Monday, March 31, 2008

April Trial: Search ALL of MARVEL! at Once

Try it here.

My quick test drive ("Kate Douglas Wiggin", all databases) was favorable, but by today's standards I wouldn't call it an "intuitive interface."

  • It doesn't give me a URL to repeat my search.
  • When I click View on the ValueLine result I'm told, "This subscription is not included in your account."
  • When I click on a result it doesn't do what a normal link does, that is, give me a new browser window configured the way I like it (and the way I expect it.) Rather it give me a new browser window that it configures. And I don't like it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Nine Low Bandwidth Sites Useful for Dialup, PDAs & Cell Phones

There are lots of sites around aimed at mobile devices - cell phones, pdas, etc. - that could be helpful for someone cursed with a dialup connection to the web. Mind you, my experience with these sites is using my Palm T|X for which they are very useful. I've been fortunate in not having had to use dialup in a long time.

Here are a few low-bandwidth sites that I've found useful:

Google Mobile
I use this a lot.

The Weather Channel
This is set up for a 36 hour forecast in Southwest Harbor, but it's easy to change.

Google News
Most of the links in this version of Google News go to low-bandwidth-friendly sites.

Bar Harbor Weather from Jackson Lab
This site works well not because it was designed for mobile devices, but because it was designed a long time ago - it was last updated in 2004. Thanks again to Gregg TeHennepe. Even though it's fast, it includes lots of information: tides, marine weather, animated radar loops, and links to many more weather resources.

Gmail Mobile
If you have a gmail account, this is where to get a very low bandwidth look at your inbox and send emails.

Gmail's basic HTML version
This isn't a spare as the Gmail's mobile version, but you might prefer it with a large screen computer and dialup. Either way, my recommendation: if you don't have Gmail, get it!

Amazon Anywhere
I don't use this much myself, but it is definitely fast.

Google: Enter a URL:
I don't use this much anymore, because there are so many sites these days that cater to mobile devices, but this might come in handy: enter the URL of a page that takes a long time to load and Google will try to make it suitable for use on your slow, small screen device. For example here's The 'Bary using the service.
Finally, here are one hundred sites that I've found to be of interest of the years which I decided were also low-bandwitdth-friendly. Have a look. You might find something interesting.
I welcome additional suggestions. Leave them in the comments.

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