You’re going to want a glass of water or something, this is going to be a long one…
Shortly after launching APRSBB I immediately knew that the challenge of getting this into the hands of the average APRS user with a blackberry wasn’t going to be an easy one. There were more problems than solutions (and probably still are) and I quickly came to realize that the Blackberry platform isn’t as uniform as all the development docs make it seem. To this day, Verizon users are still in the dark on APRSBB and there really isn’t much that can be done. I have written a couple Blackberry apps in the past but those were all specialized and apps that worked in small-scale, controlled niche environments.
Simultaneously, it seems that the Blackberry platform has entered it’s final decline. I have been a disciple of Blackberry since my Father bought me my first Blackberry Perl 8100 as a “good grades” present when I was 16. The hardware was near indestructible in comparison to other phones of similar price on the market and the industry-exclusive PUSH system made Blackberry the most solid platform on the market. However, for reasons beyond my control the platform has been in decline indefinitely; OS5 was a fancy skin, OS6 was great but only after they fixed the initial bugs and the QNX RTOS based OS7 shows true potential, however it’s all but “too little too late.”
Last week, my Sprint renewal came up, and I had to do something that I didn’t want to and still don’t want to. I bought an Android powered phone. Why I arrived on Android over iOS is a discussion for a completely different day, but Android is where I landed and it’s where I plan to be for a while. Obviously there’s a handful of tracking apps that already exist for Android, so that’s not an issue. My decision did not come lightly, in fact it took about 3 months to convince myself that I was doing the right thing, but Android just shows so much more potential than Blackberry, as painful as that is.
So with that, I am officially moving APRSBB into End-of-Life. Due to my frustrations (and the fact that I can make a small meal in the time it takes the debugger to start), development has pretty much been at a stand-still for a while anyways. However, as of today, APRSBB is officially extinct.
Now let me answer some questions before you ask them:
Something Awesome… and there will be beta-testers before it goes live, so if you’re interested in being a beta-tester email me what kind of phone you have, what kind of user you are (casual user, power user, hard core junkie… we all know those iPhone freaks (cough, “users”) that never pull their head away from the things to enjoy the life around them) and your Skype handle (if available).
What will happen to the source?
It will remain on my hard drive.
Is there anything preventing me from using APRSBB even though it’s unsupported?
No. In fact for now I’m going to leave this site (including the download link) up.
If you have a question that you think is pertinent email it to the list and I’ll answer it, and if it’s super-pertinent then I’ll post it here.
Thanks all for your patience with the software.