A Quiet Berry Morning

Last night, the wiz says to me “Hmmm, I’m not getting any emails to my berry…. can you send me something so we can test it?”… Badda Bing, I email him. Silence. His berry usually makes an odd “wooshing” sound when it receives a message, some sound akin to a hockey slapshot and a goalie save. It’s the Stanley Cup Finals, who am I to judge? ;-)

Regardless, no sound, no email. The second step - seeing if the email actually hit his gmail box. Sure enough, it was waiting patiently, but it wasn’t being forwarded on to his Berry.  And then we looked harder - the berry network being used was *GSM*. That can’t be good. The Berry adores the GPRS network. GSM smacks of network badness.

And now - a story released by the Toronto Star, indicates that it’s a problem affecting all the Blackberry users in the Western Hemisphere. In a strange turn of events, no info is coming from the carriers, nor from RIM directly, but from a TV station in New York.  Computerworld has a bit more information, but it’s still sketchy.  The fact that a single vendor can impact potentially millions of users is staggering. RIM has got 2 data centres in Canada where the Blackberry Servers talk to all the wee handhelds…. methinks that perhaps they may want to expand upon that setup with a bigger diversity play.

Funny side note: My  Blackberry is humming along just fine, thank you very much….. :-)

TheStar.com - Business - System failure hits BlackBerry

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