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No Pings? Please!.

What is it with people who set statuses like: "Sleeping, DO NOT ping me", "Studying, NO PINGS", "Busy, don't ping", and the everlasting variations. What's the point of such status messages? If you don't want to be interrupted, well here is an idea: turn off your phone.

Ok, so maybe you don't want to turn off your phone in case there is an emergency - like a fire in the room and your room mate in the next bed needs to call you to tell you to evacuate. So turn off notifications; yes you can do that. There is a Blackberry profile for calls only - you will not get beeps and pings, only phone calls. "What?! How do I do that?" you ask incredulously.

Here is how you activate this mode. You see that little speaker icon at the top left side of your screen, just below the date?  Click it. Scroll to the bottom of the menu that appears. Ta da! "Phone Calls Only" mode.  Now you can sleep, study, eat, or watch TV in peace.

If you want, you can even customize the profiles to enable and disable certain notifications, have it vibrate instead of ping, and even add special alerts for one or more contacts. This last one might be great if, for example, you want your significant other to be able to get you around the clock. Useful for midnight, um, conversations.

I'm gonna chalk this one up to a lack of familiarity with the technology. Now that you are duly educated about this nifty feature, stop with the silly status messages. That is all.
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