Humor: My Blackberry Is Not Working

January 10, 2011

What good is a tech blog without some humor mixed in. A relative of mine sent me this video, titled “My Blackberry Is Not Working”.  I figured, since I have done some articles on the Blackberry, plus I am the owner of one of these devices; this video may be helpful to others when their Blackberry is not working.

For the rest of you, if you do not know what a Blackberry is:

BlackBerry is a line of mobile e-mail and smartphone devices developed and designed by Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM) since 1999.[2]

BlackBerry functions as a personal digital assistant with address book, calendar, memopad and task list capabilities. It also functions as a portable media playerwith support for music and video playback and camera and video capabilities. BlackBerry is primarily known for its ability to send and receive (push) Internet e-mail wherever mobile network service coverage is present, or through Wi-Fi connectivity. –

My Blackberry Is Not Working


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Opera Mini on my Blackberry

July 3, 2010

If you are looking for a decent web browser for your Blackberry or your web capable smartphone, then take a look at Opera Mini & Opera Mobile .

Opera Mini

The Opera Mini browser has been specifically engineered and developed with the mobile phone user in mind. The browser interface is elegantly designed and is engineered to use a tenth of the bandwidth of other mobile browsers; thus, reducing data usage and saving you money.

I am currently running the latest version of Opera Mini (v5)on my Blackberry (pay-as-you go phone) and believe me, there is no better web browser for a phone out there. As a matter of fact, I never ever dreamed of seeing a browser on my phone that is comparable to the browser on my computer. Take a moment and watch the video below to see Opera Mini and Opera Mobile in action.

YouTube Video
Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10

YouTube - Opera Mini and Mobile

Features That I Like:

  • Saves money on data charges
  • Loads Web pages much more quickly than other mobile phone browsers
  • Multitask with tabs
  • User interface has been designed for both touchscreen and keypad-style mobile phones.
  • See your top Web sites visually laid out on your screen in Speed Dial
  • Sophisticated URL auto-completion
  • Reads the largest pages comfortably
  • Address bar and toolbars disappear until they are needed, allowing you to see more of the page you are viewing.
  • Backup your bookmarks, Speed Dials, and search engines to My Opera, and keep them synchronized between different phones


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Send Text Messages from your Email to a Mobile Phone for FREE

September 18, 2009

Recently the blog, AskBillFirst posted an article “Sending a SMS Text Message to a Cell Phone From Your Email” that not only caught my attention, but also fit in well with the article I have posted here on the blog titled “How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…

The information Bill posted was a solution that further keeps the cost down on my Blackberry using that plan. I have to be frugal when using the SMS text messaging feature with my Blackberry, because texting can be quite addictive. I try to be smart in the aspect that there is only a few people I actually use the SMS texting feature with.  With a “pay-as-you-go” plan the secret is to not reveal your cell phone number to everyone, because once your number is out there you will receive calls and text messages (that you really do not want) that ends up costing you. For every text message I send I lose a minute and for every text message I receive, I lose another minute.


If you are unfamiliar with SMS Text Messaging, let’s stop here for a moment, to give you a good description:

Short Message Service (SMS) is a communication service standardized in the GSM mobile communication system, using standardized communications protocols allowing the interchange of short text messages between mobile telephone devices. SMS text messaging is the most widely used data application on the planet, with 2.4 billion active users, or 74% of all mobile phone subscribers sending and receiving text messages on their phones. [Wikipedia]

What Bill posted on AskBillFirst is a very simple and FREE solution to sending and receiving text messages to/from mobile phones by using your email account. Here’s how it works. To my knowledge, nearly all of the major carriers have what is called SMS Gateways. Visually the gateway, to you, appears as an email address; HOWEVER, you need to know (2)-two things in regards to the person you are texting :

1.)  Their “phone number” and ;

2.)  The “mobile carrier” they use.

The neat thing about this, and I have already tested it with several carriers, is that when you send the text from your email to a mobile phone user, they will receive the text on their phone (as normal); AND, if they reply to the text message, the response they send will come right back to your email account (not your phone). This process has saved me from picking up my phone at home to send (and receive) a text message and saved me from losing my precious minutes on my “pay-as-you-go” plan.

Reflected below is a clip from AskBillFirst that lists the format, for the most common US Carriers, to use from your email account. I encourage the readers here on What’s On My PC… to make Bill’s blog, AskBillFirst, one of your daily stops.  Thank you Bill for this information!


A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!


If you know the carrier your friend or family member uses, it’s easy to enter their information in the To field of your email, type a subject and then the message. When you click send, it’s delivered to their phone. When they reply,  the reply is returned to your email.

The following is a list of carriers and the format you would use to send the message to someone.

Mobile Carrier – Maximum Characters – Email Address
Virgin Mobile – 125 characters –
Beyond GSM – 160 characters –
Cingular AT&T – 160 characters –
Verizon – 160 characters –
Boost Mobile – 140 characters –
Nextel – 140 characters –
Sprint – 160 characters –
T-Mobile – 140 characters –
Alltel – 140 characters –
Qwest – 185 characters –
MetroPCS – 185 characters –
Cricket – 143 characters –


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Become a Blackberry Pocket Cop

September 13, 2009

Baltimore City, MD Police Department, using Federal Stimulus money, is issuing  Blackberry devices to every patrol officer. Since I am a Blackberry owner I found this article quite intriguing. Definitely a 21st Century concept that just may be the beginning to a trend nationwide.  There are positives reflected in this story, as well as negatives.


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By Ben Nuckols

September 4, 2009 7:21AM

Every Baltimore Patrol Officer To Get a BlackBerry

BlackBerry devices, which are made by Research in Motion, are likely to take the place of computers for officers who don’t have them in their cars, and laptops may not be replaced after they become obsolete. The devices are also equipped with global positioning software that will allow commanders to pinpoint exactly where officers are.

The devices allow officers to run warrants, check vehicle registrations, and pull up criminal histories and suspect photos. Officers who use them can be more efficient and spend more time outside of their cars…

Early reviews for the devices have been positive. Officers using Pocket Cops made twice as many arrests over a 3-month period than those equipped with radios or laptops, according to statistics provided by the department. They also hauled in more offenders on outstanding warrants.

The devices are also equipped with global positioning software that will allow commanders to pinpoint exactly where officers are. That technology concerns police union leaders, who suspect that officers might face undue scrutiny.

[ Source: Enterprise Security Today ]


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File Manager Software for BlackBerry Devices

September 1, 2009

First I would like to state, “I Love My Blackberry”…

Many of you may not know that I put together an article “How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan… back in March of this year.  The article continues to gain in popularity AND, yes, I am still using my Blackberry 8320 with the T-Mobile “pay-as-you-go” plan with continued success.

image Today, I want to alert Blackberry owners who may have been using the BBFileScout file manager software that the author of the software has changed the name to just “FileScout”.

If you are a heavy duty Blackberry user then you need this software on your Blackberry. FileScout is an awesome utility that gives you control over the management of your file system on your Blackberry. FileScout is pay-what-you-want (Donationware): and currently runs on RIM OS 4.3 or higher (sorry no support for 4.2.1 devices) AND with Blackberry models 8110, 8130, 8220, 8310, 8330, 8700, 8800, 8820, 8830, 8900, 9000, 9500, 9530 & 9630.

FileScout – The “all in one” file, zip, text and image manager for your BlackBerry®


FileScout Core Features:

FileScout is a file system browser for your BlackBerry® (including hidden files)

Create directories, copy, move, rename, or delete files

Zip and Unzip files or complete directory structures with your BlackBerry® (no support for password protected zips)

Copy and delete complete directory structures

Open all media files (supported by your BlackBerry®)

Register additional file types with other (3rd party) applications (if supported)

Open files (like ini, xml, etc.) as plain text so you can edit, mark, copy, and paste text fragments of files that normally can’t be opened with your BlackBerry®. This can become very valuable when you receive email attachments that are not normally supported by your BlackBerry®

Delete pre-installed wallpapers, videos, and ringtones in order to free memory on your device***
Please note: once these features are deleted, the only way to get them back is to hard reset your device!

Display thumbnails for supported image files (if enabled in the options)

Search for files and directories on your BlackBerry® device

Send any file as an email attachment to your BlackBerry® contacts

Send any file via Bluetooth to another device that support OBEX

Define a favorite directory list (as shortcuts)

Show details for files & directories [modification date, is hidden, etc…]

Resize (& rotate) images in order to save time and money when sending photos to your friends via your BlackBerry®

Create playlists (across multiple folders)

More to come? – is there really something you miss for a file manager application? If so, let the software developer know!


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