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BES Admins: Port3101.org is your new home

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Tomorrow is January 31st, or 31/01, if you prefer. Why is this day important? Well, if you’re a BES admin, it means that you have a new home on the Internet: Port3101.org. Port3101 is a forum community built by BES admins, for BES admins. And we’re not talking about just any BES admins, but industry luminaries (and occasionally BBCool contributers) like Jibi (give him a shout out for the great logo he designed! Based off of BBCool’s WES cards, true story) and NJ BlackBerry.

We’ve spent some time tooling around on Port3101, and we’re pretty impressed considering it doesn’t officially launch until tomorrow. There’s already a healthy following of contributors, and the Knowledge Base and 3101 sections are stacking up threads. It’s a little weird that the off-topic discussion area has the most posts by far, but we expect that to even out post-launch.

So check out Port3101.org and tell us what you think; we’ll be keeping a close eye on how it develops. Oh yeah, and for the newbs, Port 3101 is for outbound connections initiated by the BES to RIM’s SRP infrastructure – act like you know.

Why doesn’t the BlackBerry 8820 have SIP support?

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BlackBerry 8820Forget all this noise on the Internet about security concerns with the BlackBerry 8820′s Wi-Fi capabilities — RIM would never have released the device unless it was airtight (also, where were these concerns when they released the forlorn BlackBerry 7270?). However, a recent article by ITweek raises a far more interesting issue: the BlackBerry 8820′s lack of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) support, commonly used to link with a corporate IP PBX or messaging server. RIM instead chose to support the Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) IP telephony protocol, which is designed to link a handset back to a mobile carrier’s network.

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RIM adds “default reset” option to BlackBerrys

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Thumbs UpOur main man (to borrow from Ahmad Rashad), Jibi, once again flexes his insider IT knowledge, this time concerning an IT policy that has pestered BES admins for years. Previously, admins had been unable to remove IT policy on a BlackBerry that was formerly on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Jibi tells us that RIM has now added the ability for BES admins to send a kill command that will remotely wipe the device and set it back to “Factory Defaults”, removing the IT Policy (and third-party applications), in addition to the command’s standard wiping tasks.

Jibi says the feature is available in BES 4.1 SP4 and only applies to OS 4.2.2 and above devices (i.e. BlackBerry Curve and 8830).

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RIM developing Flash support

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the flash logoEven though our boy Jibi is out of town this week, he’s still holding it down for the BlackBerry faithful. First he breaks news on the new Pearl family RIM wants us to welcome into our homes, and now he’s letting us know that RIM is working on Flash support. Here’s what Jibi had to say:

In the httpcontenttranscoderslist.xml file, found in the MDS 4.1.2 simulator’s config directory, I happened upon some code that has been commented out. This code leads me to believe that Flash support is in development by RIM. When that’ll happen has to be anyone’s guess, but this could potentially be quite huge, especially with the ever-increasing loss of interest in the SVG format.

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Jibi scopes out BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager

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BlackBerry Windows Desktop ManagerRegular BBCool contributer, Jibi, lays into BlackBerry’s new Web Desktop Manager, which, as the name implies, gives a lot of the functionality of the desktop app as a browser-based client.

“The BlackBerry Web Desktop includes almost all basic functionality, including the ability to change your signature, configure filter settings, device switch management, and complete backup and restore functionality.”

Sounds good! On the whole, Jibi’s really happy with the new manager, harping especially on the cost-free factor of it all. (Also, Mac users are no longer screwed, ed.)