Recap: I am trying to do almost all my work with my smartphone and I am slowly getting there... this series of articles (this is the second part) is intended to document my findings and opinions about the process.
Here is where I am with my little project, and how successful (or unsuccessful) I've been so far. ...
I use my mobile phone all the time... I also use a personal Notebook, a work Notebook, a desktop and a few other computers here and there. I probably wouldn't say anything new if I told you that I use information off the web all the time. Duh! However, one thing that's been bothering me lately is that something as simple as having all my favorites should be something simple to manage. Well it hasn't, not until I recently discovered Xmarks (click here)...
When one uses IE and syncs their Windows phone to their Windows PC it's easy... but add a few more platforms to the mix, a few more (different) browsers per platform, and what was a simple sync task now becomes a major undertaking.
You may ask yourself why on earth would someone have these many different ways to browse the web? Most of the time I have to make sure that what works and looks nice on one device, also does on the next device. The application in question also needs to offer the exact same experience to consumers. Even within the same device, there are so many different browsers people may end up using that I need to make sure that the experience is consistent across most browsers. Currently, what will cover almost all web users is MSIE 6, 7, 8, Firefox 3.x, Opera 9.x, 10, Chrome and Safari in whatever platforms they exist (Windows, Mac, Linux and depending on the application, I also test Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android and Blackberry).
Because of the complexities involved, I even considered the idea of developing a solution myself so that I would be able to have my favorites/bookmarks/links with me at all times. That was until I found Xmarks. This tool has been around for a while, formerly known as FoxMarks (it originally existed only as a Firefox add-on). ...