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How To Upgrade Your BlackBerry OS Software 2010 Version

Since Simon first published How To Upgrade Your BlackBerry OS, there have been a ton of updates and questions from BlackBerry Cool readers, so I thought it would be good to republish with new tips and put everything on a single page.

What you’ll need

  • Desktop Manager (free 200-300 MB download)
  • Handheld software (free 100+ MB download)
  • Time (about two hours, counting download, device backup, and installation)

Do I need to upgrade?

The quick answer? Yes. OS upgrades come with performance enhancements and sometimes new features that will make your BlackBerry experience much smoother. While we can’t recommend grabbing unofficial software, as it could bork your device, it’s worth becoming familiar with the process and trying it out for yourself. It’s a fun process that makes getting to know your BlackBerry more fun.

Before you upgrade, make sure you have the latest software. To do this, go to Options > About and the details of your device will be displayed. Take note of the device model number and the software version. Later in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to go about finding the latest OS, and comparing it to see if you’re eligible for an upgrade. But first, lets get what you need to start the process.

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Error “Invalid Update Control CTF File” When Updating AVG Anti-Virus 8.0

When updating AVG 8.0 today, I received the error “Invalid Update Control CTF File”. The error could be fixed easily using the solution posted at AVG Forum.

avg-upd-ctf1From AVG forum:

You need to rename/remove the CTF temp files in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Avg8\update\download…. Dont delete all the .bin files in there unless you want to re-run all updates since your original installation (reinstallation seems to cause a problem in IEs Link Scanner which causes IE to Crash). Only rename/remove the avginfo files that end with .ctf.

There were two .CTF files (avginfoavi.ctf and avginfowin.ctf) in that folder, and deleting them fixed the problem indeed.

Note: The Application Data folder is hidden by default. You need to enable Windows Explorer to show hidden files in order to view the Application Data folder. Alternately, type the above folder path in the Start, Run dialog and press {ENTER} to launch the folder.

Windows Vista users: Delete the .CTF files from the following folder:


NetStumbler for Windows Vista


NetStumbler (also known as Network Stumbler) is a free/”beggarware” tool for Windows that can detect WiFi/Wireless LANs using the 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g WLAN standards.

The current version is 0.4.0 and was released on April 21, 2004 and doesn’t officially work on Windows Vista (or 64-bit Windows XP).

Luckily, the “netsh” command can be used to discover access points using the format below.

netsh wlan show networks mode=bssid

If you want graphical versions, check out two NetStumbler alternatives for Windows Vista below.


Vistumbler – is an AutoIt script that uses the netsh to get wireless information.

Vistumbler - NetStumbler Windows Vista


Inssider – Uses the Native WiFi API to get wireless information.

Inssider - NetStumbler Windows Vista

NetStumbler and Windows Vista

Below is a quote from the Netstumbler forum about NetStumbler and Vista.

Microsoft’s latest Operating System, Vista, is NOT one of the OSs that NetStumbler works under. The supported OSs are Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

NetStumbler that if might or might not function under Vista, but either way the OS is unsupported. An unsupported OS means the information it renders is suspect, and that it may do all sorts of odd things including die suddenly without warning.

Do NOT start another thread asking about it, these threads will be closed. Don’t even think about starting another thread whining about it. Whining threads will just be thrown in the trash. Really stupid whining threads will be made available for public ridicule.

The members of these forums have seen this same issue previously when WinXP was first released. There were all manner of problems in getting prior versions of NetStumbler to run under XP (which had been designed for Win9x and Win2000). An ENORMOUS amount of bandwidth and forum server space was consumed in dealing with the anguished screams and sobbing of the early adopters of XP who were reduced to mindless masses of bruised and blubbering flesh by the experience. Before the current version of NetStumbler was released, it all boiled one thing in the end: There was no way to accurately predict what combinations of the new OS and cards might or might not work.

The same thing applies to Vista.

When and if when the author of the program releases a new version of NetStumbler is up to him. At the time that he does, the new NS may support Vista. In the meantime suck it up. That’s what you get for being on the the bleeding edge.

Nonton Liga Inggris Gratis !

Akhirnya… ada juga cara untuk menonton Liga Inggris tanpa berlangganan TV Cable. Bukan hanya Liga Inggis saja, malahan anda bisa menonton berbagai macam channel hanya dengan menggunakan sebuah aplikasi. SopCast, ya.. aplikasi ini yang nantinya akan membantu mewujudkan mimpi anda untuk menonton Liga Inggris secara gratis* (he…he.. pakai tanda * karena tidak seutuhnya gratis. Untuk dapat menikmati siaran tersebut, anda masih memerlukan koneksi internet. Jika koneksi internet yang anda gunakan berbayar maka secara otomatis acara nonton siaran tv-nya juga ikut berbayar, demikian sebaliknya – asyik juga nih kalau bisa memanfaatkan koneksi internet gratis di kantor 😛 ). Aplikasi ini bisa diunduh di sini.

SopCast is a simple, free way to broadcast video and audio or watch the video and listen to radio on the Internet. Adopting P2P (Peer-to-Peer) technology, it is very efficient and easy to use. Let anyone become a broadcaster without the costs of a powerful server and vast bandwidth. You can build your own TV stations comparable with large commercial sites with minimal resources.

Combining media broadcast channels and media distribution under one roof, SopCast is a lightweight way to check up on streaming video that comes from sources of a possibly dubious nature.There are three main components to the program. Live Channels are streaming television channels mostly from China, Japan, and Korea. VoD Channels are videos-on-demand, and MyServer lets you broadcast media from their computers to other SopCast users. We couldn’t get the VoD options to work, but the Live Channels pulled in cartoons from China, sports from Europe, and music videos from Brazil. You can add channels to a favorites list, adjust the screen size, and more. However, refresh rates were slow, and video playback often froze.

Users can log in anonymously, or create an account–which is required to distribute your own content. Although SopCast can be fun, stability issues and the limited broadcast channels might keep it from reaching a wider audience. (