Archive for October, 2004

New book: “Spam Kings” by O’Reilly

October 29, 2004

Looks like a fascinating read. First chapter is available online here.

Recent Earthquakes in California

October 29, 2004

Map at http://qwr.usgs.gov/recenteqs/latestfault.htm.

Microsoft exec weblog

October 26, 2004

Microsoft’s Developer Division execs (“leadership”) have their own aggregated weblog here, including Sr. VP of Servers and Tools Eric Rudder.

Blackberry 7100t keyboard shortcuts

October 25, 2004

NAVIGATING SCREENS
Move cursor –> Roll Trackwheel
Exit a screen or dialog box –> Press Escape
Click an icon or menu item –> Roll Trackwheel to select item; Click Trackwheel
Select multiple items or characters –> Hold Shift and roll Trackwheel
Move to top of screen –> Press 1
Move to bottom of screen –> Press 7
ATTACHMENTS
Pan horizontally across an image –> Hold Alt key and roll Trackwheel
Zoom in on an image –> Press 3. To continue zooming, hold Shift and roll Trackwheel
Zoom out of an image –> Press 9. To continue zooming, hold Shift and roll Trackwheel
Rotate an image –> Press Period (.) key
GENERAL TIPS
Reboot –> Remove Battery
Save battery –> Turn off BlackBerry handset in fringe or no-coverage areas
CALENDAR
For these tips to work in Day view, in the calendar options, set Enable Quick Entry field to No
Create an appointment –> Press Period (.) key
Move to next day, week or month –> Press 6
Move to previous day, week or month –> Press 4
Move cursor horizontally in Week view –> Hold Alt and roll Trackwheel
Move cursor vertically in Month view –> Hold Alt and roll Trackwheel
BROWSER
Open browser and display list of bookmarks made available by service provider –> Press Convenience Key
Edit web address in Go To dialog box –> Hold Alt and roll Trackwheel. Select address. Edit text. Click Trackwheel
Move down a page –> Press 9
Move up a page –> Press 3
Move between full-screen mode and normal mode –> Press Exclamation Point (!) key
ON THE HOME SCREEN
Return to Home screen from any other screen –> Press End
Lock the keyboard –> Hold (*) or click Keyboard Lock
Unlock the keyboard –> Press Send + (*) or double click Trackwheel
Switch between Default and Vibrate notification profiles –> Hold #
Switch to another application –> Hold Alt. Press Escape. Continue to hold Alt. Select application. Release Alt to switch to that application
PHONE
Open phone –> Press Send
End call –> Press End
Call selected name or phone number –> Press Send
Call a speed dial number –> Hold assigned number key
Type an extension –> Press ZX. Type extension number
Call your voice mail access number –> Hold 1
Type a letter in a number field –> Hold Alt and press letter key
Type the first letter on a key –> Press once. To type second letter, press twice
Turn mute on/off during call –> Press Exclamation Point (!) key
Switch between the speaker and earpiece during call –> Press Period (.) key
Change volume during call –> Roll Trackwheel
MESSAGES
Open the selected message –> Press Enter
Compose message from messages list –> Press Comma (,) key
Reply to message –> Press Exclamation Point (!) key
Forward message –> Press Period (.) key
Reply to all –> Press Question Mark (?) key
View received messages –> Press Alt + 3
View SMS messages –> Press Alt + Question Mark (?) key
View MMS messages –> Press Alt + 9
View phone call logs –> Press Alt + Period (.) key
View voice mail messages –> Press Alt + 7
TYPING
To type words quickly using SureType™ –> Press keys one time for one letter. Type entire word before attempting to make a correction
Scroll across list that appears when you type –> Press Next or roll Trackwheel
Choose selected item in list that appears when you type –> Press Enter or click Trackwheel
Insert a period –> Press Space twice. Next letter is capitalized
Capitalize a letter –> Hold the letter key until capitalized letter appears
Type alternate character on a key –> Press Alt and press the character key
Type a symbol –> Press Alt + Symbol. Press Symbol again to view more symbols. Type letter shown below symbol
Type an accent or special character –> Hold letter key and roll Trackwheel. Click selected character
To insert @ and periods in an email field –> Press Space
Turn on NUM lock –> Press Shift + Alt
Turn off NUM lock –> Press Alt
To switch between SureType and multi-tap input methods in a text field –> Hold *

7100t: PC Magazine Editor’s Choice

October 6, 2004

In this article, PC Magazine names the 7100t as one of their two Editor’s Choices.

New Blackberry, 7100t, from T-Mobile

October 3, 2004

Back at the beginning of September, I saw some reviews of the new Blackberry phone from T-Mobile and RIM, the 7100t. The reviews were excellent and so I ran down to my local T-Mobile store to take a look at their mock-up. They had it in the back and were very secretive about it but, still, I got to see the form factor and hold it in my hands. I liked it!
See, I’ve been carrying a Blackberry since 1999. It’s one of the originals, (the 850). I’ve seen and tried the newer models but they were all too big for me — the form factor of the original, pager-sized unit was perfect. But, over time, the software’s gotten out of date (they do’t maintain it much, anymore) and the synchronization’s not working too well and I’ve had to carry two devices: the Blackberry for my calendar, contacts, tasks and notes, and my phone.
So, the new unit was released on September 30. One of my local T-Mobile stores had 5 in stock in the morning. By 2PM, they only had 2 left. When I went in at 5PM, I got the last one. And, let me tell you, it’s sweet!. The predictive typing is superb, the synchronization software is first-rate (they use the Intelisync SDK from Pumatech), and the integration between all the components is excellent. If I just key in a phone number, and it’s associated with one of my contacts, it automatically associates the call with that person and displays that information on the call screen, plus, it logs all calls in the “inbox”. Very cool, very useful. I’m glad I got it.