I’ve moved…

March 16, 2008

Given the flexibility that Blogger gives bloggers, I’ve decided to move my restructured blog to http://ICT4mobile.blogspot.com

See you there!


What is a WAP site?

March 16, 2008

A WAP site is just like a website, but for your mobile phone.  Because bandwidth is far less on a mobile phone, and because your mobile phone screen size is only a fraction of what is on a computer, WAP sites are tiny compared to their larger brothers.

Here is come advice on building WAP sites— ’cause you know you’ll want to when you find out that it’s free and easy.

1. Ensure that the most relevant information is at the top of the page so it’s easily accessible to users.  It’s painful to scroll down forever on your mobile phone.

2. Ensure you keep your WAP site to a minimum of pages.  Most people won’t click more than a few times on your WAP site so you don’t want to bury your blog three or four pages down.

3. Go light on the graphics.  WAP sites are less about presentation and more about information.  Using fewer graphics will ensure quicker load times.  As a result people will remain on your WAP site longer and be happier for it.

4. Use Swift to build your WAP site.  It’s free and easy.

I’m back!

March 14, 2008

I’ve been away and working hard at a wonderful company, Proteus, which is doing great things for the mobile industry. This blog will change focus as a result. Rather than being just videos of ICT4D, I’m going to narrow this down to postings about the mobile industry in developing countries.  I’m looking for mobile solutions to poverty.  We’ll see how long it takes for me to become overwhelmed!  Don’t worry, though, I’ll still have videos– which are more interesting then reports anyway.

HOWTO: Transplant Chili and Tomato Saplings

July 20, 2007

GREEN Foundation’s Ramachandrappa shows Ramegowda how to transplant chili and tomato saplings that he purchased for Rs. 0.25/sapling from Narayanaswamy in Marasahalli, Karnataka. At Ramegowda’s farm in Bhanavasi, Karnataka, Ramachandrappa shows the importance of using jevamrutha, an organic fertilizer, during transplanting.

(This is a howto video distributed across the Digital Green agricultural extension system, see more at http://www.digitalgreen.org)

Cows on Parade

July 19, 2007

The festival of harvest, Sankranti, as celebrated in Bhanavasi, Karnataka. Cows are decorated and stampede through a bonfire. This clipping is distributed to nearby villages using DVDs across Microsoft Research India’s Digital Green (http://www.digitalgreen.org) agricultural extension system.

Angelina Jolie & Jeffrey Sachs- Part 3

July 9, 2007

Angelina Jolie & Jeffrey Sachs- Part 2

July 8, 2007