Windows Mobile 6.5?

January 28th, 2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 is expected to be officially announced in Early February at the Mobile World Congress so lots of rumors are currently floating around regarding what it will look like.

Click on any of these links for more information: 

First Windows Mobile 6.5 Screen-shots leaked at Mobility Site

Some more Windows Mobile 6.5 Screen-shots! at Mobility Site

The New Windows Mobile 6.5 and Mobile World Congress at PocketNow

What You Can Expect from Windows Mobile 6.5 Next Month at Gizmodo

Lost or Stolen Phone… Phone home!

January 26th, 2009

If you’re concerned about how you might attempt recovery of a lost or stolen Windows Mobile Phone, PocketNow has an article about the “Smartprotect” software which attempts to solve that problem.

Click HERE for more details.

Airport Friendly Computer Bags

January 23rd, 2009

If you flown with a laptop before you know how much of a hassle check-in can be.   The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has recently changed some of their regulations to make it easier and quicker to process laptops during check-in, and MobileTechReview has an article about a couple of computer bags that take advantage of these changes.

Click HERE for the review.

5 Mobile Productivity Tips

January 22nd, 2009

Although this article has a slant towards business users, most of the information is still applicable for mobile use of your Windows Mobile device when you are out and about doing your Genealogy work.

PocketNow has an article entitled “Get Things Going While You’re Going” discussing 5 things that can make you more productive when you are mobile.   Click HERE for the article.

Security Features of Windows Mobile

January 21st, 2009

Since yesterday’s topic dealt with security (or lack of) with Presidential use of mobile devices, it seemed like a fitting follow up would be information regarding security features of Windows Mobile (6.1).

PocketNow has a short article and a presentation discussing these features which can be found HERE.

Disclaimer: The presentation is almost exclusively geared towards topics applicable to a corporate environment.


January 20th, 2009

Barrack Obama is reported to be a big Blackberry user (Email) who may be subjected to withdrawal if the secret service take it away because of security concerns.   There are  also laws about retention of Presidential documents and emails would fall into that category.

If you are interested in reading more about this and possible Windows Mobile phones that could be a solution to his e-mailing habit, click HERE to read an article from C/Net.

A Mouse pointer for your handheld?

January 17th, 2009

Non-touchscreen based smartphones are designed to be used one handed.     They are however more limited with regards to interacting with software as there is no stylus or touchscreen.   Touchscreen based devices are much more powerful with regards to software operation, but are more difficult to use one handed.

Pocket PC Thoughts has an article that may be the solution to this problem.    Innovisoft has released VirtuaMouse One-Hand software for Windows Mobile 2003 and newer devices that have a D-Pad.  (The 5-way controller that is found on most touchscreen based devices)

If this sounds interesting, click HERE for the Pocket PC Thoughts article.

More Memory

January 16th, 2009

Now that you have more power to drive your mobile device, how about more memory?

If gigabyte sized memory cards aren’t enough for you, how about a terabyte or two?

Here’s the math:

1000 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte
1000 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte
1000 Megabytes =  1 Gigabyte
1000 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte

So 1 Terabyte = 1,000,000,000,000 Bytes, no matter what you want to store, that’s a LOT of data.

Boy Genius Report has information on where SD storage space is going over the next year or two.   Click HERE for more information.

More Power

January 15th, 2009

It’s been awhile since I posted and I have a few items to report on over the next few days.    This posting will deal with power while on the go, either via means to recharge your batteries, or information on future battery technology that may improve on your mobile experience.

Gizmodo has an article about silver-zinc batteries which are supposed to get 40% better run-time than lithium-ion batteries.   The article can be found HERE.

Gear Diary has an article about a “smarter” battery charger which can be found HERE.

MobileTechReview has an article about a solar powered battery charger HERE.

And Engadget has an article about a solar/wind powered battery charger HERE.

More power to you!

Pocket Genealogist 3.31

December 6th, 2008

Pocket Genealogist 3.31 is now available on the Northern Hills Software website.   As will all 3.x updates, this is a free update for current Version 3 users.


  • Device/Desktop:  Support for Legacy Version  You must re-import/sync your Legacy databases.

  • Desktop:  Support for Family Tree Maker 2009.

  • Desktop:  Better support for image imports with GEDCOM’s created with DISGEN 8.

  • Device/Desktop:  Update to Norwegian and Swedish language translations.

Click HERE to do to the download are at the NHS website.