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Old 09-22-2008, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't really have down/dead time since I popped my BB cherry a couple years ago b/c of all the fun and educational activities I can do on my 8830...
  1. Read Viigo articles
  2. PIN/text friends
  3. Surf the net
  4. Read MobiPocket eBooks I have

I recently moved to NYC and ride the subway often...

I NOW HAVE LOTS OF DEAD TIME b/c I can't do any of the aforementioned activities while on the subway because I have no signal down there ! I thought for sure that I could at least read my MobiPocket eBooks but OH NO can't do that either .

I hate dead time -- I need help from a fellow New Yorker and BB user -- much appreciated
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Scan your Viigo feeds ahead of time and send them to yourself using the "Send Article to Me" option so you can read the full article on the train.

2. Move to Boston - the city has added Tmo, ATT and VZW cell towers in the four main terminals and throughout the tunnels. The remaining 150 terminals are almost completed as well. I regularly have at least 2 bars throughout my subway time.

3. Be patient - NYC MTA is currently working with several carriers to provide services in their subway systems.
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Or DC, they have VZW in their subway systems last time I was there.
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No idea why you can't use Mobipocket. I dump all my RSS feeds to Mobipocket and then read them at 35000 feet on an airplane. Certainly no signal there. Mobipocket is a completely disconnected e-reader. I really can't even find a way to get it to pull information over a data connection. All info goes through the USB connection from the desktop to the BB.
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You can always work on your Brick Breaker game. That usually holds my interest for about 30 seconds or so.
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1. Scan your Viigo feeds ahead of time and send them to yourself using the "Send Article to Me" option so you can read the full article on the train.

2. Move to Boston - the city has added Tmo, ATT and VZW cell towers in the four main terminals and throughout the tunnels. The remaining 150 terminals are almost completed as well. I regularly have at least 2 bars throughout my subway time.

3. Be patient - NYC MTA is currently working with several carriers to provide services in their subway systems.

1. Wait a sec -- all that does is send me a teaser and link to the entire article... and I'd still need a connection to pull that up.

2. Not worth it, Boston is IMHO a boring city.

3. Yeah I was aware of this... read somewhere that it's costing something like 150 mill -- when is it supposed to be done?
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No idea why you can't use Mobipocket. I dump all my RSS feeds to Mobipocket and then read them at 35000 feet on an airplane. Certainly no signal there. Mobipocket is a completely disconnected e-reader. I really can't even find a way to get it to pull information over a data connection. All info goes through the USB connection from the desktop to the BB.
What version do you have? I have v6.0 and I definitely cannot access my eBooks without a signal

I can do OTA downloads of books with v6.0 but it takes so much longer that I usually just use the USB cable method.
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1. Wait a sec -- all that does is send me a teaser and link to the entire article... and I'd still need a connection to pull that up.

2. Not worth it, Boston is IMHO a boring city.

3. Yeah I was aware of this... read somewhere that it's costing something like 150 mill -- when is it supposed to be done?
1. Oh yeah, forgot about that. Maybe you can just increase the # of articles you get feeds on, then go through all of the headlines and delete the ones you wouldn't want to read, so then later you only have headlines of interest to you? Or play tetris. Or take a nap. Or strike up a friendly conversation with the person next to you. Oh wait, that won't work. I forgot you're in NYC and not Boston.

2. Boston is a very exciting city to be in. Yes, NYC is much larger and it truly is the city that never sleeps...

3. Not sure
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If you copy the ebook to your device's memory then you can open it in Mobipocket without a signal. That is unless you are somehow having the pages sent OTA or have a book with DRM that needs to phone home before you're allowed to read it.
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What version do you have? I have v6.0 and I definitely cannot access my eBooks without a signal

I can do OTA downloads of books with v6.0 but it takes so much longer that I usually just use the USB cable method.
I believe it is the latest 6.0.79. One of the main reasons to go to this version was the ability to store the RSS feeds & e-books on the media card. The only thing I can do OTA is go to the e-book store. But I never do. I load everything on my computer and do a Device Synch to the BB and store all updates to the media card. Works for me as an off-line reader. This is my biggest complaint with all the other RSS readers as they only download the Title/topics; not the whole article. I do 90% of my news feed reading off-line. Mobipocket was the only news reader I could find that allows that. If someone has a better option, I'd love to know about it. But so far, all of them I have looked at need to be connected to a data stream to be able to get the full article.
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