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Wikipedia Search for Firefox

I spotted this create a Firefox search bar plugin how-to (via lifehacker) the other day, and it looked rather droll, so I lashed up a Firefox search plugin for here and then started on one for Wikipedia – as part of deciding whether it would be better to Google’s or Wikipedia’s own search for Wikipedia I had a quick search and found I was re-inventing the wheel.

Not only are there pre-existing search plugins for Wikipedia and dozens of other sites, but you can also create your own custom search plugin at Rollyo

Seems like it’s best to search before you leap…

[Wed, 25 Oct 2006 07:23] | [tech] | #

Carnival 49

Michael Mace has done a great job with this week's Carnival of the Mobilists over at his Mobile Opportunity site. Be sure to read it and take the Mobilists survey, and congrats to Krisse from All About Symbian for the post of the week.

Next week the carnival comes to MobHappy.

[Sat, 21 Oct 2006 07:57] | [mobile/CoM] | #

Smartphone Show 2006

It’s nearly here!

After last year’s Symbian Smartphone show where the much leaked Sony Ericsson P990 finally got a public airing and Nokia released the first three Eseries devices in a surprise move, what have we got in store this year?

New UIQ phones? I’d like to hope so, but given the time to market for the P990 you have to question Sony Ericsson’s commitment. New Eseries phones? Possibly, it’s been quite a while since the fifth and latest Eseries device the Nokia E50 was announced, however now that Nokia have a comprehensive range of Eseries devices, do they need to confuse businesses with a bigger range? This isn’t the fashion following world of consumer and multimedia devices. So quite possibly no new phones will be announced, maybe that’s no big problem, as by my reckoning there are at least 4 or 5 announced Symbian phones that aren’t shipping yet and there’ll be plenty more under development. The only likely Eseries devices might be the rumoured E80 and E90 communicators, but I think that’s a long shot.

Software wise, I think we’re almost going to see a Telco2.0 focus, VoIP and data heavy apps are going to dominate. The signs are that Skype are likely to release their Symbian client at last, a year ago I’d have expected them to need operator support, but given they’re now the 3rd largest global telco in terms of user numbers I think they’ve got plenty of clout to push this product out. Symbian’s Smartphone Radio “podcasts” give a heavy nod towards the major themes the keynote speakers will be attacking, it’s going to be fun!

Anything else? Well it’s full-on party season, what with the AAS Pub meet, Symbians ‘secret’ party and Swedish beers plus plenty of other smaller private bashes that clash with these events, d’oh!

[Thu, 12 Oct 2006 20:47] | [mobile] | #

2006-10-11 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Thu, 12 Oct 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

Carnival 48

It's been a while since I wrote about the Carnival of the Mobilists, but it's still going strong, very strong to be honest. This week's event, hosted by Helen Keegan, is one of my favourites to date. Carnival 48 has a great range of posts, with the top post being a superb monologue about how a UK mobile consumer feels about the operators' not so compelling offerings. Great stuff.

If you want to take part in the Carnival of the Mobilists, follow the simple instructions on the main site.

[Wed, 11 Oct 2006 22:47] | [mobile/CoM] | #

Social Text

Lovely anecdote in thelondonpaper the other day

… a woman was yapping away at the top of her voice on a crowded DLR train, during the conversation she told the person she was talking to her new mobile number. A minute later her phone beeped. She bellowed “hold on, I’ve got a new message”, she read the text then said “I’ve got to go, some bastard has sent me a text telling me to shut the fuck up” ...

[Wed, 11 Oct 2006 21:59] | [mobile] | #

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