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Disaster Recovery for Your Windows Mobile Phone

Right after doing a hard reset of my Windows Mobile phone, I realized that my phone’s contacts hadn’t been backed up. Now that’s a disaster! I had Kalen Delaney’s and Paul Nielsen’s cell phone numbers on my cell phone – not something to lose. From the MVP newsgroup for Windows Mobile devices, I found out about the beta version of Microsoft MyPhone. It’s a limited beta and it took a few days before my application was accepted. After installing MyPhone on my phone, I used MyPhone’s sync feature to backup my data to the cloud. I can now resync my Windows Mobile phone from the web. Even if I lose or damage my phone, I could sync a new phone from the MyPhone website and be back in business quickly.

Speaking of damaging a phone, have you ever wondered what to do with a phone that gets wet? Assuming you drop your phone into relatively clean fresh water, one of my neighbors has a repair technique that has served her very well more than once. She boils the water out. Think back to your physics class. Boiling doesn’t have to mean hot. Lower the atmospheric pressure and the boiling point temperature is depressed. My neighbor rushes her wet electronic devices over to her father’s house. He puts the phone or other device in a bell jar and uses a vacuum pump to reduce the pressure until water is boiling at room temperature. After a short period of time, all of the water in the phone is boiled away.

Published Sunday, April 12, 2009 10:18 PM by John Paul Cook
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DavidStein said:

Nice trick if you have a vacuum machine.

Incidentally, I used to teach physics as well.  For fun, put your phone under the bell jar and repeatedly make it ring.  The sounds will die out and stop due to lack of air in the container.  Since there is little to vibrate and conduct sound, the noise disappears.  

April 13, 2009 5:13 PM

Jason said:

Why take a chance and suffer through the frustration of using a beta version of anything from Microsoft when you can have the most successful, reliable and bug-free Version 1 product ever?  Just get an iPhone for about the same amount of money and you don't have to worry about backing up your data, not to mention all of the other advantages that come with the iPhone.

As for your drying technique, it's certainly clever but not easy to execute.  Alternatively you could just use old fashioned evaporation (with or without a dehumidifier) which requires neither boiling nor lowering the atmospheric pressure.

April 14, 2009 12:08 PM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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