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What is the most creative thing you have done with your Windows Mobile device?
A very good question, I am sure most people have used the screen or LED flash of their Windows Mobile device as a flashlight in a pinch. Many including myself have also used the camera to a picture of something they canâ€™t physically get to. For example I had used my camera to read an Ethernet quad box name that was behind a new multi-ton Prosthetics Milling machine that had just been installed, but no one had documented the port it was on. Many have used their devices as a webcam monitor to their house. A friend of mine has some X10 home automation hooked up to a webcam that notifies him with an email of a picture when any motion is detected in his driveway. If it is a delivery truck, he has an agreement with his drivers to leave it in the garage that he remotely opens and closes when they leave.
My usage isnâ€™t is as elaborate, but I too have used it for basic TV viewing, listening to satellite radio, looking up passwords, reading/replying to email, making calls, remote administering a computer, checking computer log files, etc. I would have to say the most interesting thing I have used a Windows Mobile device for is using one for Laryngeal throat swallowing studies. Where in the clinical setting a laptop was too large to be used to take pictures of a throat swallowing procedure at a patientâ€™s bedside.
Handling security on Windows Mobile Devices is a two-fold process of securing the device, which concerns just about every personal user of a handheld device and the network it resides on(whether it be a cellular connection, home or work network, USB or bluetooth connection to your PC). For the Enterprise user an extra step is needed to allow secure access to your corporate network and mail server through certificates,VPN, etc. In a corporate environment policy should play a key role in securing your Windows Mobile devices. Basically one way to do this is copy your laptop and mobile pc policy and replace those words with handheld devices and then the toughest part - actually following that security policy.
Bluetooth is a technology I use every day in some form or another. Trying to pin down just one favorite is like trying to pick which child is your favorite. Depending on the day and what is being done your favorite will change. Bluetooth is akin to a toolbox, with many different tools to choose from. How you use them is up to you.
Choosing a single application on a Windows Mobile Device is a very hard task to do since I use many applications throughout the day. The general nature of using a Windows Mobile Device is its multiplicity and ability to run several applications beyond the basic programs for PIM (Personal Information Management)installed by the manufacturer. I will give you a brief description of the ones I use the most on my Windows Mobile devices(Pocket PC and Smartphone).
If I had to choose one, Ilium's eWallet is probably the most valuable one I use to manage my multitude of accounts, passwords, install codes, and other personable data on my PC, Windows Mobile 6 Professional(pocket pc phone edition) and Windows Mobile 6 Standard(Smartphone. It just makes everything easy to use and access all my important information, which is safely encrypted and can only be accessed by a secure password. It can even be installed on U3 USB key for storage and use on any PC with a USB port.
How I save space on my Windows Mobile device works in a two-fold process and is a very similar strategy followed by many of experts and contributors mentioned in this blog. One is by not installing applications directly on the device to take up precious memory, the other is by shutting down applications and freeing memory occupied by temporary files. On the Windows Mobile Standard (Smartphone) platform I have noticed that this isn't as much of an issue as with the Windows Mobile Professional (Pocket PC Phone)or Windows Mobile Classic(Pocket PC) and doesn't require as much memory management, but may in certain instances.
I have been asked this question many times why I went with Windows Mobile. I even wrote a pretty lengthy post in my blog about it and here is an excerpt from it:
"Many people have asked my why I have a PDA. For those that know I me, they know I have just about every electronic gizmo or gadget that comes out (My wife shakes her head everytime UPS or FedEx stops by the house). I will either use the device, hack it to improve it or to take it apart just see how it works.
At CTIA Wireless 2007 keynote Microsoft's Peter Knook announced that Cingular aka "the new AT&T" will provide free updates to new and existing customers to three of their Windows Mobile Devices from Windows Mobile 5 to Windows Mobile 6.
The devices that will be getting the free update will be 3 of their newer and popular devices: the Samsung Blackjack, Cingular 8525, and the Palm Treo 750.