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Mowsing the (Mobile) Web - Mowmarking as you go

October 23rd 2007, 09:10

With a N800 and N95 in my pocket, if I’ve got access to a wireless connection then it’s great - I can view most web sites easily enough on the N800 screen and browse almst as if I were at home in from of my desktop. If I’m forced to use my mobile phone’s GPRS connection, then loading times, screen size and how many bytes I’m downloading become an issue (yes, I still have a contract that doesn’t really consider data as an economical use of my phone).

I’ve been exploring the various sites out there aimed at being viewed on mobile devices (they seem to be everywhere now, http://mobile.google.com, http://m.facebook.com - though don’t expect them to ‘just work’ on a PC). However, the vast majority of sites don’t offer a mobile version, and so its time to turn off images and hope the site fits into the screen and RAM my N95 has.

This is when I happened upon Russell Beattie’s Mowser comes in useful. It will happily take apart web sites and redisplay them in a usable manner that will work nicely on a mobile device. It shrinks images, rearranges content and so on, without actually breaking the site (usually). It’ll even act as a reasonably simple RSS feed reader.

Sadly, it lacks a feature for storing bookmarks. Russ tells me he’s got some ideas for ways to store links, but that could be a while off. In the meantime though, I’ve cobbled together my own little site specifically for storing (and vaguely organising) Mowser links. Behold Mowmarks. At the moment it’s probably a bit rough round the edges - it has a very basic user account system, and passwords are never stored unencrypted so by all means have a play. It should look ok on most mobile browsers as well. All the links are aimed towards Mowser, but I’m open to requests and suggestions for improvements.


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