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Old 10-16-2007, 02:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wall Street Journal interviewed me two weeks ago on modding my 8100 Pearl and now the Curve. So for consistency, better post my mods to the Curve since I said that I used to hang out on here. [Told her I was getting banned and no longer hang around].

Anyway, I mentioned BBF and I think this Site will be mentioned in the WSJ. I think she [reporter] said the article will be in the weekend edition.

She mostly wanted to know about the trackball Sharpie mod, how that all happened and if it could be done to the Curve [she has an AT&T Curve].

Told her Curve only has one LED so my old Sharpie mod for the Pearl is the only way to go on the Curve [she mentioned that there were programs on coloring the Pearl, but I said there was none for the Curve since it has a single white LED and nothing else].

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Old 10-16-2007, 03:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, you are first mod to curve.. I love it...I admire your own creator!
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Looking good!
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Ok...so now you have done it...how do we get it???
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Awesome!!
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is this really considered "modded"?
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WoW! Looking good.
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I'm curious about the LED notifier Mod. What is it and does it differ from BBAlerts?

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Old 10-16-2007, 06:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm curious about the LED notifier Mod. What is it and does it differ from BBAlerts?


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It's just a mod to change the color of the trackball and keys. The 83xx do not have multi colored LEDs like the Pearl. The Color program will not work on this phone so he accomplished it with colored sharpie pens.

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Old 10-16-2007, 06:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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What is the "LED Notifier Mod"? Is it black berry alerts?
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That looks legit. I want my 8320 to do that! DIY DIY DIY.
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is this really considered "modded"?
Hmmm...I wondered the same. Not to detract from the OP and the pretty pictures. The case and theme are things people here (and on the other forums) are experimenting with and changing daily. The various notifier programs are 3rd party software - available to any BB user. Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I think the only "mods" here are 1) having used a colored Sharpie permanent marker to color the trackball, and 2) what sounds like a hole or two drilled in the clear case to allow a lanyard cord to be inserted.

Was there something else?

I mean...it looks nice, but "mod" generally connotes custom modifications to something, in ways not typically performed (or easily performed) by the general user population. Was there more? (really not trying to be rude here - just trying to understand)
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The only mod i see is the sharpie to the trackball and probably the keyboard is blue? Looks good anyways.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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...and I don't recall you *ever* being banned from BBF.

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...and I don't recall you *ever* being banned from BBF.
Nope just warned, but if he wants to ban himself so be it.
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Lying to the WSJ....that's quite professional attorney-like.

How is adding a 4Gb SD card a mod? I agree with the above. The only "mod" here is the sharpie to the trackball and keyboard lights (a nice mod, admittedly.) The rest is nothing special. I have a 4Gb card. I have a clear Seidio case and extended battery. I'm not bragging to the WSJ about "modding" my BB.

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Doesn't the 1st post belong in the 'Rumor Mill' ?
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That's actually a Pearl trackball color changing program advertised to work with the Curve, but as far as I know, it does NOT. So it changes the notifier LED instead.

The program is "pimp my pearl."
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Lying to the WSJ....that's quite professional attorney-like.

How is adding a 4GB SD card a mod? I agree with the above. The only "mod" here is the sharpie to the trackball and keyboard lights (a nice mod, admittedly.) The rest is nothing special. I have a 4GB card. I have a clear Seidio case and extended battery. I'm not bragging to the WSJ about "modding" my BB.
Am I permitted to respond to being accused herein of being an unprofessional attorney and a liar, without getting banned or to have this thread deleted.

It was the WSJ who sought me out. It was the reporter who called me.

I was not "bragging to the WSJ." All I did was answer the reporter's questions. I don't see how that is bragging.

The article will be geared toward the non-geek who do not know the difference or fine distinctions between words like "mod," "install," "insert," or "applied." It's the reporter who chose the word for the article title, not me [something like "Modding Blackberries].

For those of you who do not know how interviews work, generally it's the reporter who decides what to write about and how to say it. Sure, could have said "It's not modding, it's more 'customizing' or 'accessorizing.'" But I assure you, reporters don't let people stray much from what they decide to say and how to say it.

And we did NOT talk about everything [the alleged "mods"] I posted in the pics, I mentioned only that the Curve trackball color could not be changed via a program [like the Pearl].

I was not lying to the WSJ nor being an unprofessional attorney because:

I did NOT tell the reporter about the Seidio extended battery I had been using with the Pearl and was now able to use in the Curve [after ripping out the foam on the Curve's back cover];

I did NOT say anything about the lanyard that I found a way to attach;

I did NOT say anything about the theme;

I did NOT say anything about the plastic case;

I did NOT say anything about the notifier LED;

I did NOT say anything about the Best Skins Ever;

I did mention that the Curve can use a 4GB chip, something the reporter did not know. We talked about how that competes with the 4GB iPhone.

It was WSJ that used the word "mod."

I do believe that many members in here and on the Net use the word "mod" to describe add-ons, etc. I think there are even some BBF threads that are titled "mods" and discuss things I described in the pics [which were not labeled as mods].

Moreover, I saw Curve posts asking about batteries, 4GB chips, skins, cases, trackballs and lanyards. In fact some members have asked me about some of these mods via mail. So I thought my pics addressed many of those "mod" issues.

And query, what word would one use to describe a unique modification or add-on?

In any event, I don't get being publicly accused [on the Internet] of being a liar and an unprofessional attorney. The fact is, the reporter asked my profession [as most reporters do when interviewing] and she will be printing that information.

I am chagrined that BBF members, my colleagues, judges, the reporter and readers of the WSJ have seen someone in a BBF position of authority accusing me of being an unprofessional attorney and a liar. All I have of value is my reputation.

I guess if I am guilty of anything it was adding the letter "S" to the word "Mod" in the title of my thread. That does not make me unprofessional or a liar. [I don't think I mentioned that I was an attorney, so not sure why that information was included when labeling me unprofessional and a liar.]

Sidenote: I would think that BBF would have appreciated the plug I gave to the WSJ. Apparently BBF is flush with cash and does not want a mention in the WSJ, nor ever mention "as mentioned in the WSJ" to prospective advertisers. No, better to focus on defaming the despised messenger [aka a lying and unprofessional attorney].
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