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Windows 10 Mobile ~14295 downgrade

April 17, 2016 · 1 min read

In the event this causes grief in the future I wanted to point out the steps to downgrade Windows 10 Mobile build 14295 back to 8.1. The Windows Device Recovery Tool fails to detect the phone without the steps outlined in BrunoTrivellato's response on page 2.

To make this easier, I thought I would repurpose the steps as I can't seem to find an independent or direct link:

  1. Unplug the phone from the PC.
  2. Click on "My device was not detected".
  3. Select your model and you will enter the "Searching Screen".
  4. Reboot your phone (pressing volume down + home button for some seconds until it vibrates) and immediately plug it back in the PC.

    1. If you take too long to plug it in the PC you will have to reboot it again (the Recovery Tool will show a ...

Newness

January 12, 2016 · 2 min read

I said in my previous post that a lot can happen in 2 years.

In that time span I've:

  • Moved to using a MacBook and OSX.

    • OSX being very BSD-like makes it an prime target for web development. It isn't the second class citizen Windows is in the Ruby or Node.js communities.
  • Transitioned away from .NET and don't really miss it. I do randomly play around with .NET core when possible but I haven't actually built anything with it.

    • This was honestly very huge at the time but I still feel I made the right decision. Though Windows 10 is the platform Windows 8 should have been and likely would've kept me on board.
  • Transitioned to PHP and web technologies full bore. I'm no fan of the PHP language but in the era of Visual Studio 2012, a dynamic language that only required refreshing my browser was much faster than waiting on the compile cycle.
  • Drank the vagrant koolaid via < ...

Migrating from Windows Mobile 6.1 to Windows Phone 7

January 26, 2011 · 2 min read

I figured I'd try to pick an SEO-rific title to hopefully convey the steps I went through to migrate data from a WM6.1 to WP7.

My Prerequisites: (yours may vary) Outlook and Outlook Connector, OneNote 2007 optional. Thunderbird also works great or so I've been told.

This post assumes everyone has already setup the activesync between their computer and the wm6.x device and the data they want is synchronizing to Outlook. Alternatively I also had the Windows Live app on the phone which allowed for direct synchronization to Hotmail but at the time I didn't want to clutter it up with all my IM email addresses. Skipping Outlook or Thunderbird would be the easiest approach obviously but I found Outlook to be a nice data silo and I could've chose to sync my limited phone number data to the lesser used cloud service.

You have two methods of import, People settings and Email. For the most part the consensus seemed to be to use Settings -> Email & Accounts and People as a la ...

Using Windows Phone 7

January 25, 2011 · 2 min read

I figured I'd pull a me too post and give some first impressions using the HD7 and the OS coming from Windows Mobile 6.1

  • Email

    • There is no straight migration process from the Outlook/ActiveSync based model to "the cloudz" but that's a fairly simple process
    • Accounts are separate which isn't so much of a problem for me. I think having it as a choice would be cool though
    • You can't sync drafts or your outbox. This makes sense that the mobile should be "separate" but it syncs with Windows Live Mail. I may want to start a message on my phone and finish on my laptop or vice versa
    • Setting up multiple folders to sync at once would've been a nice option
    • Alternatively that means things like the Gmail tasks are absent too. I prefer OneNote mobile but I do have some Tasks that would be in limbo otherwise.
    • Setting an email flag exists in my company Exchange -> POP account but not Hotmail? Even Google mail has flagged emails
  • ...