BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

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    Post by wprager on Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:28 pm

    What is this 7.1 and do I have it (or will I get it)?

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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by shabbs on Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:31 pm

    wprager wrote:What is this 7.1 and do I have it (or will I get it)?
    It will deployed as an upgrade eventually by your carrier (Rogers I assume).

    Some of us have installed leaked versions of the 7.1 OS on our BBs. Not for the faint of heart.

    You have a BES connected phone, I highly suggest you do not try any sort of OS upgrade on your own.


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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by wprager on Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:31 am

    shabbs wrote:
    wprager wrote:What is this 7.1 and do I have it (or will I get it)?
    It will deployed as an upgrade eventually by your carrier (Rogers I assume).

    Some of us have installed leaked versions of the 7.1 OS on our BBs. Not for the faint of heart.

    You have a BES connected phone, I highly suggest you do not try any sort of OS upgrade on your own.


    Don't worry, I won't. I barely have time to read the tutorials, so there are still things I haven't even figured out, yet. Like what's the quickest way to delete an e-mail. Right now I have to either select or click and display it, then I hit the BB key (not sure what to call it), then D to get to the Delete menu, then the main center key (again, don't know what to call *that one*) to confirm the delete action on mobile and on the server (this is for personal mail, the enterprise mail doesn't delete on the server, just the BB).

    So that's 3 key clicks, after selecting it. I get lots of notifications that I don't normally care about (broken builds, successful builds, code reviews that I may not care about -- certainly not on the mobile). I guess I should just ignore those since I'm not really deleting (have to delete again when I get to Outlook). But for my personal e-mail I'd like to have a one-click delete. Is that possible?

    P.S. Is there any way to disable the typing assistant or whatever it's called when I'm entering URLs or search parameters?
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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by shabbs on Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:52 am

    wprager wrote:Like what's the quickest way to delete an e-mail.
    Ummm... the "del" key? Hit that when you are on the message. Easy. Peasy. Lemon squeezy.

    wprager wrote:P.S. Is there any way to disable the typing assistant or whatever it's called when I'm entering URLs or search parameters?
    I don't think so. Why do you want to?
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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by wprager on Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:49 am

    shabbs wrote:
    wprager wrote:Like what's the quickest way to delete an e-mail.
    Ummm... the "del" key? Hit that when you are on the message. Easy. Peasy. Lemon squeezy.

    wprager wrote:P.S. Is there any way to disable the typing assistant or whatever it's called when I'm entering URLs or search parameters?
    I don't think so. Why do you want to?

    Never even noticed it was "Del" because I've only ever used it as a Backspace. OK, so that's down to 2 key clicks!

    As for the typing, I find it *somewhat* useful when I'm typing replies, but a bit annoying when I'm trying to enter a URL in the browser, or some search terms. Not a big deal. I can just plow through and ignore the pop-up suggestions.

    Is there a better browser? Is there any support for flash?


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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by Hoff-Machine on Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:59 pm

    No flash support for blackberry handhelds. There is support on a playbook though
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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by shabbs on Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:43 pm

    No flash support on iPhone or iPad.... Wink
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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by Hoags on Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:49 pm

    shabbs wrote:No flash support on iPhone or iPad.... Wink

    Adobe is killing flash on mobile devices anyway ... HTML5 is the way to go.
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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by dennycrane on Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:20 pm

    wprager wrote:
    shabbs wrote:
    wprager wrote:What is this 7.1 and do I have it (or will I get it)?
    It will deployed as an upgrade eventually by your carrier (Rogers I assume).

    Some of us have installed leaked versions of the 7.1 OS on our BBs. Not for the faint of heart.

    You have a BES connected phone, I highly suggest you do not try any sort of OS upgrade on your own.


    Don't worry, I won't. I barely have time to read the tutorials, so there are still things I haven't even figured out, yet. Like what's the quickest way to delete an e-mail. Right now I have to either select or click and display it, then I hit the BB key (not sure what to call it), then D to get to the Delete menu, then the main center key (again, don't know what to call *that one*) to confirm the delete action on mobile and on the server (this is for personal mail, the enterprise mail doesn't delete on the server, just the BB).

    So that's 3 key clicks, after selecting it. I get lots of notifications that I don't normally care about (broken builds, successful builds, code reviews that I may not care about -- certainly not on the mobile). I guess I should just ignore those since I'm not really deleting (have to delete again when I get to Outlook). But for my personal e-mail I'd like to have a one-click delete. Is that possible?
    P.S. Is there any way to disable the typing assistant or whatever it's called when I'm entering URLs or search parameters?

    To get rid of predictive text:

    Options > Typing and Language > Language > Select Style as Direct for no predictive text.

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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by wprager on Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:28 pm

    This vlingo is good. I was just showing it off to a buddy. I was replying to an e-mail and, as we're walking down the hall I pushed the button and spoke into it, as we're walking -- "Umm, not sure if anyone else was involved".

    And after "Thinking..." for a while it came up with the almost 100% perfect:"Um not sure if anyone else was involved."

    *It got the "Umm"*!

    And it's not like I was speaking clearly, loudly or enunciating like Gary Marshall. Just talking normally. I'm impressed.


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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by wprager on Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:30 pm

    dennycrane wrote:

    To get rid of predictive text:

    Options > Typing and Language > Language > Select Style as Direct for no predictive text.


    Oh, I knew that already -- it didn't come enabled by default and I had to look around to figure out how. Problem is I don't see a way to selectively disable it on a per-application basis.


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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by wprager on Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:31 pm

    By the way, I installed Opera on it.

    Just point your BB browser to m.opera.com and go from there.


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    Post by wprager on Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:52 pm

    Playing a bit with vlingo. It can be a hoot as a "Family Game Night". Similar to using google translate to go from English to something else, and then back again, then compare the results.

    OK, seriously, it's pretty good with one voice in a quiet environment, but put a few kids trying not to giggle around the microphone and hilarity ensues.

    At one point I tried to "insult" my kid by saying "XXX is a dufus", and it came back with with "You are a dufus". Touche.

    One of the girls tried to say "There's something wrong with this phone" and it came back with "I know".

    It's almost like sometimes it ties to make small talk instead of transcribing what you say.

    Oh, and I tried the classic "Dammit Jim ..." and it came back with "D**** Jim ..." Keeping our e-airways clean Smile


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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by shabbs on Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:22 am

    Cool video on using your BB as a remote to control your PlayBook.



    I love this feature.
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    Post by wprager on Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:21 pm

    I don't really get it. I assume the PB can be controlled by just touching the screen. So are you sitting so far that you can't reach? Or you don't want to smudge the screen? Or what?

    Anyhow, I really just wanted to say that there is an app tolisten to Team1200 on your mobile device (including BB). Just browse to team1200.com/mobile. Download link doesn't work with Opera; had to use the BB web browser.


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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by Number Twenty Nine on Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:07 am

    I bought a new battery for my 9700 and the battery still sucks down. I told my IT dept and I should get a new BB next month. I'm going to try to get the 9900 as it is shweeet.
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    Re: BlackBerry Bold - new user's thread (old geezers with advice welcomed)

    Post by shabbs on Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:13 am

    wprager wrote:I don't really get it. I assume the PB can be controlled by just touching the screen. So are you sitting so far that you can't reach? Or you don't want to smudge the screen? Or what?
    The benefit is that it can be used from a distance over Bluetooth. When you hook up your PB to a TV via HDMI cable, you'll be limited by the reach of your HDMI cable. Also, the keyboard on your BB can be used for text input. So, think boardroom presentations, sitting on the couch at home relaxing, in the hotel watching a movie on the TV etc...
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    Post by wprager on Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:57 pm

    I never thought of hooking up a PB to a TV. It doesn't play blu rays so you're talking about downloaded or streamed content? That's what my PS3 is for. Look, I don't *have one* so I don't know. But I had assumed a PB would be to watch stuff at arm's (forearm to be precise) length.


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