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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 its hardware.

Original Blackberry (licensed under
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                or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they
                endorse you or your use of the work).) 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 4.6.1.259 of the BlackBerry OS with kernel 3.8.5.50a — no idea what these numbers mean in terms of the OS and its related technologies.

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 its 802.11b/g connection.

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 memory 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 hands.

The OS is fairly closed, 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 seen below.

                    Device Memory
                    + Home
                      + /Device Memory/
                        + Documents
                        + Pictures
                        + Music
                        + Ring Tones
                    Media Card
                      + BlackBerry
                        + documents
                        + music
                        + pictures
                        + ringtones
                        + system
                        + videos
                        + voicenotes
                        + [user-defined subdirectories]
                      + [user-defined subdirectories]
                  

Note that the memory card (microSD) is mounted at the root as 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 mobile phone 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 BlackBerry device.

One way a user can have some access to the system is via its Java VM. BlackBerry OS provides an SDK 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.

Installing Blackberry:

There is no OS installation other than updates.











 
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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 interest) Nietzsche, 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.

Under the Thelian Sky, ISBN
             9781494232283, ASIN B00GTQBY04

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.

 


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