and look at what i've started.
as it is, i have done some investigation and came across some places that seem to have lots of knowledge as well.
i hope it's not against policy to post these sites, and if it is i apologize now...
...as my pappy always told me, sometimes it's better to ask forgiveness then permission.
so here goes...
crackberry.com View Forum - Blackberry Cell Phone Hacks
it would appear that the blackberry community dwarfs us moto folks, however i wonder if it is the same knowledge over and over again, or it is new knowledge.
i do know a bit about hex, and after some conversations with some of the moderators at m3 and motomodders, it usually turned out to be mostly trial and error.
now according to njblackberry, there is no seem editing. buuuuut....
that doesn't mean there isn't someone out there who hasn't figured something else out. a system is only secure until someone more clever then the designer comes along to work around it.
...take the iphone...
and the guys who did that were the moto guys.
i have modded my xbox to, my miata, my moto, my ppc, and hopefully tomorrow my guitar (provided the parts come in). needless to say i am mod happy.
alls it takes is someone who is willing, and bored enough, and curious enough.
The startup screen could be modified at the very least, and i am just throwing ideas out there, by creating a new image and renaming it the same thing as the old one. that works sometimes when you want to fool the system into thinking it's doing what it is supposed to be doing. thats actually how you had to do things a long time ago before companies realized that customers wanted to add their own bit of flair to the mix (which in my opinion is the one fatal flaw with Apple products, the lack of choice)
Either way, this phone is popular enough and i am willing to bet there is someone out there who's come up with something...
...although, in the blackberries defense i will admit one thing that seems to be very clear, and my moto friend may have noticed this. Unlike our moto's where we had to edit seems and map keys and such, it would appear that Rim had enough foresight to know that certain users are pretentious in the fact that they must customize everything. It would seem that Rim designed this with personalization in mind. Everything, for all intent and purposes is already open to change.
you can already change ringtones, theme, key functions, and just about everything that you can think of. unlike, and again, our moto's where we had to re-write seems just to enable volume keys on the sides...
There are some things like branding that always are annoying, and i certainly wouldn't mind getting rid of the att logo. It's not that i am anti establishment or anything like that, it's simply the challenge and learning curve that comes with figuring it out. I would also be interested in seeing the developers tools, if any that are hidden in the phone. It's always cool to see things that are there, but not accessible to the normal user (usually cause doing something stupid will ultimately brick your phone).
The proof that things can be done already exist. and that is apparent in that someone created a program that can mod the trackball lights. it's not much but it is a start. how about gaintables, and things like increasing the ear and speaker volume? it has to be there somewhere right?
Either way, like most everything else, it is the challenge involved and not the final product. if all that is offered is all that is offered, then that is that. if there is more, then it will be discovered and hopefully shared. I for one simply like the learning curve.
hope you all enjoyed my soapbox