Dell Streak: ITEN Android Application Overview

Nov 12 2010

Previously we tweeted and submitted a post announcing a new Android application we launched with Dell. We’ve had a lot of interest in this application based on the enthusiasm at Dell and around the simplicity of the interface.

Personally, I’ve been very impressed with the Dell Streak. It is a solid, solid device. Loaded with Android 2.1 it’s even more impressive. We used the recommended Android SDK for developing this application. To support the content management needs, we used a simplified version of WordPress to serve up 100% of the content you see in this video...

Which widgets: what content is really valuable in your Blog’s side bar?

Dec 18 2008

In many situations (fashion, food, my social life), I tend to disagree with the old adage that less is more. I love Halloween costumes, Las Vegas, loaded ice cream sundaes, drinking expensive champagne, etc. etc. For the most part I wholeheartedly believe that more is in fact, and by definition, more.

In my job however, it’s all about streamlining. At RD2, we tend to refer to it as “do less better.” We know that our clients can’t be all things to all people, and that just because we can include a cool feature doesn’t mean it’s the right fit...

Introducing Multi-Site Management

Jul 2 2008

RD2 worked with StoneGate Senior Care on a content management solution requiring many websites to be deployed within one master website. The challenge, all of them need to have autonomy while using the same system for publishing and maintaining content.

We’ve done this sort of thing before, but for very large companies, developing within enterprise-class software rather than leveraging the power of open source. StoneGate wanted to be able to scale beyond 50 websites with one content publishing system. Drupal is a perfect fit, except for one important thing. There was no available mechanism for deploying multiple sites within one system that is managed and maintained from one central source...

Developing Content for iPhone’s Mobile Safari

Jul 8 2007

Analysts are estimating that Apple has sold 700,000 iPhones in the U.S. According to Nielsen//NetRatings, there were about 209 million U.S. Internet users as of March/07, 69.2% of the nation’s population. Making the reasonable assumption that the 700,000 iPhones sold were to people who already regularly use the Internet, that means 0.25% of Internet users in the U.S. will occasionally be using the Mobile Safari browser on their iPhones to visit your web presence, and that’s after the first four days of sales...

“Fear Is the Mind Killer”

Dec 23 2006

When I was at the conference in Sonoma, there were several comments that were so inspiring, I had to write them in my notebook. Phillip Rosedale (CEO of Linden Lab) made the comment, “Fear Is the Mind Killer.” He was so right. We are working on some things that are extremely cool. Applications that bring businesses a huge step closer to realizing the power of some of these emerging technologies. To make things more challenging, RD2 has always been all about taking it a step further. It’s not enough just to figure out how the technologies work…the job is never done until a compelling user experience is created...

My Blackberry Loves WordPress

Dec 9 2006

I’m on a shuttle at just before 5:00 am. We are driving from the Sonoma Fairmont Mission to the San Francisco airport and it’s still dark, so we won’t be seeing much of the Golden Gate in daylight. As usual, I am checking my blackberry for messages that might have come through at night. I see an automated message from our blog, “awaiting moderation.”. It seems that our spam filter is learning and evolving on it’s own. It senses there might be something we don’t want to allow through, so our spam plugin in WordPress is kind enough to ask me to check this message out.

Just yesterday I found myself evangelizing the importance of taking handhelds into consideration when designing interfaces. This is something we talk about all the time...

Sharing Customer Experiences – Call For Entries

Nov 30 2006

OK, I’ve threatened to do this for a long time (old blog entry about Customer Service Guy )- time to act.

I invite all to share their customer experiences – both Good and Bad! We will start a new category for this blog called “Customer Experience” and I invite posts and comments related to your experiences. Let us know about companies that provide exceptional customer experiences and ones that miss the mark...

Blake, You Are So Money!

Aug 28 2006

Atta Boy, Blake. You have attracted the attention of WaSP and they posted a nice interview with you. LOVE IT!

“As a student of Interactive Media Design at the Art Institute of Dallas, Texas, Blake Elshire learned CSS as part of his course, then discovered that not all students were quite as charmed by the technology as he was. He shares his thoughts and insights with WaSP EduTF.

At the time of year where many schools are starting a new term, some teachers are still demanding archaic Web practices as part of their syllabi. Whether Web standards is taught at educational institutions is an issue that is no longer new. And yet, it is not uncommon for a student to be penalized for using modern Web techniques...