Micro website for micro browser

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Posted by Anonymous on 25 Mar 2010 at 02:00

Fishphone.com: Personalized web content for your Polycom Phone

  • Tweet from your Phone?
  • Weather and news reports on your phone?
  • Pictures and personalized directories on your phone?

1. Introduction
Together with emerging VoIP technology to reduce costs and increase sound quality, the features of VoIP phones are also enhanced: some new models also have a micro web browser such as the Polycom SoundPoint phones. Unfortunately, most Polycom SoundPoint users can not take advantage of the micro browser on their phones. 

Microbrowsers support only a very limited set of HTML and most websites can not be viewed properly on them. Recognizing the potential need for web content that can be viewed on a Polycom micro browser, East Agile has developed a web application that helps...

Screen Recording is the new Screen Shot

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 05 Mar 2010 at 12:41

For agile software developers, Apple's new Quicktime 10 is a great new tool. Now with a few clicks, you can demonstrate a feature or a bug by recording your desktop as easily as you might use Ctl-Shift-4 to capture part of your screen.  This is somewhat limited by an inability to record sound, especially the developer or user explaining the feature or issue at hand.  I think this new functionality is a real benefit despite the fact that a lot of video editing people have been trashing the new Quicktime 10 video utility that comes with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).





A more advanced option remains the use of professional tools like Telestream's Screenflow ($99), which allows voice recording, text callouts, and potentially smaller file sizes. But other than that,...

Frequently Asked Questions 11

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 23 Feb 2010 at 03:25

AJAX

What is your experience with AJAX? What are your preferred frameworks? Can you provide any URLs for examples of your work?


We have a lot of experience using AJAX with a variety of frameworks and libraries ranging from Prototype, Yahoo UI to jQuery. A recent example of our work with AJAX can be found at:http://knowmyfood.com.

Analytics Conferences in 2010

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 23 Feb 2010 at 02:41

To be honest, we have always been too busy to attend analytics conferences. For example, in my case, I have been developing in SAS for more than twenty years, but I have never been to a SAS conference. But this year, I am at least going to compile a list of some of the ones that look relevant to us. I will update this blog entry over time.

April 11-14, Seattle. SAS Global Forum. $995 onsite.

Superior Voice Quality

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 31 Jan 2010 at 17:38

If you would like your calls to have absolutely the best sound possible, you should use a SIP provider like onsip.com (we use them) then use HD voice phones from Polycom (the HDTV of phones such as the Polycom 335, $115or Polycom 550). HD Voice is starting to come out from other manufacturers and is supported by many SIP gateways. The difference between a conversation between two HD Voice phones versus two regular phones is similar to the difference between talking in person versus talking on the phone. Onsip.com provides the following comparison:

To give you an idea of what the difference is, this is what an HD call with a Polycom 650 sounds like, and this is what the standard phone call sounds like.

If you...

Uniquely East Agile

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 11 Jan 2010 at 04:58

One thing that seems to be very unique about us is that we really do paired programming. This practice is not for everyone by far. A lot of people don't get it and won't get it. But for those that get it, we are one of the few deep practitioners. Pivotal Labs, of course, is another one. Just from talking to people from other leading development shops it seems like 90% or more of Ruby on Rails agile companies do not practice it to the extent that we do. Paired = higher quality & lower risk of project interruption.

Learn more about Paired Programming on Wikipedia, including information about research on its effectiveness.

Ruby and Agile Conferences in 2010

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 11 Jan 2010 at 04:46

These look like the most interesting Ruby and Agile related conferenceevents in 2010:

  • April 9-10, Reston, Virgina.Ruby NationRuby conference. SOLD OUT.
  • April 14-15, San Francisco, California. Chirp Twitter Developer Conference ($469).
  • April 20-21, New York, NY. #140Conf ($140).
  • May 22-23, Krakow, Poland.EuRuKoRuby conference. For reference, see EuRuKo 2009.
  • May 22-23, Gothenberg, Sweden. Nordic Ruby conference ($809 -600).
  • June 7-10, Baltimore, Maryland. RailsConf O'Reilly Ruby on Rails conference ($695).
  • August 4-6, (near) Jacksonville, Florida. BizConf. A Hashrocket founded conference ($1,570).

I will come back and update this post over time to keep it fresh.

Here are a few I'm keeping my eye on but haven't really decided if they are interesting yet or not, or they have yet to...

Announcing the Google Nexus One

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 06 Jan 2010 at 14:39

Google's Nexus One Android smartphone may be the turning point for Android in its battle for respect from the otherwise iPhone-carrying set of consumers. Or maybe not (see this New York Times article). Released to Google employees about a week ago, the Nexus One was released to the general public on Tuesday January 5th, 2010. We took this opportunity to take some photos.

I was particularly impressed by the camera on the Nexus One and its vivid colour. The image of red lips below is completely unenhanced (colour was removed from the rest of the image to ensure our attention was not distracted).

Android Phones are getting quite Sexy

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 31 Dec 2009 at 07:56

I did an Android phone photo shoot today. In a few days we will publish some shots of the very latest models. We develop for this platform.

Wreath Thief Captured by Sensr.net

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 27 Dec 2009 at 14:04

I'm pleased to see Senr.net making a difference. Over the holidays, it helped one user capture video of someone stealing a wreath from their door. We hope the guy gets caught because that is such a lowlife thing to do.

We spent many hundreds of hours helping Adam Beguelin create Sensr.net from its inception early this year. We think it is very cool, and love to see it at work. Adam writes about this more on his blog.