Add notes, to-do lists, and more directly from your device.
Have you ever tried to update a site using a form in your browser like many web applications require? For example, try updating a wiki page from your device. Usually it is not that easy, because most web sites were designed with a computer's browser in mind, not your handheld's.
The Backpack web service (http://www.backpackit.com) makes updating web sites easy using email. You just send the content you would like added to a secret email address, and the text is added to your page immediately.
4.12.1. What Exactly Is Backpack?
Backpack is a web service that allows you to get organized by storing your to-do lists, notes, photos, and files online. You can set up reminders that are sent via email. You can optionally share your content with others. The feature that makes Backpack so great for the BlackBerry is the ability to add content to your pages by sending emails.
To use Backpack, you need to create an account. Best of all, there is a basic account that is free and requires no credit card to sign up. Once you choose a username and register, you'll be directed to your newly created section of Backpack, accessible using the URL: http://username.backpackit.com.
Click the Make a New Page button on the right to add another page to Backpack, as shown in Figure 4-45. Add a title and some content and click Create. You'll be taken to your new page, where you can use Backpack's very spiffy web interface to add lists, notes, files, images, and links to your page.
Figure 4-45. Creating a new page in Backpack
4.12.2. Send Email to Your Pages
Each page in Backpack has an email address. Look at the bottom of your newly created page, as shown in Figure 4-46. This particular page has an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Figure 4-46. A page and its email address
You can send any email to this address and it will appear on your page almost instantly. This turns out to be perfect for those moments when you think of a good idea and you need to write it down before you forget. Just send an email to your page, and then access it from your computer later. Figure 4-47 shows a new message from my device, and Figure 4-48 shows how it appears on my page.
Figure 4-47. Adding a note to Backpack
Figure 4-48. The note appears on the Backpack page
4.12.3. Have Reminders Sent to Your Device
Figure 4-49. Adding a reminder in your desktop browser
Figure 4-50. A reminder email as it shows up on your BlackBerry
4.12.4. Access Backpack from Your Device
One of the nice things about Backpack is its ability to access your pages from a mobile device; just append /mob onto the end of your Backpack URL like so:
You can create reminders, new pages, to-do list items, and notes by using this trimmed-down HTML interface in your BlackBerry Browser.