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Mobile Friendly Web Sites

If you use a mobile device to surf the web one thing you realize is that having a mobile version of any site can be very helpful, especially with the volume of mobile internet viewing increasing daily.

It is a little ironic that we have gone almost full circle on web design. We started with very text intensive low graphics back in the early 90′ to where the average viewer is now using a minimum of 1024×768 resolution with JavaScript capabilities and a wide range of Web 2.0 functions. And now we need a knocked down version for mobile users.

A lot of the new mobile devices can handle the high resolution sites, but with such a small screen it is still hard to navigate and read. This is where a mobile friendly web site can really open up your site for everyone regardless of their internet interface.

Here is a very simple solution.

While using Google Reader’s mobile version I realized any blog or web site can easily have a mobile version utilizing Google Reader. All that is required is to append your feed URL to the end of this URL from Google Reader.

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/[your feed]

Example :


To take this one step further you can use a sub domain from your site to create an independent mobile version.

Every hosting package is a little different and the setup for this depends on your hosting. I am using an htaccess file that handles the redirect. Check with your hosting system to find the best way to redirect your subdomain and you can instantly have separate mobile friendly web site.

Wifi at Home

Since moving into our new house, and just to be clear about this, it is not really new, just new to us. The reason that clarification is important is the fact that we are working hard first to cleanup and fix anything that we find that is not up to our expectations, and then we will move into customizing things we want. Now you may ask what does this have to do with Wifi at Home? Well let’s just walk through it.

Previously my schedule went something like this, get up at 5am and go to work (day job), get home around 5:30pm, eat dinner and then retire to my home office where I would spend most of the evening working at my desktop. A typical day probably would have me working at my desk in the evening 3-4 hours.

Now I am spending the bulk of that time working on my yard and house. It’s actually a nice change since I have been sitting in front of a computer for up to 15 hours a day everyday for the last 20 years.

The other major change this move impacts is “how” I am using the Internet. Before I was spending my time programming and developing software, blogs and general websites. Now I am using it more as an end user instead of a developer, BIG difference. (This will be a subject for another post soon)

A good example is last night. I was working on one of my old cars in my garage, something I have been missing for a couple years! I needed some information from the web, but the last thing I wanted to do was track through the house in dirty clothes and go all the way upstairs to surf for information, only to have to run back down to the garage with any answers I had found. See where this is going now…..

Nokia N770Enter my Nokia N770. The N770 is not the most current Wifi Internet Tablet, but it has served me well. From my workspace in the garage I can now access the Internet, find what I am looking for, and keep working. This has been the situation for the last several weeks. Instead of being tethered to a desk I am using my WIfi at Home to gain access to the web from anywhere in or around the house! I do not think I have missed an important email or instant message yet. And the advantage to the Internet Tablet over a laptop is the size and portability.

I feel like I am starting all over with the Internet and maybe I need a little Wifi for Dummies training, but it has freed me up to do the things I need to do, while keeping me online and in touch at all times.

One last note. I have found that a small Internet Tablet serves me a lot better than a Phone. The phone is too small and I personally do not like the all-in-one type equipment. I have played with an iPhone a little and yes it is a very clear screen with a nice GUI, but, my preference is still to have a separate device for my mobile computing.

Link : Nokia N770 Purchasing Information