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Old 11-12-2008, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I currently have a Treo 650 and I am --><-- this close to upgrading to a BB 8330 Curve. My last stopping point is finding suitable replacement BB apps for some of my primary PalmOS apps that I use the most. So far, I have not been able to find replacements. I'm hoping you all can help. Once I find the replacements, I'll take the plunge and upgrade.
  • FuelLog - I've seen a few auto-related apps, but they look like they tend toward expense mgmt. The Palm app just focuses on fuel economy. I enter date, milage, litres, and cost. It maintains stats between fillups as well as overall stats and even has a graph showing the fuel economy over time. I like it a lot and would like to retain the features. I'm ok with manually migrating the data. www dot freeware-palm dot com/download-fuellog-v1-0-1.html
  • DBEditor - This is a generic database utility. I can create my own table/field layout and export the data to CSV. I currently use this to track two sets of information for which I have found NO application.
  • World Clock - Pretty useful, it shows the "shadow earth" graphic of where on earth has night and day and lets me set two locations to view the local time.
  • Plucker (eReader) - I have a few books on my Treo and I've found Plucker to be the best reader thus far.
  • pssh - SSH client. I've seen MidpSSH. Is this decent?

    GAMES -- These aren't *critical* per se, but lack of sudoku would be pretty sad.
  • Othello (Noble Moor) - The famous black-n-white-chip game
  • quads - Interesting strategy game. www dot freeware-palm dot com/download-quads-and-quazars-v2-0.html
  • Sigma - Cool numbers game. I made a math graduate go nuts with this one. www dot freeware-palm dot com/download-sigma-v1-0.html
  • Sudoku - You know this one. The great thing about the version I have is that it will dynamically create new boards, instead of having a finite set of boards pre-loaded.
  • traffic - The classic "move blocks to free car" game. www dot freeware-palm dot com/download-traffic-v1-2.html
  • Connect4 - My version is called "VierGewinnt", but it's the same thing

Thanks for any advice!

-Mike

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I used to use FuelLog on my Treo, but I ultimately created an Excel sheet and used Docs to Go for entry and graphing. That would be my suggestion for the BB as well. I haven't seen any comparable freeware.

I also haven't seen any freeware simple DB apps, but I haven't gone digging too far. I did cross-grade HanDBase, but the feature set is pretty limited on the BB. Can't create new databases on device, sync is rather clunky.

Plucker is not available on the BB. I've tried MobiPocket, but it didn't turn my crank. I've demo'd iSilo, which is a decent port from the Palm world. I just don't have that many eBooks to worry about any more.

I've got MIDP SSH, but I don't use it often enough to have an opinion on its usefulness.

There's a free Sudoku available from BlackBerry's OTA site, I don't have time for games either. There are several free ones available there.
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Thanks Wu-Wei. I'll look into Docs To Go, but one of the nice things about DB on the Palm was the field types. I could set a field to a "date" type and then when entering, it would default to today's date, or pop up a calendar to select a date. Same thing for a time field, it would default to current time. This made data entry unbelievably efficient and easy. If I just use an Excel spreadsheet, I don't necessarily get those nice "default" values of current date/time.
Ok, this is a minor annoyance, but still, a DB *is* a bit better than a spreadsheet, donchya think?
I really am honestly surprised that there isn't a generic DB app for the BB yet. The BB has been out for many years, has noone else had the need for a good DB on a BB? I find that odd.

So, anyone else? Any suggestions on any of the items?

Thanks in advance,
-Mike
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HandBase do a DB app - for BB, palm, etc. See DDH Software - Home Page

I don't use it but it might suit your needs.
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a DB *is* a bit better than a spreadsheet, donchya think?
I really am honestly surprised that there isn't a generic DB app for the BB yet. The BB has been out for many years, has noone else had the need for a good DB on a BB? I find that odd.
Yes, I agree that a DB is better than a spreadsheet.

Unfortunately, the offering of DB apps for the BlackBerry is shockingly limited.

As I mentioned, HanDBase is a welcome port, as I had created many DBs on the Palm version. The goofy thing is that you cannot design a new DB on-device with the 'Berry version - you have to design on the PC and then transfer it over.

And I also agree about the atuo-fill capabilities of other DB apps. I don't know whether it's the availability (or lack thereof) of development tools or inherent limitations in the ultra-secure OS, but there just aren't that many DB apps for the 'Berry.

The need is certainly there. There are just limited options available for filling it.
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i'm using worldclock from Welcome to FreeJ2ME, home of free phone software it works well with various display options and and display up to 4 times at once.
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Thanks everyone for the additional pointers. After looking at HanDBase, it looks to be just what I need. There a few annoyances, but the overall functionality is there, which is great.
Also, thanks sstroud for the pointer to your WorldClock. That seems perfect, too.

So, now I'm down to really just the fuellog replacement. I don't really care about expense management per se, more focused around fuel mileage/economy tracking and reporting.
Anyone help me out on this last bit?

Thanks,
-Mike
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There are a few fuel tracker DBs for HanDBase that should do the trick - probably a better chance of including pre-populated fields, too.
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