Windows Mobile Weekly Roundup

by Todd Ogasawara

Last week's theme for my personal blog was Freeware and Open Source software for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones. Here are the summaries of the software I mentioned.

Ilium Software Dots: Pocket PC Freeware
Since the holiday season is in full swing, I'll try to dig up and mention freeware for Windows Mobile devices a few times this week. Here's one from Ilium Software (I mentioned their terrific eWallet utility in an earlier blog item).

Ilium Software Dots

Dots is a connect-the-dots game for Pocket PCs. It's one of those simple to learn but addictive casual games. Try it out. The price is right (free). Ilium asks you for your name and, optionally, for your email address (but they let you leave it blank if you want).

MyWaves: Free Mobile Video Service
Today's mobile freebie is a video service (in beta) for mobile devices...

MyWaves

The service's sign-up indicates it works on all four of the largest mobile carriers in the US (AT&T Wireless/Cingular, Sprint PCS, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless).

Here comes my caveat: Part of the sign-up process requires providing your mobile phone number. That makes sense. But, I'm wary of handing over a mobile phone number to a company I don't know much about. However, according to their press release, 20,000 people per week have been signing up since October. So, perhaps, my reservation is a minority opinion.

If you've been using it, let me know how it is working for you.

Pocket GNU Go (Open Source Game for Windows Mobile)
One of the oldest and most difficult to master board games is Go (AKA Weiqi). Vieka ported the Open Source GNU Go to the Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone.

Pocket GNU Go

I'm not sure how much of a challenge it is for Go expert. But, for the rest of us it is a nice to have mobile port of a classic game.

Invaders Game Free from Microsoft
Microsoft is offering OmegaOne's Invaders games (based on the classic Space Invaders from the 1970s) for free (with registration). You can find it at:

Entertainment Applications: Invaders

It is available for both the Pocket and Smartphone Windows Mobile platforms.

Ilium Software Screen Capture for Pocket PC & Smartphone
Here's another freeware offering from Ilium Software...

Ilium Software Screen Capture

This free utility works on both Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone devices. It lets you take a snapshot of your screen either in real time or using a timer (for those apps that take control of the buttons). This is very useful for creating screenshots for documentation or bug reporting.

Calc98: Free Pocket PC Calculator
The calculator software that Microsoft puts in every Pocket PCs' firmware is amazing. It is amazing that after generations of Palm-size PC and Pocket PC releases it is has not been enhanced one single bit since its release years ago. Thank goodness for the freeware calculator...
Calc98 for Pocket PC

This powerful calculator is a great app for anyone who needs more than Microsoft's 4 function calculator delivers. Although Calc98's list of supported devices doesn't mention Windows Mobile 5 based Pocket PCs, I'm running it without any problems on my K-JAM Pocket PC Phone Edition.