Get Out Jail Free

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Every once in a while, you get a randomly odd idea (thanks, @brentone80– like this one: DeadGranny. It might seem shallow, but not so actually. It was also relatively quick to code and more fun to play with. It actually solved a real-world problem too; which is a bonus. And soo… Ever get stuck in… Read more »

EPIRB, A Personal Emergency Beacon

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GPS utilities for your phone are becoming pretty useful (and popular) so I’ve added my app into the mix- I hope you find it useful too. More than that, my wish is that it one day saves a life. Other than that, my hope is that it gives you peace of mind in a not-so-safe… Read more »

BlackBerry AutoText

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The BlackBerry OS is filled with features and configurations that would make any advanced geek user drool. That is if you really wanted to jump into the depths of what is available. Fortunately, BlackBerry also comes pre-configured in a very reasonable and intuitive kind of way so that you don’t actually need to- it just… Read more »

Upgrading Playbook Beta

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If you’re keeping up with the Playbook SDK Betas, you will no doubt have gone through the cycle of getting your signing keys and installing them. Thing is, when you update your SDK version, you don’t want to lose those artifacts. Else, you’ll have to request new keys. So before you update, let me tell… Read more »

Right-Align Text On BlackBerry BasicEditField

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It would seem a simple thing to do, no? In fact, positioning/aligning text has become such an abundant demand over the last few years, that the ability to do so in most environments is fairly trivial. And if you’re working predominantly in the web field, it’s a no-brainer. The native Java components for BlackBerry are… Read more »

Repair Your Own BlackBerry

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It seems to be a bit of a theme at the moment, and this one is hardware related. The scrolly-wheely-thingy on my Curve 8900 was giving me hassles. Remember the days of the scrolly-wheell mouse? And how it all got tangled with grit and dust and hair… ew! Well, the same thing happens with the… Read more »

Manage Cookies with BlackBerry Java

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When interacting with [generally and widely interpreted] web services, you may be required to communicate state (usually a login authentication token). This [usually] takes the form of a cookie and in our interconnected wide world of interwebs, browsers handle cookies just fine; custom-built clients not always. On the BlackBerry, if you’re putting together a Java… Read more »

BlackBerry Security

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It’s not uncommon when moving across to the BlackBerry platform, to get a little confused or even frustrated. It’s a “who moved my cheese” series of moments because in reality, “we” tend to expect that BlackBerry will do things in exactly the same way as “our” previous handsets. And when it doesn’t, “we” might think… Read more »

Building For BlackBerry

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A suggestion for all budding (and current) BlackBerry developers out there. When you purchase your signing keys, be sure to NOT use your regular email address. Instead create an account like bbsigning@youremaildomain.com or rim@youremaildomain.com to receive all the automated emails you get when signing. For example, on one project, I have a build process that… Read more »

zaFin Update

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If you’re running zaFin on your BlackBerry smartphone, now’s a good time to update the data tables: * Reserve Bank dropped the lending rate a short while ago * StatsSA released CPI figures for 2010 up to end of March and * SARS released the 2011 tax rates for individuals.