Mobility

Read TechRepublic from your BlackBerry, Treo, or Windows Mobile device

Although the mobile Web still has its challenges, there's no doubt that lots of us are regularly using our BlackBerrys, Treos, Windows Mobile devices, and other smartphones to access mobile versions of our favorite Web sites. We're pleased to announce that you can now access a version of TechRepublic optimized for small screens.

Although I'm not a huge fan of reading the Web from my mobile phone -- as you probably gathered from my recent post Five reasons why the mobile Web still doesn't work -- I do have about 30 of my favorite sites bookmarked on my Treo 700 and I regularly use them in airports, taxi cabs, and occasionally while I'm pushing the cart in the grocery store.

Earlier this year, I compiled two lists of mobile sites that are worth viewing from the small screen:

I'm pleased to announce that you can now add TechRepublic to the list. The mobile version of TechRepublic can be accessed at:

http://http://www.techrepublic.com

TechRepublic also has a version of each of its blogs optimized for mobile screens. For example, check out the mobile version of Tech Sanity Check. Soon you will see a little phone icon on each of the TechRepublic blogs that links to the mobile version of that blog. Stay tuned.

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Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

8 comments
bvjones59
bvjones59

Another option for most of us with Java-enabled phones/pdas is to download and install Opera mini. It's amazing what they do to get the entire website visible and accessible on our tiny screens. I use a Treo 650 and the java patch you have to install first can be tricky to get up and running properly... but once you've got it, as I said, the increase in speed and maneuverability is almost mind-boggling compared to the built-in browser. And it's free,and works with most phone companies' java-enabled phones. Point your phone to www.operamini.com and see what you think. (Jeez, that sounds like an advertisement! Good thing this is open source!)

Genera-nation
Genera-nation

'do' the forums for mobile access?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I'm sure we'll do more mobile pages. Like anything, it's just a matter of time, resources, and user demand.

it_iz_!_it
it_iz_!_it

Still no coverage in rural hilly areas. :-(

Jaqui
Jaqui

it sure doesn't have even 1/10th of the main site. no member login. no forums nothing but the Articles. nope, Articles do not include the blogs from when I looked at it in lynx. [ fwiw, my own site looks exactly the same in lynx as on one of the new palm phones. ]

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

We started primarily with our blog platform because that was the best way to provide something usable and universal. Naturally, we'd like to provide more content for the mobile platform, and we'll phase other things in. We're also hoping that mobile phones and mobile Web standards will develop to make the experience better from the device level, even when looking at a standard, raw Web site.

Jaqui
Jaqui

for most of what is on TR just go with a no rich media, no clientside scripting version. [ little things like no transparent spacer.gif to layout threads, they won't work on mobile devices, neither will the clientside scripting, such as the javascript required to post on the main site. ] to see how a mobile device will display any code: http://www.delorie.com/web/lynxview.html since the mobile devices show the same as lynx, minus the graphics [img] [alt text displayed]

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

we would have done it a long time ago. :-) Because we have a diversity of many different backend platforms that work together to power the site and dynamically build the pages, it will take a variety of different solutions to translate to mobile. Wish it were easier!

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