Build a Solar Powered USB Charger

This past weekend I was out with my son in the mountains of Utah and found my phone battery ever so low. I just picked up a new G1 phone from Google at the T-Mobile store and have loved every minute of it. I used to have a Blackberry Pearl and will forever appreciate it’s simplicity, style, and dependability. I found that I had to make a very difficult decision and the thought that made the difference was that I use Gmail and Google Apps so much that I had always found it difficult to keep my Gmail contacts, schedule, and calendar up to date. The G1 was a clear choice at making this task easier. And after a few days, I haven’t regretted it once.

The battery does go out quite quickly when you find out how fun the G1 is. Therefore, I thought I should look for a way to keep my phone charged while out and about on my camping and four-wheeling trips. This tutorial is simple, straight forward, and was worth linking to in every way possible. I will build mine this week and let you know how it goes.

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-build-a-solar-powered-usb-charger-78846/

Blackberry 8100 OS Upgrade (Part Duex)

Well, here it goes again. It’s been almost seven months to the day since I performed my last blackberry upgrade. What a champ of a phone. I have dropped it numerous times, installed a few new apps, and have run it through the “data ringer”. I use it so much and have put it through so much that it’d be tough to go to another type of phone ever again! It’s great. Continue reading

Blackberry 8100 Delete Multiple Emails

I have been trying to remove multiple emails on the Blackberry 8100 since I started using my first one and finally found a solution. I don’t like sitting for hours and removing hundreds of emails that can be examined later on my desktop. I want to get at what’s important at the moment and move on.

It wasn’t very obvious, but I did slap my forehead once I found it. I am so excited to have found this new method, I’m sure it’ll help you too.

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Multiple Calendars on Blackberry 8100

  1. Multiple Calendars don’t physically exist in the Blackberry.
  2. You can sync multiple calendars from your PC Outlook to your single calendar on the Blackberry. This can include ICAL Google Calendars that have been added/registered in your Outlook.

I have already updated to the latest Desktop Software and upgraded my OS (see the BB upgrade post). I am now interested in syncing my 5 internet folders from Google and my work Outlook calendar. I have already added my Internet Calendars (how to add ICALs in Outlook is not described here) and are registered in my Outlook account.

It is expected that this is a one-way feature, meaning I can’t add something to my Blackberry and expect it to upload all the way to the Google Calendar (ICAL) because I don’t believe the Blackberry knows the difference between the ICAL and Outlook mappings. But I am going to try changing an ICAL event on the Blackberry to see how it’s handled when syncing back to the registered ICAL in Outlook.

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Multiple Calendars on Blackberry 8100

  1. Multiple Calendars don’t physically exist in the Blackberry.
  2. You can sync multiple calendars from your PC Outlook to your single calendar on the Blackberry. This can include ICAL Google Calendars that have been added/registered in your Outlook.

I have already updated to the latest Desktop Software and upgraded my OS (see the BB upgrade post here). I am now interested in syncing my 5 internet folders from Google and my work Outlook calendar. I have already added my Internet Calendars (how to add ICALs in Outlook is not described here) and are registered in my Outlook account.

It is expected that this is a one-way feature, meaning I can’t add something to my Blackberry and expect it to upload all the way to the Google Calendar (ICAL) because I don’t believe the Blackberry knows the difference between the ICAL and Outlook mappings. But I am going to try changing an ICAL event on the Blackberry to see how it’s handled when syncing back to the registered ICAL in Outlook.

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What is OTA for Mobile devices?

This refers to Over-the-air. When someone builds an application to install on a device, in this case, the Blackberry Pearl 8100, an installation package can be created that is for OTA (Over-the-air) installation. On your Blackberry open your web application, goto the website where the link resides, track down to the link and click the link. The installation will begin. Follow the instructions for the program installation.

Blackberry Pearl 8100 OS Upgrade

This link (http://www.t-mobile.com/bbupgrade/) will give those that own the Blackberry Pearl 8100 Smart PDA the opportunity to upgrade their operating system. I did the update last night and I’ve been happy so far with the process, which went off without a hitch, and the visible adjustments to make the already great BB experience look good, are even better.

This is an upgrade from version 4.2.0.62 to 4.2.1.107. Get the numbers from your BB at Menu | Options | About.

A few of the changes, for me at least, that impact me, will be reviewed here.

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