How to use your Blackberry as a GPS tracker

Most Blackberries come with a built in GPS. I think this is a great feature, but I haven’t found allot of use for yet.
One use I did find however was as a GPS tracker. This allows me to track where I go on my motorcycle tours.

First you need to get beGPS from Blackberry App World
This is the free version, there is also a paid version with a few more options.

Then get GPSBabel from here to be able to convert the data that beGPS writes.

Once you have used beGPS the first time there should be a beGPS.log file on you Blackberry SD card. Copy the beGPS.log from off your Blackberry to your PC.
Then use GPSBabel to convert the log file to a KML file like this,

gpsbabel
gpsbabel

GPSBabel screen, note the translation options

or by the command prompt like this.

gpsbabel -i nmea -o kml begps.log begps.kml

Then you need to go to google maps and login with your Google account.
Go to My Maps, create a new map, and then use Import to import the KML file.

Done.

Compile Blackberry Playbook Applications without using Flash Builder

Blackberry have some great info on how to develop applications for their new Playbook HERE but it uses Adobe Flash Builder. Which you have to purchase at a significant cost from Adobe.

However there are alternatives. First, you’ll need to read the basics in THIS support form post. You’ll need the AdobeAIR SDK, the Blackberry Table OS SDK and optionally Flash Develop

You don’t have to use Flash Develop, you could use a plain text editor. But it is a very nice IDE to write in and does give you syntax highlighting. And it can compile the SWF file for you. You still have to create the batch file to launch your application into the virtual Playbook, but you can add that into the project and run it from there.

Good luck with your coding

Set the convenience key on you Blackberry 8800

 

You can change the action associated with the convenience key on the left side of your Blackberry with these simple instructions.

 

1. Open Options

2. Scroll down to Screen/Keyboard, and click the track ball/pad.

3. Scroll down to Convenience Key Opens, set to Compose here, and click the track ball again.

4. Scroll up or down and select the option you want by clicking the track ball.
5. Press the Escape key, and click Save to save changes.

Learn to program for the Blackberry Playbook with code samples. Intro.

I’m trying to teach myself ActionScript to be able to develop applications for the Blackberry Playbook.
After a bit of a false start when I was tried jumping in at the deep end and trying to pull information out of a SQL Lite database, I decided that I should probably stop, go back to the beginning and start with something simple, and then and work my way up.

I decided that as I went I would share my little code sample with everyone in a series of posts in case they help out someone else also.

Here’s what you need to follow along:

Install them in the order listed above. You also need to add the path to the Tablet OS SDK into your systems PATH environment variable.

Good Blackberry ebook reader

I have recently got myself a Blackberry 8800 phone.
While it is not the latest and greatest model it is still a very good smart phone.

One of the first things I wanted to do was find a ebook reader for it. After some trial and error and I found the KOBO reader an excellent choice.

You can get it from Blackberry App World or from Kobobooks

Kobobooks has a fairly good selection of books to choose from and most are a good price.