From the Editor's Desk: Crazy Week

Getting Creepy
By Kevin Michaluk on 5 Nov 2012 01:41 pm EST

Between the hair and moustache, things are getting creepy... but can you name that BB?!    

I'm normally a pretty busy guy, but this past week was busier and crazier than normal, with sooo many different things going on at the same. It appears the craziness is going to continue this week -- and I only have 10 minutes to write this -- so am going to cheat and dump my thoughts in bullet point form below. Enjoy! 

Apologies in advance for grammar... I'm typing this as fast as I can... 

  • Hurricane Sandy Update: Our own Adam Zeis is still without power, though he managed to make an appearance on the blogs today. He made the trek to his bro-in-law's place who's power and internet are both running again. I also had an unplanned visitor for the weekend in the form of Daniel Rubino, our Editor in Chief of Windows Phone Central. Dan got out of NY just before Sandy hit so he could attend the Windows Phone 8 launch in California and then went to Seattle for Microsoft's developer conference. His power was still out when he was set to fly home, so instead he flew to Winnipeg where he was prepared to stay and work until his power came back online. He got word over the weekend that his power is up again, so I just dropped him off at airport and he's homeward bound. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by Sandy.
  • Movember Kicks Off: We really wanted to get Movember going this year, and that we did! We pulled it all together a little last minute, but we got it announced on the blogs and the pickup has been fantastic, with over 80 participants growing out their moustaches to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. I was thinking we'd maybe get 15 people to join in, so 80+ is MOTASTIC! On November 1st I hit up a local Movember kick off event with Tom Kaminski (our lead community webmaster on the tech team) and James Falconer and we all got our clean shaves on. Between my long hair (which I'm growing out until I can buy a BlackBerry 10 phone) and the moustache... I'm looking pretty creepy these days. I'd love you forever if you donate to the Movember cause... hit up my MoBro page here.
  • James Falconer makes his return: If you're a long time member of CrackBerry or have ever read our Crack Team Story (which probably is due for an update), you'll know the name James Falconer. James is one of CrackBerry's founding fathers and used to write for CrackBerry and also worked behind the scenes on graphics and the forums. James has now made a triumphant return and is back on board with the Mobile Nations team. We'll do a more proper introduction of him across our sites soon, but lets just say his primary focus will be on helping to make sure our users are happy and our forum communities are the absolute best they can be.
  • Getting ready to role out Mobile Nations Passport: We're getting close to launching our highly-anticipated single user profile / login for Mobile Nations sites. This has been a crazy complicated project to work through, but we're almost ready to pull the trigger. It's really a HUGE thing for us and its going to allow us to do a lot of things going forward that just wouldn't be possible otherwise. Exciting stuff. Expect to learn more soon.
  • Mobile Nations World Tour... Windows Phone 8 Edition: My ongoing education of the other mobile platforms continues. This past week I spent a ton of time on Windows Phone Central, helping work through our site revamp there. The homepage/blogs have been updated to a new CMS with a new look, and we've pushed out an updated version of their site app as well. This week we'll be upgrading their forums. While my focus on the site has been from a tech perspective, from a content perspective they were busy last week on all the Windows Phone 8 launch stuff, so it was fun to read all that and then play with Dan's Lumia 920 and HTC 8X this weekend while he was visiting. While I'm pretty up and up on Android and iOS, I have a lot less experience with Windows Phone, so Dan gave me a crash course (I even picked up an Xbox on Saturday just so I could experience a bit more of the Microsoft ecosystem and how it's starting to pull together). Windows Phone 8 is definitely a different mobile experience. There are some things I really like about it, and a few things I'm questioning (and there are a lot of things I still need to learn / try). I'll definitely pick up a Lumia 920 on Rogers as soon as I can get my hands on one just so I can really become an expert on it. When BlackBerry 10 hits and I write the BB10 review, I want to come at it with expert experience of all the mobile platforms, not just BB. We're planning on doing some cross-site, cross-platform podcasts this month, so expect to hear more on my thoughts of all these platforms when we get that done.
  • CrackBerry Updates - If you visit more than just CrackBerry on our Mobile Nations network, you'll see that we've been steadily rolling out site updates over the past several months throughout our communities. Behind the scenes I'm involved with all of this work, so I'm happy that my attention is now focused on our CrackBerry revamp, in preparation for the launch of BB10. Expect a better CrackBerry experience across the board!
  • Time to Buy RIM Stock? - I keep getting phone calls from people -- friends, family, old college school mates, etc. -- asking me if it's the time to buy shares of RIM. Rewind six months and every article written about BlackBerry proclaimed the company's demise. But now that BB10 is closer to launch, as confirmed last week by Thorsten Heins with his statement that BB10 has gone to carrier labs for certification, we're seeing starting to see things turn around. The stock has been climbing back up a bit, and the media sentiment is becoming less negative and a lot more neutral/positive. Obviously this message is hitting mainstream people, who are now wondering if now is the time to get in on owning a bit of BlackBerry. RIM stock is still extremely "cheap" right now - the valuation is essentially equal to cash and assets, so if BB10 is a success the stock can really only go up. We don't give stock advice around here, but I've asked Umi to do up a post this week that'll dive into some of the discussion and key points around this topic. Stay tuned for that. I think I might run a poll on CB asking how many of our readers if they own stock. It's a question I've never asked, but am curious about.
  • Bangkok Bound - It's official, I will be heading to Bangkok, Thailand at the end of November for BlackBerry Jam Asia! AWESOME. 
Beyond that, there's still a dozen other things I'm in the middle of right now. It doesn't leave a lot of blogging time on CrackBerry at the moment, but every moment I have free I'm putting towards writing or getting into our forums. I'm trying to get all the non-CB work tackled before BB10 launches, so when it does, I can really throw myself fully into CB 24/7. Can't wait for that!


If i had to guess, BlackBerry 8700 (likely the 8700g)


Kevin... I really hope that BB10 comes out sooner than later... You need a hair cut... and bad hahaha

What does soon to be Mrs Crackberry think of the hair?


If there was a like/thanks button I would hit both lol. You actually wear the long hair much better than I would, I would look like a koosh ball

Kevin Michaluk

Miss CrackBerry is ok with "long" hair on me... but I think now she thinks it's a bit too long/in need of a clean up. She doesn't mind a bit of scruff either, but don't think the moustache is going to go over too well.


you should have her write a personal message to Thorsten haha, and always remind her it is for a good cause (men's health and BB10).


Don't Give Up Kevin
lets get some DREDS going lol


It's beginning to look a lot like 70's heartthrob hair now.


Dreds lol.
I’d rather be a Black Sheep than an iSheep any day.


Glad to hear the Passport system is going ahead!


* BlackBerry by choice *
Loving the look. With an angry face you would look like one to never be trifled with.


although i'm really interested how your rockstar haircut would look in the long run, i'm even more curious to see bb10 :D

as for RIM stocks - i say, get 'em while they're cheap, it ain't gonna last long.

Rocking my two berries:
Torch 9810 OS and Playbook OS
Twitter: @mr_theend


I always wondered why we couldn't use one username across Mobile Nations, glad it's going to happen soon.


Oh my Kevin, trade in the Range Rover and start driving an early 80s Trans Am with the fire chicken on the hood. Pronto!!

Kevin Michaluk

Done. My piece of crap Rover blew its engine back in August and I still don't have it back yet. Maybe this week. I kinda hate cars now. Looking at newer cars to trade in on is depressing.. I'm not in love with any of them. I would love an 80's Tran Am though. :) 


Go '70's - sleek,red, twin scoops out the front, mag wheels, twin chrome pipes, coupla Thrush mufflers bubbling out the back...
Then,of course, you gotta get your own custom made bowling ball, stick a CrackBerry logo on there...
Then you're ready to go cruise the MTS Centre, looking for Transcona Chicks freezin' to death outside...
Hey, it all just kinda works with the moustache, doesn't it? LOL! :D


Get a Prius. One helluva machine..

-Things no one ever says


Go bald and leave the scruff. That bb looks like and 8700 I never owned a curve so I can't tell you the exact one

James Falconer

Hmmm... that old bb looks familiar :)
Great to be back on-board. Looking forward to doing all sorts of GREAT things with CrackBerry and ALL of the Mobile Nations communities. Lots of really great things to come folks!


Welcome! Looking forward to seeing your stuff!


Lookin' like a Ukrainian Bruce Springsteen in that pic! Perhaps you and Neil Young could get together for a version of "Shake Your Hair"? Make it a fundraiser.
You oughta see my mane! If BB 10. Doesn't hit til March (don't believe it ), I'm gonna have to roll all the windows down to get my hair in the car!!
Good article for 10 minutes, Kevin - you been hitting the coffee again? ;)


Have fun in Bangkok....Don't get drunk, Hollywood has shown us the dangers of drinking in Bangcock lol


Ohhh, that's Kevin?!?!. I thought he was being clever and using a BlackBerry celebrity sightings photo - lead singer for The Crackheads


K.I.T.T... get me out of here!

the brother

"We're planning on doing some cross-site, cross-platform podcasts this month, so expect to hear more on my thoughts of all these platforms "

a co-worker grabbed a Rogers LTE Galaxy Note 2 by Samsung on the weekend. this thing is a BEAST in size, power and options. one can only hope BB10 has some of this included!


for the love of god i hope bb10 is on time. if you are driving a van how you look now dont be suprised if you get pulled over and they check for missing children in the back.


Bwahahaha! David Guetta is making guest posts on Crackberry now!


LOL. This is why I cannot go a day without Crackberry


Hi, just to say... we got a new BlackBerry Bridge


Hey Kevin, how much did you have to pay Axle Rose to pose for the pic?





I want to say 8700 series, major commercial push for BB....I want to say its my first one.....screw it, I'll say and 8703.


It looks like Kevin's enjoying it...the hair and 'stache might not go away...ever


Kevin the Rockgod!


Hey Kevin, there are actually some rules and guidelines for a movember stache. You can't have a goatie or beard. It has to be stache only or stache with handlebars.... just sayin'

Kevin Michaluk

That photo was taken right before I went and got shaved for Movember!


That look, Kevin. Grrrrr, roar!


Kevin, you've finally crossed the line from protester to bad-ass with the long hair and goatee. Has the future Mrs. CrackleBerry decided she prefers "bad boys?" LOL


Kevin got his rock star swag goin & isn't that a 8700 in your hand?


Yo! Whats up David Guetta!!!


8700, I had one of those. loved it.


Kevin, you look like Crockett on Miami Vice in that pic...LOL.


Hahaha.... too funny. He actually does.


Looks like Kid Rock and/or Mitch Hedberg


I would like to see all the heads of sites do a mobile nations tour. I bet it would be hard to get everyone on board though.


I can't put my finger on who ... but you look like a famous movie star.
Get rid of the gang signal though.......

I know who now ..... Brad Pitt when he was in the movie Troy.

I think that with this new cashless payment system that RIM will be controlling throughout CANADA .... and soon the rest of the world due to its high level of security ..... this stock is looking more and more like a ten banger, maybe 20.

Remember, Android will need to bow down to RIM if they want this added to their phones.
Then later ..... add BBM on the Android for $5 per month ...... and now we are up to another $15 billion pure profit per quarter ..... shall I continue?

Phone companies love RIM because moving data is taking up more bandwidth than the pipes can hold, and we all know that RIMs system squeezes the data.
Right dudes?


BBM will NOT be cross platform. It will then be competing with itself. Bad idea. Not happening.

John Quest

I would guess that the BB in that ruffian's hands, who like like Kevin, is an 8703E


Kevin the new you is cracking me up, your looking like a teched out Kid Rock. You need a pimped out cadi with long horns on the hood. Lmao. And the BB looks like an 8700 one of my fav bb's of all time. Your new phrase should be "long hair don't care"


1 User name for all... I see a lot of Trolling thats going to take place lol


Kevin looks like bad ass John Mcbain with the long hair and goatee. Kind of cool.
I’d rather be a Black Sheep than an iSheep any day.


It's an electron, which one I don't know.


Kevin I'm pretty sure in January the bigger question will be " has Kevin trimmed his hair not, rather than when BB10 will be available"? And BTW u r truly looking a rockstar in this pic. :)


Rock star indeed. Damn great blackberry and photo!!

the brother

...things are getting creepy... but can you name that BB?!

A: 8700r

was the correct answer revealed?