thanks you to blackberry forums. i've been through quite a lot of forums and i've got to say, this is the most informative forum. everyone is pretty helpful and there isn't much hardcore flaming going on, or at least i'm not reading it.
i almost bricked my 8700 and i used all the resources of this forum to revive, update, and get my phone back from the white screen of death!
anywho, i suppose this is a thanks to all the mods and people who answer questions and most importantly, people who use the search button!