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This is the monthly archive for October 2011.

Forum Oxford slides

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The slides of my Forum Oxford presentation are now online (PDF; 76K).

This is likely to be a one-off presentation. I don’t think other conferences are particularly suited to bring the main message of this presentation to the right audience.

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Linkbait 28

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This week’s.

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Apple’s cycles

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Over the past week or so I found I have seriously misjudged the iPhone 4S announcement, and I’d like to set the record straight. After reading a few interesting pieces I realised I’d misunderstood Apple’s patterns and cycles, and I saw how brilliant the 3GS move is.

I decided to write this little summary to firmly plant Apple’s pattern of cycles in my mind. No original thoughts here — I just collate ideas from other sources.

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Q3 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 2/2

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Today we’ll finish the report on the Q2 2011 mobile browser stats according to StatCounter by treating the six countries with the least mobile browsing market share.

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Forum Oxford

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Friday 28th of October I’ll be speaking at Forum Oxford, the annual mobile conference organised by Tomi Ahonen and Ajit Jaokar. This is an extra-special event for me since it’ll be the first time I speak at a purely mobile (i.e. not specifically mobile web) event.

Tickets are £295 and can still be had.

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Mobilism ticket sales open

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On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Ticket sales are now open; and we have a few very cheap tickets for you — if you hurry.

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Q3 2011 mobile browser stats for 12 countries 1/2

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It’s time for the quarterly mobile browser statistics from 12 selected countries according to StatCounter.

This post treats the first six countries; the second six will appear next week. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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ParisWeb slides

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Here are the slides (PDF; 900K) of my ParisWeb presentation about the mobile browser world.

I’ll probably repeat this presentation a few times, but will update it whenever the mobile platform or browser market changes — and that’s fairly often these days.

Dart; or Why JavaScript has already won

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If you’re not into blog posts that state the blindingly obvious, skip this one. It explains why Google’s whole Dart idea will fail miserably as a “structured language for web programming.” Most people will have already figured this out by themselves, but for those few who haven’t, here’s why:

JavaScript is already there. On a couple of billion devices.

That’s it, really; there’s little else to say. Still, since a blog post is supposed to be longer than two paragraphs, I’ll say a bit more.

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Mobilism free tickets and contest solution

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Today we have given away free tickets for Mobilism 2012. To get an idea of why you’d want a free ticket, here’s Antony Ribot’s session from the previous edition.

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Fronteers 2011: extraordinary

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Fronteers 2011, held last Thursday and Friday, was an extraordinary web conference. Where the previous three editions were good and could easily compare to the best international events, Fronteers 2011 was better. The upcoming videos will prove it.

I’ve been to a lot of conferences, and organised four. The ones I organised, and more than half the ones I visited were good, most others were not so good, but a few were extraordinary. Fronteers 2011 belongs in that select group.

And the wifi worked flawlessly with 450 simultaneous connections!

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4S

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Back in May I went on record saying that Apple would announce two iPhone models this year. It didn’t. I also said I’d eat crow in public if I was wrong, so even though I don’t think anyone actually remembers my promise, I owe you this.

... munch ... crunch ... [spit out feather] ... bleeh ... munch ...

Still.

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Linkbait 27

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Last week’s. I stupidly forgot to add half of my links to #26; here they are. No Tizen, that merits a separate article.

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Mobile browser stats for September

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It’s time for the mobile browser stats for September; as always according to StatCounter. Like last month, only two points changed hands but they’re important ones: Safari jumps back to second position, stealing one point each from Nokia and BlackBerry.

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Questions to the Amazon Silk team

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Dear Amazon Silk team,

You released a marketing campaign disguised as a technical talk about your new Silk browser for the Kindle.

Web developers are very interested in what you have to offer, and would love to study the solutions you’ve created for browsing in connection-challenged environments, but currently that’s impossible due to lack of information.

That lack is understandable: right now you’re hurrying to get all last-minute fixes applied in time for the release and don’t have time for answering detailed technical questions.

Still, the emphasis you put on Silk’s use of completely new concepts makes web developers very nervous and has them scramble for any information. Browser vendor had completely idiotic ideas before and tried to sell them as the Next Big Thing. We’d like to know for sure that Amazon is not one of those vendors.

Therefore I have a few questions for you, which are detailed below.

I would also very much like to get in touch with a Silk developer relations manager.

Oh, and next time, please don’t pretend all these concepts are totally new and utterly astounding. They’re not. Opera has been doing this for years. Your solution may be technically better, but the onus of proving that is on you.

Thanks, ppk

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