Monthly Archives: March 2009

BlackBerry screen and icon sizes

For some reason the old link I had that contained display dimensions for BlackBerry devices is resulting in a 404 now. When you are doing BlackBerry development it is nice to be able to go to one page that just shows you the screen sizes instead of having to look at each device page so I don't know why they removed this page. After looking around a little I couldn't find a consolidated list that has just screen sizes so I figured I would put one together that replicates the old link:

BlackBerry device model Display screen size Icon image size
BlackBerry Pearl 8100 240 x 260 pixels 60 x 55 pixels Icon theme
48 x 36 pixels Zen theme
BlackBerry 7100 Series 240 x 260 pixels 60 x 55 pixels Icon theme
48 x 36 pixels Zen theme
BlackBerry Pearl 8220 240 x 320 pixels 46 x 46 pixels
BlackBerry Curve 8300 320 x 240 pixels 53 x 48 pixels Icon theme
48 x 36 pixels Zen theme
BlackBerry Curve 8900 480 x 360 pixels Unknown
BlackBerry 8800 Series 320 x 240 pixels 53 x 48 pixels Icon theme
48 x 36 pixels Zen theme
BlackBerry 8700 Series 320 x 240 pixels 53 x 48 pixels Icon theme
48 x 36 pixels Zen theme
BlackBerry Bold 9000 480 x 320 pixels 80 x 80 pixels
BlackBerry Storm 9500 360 x 480 pixels 76 x 76 pixels Home screen
24 x 24 pixels Shortcut bar

This data comes from the BlackBerry devices page.

Running Lotus Notes 8 on Linux with newer xulrunner

I recently got tired of running Lotus Notes under wine because I kept getting meeting invites that I couldn't accept. So I ventured out because I had heard that Notes now had a Linux client and sure enough it does. The install is huge but it went very smooth up until the point that I first launched to read my mail. At the point where it should have shown me the start screen I got an error dialog with the error "JVM terminated. Exit code=160" and a big stack trace.

Lotus Notes error message
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After digging around a little I found that the Eclipse framework/SWT expected an older version of xulrunner to be installed. The simple fix to get Notes running was to move the xulrunner libraries out of the way:

mv /usr/lib/xulrunner-1.9/ /tmp/
mv /tmp/xulrunner-1.9/ /usr/lib/

Now when I started Notes I was able to get all the way in and see the following error on the start page:

Lotus Notes start page error
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Now the key to getting Notes into a usable state is to close the "Getting Started" tab. If you don't do this you can never move xulrunner back into place. Once you have closed the tab exit out of Notes and then put the xulrunner libraries back where they belong.

Now you can start Notes without an issue, just make sure not to open anything that requires a web browser.

Lotus Notes home page
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After going through this someone pointed me towards the latest 8.5 beta 2 release of Lotus Notes for Linux and after installing that I can report that it actually has fixed the issue. So whenever 8.5 comes out this should be fixed until another incompatible version of xulrunner comes out.