10-08-2012 09:13 AM
Well, quite. But is there any real doubt that they "realised it"? It is realy not conceivable that they could design software which erases your entire calendar and contacts database without knowing about it. But evidently they decided to just push it out regardless, without any warning or option to backup first and restore afterwards (a trivial operation, which the update should, of course, have done itself). A surprising act indeed for a company which likes to promote itself as the professional customer-centric one.
And yes, very very frustrating. I am in no rush to sit down again for the 2 or 3 hours it took to enter my contacts. I bought my playbook to make my life easier and more convenient. - The very reasons, I'm sure, that RIM would hope I bought it for. Why, then, do they treat their customers like this?
10-08-2012 11:02 AM
I find it a bit of a stretch to believe that they knew of this problem and released the update anyway. You can speculate on lack of internal testing, poor beta programs, or anything else internally that you can think of but I'm certain that releasing it knowing that users PIM data would be lost is not something they would do on purpose just to get a release out.
10-08-2012 11:26 AM - edited 10-08-2012 11:27 AM
It is quite obvious that Blackberry intended the calendar and contacts apps to work with email and social media ACCOUNTS. If you look at the manual it says this...
"The Contacts app is a built-in mobile and social-centric contact app that enables you to synchronize contacts from many sources, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can view status updates for your contacts, get updated news feeds about a contact's company, and quickly see the people, places, and events that you have in common with a contact. ...."
If you watch the video the manual then recommends, the first thing they do is ADD AN ACCOUNT. The link to the video even has the suffix "chapteraddaccount"
I don't believe they ever intended these apps to be standalone. Maybe they should have made it more clear, but it never struck me as sensible to go typing in stuff for hours when it's all in my Hotmail account.
10-08-2012 11:32 AM
I can quite see where you are coming from, John (and thanks for the reply).
But this is a clean and total erase of calendar and contacts data, we're talking about, whilst (unless someone knows otherwise) the databases themselves are perfectly fine. That suggests that the databases have been restructured in a way that is incompatible with previous contents, which in turn, probably required either that the previous contents were deleted to allow the restructuring or, more likely, that the previous databases were simply overwritten with new empty files. Either way, whoever programmed that part of the update knew they were doing it.
Accidental corruption seems unlikely, as there seem to be no knock-on effects, and interference during update would affect a small minority of users.
It is possible, I grant you, someone forgot to export and import the data when replacing the database. But preserving users data is a pretty basic requirement which, as you suggest, should have been picked up before they erased such important data from so many of the users who trusted them. I don't feel so inclined to forgive as you are. An apology might help, but it's nothing like as effective as doing the job properly in the first place.
10-08-2012 11:37 AM
10-08-2012 12:00 PM
For what it's worth,my PIM folder is now empty. The date of modification for Events folder is 2012-10-03 @ 0823, which is when I believe the 2.1 update occured. However the date of modification for the Contact and Messages folder is two days later on 2012-10-05.
10-08-2012 12:41 PM
Thanks Synaptic for the suggestion. I changed the default view from weekly to monthly and everything returned ~ appt's, synced Gmail calendar's, etc. I can work with this until RIM issues a "fix." After ventilating some steam, my wife calmly reminded me that even the IPhone 5 was released with a corrupted maps app. Although not as critical as losing a calendar or contacts list, I have to remind myself there is nothing perfect in this world and as complicated as these programs are I guess I should be thankful they work as well as they do.
10-08-2012 02:21 PM
10-08-2012 03:03 PM
I did not say that changing default view brings back local entries. This «workaround» just sorts the issue of blank/unworking views. My local entries did not come back. If this happens to some users, even better.
@John: Concerning the testing/release discussion: Mistakes happen, ok. But in such cases, an official statement from the supplier side would be clever. It is always better for companies to proactively communicate rather than letting it to be done by now unhappy customers. Maybe I've overseen this statement and how and when they provide a solution?
10-08-2012 03:05 PM