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Mobilising a Website, Part 1: The Problem

It hasn't escaped my notice that if one happens to visit Pointbeing.net - this very site - using the browser on a mobile phone, the experience is more than a little painful. In fact, more often than not, the site is simply unusable.

The reason for this is that the site does not adapt itself in any way to the smaller screens, slower connection speeds, and idiosyncratic navigation methods found in mobile devices.

In my defence, this is not unusual right now: many, many sites are in the same position (have you ever tried to visit LinkedIn on a mobile?). However, given my faith in the future of the mobile web, and also given what I do for a living [1], this is something of an embarassment. The time has come to mobilise Pointbeing.net.

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Posted on Sunday, the 29th of June, 2008 | permalink | comments (0)

Zend_Search_Lucene Quick Start

I recently had a spontaneous urge to add a search form to my weblog - this one you're reading right now - and it seemed like a good opportunity to have a look at Zend_Search_Lucene.

I'm really impressed with the simplicity and power of the module. Sadly the documentation, whilst extensive, isn't particularly clear - so here's a quick overview of getting Zend_Search_Lucene up and running.

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Posted on Tuesday, the 3rd of June, 2008 | permalink | comments (8)

My php|architect Article to be Published in June

Posted on Sunday, the 1st of June, 2008 | permalink | comments (1)

Clay Shirky on the Cognitive Surplus

Posted on Tuesday, the 27th of May, 2008 | permalink | comments (0)

The End of Mowser is Not the End of the Mobile Web

In the last few days there has been a certain amount of rather sensationalistic and poorly informed commentary floating around on tech sites and blogs, predicting the immediate death of the mobile web. For example, this piece on CNET, and The Register's dramatically titled A Requiem for the Mobile Web.

And what is the basis for this doom-and-gloom mongering? Well, it turns out that a poorly-marketed twelve-month-old startup, named Mowser, which has never been able to attract VC, and seemingly staked its future entirely on its ability to attract VC, has called it a day.

That's it.

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Posted on Thursday, the 24th of April, 2008 | permalink | comments (0)

Why is mail.police.gov.bd Attempting to Hack Me?

Posted on Tuesday, the 22nd of April, 2008 | permalink | comments (0)

An Introduction to Fire Eagle

A definite highlight of Over the Air 2008 was London-based Yahoo Steve Marshall's introduction to Fire Eagle. For those not in the loop (which, to be fair, is most people: Fire Eagle is currently only open to a limited number of invited developers) Fire Eagle is Yahoo!'s brand new API for location-based services.

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Posted on Saturday, the 5th of April, 2008 | permalink | comments (4)

Hint to Employers

Posted on Thursday, the 3rd of April, 2008 | permalink | comments (1)

PHPTuring

Posted on Monday, the 31st of March, 2008 | permalink | comments (0)

The Get Up Kids are The Greatest Band That Ever Existed

The Get Up Kids are the greatest band that ever existed. To prove this, I would like to draw your attention to some very early live footage.

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Posted on Monday, the 24th of March, 2008 | permalink | comments (0)

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