Gheorghe Curelet-Balan Blog

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Blackberry!

Blackberry is 10 years old. It has changed lives, revolutionized the nature of work and improved productivity by making information readily available anytime and anywhere in the world (provided there is wireless coverage).

Blackberry technology has removed the office walls by reliable pushing emails and data to those that need them.

Blackberry’s addiction caught the entire world reaching even the Oval Office.

What a nice recognition of Blackberry’s revolutionary technology.


The world at his thumbs.

OK, everybody talks about it. The world's first citizen can keep his Blackberry. Here it is my take on this.

President Obama is credited with using and leveraging the technology in order to win the US Presidential Election. Blackberry was one of his indispensable tool. After the election there were questions if he can break a White House tradition and keep his tool.

It looks like Blackberry addiction is so strong that it cannot stay outside of the walls of the Oval Office. Now the entire world is reachable at his thumbs.

A stormy technology in the hands of a stormy leader during stormy times.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

No magic. Just hard, determined and responsible work.

There were lots of big ideas in the Barack Obama's inaugural speech but his message in my opinion is that there is no magic solution to the problems that face America and the world, just hard, determined and responsible work.

I highlighted below in the end of his speech the ideas that I found quite inspiring:

"America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words.

With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.

Let it be said by our children's children that
when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that
we did not turn back nor did we falter;

and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us,
we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."


Monday, January 19, 2009

Now is the time!

Happy New Year and best wishes in 2009!

Motivations and hope is what most of us need during the traditional gloomsday of the year.

This year though the hope is higher than ever in the whole free world.

The 46 year old great dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. will become reality.

What a difference a day makes... from today celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to tomorow celebration of his dream fulfillment, the inauguration of the first African American US president, Barack Obama. It is the dimension of the one day now, dilated over 46 years.

The fate of the present and future generations will be decided during these troubling times and true leaders that raise to the occasion are needed.

The Martin Luther King's 4 times invocations of "Now is the time" happens these days and the whole free world seizes the moment and awaits for the magic words of hope.

Past generations during troubling times were inspired by inspirational words like Kennedy's "ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country" or Roosevelt's Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself.

What will be the inspiring words for today's generation?

We'll find out tomorrow!