BerrySnooper – A Walkthrough

BerrySnooper is a BlackBerry software that allows you to find your lost BlackBerry or stolen blackberry. This post is a walkthrough of BerrySnooper, how it works and what are the restuls.

BerrySnooper can be downloaded from BerrySnooper’s website. The setup is simple and straightforward and download is available over the air. Once you purchase and download blackberry, you will get the registration key in your email inbox.

First time you run the software, you will have to enter the registration key and configure the software for its tracking and alerts parameters. For example, where do you want to send alerts when you phone is stolen, how often you send the location information, what are you remail addresses etc.

There are two ways you can ask the phone for its location and then there are three ways you can check for the resultant location:

Walkthrough
Here’s the walkthrough of the typical use of BerrySnooper.
Step 1 – I forgot my phone in the car and don’t remember, whether its in my car, I left it at home or somewhere else.

Step 2: Grabbed somebody’s phone and sent an SMS to my BlackBerry

Step 3: Waited for a few seconds till I received the location of the phone in SMS

Clicking on this link shows a map too:

This result can also be viewed in your email

Or you can logon to BerrySnooper web-console to view the location:
Auto-Theft Detection
This is not all BerrySnooper does. Once you have BerrySnooper properly configured, the phone automatically listens for theft detection all the time. As soon as a theif switches the sim-card in your p hone, BerrySnooper comes into the action and starts sending the tracking results to you. This feature works even if you dont have data connection enabled and SMS results will be sent to you every 5 minutes by default (you can change your configuration from the BerrySnooper website.

Other interesting features:

  • You can always logon to your web-console to change your BerrySnooper settings, view your last known location or change your current BlackBerry handset (the software is locked against your handset to detect change of sim or change of handset)
  • Works with both Blackberries with or without GPS. When its without GPS, network infromation is used to find the location.
  • GPS enabled phones also find approximate location when indoors
  • The app restarts automatically and runs in the background without disturbing the user.

Conclusion:


BerrySnooper is a great tool to find your lost/forgotten  phone. It also lets you know about the location of your BlackBerry if stolen but I’m not sure if you’ll be able to retreive the phone  yourself. I recommend you take police with you if you are chasing somebody who mugged or stole your phone.

Last night was a blue moon in Pakistan – When is blue moon in my country?

What is a blue moon? Thats the first question I wanted to answer today. In one year, there are usually 12 full moons, but the lunar cycle allows a 13th full moon every 2 or 3 years. It happens exactly 7 times in 19 years. Blue-moon is the 13th full moon in such a year.

Last night, January 30th 2010 was a blue moon in Pakistan. First full moon of 2010 was on 1st January and then its the second full moon of the month. Hence it explains the term “once in s a blue moon”.

When does the blue moon happen? It happens in different months in different time zones. You can find the blue moon calendar here as it happens at different time of year in different time zones.

google for a joke

A localized joke on Google :

Google may be a great search engine but it can't search my chappal I lost in the mosque.

sms joke shared by Badar.

Google’s Workshop – updates.

just a simple summary of what's being discussed:

Use following tools and techniques for marketing your products online :

1. Use insight.
2. Use website optimizer.
3. Use the keyword tools/advertise on google.
4. Make your site content relevant.
5. Optimize landing pages.
6. Use webmaster tools.
7. Use google site maps.
8. Last but not least use Analytics.

Market Your Products Online-A workshop by Google

I’m right now in a workshop arranged by PASHA in Lahore and Badar Khushnood obviously is the speaker. The topic is “Marketing your products online”.
I’ll post again and share. My experience after the workshop.
Jehan Ara has announced that she’s taking the workshop to Islamabad too.

Google Maps – Turn by turn navigation in Pakistan

Google maps has also enabled turn by turn navigation directions in its already popular Google-Maps-Mobile. Google maps is a free application that you can download on your smart-phone. Only thing you need it to work is a working data-connection on your smart-phone. You can use Google maps on smart-phones with or without GPS. Using this new feature you can give source and destination of your journey and the software will display a suggested path that you should follow.

The software is free to use and poses serious threat to other paid navigation solutions available in the country. Google maps available for Pakistan are based on data provided by its users on Google map-maker and once ample data is available and is reliable to a certain degree, it is ported onto Google maps. Google maps has grown at a high speed both in terms of users as well as contributors on map-maker.

Here is a sample walk through of the app where I requested directions from Main Market to Liberty Market in Lahore.

1. Get Directions
Launch Google maps on your phone and wait for a few seconds so that the application initializes the data connection and GPS. Then select “Get Directions” from the menu.


2. Select Start-Point and End-Point

You can select the start point by:

  • Choosing your current location (detected automatically by Google-Maps).
  • Enter an address
  • Select a point on map
  • Select from the recent searches


You can select the End-Point by:

  • Entering an address
  • Select a point on the map
  • Select from recent searches

As an example, I entered the address by typing it:

3. Choose a travel mode

You can choose to travel by car, on foot or by public transport. Public transport mode is not not available in Pakistan yet.

4. View Results

You can either view the suggested path on the map or a step by step instruction is given on-screen that you can follow to reach your destination. See following screenshots for the result output:

Turn by turn instructions:

Path shown on map:

This was interesting to see that the software gave different paths for the same source and destination when different mode of travel was selected. Following are two different paths given by Google Maps when traveling mode was different.

Directions for Walking

It is also interesting to note that the behavior of the application is slightly different on different devices. For example, above walk through does not show any “Favorite Locations” when it comes to Google maps. Some devices like Nokia smart phones support “Favorite Locations” as a native feature and Google Maps also support that list of favorite locations as possible Start or End-Points in a navigation request discussed above.

If your phone has a feature different from the walk through above, please don’t forget to leave a comment.

Last but not least, google maps on your browser obviously has this feature enabled too for Pakistan now. See a sample directions result for a path from Gawalmandi to Kalma chowk in Lahore.

2010 – Lets go green.


2010


I’ve been posting everything I find interesting but I’ll try to shift my focus to green computing, power saving, environment friendly methods of computing and anything related to the above mentioned topics. I appeal and request you all to adopt methods, buy hardware, use software and equipment that uses less power and stays friendly with the environment.

I wish you all a very happy 2010 and I hope it turns out to be a better year for all.

Peace