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Angela Poynton
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At this very moment my first ever PDA is winging it's way to me and I should have it in a few days.
One possibility I was quite excited about when I ordered it was that I might be able to use a client on the PDA similar to the one I use on my PC to write to my Blogger.com Blog offline and upload when I choose to go online.
However I can't seem to find any software that does this. Does anyone know if any?
The OS will be Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a HP iPaq4150.
I'll confess know NOTHING about J2ME and it's uses on such devices, I'm assuming if I find one written using this technology I'll need to install a JVM like on a PC yes?
 
Michael Yuan
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Most "mobile blog client" apps allow you to read RSS feeds offline but not posting. To write a client that support posting is relatively straightforward -- most blog sites use standard XMl web services API. I guess nobody has bother to do it. I would write blog entries in the notepad (or in PocketPC word) and then copy and paste to PocketIE when I am connected.
There is a blog client (written in .Net CF) that allows you to post to MT sites (I do not know whether it works with Blogger.com or not).
http://www.randyrants.com/archives/000313.asp
 
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You also may want to look at the following: Nokia Photo Blog
 
Michael Yuan
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Originally posted by Greg Schwartz:
You also may want to look at the following: Nokia Photo Blog

I am pretty sure that is a Symbain native app. Have nothing to do with J2ME or PocketPC. You can do something similiar with .Net CF on PPC. But J2ME just do not provide that level of native integration ...
 
Orika Akawana
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Angela, find a blog engine which supports MMS messages. this might be the simplest way.
 
Juergen Fey
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
At this very moment my first ever PDA is winging it's way to me and I should have it in a few days.
One possibility I was quite excited about when I ordered it was that I might be able to use a client on the PDA similar to the one I use on my PC to write to my Blogger.com Blog offline and upload when I choose to go online.
However I can't seem to find any software that does this. Does anyone know if any?
The OS will be Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a HP iPaq4150.
I'll confess know NOTHING about J2ME and it's uses on such devices, I'm assuming if I find one written using this technology I'll need to install a JVM like on a PC yes?
 
Juergen Fey
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sorry, hit the button too early in my last "posting"
wanted to say :
I am working on a J2ME client which is a RSS/Atom news reader and which
could also act as a posting client for blogs (thats some weeks away, though).
Posting pics is also on the list - it is possible if the handset got the
needed APIs.
Juergen
 
Michael Yuan
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Hi Juergen,
Nice to "see" you here! Tell us more about the project you are working on!
cheers
Michael
 
Juergen Fey
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Michael,
Well, has been good to see a lot of good postings from yourself here. Convinced me to register ...
I will pass on more information about the Newsfeed reader soon after implementing some more features. (It will be a low cost commercial app) I recently switched to low level UI and my own layout "engine" to be able to display more text on those tiny displays.
I do miss the (promised) feature to call the external browser but on the other hand a lot of RSS feeds will link to full blown HTML pages - well suited for the desktop but not my Series60 or a P900 device. Even worse on one of the millions of 7210s out there.
I would be happy to hear about any wishes in regards to the feature set of a "dream" reader/feeder for mobile handsets or connected PDAs.
Let me know. There is still room on my development system hard disk for some more lines of code ...
greetings from bavaria
Juergen
 
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Originally posted by Juergen Fey:
I would be happy to hear about any wishes in regards to the feature set of a "dream" reader/feeder for mobile handsets or connected PDAs.
How about "doubles up your screen space and battery life"...?
Seriously, it would be nice to be able to save entries somewhere. Kind of like bookmarks for newsfeeds.
 
Juergen Fey
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Originally posted by Lasse Koskela:
How about "doubles up your screen space and battery life"...?
Seriously, it would be nice to be able to save entries somewhere. Kind of like bookmarks for newsfeeds.

Oh well .... display estate is kinda reduced but nevertheless people try to
develop useful apps. I think the keyboard is one major problem zone.
Blogging, chatting will be done at somewhat slower speeds, but if you look at the amount of SMS messages sent every month (in Germany > 1 Billion/month) it is wise not to expect what customer actually will do despite all circumstances/marketing.
Bookmarking single messages and special handling (email "home") is already
in the package. The newsfeeds are stored on the phone and can be edited on the phone (add, edit, delete). This version or the next minor update will have some web based upload feature for the feed URLs.
Images will not be shown (besides the news feed source icon) since that feature would cry for a server based CMS solution - a 640x480 pic is just a bit too big for that small handset. And the data transfer costs quite a bit.
Anyways, keep ideas coming ... :-)
Juergen
 
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an alert message to user if a selected newsfeed source is updated...although i guess this needs a server based solution.
maybe automatic logins to a few blogs that you write to.
an "intelligent" agent that looks at the newsfeeds you read everyday and pushes the ones you seem most interested in to the top of the list over time.
 
Michael Yuan
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The Java RSS reader I am currently using is mReader
http://www.markallanson.net/html/technical/j2me/mReader.htm
It allows you to import blogroll via an OPML file, read the full text of each entry etc. But it would not flag "new" messages. Nor does it support posting.
 
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