Shane Cridlebaugh

Shane Cridlebaugh

Co-founder and legal nay-sayer of OSBB. Owner of SCrApps Application Development, WebWorks aficionado, Open Source contributor. SCrid2000 on most blogs. I build awesome BlackBerry apps when I'm not doing legal work or spending time with my wife and two boys.


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Website URL: http://SCrApps.org

Dingleberry now allows you to Theme your Playbook!

Yesterday the BNXTreme Team released Dingleberry 3.2.1, which has a few user-friendly updates and finally lets you do something that I've wanted to do with the Playbook for a long time: Theming.

Credit goes to xsacha for this one. (Sad story - he spent probably a good 30-40 minutes helping me before I finally realized how to do a simple script to make this work).

The technical explanation is something like this: the new Dingleberry exploit allows you to run custom scripts before your OS fully boots. One of the custom scripts you can run is a command to substitute your own custom images for images depended on by the theme.

Example: we can use a custom command to substitute the WiFi icons for the 4G icons included in the Playbook theme.

Hit the full article for instructions on how to do it!

Note that this tutorial assumes you know how to root your Playbook and gain SSH access. Any damage you do to your Playbook is due to your own mistakes, and not the fault of OSBB or anyone else.

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Advice to Sprint Customers in OK or KS: switch carriers

I want to begin this article by disclosing that I personally have Sprint, and while they have frustrated me on a regular basis and (IMO) overcharge me, I am overall happy with them as a carrier and do not have any intention of switching myself. That being said, I also don't live in KS or OK.

Sprint announced this month that Effective March 1st they intend to significantly reduce their coverage in Kansas and Oklahoma. The official information can be found at Sprint's Webpage here.

While they didn't say exactly why they're planning on doing this (undoubtedly the root reason is they feel this decision will increase their profits), Sprint did give a short FAQ about the matter. Personally, I felt the FAQ was somewhat ridiculous, so I modified it a bit to give people more real-world answers to their questions.

Changing Playbook Icons - Android ICS Icon set download

People first started swapping out the icons on their Playbook almost immediately after Dingleberry was released. It's actually a fairly easy process, one that anyone who's managed to obtain root access and setup Winscp or another SSH client should be able to handle.

I believe the first tutorial was written by Sith_Apprentice on Crackberry. At any rate, the concept is simple - all you do is find an icon you like, SSH into your rooted Playbook, open /apps/(folder for the app you want to change the icon of), and replace the icon with a quick drag and drop. Fairly simple process.

This morning I decided to load some Android Ice Cream Sandwich Icons onto my Playbook. Rather than simply load them and have that be the end of it, I decided to set it up so that everyone could do the same.

Instructions:

0: Root your playbook and access your /apps/ folder with Winscp or another SSH program.

1. Download the Android ICS Playbook Icons.zip. Multiupload isn't working for me at the moment, so you can download it from

http://www.scrapps.tk/blackberry/playbook/Android%20ICS%20Playbook%20Icons.zip

2. Unzip the folder. You'll notice four things inside it: folders named "ICS" and "STOCK" and a wallpaper and a screenshot. Open the ICS folder.

3. Unfortunately the Playbook renames the directories of all the apps installed so this can't be done as a simple drag-drop of every folder. You'll have to do it one folder at a time.

4. Open the folder for an app from the ICS folder on your desktop. Drag the folder inside it into the corresponding app folder in your Playbook filesystem.

5. Do this for all the icons, and reboot.

6. If you want to use the ICS wallpaper, just put it into the photos folder on your Playbook and set it as the wallpaper.

That's it. If you every want to go back to stock icons, just do the same thing with the icons from the Stock folder.

Eventually I plan to do the same thing with iOS, OSX Lion, Faenza, webOS, and the OS6 icons, but I'll need to find time for that. That being said, feel free to use the folder structure and icon names to create other iconsets and post them in the OpenSourceBB Forums!

Enjoy your new icons!

Dingleberry 3.01 Released - Hulu Enabler and Downgrading!

I should also mention right up front that it now has mac support, for those of us who don't have a PC.

Update: There is now also a linux version for us uber dorks! Also, if HuluBerry wasn't working for you with 3.0, 3.01 (available now) probably fixes that.

Those of us who have been following the whats-what on Playbook tweaking are no doubt familiar with Dingleberry, the Playbook rooting tool. It looks like Chris Wade (and it looks like http://bnxtreme.com) have finally gotten Dingleberry 3.01 out to us (at least a Release Candidate of it).

Keep reading for the full changelog and more info.

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How to downgrade your Playbook OS using a local copy

PLEASE NOTE! This method DOES NOT work to downgrade your PlayBook OS down from the Official OS2 2.0.0.7971!!!

People following the rooting of the Playbook probably know that the two latest OS releases block Dingleberry and prevent a root. Chris Wade (one of the creators of Dingleberry) gave instructions on how to setup an apache server and downgrade your Playbook (http://pastie.org/private/7nqzugk5odlf2qnxlxe4g). If my understanding is correct, the BBX Team from CrackBerry (made up of people like HaTaX and KermEd) are also working on another way to downgrade using a server. Unfortunately, many people don't have an apache server set up on their PC (although I personally think everyone should lol). This tutorial will show you how to trick Desktop Manager into installing any Playbook OS you want.

Quicklaunch updated to 4.0 for OS7, OS6 update to follow soon

One of my personal favorite apps is QuickLaunch - when I first got it, the main thing it did for me was let me turn a convenience key into basically a multi-convenience key, presenting you with a user-generated list of applications. Since then QuickLaunch has had a lot of new features added to it, and today it was updated to version 4.0 and a variety of new features were added to it. According to Nikkisoft's twitter feed, the update is currently only for OS7 but the a release for other OSes will follow. Quicklaunch is no longer available on Mobihand, but the update is only $2 for everyone for a limited time.

Check out the full article for a change list and some screenshots.

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Install Google Market on your rooted Playbook in 4 EASY steps!

Note: In order to install Google Market, you MUST have rooted your Playbook. If you haven't and would like to, there's a great video on youtube that shows you how to do it (follow steps 2-10). The video also shows you how to install Google Market, but it has something like 20 steps to do it. This tutorial has 4 steps.

There's been a lot of tutorial floating around the internet over the last few days on how to sideload the Android Market and such onto your BlackBerry Playbook. When I first saw one, I read through it and at stopped at step 7: Kill the running Android player “cd /apps/sys.android.XXXX.ns/native/scripts” (XXXX will be different for each device) and run “./android-player-cmd.sh kill-android-core.sh". Now I've never claimed to be a computer genius (I wouldn't go much further then classifying myself as upper-middle competent) but that seemed like a difficult step. The step before that, while easier, also seemed overly difficult: "Open up a root ssh shell and remove "/system/app/SetupWizard.apk" (this can by done by typing in "mv /system/app/SetupWizard.apk /system/app/SetupWizard.apk.bak"."

I figured there must be an easier way, and of course, there was.

Be warned that, despite these instructions making installing Market far easier, OSBB takes no responsibility for you messing up your Playbook. If you do mess it up (which is very unlikely), you can always fix it by doing an OS reload with BlackBerry Desktop Sotware.

Dingleberry Rooting tool for the Playbook is now available!

The Dingleberry Rooting tool for the Playbook is now available for PC users! Get it at http://www.dingleberry.it/

 

And be sure the OSBB Team will be posting more info on how it works and what it does before long.

It seems initaially that this first release only supports root access via SSH. More info to come!

Sound off in the comments!

Update: You'll need BlackBerry Desktop Software to run Dingleberry.

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How To run Windows 95 or 98 on your BlackBerry Playbook

Update: The link for Windows 95 was down, so I zipped the w95.img and uploaded it. Just for kicks, I included a Windows 98 image that works as well, so now you can boot either Windows 95 or Windows 98 on your Playbook! </endupdate>

I don't want to take away from the incredible bargain that $300 off on a BlackBerry Playbook is. But this article might give you an additional incentive to pick one up at that amazing price.

Before beginning, I should mention that the OSBB team had nothing to do with figuring out how to do this. We're just presenting this tutorial.

Anyway, if you ever wanted to run Windows95 on your Playbook, now's your chance!

Note: You MUST be running Playbook OS2 for this to work.

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