Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Tutorial: Making your WordPress blog Android and iPhone friendly

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Good tutorial by the Android and Me guys about making your WordPress blog Android and iPhone friendly. Includes code samples and information about mobile detection, viewports and tips and tricks on resizing images properly.

Tutorial: Making your WordPress blog Android and iPhone friendly – Android and Me.

Android market share up, again

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

comScore’s December 2009 report on Mobile Market share shows Android is at 5.2% (up 2.7 from September).  Apple continues to grow, while RIM, Microsoft, and Palm all dropped.  While still last among the five, Android is showing strong growth and is on track to overtake Palm very soon.

ArsTechnica’s summary: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2010/02/google-makes-biggest-gain-in-smartphone-market-share.ars

Full comScore report: http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2010/2/comScore_Reports_December_2009_U.S._Mobile_Subscriber_Market_Share

Second Life scaling lessons

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

ArsTechnica has an article discussing some of the lessons that can be learned from looking back at how Second Life scaled up to the number of users it has now, and how future projects can avoid some of their problems.

The lessons are both from a infrastructure/hardware scaling perspective as well as from development process and [...]

Android in a list of “10 things not to buy in 2010″?

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Here is an MSN money article which recommends NOT buying any smart phone other than the Blackberry or iPhone.

Smart-phone also-rans
In the past few years, several smart phones have hit the market with features similar to the iPhone and BlackBerry, but they haven’t generated the same buzz.

As a result, fewer developers are likely to create [...]

JDK upgrades…and the aftermath

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

We have a long-time client that has been running in JDK 1.3 since the enterprise app was written and I was wanting to have the benefits of the newer versions of Java both in terms of language features and runtime speed improvements.  So I upgraded the app to JDK 6 (aka 1.6) last week when [...]

Amazon EC2 Oversubscribed?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Here is a post that reports that all is not happy for some with their heads in the clouds.

Is Amazon EC2 Oversubscribed and Suffering from Internal Network Latency?

I am not directly involved with this, but figured I’d raise it in the blog.

There have been various reports from the community of Amazon EC2 users, that [...]

45 Powerful CSS/JavaScript Techniques

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

A list of tutorials to do some very clever things with CSS and JS. Some notables:

Advanced Event Timeline With PHP, CSS & jQuery
Sproing! – Make An Elastic Thumbnail Menu
Sticky SideNav Layout with CSS
Simply-Buttons v2
A Colorful Clock With CSS & jQuery

45 Powerful CSS/JavaScript-Techniques – Smashing Magazine

More evidence of Android’s takeover?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

ChangeWave’s December survey shows Android is used by 4% of smart-phone users (up 3% from September).

Android is the choice for 21% of people planning to buy a smart-phone in the next 90 days (up 15% from September). Compare this to iPhone’s figure of 28%, down 4 points.  Satisfaction of Android users is at 72%, almost [...]

Mobile Use Compared

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Always found it interesting to observe differences with mobile phone usage in Asia and SF. This article provides observations in different parts of the world.

Mobile-phone culture: The Apparatgeist calls

Automated UI Tests: Holy Grail or Snake Oil?

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I think the title of this article says it all.

UI Test Automation Tools are Snake Oil

Michael Feathers, the author, is very solid.

It’s a very familiar ‘rabbit hole’ in the industry.  …  Personally, I think that in this day and age selling them [UI testing tools]  is irresponsible. Developing them open-source? Well, let your [...]