Monthly Archives: May 2011

Off to Visit Ovi in Berlin

This spring has been travel crazy here at Black Phoebe and one of the ways that I have been able to keep within the parameters of my AT&T International data plan is to use Ovi Maps when I was in London and Amsterdam, as you can download the maps before you go and those maps also have all of the most current place information that one would want.
When I was in London, I switched off between using Google Maps on my Nokia N8 and using Ovi Maps. I noticed that Google Maps is quite the data hog using it online and Ovi Maps set to ‘offline’ was much easier on my data usage.
When I was in Amsterdam, I was surprised how thorough and good that Ovi Map’s offline offering was. I was to meet up with friends for dinner, but trying to find them was a moving target as they did not know where they were going and I was about 10-15 minutes behind them. One friend texted me the name of restaurant that they had decided on and without going online, I was able to use Ovi Maps to get the address of the restaurant and the map of how to walk there. It was on the fly with no data usage.
At the beginning of May, Surya Nair, Ovi Maps community manager, invited me to attend a workshop this week in Berlin on Ovi Maps and a few other applications. I am looking forward to meeting the team behind Ovi Maps and to talk with them and other workshop participants about the mobile maps/location/etc.
Off I go to Berlin this evening, volcano willing.

At Grandma Grace’s Memorial

Weston sucking on his fingers
Christine and Joe Lauren and Catherine At Grandma Grace's Memorial, the siblings Ms. Jen, Chuck, and Aunt Trice Shelly, Kristy, Marina, Kristin, and Elena Cousin Brian, Weston, and Dylan

Sat 05.21.11 – All photos of various family and friends at Grandma Grace’s memorial service & dinner taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8. Photo slideshow of Grace’s life coming soon, I will email the link to interested parties.

Amsterdam, Goodbye for Now

Waiting for the Plane
Sun 05.15.11 – Mobilism 2011 was a great conference, not only were all the sessions quality, but all the folks I met were smart and thinking about as well as doing some cool things in the web and mobile web space. Big thanks to PPK, Krijn Hoetmer, and Stephen Hay for all of their vision & organizational abilities!
It was also great to be back in Amsterdam after 18 years away, even if for only 4 days, as the city has changed for the better and it was lovely to see a small slice of it. I will definitely come back.

Mobilism 2011: Photos at the Conf and on Saturday

Amsterdam, Canal-side
Jon Arnes! Dinner on Thursday Night The Indonesian Combo Plate Talking at Felix Meritis Jessica, Dana, and Joni Cafe Hoppe, Anno 1670 Stephen Hay and Martin Sutherland Ijveer 51, Ferry to NSDM Fabulous Fish & Fabric Sculpture / Windsock at the NDSM Werf Cycling to Het Twiste with Family Sutherland Windmill near Het Twiste Drinks with Jay, Joni, and Brian Fooling Around with Google Goggles at Dinner

Sat 05.14.11 – Here are a few of the photos taken during and after the sessions of Mobilism 2011, as well as on Saturday. Both Thursday and Friday, I had the opportunity go out for delicious dinners with other speakers and friends. On Thursday, we went to Kantjil & de Tijger, a dutch-indonesian fustion place on Spuistraat, and on Friday a super delicious Italian slow food restaurant, Pianeta Terra on Beulingstraat. After dinner on Friday, we went over to Cafe Hoppe (Anno 1670) for drinks and talk.
On Saturday, after all of Mobilism was over, I rented a bike from the hotel, took the ferry to the NDSM werf and met up with Martin & Abi Sutherland and their family for a late lunch at the fun & funky Cafe Noorderlicht and then a lovely bike ride up to Het Twiske, as well as a tour of the book cases. As a proud reader & book addict, I too, one day endeavor to have a two wall living room / book case showroom. Even more important, Abi gave me a few good book recommendations.
On Saturday evening, after a bike sprint back to Amsterdam and a walking sprint to the Ouid-Zuid, I met up with Brian LeRoux, Joni Rustulka, and her brother Jay. We had dinner at an Eritrean/Ethiopian restaurant that had the best tasting Ethiopian food I have ever eaten (not usually a fan) and a lot of laughs. All was well, until 2am, when the food decided it didn’t like me. Oops.
All photos at Mobilism or afterwards taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.

Mobilism 2011: Ms. Jen’s How to put the Mobile in the Mobile Web

Fri 05.13. 11 – Here are the slides from my Mobilism 2011 presentation this morning, I would also like to highlight the conclusion ideas and some of the links:
Moving Forward:
* Form a grassroots set of folk to work up the hybrid server/client side solution for mobile browser and feature detection as proposed in Brian Rieger’s presentation.
*Work with browser makers for a more complete feature profile and to alert of user preferences on data, media, and current context.
*We are all here now, what are we willing to accomplish & organize?
The Mobile Web is young, let’s keep the lines of communication open and work together.
The Three Presentations after mine that expand on CSS (Media Queries), Client side, Server side and Hybrid approaches:
Steve Hay’s Presentation On Media Queries
Scott Jehl’s Presentation on Mobile JQuery and how it is used on the new Boston Globe site (he will be posting this later after permission is gained)
Brian Rieger’s Presentation on Muddling Through the Mobile Web
Text W3C’s Mobile Web Best Practices
W3C’s Mobile Web Application Best Practices
Authoring Practices for the Mobile Web
USC’s Best Practices in Mobile Detection
Quirksmode Mobile
Detect Mobile Browser
Simple javascript mobile OS detector
Deploying WURFL
Tera-WURFL UA & Feature Explorer
The Switcher
Manifesto for Responsible Reformatting
Also, this presentation was geared as a guide on where to begin for web designers and developers to who are wanting to get started in Mobile. I would recommend starting with the resources to move forward.
Also here are a few links to:
James Pearce’s Modernizr-server
W3C Media Queries
Rethinking the Mobile Web

Mobilism 2011: Scott Jehl, Bryan Rieger, Nicholai Onken, and Jared Spool

Dear reader, As a way to both pay attention and have a good record of the proceedings, I like to type out transcriptions/paraphrases of conference sessions. Here is my final transcription/paraphrase for Scott Jehl, Bryan Rieger, Nicholai Onken, and Jared Spool at Mobilism 2011. – Ms. Jen
Jump to:
Scott Jehl – Getting Started with JQuery Mobile
Bryan Rieger – Muddling through the Mobile Web
Nicholai Onken – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Mobile Dev
Jared Spool – Mobile & US: In the Eye of the Perfect Storm


Mobilism 2011: Steve Souders and Stephen Hay

Fri 05.13.11 – Sorry, today’s transcriptions are a bit sparser, as I presented between Mr. Souders & Mr. Hay.
Steve Souders
WPO – Web Performance Optimization
drives traffic
improves UX (session lengthens as it gets faster)
increases revenue
reduces costs
Mobile Performance test sites/tools
HTTP Archive for Mobile
Stephen Hay
Meta Layout: A Closer Look at Media Queries