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Blackberry 4.5 problems, Cocktail of the Week, Chicken Soup Redux and Indian Summers

Gabriella Davis  12 October 2008 20:06:43
Blackberry 4.5 Problems
Something very odd going on with the 4.5 OS on Blackberry.  I've now had 3 different sites, all on 4.1.6 BES, report similar problems over the past week.  They upgrade 2 or 3 devices to 4.5 and within 2 days the BES stops sending any mail either to those devices or to anyone at all, until the BES is restarted.  In one case the customer had 'hacked' the device to 4.5 since their telco didn't support it yet but the other 2 were using AT&T.  In all 3 cases rolling the devices back from 4.5 made the problems with the BES go away.  Because of the intermittence of the problem on the BES I am suspecting a rogue message that fails to convert and send to a 4.5 device and then prevented any more routing but I'll work to reproduce it on a test BES this week and follow through with RIM.
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Image:Blackberry 4.5 problems, Cocktail of the Week, Chicken Soup Redux and Indian Summers Cocktail of the Week - Mary Pickford
So this week's cocktail really did nothing for me being too sweet (I drink lemon drops mostly) but Tim really liked the Pineapple flavour.  Again from Dale Degroff.
50ml white rum
30ml pineapple juice
1tsp grenadine
5ml maraschino liqueur

shake with ice, strain into a chilled martini glass - expect bright pink with a white froth

Chicken Soup Redux - I took Bob's advice from last week and this time tried making the chicken soup with a whole uncooked chicken and parsnips. Turned out much better and certainly less disgusting to work with , plus I ended up with a whole poached chicken.  I added chicken strips from the leg to the soup plus some carrots and parsnips from the stock.  Adding a single red chilli gives the soup a very warm aftertaste which was nice and this week's dumplings used Baking Powder so were big and fluffy.  My one mistake again was creating "The Dumpling That Terrorised Tokyo" - a dumpling so big it absorbed all the soup in the surrounding area.  Next time I'll use a small teaspoon to drop the mixture into the soup instead of a dessertspoon.

Indian Summers
It was a beautiful day in London again today and having spent all day yesterday bemoaning my lack of garden (it's currently a wasteland awaiting a rebuild in a few weeks) we took the opportunity to cancel lunch with friends at the posh French bistro they found and instead we all went to the beer garden at the Duke of Sussex pub in Chiswick.  A very long, lazy and happy afternoon of wine (Viognier) and fantastic Spanish food followed.


Smoked Mackerel, Tomato and Red Onion Salad and Garlic Toasts
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Image:Blackberry 4.5 problems, Cocktail of the Week, Chicken Soup Redux and Indian Summers Everyone enjoying the summer sun




Comments

1Glen Urban  12/10/2008 21:57:06  Blackberry 4.5 problems, Cocktail of the Week, Chicken Soup Redux and Indian Summers

We had a similar problem but it was an issue with the server not the hand-helds. The BES server seemed to be working but had suffered a "silent crash". There is a Maintenance Release 1 for BES 4.1.6 . This resolved the issue

https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/browseSoftware.do;jsessionid=3O-rXzmy+M1BuBzCEce5Wg**

2Gabriella Davis  12/10/2008 22:01:48  Blackberry 4.5 problems, Cocktail of the Week, Chicken Soup Redux and Indian Summers

Thanks Glen. I know 1 was on MR1 but that could have been the customer who 'hacked' his devices. I'll check.

3Mark   13/10/2008 13:00:14  Blackberry 4.5 problems, Cocktail of the Week, Chicken Soup Redux and Indian Summers

Yes we had similar problems, it seems to relate to the ability to view HTML and RTF messages on the devices which was made available in that OS combined with sp5 and above on the BES.

We first noticed this with reports from our monitoring software "Boxtone" which showed a significantly high level of hung threads for a handfull of users and the messaging agent having to restart every now and then. Applying MR1 seemed to do the trick.