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Reclaim Main Memory on a Windows Mobile Device


I’ve been trying a number of applications recently on my Windows mobile device (Samsung Omnia) and it started grumbling again that I’m low on main storage memory.  I’ve made it much happier now so I thought I’d share some of my tips with you on how to keep your storage memory free.  Some of the tips may only be applicable if you have certain items of software installed.

If you run low on your main storage not only might you start getting warning messages but you may not be able to open files or even install applications onto your storage card – an issue I had recently.

1. Install Applications to Other Storage

If you have an SD card, micro-SD or even some additional on board memory (like my Omnia) try installing some of your larger and less used applications to it.  Many applications will run just fine and it keeps your storage memory free.

2. Clear Up Your Temporary Files

Windows mobile device software is pretty poor at cleaning up after itself (in general), so sometimes you need to give it a helping hand and delete temporary files.

You can use the standard File Explorer application.  Check out what’s been left in the following folders:

  • TEMP

3. Clear Up After Internet Explorer

Now you might think we’ve already taken care of web browser flotsam, but those files get everywhere.  Pocket Internet Explorer (or “PIE”) can dump a lot of files into the guest profile.  Take a look at the following folders and remove any unwanted items:


4. Clear Up After Opera

I’m running Opera 9.5 (Build 2520) on my Omnia, and so the folder I’m looking for is “OPERA9” – if you use a different version, you may need to check a different set of folders.  Just like Internet Explorer, there are a few folders you may want to filter and purge on:


You may even want to filter out some of the files stored in:


5. Application Data

As well as Opera you may find a lot of other applications storing their data within folders in the “APPLICATION DATA” folder.  It’s worth having a browse through and seeing if there’s anything worth removing or even archiving.


Can’t XPerience a canvas


Microsoft Office Labs have launched an exciting new addition to One Note – Canvas for One Note.  This is the same idea as pptPlex for PowerPoint and instead off slides it amalgamates One Note notebook pages into a single canvas.  You can then zoom in and out and edit pages on a desktop like layout.

I was keen to give it a try, but unfortunately it currently only installs on Vista or a newer Windows operating system.  pptPlex will run on Windows XP so this was a bit of a surprise to me when I tried installing it (though in fairness the download page does list Vista as a pre-requisite).  Surely if pptPlex can run on XP OneNote can too….

According to a discussion thread on the Office Labs site there’s an idea that this limitation is actually down to the installer rather than the software so here’s to hoping that Office Labs do themselves a favour and widen their test base by offering an XP compatible installer.


Omnia and Microsoft Tag


Well it’s been a little while since I posted my comparison of Microsoft Tag and QR Codes.  In this post I noted that there was a strange 90° anti-clockwise when using the Microsoft Tag reader on my Samsung Omnia i900. Well I stumbled across the reason today whilst testing some Microsoft Tag print outs I had produced for an event.

Being a Windows Mobile 6 device, the Omnia allows screen rotation and even includes an accelerometer to aid in this (thogh I’ve disabled mine and assigned screen rotation to a button).  By now you can probably see where this is going.

When the screen rotation is in effect you effectively hold the Omnia in a landscape orientation like a regular camera and in this orientation the Microsoft Tag reader become a whole lot easier to operate.

I’d still like some sort of setting (or better yet ‘intelligent automatic feature’) in Microsoft Tag Reader to allow the Omnia to orient more easily when being held in portrait position – its normal phone position.


Live Mesh – Force Synchronisation


I’m really enjoying the flexibility that Microsoft Live Mesh is giving me.  It lets me synchronise bits and pieces between various computers and means that I can have quick and easy access to files on my home computer(s), work computer, my Windows mobile phone and even on a computer used by my sports club.   It’s a bit like offline files but the Internet is your network and therefore it’s quite a bit slower to synchronise than if you’re on an office LAN for example.

Occasionally I have a problem where Live Mesh (specifically running on Windows XP) isn’t quite quick enough on the uptake for my liking and it seems to miss that I’ve updated the content of a folder on my PC that is set to synchronise.  Currently there’s no option to force a synchronisation.

Work Offline

Work Offline

I did try logging out and back in, but oddly this didn’t seem to trigger a recheck of what to synchronise.

But this post isn’t about doom and gloom.  Right clicking the system tray icon reveals an option to work offline.  Select this to go offline and then select it again to go back online and hey presto Live Mesh will recheck and resync.

Hopefully as the Beta programme progresses Microsoft will see fit to add a resynchronise option to this menu and also a resynchronise option to the individual folders that are set to synchronise.


Sticky Note Sorting


Ever sorted sticky notes (affinity diagramming) on a wall and then had to copy it all down?  Well perhaps StickySorter from Microsoft Offics Labs might be just the thing you need.  Combine it with an electronic whiteboard like MIMIO or a projector and a gyroscopic/wireless keyboard & mouse and you can really get to work.  With Microsoft Surface on the horizon it could be even more natural and just ever so slightly Minority Report … but not everything’s perfect.


PowerPoint – Mastering the canvas


Every presentation these days involves Microsoft PowerPoint.  After a while no matter how much multimedia you add to it, your presentation can still look a bit dull and boring.  In order to make your next presentation a bit different why not try pptPlex – a PowerPoint plugin that rebuilds a set of slides into a single ‘zoomable canvas’.

I saw this used by James Senior of Microsoft at the Misco Expo in October 2008 on a presentation about SBS, EBS and MS Server 2008.  It worked really well and added a new dimension to the way in which the presentation was delivered.  It also allowed him to skip around and to show areas that were collections of slide that fit together like a jigsaw but could then be zoomed in.