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What the fuck? (4, Funny)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731675)

I thought Slashdot was exclusively iPhone oriented?

I feel betrayed. BETRAYED I tells ya.

Re:What the fuck? (3, Insightful)

nitio (825314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731787)

I foresee a story about some stupid, yet useful, things you can do in your iPhone...

Re:What the fuck? (4, Funny)

KillerBob (217953) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731827)

Very short thread, that... *mutters something about hardware lock-in and DRM*

Re:What the fuck? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732115)

I've got a trick: masturbate upside down (lie on your back, put your legs up against a wall). That way you can shoot your sperm directly into your mouth. Then drink some salt water with a splash of vinegar.

Not a blackberry tip, per se, but most blackberry users are cum guzzling douches.

Re:What the fuck? (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732387)

I think you've confused the iPhone with the BlackBerry.

Sorry, since I won't eat it myself, I had to feed that load to a troll.

Re:What the fuck? (4, Interesting)

Yokaze (70883) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731885)

Use the GPS and accelerometer for tracing the trajectory of a rocket [lolife.com] .

Re:What the fuck? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731839)

please, stop this madness, or at least ask for useful (stupid) get laid tricks.

Re:What the fuck? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731887)

Alcohol and drugs are your friends here.

Re:What the fuck? (2, Funny)

berend botje (1401731) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732123)

Having money and spending it like there's no tomorrow doesn't work against you, either!

Re:What the fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732679)

it's all about charm, boys.

Re:What the fuck? (-1, Offtopic)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732441)

Indeed, I feel lost without my daily iPhOnE story.

Perhaps this is the start of a new direction - I look forward to articles about how wonderful it is that the BlackBerry now supports 3G, and how it can do new-fangled things like checking email and web browsing.

Trick number one (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731679)

Buy an iPhone.

Hit it with a hammer (5, Funny)

mlk (18543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731685)

Then jump on it.

Re:Hit it with a hammer (2, Funny)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731697)

Good one. I, for one, have always been adapt of the old 'throw it in the toilet' fashion.

Re:Hit it with a hammer (3, Funny)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731985)

Good one. I, for one, have always been adapt of the old 'throw it in the toilet' fashion.

I like the 'running it over with the car after it fries my MicroSD card.'

Re:Hit it with a hammer (5, Funny)

HappyHead (11389) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732233)

Well, the best I've heard of was at my old employer's - one of the sales people dropped their blackberry into a vat of industrial acid, and it was completely dissolved. It was an interesting support call to listen in on, my boss (the head of IT) was saying "Yeah, it, uh, got knocked into a vat of acid, and it's gone." "Well, getting the sim card out of it would be a problem, because that is also gone." "Well, we could skim the foam off the top of the vat to ship back to you, but you'd need hazardous materials certification before we could legally release it to you." Buying the expensive version of the warranty was totally worth it for that one, just for the fact that it's probably the most unique replacement order they've ever had to fill. (And no, they didn't bother getting haz-mat clearance, so they didn't get the foam back.)

Re:Hit it with a hammer (2, Funny)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732303)

All these years I thought people were saying cell phone! It's foam!

Re:Hit it with a hammer (5, Funny)

tonytnnt (1335443) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732585)

one of the sales people dropped their blackberry into a vat of industrial acid

Holy shit, you make your sales people work next to vats of industrial acid? That's quite the high pressure sales technique...

Re:Hit it with a hammer (5, Funny)

that this is not und (1026860) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732631)

That sounds like a tragic story that could have ended otherwise.

In the future tethers should be issued with all Blackberries, so that if such an incident occurs again, the chance increases that the sales-type person will also pulled into the vat. It's just a shame that a Blackberry had to be sacrificed with no net benefit for the incident.

(trick) How to make them bounce (2, Funny)

ufoolme (1111815) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732621)

The trick is to drop them from at least the 3rd store of a building w/concrete pavement. The 2nd store just isn't always high enough, unless you purposely peg them at the ground.
Entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Re:(trick) How to make them bounce (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732897)

The trick is to drop them from at least the 3rd store of a building w/concrete pavement. The 2nd store just isn't always high enough, unless you purposely peg them at the ground.

My local mall has over 30 stores but they aren't numbered. How do I determine which store is first, second, etc?
Would the cashier at RadioShack know;-)

Re:Hit it with a hammer (2, Insightful)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 5 years ago | (#25733007)

It said useful and stupid. Your suggestion is only useful. That's probably the smartest thing I've heard anyone say about a BlackBerry.

Really? Crackberry? (0, Redundant)

saintm (142527) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731703)

Oh dear.
You should take more care when wiping

Crackberry Forums (5, Informative)

peterprior (319967) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731717)

Maybe ask in the Crackberry Forums [crackberry.com] (a Blackberry user site)

Re:Crackberry Forums (0, Flamebait)

Dan541 (1032000) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731795)

Oh Shit!

Don't let them unite!

Blackberry Linux Connectivity (5, Informative)

wehe (135130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731747)

Just in case you want to connect a Blackberry to a Linux PC, here are some guides about Blackberry and Linux connectivity [tuxmobil.org] . Not much yet, but a start. There is also the beginning of a survey of Linux applications under GPL useful for the Blackberry.

Re:Blackberry Linux Connectivity (2, Informative)

I.M.O.G. (811163) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732307)

A better guide to connecting your blackberry in linux, as well as using it for internet is available at http://imog.us/articles.html [imog.us]

Of course by "better", I mean that's my website.

Re:Blackberry Linux Connectivity (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732427)

It's also your bandwidth bill. Probably your repair bill, too.

Good job.

Re:Blackberry Linux Connectivity (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732549)

I stopped using a blackberry because of poor linux support, it's imap support is pretty poor and it has no support for caldav or ldap, plus to get all the features you have to run their proprietary server which is windows-only.

I moved to an iphone, which is a significant improvement (i have to configure it on a mac, but it can sync using activesync which has an open source implementation z-push, and it does imap much better)... And it's also unix based, so i can mess with the underlying OS and port some of my unix utilities to it.

But i am looking closely at the android based phones, one of which may well be my next phone when the current iphone contract expires.

Don't let the battery run out (2, Informative)

sqldr (838964) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731753)

It goes out of sync with the server, and you have to go down to the IT department to have them resync it. Fucking annoying.

Re:Don't let the battery run out (1)

Dan541 (1032000) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731781)

I thought the days of losing data when the power goes out where long gone.

Apparently not :D

Re:Don't let the battery run out (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731799)

What? I think you'll find the BES server and device will happily resync itself. The only issue is to ensure the device has the correct time as messages are stored against the time of arrival on the device, not the mail server. Even then this only happens if a device is dead for a substantial time.

Re:Don't let the battery run out (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732079)

Methinks your IT department are doing something weird...

Do you actually think that this would be accepted as "normal" by the Blackberry's traditional PHB market?

Re:Don't let the battery run out (-1, Troll)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732563)

Who knows, some ridiculous windows problems are accepted as "normal" by the same people, like the idea of having to reboot every day and such.

Re:Don't let the battery run out (2, Informative)

DrLang21 (900992) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732101)

I occasionally have this problem, and I have never needed to go to IT. I don't recall exactly how I usually fix it, but I think I just manually command the mail to reconcile. Go to Mail, bring up the menu, and select Reconcile Now.

Re:Don't let the battery run out (1)

outlaw69 (209617) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732299)

Obviously your IT guys have it setup wrong then.....

Re:Don't let the battery run out (5, Informative)

crypticedge (1335931) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732309)

Theres a setting in the blackberry server you can set to kill the handset on power failure. Your IT department set this. Smack them, its something they are doing to you, not RIM.

PS: IAABSA (I am a Blackbery Server Administrator)

Re:Don't let the battery run out (1)

I.M.O.G. (811163) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732393)

Wrong.

Blackberry's do not lose data services or enterprise connectivity when the power dies. This holds true for all 7250's and newer, and probably holds for even more ancient devices.

What does happen when the battery dies, is that the wireless antenna turns off - only the stupid users come to IT to have that fixed. The rest recharge the device, then click on the wireless switch that's on their main screen.

my environment has 2000 devices or so. That does not make me an expert, but it does mean I have all the basics correct and I don't make misleading comments implying blackberrys are unreliable. Go do some treo support on a large scale and then you'll see unreliable (their hardware didn't hold up against our sales reps treatment, and resulted in huge rates of replacement)

Re:Don't let the battery run out (2, Interesting)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732627)

There is a policy on the server end that you can have the device wipe itself if the battery gets below X%. I'm not sure who would want to use that, but if some company had it turned on, it could be annoying.

Re:Don't let the battery run out (1)

I.M.O.G. (811163) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732769)

Cool, I never knew about that. I see that setting defaults to disabled, but I guess some IT department could turn it on...

Job security thru tedious, anti-business oriented support issues FTW!

Re:Don't let the battery run out (1)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732635)

I don't think so. I have this happen occasionally (usually at the end of a long weekend) and never have the problem you suggest.

I read it for the articles, I swear! (4, Funny)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731759)

Slashdot is starting to read more and more like a Monty Python script these days.

Re:I read it for the articles, I swear! (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732009)

I wasn't expecting the recent (useful) stupid inquisition. In fact, I don't think anyone was.

Best Blackberry trick ever (-1, Offtopic)

fan of lem (1092395) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731765)

Trade it in with a Nokia E71 [nokiausa.com] .

Please Stop (2, Insightful)

harry666t (1062422) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731779)

Please Stop :(

I know it's OT... (0, Offtopic)

icebrain (944107) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731891)

but what is with the recent spate of "_____story" tags? Why is the word "story" being added to the ends of tags now? Seems kinda redundant and/or useless.

Re:I know it's OT... (1)

harry666t (1062422) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732013)

Hover the mouse over the "story" tag. The pop-up reads: "type tag".

I have proposed a "database FS"-like "object system" in which one uses tags instead of FS paths to organize stuff (well, certainly not a new idea, but in my version it would replace FS at the OS level). Here is my /. comment about it: http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1007863&cid=25511201

I'm pretty sure /. is using "story" tags in a similar way to my "type" tags (like "type:program" or "type:image"), which are essentially classes of objects. So the "whyiseverythingtaggedstory" tag is like a file path "~/whyeveryfileendswithadotjpg/picture.jpg".

Re:I know it's OT... (1)

Gewalt (1200451) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732365)

but what is with the recent spate of "_____story" tags? Why is the word "story" being added to the ends of tags now? Seems kinda redundant and/or useless.

Because tagging stories as comments would be dumb. (check out the firehose, you will understand then)

Useful and missing Blackberry applications (4, Informative)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731815)

The most useful Blackberry applications are Google Maps and Opera Mini (not a true web browser, so it can't access http servers on your local network, but works well for the public Internet).

Those are both proprietary. I have been looking for something to let me use the builtin GPS together with OpenStreetMap data, but after installing several different programs none of them works. I also couldn't get MidpSSH to work, although the payware ssh client from rovemobile.com is as good as could be expected given the tiny screen. (They also make an RDP client to which the same comments apply.)

Re:Useful and missing Blackberry applications (5, Informative)

Octorian (14086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732203)

As of BlackBerry OS 4.6, the built-in browser has actually gotten pretty good. I'd even say its better and more usable than Opera Mini at this point.

BlackBerry OS 4.5 has a better browser than you're used to, but 4.6 is where it truly becomes useful. (FYI, right now 4.6 runs on the Bold, and 4.7 runs on the Storm)

Of course your cell carrier probably wants you stuck on 4.2 or 4.3 until the end of time, even if your device currently is currently supported by 4.5 (and might be supported in the future by 4.6 or 4.7) At least there are tons of pages online explaining how you can use an OS build not from your carrier.

Re:Useful and missing Blackberry applications (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732515)

Mine is a BlackBerry 8310 v4.2.2.146 (Platform 2.5.0.16). I suppose that means it has OS 4.2. Which is strange, because I got it only recently (a few weeks before the Bold was announced).

I'm looking for how to upgrade, but it looks like you have to put the file on your PC and install the crappy Windows link software (which I have never touched) to get it onto the Blackberry. I've never understood why you can't just download a file directly on the handheld... then again, there are lots of stupdities in the mobile phone market which nobody understands.

Re:Useful and missing Blackberry applications (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732613)

I have an 8100 and an 8310, and the browser on it is pretty lousy, certainly vastly inferior to safari on the iphone...
Haven't used a newer version so can't comment on that...
Will these devices support any newer version, and how difficult is it to update (and will doing so wipe out my settings?)

Re:Useful and missing Blackberry applications (1)

Octorian (14086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732751)

I can't say what devices will support which versions, but that can be found all over the various BlackBerry websites. One thing I can say, is that 4.5 will work on many current devices. Its just that the US carriers seem to be dragging their feet on rolling it out. (and I've heard RIM mention that even newer ones may work in the future, but aren't out yet for older phones)

Updating is actually pretty easy, and you won't lose any of your settings. The trick is that you have to get a build from a less stuck-up carrier, delete the branding data, and then update with that. Again, plenty of websites explain the process.

Re:Useful and missing Blackberry applications (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732731)

Care to point to such pages?

I read all about OS 4.5 for a year now but could not install it on my BB 8100 because I could not get it.

Re:Useful and missing Blackberry applications (4, Informative)

Octorian (14086) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732965)

In 3 seconds on Google:
http://www.blackberryforums.com/rim-software/1871-blackberryos-4-x-download-faq-upgrade-downloads.html

http://www.blackberryinsight.com/2007/05/12/howto-upgrade-your-blackberry-os/

http://www.blackberryforums.com/general-blackberry-discussion/2279-howto-install-reinstall-blackberry-os.html

But basically, you download a version from a carrier that isn't lagging behind, install it on your desktop PC, then delete this file:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research in Motion\AppLoader\vendor.xml

Then you connect your BlackBerry, launch the desktop software, and it'll take you through the upgrade process.

Re:Useful and missing Blackberry applications (1)

cornjones (33009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732873)

i'll second the better browser on 4.5. I updated mine to 4.5 to address an RSA issue (which didn't work) but I like the update. For one, I can now use my 6gb microsd chip. Not much changed just a bit nicer look/feel.

get the OS for your carrier here:
http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support/downloads/download_sites.jsp [blackberry.com]

Re:Useful and missing Blackberry applications (1)

bellers (254327) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732599)

I also couldn't get MidpSSH to work,

AT&T? Me either. It's pissing me off. I can't find any information about a> why it doesnt work, or b> how to unfuck it.

Install opera (5, Informative)

sqldr (838964) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731825)

It's not quite firefox, but it's a hell of a lot better than the default browser.

From "The Tao of Programming" (5, Interesting)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731853)

A master programmer passed a novice programmer one day. The master noted the novice's preoccupation with a hand-held computer game. ``Excuse me,'' he said, ``may I examine it?''

The novice bolted to attention and handed the device to the master. ``I see that the device claims to have three levels of play: Easy, Medium, and Hard,'' said the master. ``Yet every such device has another level of play, where the device seeks not to conquer the human, nor to be conquered by the human.''

``Pray, great master,'' implored the novice, ``how does one find this mysterious setting?''

The master dropped the device to the ground and crushed it underfoot. And suddenly the novice was enlightened.

Re:From "The Tao of Programming" (1)

GFree678 (1363845) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732231)

I don't quite understand the moral of the story. What's wrong with the novice programmer playing a computer game?

Is the master programmer some dry sort who doesn't agree with computer games or something?

Re:From "The Tao of Programming" (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732267)

Yet, it is also written:

A master was explaining the nature of Tao of to one of his novices. ``The Tao is embodied in all software - regardless of how insignificant,'' said the master.

``Is the Tao in a hand-held calculator?'' asked the novice.

``It is,'' came the reply.

``Is the Tao in a video game?'' continued the novice.

``It is even in a video game,'' said the master.

``And is the Tao in the DOS for a personal computer?''

The master coughed and shifted his position slightly. ``The lesson is over for today,'' he said.

Exclusive blackberry tip! (5, Funny)

mrboyd (1211932) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731869)

Use the "Off" button when you're out for a movie, on a date with your girlfriend or having a beer with your buddies.

It will improve your social life, relieve some stress and you might stop looking like a pedantic ass.

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731899)

Not to be overly metapedantic with my reply, but the definition of pedantic applies more to your post than the behavior you are posting about.

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (1)

optikSmoke (264261) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732111)

Not to be overly metametapedantic* with my reply, but the definition of pedantic applies more to a post pointing out the misuse of "pedantic" (i.e., your post) than a post misusing it (the GP).

* Actually just metapedantic, since your post was only pedantic (due to the OP's not being pedantic). See above.

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (1)

pbhj (607776) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732415)

Not to be overly metapedantic with my reply, but the definition of pedantic applies more to your post than the behavior you are posting about.

Bet he posted that from his Blackberry ...

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732071)

This of course, is assuming that you aren't reading slashdot all the time and can actually get a date...or have friends...who cares if your phone rings when watching a movie alone?

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (1)

UnixUnix (1149659) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732255)

My girlfriend might object, though, when I reach for her "Off" button.

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (1)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732573)

>Use the "Off" button when you're out for a movie, on a date with
>your girlfriend or having a beer with your buddies.

What's a girlfriend?

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (1)

jalsk (751403) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732641)

Use the "Off" button when you're out for a movie, on a date with your girlfriend or having a beer with your buddies. It will improve your social life, relieve some stress and you might stop looking like a pedantic ass.

This doesn't always help... The power button is extremely touchy and sometimes when you think that you turned your phone off, it will be on and dialing someone in your pocket. If you *really* want it to be off, turn off the cell radio and lock it. Maybe put it into standby as well.

Not to say that this would stop it from turning off... the blackberry is the only phone I have encountered which can be turned off while the keys are locked. As long as you hold the power button long enough, it will turn off, regardless of whether or not the keys are locked. This is the most annoying "feature" I have ever encountered and you can't turn it off. -jalsk

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732653)

I have no issue with people who take a phonecall or two while having a beer... It's only annoying if there's just 2 of you there (and therefore you sit bored while the other uses the phone) or they spend all the time on the phone (thus defeating the point of going out for a drink together).

But a phone in the cinema is just unforgivable, it should be mandatory to keep your phone on silent in the cinema, punishable by being kicked out if it's heard making any noise. Modern movies even have a commercial at the start telling people to turn their phones off.

Re:Exclusive blackberry tip! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732879)

Even better, leave the damn thing at home in this situation. 3 hours of you not being connected by your wireless umbilical cord may actually pay off with you enjoying the movie, possibly getting laid, or not dropping it in the toilet at the bar while your buddies laugh at you puking.

Cool Apps for the 'berries (4, Informative)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731877)

These are some of the best free apps I've tried:

1. Google Maps - Several others have mentioned this, will use cell phone tower triangulation if your model doesn't have a GPS or it's locked like my Verizon 8330 Curve.

2. MicroSky - Nice constellation/sky object finder, if you whip out your berry you can identify that bright planet just above the moon! (It was Jupiter!) You have to register, but it's free.

3. Vlingo - This is really nice - it extends voice commands to the entire phone instead of just the autodialer. You can launch commands, records notes to self, etc. Very nice general purpose speech to text analyzer/converter. The only downside is it seems to transmit and analyze the sample to a remote server so there is a few seconds lag in getting text output.

Those are the best of the best I've seen so far.

Re:Cool Apps for the 'berries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732453)

The Truphone app is also pretty ok if you are paying your own bills - calls are usually about 5 cents a minute to most places around the world.

http://www.truphone.com/blackberry/

Torch function (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25731889)

Set the video camera to have the light always on. Then set the side button to activate the video camera.

Congrats, you now have a very expensive torch.

Re:Torch function (4, Funny)

spandex_panda (1168381) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731965)

I thought for a minute that this would cause flames to erupt from the top of the device! This way you could gather friends with large forks and charge together toward foe?

Re:Torch function (2, Funny)

Thiez (1281866) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732205)

Finally a device to combat trolls!

good app (3, Informative)

servo335 (853111) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731893)

I like google sync it allows me to sync the blackberry calender with the google calender.

Ping a Blackberry from any e-mail account (5, Informative)

toupsie (88295) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731917)

What to know if your employees have their Blackberry turned on? Send an e-mail to it with the subject "<confirm>" (without the quotes, of course). The Blackberry will send back a confirmation message with the time and date that it received the message. This is also a good way to test if your BES server is delivering messages in near time,

Re:Ping a Blackberry from any e-mail account (1)

tumbleweedsi (904869) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732193)

Now that's actually quite useful.

Best Trick (-1, Flamebait)

fartrader (323244) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731935)

1. Place blackberry at bottom of toilet bowl
2. Flush
3. Blackberry disappears!

Re:Best Trick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732043)

You've missed out the I in raid.

Re:Best Trick (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732537)

John McCain, it that you?

For users of older models, update the OS (3, Informative)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731953)

I surprised that this topic made it through - not surprised at the flaming response. I mean, the damn thing does not even run Linux...

More seriously, there are a few 'standouts' like Google maps and Opera, but that's about it. Probably because it is closed architecture, and the Java implementation can be buggy.

What I've found helpful is - as a user of an older, non-GPS equipped model Pearl - to update to the latest OS. Instructions can be found on web. You get genuinely improved functionality.
Same thing goes for Google maps - they update it regularly so you need to re-install often. For example, they recently added positioning without GPS, using tower trangulation. Works surprisingly well.

find the trick (4, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | more than 5 years ago | (#25731967)

that makes it stop hauling me into work at 3 in the morning for some strange ritual called "escalation."

or the trick that keeps the battery plate from breaking and falling off constantly.

Re:find the trick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732277)

Daily auto shutoff is your friend.

Easily delete a series of emails (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732085)

Use the "Search" function from within the email app, when the results are displayed, navigate to a date and choose to "Delete Prior". Excellent way to get rid of a bunch of alarm emails.

Look for the responses to this and other posts.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732099)

In a 'For Dummies!' book coming to a bookstore near you soon!

I really do hope this stops.

'lol tips 4 guitar hero 2 make me bettar?! u post i jam!!'

Tagged: pleasecontinue (1)

FauxPasIII (75900) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732107)

As much as I loathe meta-discussion, I'll just say that IMO these useful (topic) tricks threads are fantastic. Keep them coming!

Auto On and Off + Blacklists (4, Insightful)

Tryfen (216209) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732117)

Two Top Tips to Improve your Work/Life Balance.

1) Want to make sure you're not disturbed once you've left work?

Options - Auto On/Off. Set the BlackBerry to switch itself off after 1830 and automatically on at 0830 (adjust for your work patterns).

2) Sick of getting Every. Single. Fricking. Email?

Mail - Options - Email Filters.
My BlackBerry is set only to receive emails from my immediate boss, his boss, my wife, family, and anything with the subject "Urgent".

Sadly - you can't automatically switch them on/off. But at the weekend, you can go in and switch off the work filters. Hey presto, you'll only get the email you really care about at the weekend.

T

Re:Auto On and Off + Blacklists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732555)

Instead of playing with the e-mail filter I have added a second mailbox for my personal e-mail and created profile for on call, word day and personal. This way I keep personal and work e-mail separated just switch the profile and you get your Gtalk/personal mail ring on message and not your work mailbox

Re:Auto On and Off + Blacklists (1)

hpavc (129350) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732913)

filters for some addresses (certain bounces for example) suck. these being the message exchange doesnt have a user for but calls them 'system administrator' and then in the bb when you create rule based on sender it just a EM: or similar goofy sender that will never match anything.

stop (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732155)

please stop this useful stupid tricks things =(

Research in Motion (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25732173)

wasn't it cool when research in motion's stock was $132 a share 2 months ago

now it's in the shitter because the jews took all their profits and shipped them to israel

their stock symbol is RIMM because blackberries are for fucking faggots

Most important app didn't require software (1)

cluge (114877) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732271)

midpssh & google maps are the most useful apps that are free. There are good pay for apps for folks that are in specific businesses - like the hot sauce trouble ticket system.

Personally - one of the best apps already comes with the phone - a back lit screen. One late evening I was in need of some heavy equipment and being on a construction site began going through several front end loaders, tractors, dozers looking for one that had the keys left in it. If it wasn't for the BRIGHT screen on my berry, I would have never found the keys for that Lull, and got our portable tower moved 58 feet south. Sometimes the phone's native ability is the application you're looking for. It's ability to serve as a flashlight has been extremely helpful & I think it's open source!

Sometimes I even call people on it.

Read RSS and Manage Remotely (2, Informative)

jwgoerlich (661687) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732291)

Useful trick? The most useful item on my BlackBerry is my Viigo RSS reader [viigo.com] . Viigo has scores of built-in channels, as well as custom channels. I use it to read dozens of InfoSec blogs and, of course, Slashdot. Viigo delivers literally hundreds of posts to my BlackBerry daily.

Viigo's free but, if you have a few dollars, consider spending it on Rove mobile management [rovemobile.com] . Rove (was Idokorro) allows you to remotely manage Windows and *nix hosts from the BlackBerry. Typing command line on the BlackBerry can be a pain, so be prepared to combine Rove with some custom scripts.

another good app (1)

Anonu (233018) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732297)

the best RSS reader i found out there was Viigo. it downloads your feeds at any interval you like and caches them for quick access (or for your morning train commute when t-mobile's EDGE network becomes useless)

Beyond411 for your local search nearby (1)

quattr0 (1210192) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732523)

I find it more helpful/accurate than Google map. This was 3-4 years ago though. I don't use BB anymore so not sure how it is nowadays http://thebogles.com/blog/projects/berry411/ [thebogles.com]

PIN Messaging (3, Insightful)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732665)

I have a blackberry for personal use. For friends who also have them, I use PIN messaging instead of SMS. For more involved conversations, I point them to the blackberry messenger app that does IM type messaging (including audio notes, images, other attachments) rather than make them install something like jivetalk.

PINs are really nice for a few reasons:
1) direct berry to berry messaging
2) you know when the message has been delivered
3) they can have a separate alert from regular SMS messages
4) they don't eat up messages from the expensive monthly SMS bucket. Heck if everyone you need to SMS has a blackberry, you don't need to add sms to your plan at all. This assumes your data plan is unlimited and your SMS plan is ridiculously expensive.

Drawbacks:
1) must have a data capable cell signal, whereas SMS works anywhere a phonecall works.
2) for whatever reason, PINs don't automatically move your highlight to the latest in the BB messages list like SMS messages do.
3) the blackberry messenger alerts are wonky. There is no "first message" vs "everything else" option, so you either have an alert each time or never. Alerting when friends are on or not must be set after every conversation, vs. the 'buddy pounce' feature of jivetalk. Messenger would be a lot more useful if they'd fix those two things.

Best Blackberry Trick of All (-1, Flamebait)

Fished (574624) | more than 5 years ago | (#25732799)

I know this works for the BlackBerry Pearl (8130), but I suspect it work work to some degree for all models. This trick will get you:

  • Access to thousands of cool apps
  • Better reliability
  • A better user interface
  • A usable web-browser
  • A usable media player
  • A bigger screen that you might actually WANT to watch movie on
  • Games that don't look like something out of 1979.
  • Get rid of the crappy trackball that's always sticking and never works right.
  • Actual WORKING GPS.

It's not all upsides though. You won't be able to sync with nearly the flexibility, and it's kind of expensive.

Here's what I did.

  1. Go to http://www.apple.com/iphone. Buy an iphone.
  2. Sell the BlackBerry on eBay.
  3. Enjoy, and be so damn glad you got rid of the crap-berry.

Sorry if this is a troll, but I simply couldn't stand the BlackBerry platform anymore. It was buggy, unreliable, and completely fricking useless. It wasn't as good as my Palm Treo was 10 years ago--my iPhone is 10 times the "smart phone" as either of them.

two good apps , for irc and ssh (1)

idontagreeWhy (739341) | more than 5 years ago | (#25733031)

for IRC on your blackberry
jmirc
http://jmirc.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

I think this works ok for my limited use.

for telnet / ssh client on your blackberry midpssh
http://www.xk72.com/midpssh/ [xk72.com]

Works well, lets you have some macros for commands.
Hope someone new finds these and enjoys them.

Mark
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