[Server-devel] PDA mambot on XS

Mike Dawson mikeofmanchester at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 02:34:55 EDT 2010

Hi David,

Had that idea myself though didn't manage to see it through to a
complete implementation yet.  I guess the first thing you have to
figure out is what devices people have.  Formats are going to be a
time consuming pain for mobile x / mobile y etc.  No getting around

I would suggest that you do a two phase approach:

1. Make sure that your content can be accessed using a basic XHTML
browser - which is found on many of the middle range phones these

2. For audio application if you have a public place that people can
bring cheap usb mp3 players that might help make it more accessible.

You might also wanna look at Freifunk - that can be used to make a
mesh cloud of routers that can extend coverage.



On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 12:10 AM, David Leeming
<david at leeming-consulting.com> wrote:
> Martin, Mike,
> I am exploring the possibility of increasing access to the server by
> providing mobile-friendly content targeted at people in the community, and
> the increasing number of phones with Wi-Fi support. For instance, the school
> server as a multi-purpose resource could serve as a sort of on-demand
> community radio station broadcasting audio information in the form of mp3s
> (or any playable formats commonly used in mobile phones).
> It would be nice to have a tidy way to share such content, with user uploads
> allowed too, and thus I thought of using a dedicated CMS with a mobile
> extension or plugin. I understood by "mambot" that one could use a plugin
> that causes mobile browsers to be recognised and then display content
> tailored to suit. For instance, Wordpress comes with a mobile "edition"
> plugin. On the XS it might run in parallel to Moodle with a different CMS,
> and I am experimenting with that on an Ubuntu 10 machine, or there might be
> a way to do it with Moodle. It might not be needed, I was happily surfing
> the XS on an iPhone without any such reformatting. However, I want to see
> what the range of options are, so I am interested in any feedback.
> David Leeming
> Solomon Islands
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martin Langhoff [mailto:martin.langhoff at gmail.com]
> Sent: Saturday, 2 October 2010 1:04 a.m.
> To: David Leeming
> Cc: XS Devel
> Subject: Re: [Server-devel] PDA mambot on XS
> On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 6:39 AM, David Leeming
> <david at leeming-consulting.com> wrote:
>> No-one has replied to this, but I remain interested in a mobile friendly
>> plugin for the XS.
> I personally don't even know what mambot is (and I'm under a pile of
> hi-pri work).
> If you outline goals more openly maybe someone can help you...
> Or (in the opposite direction)if you outline specific technical
> challenges in installing mambot,...
> m
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