Seesmic freezes my BlackBerry on install December 15, 2009
So I wakes up this morning, and feeling good I tries out the new Seesmic for BlackBerry app. App World has it available now so after a quick download I was ready to fire her up.. until it throws a dialog asking me to review the permissions changes for Seesmic – if you read Fred Wilson’s article I linked to yesterday you’ll understand my disappointment at this stage – but me being the patient type I changes one of the settings from Allow mode to Prompt, it was for access to the Phone by Seesmic – which unless they plan to call-in my tweets it doesn’t need! Its just laziness from developers to ask for all security permissions when they could restrict it to necessary roles only. Anyways, after I made this one change for the phone access, I saved the settings and got the following screen – indefinitely!! BlackBerry is frozen (as if it wasn’t cold enough outside) no buttons work, not even the power button. HOSED. Nothing left to do but pull the battery and wait an age to restart the device. Then all is fine until I decides to push my luck and try again with Seesmic after the reboot – same problem. DOUBLE HOSED.
Look RIM, I know its freezing in Waterloo these days and winter is pretty rough over there but there is no need to freeze everyones BlackBerry. How about you stop messing with consumers on the whole security settings lark and be done with it. There are two types of consumers – those that think security is good (5%) and those who couldn’t give a fiddles (the rest). The 5% don’t want frozen devices.
To finish my morning rant – I did manage to get Seesmic up and running when I didn’t make any changes to the security permissions. So now I can look forward to my twitter followers listening into my phone calls?
Seesmic, RIM why don’t you two have a good fireside chat and come back to me (preferably with some hot chocolate) when your ready with a fix. I don’t really blame you Seesmic, your not the first app to want all permissions, but still.
Oh, it gets better – so I’ve just started Seesmic – first thing it says to me – There is a newer version available, download it? NOOOOO STOP messing with my fragile little mind.