I just experienced a stereotypical moment of “tech columnist rage.” I had downloaded a mobile version of the (highly recommended) Keepass password manager, to make sure that I could access my personal information when I’m taking a trip or am otherwise away from my computer. For example, if I uploaded a trip itinerary to TripIt, and wanted to check it on the road, I could use Keepass to remember my password. I used a randomly-generated password for TripIt, which is both lengthy and nonmnemonic, so normally I’d use the cut-and-paste or drag-and-drop functionality of the desktop version of Keepass to fill it in. The mobile version of Keepass also lets you copy a password to the clipboard.
Fortunately, there are a couple of competitors in the Windows Mobile browsing arena. Let’s see how they fare in comparison:
- Minimo, the mobile version of Mozilla/Firefox, has had its development process “rebooted,” and as far as I know, is nowhere near completion. The last available binaries (for Windows Mobile 5) crash on startup on my phone.
I can scarcely believe that these kinds of problems still exist. Windows Mobile would be much more useful and effective if they got more of these kinds of little things right — as it is right now, it can frequently be an aggravating experience.