Windows Mobile backup program – Sprite Backup

Sprite Backup - what it backs upThere are “free” backup programs, if you have a search around XDA Developers.  Sometimes “free” is a code word for pirated.  I much prefer to purchase my software.  So I  purchased Sprite Backup.  Which is want I’ve done.  Sprite Backup is one of the few programs I’ve found which  backs up phone call and SMS logs.

Sprite Backup - warning If you select an item which is being sync’d to another device, such as a PC with Outlook, Sprite Backup will warn you.

After you’ve selected the backup location, Sprite Backup will ask you to restart your Windows PDA.  This is so Sprite Backup can backup files in use by the operating system.

Sprite Backup - Backup progressOn the loan iMate 9502 I had, it backed up 30.51MB.

Now I handed over $29.95 for this program, so I am happy with it.  I like that fact that it creates self-extracting backups.  Handy for when you are moving to a new device.

What I didn’t like, was that I wasn’t able to take a Windows Mobile 6.5 backup, and restore it to a Windows Mobile 6.1 device.

I should have known better of course.

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Windows Mobile screen capturing

I raved on about Pocket Controller Pro as being a superb screen capture/remote control tool for Windows Mobile PDAs.

But it is not free.  It is licensed to an individual PC and PDA.

That licensing model REALLY annoys me.  It’s like they’re saying,

“Oi!  You’re a thief if you’re trying to use it on more than one PC”

MyMobilerIt’s REALLY annoying when you’ve paid for the product.

SO I went looking for an acceptable alternative.  MyMobiler is it.
On the GOOD-FAST-CHEAP review scale, it gets a
Fast? No 

GOOD – Stable product.  Runs on Windows Mobile 6.1, and Windows 7 64-bit.  Which is outside the specifications for the program.  That tells me that it’s been well programmed.

FAST – No, there is a lag between what’s displayed on the PDA and what shows on the desktop PC.  I would guessimate that the delay is a 1/4 second.  It’s liveable.

CHEAP – undoubtedly, it’s free!

I’m very happy with MyMobiler, and heartily recommend it.

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Semi-regular web-link clearance – November 2009

Desi Dhaba Desi Dhaba
Authentic Indian restaurant.  One of the blokes at work recommends it.  Will have to give it a try. 134 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
I’ve tried it, curry was good, but I’ve had hotter.  Next time I’ll ask for “Indian Hot”.


Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online.

Free e-books: Windows 7 troubleshooting tips
Mitch Tulloch, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and lead author of the just-published Windows 7 Resource Kit has created two free books worth grabbing copies of “What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support.” & Deploying Windows 7His website is here.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Released Under GPLv2
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool


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Measuring your car’s speed.

gps_speedo_2 I’ve not had a speeding ticket since returning to Melbourne.  My partner puts this down to luck.  I put it down to using GPS software.

It’s a fact that your car’s speedometer will not be accurate.  Tyre size and wear play a big part.  Fit bigger tyres to your car, your speedo will read slow.  Even what pressure your tyres are inflated at, make a difference.

Now Australian Design Rules allow a +/- 10% tolerance in the speed that your speedometer reads.  The folks who issue you tickets do not.  So the key is to know how (in)accurate your speedo is.

I use GPS Speedo, as it’s free, and works on Windows Mobile.

With our Honda CR-V, it shows our speedo reads 6 km/h under.  So if I drive at 86 km/h, my actual speed is 80 km/h.  And I pass all the other traffic which thinks they are driving at 80 km/h.

Of course I don’t tell the my partner this, as she then will think “Oh, I can drive a 90 km/h and not get a ticket.”.  And then wonders “Why did I get a ticket for speeding?”.

GPS Speedo can be downloaded here.

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