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BlackBerry newbies blog about ‘their first time’

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QuicklyBored LogoThe delirious post monkeys over at our sister site QuicklyBored recently received BlackBerrys to increase productivity (i.e., they wanted a raise, so we gave them some of our hand-me-downs instead). Since then, they’ve been blogging like crazy, describing both the joys and the frustrations involved in their new addiction. Our boy Simon also sat down with them for a podcast on the BlackBerry’s mobile entertainment capabilities and the most recent BlackBerry 9000 rumors. You can listen to it here, and check out some of their most recent posts below.

Installing software to your BlackBerry via OTA
Taking BlackBerry screenshots is a huge pain
Using TinyTube on your BlackBerry (Part 2)

Feel free to mock their blatant newbery, but make sure to also include some handy tips to help them along their way. The BlackBerry community takes care of its own, after all.

BlackBerry for Dummies 2nd. Ed. released

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BlackBerry for DummiesJosep has noticed that a new edition of BlackBerry for Dummies has been released today, to the jubilation of new BB-users worldwide. I’ve got a few Dummies books kicking around, and they’re all written with clarity, humour and expertise. BlackBerry for Dummies covers the whole slew of basic and intermediate functions, such as e-mail, attachments, the Address Book, MemoPad, Calendar and Calculator, as well as PIN-to-PIN messaging, web surfing and call functions. If you’re interested, you can pick up a copy cheap on Amazon.

RIM helps you find free software

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Built for BlackBerryRIMarkable has pointed out a new minisite RIM has launched called Built for BlackBerry, which directs surfers to some grade-A software that’s either entirely free or has a 30-day trial. You can browse by software category, such as Games, Navigation, and News, but if you’re looking for a full-blown reference, you probably want the BlackBerry Solutions Guide. Built for BlackBerry seems geared towards hooking folks in who are new to BlackBerry software and are still figuring the full capabilities of the device. And hey, our buddies at Viigo are on there, too.

Bacon on BlackBerry: Ringtones, trackballs and Outlook (oh my!)

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Jeff BaconIt’s been a long time since we’ve seen an update from Magmic‘s BlackBerry guru, Jeff Bacon, but that’s because he’s been hard at work this summer with Bacon family barbeques in his backyard plunging the depths of RIM’s inner sanctum looking for answers to your most pressing questions. So sit back and take a load off, as our BlackBerry expert regales you with stories of glowing trackballs and the dreaded ‘red X’. Oooh, spooky.

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Bacon On BlackBerry: theme issues, Outlook issues, more issues

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Q: Good evening. I have a BB 8100 sim lock to O2. How can I download the Vodafone Today theme?

A: The theme’s don’t depend on sim-locking or anything else. You just need the COD files that contain the theme and you need to copy them to your device. BlackBerryCool did an article a long time ago describing how to put themes on.

Finding the Vodafone theme might be tricky but I’m sure it’s been posted on some forum on the ‘net if you search for it. For other themes, check out bplay.com as we have 10 unique themes are will be adding many more in the future.

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Bacon on BlackBerry returns

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Nice to see our help expert and Magmic BlackBerry guru Jeff Bacon back in the driver’s seat (insider tip: he sits on phone books to see over the wheel) with a new installment of Bacon on BlackBerry. Have a ‘Berry query that you just can’t handle? Drop Bacon a note at bacon [at] blackberrycool.com and he’ll make everything right. Or die trying. Good to see you again, Jeff.

Q: I need to wipe the memory clean off a Pearl that I am selling. How do I do this?

A: The Desktop Manager is the easiest tool for this. Open the Application Loader. Click ‘Next’ on the list of applications. Click the ‘Advanced’ button and check off both checkboxes. On the next screen, make sure to select ‘Do not automatically backup and restore the device applications data during the loading process’. Click ‘Next’ through to the end of the dialogs and it will wipe your device.

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