Monday, March 27, 2006

Jellingspot Version Comparison Guide

"Not quite sure what the difference is between the free version of Jellingspot and the commercial version? This simple guide should help you understand those differences, and if it doesn't, then please email us and we'll be happy to clear things up."

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Spring Forward

Aah, Spring is finally here (although Spring weather hasn't made it yet), so now it's time to loose an hour of sleep so I can gain an hour of daylight! Yippie! (North America springs forward next week ... so for one week, mainland Europe is +1 hour ahead all around [7-10 hours] to mainland US).

Which leads me to my next minor point: How come my Symbian devices didn't change time automatically? Neither my UIQ 2.1 (P900) or my plethora of Symbian Series 60 devices (N-Gage, 7650, 6630) changed. While my PC (Windows XP) and my crusty Loox PDA (Pocket PC 2002) did? If it weren't for them, I'd have my time all screwed up. Certainly, it can't be that hard for Symbian to implement such a simple (but life saving :-) function? Can it?

Anyway ... Happy Spring everybody!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Symbian Series 60: Starting to get messy ...

Well, it seems the Symbian platform is starting to get a bit messy. For the last few years, all Symbian Series 60 devices had a screen resolution of 176(w) x 208(h). This made coding pretty simple and was one of the reasons why Series 60 devices maintain a near monopoly on the Jellingspot client application front. You could write the application once, and it pretty much worked on all Series 60 devices (the claim to fame for Java, which has never really materialized for mobile device platforms, yet).

However, if you notice, there are now a few new Series 60 devices that have a screen resolution of 352(w) x 416(h) [where do they come up with these numbers?] ... such as the Nokia N80, N90, E70 and E60. Also coming are some more traditional PDA like resolutions of 240(w) x 320(h) on such Series 60 phones as the Nokia N71, N92, and E61. This is starting to get messy.

While we have Jellingspot client applications for some of these phones already, we haven't tested them, and we know for sure the UI is gonna look funny. I guess we'll have to go purchase (I would really hate to go drop 600 Euro on a device I'm gonna use for about 5 mintues or less) a few of these devices now. Ufff...

The question is, why such strange resolutions when the physical screen size seems to look the same size? (at least on the N80 vs N70?) If the actual screen sizes are larger, than it makes sense I guess, but *if* they're the same, what reason is there for having a higher resolution (in the case of the N92, I undertand it's gonna be a media device, but still ... it's not like you're getting HDTV on that sucker)?

Whatever the reason, seems Symbian Series 60 is gonna become less and less developer friendly in the near future ... hope it doesn't get as bad as Windows Mobile! ;-)

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Symbian Series 60 ]

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Jellingspot now in Wiki ...

Well, I decided to add Jellingspot to Wiki today -- not sure if it'll last there, but check it out:

I tried not to be too "self-promoting" -- I even included links to my competitors ... in addition, I added a "Location-marketing" page ...

This is to help push the idea of "location-marketing" a bit ... I will even email the other companies to try to get them to put their product info up. This industry is pretty fragmented, maybe I can help motivate the other companies to use the same terms and words to help move the industry forward a bit faster. Maybe I'm just day dreaming. If you see any mistakes (spelling, grammar, etc...) fix them! I wrote it quickly -- I'll go back and make edits to make it "smoother" when I get more time (I'll just wait for the WikiNazis to fix any spelling/grammar -- since they're like 'bots on that page).