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The Palm Pre homebrew app catalog is up to 197 programs and today’s pick is a program that was previously only available on the iPhone and the Android platform. BlockChalk is hard to describe– it is a sophisticated graffiti program that lets you leave notes for […]

BlockchalkThe Palm Pre homebrew app catalog is up to 197 programs and today’s pick is a program that was previously only available on the iPhone and the Android platform. BlockChalk is hard to describe– it is a sophisticated graffiti program that lets you leave notes for those who pass your way later. Users type in a short anonymous note about the surroundings and those who come by later can see what was written. Think of it as taking chalk to a wall or the sidewalk (thus, the name).

BlockChalk uses the integrated GPS function of the Pre so it handles the geo-tagging of the notes automatically. It’s a lot of fun and can be useful, especially in large cities. Imagine you enter a deli and are wondering what might be good. You check BlockChalk and discover that someone left a note declaring the chicken salad to be quite good. That’s pretty useful information that can provide a nice lunch experience.

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  1. Thanks for the mention! Maybe someday that little app will graduate to the App Catalog. In the meantime, I’m happy to get the thing beat up by adventurous homebrew users. :)

  2. Does it auto alert you if you drive into an area with chalks?

  3. @Tecra: Alas, no. Been thinking about that, but the only ideas I’ve come up with so far will be a possible battery drain with the GPS on for an extended period, as well as possibly abusive of the web service as it makes continual requests over a series of GPS updates.

    1. I’m really loving this app on the Pre, great work!

  4. i think this will only really work wheb it is fully cross platform, like twitter etc. it needs ‘mass’

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