Several years ago I got a BlackBerry mobile phone that allowed all my business email from an Outlook Exchange server to be fed to my mobile phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week. What this cool gadget shaped like a blue bar of soap with tiny QWERTY keys allowed me to do so innocently was read and answer email at all hours of the day whether I was working or not. After awhile it became invisibly chained to me and I would rather leave the house without my wallet or pants than my BlackBerry. That is when BlackBerry became the CrackBerry and an addiction and some even suffer withdrawals when without a CrackBerry or a connection.
Now days you can see almost as many people SMS texting as someone reading and replying to their email at a restaurant, a mall, a sporting event, on the bus, a plane, or even while driving (yes I have seen this).
Now a few years later and I am still no better at self control and trying not to take my CrackBerry everywhere I got a shiny new BlackBerry 8800. Now the 8800 has a built in GPS ability. You think the CrackBerry was invisibly tethered to me for the past few years now it is even more and I call it my TrackBerry. At first it was "wow" GPS on my CrackBerry, then I discovered the free BlackBerry Maps application but that is pretty basic but I could see where I was at. Then there was the navigation software like the MapQuest Navigator and TeleNav both which are a small fee but would given you directions from one place to another as well as locate the cheapest gas or types of places you were looking for or even route your around heavy traffic. Now today while sitting in a hospital room while my wife is recovering from surgery and using my TrackBerry as a modem to do some work I noticed a specific update for my TrackBerry 8800 and the free Google Maps. So I downloaded it and wow now the free Google Maps for the BlackBerry 8800 hooks into the GPS feature of the device allowing me to zoom in where I am at and see some traffic information or a satellite view from above.
Although it is not as powerful as some of the other GPS software for the BlackBerry, it is way cool and I can't wait to try it on my flight next week to Tasmania. Of course most times I already know where I am at, but a satellite photo and map of where I am located is cool and hopefully I can in the near future get it to write a log of GPS data to the datacard for coordinates and elevation heck even speed so I can chart my travel all from my beloved TrackBerry, aka CrackBerry, aka BlackBerry.