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Sunday, August 09, 2009

BBTF Mobile Beta Testers Needed

Due to requests, I’ve started work on a mobile version of the site. Although it’s probably a few weeks off, I’d like to ask for beta testers. If you are interested, please post a comment with the name of your mobile device, your browser name and the version number.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2009 at 03:21 PM | 71 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Toolsy McClutch Posted: August 09, 2009 at 03:52 PM (#3286499)
I have a BB, I'd love to try it out. Heck, I've tried to make it work in the past.
   2. cheng Posted: August 09, 2009 at 04:23 PM (#3286521)
I've used my blackberry's standard browser to check this site before, and the formatting is kinda annoying. I'd love to try a true mobile version, thanks for the hard work Jim!
   3. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: August 09, 2009 at 04:27 PM (#3286523)
I'm using iPhone with the 3.0 version of Mobile Safari.
   4. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: August 09, 2009 at 04:28 PM (#3286524)
I'm running BBerry too but will take a look at the new site if you like. I'll see if I can roust up some iPhone users.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 09, 2009 at 04:42 PM (#3286532)
I read on an iPhone. Same specs as #3.
   6. BarrettsHiddenBall Posted: August 09, 2009 at 05:00 PM (#3286540)
iPhone, same as #3/#5.
   7. Jeff K. Posted: August 09, 2009 at 05:08 PM (#3286541)
I have an iPhone, as well. Cheng/Vlad/Barrett, are you sure the version of Safari you're running is 3.0? I'm fairly positive the 3.0.1 update touched Safari whilst fixing the SMS exploit. My phone is in the other room and I am lazy.

If you need someone for iPhone, like you're short your goal, let me know. All things equal, I avoid volunteering for testing because work jumps out of nowhere. And with the kids back in the dorms in two weeks, it would be tested under fire.
   8. Shibal Posted: August 09, 2009 at 05:28 PM (#3286557)
Blackberry Curve...I think I have the Explorer mobile version but not sure.
   9. HowardMegdal Posted: August 09, 2009 at 06:03 PM (#3286581)
I have a Blackberry Curve 8330... my browser's name is... whatever comes with the Curve 8330. Thanks for this, Jim!
   10. spycake Posted: August 09, 2009 at 06:03 PM (#3286583)
Opera Mini 4.2 browser, basic little Sprint cell phone (Sanyo manuf.)

The regular BBTF actually looks pretty good in the mobile view of this browser - it just narrows everything to one nice thin column.

BB-Ref is the site that needs a good mobile layout for me...
   11. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: August 09, 2009 at 06:20 PM (#3286599)
Iphone 3.0, like several of the earlier posters.
   12. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 09, 2009 at 06:27 PM (#3286603)
I have the same setup as does Howard.

-- MWE
   13. BarrettsHiddenBall Posted: August 09, 2009 at 06:32 PM (#3286605)
[7] Thanks and yeah, just updated to 3.0.1

(I assume most other iPhone users here will be too next time they sync their phone.)
   14. zenbitz Posted: August 09, 2009 at 06:45 PM (#3286623)
blackberry curve 8330 "Browser" sprint PCS
   15. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: August 09, 2009 at 06:46 PM (#3286625)
I have a Blackberry Curve 8330... my browser's name is... whatever comes with the Curve 8330. Thanks for this, Jim!


Ditto.
   16. Johnny Chimpo Posted: August 09, 2009 at 07:04 PM (#3286639)
Blackjack 2, not sure of browser details.
   17. Hector Moreda & The Generalissimo Posted: August 09, 2009 at 07:36 PM (#3286664)
HTC G1 running Android, Android browser 3.0. It's a WebKit variant, version 528.5+, I think.
   18. Marcel Posted: August 09, 2009 at 08:23 PM (#3286700)
iPhone with Safari 3.0.1
   19. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: August 09, 2009 at 08:29 PM (#3286708)
I'd like to volunteer Dial and AZ.
   20. radioman Posted: August 09, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3286730)
I have an iPhone with safari 3.0.1 Thanks Jim!
   21. Daryn Posted: August 10, 2009 at 01:59 AM (#3286959)
Blackberry Curve.
   22. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: August 10, 2009 at 02:17 AM (#3286994)
Samsung BlackJack II, running Windows Mobile 6.0, but may be version 6.1 by the time the beta is ready. (Depends on how the free time shapes up.)
   23. Jeff K. Posted: August 10, 2009 at 03:16 AM (#3287135)
[7] Thanks and yeah, just updated to 3.0.1

(I assume most other iPhone users here will be too next time they sync their phone.)


It dropped 10 days ago, so everyone should have it by now.
   24. Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: August 10, 2009 at 04:43 AM (#3287226)
Joe Dimino, iPhone 3GS 3.0.1 OS.
   25. RTSquared is not on the Rangers' DL...yet... Posted: August 10, 2009 at 04:58 AM (#3287232)
Palm Treo 755p
Palm Blazer 4.5
   26. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: August 10, 2009 at 05:26 AM (#3287241)
Fine, then I assume mine is Mobile Safari 3.0.1 too. I wasn't bothering to distinguish between minor version changes like that.
   27. Swedish Chef Posted: August 10, 2009 at 05:30 AM (#3287243)
It dropped 10 days ago, so everyone should have it by now.

All the cool kids have jailbroken their iphones and need to wait for the hackers to catch up.

Oh, and I've got a Nokia E71 with Nokia's browser and Opera Mini.
   28. Jeff K. Posted: August 10, 2009 at 05:44 AM (#3287246)
All the cool kids have jailbroken their iphones and need to wait for the hackers to catch up.

Yeah, my phone isn't actually on 3.0.1 and is instead still on 3.0 for exactly this reason, which I failed to mention above. So Jim, if you want jailbroken phones tested as well (though there should be no difference, of course), I arrrr here.
   29. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 10, 2009 at 07:26 AM (#3287261)
Kindle.

Well, and a VirginMobile XTC, which can browse the web, but mostly the Kindle...
   30. plim Posted: August 10, 2009 at 01:07 PM (#3287316)
i've got a bb 8820 and an itouch (os 2.2.1, not the latest 3.0). i'll test on both.
   31. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 10, 2009 at 01:25 PM (#3287340)
BlackBerry 8830 at BTF's service.
   32. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: August 10, 2009 at 01:28 PM (#3287345)
I've got a Nokia 5310, running Opera Mini 3.19.

As mentioned above, bbtf actually looks pretty great on this device already, but I'd be happy for a text-only simplified site.
   33. strummer Posted: August 10, 2009 at 01:37 PM (#3287357)
Kindle
   34. Jeff K. Posted: August 10, 2009 at 01:38 PM (#3287360)
So you're the two that bought Kindles.
   35. Scott Lange Posted: August 10, 2009 at 01:46 PM (#3287368)
iPhone 3GS 3.01, Safari.

Oh, and while I'm happy to help beta test, if/when its actually released I hope there's a link to permanently disable the mobile site. I kind of hate the limited functionality of mobile sites, and BBTF seems to lack a lot of the dead weight bells & whistles that a mobile version might strip out from other websites.
   36. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 10, 2009 at 03:38 PM (#3287486)
tmobile blackberry curve might as well use it for something
   37. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 10, 2009 at 03:46 PM (#3287494)
"I have an iPhone, as well. Cheng/Vlad/Barrett, are you sure the version of Safari you're running is 3.0?"

Haven't synced for a while (moving to a new house, comp is packed up), so I'm still on 3.0.
   38. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 10, 2009 at 04:13 PM (#3287520)
So you're the two that bought Kindles.


Actually, he's my alt.
   39. Schweik Posted: August 10, 2009 at 04:35 PM (#3287538)
Palm Centro, running Palm Blazer v4.5.8

First ever post on BBTF, which I read daily on the above. I look forward to a mobile version because the main site takes forever to load on my antiquated browser.
   40. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 10, 2009 at 04:49 PM (#3287549)
Apropos of very little, as stated before I avoid hand-held electronics crap (other than the remotes for my DVD & VHS players & TV) like the plague, cell phones very much included*, but in clicking this on I happened to see the Facebook notice in the Hot Topics rail. Done.




*I presume my life is much more stress-free than the rest of yours.**

**Also undoubtedly less productive.
   41. Fat Al Posted: August 10, 2009 at 04:49 PM (#3287550)
Blackberry 8900, Blackberry browser
   42. Paul D(uda) Posted: August 10, 2009 at 08:51 PM (#3287794)
I have an HTC dream with android, I should be up for helping.
   43. skiinginNJ Posted: August 10, 2009 at 09:24 PM (#3287827)
i have an iphone 3gs running 3.1 (not 3.0.1) which is the next scheduled OS update. i can keep you up on compatibility ahead of full releases for the iphone OS if so needed
   44. Lassus Posted: August 10, 2009 at 09:37 PM (#3287843)
I got a rock.
   45. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 10, 2009 at 10:02 PM (#3287872)
I have full access via BB now. My grandson has dubbed my handheld a "fully functional death star". Which I take to be a compliment

So don't ruin things in the name of "progress"
   46. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: August 10, 2009 at 11:44 PM (#3287983)
I have the BlackBerry 8220 flip with the BlackBerry browser.
   47. Andere Richtingen Posted: August 10, 2009 at 11:53 PM (#3287994)
******* Blackberry Pearl 8130 piece of **** and Blackberry browser.
   48. Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: August 10, 2009 at 11:58 PM (#3287998)
I have an iPhone 3G, with the latest Safari version.

The site displays pretty well, but it could be improved a bit. Rather than using a column for Hot Topics, perhaps a tab, so that you toggle between the main content and the Hot Topics (rather than having to scroll and re-size/scale when switching between the two).

In the forums, the large amount of whitespace between posts is a much bigger problem on mobile displays; usernames in their own column is also a poor use of page space. It would also be nice to have a link/button to hide/show ziggurats, to reduce the amount of scrolling.
   49. GM Posted: August 11, 2009 at 12:15 AM (#3288031)
iPhone OS 3.0.1, and whichever version of Mobile Safari it comes with.
   50. AndrewJ Posted: August 11, 2009 at 12:26 AM (#3288056)
I have an IPod Touch 3.0 with 2008 version of Safari.
   51. zonk Posted: August 11, 2009 at 12:41 AM (#3288079)
iPhone 3.0 - looks like you've got plenty of iPhone users, but would be happy to help test/participate in a beta... That way, when people ask me what I'm doing on BTF during the workday, instead of sheepishly saying I'm just killing some time while something complies -- I can give them an annoyed look and say 'Beta testing! Now will you let me get back to work?'
   52. HowardMegdal Posted: August 11, 2009 at 07:19 PM (#3289139)
Wait, should I be doing anything now? Or just waiting for instructions?
   53. Russ Posted: August 11, 2009 at 08:34 PM (#3289305)
iPhone 3.0 + Mobile Safari as well... don't know if you still need people.
   54. strummer Posted: August 13, 2009 at 03:11 AM (#3291200)
Actually, he's my alt.


Don't listen to him. He's my alt.
   55. Sunil Posted: August 20, 2009 at 10:59 AM (#3299127)
I haven't posted in awhile because I've been busy. Busy is good. As we continue to build out the team at Bloglines, I was reminded of something that first occured to me during ONElist's early days about starting a company.
Annuity
   56. HowardMegdal Posted: August 26, 2009 at 06:57 PM (#3305822)
Busy is good, Sunil! God, remember the early days of ONElist? The freedom? The sexual liberation? And most of all... the laughter?

Still excited for this mobile BTF. I've been spending way too much of my time away from the computer engaged in casual, social conversation.
   57. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: August 27, 2009 at 03:24 AM (#3306384)
My BlackJack II is now running WIndows Mobile 6.1, BTW. But I'm still interested in beta testing.
   58. Newtype Posted: August 27, 2009 at 03:50 AM (#3306396)
iPhone w/ Mobile Safari 3.0.1
   59. Famous Original Joe C Posted: August 27, 2009 at 03:54 AM (#3306398)
I have a Cinco C-Fone. How will Mobile BTF work for phones with only one button?
   60. Scoriano Flitcraft Posted: August 27, 2009 at 11:40 AM (#3306474)
I use a Blackberry 8830 with the default Blackberry Browser setup.

FWIW, to get the site in a mobile format I can suffer, I have tinkered with the option settings: do not support style sheets, embedded media, HTML tables or javascript.
   61. dharr18 Posted: September 04, 2009 at 09:05 PM (#3314927)
I have an LG 840 with Teleca Browser Q7.0-1.6. The current sites formatting works great in the browser, but I would be glad to test a mobile version. I am actually reading this on the phone now.

I also have a Nokia N800 I can test with.
   62. HowardMegdal Posted: September 16, 2009 at 07:57 PM (#3323801)
Any movement on this? Inquiring mobile users want to know!
   63. BarrettsHiddenBall Posted: November 12, 2009 at 03:59 AM (#3385796)
This happening? FWIW I'm now on a Droid with Android 2.0
   64. ColonelTom Posted: November 12, 2009 at 04:40 AM (#3385811)
iPhone, Safari 3.0.1.
   65. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: November 12, 2009 at 05:00 AM (#3385815)
This happening? FWIW I'm now on a Droid with Android 2.0


How is it? I'm thinking of getting one...
   66. bobm Posted: February 19, 2010 at 01:28 PM (#3463417)
Like [60] I have a Blackberry 8830 and use the default Blackberry Browser (mine is v 4.2.2).

FWIW, to get the site in a mobile format I can suffer, I have tinkered with the option settings: do not support style sheets, embedded media, HTML tables or javascript.


It is okay for me with style sheets on, but I have to "find" today's date to skip past the list of (left hand columns) reporter links in the Newsblog.
   67. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 19, 2010 at 01:56 PM (#3463428)
Just yesterday, I was thinking, Man, Primer should build a mobile site. . . . Nah, that's asking too much.
   68. madvillain Posted: February 20, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4064835)
HTC G1 running Android, Android browser 3.0. It's a WebKit variant, version 528.5+, I think.


A fellow G1 hanger-on, the original Android phone!

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