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(Useful) Stupid BlackBerry Tricks? 238

Posted by kdawson
from the maze-of-twisty-stupid-tricks dept.
Wolfger writes "Continuing the recent (useful) stupid theme: I've recently become a BlackBerry user, and I'm in love with the obvious(?) tricks, such as installing MidpSSH to access my home box remotely. But I'd like to know what more experienced Crackberry addicts can share."
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(Useful) Stupid BlackBerry Tricks?

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  • Please Stop (Score:2, Insightful)

    by harry666t (1062422) <harry666t&gmail,com> on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @07:14AM (#25731779)
    Please Stop :(
  • Re:What the fuck? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by nitio (825314) <paulo DOT ruthes AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @07:15AM (#25731787) Homepage
    I foresee a story about some stupid, yet useful, things you can do in your iPhone...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @08:29AM (#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?

  • by Tryfen (216209) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @08:35AM (#25732117) Homepage

    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.


  • PIN Messaging (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SCHecklerX (229973) <> on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @09:52AM (#25732665) Homepage

    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.

    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.

  • by Kamokazi (1080091) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @10:25AM (#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.
  • by Octorian (14086) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @11:18AM (#25733709) Homepage

    Meanwhile, the iPhone is perhaps one of the most closed and restrictive platforms out there. The only difference is that it is the iPhone, and people will climb over each other just for the chance to lick Steve Jobs boots.

    Seriously, whenever I hear someone mention that they do iPhone development, they usually follow up with "And I don't really feel comfortable talking about it, because of the agreements Apple made me sign."

  • Blackberry Storm (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jon3k (691256) on Wednesday November 12, 2008 @01:52PM (#25735771)
    So I had a RIM rep stop by yesterday and I got to play with a storm for about half an hour.

    Initial thoughts, coming from an 8830, wow this keyboard is going to take some getting used to. Screen is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. Youtube works! Full screen even. He had some quicktime trailers on it and those looked absolutely stunning (probably better than the iPhone).

    It has copy and paste and multi-touch, though it cannot use apple's gestures (copyright). You can however place two fingers on either side of a line of text to copy it. Camera is very good, has autofocus, I think it had a flash as well.

    ask me anything i'll try and answer the best I can. Oh pricing and availibility. All he would say is "pricing will be competitive with the iphone of course" and that it "will be out before november". So I assume 23rd is probably still close.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.