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Old 05-24-2007, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Everyonce in a while when I pull out my blackberry people will ask: "Hey, I heard those things can open garage doors" or "Can yours turn on TV's like my friends?" or other strange questions.

Just out of curiousity are things/programs that will allow the blackberry to do some of these things?

I fully expect the answer to be 'no', I've just had enough people ask for me to warrent the question.

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lol, none of that. No garage doors, locked car doors, not a remote control for your TV.

But you could tell the next person who asks, "Oh yes, all that, plus it can do laser brain surgery and then point it at their head and make a buzzing sound and see how quickly they will run.
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Here's the amazing thing my blackberry can do, that most other devices can't: immediately deliver of all of my emails (both work and gmail) and never crash, freeze up, or require a reboot.
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Here's the amazing thing my blackberry can do, that most other devices can't: immediately deliver of all of my emails (both work and gmail) and never crash, freeze up, or require a reboot.
Agreed, but actually it is "supposed" to do that, lol.

One of the most amazing thing my non-BB friends like about my BB is my ability to pull up current weather radar and show them. Similarly, the flight view plugin on Beyond411 just amazes friends when I show them that. All in the palm of my hand...
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(What's the flight view plugin?) What's the plugin name?
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In Beyond411, add the plugin (click to EDIT PLUGINS) named simply Flight.

then in the Beyond 411 window give it a flight number for that day and it will show you its status, ETA, etc., as well as if it is an active in-air flight, will show you the map of it's progress. You can do the same on the PC, its just so cool to see it on the BB.

My son flies in and out for college, so I use it before I go to pick him up to make sure the flight is headed in, without having to wait or circle the airport.
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Agreed, but actually it is "supposed" to do that, lol.
I think the "strange" part is "that most other devices can't". It definitely makes Blackberry stand out from the pack IMO.

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It definitely makes Blackberry stand out from the pack IMO.
Yep, you are correct, and just doing it's intended job consistently is a high plus.
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lol, none of that. No garage doors, locked car doors, not a remote control for your TV.
Actually, you can use your BlackBerry as a remote -- what you need is to use one of those "WAP controllers" and use the BlackBerry browser.

Home automation software such as HomeSeer and other packages, interfaced with electronics from Smarthome , have been able to interface to WAP servers (WAP Server Plug-In for HomeSeer). So for example clicking on a hyperlink in a personal WAP server, turns on one light, or changes the TV channel on your TiVo, or turns on the sprinkler.

So, yes, this would work on BlackBerry. Not the way you were thinking, but most of what you said is definitely possible through BlackBerry Browser -- garages, remote, etc...

It does not have builtin infrared, so the signalling chain is something like BlackBerry -> WAP Page -> Server -> USB Infrared Transmitter -> TV
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