What is Blackberry?
The BlackBerry OS, only
runs on BlackBerry devices.
Hence when mentioning the name BlackBerry one can
refer to either the OS and/or
When BlackBerry first
came out, the system was designed
as a two-way pager with a real (not
on-screen) QWERTY keyboard,
which could receive and send email through its proprietary
protocol and email relay service. Some time later,
the system supported mobile phones
service and a walkie-talkie service.
The next generation included a limited web browser.
Nowadays the system supports
third-party applications, a better web browser, Java, voice recognition; and usually
comes with a built-in photo/video camera.
The BlackBerry OS is a
fairly robust product although I trashed the system configuration not the OS itself
of my first
unit several times and practically destroyed the hardware of a
second unit. The last model I used before I started using Android had version
188.8.131.529 of the BlackBerry OS with kernel
184.108.40.206a no idea what these numbers mean in
terms of the OS and its
Perhaps the biggest plus (biggest sales pitch, for
that matter) is the email service that allows a BlackBerry device to
send and receive corporate emails sort of a relay.
Of course, having a QWERTY keyboard
comes very handy although it only has 35 keys, over 100
characters or less depending on model using ALT (alternate) and
SYM (symbol) keys.
What has caught my
attention is the resolution for such a small screen
(about 2.5" in most current hardware) with a
resolution of 320 by 240 (65,000 colors, not shabby at
all) to watch videos, read e-books using Mobipocket, or go on-line using Opera Mini,
(instead of its default web browser) via
It is a pretty descent OS tightly
intertwined to the hardware that it
was written (coded) and/or configured for. Nonetheless I should point out is that
once in a while you need to do a cold boot removing the
battery to clean zombies (not
to be confused with viruses) in RAM or
overflows or other garbage data although it has
Memory Cleaner (utility to
clean up temporary data).
I have not studied the
inner workings of the OS. As a
matter of fact, I am not
sure where I could
read about it, but I should
point out that some of these units are more powerful
higher microprocessor speed and RAM
than some of the desktops or laptops that I have owned. It is
exciting having that much power in a device
that fits in my
The OS is
practically no access for the user. I have not yet found a way
to explore its configuration
files or any system files,
for that matter.
The directory structure is similar to Unix as
+ /Device Memory/
+ Ring Tones
+ [user-defined subdirectories]
+ [user-defined subdirectories]
Note that the memory card (microSD) is
mounted at the
Media Card. Only in Media Card, the user has
access to create, hide (changing attributes) and delete directories other than the ones needed
by the system. Some program
installations also write data to Media
Card. In any event, mobile phones
can be mounted as external disks via USB connection.
One thing that I find
fairly strange is that notes, tasks, calendar, contact
and all configuration data is stored in the
and not in the microSD
not even transferable. In order to copy this data, one has to sync
the mobile phone
with a desktop using a proprietary
code application. System
configuration and user data are stored as a
backup file, which can
be used to restore the
system or to
transfer configuration files to another
One way a user can
have some access to the system is via its
Java VM. BlackBerry OS provides
to code programs accessing all hardware including
the trackball and as
of late its touchpad.
By the way, I wrote
all the previous text and part of the source code for
this page using the BlackBerry mobile phone I had at the time just for
fun and for no other reason.
There is no OS installation other than updates.
On a side note, I never stop thinking and
processing information all
around me. As such, one of the
subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior,
not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence
I usually read, study and
write essays of my own. From
all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of
Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction
books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of
the masses, media, science and various technologies.
In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not
originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind
had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was
written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan
Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived
wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the
government controlled by "them" wants to keep
everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about
the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life
in Mars, the Thelian
society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet
difficult if you were different. For every good person,
like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The
Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for
gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At
the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger
9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop
"their" manipulation of history and mankind.
You can get Under the Thelian Sky
exclusively at Amazon available on print (ISBN
9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).
In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New
Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in
his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always
loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which
reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen
this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a
killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer
better than anyone else without realizing it.