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20 September 2008

Exporting SMS from P910

As if there wasn't enough to do

I'm currently quite busy with work and "life", but as if that wasn't enough, my mobile phone (a Sony Ericsson P910i) decided to stage another battle in it's little attrition war against functionality and the lame spirit of "just working". Uhmm, was that too complicated for a description? Basically the phone started to run really slow, ate all the battery charge in one hour, didn't let me connect to it through the cable or bluetooth, and sometimes wouldn't be above ignoring a couple of incoming calls. Restarting didn't help but (as I know from the last time this happened) resetting it and playing on the last backup helps. Problem: A lot of my SMS will be lost that way.

So what the hell am I keeping ~2300 messages on that phone anyway? Bla, some kind of pack rat syndrome, but now that they've washed up, I'd like to keep them. Nothing like that beautiful depression you get when looking at those old personal notes. Attempts at exporting them revealed that: there's no built in export functionality; a German company making a comercial export program didn't know that there would be umlauts (öäü) and (god beware!) maybe even Greek characters in those messages and just left out those funny characters (which turns 70% of my messages into unreadable dots).

What helped: A little program called "SMS Diary" from Ola Melen. It managed (in due time, took something like 5 or 6 hours) to export all messages to a couple of html files, where you can follow them like a little dialog. It's commercial too, costs $10, but it's worth that for me (it works also for other Symbian / UIQ phones, like the P800, P900, P1, etc). Now messages are preserved, phone is cleaned and (so far) runs again. Back to suffering, e.g. from that FileMaker crap I'm forced to do at work right now (motto of the week: "what have I done to deserve this?).


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