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some programs i have been trying on my blackberry curve

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Before i begin let me start off by saying new Desktop Manager 4.6 is out over at the blackberry.com site.

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/desktop/

On the note of Blackberry. The Bold will be selling for $399.99 to those who use the Rogers carrier with a 2 year contract. Thats kinda steap, maybe the iPhone 3g wins this round so far but we will have to see what our North america carriers do with price. Now unto the programs.

Vigo – Is a little program that gives you updates on numerous things. News, sports, etc. Best thing about it is that its free.

http://viigo.com/partners/crackberry.html the link if you want to download it to your pc. They should have a direct link to download to your phone aswell somewhere on the site.

The next goodie i messed with is NOT new. New to me. The google maps feature. Is insane. I found every local place i go to with just adding the name to the search feature. For example: Pizza or Win dixie. The program finds your current location and pin points where you are or real close to it. Then can search to whatever you want. Give you all the info to the place. Number, address, directions to get there. Even a guide on the map you can just follow. Kinda scary to reminds me of the 80s song “Feels like somebodys watching meee”.

The link i believe is m.google.com/maps on your phone or just google “mobile google maps”. Either one should lead you to the program.

These links below are so you can get some themes on your phone. These themes are ones i use. I have 4.5 os update on phone tho and get the latest desktop manager. These themes are for 83xx model blackberry.

Email these links to yourself on the phone and click on link or just type out the link on your phone browser. Sorry i forgot to mention it first time.

http://blueroomsolution.com/Themes/timothy/BBZ4.5/com_plazmic_theme_BeBold.jad – new bold design on your curve, pretty cool.

.ExternalClass .EC_hmmessage P {padding:0px;} .ExternalClass body.EC_hmmessage {font-size:10pt;font-family:Tahoma;} http://blacklightberry.com/Sasha/Themes/Smoke%20Circle%20Zen/com_plazmic_theme_CircleZen.jad – very cool main menu with round menu icons setup
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Guide to modding your ps3

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What your about to read is not my article. I found this article over at http://ps3mods.blogspot.com/2006/11/replace-your-ps3-hd-video.html. I take no responsibility for any damage you cause to your system if you decided to try this. I did not originally write this article or guide.  Enjoy the read.

A very detailed look at replacing the SATA hard drive in your PS3. This one is a 20gb unit.

Equipment needed:

  • Larger SATA notebook (2.5″) hard drive (hd), 5400rpm or 7400rpm.
  • External hd or large USB drive formatted to FAT32 to backup your PS3 downloads or anything on the oem hd. (optional)
    • 32gb is the larger FAT32 partition for Windows XP. So if you fill up the 60gb ps3 drive you can’t back up the whole drive.
    • Maybe a larger partition can be made on a MacOS but we’re not familiar.
  • A ph1 or ph2 sized phillips screwdriver to avoid stripping the hard drive screws.
    • Be very careful because the screws maybe orvertorqued and are soft.

Instructions on upgrading the ps3 hard drive.

  1. Connect the external hd or usb drive by usb to the ps3. Turn on the external hd.
  2. Turn on the ps3.
  3. Backup the ps3 data. (optional)
    • On the ps3 xmb
      • Settings – System Settings – Backup Utility – Backup
        • The duration of this process will depend on the amount of data on the ps3.
  4. Turn off the ps3 and unplug all cables from the rear.
  5. On the right hand side of the ps3 you will see a plastic tab with an HDD sticker. Remove this from the right edge with a thin lever.
  6. Discharge static electricity from your body. Unscrew the blue screw in the middle.
  7. Lift the tab and push the hd to the right. Now you can pull out the ps3 hd.
  8. Remove all four (4) screws that hold the oem SATA hd to the hard drive carrier.
  9. Install your new hd with the label facing up, and the ports are exposed by using the four (4) screws.
  10. Insert the hd, and hard drive carrier to the right of the ps3 hard drive port using the tab.
  11. Slide the hd to the left with the tab. You will feel the SATA and power connectors engage.
  12. Flip tab down and secure the hd with the blue screw.
  13. Reinstall the plastic hd port cover.
  14. Turn on the ps3 and it will recognize that it’s a new hd.
  15. Format the hd.
  16. A reboot of the ps3 will be required.
  17. Most of your settings will be restored.
  18. Restore the ps3 data. (optional)
    • On the ps3 xmb
      • Settings – System Settings – Backup Utility – Restore
        • The duration of this process will depend on the amount of data on the external hd.
  19. A reboot will need to be performed.
  20. ps3 hard drive upgrade completed.

Below I provided a video that they used on the site to show whats going on.

How to mod your xbox 360

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Another cool and useful article for the xbox peeps. This is not my article i found this on the net and provided the video link below. Remember this is a “Try at your own RISK”. I take no responsibility for anything that breaks or doesn’t go right. Enjoy the article.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1382866382852522503&sourceid=docidfeed&hl=en

Textbook from http://www.360mods.net shows how to modify the Samsung drive in an Xbox 360 to play burned games using the firmware hack. A more clear discription on what to do is written on 360mods.net i suggest you go there for help and support. Enjoy.

Customizing your Sidekick LX with themes and music

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Wow have times changed i remember my sidekick id , sidekick 2 and 3 and i could do none of that without having to dish out money to T-mobile.

Instructions from a member of this wiki!

1. hook your sidekick up to your pc/mac/laptop using the usb cable
2. once you PC recognize it it should be usually your  removable drive click on it
3. if you do not have a theme folder , right click and create one
4. find the theme you want on the site
5. when you click to download theme, make sure you click save instead of open
6. save it to your desktop so it’s easier to find
7. now minimize ya screen and u should see the file on you desktop
8.right click on file and click extract all
9. then click browse and find the sidekick drive( it will usually be under my computer) E drive
10. then once you click on it select your theme then click extract.
11. un plug ya kick and you should find it under your back grounds if you did everything right

for a more in-depth view head on over to

http://wiki.sidekick.com/page/Sidekick+LX+-+Add+Themes+&+Music?t=anon

Below i posted a youtube basically explaining how to custom your sidekick LX

Updating and Adding custom themes and ring tones to your blackberry

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Ah yes my crackberry fiends come to me. *holds his curve in the air with the 4.5 OS* Bow before me. As i now have the ability to record video! ROOAAARR. OK that was corny but fun. OK lets get started with the simple guide of how to update your blackberry.

A few essentials your gonna need before we get started.

1.  Blackberry phone. 2. A computer with usb port. 3. A usb wire that connects from your phone to your PC.

4. Desktop Manager( Latest one can be found on the blackberry.com, search for the 4.5 version with media manager or non.)

Software For BlackBerry® Curve (TM) 8320 smartphone

BlackBerry Handheld Software v4.5.0.75 (Multilanguage)

Package Version: 4.5.0.75
Consisting of:
Applications: 4.5.0.52
Software Platform: 2.7.0.66
File name: 8320M_PBr4.5.0_rel75_PL2.7.0.66_A4.5.0.52_Orange.e xe
File size: 75.87MB
Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.

Download here:

https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads…223C61B1B5AB89

or

https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads…7D8+I2dafYJQ**

**note** This version does not include preinstalled wallpapers

Instructions for installing on ANY carrier’s 8320:

1. Make sure you have the latest version of Desktop Manager installed.
https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads…93E4F3BB068C22
2. Download the above file to the PC then install it to the PC by running the file you downloaded.
3. Locate the vendor.xml file and delete it. It’s located in c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader
4. Plug in BB and Open Desktop Manager. You should be prompted to upgrade.
The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much data you have to backup and restore during the process. Once it’s done loading the new OS it will reboot (it may do this twice during the entire process.) You will see a white screen with an hourglass for up to 45 minutes at a time while the DM says “waiting for initialization.”
If you end up with a white screen with small icons and the number 507, simply connect to DM again and run application loader again and it should load the OS to the device

Thank you to our Orange UK members Steve_S_T & Bodisaffa for pointing this out!!

Again I wanna thank the guys over at Crackberry.com for this guide. Remember I take no responsibility of any damage caused to your phone on changing your os.

Ok now that your Os is updated. It is time to have some fun with your phone =p.

Ok its pretty simple, on crackberry.com or theme4bb.com you can find custom made themes for your model phone. Download oneo that you like and unzip to your desktop. Plug in your phone to the usb wire and into your pc. Your computer should detect it and then run Desktop manager.  Fine the aplication loader icon and click on it. Don’t be alarmed by the stuff you see listed. Its just either showing what you have installed or the themes you have if you don’t have any custom then you won’t see anything.  OK look for the browse button or add button and go to your desktop location and choose the alx file. Click next or OK it will take a second to upload the theme to your phone, you can see your phone it should have the red light on and or the white screen and loading glass running. Some themes take a little longer then others. Once it sets up some restart the machine others just install fast. You might see a security load screen at the start that’s OK. When that is done go to your options, then themes and select the name of the theme you just installed. In the next few seconds you should see  little loading glass and your fonts change and your basicly done installing your new theme. Return to your main menu and enjoy.

OK I promised you ring tone’s. Lets do ring tones. The ring tone approach i use is different. I don’t use the roxio media manager in Desktop Manager. I use a separate program called Audacity. Now if you want to use full songs as ring tones. Your gonna need a sd micro memory card. When you have one. Pop in your phone to the PC and you should get a screen asking you what would you like to do. Select the open folder option. It will open a folder and you will see the blackberry folder. Open that. Look for ring tones folder and cope any mp3 you want to into that folder.

If your like me and like taking the best parts of songs and use those as ring tones. I use Audacity to cut the parts I want. Simply run the program, click on the open file or New option, look for the file you want and click OK or select. Audacity should have the file loaded up and ready to go.  What you do is on top where the time measures are. You click on where you want the editing to start and then click again where you want it to end. Might need to drag. Once you got the timing on where and when you want it to start and end on the song. Go to the edit option on top and click on the cut option.  Once that is done, click on the the New option again like your doing it from scratch. This will open a new window. Once that is open go to edit and click paste and it should paste only the part of the song you cut out from the last one. Don’t save when it asks you to on the one you cut it will edit your real mp3 file. =) On the new window click on save. Where it asks you where you can save right to blackberry/ring tones folder on your phone. Now you just made your custom ring tone. If you got any questions feel free to comment.

I would like to thank crackberry.com and themes4bb.com and Audacity.

Here are the sites you need for this guide.

http://www.blackberry.com for Desktop Manager

http://www.crackberry.com for Themes,guides,help and support

http://www.themes4bb.com for Themes,guides,help and support

audacity.sourceforge.net/ for Audacity

Customize your T-mobile wing to use the iPhone theme

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Im gonna concentrate on writing the how to’s on updating your Blackberry phones. Sidekicks, iPhones and even how to custom your t-mobile wing to use the iPhone theme. This guide might take some time but hopefully it will come in handy for the future for you just getting into the phone craze. I will provide how to’s and links you can use to get more themes, programs and knowledge about the in and out of your favorite phone.

UPDATE: I’ve updated the skin so that it now displays number of missed calls and number of new text messages. Have fun!

UPDATE V1.3: The weather icon now displays the current temp (aka the last temp weather watcher retrieved) instead of “73” all the time. That being said, the current version of the skin must have weather watcher mobile installed to work correctly.

UPDATE V1.4: Youtube anyone?

This has been tested and works in both WM5 and WM6.

I read an article on Lifehacker recently which described two different methods to skin your windows mobile phone to look like an iPhone. The first method uses a program that constantly runs on your phone to apply the skin, while the second method uses a combination of the mobile aps RL today and wisbar advance to apply the theme.

I started out using the first method because the Lifehacker author recommended it. I must admit it looked awesome, but it was highly unstable and I never got any notification icons for things like missed calls or text messages (they were there but behind the skin). Another major flaw with it was that since it was a program I could accidentally close the skin if I got overzealous while closing other open applications.

The second method was harder to set up, and it took me forever to get it look exactly how I wanted; however, many of the headaches and frustrations were caused by inadequate instructions which I amended and added a lot of information to for ya’ll. The included background was also causing a problem, so I redid it and included it in the zip. With my instructions this method should only take you about thirty minutes to set up and the results are stunning. You will have a reliable and functional skin in no time.

I started by doing a hard reset on my phone (I have a AT&T 8125 Smartphone). Next I installed all of the applications and then I was finally ready for the skin.

Download the zip file of the skin and the programs used here.

If you don’t already have it get a sync software for your phone here:
Mac – Missing Sync V4.0 Public Beta
Windows

Installing the utilities, programs, and skin using sync software:

Utilities:

  1. .net Framework – needed to run many of the applications ie Text Message Threader and Weather
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Programs\netframework.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    4. You must restart your device to complete the installation. Hit ok.
  2. PHM Registry Editor (optional software that I used to make my phone automatically update it’s time using cell towers)
    1. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    2. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    3. Open PHM Registry Editor
    4. Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\OEM\Phone Setting
    5. Change the “ShowTimeZone” value from 0 to 1
    6. Now navigate to Settings\Phone\Time Zones tab. Check the “Automatic change time zone and clock.” box. Your phone will now automatically set the time for you.

Programs (In order from top to bottom and left to right):

  1. SMS Icon: Text Man – Text Message threader
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Programs\TxtMan.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    4. Navigate to the Windows\Startup directory on your phone and delete the “TxtMan.ink” Although it’s cool, we don’t want TextMan starting every time we turn on our phones.
  2. Calendar Icon: Left Alone but going to be Google calendar
  3. Photos Icon: Left Alone
  4. Camera Icon: Left Alone
  5. Calculator: Gcalc
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Programs\gCalc\gcalc.CAB
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
  6. Charts (on my build) – is directed to the “File Explorer” if you want to change the path edit the
  7. Maps Icon: Google Maps Mobile
    1. Use your built in web browser, ie, to navigate to: http://www.google.com/gmm
    2. Select “Download Google Maps”
    3. Select “Open File after Download”
  8. Weather Icon: Weather Watcher Mobile
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Programs\WWM105.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
  9. Notes: Left Alone
  10. Clock Icon: Left Alone
  11. Settings Icon: Left Alone
  12. Youtube Icon: Stream Youtube through ie using HTC touch streaming media player.
    The files are located in: iPhone\Programs\Youtube
    WM5 Users:

    1. Copy contents of the Step 1 folder into your \Windows directory of your phone.
    2. Copy Step#2- Streaming_210.cab to your device and install to main memory
    3. Soft-reset
    4. Copy Step #3-HTC_Streaming_Media.cab to your device and install to main memory

    WM6 Users:

    1. Copy Step #3-HTC_Streaming_Media.cab to your device and install to main memory
    2. Soft reset
    3. Enjoy!
  13. Phone Icon: Contact Manager – Touch Screen Only – Changes your contact list to “Flick and Scroll” menu
    1. Download a zip of the program here.
    2. Unzip the the downloaded program
    3. Drag the ENTIRE Contact Manager folder from your computer to your phone. I put it in the Program Files directory.
    4. Make sure that your contacts are stored on your phone and not on your sim card. If they are not on your phone they will not be displayed by iContact.
      1. On my phone I navigated to Programs\Sim Manager. From there I chose: Tools>Select All, Tools>Copy to Contacts
  14. Mail Icon: gmail Mobile
    1. Use your built in web browser, ie, to navigate to: gmail.com/app
    2. Select “Download Gmail”
    3. Install Midlet? “Yes”
  15. Internet Icon: Opera Mini 4 Beta
    1. Use your built in web browser, ie, to navigate to: mini.opera.com/beta
    2. Select “Download Opera Mini”
    3. Install Midlet? “Yes”
  16. Ipod Icon: TCPMP
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Programs\tcpmp.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    4. If you ever need codec plugins, ie for divx, you can find them here.

Now that you have all the programs installed go ahead and do a soft reset and then we will install the skin.

Installing the Skin:

  1. Today:
    1. Start by removing everything from your home screen:
      1. Settings>Today
      2. Remove everything from your Today Screen
    2. Next copy the skin from: iPhone\Skin\black.tsk to your My Documents folder on your phone.
    3. Go to Settings>Personal>Today and apply the theme.
  2. RL Today
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Skin\rlToday\rlToday.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    4. Now take the iPhone file and put it in the rlToday file
      under Programs.
    5. rlToday should now be on the home screen. Click and hold on the home screen until an “Option” button appears. Click on it.
    6. Select iPhone as your skin and then set up all your programs under the Applications tab, using the pictures in the iPhone folder for the icons. Make sure you skip
      the calendar, and phone applications. Those are built into the .xml skin file (they are animated or updated via registry references). So, from top to bottom your programs and icons should be:

      • SMS: blank.png,
      • Photos: rl_photo.png, \Windows\pimg.exe
      • Camera: rl_cam.png, \Windows\Camera.exe
      • Youtube: rl_youtube.png, \Windows\iexplore.exe Command Line: http://m.youtube.com
      • Finder: rl_finder.png, \Windows\fexplore.exe
      • Maps: rl_maps.png, \Program Files\GoogleMaps\GoogleMaps.exe
      • Weather: blank.png, \Program Files\Weather Watcher\WeatherWatcher.exe
      • Calculator: rl_cal.png, \Program Files\gCalc|gCalc.exe
      • Notes: rl_notes.png, \Windows\notes.ese
      • Settings: rl_settings.png, \Windows\CommManger.exe (that’s a personal preference)
      • Phone: blank.png, \Program Files\Contact Manager-.10\ContactManager.exe
      • Mail: rl_mail.png, \My Documents\My Midlets\Gmail.ink
      • Web: rl_navi.png, \My Documents\My Midlets\Opera.ink
      • Media: rl_ipod.png, \Program Files\TCPMP\player.exe
  3. Get rid of the UGLY scroll bar:
    1. Windows>Startup
    2. Delete/move the battery and connections tray programs.
  4. Wisbar Advance
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Skin\Wisbar Advance 2\WisbarAdvance2.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    4. Copy the the included theme from: iPhone\Skin\Wisbar Advance 2\iPhone to: the Wisbar themes folder in Programs>Lakeridge>Wisbar Advance
    5. Go to Start>Programs>Wisbar Advance and open up the settings. Apply the theme and exit out of the settings manager.
  5. VJ Toggle – make the softkeys vanish!
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Skin\VJToggleToday\VJToggleToday.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    4. Probably need to do a soft reset to see results
  6. Installing the Dialer:
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Skin\Dialpad\iphone.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    4. You must restart your device to complete the installation. Hit ok
  7. Installing the Keyboard and skin:
    1. The cab is located in: iPhone\Skin\Keyboard\HappyTappingKeyboard.arm.cab
    2. Drag the Cab into the “My Documents” folder on your phone using sync software
    3. Navigate to the cab on your phone and install it onto your phone by clicking on it
    4. Copy the Skin folder from: iPhone\Skin\Keyboard\Skin to My Documents on your phone.
    5. Go to Settings>Personal>Input and select Happy Tapping Keyboard.
    6. Click Options and locate the QVGA files in KeyboardSkin. P is for Portrait and L is for Landscape.

Finally, we’re almost done!

Do a soft reset. You will notice that the bottom of the screen has what I like to call a “dead space.” To eliminate this eye sore do a search in your windows directory for “.gif” Search through the results until you find a file named something like: “tdywater.gif” (mine was called “tdywater_240_320.gif”). If necessary rename the included “tdywater.gif” file to whatever your search yielded. Drag the included file onto your pocket pc to replace the existing one. Do a soft reset.

Congratulations: You now have an iPhone skin on your WM5 PDA/Pocket PC!!!

I’d like to thank Jenny over at hackaddict.net for providing this great guide to transforming your T-mobile Wing to a customized iPhone skinned pocket pc.  I provided a random t-mobile wing working with the iPhone theme. I take no responsibility if something goes wrong on you attempting to install a new theme on your item. Its a do on your risk thing remember. Enjoy =)