So a work colleague shared an interesting article about the recent Blackberry Outage. From what I understand they placed a Cisco router instead of a switch. I know that Cisco switches are complicated devices however when you are running a multi-billion dollar company, you must have backup plans, or devices in place in case such a thing happens. I work with medium sized businesses that range from 100-500 employees, which clearly don’t have as much money to spend on IT as Rimm does. Yet their IT infrastructures are usually built to withstand multiple points of failure, so how does one switch failing take down a corporation like Rimm? I really have trouble believing that Rimm will continue to sail along. Maybe Apple will buy them out for their patents.
It was bound to happen sooner or later in my opinion. Today RTA announced that RIM has followed through with its promise to abide by their “telecommunications regulatory framework” as stated by engadget. Personally I couldn’t care less as I see Blackberry as an excuse for a smartphone OS.
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So, now RIM is willing to work with the Arab Countries that want to spy on users. I really did not expect this from a western company, but hey they are chasing the dollar dollar bills y’all.
Just a few hours ago Etisalat, was said to have disabled the blackberry service until Rim can provide anyway for them to regulate the service. As of now that is not possible so no BBM for you! More details here http://www.ahlanlive.com/23910-uae-bans-blackberry-services
I have never got around to doing this, mostly because I’ve got rid of my Blackberry Curve 8900 a while ago. However some people have contacted me asking how to do it. Coincidentally a contact that had been using my tutorial decided to help me out by sharing the love. All this information is courtesy of Mike Harrington. Please show him some love by visiting his blog.
The first thing you are going to do is run MFI Multiloader. You want the phone to have a 1 on the screen. Disconnect it from the computer and type S T A R T as usual. Now close and reopen MFI Multiloader. Make sure none of the boxes are ticked. Press CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + F12 at the same time to bring up the hidden menu. Click on Load VSM; the file you are looking for is called “VSM-11697-001” It is located in the MEP folder in your MML directory. C:\MML\MEP\VSM-11697-001. When you select the file it will say “VSM successfully loaded!” Now all you have to do is reload the OS as usual with BB desktop manager. Very simple process and only an extra step when unlocking your phone. This works for every blackberry that is compatible with MFI Multiloader! Your screen will look like this now on boot up instead of the normal AT&T/T-Mobile/Rogers/Telus/Etc.
The normal battery of the Curve 8900 is very acceptable. However when I saw the Seidio Innocell 2600mAh External Battery on the Crackberry.com store and decided I had to buy it. I wanted it for the obvious reasons. Extended battery life.
So today My site was suspended by bluehost for linking to the blackberry mml unlock files. So I removed them to comply with the TOS. So I found out it was because RIM decided they don’t like the files linked to. Anyways that is their right, however it is MY right to be contacted and told that the links be removed, however they just had my host take my site down. If that’s how they treat their customers, then I don’t want to be one. I can go back to an iPhone once the new one comes out. I will contact rim about this and see what they have to say. When I hade a Upek file ACTUALLY hosted on my site, upek took the extra courtesy to contact me. I removed the file and was even offered the priviledge of trying software they didn’t even release to the public.
I was watching my friend recently on the computer and he showed me Pageonce. It is a service that aggregates all your online accounts into once place for easy viewing, managing, and productivity enhancement. You can place all different times of online accouts in page once, Finance, Email, Utilities, Credit Cards, Social Networking, Travel, Shopping. You can even input your skype account. If you can’t find your account provider you can even add it (haven’t tried this yet). It works with most banks in Canada as well. For people that are scared about security issues, Pageonce is encrypted and secured(you can read more about that here). The cool thing is that they even have applications for the iPhone and blackberry to be able to look at everything on the go. I found it really great to see the balances of my account in a clear and cocise manner. So check them out its a cool site that is free to use!