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This is the monthly archive for March 2012.

Never ever do business with SISO

Permalink | in Samsung

Back in October 2010 I was very glad to receive a mail from the people behind the Samsung Dolfin browser, who turned out to work from Bangalore, India, asking for my cooperation in making it better and even offering to pay me for it. Unfortunately, by now it turns out that they’re a bunch of fucking assholes who don’t do as they promise. This is to serve as a warning to others NEVER to do business with them.

It should be noted that the engineers are perfectly all-right and reasonable and can easily be talked to. It’s the fucking bureaucratic assholes in "HR" that are the enemy who’ve fucked up my life in the last year or so.

Update: This post helped. I received my money, while I was convinced I'd never get it. So that's arranged now, and my dealings with SISO are at an end.

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Brian Fling finalises Mobilism line-up

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On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.

Today we finalise our line-up: no less than Brian Fling, principal of pinchzoom, will come to Amsterdam. In keeping with the design-minded philosophy of his company, Brian will talk about the principles of good mobile design, based on a transferral to mobile of Dieter Rams's 10 principles.

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Mobilism announces Seb Lee-Delisle

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On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.

Today one more reason not to buy a Mobilism ticket falls apart because we can announce that Creative JavaScript guru Seb Lee-Delisle will speak.

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My US tour

Permalink | in Conferences

As promised, here’s an update on my North-American tour consisting of four public speaking gigs in Seattle, San Francisco, Waterloo, and Orlando, and one workshop in San Francisco.

I’ll leave for Seattle on Saturday 31st of March and return to Amsterdam on Thursday 19th of April. During that time I’ll likely suffer from diminished attention span and will blog and mail less than usual.

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The iPad 3 and Moore’s Law

Permalink | in Apple

At first sight the new iPad 3 seems to be a vindication of Moore’s Law. Apple wanted to significantly increase the pixel density of the screen, and had to wait until the components were cheap enough to sell the iPad for its usual price. Now, apparently, that wait has ended and the iPad 3 with Retina is here.

Still, not all is well with the iPad 3. Put simply, what Apple forgot here (or deliberately decided to overlook) is that Moore’s Law doesn’t go for data connections; especially not for mobile ones. Increasing a wireless data network’s speed doesn’t really depend on cheaper hardware: it’s a matter of bandwidth, frequencies, and more cell towers.

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Q4 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.

This post treats the second six countries. Part 1, which treated the first six, appeared two weeks ago. Your donation for keeping this series up and running would be much appreciated.

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Mobilism announces Fast Track, session descriptions

Permalink | in Mobilism

On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.

Currently our quest is to systematically destroy your rationalisations for not buying a ticket right now. Today we give you no less than six brand-new reasons to attend:

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Web developer relations management in the mobile world

Permalink | in Mobile

In addition to the quality of their web environment, there’s another factor that will decide whether or not mobile web players are going to survive: the quality of their developer relations outreach. Here’s a quick and dirty look at the current state of affairs.

And yes, I admit that this overview is based almost solely on my own experiences in finding sponsors and panelists for Mobilism, and I also admit that I’m writing this post because I’m very frustrated right now.

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Mobilism announces James Pearce

Permalink | in Mobilism

On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.

For this edition we’re happy to welcome James Pearce, head of Mobile Developer Relations at Facebook. He will shed some light on mobile strategy in general, and will cite ample examples from Facebook's strategy

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window.outerWidth in mobile browsers

Permalink | in Viewport

Yesterday I finally researched window.outerWidth/Height in the mobile browsers, and here are my conclusions.

A few months back James Pearce published research that shows that the use of window.outerWidth on iOS devices allows you to read out the true orientation; something that screen.width does not.

Yesterday I came to the conclusion that this is far and away the most interesting use window.outerWidth has, and that James also missed a completely idiotic effect that Apple provides. The rest of the browsers are much more boring in their implementation.

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This is the blog of Peter-Paul Koch, mobile platform strategist, consultant, and trainer. You can also follow him on Twitter.
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