Ah, it sounded like it might be good but then when I saw the info, needs desktop manager thingie. I'm going Linux one day soon so need a sure-fire way and OTALoader doesn't sound like it.
Well, the alternative is just to ignore anything that I can't find a COD for. I don't get the paranoia here. COD and JAD files don't stop the app from needing to be paid for. It just means that you don't have to go through hoops to install. The files are just transferred via cable to the handheld then you click on the JAD to install. Easy as pie if you can find the app components. You still need PINs and registration, etc. <shaking head uncomprehending paranoia>.
I'm already turning into a dreaded BB junkie re constantly being on it in spare moments -- and that's just monitoring my calls and keeping myself on track using my scheduler! No way do I want to be chaseable by email, too! <g> I escape when I go forth into the world just my BB and me. I have a means to communicate in case of emergency but everyone has to wait till I get home or to the office to reach me via email. Thank god! I get enough of that when I'm not on the road, thank you very much! <g>
But I knew that there had to be some way, somewhere, to dl trials, etc., without using the BB with a browser and without a data plan and without installing something necessarily. All I needed were the BB drivers, which I can live with. That's understandable. But the COD and JAD method work just fine beyond that.
Also, contrary to what is suggested, PINs and registrations don't control the apps. Those are strictly for the developer and nothing wrong with that. I need control from MY end for installing! Unpacking manually as I have done for years on my PC allows me to see the components to be installed and there's often unnecessary junk in them that you know nothing about unless you use a tedious, time-consuming install-watching program or find that you have troubles down the road when you installed malware without realizing it! Pain in the neck and the junk isn't as easy to pinpoint as when you see what's left after an unpacking app. If the application doesn't work as a standalone without installation, it usually doesn't stay on my system. However, 99% of programs work just fine being unpacked simply just like that. A very few need dependencies to be manually registered, so for those stupid Window$ requirements, I have a modifiable script that I click and which registers quickly and easily. Simple. That's the kind of ease of use I'm looking for esp. since Linux is very close down the road (though no doubt I'll run into other dependecy issues there <g>).
I have less problems working this way. And I'd like to have that kind of control with my BB. This doesn't make any difference to the developer. They don't care, ultimately, how you get the app on your system, they just care that you buy it. Fair enough. But I refuse to pay for anything that doesn't do the job. And so far, every single alarm app I've tested has turned out to be a dud in some way or other. I'm currently combining using MyAlarm and the built-in BB alarm feature. Meh ... 'saright, but not quite good enough.
It would be foolish for BB to limit themselves in this way, I don't care what rationale is put forth about how big or small the percentage of data-plan-less people we're talking about here. The niche is there, nonetheless. In today's climate, companies would be stupid to ignore sources of revenue no matter how small they might think they are, not and hope to survive. By all means, don't devote the bulk of your resources to linking with smaller markets, _that_ would also be foolish. But don't ignore them.
Well, I'll keep looking. There doesn't seem to be an answer but, then, I often think outside the box to solve problems.
Reminds of the BB guy at the store when I told him how I had ghosting of filenames. Oh, he says, no way to fix that. He insisted on that and that I had to install "his" way or the established way (what did one have to do with the other??). Bull! I kept looking myself and found the answer. A simple battery pull fixed that problem!
And the other of many stupid situations I've had ... early on I asked about the problem with the double letters/numbers on the keypad and how I needed to have the same quick password input method of my old phone. This other guy also basically said I had to suck it up and live with it. Excuse me and bullsh**. I ultimately chose a password that used letters involving first key press and single digit keys and I got a fast key sequence again. D'oh.
And there were many others situations like that. So forgive me if I don't take no for an answer easily. If I stopped trying to find a solution every time someone told me no or it can't be done, I wouldn't be where I am today. <g>
Thanks everyone. I do appreciate the help, nonetheless.