Software Suggestions

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StuartV
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1) Make the PC app run in the SysTray instead of as a desktop app - or at least make that an option.

2) Make both apps stay running when you disconnect the phone. I want to put the PC App in my Startup Group (or set an option to run on Windows Startup) and never have to mess with it. And I want to (once the BB app is running) connect and disconnect my phone freely and have it behave just as if I was simply unplugging my network cable and plugging it back in (which, really, is what I would be doing). Having to restart both apps every time I leave my office (with my phone) and then come back is needless extra steps.

3) Add Bluetooth support. I've been using that with regular tethering when I just need a relatively short connection (e.g. just to look something up that I can't do via the BB browser). It's very convenient at times to be able to get online without having to take my phone out of the holster or hook a cable to it. Of course, using this option would need to have a way to manually initiate connect/disconnect (in light of my request #2 above). You wouldn't want it to automatically connect via Bluetooth every time the phone came within range. That's a guaranteed way to kill your phone's battery without even realizing it.

Valiantineus
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I can't speak for the developers as to adding the features you suggested, but you can easily achieve #1 by installing the freeware "PowerMenu". It gives you additional options for controlling different windows when you right click on their title bars. For the vast majority of programs, PowerMenu gives you the option to "Minimize to Tray". The only drawback, if you consider it as such, is that you can't set windows to minimize on startup (i.e. you have to do it manually). No big deal for me, though. Anyway, to get PowerMenu, Just Google "PowerMenu" and click on the first link.

StuartV
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I see now why the BB app automatically terminates when you disconnect. It appears that, if the BB app is running, it really chews up the battery.

What's worse it, it appears there are only 2 ways to terminate the BB app. One, plug it into my PC, then disconnect it. Or, two, do a battery pull.

Please, fix this ASAP. I accidentally ran TB on my BB over the weekend and a couple of hours later my battery had gone from almost 100% to less than 50%. I went into TB and did Menu/Close, but it was still in memory.

shankinson
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Can you give the version 1.0.9 a try. This should help out on battery problems.

http://www.tetherberry.com/d/TetherBerry.jad

StuartV
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I have got it loaded and confirmed in Options/.../Applications that TB is now v1.0.9.

It has problems, though. When I first ran it, it asked why Connection Type I wanted. Choices were Default, Direct, and BES/MDS. I chose Default and verified that it all worked.

Then, I changed the Connection Type to Direct and re-connected and ran the same speed benchmarks that I ran last week (www.speakeasy.net/speedtest using San Fran and Atlanta servers).

Then I changed the Connection Type to BES/MDS and did it all again.

The results were BES is slightly slower than Direct. And both were around 700 Kbps downloads, where, last week, with v1.0.7, I was getting around 900 Kbps downloads. (all on my Storm 9530 with OS v4.7.0.114 (BBCrackman Hybrid).

Also, when done, I tried to change my Connection Type back to Direct. When the dialog for Connection Type came up, it wouldn't accept any input or respond to the Back key. I finally hooked it to my PC, ran TB on my PC, then disconnected it, and TB on the BB finally went away. I ran it again, changed the Connection Type successfully and it is working again now.

But, during part of that, I saw in the TB windows on my BB where it logged some java.io.exceptions. And I had seen that before, with v1.0.7.

The problem with that logging in the app window on the BB is, as soon as I pick the phone up out of the cradle, the app closes and the messages it logged are lost. If I pick it up and keep it connected, I can see the messages, but there doesn't appear to be anyway to save them.

So, summarize, there seems to be 2 problems with v1.0.9.

1) it's slower throughput than 1.0.7.

2) it's (still) getting java.io.exceptions, which the user can't save off or report anything more about than just that they were on the screen while it was connected.

StuartV
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Can I get a copy of v1.0.7, please? I want to go back.

After running with 1.0.9 for an hour (? however long since my last post), I lost my connection. I tried everything I could to get it to work again. It kept reporting an APN or firewall problem.

My phone lost connection with the data network. It went from showing 1XEV to 1xev. It never did this with 1.0.7.

I finally had to do a battery pull on my phone. It came back up with 1XEV and I am connected once again via TB. But, it seems that 1.0.9 did something that killed my data connection.

shankinson
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1.0.9 should not be slower than 1.0.7. Did you run the test in the same location you did with 1.0.7? Did you have the same signal strength? Was it the same time of day? (i.e. was the cell tower maybe busier at the time of your test?) Have you run the test multiple times over different days at different times of the day?

There is no possible way that the application running on your phone "killed your data connection" as the BlackBerry JDE API does not give low enough access to even remotely do something like that. Your phone simply switched from a data connection to a non data connection because of whatever interference there was between your phone and the cell tower at that time.

StuartV
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That's good to know. Every time I ran the test, it was sitting right here in my office, during business hours, but not necessarily the exact same time of day. I ran the test 4 times on 1.0.7, 2 times against the San Fran server and 2 times against the Atlanta server. I ran the test on 1.0.9 against the same 2 servers, also 2 times each.

I just figured the CPU on the BB is not a screamer, so maybe the router software (i.e. the BB app) might be slowing down on throughput as more code is put into it.

eil2359
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I agree with suggestion 1 and 3, number 2 would be nice also.

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