Tips and Tricks
If you send any number of messages during the day you will probably find it irritating whenever Windows Mobile decides to tell you that the message was sent. The other way that this could be handled is telling us if the message wasn’t sent. But Noooo, back in the day, pop up happy coders had their run at Microsoft and this bit of code is still irritating people world wide. Perhaps it could account for the high blood pressure and stress levels of the average person.
Good news! The same fix we used on the Original Shadow still works on the newer Windows Mobile Phones. To remove the sms sent notification message from your phone simply download and install this handy cab file aptly named mixtapeking1900-turn-sms-notification-off.
This has been tested on the UMA Shadow, Dash 3G and the Touch Pro2. If you have successfully run this on other devices let us know in the comments! Enjoy!
Awhile ago we established the Ask Mike page so people could write in and ask questions. After the forums were well established we changed it to the Submit News page. It is still used for both submitting news and asking questions. There are no dumb questions but of course feel free to search the forums or our wiki and you might find the answer you seek. Remember we all started off with no information at some time. Below are some recent questions that we’ve received that might help you or a friend.
Shadow WM 6.5
Isaac wrote in awhile ago to remind us that agoetz has been working on the WM 6.5 ROM for the Shadow and if you are willing to go and try it out. If you’re tired of the old WM 6.1 then you should try out a new ROM. You will have to go to our forums to find it but it’s there! Enjoy!
SD or SDHC?
Sandisk established the SDHC format so they could cram even more GB of storage space onto the already small memory cards. Most phones today use the microSDHC card. As you might have noticed, the packaging on many phones mights say 4GB or 8GB max. Here’s the deal. Nearly ANY phone that supports the SDHC format will support a memory card up to 32GB. All the Shadow phones support SDHC, as does any T-Mobile smartphone released in the last several years. My old Wing, Dash and even Wizard support the SDHC format. So feel free to buy that 8GB, 16GB (or 32GB when it comes out) microSDHC memory cards.
MyPhone for Windows Mobile
A lot of people have written in about Microsoft’s MyPhone service (which is FREE). Among it’s many features are automatic syncing and backing up of your phone’s content (protected site of course), Social Networking integration, FIND your LOST phone, and accessing your contacts, text messages and more all online! If you don’t have installed yet you can check it out at the MyPhone website.
If you find yourself traveling a lot or needing to know the status of flights while on the go, then I have a site for you to add to your favorites.
It is optimized for the mobile screen, has great load times and easy to use navigation.
Do you have a favorite mobile site, besides AllShadow.com, that you find useful? Let us know!
If you go to Start > Accessories you will see an application called Internet Sharing. Up until today I hadn’t paid much attention to it as it seems that everywhere I go today there is an internet connection in one form or another. Well Murphy’s Law went into effect today. I am actually away from the office today at a location where there isn’t a shred of an internet connection when I get a text from Brandon saying the site is down.
“Oh No!” I said, “How will the Shadow fans unite? I must do something!”
I fired up my laptop only to discover no wifi anywhere. What was I to do? A Shadowy image floated in my mind, it said “…internet sharing…oooooo…”
Of course! I hadn’t used Internet Sharing yet and I hoped for a simple setup. I pulled out my USB cable and connected the Shadow to the laptop. Activesync connected, and I activated Internet Sharing. After a minute Windows XP fully recognized everything. I opened Internet Explorer and voila! The connection worked!
It was 100% plug and play. The only thing I had to do was enable it from the Shadow. I was able to download some files and compare changes to troubleshoot the problem. 5 minutes after I knew the site was down, it was back up. The mobile internet isn’t the fastest available but it’s enough to get the task done. Thank you Shadow!
We’d love to know if anyone else has attempted to use the Internet Sharing, and if so what is your experience?
It has surely happened to everyone. An accidental keypress while a phone is in your pocket and someone gets a phonecall. For the most part these calls are harmless but there are times when it might become a nuisance.
The Shadow comes with automatic locking already enabled, however the two keys needed to unlock it are on next to each other on the same side of the phone. Further, the call button is next to these two as well. Simply walking can press these buttons.
There is a solution, a solution everyone should use anyways. Use a pin code with your phone. It might seem a small nuisance at first but if you do leave your phone somewhere you don’t have to worry about your information and pictures ending up in the wrong hands.
Additionally, Windows Mobile 6 (WM6) includes a setting for encrypting content on your memory card. A pin for your phone is only good for the information on the phone itself. If you have any sensitive data on the memory card it can be accessed through a card reader. So encrypt it and give the bad guys a hard time.
This post is a short walk through on how to set up your PIN and encryption for your memory card. Read the full story for the walk through.