than that. So much of my usage is app-centric, and the App gap for BB10 is pretty large at the moment. They’ve got a strong showing on the media store front, and as nice as carrier billing seems, I’m already invested in the iTunes ecosystem, and iCloud certainly makes managing purchases & related media simple, having new items pulled to all devices.
So, still on the fence. I’m itching to get a BlackBerry Z10 in my hands to see how it feels, and flows. In the meantime, it’ll be interesting to watch the response to BB10. I’m sure I’m not the only one trapped between optimism and skepticism, but compared to the previous generation of BlackBerry devices, and considering all the turmoil and struggle they’ve been through over the last few years, everything about BB10 and the Z10 should seem like an incredible triumph for BlackBerry. I hope for their sake, they see their efforts rewarded when the tech media dissects the sales numbers.