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Windows Mobile 5 Stuff

Thursday, 16 February 2006 08:07
Dotfred's Space - PIM Backup application - a tool that allows to backup/restore personal information stored on windows mobile based pocket devices. Run and backup from a storage card, soo cool.

I just bought the VX6700 from audiovox.  This is a great little pda.
Here are a couple reviews of it [MobileTecReview]

Registry tweaks for Windows Mobile.

PPC Software Sites
http://www.freewareppc.com/
http://www.pocketgear.com/

Good place for themes: http://www.pocketpcthemes.com/

Sites on the 6700
PDAPhoneHome's Forum on the 6700
PPC6700 Users
Audiovox doesn't exist any more, all support for XV6700 is done through UTStarCom

Softphone
SJPhone
Xten now CounterPath's Softphone
IM and voice comm with Skype!
How-To: Use a Pocket PC PDA as a WiFiphone
SoftPhones for the PPC.
Review: Wi-Fi Calling Needs Development

Misc Applications

Installing PPC software

Registry hack for VX6700 - Wifi and Phone @ same time
Go to key: HKLM/Services/WirelessMgr
Find a key called 'MutexFlag'
Change it's value from '1' to '0'
Other hacks for the VX6700 here.

Service providers or other neato sites for your PPC.
View live TV from your mobile device [SmartVideo]

Notes or articles of interest
How to record calls.
List of useful software for the PPC.

Problems with VX6700 usability
I really like that the phone has all the devices that I want.  However, it is very poor when it comes to phone management.  I wasn't sure exactly why I didn't like it for a long time.... I even went back to verizon to look at the treo 700w.  The big problem with the VX6700 is that it doesn't allow for one handed operation.  The treo opens a simple menu on the today screen that lists your most recent calls, but the VX6700 just goes right to the dial pad.  This may not seem like a big deal, but it is... Calling people should be very easy to do with any phone... and making me have to use two hands or every hit multiple buttons is just unacceptable.  To see what I'm speaking about checkout this Treo 700w review.  To make matters worse, WIndows Mobile doesn't allow for you to change the function of the call and hangup buttons.  I don't understand why this restriction was developed... my only guess is that the manufacterers are trying to create some sort of value-added features for purchasing their device over other devices.

At this point I'm so tired and annoyed with the state of the PPC phone that I'm looking into developing my own phone applications to allow for the usability I need.

I'd like to make something like Sygic .mobile Contacts

Possible solution for BT problems here.

Finally someone says something about the technical aspects of the bluetooth problems.  What a pain.  Find it on the windows mobile team blog here.

Seidio makes a bunch of interesting devices
Seidio Innodock cradle docking solution for 6700 - A Review

ActiveSync hell because of Verizon Wireless Sync
So I was talked into trying Verizon's Wireless Sync client when I spoke with a Verizon rep. the other day.  I installed it, hated it, and wanted it gone.  So I uninstalled it.  This ruined my next few weeks.  After uninstalling the wireless sync app... I couldn't ActiveSync anymore!!!  I called Verizon and told them that I was getting a Notification Error in reference to "ClientShell.exe" and was told that I should not have been able to uninstall the wireless sync client... and that I should do a hard reset to fix the problem.  (This means I lose all the PIM and data that resides on the device!)

So I spent hours and hours scouring the net looking for a solution to this problem.  Finally I found a way to install the wireless sync application.  Get this!  I told Verizon to uninstall their "Wireless Sync" app, and they did, but they didn't completely uninstall it.  You can go into the windows\ directory on your device and run the program named "ClientProvision".  This program actually re-downloads the wireless sync app to the device.  So my problem is solved.... but I'm forced to waste space on a verizon app I'm not going to use.

I also hear that you use type the following URL into your Pocket IE and download the sync client: http://ota.wsync.com/

Ringtones on Windows Mobile
Yes it will do wav and wma no problem for contacts as long as the tone is stored in Storage\Application Data\Sounds

PWI files, oh microsoft, why must you make it hard?
So I've been toying with recording notes in my windows mobile 5 device.  Which is starting to seem like a mistake.  The application seems to work fine on the device side.  Nice, allows you to write or type notes all the while recording audio.  Very cool.  I was hoping to be able to replay the audio recording by clicking on my notes.... this would be really handy.  Then when I'm writing notes about something, I can quickly recall what the speaker was talking about at that moment in time.

So, I can't do the replaying as I would like on the device... I thought, fine, I'll just download it to my machine and see what I can do there.  Nope!  There are no tools and utilities in windows for playback of audio that is embedded in a pwi file.  What a pain.

There is a microsoft word converter, but that doesn't allow you to do anything with the audio...making it pretty much useless.  Then I tried installing Microsoft Journal Viewer.  Nope!  Then I tried Microsoft One Note.  Nope.  Nothing out there for PWI files?!

I found some links... but I'm still not happy.
Extracting embedded WAV files from PWI files
Removing WAV from PWI

Getting voice command to work with bluetooth headsets
Why it won't work...from an MSDN blog

dialDTMF
WorldWind with the Compact Framework
Microsoft Voice Command 1.6
Microsoft Voice Command 1.6 Reviewed.

Heh, I installed it but never synced. I'm happy I waited. :) Microsoft fixes Vista mobile bug
Pointui, the definitive user interface for mobile devices.
PocketCM Contacts & Keyboard

Mobile 6.5
Update mar-1-2009: My vx6700 is just about dead. I really wish that 6.5 was already out. I've been patiently waiting, but I may have to get an iphone or android g1...
Editorial: Ten reasons why Windows Mobile 6.5 misses the mark - Engadget
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2009 04:56