Weekend Contest: ‘My Dream Blackberry Program’

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Idokorro AS400
This weekend’s contest is entitled ‘My Dream Blackberry Program’. Rules are simple, just post what type of program you want to have developed for the Blackberry platform. Seeing how we’re so far behind Palm and PocketPC in terms of 3rd party software offerings this could lead to some good ideas that a developer may pick up and end up developing. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced Monday morning.

This week’s prize is a great one, we will be offering the winner Idokorro SSH, a program that allows you to connect to any UNIX system, AS/400 server or network device with your BlackBerry Handheld. Mobile SSH & Telnet provides full VT100 terminal and 5250 emulation capabilities.

Regular price is $95.00 on NeonToad, http://www.neontoad.com

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  • Ryan

    I would like to see a Tetris clone for the Blackberry.

  • Ryan

    I would like to see a Tetris clone for the Blackberry.

  • Hugh McKerrow

    Ok. This will sound a bit “whacked out” and most definately very “nerdy”, but what I’d like to see is an abbreviations program that covers journals and reports the world over – specifically in my case, legal abbreviations. For instance, if I’m reading a law journal (I’m at law school) and I see a reference to a case reported in the “CLR’s”, I need to be able to quickly discern that CLR stands for Commonwealth Law Reports, which are the main authorized law reports in Australia. At present, no one online database covers the world – you’ve got to go to a different one for, Europe, another one for the US/Canada, and lets not even get started on Australia and New Zealand. How lovely it would be to have them all at one location, and even better if it was on my blackberry. There’s no reason why a blackberry program couldn’t pioneer this.

  • Hugh McKerrow

    Ok. This will sound a bit “whacked out” and most definately very “nerdy”, but what I’d like to see is an abbreviations program that covers journals and reports the world over – specifically in my case, legal abbreviations. For instance, if I’m reading a law journal (I’m at law school) and I see a reference to a case reported in the “CLR’s”, I need to be able to quickly discern that CLR stands for Commonwealth Law Reports, which are the main authorized law reports in Australia. At present, no one online database covers the world – you’ve got to go to a different one for, Europe, another one for the US/Canada, and lets not even get started on Australia and New Zealand. How lovely it would be to have them all at one location, and even better if it was on my blackberry. There’s no reason why a blackberry program couldn’t pioneer this.

  • Griff

    I know I’m not getting most of this stuff. I even know most of the reasons why. However, here’s mine:

    Faster processor
    Either 64 or 128 megs of RAM
    Sync with Macs right out of the box, including BBdesktop software for OS X
    SD slot
    Camera
    Fully functional Bluetooth
    Either Opera or Firefox for real web browsing
    Color screen that’s readable in bright sunlight(Using a 7100t now, and brother, let me tell you)
    Extended battery life(at least 2-3 days)
    Built-in SSH, and a built-in Windows TS client.

    And, for the final jewel in the crown, a built-in piece of software that DDOS’s Goodlink every time one of their sock puppet employees sticks their nose in a thread that has nothing to do with their software, thus annoying folks like me who read these forums for the answers, not for the propaganda. Hopefully that’ll learn ‘em.

  • Griff

    I know I’m not getting most of this stuff. I even know most of the reasons why. However, here’s mine:

    Faster processor
    Either 64 or 128 megs of RAM
    Sync with Macs right out of the box, including BBdesktop software for OS X
    SD slot
    Camera
    Fully functional Bluetooth
    Either Opera or Firefox for real web browsing
    Color screen that’s readable in bright sunlight(Using a 7100t now, and brother, let me tell you)
    Extended battery life(at least 2-3 days)
    Built-in SSH, and a built-in Windows TS client.

    And, for the final jewel in the crown, a built-in piece of software that DDOS’s Goodlink every time one of their sock puppet employees sticks their nose in a thread that has nothing to do with their software, thus annoying folks like me who read these forums for the answers, not for the propaganda. Hopefully that’ll learn ‘em.

  • Frank

    My lovely wife, also a BB user, came up with this dynamite idea. There’s a USB port on the BB right? why does’t someone ( probably RIM ) make it possible to grab email attachments and copy these to a pen drive pluged into the BB’s USB port?

  • Frank

    My lovely wife, also a BB user, came up with this dynamite idea. There’s a USB port on the BB right? why does’t someone ( probably RIM ) make it possible to grab email attachments and copy these to a pen drive pluged into the BB’s USB port?

  • http://www.rimarkable.com/ RIMarkable

    I would like to see a Bluetooth contact transfer application. A contact beamer, if you will, be developed for the BlackBerry. More often than not, in business and networking situations, people that you meet have a BlackBerry or some other type of PDA device. It would be great if you could securely transfer contact information directly between devices.

  • http://www.rimarkable.com RIMarkable

    I would like to see a Bluetooth contact transfer application. A contact beamer, if you will, be developed for the BlackBerry. More often than not, in business and networking situations, people that you meet have a BlackBerry or some other type of PDA device. It would be great if you could securely transfer contact information directly between devices.

  • http://www.gpxs.net/ Marcel B

    Wel, alot of apps are already there, but i would like to see a good Time Logger for the BlackBerry’s.
    For example if i wanted to charge a client for the time he called me, or when i’m at a client so i can set the time logger on when i arrive and assign it to one of my contacts/clients.
    Think of Advocates who are billing people by the minute, then a time logger can be usefull for assigning calls from clients.

    Hope this is usefull!

    Regards,

    Marcel BB

  • http://www.gpxs.net Marcel B

    Wel, alot of apps are already there, but i would like to see a good Time Logger for the BlackBerry’s.
    For example if i wanted to charge a client for the time he called me, or when i’m at a client so i can set the time logger on when i arrive and assign it to one of my contacts/clients.
    Think of Advocates who are billing people by the minute, then a time logger can be usefull for assigning calls from clients.

    Hope this is usefull!

    Regards,

    Marcel BB

  • http://www.gpxs.net/ Marcel B

    Or a good file explorer for the network of your enterprise or fileserver so you can browse your personal files on your BlackBerry and maybe even send them to contacts..would be great, i think there’s already one available soon if i am right.

  • http://www.gpxs.net/ Marcel B

    Or a good file explorer for the network of your enterprise or fileserver so you can browse your personal files on your BlackBerry and maybe even send them to contacts..would be great, i think there’s already one available soon if i am right.

  • http://www.gpxs.net Marcel B

    Or a good file explorer for the network of your enterprise or fileserver so you can browse your personal files on your BlackBerry and maybe even send them to contacts..would be great, i think there’s already one available soon if i am right.

  • Adam R

    I would love to see a good PGP email addon. There’s really no easy way to send PGP signed or encrypted mail from a Blackberry.

  • Adam R

    I would love to see a good PGP email addon. There’s really no easy way to send PGP signed or encrypted mail from a Blackberry.

  • http://www.jonsthoughtsoneverything.com/ Jon Maddox

    The problem with app develepment on the blackberry is directly attributed to its poor system specs. We need more power desperatly.

    I love my blackbery, I adore push email, and they’ve done a great job makeing everything in the os relate to each other, its great. Here are some specs that i’d love to see them do. They’re going to seem dramatic seeing how slow they are right now, but they’re aren’t compared to other devices.

    Blackberry consumer:

    minimum:
    400mhz xscale cpu
    64 megs ram
    sd slot for storage
    bluetooth that ISN”T crippled
    1.2megapixel camera
    suretype keyboard
    EVDO wireless data speeds

    Would be nice:
    wi-fi

    The screen can stay the same, i think its a great size and resolution (7100t)

    Without specs like this, no one’s going to touch the platform, its hard enough navigating around in it, it lags.

    Oh and don’t touch my scroll wheel :)

    As for what apps i’d like to see on the blackberry once we get these specs:
    Skype!
    a badass rss client that ties into bloglines. So I can see all my news and then start playing a podcast as well. Using bloglines will keep what you have read in sync with your desktop.

    As for informative apps, berry411 is so good, i just don’t see anyoen else filling that space, unless you just make it better or add mre plugins.

    We just need more speed, without it, we got nothing.

  • http://www.jonsthoughtsoneverything.com Jon Maddox

    The problem with app develepment on the blackberry is directly attributed to its poor system specs. We need more power desperatly.

    I love my blackbery, I adore push email, and they’ve done a great job makeing everything in the os relate to each other, its great. Here are some specs that i’d love to see them do. They’re going to seem dramatic seeing how slow they are right now, but they’re aren’t compared to other devices.

    Blackberry consumer:

    minimum:
    400mhz xscale cpu
    64 megs ram
    sd slot for storage
    bluetooth that ISN”T crippled
    1.2megapixel camera
    suretype keyboard
    EVDO wireless data speeds

    Would be nice:
    wi-fi

    The screen can stay the same, i think its a great size and resolution (7100t)

    Without specs like this, no one’s going to touch the platform, its hard enough navigating around in it, it lags.

    Oh and don’t touch my scroll wheel :)

    As for what apps i’d like to see on the blackberry once we get these specs:
    Skype!
    a badass rss client that ties into bloglines. So I can see all my news and then start playing a podcast as well. Using bloglines will keep what you have read in sync with your desktop.

    As for informative apps, berry411 is so good, i just don’t see anyoen else filling that space, unless you just make it better or add mre plugins.

    We just need more speed, without it, we got nothing.

  • TE

    Quicken for Blackberry!

  • TE

    Quicken for Blackberry!

  • http://eSchulte.com/ Mark

    I want a way to tap into Yahoo! Launch Radio [http://launch.yahoo.com].

    With all Yahoo has done for the BB this has to be able to be done. Could the sound be played through the phone ear bud?

  • http://eSchulte.com Mark

    I want a way to tap into Yahoo! Launch Radio [http://launch.yahoo.com].

    With all Yahoo has done for the BB this has to be able to be done. Could the sound be played through the phone ear bud?

  • Steve

    I would like to see a program that acts on SMS mesages of a given format to lock/unlock a BB (like the keyboard lock screen, except a password is required) and prevent synchronizing or backing up data. If your BB is lost (or stolen), you can lock it up from the internet and make it useless to anyone who finds (or takes) it.

    There is a program like this for Treo called mSafe, and it works flawlessly.

  • Steve

    I would like to see a program that acts on SMS mesages of a given format to lock/unlock a BB (like the keyboard lock screen, except a password is required) and prevent synchronizing or backing up data. If your BB is lost (or stolen), you can lock it up from the internet and make it useless to anyone who finds (or takes) it.

    There is a program like this for Treo called mSafe, and it works flawlessly.

  • http://www.todoblackberry.com/ Lord_ZealoN

    Voice recognition. Speeh To Mail

  • http://www.todoblackberry.com/ Lord_ZealoN

    Voice recognition. Speeh To Mail

  • J.F. Charland

    1. Similar to the Quicken request, a Microsoft Money synch tool. It’ll never happen because MS is way to protectionist to empower the BB platform, but it would be nice anyways.

    2. Voice commands for the phone dialer and for sending pre-canned e-mails/SMS’s.

    3. A PIM synch tool for Linux!

  • J.F. Charland

    1. Similar to the Quicken request, a Microsoft Money synch tool. It’ll never happen because MS is way to protectionist to empower the BB platform, but it would be nice anyways.

    2. Voice commands for the phone dialer and for sending pre-canned e-mails/SMS’s.

    3. A PIM synch tool for Linux!

  • Ivan

    I would like to see a blackberry Gameboy or Nintendo emulator.

  • Ivan

    I would like to see a blackberry Gameboy or Nintendo emulator.

  • Michael

    I love my blackberry…however as a previous Sidekick user, I am saddened by the poor browser capabilty on it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE -give us better browser capabilities…..java script enabled if possible….at least a real web browser, with graphics. I would also like to know who is calling me without picking up the phone to look..so if the person is logged im my address book, “voice caller ID” announces the name….(Sue is calling).

  • Michael

    I love my blackberry…however as a previous Sidekick user, I am saddened by the poor browser capabilty on it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE -give us better browser capabilities…..java script enabled if possible….at least a real web browser, with graphics. I would also like to know who is calling me without picking up the phone to look..so if the person is logged im my address book, “voice caller ID” announces the name….(Sue is calling).

  • Paul

    I think the most useful thing would be an adapter to connect a BlackBerry to a projector in order to show powerpoint presentations. This would allow me to drop the laptop when travelling and use the BlackBerry exclusively.

    Here is one which works with the Treo:
    http://www.igo.com/product_detail.asp?ProductCode=MOB+PS6B1V

  • Paul

    I think the most useful thing would be an adapter to connect a BlackBerry to a projector in order to show powerpoint presentations. This would allow me to drop the laptop when travelling and use the BlackBerry exclusively.

    Here is one which works with the Treo:
    http://www.igo.com/product_detail.asp?ProductCode=MOB+PS6B1V

  • John

    I would like to see a telnet/ssh client that works well that wasn’t a subsrciption or required BES.

  • John

    I would like to see a telnet/ssh client that works well that wasn’t a subsrciption or required BES.

  • Paul

    Idokorro Mobile SSH is not a subscription and does not require a BES.

  • Paul

    Idokorro Mobile SSH is not a subscription and does not require a BES.

  • Lil P

    Marcel B — try Metamessage (www.onsettechnology.com). They have an app that lets you log client times by clicking on your scroll wheel.

  • Lil P

    Marcel B — try Metamessage (www.onsettechnology.com). They have an app that lets you log client times by clicking on your scroll wheel.

  • jay

    i would like to have an expense tracker that does not export to quicken but actually syncs with quicken.

    as for the other users wanting a camera, i have had 3 camera phones including the palm treo 650 and i never used the camera feature.

    the killer app would be for rim to include some real desktop software, a real integrated desktop pim like palm.

    i would like to be able to build custom forms on my blackberry which would store information in a flatfile database. in other words, custom field entries, ie Repair Order, Year, Make, Model, Notes, Date. Of course this would probably require the blackberry to have an external memory slot too, but not for a week to week or month to month basis.

    as for all these program for the palm treo, except for about 2 or 3, they are mostly crap anyway and email on palm treo really sucks.

    ps: to be military grade, the 7100i is cheap plastic junk. however, i prefer a candybar type phone because i work in hostile environment. not software related but rim could get pointers from motorola and build a bullet proof pda/phone.

  • jay

    i would like to have an expense tracker that does not export to quicken but actually syncs with quicken.

    as for the other users wanting a camera, i have had 3 camera phones including the palm treo 650 and i never used the camera feature.

    the killer app would be for rim to include some real desktop software, a real integrated desktop pim like palm.

    i would like to be able to build custom forms on my blackberry which would store information in a flatfile database. in other words, custom field entries, ie Repair Order, Year, Make, Model, Notes, Date. Of course this would probably require the blackberry to have an external memory slot too, but not for a week to week or month to month basis.

    as for all these program for the palm treo, except for about 2 or 3, they are mostly crap anyway and email on palm treo really sucks.

    ps: to be military grade, the 7100i is cheap plastic junk. however, i prefer a candybar type phone because i work in hostile environment. not software related but rim could get pointers from motorola and build a bullet proof pda/phone.