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Archive for April, 2005

The Mobile Web as We Now Know It

Published on April 26, 2005 in Web

Russell Beatttie recently talked about the state of the mobile web on his blog. He believes the mobile web, in it’s current form, is in a sad state of affairs with too many different technologies and hardware to support. Many are ancient and bug prone. I could not agree more. The mobile web is in a “sorry state of affairs” at the present.

I do not see things improving dramatically anytime soon for two reasons. The first is more easily solvable: there are so many different competing technologies out there (Flash, SVG, RSS, Java) and very little standardization. Unless I have a motivating financial incentive why even get into the mess. Let others be the first adapters and try to figure things out. Basically, I agree with Russell, stick to web standards and wait for other devices to get replaced. This is not an IE/web standards thing where one browser controls 95% of the market and you have to support it. Trying to support all mobile browsers would just drive you off of the deep end.

The second reason that I do not see the mobile web changing dramatically anytime soon if consumer behavior. As a developer, sure I want to be cool and create all of the latest and greatest things, but as a consumer who cares. What benefits does the mobile web bring to me? I have a high-speed connection with a large monitor at home and at work. I have no desire to look at a tiny screen, with slow loading and dumb-downed sites, and pay extra for the whole process also. I currently have mobile web options on my phone but rarely use it for anything. I use it occasionally to check sports scores and maybe do a few local based searches, but can easily live without it.

For any of this to change some company out there, with the necessary resources, is going to have to find an avenue that provides them with a competitive advantage and new revenue streams. Someone is going to have to come up with a new way of doing things that makes the whole experience more pleasurable. Then and only, then I may use the mobile web more frequently to do things like local searches, order movie tickets, scan the latest news etc.

Update to ZLauncher Noia Icon Set

Published on April 24, 2005 in Palm

The ZLauncher Noia icon pack has been updated as requested. It can be downloaded from here.

iPalm iSpin Skin Update

Published on in Palm

An update is available at PalmGear.

* Rebuilt for iSpin version 1.0.b9
* Added a Zodia DIA
* Changed several icons
* Added a lo res version

Google’s My Search History in Beta

Published on April 20, 2005 in Web

Google has jumped onboard the user search history bandwagon. Go to My Search History (you will need to create a Google account) and your search history will be part of every Google search you do. While others have been on the forefront of this concept, this is a major move for Google.

The question is whether I want Google to store all of my searches. In some situations I can see how it would be useful. The good thing is that they allow you to pause the recording and remove searches from your history.

Internet Explorer To Mozilla Migration Guide

Published on April 19, 2005 in Firefox

An useful overview of CSS and DOM differences between the IE and Mozilla an nexgenmedia.net.

A Roundup of Local Mobile Search Tools

Published on in Palm

Gary Price has an excellent roundup of mobile search tools at Search Engine Watch.

“Google’s new local search for mobile devices is garnering a lot of press, but there are a lot of other alternatives that are worth a look…Here’s a roundup of other mobile local search tools for users in the U.S.”

iPalm Facer Theme and DIA

Published on April 12, 2005 in Palm

In the same spirit as the iPalm ZLauncher theme and iSpin Skin I have uploaded an iPalm Facer Theme to PalmGear. Included in the set is the Facer Theme and the DIAs/VG available in the ZLauncher theme set.

Download Link at PalmGear: iPalm Facer Theme and DIA

Let me know what you think or how it can be improved.

A screen shot:

iPalm Facer Theme and DIA

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Leslie Franke:[les-lee fran-key]; 1. Husband and proud dogowner; 2. Seventh-day Adventist; 3. Web Designer; 4. Atlanta Braves Fan; 5. Northeast Ohio Native; 6. Bottle Caps Lover; 7. Certified 'Freakonomic';