vowe as deputy systems administrator on the Blackberry Internet Service

by Volker Weber

I had to clean out my inboxes on the Blackberry Internet Services, both on Vodafone and on O2. The reason was that during this week some dear friends have sent me funny videos. My FAQ applies:

"I have this really cool video. Do you want it?"


"Why not?"

I probably have received it already a few dozen times.

"But it's really cool. And it's brand new. Never seen it before!"

If you received it by mail, so did I. If you found it on the net, send me a link. Do not send the file.

"I have this really funny Powerpoint file."


Sorry guys, I love you and I don't want to insult you. But if you have seen them, then I have seen them. Trust me.

Where was I? Ah, Blackberry Internet Service. This thing sucks. Big time. I mean, you need it to activate your device and set a few rules, but the webmail interface? Puleeeeze. Look at the requirements:

Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5, 6.0 (and higher) or Netscape Communicator 4.08, 4.58 (and higher) with JavaScript activated

Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP or Macintosh OS 9.0 and 10.0

Netscape 4.x? OS 9.0 and 10.0? How about Firefox 1.0.7 and OS X 10.4? There is not a single browser on the Mac that is ancient enough to do a "Select all messages, delete, empty trash" on this thing.

Hey guys, I have wireless reconciliation activated on the service and on the device. When I nuke messages on the device they should be gone for good. And what else can you give me to clean out the junk on that server? A folder rule that will delete messages older than xx days, months and years? You've got to be kidding. How about giving me a rule that says, delete stuff when you run out of space? I don't need messages that tell me you have accumulated more messages then my quota allows. Get rid of it. I have deleted it, so should you. If you can't do that then please give me IMAP access to the mailbox. My client can get rid of the old junk way faster than the sucky web interface.

Feeling much better now. ;-)


bei so einem belgischen Internetanbieter konnte man seine Mailbox nicht löschen, wenn sie +50% voll war, weil die Nachrichten erst in den Papierkorb-Ordner kopiert wurden, dann das "sofort entfernen" Flag überprüft wurde und der Papierkorb ausgeleert.
Also konnte man das Konto einfach wegschmeißen, nachdem ein paar lustige Mails, wichtige Photos und Spam eingetroffen war... (POP? Nö.)

pascal germroth, 2005-10-16

Hmm, diese Flash-Animation mit den Icons von vor ein paar Tagen hätte ich Dir schon vor mehr als einem Jahr schicken können - damals hatte aber wegen Deiner FAQ darauf verzichtet...;)

Mike Hartmann, 2005-10-17

Den ersten Teil hast Du also schon verstanden. Jetzt noch den mit dem Link -- ja, der stand im Flash drin -- und dann haben wir es. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2005-10-17

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