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Essential Online Backup, Weather App

online-backup-software-phoneA product from SPB that I’ve added to my phone is SPB Weather. This improves on the basic weather plugin that ships with Mobile Shell, adding support for multiple locations and multiple feeds from various weather sources, so you can get UK weather feeds from the BBC Weather Centre, US feeds from Weather.com, and so-on.

There’s probably not much more to say about this plugin. It says what it does, it does what it says, it’s either very useful or totally useless to you depending on your weather forecast needs, and one minor point of criticism, it is an utter pain in the hoop to add cities from a custom feed, should you need to do so (though to be fair, as this is an open-ended product that lets anyone write their own feed source definitions, it’s difficult to see what else they could have done I suppose).

The next product I grabbed from SPB is actually a bit of fun after all this serious weather forecasting and shortcuting (yeah I made that last word up. So what?). SPB Brain Evolution is a brain training app but still a lot of fun with it. I don’t have any screenshots and I’m not going to say much else about it, so you’ll just have to take my word on that. Or go and grab it and give it a go yourself. I’m not counting this as part of the SPB essentials as it’s only a game, but then all work and no play…

A product from Traversal Tech and probably the most important and boring product on my phone is Online Backup. Backups are the thing that everyone knows we ought to do, but all too often just forget about. Well SPB Backup makes it about as simple as can be to backup and restore your Windows Mobile device, with manual backups, a scheduler, and a very simple interface to work it all from.

Again, probably not much else you can say about this product. It does what it claims to do, and does it very well. As you can see from the screenshot of the scheduler there, I have my phone set up to do 2 backups a week in the evenings when my phone is in its cradle, so that the backups don’t drain the battery. Oh by the way, I highly recommend that you get started with Carbonite server pro bundle for business so that you can protect all your business files. Incidentally, the Carbonite pro basic plan for business came really handy when I was starting my small business. Eventually, it made more sense to upgrade to he business solution.

The backup files it creates can (and probably should) be saved to memory card, and are generated as simple .exe files which you should be able to just run in order to return your phone to working order in the event of a mishap. Moving these files off the device onto your computer in the event that the mishap involves you actually losing your phone and the memory card remains your responsibility however.

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