Category Archives: tech notes

Top Ten Web Hosting Companies

Being a web developer and graphic designer, business owners would oftentimes ask me which web host to use for their products, portfolio websites and blogs. I compiled a list of reputable and reliable web site hosting companies for small businesses. I have used a wide range of web hosts during my long career as a…

read .mobi files on Android

it’s incredibly easy to open .mobi files on the ipad via dropbox in the kindle app and for some reason that simplicity got lost on Android, as the system doesn’t have to have any file affiliation with said ebook files. anyways, it’s fairly easy as well on android – select the file and go into…

Cordova phonegap image orientation

when I started using phonegap, I was puzzled by the overlapping functionality of “camera” and “capture” and I found out the hard way that capture does not allow to define image rotation in the device, but can be sorted out by utilizing the metadata. I ended up using php thumb, which reads the metadata and…

eye-fi and photoshelter

A new client approached pocketrevolution to help out with a photobooth solution for events… the idea was to set up all the photography stuff on location and use an ipad or iphone to take care of the photo transmissions for social media sharing. The client provided an eye-fi card with a compact flash adapter for…

responsive design vs. responsible design

most pocketrevolution projects employ automagic image resizing technology to make our customer’s lives easier, especially with self-managed CMS systems… and while many solutions like “timthumb”, “adaptive images” and “tinysrc” come to mind, all are flawed in one way or the other – they may lack in flexibility, or the markup can get messy, or the…

Mobify your website

quick breakdown how to mobify your website for smart phones and other small screen devices redirection to m. subdomain I suggest to redirect to a mobile subdomain instead of just resizing the layout via media queries to optimize content further for mobile. Sebastiano Armeli-Battana’s excellent redirection javascript target screen size up to 800px works well…

12 Magic Tricks you can do with a mobile website

quick loading time large text and easy tap-able navigation directions with location awareness (GPS) QR code scanning for promotional purposes click-to-call button live opening hours app-like splash screen app-like homepage icon/bookmark intelligent forms automatic mobile browser detection mobile specific specials unidirectional scrolling only

Leave older IE behind

excellent idea and execution… while I agree that it really is time to leave good ole IE in the dust, I disagree with the whole responsive design idea for mobile. mobile simply needs its own scaled and customized content on a mobile (m., mobile.) subdomain. read more on the idea here

Guidelines for mobile web development

excellent article resource from smashing magazine Mobile web apps offer a good number of advantages over native apps; and though they face some design, development and deployment challenges, they are a powerful cross platform, scalable and affordable solution.

mobile first

mobile first sounds like a great ¬†approach in theory, but sometimes time demands to develop the desktop site first and tweak from there…