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undergoingdevelopment(seehttp://www.litefeeds.com/).Theyhavea

BlackBerryclientapplicationintheworks,and,lastIchecked,itwasaservice

withalotofpromise.Keepaneyeonit.Litefeedsisspecificallygearedfor

mobileRSS,anditisalwayspossiblethatAskJeeves(thecurrentownerof

Bloglines)willmakeBloglineslameinsomeway,soit'llbeverynicetohavea

servicetostepupshouldtheworsthappen.Bestcasescenario,Bloglinesisn'tthe

onlygameintownanymoreandthetwoofthemcankeepeachotherontheir

toes.

IfyoupreferthetraditionalwayofreadingRSSfeedsusingadedicatedclient

application,tryNewsclipfromVirtualReach(http://www.virtualreach.com/)and

BerryvineRSS(http://www.berryvine.com/).Inmyopinion,they'rethebestof

thebreedfordedicatedRSSfeedreadingontheBlackBerry.Theother

applicationsinthiscategoryjustdon'tevencomeclosetoit.BothNewsclipand

Berryvine'sRSShavetrialversionsavailable,lettingyouexaminealltheir

featureswithoutanycosttoyou.



Newsclip

VirtualReachincludesaniceindexofpossibleRSSfeedsforNewsclip

users,muchlikeNetNewsWireorotherdesktopRSSaggregators.Youcan

alsoaddyourownRSSfeedstosubscribeto,andreadthemonthego.

WhattendstoworkbestformeistoputonlythecriticalRSSfeedsonmy

BlackBerryinNewsclip.Thisusuallymeansacoupleofmyfavorite

CraigslistRSSfeedsandsomework-relatedfeedsthatletmefeellikeless

ofaslackerwhileinlineattheDMV.



Berryvine

YoucandifferentiatefeedsinBerryvineRSSbyapplyingcolorstothem

greenforGeneral,orangeforEntertainment,etc.Youcanalsocategorize

feedsandviewfeedsbycategory,whichisahelpfultrickaswell.

It'squiteeasytogetyourfeedsonaBlackBerry.Itisoneoftheareaswherealot



ofdevelopmenthoursarebeingburned,whichisfortunateforallofus

BlackBerryusers!

R.EmoryLundberg



Hack40.ControlAnotherComputerRemotely



Usethisopensourceremotecontrolsoftwaretoaccessothermachinesfrom

yourdevice.

Wouldn'titbenicetoaccessthedesktopsofothercomputerswhenyouonly

haveaccesstoyourBlackBerry?ItturnsoutyoucanbyusingVirtualNetwork

Computingsoftware,orVNC.VNCallowsyoutoremotelycontrolanother

computeracrossanetwork.Youhaveaccesstothekeyboardandmouse,and

youcanevensendaCtrl-Alt-DeletetoaWindowscomputertoshutitdown.For

WindowsandLinux,youshouldcheckoutthefreeTightVNCprogram

(http://www.tightvnc.com).ItiscompatiblewithmostVNCclients,butwill

optimizebandwidthwhenusedwithTightVNC-compatibleclients.Macusers

canusethefreeOSXvnc(http://www.redstonesoftware.com/vnc.html).Thereis

VNCsupportinrecentversionsofMacOSX(checkoutAppleRemoteDesktop

inSystemPreferences Sharing).

ThereareportsoftheclientandservercomponentsofVNCforpracticallyany

operatingsysteminexistenceand,becauseit'sopensourcesoftware,itsfeatures

andstabilitycontinuetoimprove.



4.5.1.InstalltheServer

TouseVNC,youhavetoinstalltheserversoftwareonthemachineyou'dliketo

remotecontrol.YoucandownloadandinstalltheserversoftwarefromtheVNC

websiteathttp://www.realvnc.com.Choosetheappropriatesoftwareforthe

operatingsystemyou'dliketoremotelycontrolandfollowtheinstallation

instructions.



4.5.2.InstalltheBlackBerryVNCClient

TheVNCclientfortheBlackBerrydeviceisavailableat



http://www.ethell.com/j2mevnc/.Thereisnoover-the-airinstallavailable,so

youwillhavetodownloadthearchiveanduseApplicationLoadertoinstallthe

softwareonyourdevice.ThelatestversioncanbedownloadedusingthisURL:

http://www.ethell.com/j2mevnc/VNC-en-bb.zip.

Onceinstalled,therewill(oddlyenough)betwoiconsforVNConyourHome

screen,asshowninFigure4-7.Oneiconrunstheactualprogramandtheother

displaysanAboutscreendescribingtheprogram.So,thiswouldbeagood

opportunitytohidetheAboutVNCiconfromtheHomescreen[Hack#5].

Figure4-7.TwoVNCiconsontheHomescreen



4.5.3.ConnecttoaVNCServer

WhenyouruntheprogramfromtheHomescreen,you'llbetakentotheVNC

clientthatwillallowyoutoconnecttoaremotecomputerrunningtheVNC

servercomponent.Tomakeaconnection,enterthenameorIPaddressofthe

computertowhichyou'dliketoconnectintheHostfield.Ifthecomputer

requiresapassword(anditshould!),enteritinthePasswordfield.Figure4-8

showsthescreenyou'llseewhenmakingaconnection.

Figure4-8.Connectingtoaremotecomputer



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