The folks over at Smartphone: Nuts & Bolts have put together a great app that lets you configure the sliding panels on your Blackjack II running WM6.1. CHome Configurator lets you add, remove and re-order the sliding panels on your homescreen. You can even “Dock” the top item (which I by default the Clock) so it always shows. I really like this because it lets me know the time regardless of the slide i’m on.
CHome Configurator even lets you create new custom sliding panels (thought I haven’t played around long enough with it to figure out how to do this).
For more information on how to configure CHome Configurator, check out this thread in the forums.
This is a excellent program and thrill that the good people at Nuts & Bolts put it together and are letting us all use it for free!
Thanks to pixelsblur and jjnbm for making a note of this app in the forums!
So I’ve had a different version of a Mobile Registry Editor for the Blackjack 2 available on here for sometime — I apologize for realizing it sucked so bad. Today I found an AWESOME mobile registry editor by the name of CeRegEditor. Has has all sorts of cool features like Find, Import/Export, Reg > Cab, and so much more. It’s very, very nice — and Free to boot!
Use this to help out implementing the hacks & mods and tips & tricks. This application runs in Windows (not on your Blackjack 2) and connects to your Blackjack 2 via ActiveSync.
You’ll only want to use this if you know what a registry and are comfortable making changes to it. Messing up the registry can sometimes cause your phone to stop working and require you to do a hard reset to revert it to its original & functional state.
Flexilis is like if DashWire and ClamWin (or whatever your favorite anti-virus program may be) had a child. Flexilis is an anti-virus application for your Smartphone, prevents attacks from would-be-hackers, and back up your phone’s data, which is in turn accessible via a web front-end on flexilis.com.
This is a bit of speculation, but I believe smartphone with data connections are accessible via the internet, so hackers/viruses/malware/etc could try to gain unauthorized access to your device via the internet, im not sure if Flexilis would prevent Bluetooth based attacks, their knowledge base is still very small. Feel free to correct me on this in the comments.
Flexilis allows you to backup: Contacts, Pictures, Documents, Call History, SMS Messages, Audio and Video. I know you can ATLEAST restore Contacts, Pictures and Documents. It looks like I can restore SMS Messages one at a time. I hope as Flexilis matures they’ll augment their “Restore” functionality.
So sign-up for the beta, it looks like a pretty cool application and if they flush out their “restore” functionality they could become a very serious threat to DashWire.
After installing Windows Mobile 6.1 I decided to give Saman’s Smartphone Battery Meter another try. This battery meter puts a very thin battery meter at the very top of the screen. It gives you a really good idea how much batter life you have, much better than the default 4 bar battery meter that is default.
For some reason I didn’t like this battery meter as much when I was running Windows Mobile 6.0 – I think because it made the top icon bar feel too cramped.
When installing you may be notified that “this program was developed for a previous version of windows”. This is OK, continue installing.
After installing, restart your Blackjack 2.
(The battery bar is kind of hard to see in this picture, it’s much mroe visible on a smartphone screen)
The good people that brought us the infamous MoDaCo GPS Hack have done it again! They released another incredibly handy utility for all you Blackjack 2 users that don’t have unlimited data.
The MoDaCo No Data Utility allows you easily turn off your data connection so you don’t accidently use (especially while roaming!)
Note: You MUST unlock your phone with the SDA Application unlocker to use this program — Application unlocking your phone with just the MoDaCo GPS Hack/Application unlocker will not allow No Data to run properly.
No Data installs an easy to use shortcut in your Start Menu named “No Data”. Big thanks to Paul and the gang at MoDaCo for this handy app and thanks to Zak for giving me the heads-up about it!
Base Hue Express is a cool little app that lets you easily change your phone’s color scheme on the fly. You can select the Base Hue for the Header and Soft-key bars. It will also change the color of some of the other elements on your phone (scroll bars, menu backgrounds, menu highlights, etc) as well to a matching lighter hue of the color you select.
All in all, Base Hue Express is a convenient app that lets you easily customize your color scheme on the fly (which is great is you don’t like a color scheme that came with a theme you like). I’ve package Base Hue Express up in an easy-to-install/uninstall CAB file — The CAB file will install a shortcut in your Start Menu.
If you decide you want to revert to your theme’s original Default color scheme after using Base Hue Express:
- Go to Start > Settings > Display > Home Screen
- Change “Color Scheme” to something other than “Default”
- Click Done and go back to to the Home screen, you will notice the color scheme will change
- Go back to Start > Settings > Display > Home Screen
- Change “Color Scheme” to “Default”
- Click done and go back to the Home screen, the default color scheme will take effect
Finally – an automated method for copying SIM Contacts to the Outlook Contact list!! This application is GREAT for folks moving to a Blackjack 2 and have all their contacts on their SIM card!
I ran it and it dumped all the contacts from my SIM card to my Outlook contact list without any problems!
To use this program:
- Install the CAB file
- Start > Accessories > m2SimCopy
- Don’t be alarmed that some of the text is cut off, this program was developed for the Pocket PC but works just fine on the Blackjack 2
- Options > Do Copy!
- Let m2SimCopy run, it will alert you to the total number of SIM contacts that have been copied over when it’s finished running.
- Exit the m2SimCopy
- Check your Contact List
- If everything look good, go through and manually delete your SIM contacts from your Contact List
After I completed the migration of contacts I deleted m2SimCopy (Start > Settings > Remove Programs) since I figured I’d never need to use it again.
Big thanks to Mike for finding this gem — and big thanks to Marauder for creating this handy little app.
You know when I pay money for software its gotta be good, and LED Alerts is one of the few programs I’ve shelled out cash for… and it’s worth every penny.
This application notifies you of new Text Messages, E-mails, Voice Mail, Missed Calls and Reminders by blinking your phone’s LED one of 7 different (user defined) colors. Its so unobtrusive, yet so informative.
LED Alerts is the perfect quiet way of letting me know if there is anything on my phone that requires my attention. When i’m at work, I dont like my phone playing a sound whenever I get a text or e-mail, and I don’t like it vibrating to alert me either (vibrating can be loud when the phone is on a hard surface) .. with LED Alerts I turn my phone on silent, set it on my desk and can know if there is anything I need to check on just by glancing at it.
LED Alerts is a brilliant must-have product — I can’t believe its not a built in feature on Windows Mobile 6.