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How to turn off BBM Group notification

Most BB users should know BlackBerry Messenger has added “BBM Group” feature since version 5 onward. This is a great feature allow you to join a group (Max is 30 people) for group chat. Of course you will meet more friends in the group chat.

The disadvantage is the more group you join (while people are aggressively chatting in the group), there will be many messages push into your BlackBerry phone. And notification sounds are non-stop ringing in you BlackBerry phone too.

Actually there is a way to disable a group notification and I found not many people know how to disable it. Here I share the secret. Go to BBM Group, press menu button, then select “Group details”. Below screen will appear.

Scroll down to the bottom part. Change the setting “Turn Off All Notifications For This Group” to YES.

See also:
BlackBerry Email Account Type
Blackberry Swiss Army Knife Tool (BBSAK)

How to sync BlackBerry contact to Outlook
How to upgrade BlackBerry OS
Enable vibrate while ringing in Blackberry
with BeBuzz free

How To Backup Blackberry 3rd Party Application

BlackBerry Windows Live Messenger auto disconnect?

Do you notice that BlackBerry Windows Live Messenger will disconnect automatically? This is due to carrier network unstable then affect connection lost to MSN network. Maybe some other country that has better and stable network coverage so BB user didn’t encounter this issue, but in Malaysia I believe most BB users are encounter this issue.

Here is my idea to solve this issue. During login screen, please check the “automatic Sign-In” option. With this option enable, Windows Live Messenger will auto reconnect back to network when disconnected.

Maximizing Battery Life On Your BlackBerry

Maximizing Battery Life On Your BlackBerry
Bad coverage = battery drain
If you are in an area of weak coverage, your battery will drain very quickly. Your BlackBerry smartphone is constantly looking for, finding, and trying hard to receive network signal.

3rd party app running in the background
Make sure that app is closed when you are not using it. For proper apps closing, in the application, bring up your menu, scroll to the bottom and choose “Close” or “Exit”.

Using 3G signal will drain battery fast
GSM/EDGE signal will have better battery life than a 3G. The benefit is that 3G have faster data transfer speeds than their GSM/EDGE. GSM/EDGE is good enough for normal usage and messaging (almost no lagging), therefore you don’t need 3G signal. Only turn on 3G, when you need high speed internet browsing.

Update BlackBerry OS may result in improve battery life
You should always keep the BB OS up to date with the most recent CARRIER AUTHORIZED (NOT Leaked OS). Sometimes a new OS is significantly improving battery life. For example, the most recent OS update for the BlackBerry Curve 8900 improved battery life by almost 50%!

Blackberry smartphone setting
Go to Options-Screen / Keyboard.
Backlight Brightness: The lower setting is helps to conserve battery life.
Backlight Timeout: The longer the screen is on, the more battery you’re using.
Automatically Dim Backlight: While it will help by lighting up the screen when you step into the sun so that you can see it, this feature also allows the BlackBerry device to realize when you are in a darker area and dim your screen accordingly.

Always use BlackBerry holster
Put your BlackBerry smartphone into holster will turn your smartphone into “sleep-mode” in order to conserve battery.

Memisahkan Folder Message Desktop (BES)

Memisahkan Folder Message Desktop (BES)
Berikut panduan untuk memisahkan inbox icon BES dihandset BlackBerry :

How to create a separate icon on the BlackBerry smartphone for only BlackBerry Enterprise Server messages

Referensi :

1. Extract the files in the attached file to a temporary folder on the local computer.

2. From a command prompt, change the current directory to the temporary folder from Step 1.

3. Turn on or turn off the feature.

To turn on this feature:

Type the following command using the EnableBESOnlyMessageApplication.sql input file:

For Local Database: bbdbupdate -db -input EnableBESOnlyMessageApplication.sql

For Remote Database or Local Database with a named Instance:

bbdbupdate –n <Host name of SQLserver\instance name (if applicable)> -db -input EnableBESOnlyMessageApplication.sql

To turn off this feature:

Type the following command using the DisableBESOnlyMessageApplication.sql input file:

For Local Database: bbdbupdate -db -input DisableBESOnlyMessageApplication.sql

For Remote Database or Local Database with a named Instance:

bbdbupdate –n <Host name of SQLserver\instance name (if applicable)> -db -input DisableBESOnlyMessageApplication.sql

Note: Replace with the name of the BlackBerry Configuration Database. The default name is BESMgmt.

4. Run the BBDBUpdate.exe tool and review the screen output for any errors.

Once the database script is applied to the database, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server must send updated service book data to each BlackBerry smartphone. Once the service book data is received on the BlackBerry smartphone, the changes are visible on the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone. If this feature is turned on, a new message list application icon with the name typed in the Message service display name field appears. If this feature is turned off, the icon disappears from the Home screen once the update is applied to the BlackBerry smartphone.

How to sync BlackBerry contact to Outlook

Make sure your Ms Outlook is installed and setup correctly. Personal folder *.pst file must be created with Outlook. You may create a new *.pst file at Control panel-Click on Mail icon. (In this post, I assume you should setup Outlook correctly).

Connect you BlackBerry smartphone to PC with USB cable.
Run Blackberry Desktop Manager, click Synchronize, then click on configure synchronization. (below screen will appear)

Click the Synchronization button at the right side.
The Intellisync windows will appear, check the “Address Book”.
System will ask you to select desktop application, please select Microsoft Outlook then click next.
Select you desire direction of synchronization. Usually I will select “one way sync from device to Outlook”. This is mean BlackBerry smartphone to overwrite Outlook. (no change to Blackberry smartphone). Click next.
Select you Outlook profile then click next and finish. (see below screen)

At this point, you should go back to BlackBerry Desktop Manager. Click the synchronize at the left side and click the synchronize button at the middle of screen.

Synchronization is begin…….

See also:
BlackBerry Email Account Type
Blackberry Swiss Army Knife Tool (BBSAK)

How to sync BlackBerry contact to Outlook
How to upgrade BlackBerry OS
Enable vibrate while ringing in Blackberry
with BeBuzz free

How To Backup Blackberry 3rd Party Application

Size compare between Bold 9000 and Bold2 9700

Well seeing the picture below, it is pretty confirm that Bold2 9700 size is smaller than Bold 9000.

BlackBerry Curve 8530

Since Blackberry Curve 8520 launching, RIM has it next Curve model 8530. I not so sure on the detail, but someone said it could be a Curve2 model. Product spec comparison as below:

There is a little surprise that 8530 support 3G and built-in GPS. Unfortunate 8530 screen resolution still low compare to 8900.

BlackBerry smart system code

BlackBerry smart system code
Simply open any BlackBerry editor like “memopad”, “Compose Email” or any other input field, then key in below code and press Enter key to see the magic happen.

myver” - Displays the device/version
LD” - Displays the local date
LT” - Displays the local time
mypin” - Displays your handheld’s PIN

Change BlackBerry signal strength bar to number mode

The standard signal strength bar on a BlackBerry used to indicate how strong the signal from service provider. The more bars you have, the better the signal strength. But if you prefer more precision, you actually can have the signal strength bar to number mode.

To change your signal strength bar
At home screen, press and hold the ALT key then entering “NMLL” (without quote)
To return to the standard signal strength bar display, enter the same key ALT+NMLL again

BlackBerry code

Do you know that actually Blackberry phone is built-in many hidden commands that to check uptime, voice/data usage and etc….? All this command is very useful when you consider buying new / used Blackberry phone. Here I will share those commands to you. I hope it will be useful.

To Check Device General Information
At the home screen, type: alt + shift + h
Your phone will shows

To Check Device Voice/Data Usage
Go to: Options -> Status -> Then type: BUYR
Your phone will shows

Note: If Data/Voice usage shows 0, meaning this is the brand new phone.

Enable vibrate while ringing in Blackberry with BeBuzz Free

BlackBerry user should know their BlackBerry smartphone can only perform either ring only, vibrate only or vibrate then ring by default. For the feature “vibrate while ring” is still not available for all BlackBerry smartphones. By install third party apps, you can make this feature available on your lovely BlackBerry smartphone. Well, here is the free app to share BeBuzz Free.

BeBuzz Free is a slimmed down version of BerryBuzz. BeBuzz (the app had to be renamed since App World doesn't allow 'berry' in the title') It come with many features, especially it will enable the “vibrate while ring” feature on your smartphone. Other features I will not explain here, I rather let you explore for yourself.

BeBuzz Free is available from BlackBerry App World. To install BlackBerry App World, kindly refer to my previous post

Quick view for up coming BlackBerry Bold 9700

Key Features
Touchpad navigation
Bright, hi-resolution screen
Full QWERTY keyboard
3G technology
Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® enabled
3.2 MP digital camera with video camera
Built-in GPS

Size and Weight
Height: 109 mm
Width: 60 mm
Depth: 14.1 mm
Weight: 122 grams (including battery)

Battery Life
Battery: 1500 mAh rechargeable cryptographic Lithium cell
Talk Time: Up to 6 hours
Standby Time: Up to 21 days/504 hours (GSM)

High resolution 480x360 pixel color display
Transmissitive TFT LCD with 65,000 colors

For those considering upgrade from Bold 9000, you not only get improve on application memory, processor speed, and camera, but extra style like optical trackpad and slimmer dimensions. There is not much changes on the keyboard, and the leather back style is still remain.

Use shortcut key to reboot your BlackBerry

Most experienced BlackBerry user knows that BlackBerry need occasionally reboot to solve performance problems, refresh memory or fix other minor issues. One way to do it is remove the battery and insert back. There is another way is via third party BlackBerry apps call “Quickpull”. (Pls refer to my previous post)

Here to share the easiest way to reboot via BlackBerry keyboard shortcut. To reboot, simply hit ALT, RIGHT SHIFT and DEL.

After pressing these three keys together, your device powers down, your LED indicator turns red for a few seconds and the reboot process perform as normal.
Note: Applicable for Curve & Bold. (Storm is not supported)

How to make your BlackBerry battery last longer

How to make your BlackBerry battery last longer
  • Delete unwanted application to free up more memory
  • Go to option > screen/keyboard, change backlight brightness to “10”
  • Turn off Bluetooth if not using
  • Turn off WIFI if not using
  • Turn off GPS if not using
  • Turn off 3G services. For normal usage, EDGE is more than enough
  • Always perform memory cleaning – go to option > security options > memory cleaning, press menu button, clean now
  • Turn off event log – at home screen, hold alt button, then press “GLGLG”. Press menu button > options, highlight any event log, press menu button and select “hide all types”. Save setting and quit.

How to configure email into Blackberry smartphone

Most of people know Blackberry phone allows user to send and receive email with it’s “push email” feature. Basically, there are 2 type of services provided by service provider

Blackberry Enterprise Server
BES is mainly connect to Corporate / Organization email system such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise that allow users always have access to their company email

Blackberry Internet Service
BIS is allows POP3 and IMAP email integration for the personal user. It allows up to 10 email accounts to be accessed, including many popular email clients such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL.

Email configuration in Blackberry phone is extremely simple. If you would like to access personal email such as Yahoo, Gmail… then you need BIS from service provider and just with below simple configuration steps.

How to setup email account on your Blackberry
Press Menu, go to Setup > E-mail setting

You need a Blackberry Account to configure email. If you don’t have, click on “Create New Account” to create one. If you already have, just login with your username and password. Once you already login, you will see below screen

Click “Add My Existing Email Account” to add new email account, below screen will appear

Assume that you would like to configure Yahoo mail into Blackberry phone, just insert your Yahoo email address then follow with the password that use to login to Yahoo mail.

That’s all for the configuration step. Now you are ready to send and receive Yahoo mail. And you can see a new icon added into Blackberry menu.

See also:
BlackBerry Email Account Type
Blackberry Swiss Army Knife Tool (BBSAK)

How to sync BlackBerry contact to Outlook
How to upgrade BlackBerry OS
Enable vibrate while ringing in Blackberry
with BeBuzz free

Check if your Blackberry unlocked

Go to: Options -> Advanced Options -> SIM CARD -> Then type: MEPD
Your phone will shows

Note: Each value should status “Disable”. If you see any “Active” value, probably this phone is locked by provider.

To unlock the phone, type: MEP alt + E
The phone will show up dialog screen for you to insert 13 digits unlock code. Once you insert correctly, phone will become unlocked permanently.
The 13 digits unlock code is vary from phone to phone; it’s depend on phone IMEI. To obtain the unlock code, you should contact your service provider.

See also:
BlackBerry Email Account Type
Blackberry Swiss Army Knife Tool (BBSAK)

How to sync BlackBerry contact to Outlook
How to upgrade BlackBerry OS
Enable vibrate while ringing in Blackberry
with BeBuzz free

How To Backup Blackberry 3rd Party Application

Celcom Blackberry Curve 8520 Prepaid Plans

Celcom has launch the Blackberry Curve 8520 with prepaid package only RM998. It is very attractive prepaid plan as low as RM1 per day. There are 2 awesome plans Blackberry Social (RM1 per day) & Blackberry Advance 2.5G (RM2.50 per day)

With simple calculation, assume that you choose Blackberry Advance 2.5G. Therefore, RM2.50 x 30days = RM75. By paying this amount monthly, you can enjoy unlimited BIS services. It is still a cheapest unlimited Blackberry plan in Malaysia.

Check out the detail at

shortcut key for Blackberry

shortcut key for Blackberry
  1. To switch to another application, press and hold menu button.
  2. To exit a screen or dialog box, press the Escape button.
  3. To select a check box, press the Space key. To clear the check box, press the Space key again.
  4. To select a line of text, press the Shift key and roll the trackball.
  5. To cut selected text, press the Shift key + the Backspace key. To copy selected text, press the Alt key and press the trackball. To paste text, press the Shift key and press the trackball.
  6. To capitalize a letter, hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears.
  7. To insert a period, press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized.
  8. To insert the sign (@) in an Email field, press the Space key.
  9. To reply to a message, press R. To forward a message, press F. To reply to all, press L.
  10. To move to the top of a screen, press T. To move to the bottom of a screen, press B.
  11. To scroll down a screen, press the Space key. To scroll up a screen, press the Shift key + the Space key.
  12. To turn on CAP lock, press the Alt key + the Right Shift key. To turn off CAP lock, press the Right Shift key.
  13. In the messages list: To view sent messages, press the Alt key + O. To view received messages, press the Alt key + I. To view SMS messages, press the Alt key + S. To view phone call logs, press the Alt key + P. To view voice mail messages, press the Alt key + V.
  14. To move to the next item, press N. To move to the previous item, press P.

Top 20 Blackberry Apps OTA

Top 20 Blackberry Apps OTA

This is OTA link. Use your blackberry to click on the link.

  1. Accuweather - Push Weather
  2. AIM For Blackberry - Instant Messaging
  3. BB Light - Backlight Control
  4. Blackberry App World - Blackberry App World
  5. BlackBerry Maps - GPS/Mapping
  6. BuzzMe - Vibrate & Ring Together
  7. Capture It - Screen Capture (highly recommended)
  8. Facebook - Social Networking (highly recommended)
  9. Flickr - Social Networking
  10. Google Maps - GPS/Mapping (highly recommended)
  11. Google Talk - Instant Messaging
  12. MSN Messenger - Instant Messaging
  13. Myspace - Social Networking
  14. Opera Mini - Internet Browser (highly recommended)
  15. PacMan - Game
  16. QuickPull - Simulate Battery Pull (highly recommended)
  17. Speedtest - Test Network Speed (highly recommended)
  18. TwitterBerry - Twitter Client (highly recommended)
  19. Yahoo! Messenger - Instant Messaging
  20. Worldmate Live - Travel Manager (highly recommended)

Blackberry Curve 8520 review

BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a recent launch model in Curve family that with attractive price. For people who like to enjoy all blackberry features with affordable cost, Blackberry curve 8520 is the most suitable model. It provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (included Facebook) and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing.

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 support EDGE, Bluetooth and WIFI with fast Web browsing. The only disadvantage it doesn’t support 3G. It is remain no change with other Curve models. The key improvement for Curve 8520 is come with innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad, which makes scrolling and selection smooth and easy for a great navigation experience. It is also the first Blackberry to feature dedicated media keys, smoothly integrated along the top of the handset, giving customers an easy, convenient way to control their music and videos.

Key features of BlackBerry Curve 8520
- 512Mhz Processor and 256MB internal flash memory
- Quad-band world phone: EGDE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) Bluetooth and WIFI (802.11 b/g)with fast Web browsing
- Full-QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive optical trackpad
- 2 MP digital camera and support video recording
- Advanced media player for music, pictures and videos, with dedicated media keys and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
- Expandable microSD/SDHC memory card slot, support up to 16 GB

Backup Contact BBM

Mengingat pentingnya data contact BlackBerry Messenger, kita perlu lakukan backup secara rutin. Agar jika sewaktu-waktu device bermasalah, kita masih memiliki backup datanya.

Untuk backup contact bisa dilakukan dengan manual Backup melalui Dekstop Manager, namun ada satu tips praktis untuk membackup data BBM dan itu bisa dilakukan langsung dari device BlackBerry sendiri.

Berikut panduannya :

1. Buka aplikasi BlackBerry Messenger di BlackBerry

2. Tekan tombol menu, pilih Backup Contact List

3. Simpan data backup BBM tersebut, bisa dipilih lokasi penyimpanan apakah di Memory Card atau internal storage

Enterprise Activation using Dekstop Manager

Sebenarnya ada 3 Step dalam Enterprise Activation (mendaftarkan device BB ke BES Server) antara lain :

1. Via Wireless --> IT BES men-set password EA. Kemudian user menginput password tersebut ke menu di device BB. Options --> Advanced Options --> Enterprise Activation. Masukkan alamat email + password yg di set oleh IT BES

2. Via Desktop Manager --> User menginstall aplikasi Desktop Manager for BES di PC dimana user menggunakan email client-nya (Outlook atau Notes)

3. Via Server BES langsung --> Device BB dicolokkan langsung ke BES Server

Berikut panduan untuk Enterprise Activatiion (EA) via Desktop Manager

A. install aplikasi Desktop Manager (DM) for BES

B. Buka aplikasi DM tersebut, kemudian pilih Email Settings

klik menu Advanced --> Encryption Key. pilih Generate Key manually

Klik Tombol Generate.

gerak-gerakan mouse hingga handset merespon New Generate Key dari Server BES.

Error Description for BlackBerry

Error Description for BlackBerry
Berikut notifikasi Error dan penjelasan arti kode Error yg muncul saat handset BlackBerry Anda mengalami masalah (crash). Dan muncul notifikasi kode Error.

Code Error Description
101 Internal JVM error
102 Invalid code in file system. The .cod files in the handheld have been checked for modification and it has been determined that there is a problem with one or more .cod files.
103 The starting address for the boot .cod file cannot be found. This might mean that a boot .cod file has not been installed on the handheld, or that its format is invalid or corrupt.
104 An uncaught Java exception was thrown in the Java code and diagnosed by the JVM. Execution can be continued or the handheld can be attached to a debugger on a desktop through a serial or USB cable. The event log should contain the traceback of the thrown exception.
105 An OS file system API returned an error status for a certain operation. This can indicate a corrupt file system or an error in the JVM.
106 An error has been detected in the graphics system of the handheld.
107 Internal JVM error.
108 Internal JVM error.
109 Internal JVM error.
110 Non-idle event downtime error. A problem has been detected in the accumulation of JVM down time that represents how long the JVM has been idle. This indicates an error in either the OS code or the JVM code.
200 Application manager threw an uncaught exception. The application manager event thread threw an uncaught exception and so cannot continue running.
201 Initialization of the cryptographic system failed and the handheld cannot continue to operate.
202 An attack on the key store has been detected, and the handheld cannot continue to operate.
203 The application manager console process, usually the Home screen ribbon, has failed, like due to an uncaught exception.
501 Internal error.
502 All processes exited. The last Java process has terminated, and there is nothing left to execute.
503 Internal error.
504 Internal error.
505 Internal error.
506 An uncaught Java exception was thrown in the initial VM Java thread thus killing the only live thread in the system. The event log contains the traceback for the exception.
507 A dependency on a .cod file could not be satisfied due to a missing .cod file. Load the missing .cod file onto the handheld.
508 Invalid object. A problem has been detected with a debugger command to the VM
516 Error occurred during garbage collection, which might indicate a corrupted file system.
510 All threads are waiting on objects, which results in a deadlock. The system cannot recover from this state since no thread can release a lock.
511 A problem has occurred during debugging.
515 The reachable objects form a group that cannot be represented properly by the VM because there are too many objects or the total size of the objects is too large.
516 When committing a persistent object, the VM found that the persistent store id counter has reached its limit. The object was not committed
517 An inconsistency has been detected in the VM persistent object store.
518 Internal error.
519 Internal error.
520 Internal error.
521 Indicates that Object.wait() has been executed by a thread that holds a lock on another object; occurs only in simulator if the JvmDebugWaits application switch.
522 A thread has acquired two locks on objects in an order that doesn't match the order that previous locks for the two types were acquired, which indicates a future potential deadlock situation; reported only in the simulator when the JvmDebugLocks application switch is set.
523 A critical Java process has died and the device cannot continue to operate normally.
524 An object has been marked as recovered by the Low Memory Manager but it was not freed during a garbage collection. This is only checked in the simulator under the control of the JvmDebugLMM application switch.
525 Bad persistent object. An auto-commit operation during a garbage collection has detected a non-persistent object reachable from the persistent store root. The type of the object has been output into the event log.
526 The class definition for java.lang.Object cannot be found.
527 The class definition for java.lang.String cannot be found.
528 The file system is corrupted. Data on the handheld is unrecoverable.
529 The file system is corrupted. An attempt is going to be made to recover data, but some data might be lost.
530 Internal JVM error.
531 Flash memory has been exhausted.
532 A JVM assertion has been violated. This error can occur only in the simulator, not on an actual handheld

Sebagian case Error diatas bisa diatasi dg install ulang OS di BB dengan melakukan Wipe OS dahulu (Java_Loader). Kemudian install kembali fress OS ke BB melalui Desktop Manager.

STORM as Modem di VISTA

Berikut panduan BlackBerry Storm (9500) di set sebagai modem pada Windows Vista

Pastikan Desktop Manager dalam keadaan Aktif dan BB 9500 terkoneksi melalui kabel data.

Klik menu Start --> Control Panel. pilih menu Phone and Modem options

Klik tombol Change Settings

pilih tab menu Diagnostics, kemudian klik tombol Query Modem . Pastikan muncul hasilnya seperti gambar dibawah.

Klik tab Advanced. isikan parameter seperti gambar, klik Ok

Pada menu Windows, masuk ke pilihan Control Panel --> Network and Sharing Center
kemudian pilih menu Setup a connection or network

pilih Connect to the Internet, kemudian klik Next

Pilih Create New Connection

Pilih Connect using dial-up modem

pilih Standard Modem

buat profile modem. contoh seperti gambar dibawah

untuk user name dan password = 'kosong'. kemudian klik Connect

Untuk Speed tergantung koneksi dan kapastitas di network area tersebut.

Karena BlackBerry hanya memiliki driver Standard Modem untuk Windows maka kecepatannya secara general adalah 115,2 Kbps

Change Device Dg DM 4.7

Jika kita ingin melakukan penggantian handset BlackBerry, dari BlackBerry A ke BlackBerry B secara instant termasuk memindahkan data-data dan aplikasi yg terinstall. Kita bisa menggunakan fitur change Device melalui Desktop Manager. Fitur tersebut sudah bisa ditemui di versi Desktop Manager versi 4.2, namun di versi 4.7 interface-nya lebih mudah.

Berikut langkahnya :

1. Buka aplikasi Desktop Manager 4.7, pilih menu Device Switch Wizzard

2. Pastikan kedua handset BlackBerry dicolokkan di PC atau Laptop

3. Pilih menu Switch BlackBerry Devices, klik Start

4. Pilih PIN Devices yg akan dipindahkan (sebelah kiri) dan PIN Devices baru (sebelah kanan). Pastikan jangan sampai tertukar. Cek kembali dimasing-masing PIN device melalui menu Options --> Status

5. Progress Read & Backup data di BlackBerry lama


Progress Restore Data

Finish, data di BB A sudah berhasil direstore di BB B

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