Sunday, November 22, 2020

iMessage on Windows

I guess I got your attention with that post title.

I was very happy with Pulse when I was using an Android phone.

But everyone knows that iMessage doesn't work on Windows.

Or does it?

When I was looking for a high-speed way to backup photos from an iOS device, I came across this article:


I figured it was click bait. There's no telling how many of those rabbits I've chased.

But not this one.


Here's Dell's page on Dell Mobile Connect (archive.org).

Now, don't think that this is as capable as Pulse. For example, with messaging you can only see messages that have taken place while the PC was connected to the iPhone. History isn't presented. For pictures, when you download them, the files are written into an obscure location that took me ages to find. Then the filenames are some random (to me) string.

C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Packages\ScreenovateTechnologies.DellMobileConnect_0vhbc3ng4wbp0\LocalCache\Downloads\80_B0_3D_05_33_B5\IMA_1EAB1FD0-3E9B-4D7F-A478-BEA404478D61_L0_001\1EAB1FD0-3E9B-4D7F-A478-BEA404478D61L0001.jpg

But given what Dell had to work with, it works nicely.

Beyond messaging, Dell Mobile Connect also supports making and receiving phone calls on the PC as well as mirroring the iPhone screen to the PC.



Oh, you do have to install some Dell drivers on your PC.

Here are the steps:
  1. Login to Windows App Store on your BROWSER, not the actual app store application on Windows.
  2. Search Dell Mobile Connect
  3. Click on the 3 dots located next to GET, and select add to cart.
  4. Check out (it’s a free app, don’t worry)
  5. After checking out and “purchasing,” open the Microsoft Store application on Windows.
  6. Login if you haven’t logged in on the Microsoft Store app. Click the three dots on the top right hand corner, go to My Library and download Dell Mobile Connect.
  7. Follow the instructions after you install it. It will also make you download the app onto your phone from the AppStore
  8. After you install it, make sure you allow all the requested permission on your phone (again follow the instructions carefully), download the required Dell Mobile App drivers and restart.
  9. Launch the app on your phone and Windows

Sunday, November 15, 2020

What Happens When You Type in a URL



And they left some stuff out, e.g. "file:" checking.

https://twitter.com/manekinekko
This sketch is under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license:
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Chillin' With an iPhone - Part 5

I'm really a reluctant iPhone user. But there are so many things I like about the iPhone, particularly the hardware.

Anyway, one of the challenges I have between any smartphone and my Windows laptop is how to move small content back and forth.

For example, it is so much easier to compose text messages on my laptop keyboard than on a touch keyboard. And to take an image from either side to the other is especially difficult with iOS.

What I've found is that one of my favorite cross-platform productivity tools is perfect for this - Google Keep.


Keep is a very flexible container for content and works equally well on Windows, Android, and iOS.

It even allows multiple users to share content. My wife and I share a grocery shopping list.

Just today I wanted to send a photo from Facebook (which I use via Chrome on Windows) to a person using text messaging.

Think about how convoluted that would be normally. It's too long to even explain here.

With Keep, I right clicked on the photo in Facebook and chose "Copy image". Then switched over to Keep, I clicked on "Take a note..." and pasted the photo. Now over to my iPhone and opened Keep. There was the photo. I tapped on it and selected the "share" icon, chose my iMessage recipient and it was done.

And it works just as well in the other direction. Keep even presents as an iOS "share" recipient.

Unlike some of the Google products, Keep seems to update instantly on iOS.

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Microsoft Removes Driver Updates

Here we go again.

Recently, the press was filled with headlines about Microsoft removing driver updates from the Windows Device Manager.

Microsoft has removed a useful driver updating feature from Windows 10 

So when is the last time YOU went to the Device Manager and searched for a driver?

Did Microsoft really do this? Yes. Does it matter? Not really. Did they actually make an improvement? Probably.

What they did is they moved the driver updates to the Windows Update process that most everybody uses.

Here's a comment from one of the above articles:
The new method via Windows Update seems to work great though, but you can't search specifically for that device/part. But i guess if nothing shows up, it means you're already up to date.
And they didn't (yet) push them on you.

Here's how it looks now in Windows Update:




I think that's an improvement.