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13Oct/091

Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan and Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES)

As you may have already seen in the media, Sprint is now offering an unlimited voice, text and data plan for $99/mo called "Simply Everything". Along with the Palm Pre that they offer exclusively (at least for the time being), the plan looks like a very good bargain.

Sprint Logo

What their sales representatives conveniently neglect to mention is that this plan comes with a catch. If you are a Blackberry user, you can use your Blackberry with the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) but not with a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES). Most corporations require their employees to use their BES for security reasons. Moreover, BES offers several features such as full contact, task and calendar synchronization and true push e-mail that BIS is lacking. If you need BES, you need to pay an additional $20/mo. Another crucial feature that is missing is tethering. Even though you get unlimited data, you cannot (officially) use your phone as a tethered modem. This will either cost you an additional $15/mo or you will have to find a workaround such as TetherBerry for the Blackberry or My Tether for the Palm Pre.

UPDATE: A few more features that seem to be missing from Sprint's Simply Everything plan:

  • Call forwarding  (You need to pay $.20/min for call forwarding)
  • Sprint TV Xtra  (Premier TV and Premier Radio are included, $10/mo additional charge for Sprint TV Xtra)
  • Any paid material that can be purchased via "Sprint Digital Lounge" (I expected this to be the case)
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1Oct/090

IPRO eCapture TZVersion Errors

You may run into a Daylight Saving Time (DST) patch error in eCapture along the lines of:

System.Exception: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones\TZVersion value of X does not match the ConfigurationProperties.ConfiguredTZVersion value of Y.

DST is the practice of advancing clocks by one hour in spring and adjusting them back in autumn in a way that afternoons have more day light and mornings have less. The start and end dates of DST have changed several times in the past. Recently, the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 introduced changes to the start and end dates of DST starting in 2007.

Unless certain updates are applied to your computer, the time zone settings for your system clock may be incorrect. Additionally, inconsistent DST settings between the eCapture workers may cause inaccurate results during ESI processing. eCapture requires that all workers have the same DST patch and that it is the same version as that of the controller.

The most current DST patch available from Microsoft as of this writing is update 970653: August 2009 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems and is available via http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970653

The correct way of fixing the problem above is making sure both the eCapture controller and all workers have the latest DST patch installed. The value set by the patch can be checked using a registry editor (i.e. regedit.exe) and navigating to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Time Zones\TZVersion. The August 2009 update should set the TZVersion binary key to the decimal value "590080" (0x00090100 hex). Manually editing the TZVersion binary key to work around this issue is NOT recommended.