Monthly Archives: February 2005

SplashBlog

SplashData (maker of SplashPhoto, SplashID, etc.) recently released SplashBlog – a “Mobile photo sharing solution for wireless handhelds”:

SplashBlog lets you instantly publish photos from your smartphone to an online photo album (photo blog) to share with others. SplashBlog includes everything you need to share your photos, including software for your smartphone and a free online photoblog account at splashblog.com.

A gave this application a quick test (30-day trial is available) and it looks like a great solution for mobile picture blogging. In fact, this could be a great moblogging application in general if they allowed posting without images. SplashBlog has some key features of an “ideal” Palm blogging application that I’ve mentioned before:

  • Standard Palm OS user interface
  • Interfacing with device camera/photos application
  • Direct updating of blog server, including 2-way sync

Currently SplashBlog supports TypePad or SplashBlog.com sites, but promises to add support for more in the future. If support for standard XML-RPC / MetaWeblog API sites like MovableType and WordPress become available, this application could really take off. I’d also like to see an option to make postings without images. It may not be the primary use case, but would make a nice text mobile blogging app.

If you’ve used any products from SplashData, you know that the quality and attention to detail are high, including such rarities as a good user manual, full-functionality trial periods, regular updates and useful desktop counterparts. SplashPhoto is no exception and is worth a look. Right now the introductory price is only $19.95.

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[Via PalmInfocenter]

Yahoo! Sports Nascar Coverage

After thoroughly enjoying last weekend’s season-opening Daytona 500 (go Jeff!), I poked around Yahoo Sports to see what’s new this year. It looks like the Sports team has been busy with several site improvements, including live leaderboard coverage and a new features page.

The leaderboard shows up to three drivers’ progress throughout the race. I’m glad to see this data being presented graphically — it makes it much more compelling that another table full of numbers.

Driver Chart

The driver stats page also has some improvements, including this interesting “Nextel Key Stats” diagram (note the extra credit Jeff Gordon gets for running more than the total number of labs so far this year):

Driver Stats, Jeff Gordon

MT-Blacklist to the Rescue

Like a lot of other sites, I started receiving a ton of trackback and comment spam a couple weeks ago. I was set up for all new comments to be moderated, but even that step became a burden. Plus, the trackbacks are not moderated which the spammers have just realized I suppose.

After reading up on the various solutions people have created for MovableType, I installed MT-Blacklist. I was at first reluctant to rely on a blacklist approach, but this plugin is quite powerful, automatically updating its blacklist from the master at Jay’s site. You can also add your own search expressions to fine tune your filtering (hint: add ‘texas’ and ‘poker’ to your list). MT-Blacklist has effectively killed 100% of such spam on my site.

Faster Mobile Browsing

Treonauts has a nice comparison of the web browsing experience with Blazer (the built-in Treo web browser from palmOne) and Xiino (from Mobirus). Their overall conclusion showed Xiino being significantly faster than Blazer. I’ve heard good things about Blazer 4.0, but for now it’s only available on the Treo 650, not as a separate software package.

Checking back on my analysis of mobile user agents, I do show a very small number of Xiino hits (only 0.22% of the total).

SuperBowl Commercials

As they’ve done for the past few years, iFilm.com has collected all of the 2005 SuperBowl Commercials online. Most websites are posting their own commercials as well, if you want to watch or download them directly.

Even though I watched the entire game, I think I missed a few ads. I liked the Tabasco and Ameriquest ads the best. Overall the ads didn’t seem as ground-breaking or innovative as they have in the past.