My i-mate Ultimate 9502 decided to have a really bad day today and pretend it didnâ€™t have a touch screen or any buttons.
After searching the web and finally calling i-mate support (which was pretty quick and painless â€“ amazingly), I had to perform a hard reset.
This restores the device to original factory state wiping and user data.
Now this is not such a big issue as most of my data is stored on the micro-SD card within the phone, and contacts, email, calendar & tasks all sync to Exchange over the air.
The outstanding items are SMS & MMS messages & any photos and videos inadvertently stored on the inbuilt storage.
Luckily I have been trying out the Microsoft My Phone beta service.
Well I had been till I uninstalled it from the device (but not closed the account) a month ago.
The My Phone service is basically just a backup service for your Windows Mobile based device.
So, itâ€™s time to put My Phone to the test.
In theory I should be able to restore any SMSâ€™s I really want along with anything else.
Iâ€™ll also try and set activesync up again without plugging it into my PC.
I guess after this, I might re-enable My Phone on the device as next time the memory card might fail or the phone might be stolen.
At least then I can restore SMS along with the contents of the memory card.
The other option would be to backup the phone to my PC more often..
Well, itâ€™s become clear that my current IT setup away from the office is no longer fulfilling the requirements.
At present I have a SBS2008 which handles my mail (although not receiving with an MX record), some file storage, torrents and remote access.
My Windows mobile device syncs to Exchange over the air.
I also have a Windows Media Centre (7 Beta) which has itâ€™s own storage for recording TV, shows and music.
The problem is that everything is disjointed.
- Content recorded on the Media Centre canâ€™t be streamed and canâ€™t be accessed unless the media centre is on.
- Large HDTV content doesnâ€™t play reliably over wireless (needs to be streamed)
- Storage is distributed between the Media Server, Server & desktop
- No good reliable backup
In order to try and unify the network, I’m looking at replacing SBS2008 with Windows Home Server.
This will provide storage for all devices, backup for all client computers, remote access and act as a Windows Media Centre storage server and stream content.
(some of this stuff only recently available with the latest Power Pack)
What happens to the mail?
At this point Iâ€™m looking into Google Apps.
Iâ€™d host the mail there (IMAP to Phone) and use the Google Sync for Windows Mobile to sync/backup contacts and calendar.
Iâ€™ll use IMAP with Outlook on the desktop and the Google Calender Sync tool.
The only outstanding item here is syncing Contacts with the Outlook client. At this point in time Google doesnâ€™t appear to have an app to do this, although there are numerous 3rd party tools (most paid), so I will occasionally manually export and import.
I think iâ€™ve decided on this path, now just need to find a time to do it, mail first.