Monday, November 30, 2009

Blackberry Conversion Cog

I've been looking for a Blackberry app to do conversions, including currency, and yesterday I found the perfect candidate. Conversion Cog handles a variety of conversions and looks sleek as it does it.
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You can also customize this app by limiting the conversion types you'd like to see, as well as what color background you'd like to use:

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The killer feature, to me, is the customer service. Once I purchased the app I noticed that it was missing a currency I wanted to have access to. I emailed the support email, and within 12 hours I received an email back notifying me that it had been added! Unbelievable! For just $2.99 that's a lot more customer service than I ever expected.
If you're looking for a quick way to do your conversions, I highly recommend this. Available in AppWorld.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Color Wash

Why do manufacturers re-release phones in a variety of colors? In these days of colorware and cnn.cn where you can easily tailor your phone to the exact color and design you want, it seems excessive to stock these specific colors. It seems especially ridiculous for NTT DoCoMo to be releasing this white version of the Blackberry Bold 9000 more than a year after the black version was announced.


Sent via BlackBerry Onyx

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you're all having a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year I'm thankful for my family, friends, career and readers. I'm also thankful for my tech toys and enough memory and battery to keep them all chugging along happily!


Sent via BlackBerry Bold

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

eBay for Blackberry!

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What's this I see just in time for the shopping season? Could it be item number one on my wishlist? Yep, its a totally free, comprehensive eBay application! You can download it in AppWorld now, its pretty fantastic- search eBay listings, buy directly via the app, and monitor your watch items.


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The killer feature is the ability to add items to your calendar- reminding you of when a watched item is about to end:


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This is a beta, so bugs are to be expected, but so far I'm very happy with what I see. Its exactly what I've been hoping for, and couldn't have come at a more perfect time!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Suddenly Working Apps

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Either AT&T is doing stuff behind the scenes or I am losing my mind- both are cause for pause. On Sunday I couldn't get Googlesync working on my new 9700, which was problematic as I was trying to get my calendar items on it. I also noticed I couldn't play YouTube videos- either directly from the site or using the Vision app: not a major deal since I don't really use the site via mobile. I also couldn't get Sugarsync to work properly. It would launch fine, but when trying to open a document it would give an error message indicating that I had no application to handle the file type- which I did, DocumentsToGo.
Yesterday morning Google Sync suddenly started working again and happily synced up all my data. In the evening I tried using Vision again and videos played with no problem. And this morning I gave Sugarsync another shot and my documents opened up in DocumentsToGo with no problem. And with that, all apps are officially working as they should be!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Introducing: My New Bold 9700!


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Finally!!!! Yesterday I went to my local AT&T store when it opened at noon and picked up my new Bold 9700! I love it! Its compact, but feels solid in hand. The screen resolution is amazing and the photo quality is outstanding.
I spent most of yesterday getting it all set up and loaded up with my apps and data. And then I flashed my Bold 9000 to a stable OS5 so that Dean could enjoy his "new" phone.
The only thing I can't get working properly is SugarSync- which for some reason will not open Word and Excel docs using DocumentsToGo. But I think I also had this problem when using one of the OS5 builds on my Bold 9000...hopefully, a solution will be forthcoming shortly.
Hardware-wise, I am having trouble consistently pressing the right convenience key. It might be slightly askew, or it might be that I haven't yet found the perfect angle to hit it every time. When my new matte black bezel arrives, I'll disassemble my 9700 and at that point I'll make sure the button is sitting right.
So far, so good! Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Good to be Back

Today I got notice that there was a new OS- 5.0.0.348 released for the Bold and downloaded and installed it right away. And, as these things sometimes go, it turned out to be a total nightmare and just kept rebooting nonstop. I couldn't figure out what to do next so I went ahead and did a wipe and went all the way back to OS 4.6.0.304.
At first I thought it would be hard to go back after the glossy extras of OS 5. The threaded SMS, 3D graphics are things that I had really gotten used to. But what I didn't realize is that I had sacrificed about half of my favorite apps because of the low memory on the OS. Once I installed 304 I started adding back some of my favorites- Pandora, Google Maps. And then I tried Sugarsync which had been unable to open files on OS5 but now works again.
All in all, it makes me happy to be back to my old familiar OS. I'm looking forward to getting my Bold 9700 but now the days until then don't feel as unbearable. I had hoped to get the new Bold before my upcoming business trip, but it doesn't seem likely now. It will be nice to have the bells and whistles of the OS combined with tons of extra memory.

And on the professional front- she finally resigned on Monday via mail! More later :)
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

UrbanSpoon for Blackberry

Urbanspoon, the app that tells you where to eat, is now available for Blackberry. You can either the location you want to search or let it use your GPS coordinates. Types of restaurants, cities, and price ranges can be selected- or you can choose to 'Spin' Vegas-style and let the chips fall where they may. The layout and GUI are very slick and show the direction where RIM apps are headed.


Sent via BlackBerry Bold

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Loving My Mini 110!

There's something very comforting about upgrading a device you already own and love. Its not that my HP Mini 110 is vastly different from my previous 1000- its that it makes it more of a pleasure to use. With the additional memory, I can comfortably install Evernote, Firefox and Tweetdeck for a personalized experience. With the larger screen I enjoy watching my SlingPlayer. With the gloss-free display, I can take it all outside without having to worry about visibility.
Upgrading the HP Mini 1000 to the 110 is like replacing your favorite pill-covered fleece pajamas with a new softer pair- they're comfy and warm, and you aren't mortified to be caught wearing them.

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Week of Fail

This has just been one of those weeks. Vent ahead.

Remember in September when a fellow manager was being really ridiculous with being out of work? Well, if only I had known then that it was only the beginning. She has now been out sick for 3 straight weeks with no end in sight. Between myself and the nursing manager, we've been doing our best to hold down the fort, but its been a thankless, grotty compromise. And to make things especially tricky, it's been week to week of her calling in on Monday morning to say she won't be in the rest of the week- meaning that we don't know what the heck is going on....FAIL.

I'm frustrated by the lack of information about AT&T's release of the Bold 9700. I have been waiting for ages now, and using OS5 on my Bold has made me cut down drastically on the number of productivity applications I can use and run before totally running out of memory...FAIL.

I'm bored with what's happening (or not happening) in the world of QWERTY-Bar phones. Is this a dying form factor? All the new Android phones are either sliders or slabs. Why is that? Not every device has to position itself to be an iPhone-killer.....FAIL.

So, I guess I'm just having a fail kind of day today. I'm sure I'll be back to my sunny self soon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

DROID Stealth Ad

Wow, the Motorola Droid is sparing no expense in advertising. And I must say- its kind of working- I want one to 'drop' over here!