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Acid 3 and Mobile browsers

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The other day as I was watching the new Blackberry browser demo from the World Mobile Congress, I saw something that astounded me: The Acid 3 test. I hadn’t thought of how mobile browsers did with this test before. Never even crossed my mind. But now it had, and my curiosity was piqued.

So I tested out the browsers on my wimpy TreoPro. Surprisingly, my default (the excellent Iris Browser, aka the new Blackberry browser) had a perfect score! Then came Skyfire (52/100) and IE (I couldn’t tell if the test even started.) I have also downloaded Opera 10 Mobile beta and it scored a respectable 97/100.

Unfortunately my resources are limited, so I don’t have results for other devices and their browsers, except for a friend who ran Mobile Chrome on his Droid on Verzion (93/100). If you could test your mobile browser with the Acid 3 test and drop them in the comments, I’ll put together something that we can all use for reference. I’m not just looking for smartphone browsers like Mobile Safari. I want feature phone browser results too.

Moving hosts

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

After nearly 4 years with a small hosting company and another, newer account with Media Temple, I finally decided that it was time to pull the trigger and go with MT and stop paying for two hosting accounts, it just wasn’t worth it to me.

Right now, everything’s going through a bit of a transition, hopefully the dust will settle down over the weekend. If you need to reach me, you can try my gmail account (tyhatch at gmail).

WebKit achieves Acid3 100/100 in public build

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Congrats to the WebKit team.

Opera Mobile has Flash

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I’ve not followed this closely, in part that I don’t have a phone that could support this. (Ah, the joys of life on a limited budget! 😉 But I think the key is the last paragraph:

In the meantime, having Flash on your phone may not be all it’s cracked up to be. It may give you access to your favorite video websites, but only if the phone’s processor and hardware are fast enough to cope. “Often they are not,” says [Ian] Fogg. “This may be one reason that the iPhone does not yet have Flash support.”

NBC report blames poor album sales on iPod, iTunes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Poor NBC. First they pull out because Apple doesn’t let them have their way, and they go off and start Hulu (which isn’t half bad if you ask me–too cheap to get cable or satellite and TV reception at home is just a bunch of ants having a picnic on screen. This has been a solid alternative for us.) Then they complain that Apple’s contributing to the death of CD sales. Maybe they’re getting sour that they’re not being as profitable with their album sales and are looking to blame someone else for their hubris other than themselves? Yeah, Apple’s a good target for non-innovators. Remember: Change is BAD!

Bluetooth walking

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Double amputee walks again due to Bluetooth – A cool story over on CNN about an Iraqi vet who’s able to walk again using Bluetooth-driven legs. An inspiring use of technology.

What is a social network if the people facing the toughest problems are not part of it?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Dale Dougherty (Editor/Publisher of MAKE) on an issue that really resonates. Personally, I see myself somewhere in-between. Nicely put and thought-provoking. Planning on rereading it.

Speaking Mango

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Going through my growing list of “put-off-til-later” feeds, I discovered Mango Language. It’s an e-learning site for language learning that is Flash-based and very easy and intuitive to learn. I’ve only gone through part of lesson 1 for Japanese, but I think I might be able to understand some of the Manga I get from Netflix now.

Mobile gets interesting.

Monday, November 5th, 2007

The mobile space just got a lot more interesting. Rather than make a phone (which doesn’t make sense to me) Google’s partnered with few others to put together a mobile platform SDK. I wonder how this will turn out? We’ll find out in a few months when the first handsets start arriving.

Also noted, this piece about one of the main people involved Andy Rubin of, and Google.

Clay Christensen interview

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

How to fix health care and education. First exposure to disruptive innovation. Me likey. (Via NorthTemple)