Last night I discovered something that quite a few people knew about, but I hadn't heard of and that I think is totally awesome: you can use the Playbook browser to look through the filesystem of your Playbook by entering the URL "File:"
I got bored of that a bit quickly, because you can't really do much in the filesystem without root access, which we don't have anymore. But I did realize that you could use this feature to set a custom homescreen for your BlackBerry Playbook!
So this morning I did some quick html coding and made myself a custom homescreen. And, as is my custom, I decided I'd share it with the OSBB community :)
As you can see in the picture above, there are a total of 16 shortcuts, that take you to:BlackBerry.com The OpenSourceBB Blog The CrackBerry Blog The BerryReview Blog Google Search Yahoo Search Amazon eBay Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Youtube FoxNews or CNN News (depending on the version you choose) Wikipedia IMDB And the Bridge launchpad
First, download either the FoxNews or CNN version (this is the only difference between the two) to your desktop.
Then follow these instructions:
1. Extract the "browser" folder from your Browser.zip/
2. Place the "browser" folder into the "misc" folder of your Playbook filesyestem.
3. Open your browser and open settings
4. Under the General tab, change the "For a New Page Show" option to "My Home Page."
5. For the Home Page option, enter: file:///accounts/1000/shared/misc/browser/index.html
(Make sure you have three /s after file: as shown above).
6. That's it! You now have a custom home page!
Feel free to modify index.html using any text editor to change the urls and the icons used! A Paypal donation button is included, but can be easily removed by editing the index.html.
After talking about this with the rest of the OSBB team, I was informed that there's also an app that will do this in BlackBerry App World, which you can check out at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/97907/.
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