Category Archives: Web

SmartMirror project part 2: Software

In the first part of this series I looked into how to assemble a two-way mirror so that an Android phone behind it can be used as an information hub. Of course this is only one part of the story, cause we also need some software to display all this useful information on our Android device. Now, obviously there is already such software available, however I decided to write my own version from scratch for the following reasons:

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  • to learn more about Android application development
  • it had to support Android Gingerbread (API level 10)
  • have all the modules important to me here in the UK

Why an ending slash on a URL matters (or not)

Recently I read a report from Google about the status of their own Web sites in terms of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Uhh, Google, the search engine giant, is looking how the own sites are behaving when a Web crawler is stumble over them! To be honest, it’s fully clear to me that in such a big company, like Google, not all is perfect in the sense of cooperative appearance. There are different projects, different teams, with different strengths and weaknesses, different priorities and of course different managers. To summaries the report: In some areas Google does a good job, but in most it doesn’t.

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A simple WordPress plugin

As you may noticed I use WordPress for my blog. This is an unbelievable great piece of software. It has uncountable possibilities for enhancements and as soon as you begin to explore these, you start adding some of them to your own blog. One of the plugins I added was WPtouch. This plugin wraps your blog into a theme for mobile devices if they are detected. This works for the iPhone, the Android platform or even Palms webOS. The theme is styled in a way it makes the content more readable on such (screen) limited devices and moves the menus to some extra place.

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