Mobile Phones

How to make your WordPress site much more usable for mobile browsers

After being appalled at what I saw when I viewed Simple Help in my Smartphone, I decided it was time to figure out a way to make this site more appealing to folks using mobile browsers. It didn’t take long for me to find Alex King’s WordPress Mobile Edition plugin. If you follow the instructions outlined in the README (included with the download) it only takes about 30 seconds to convert your WordPress installation to a very usable site for mobile web browsers.


Simplehelp in a mobile browser
  
Simplehelp post in a mobile browser

The Ultimate Guide to Google Services using Windows Mobile

This overview will explain your options when it comes to using Google services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Search, Google Maps and even YouTube – with your Windows Mobile device. Though the screenshots are specific to Windows Mobile 5.0 on a Smartphone, they will be similar for Pocket PC and Windows Mobile 6.0 devices as well.

It’s also worth noting that all of the services were downloaded and/or accessed without using ActiveSync once – so Mac/Linux users who own Windows Mobile devices aren’t left out.

  1. Google Calendar
  1. Web based
  2. GCalendarSync
  3. Using SMS
  • Gmail
    1. Web based
    2. Google for Mobile
    3. Built in POP client – “Messaging”
    4. Other POP mail clients (Flexmail)
  • Google Reader
  • Google Search
    1. Web based
    2. Using SMS
  • Google Maps
    1. Web based
    2. Google Maps for Mobile application
  • Google SMS
  • YouTube
    1. Web based
    2. Using Avot mV


    How to sync your Google Calendar with your Windows Mobile 5 smartphone

    This tutorial will guide you though installing and setting up GCalendarSync, which allows you to sync Google Calendar with your Windows Mobile 5 smartphone. GCalendarSync is free (it’s released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License) and absolutely genius. GCalendarSync doesn’t require that you dock your smartphone or use Outlook in order to sync your Google Calendar with your smartphone. …

    Another category, look out Windows Mobile users

    Living in Canada, I didn’t get into the iPhone hype as much as my US buddies (iPhones aren’t sold here, yet, and there’s no set-in-stone date as to when they will be). As an avid OS X/Apple (and Linux) user, I actually had to put quite a bit of thought into my latest purchase. It came down to two choices – a BlackBerry or the HTC S621 (“Excalibur”). Well, I’m not sure what BlackBerry plans are like in the US, but I would have ended out with a huge, huge monthly bill if I had gone the BB route. So, I’m now the proud(ish) new owner of the HTC S621.

    Which runs Windows Mobile 5.0.

    So now you’re wondering – why is an OS X/Linux person buying a Microsoft Windows phone? One simple answer: 802.11b/g. This is the only Wi-Fi phone sold by the two major west-coast wireless providers (though I guess technically there’s really only one – since Rogers bought Fido). So in the coming days and weeks you can expect a fairly large number of Windows Mobile related tutorials, downloads etc. Including “how to sync your Windows Mobile phone with OS X applications” and “a step by step guide on using Skype with your 802.11b/g enabled phone”. Since those are two of the first things I’ll be doing with this thing.

    htc s621 excalibur

    ps. even though I’ve read that a headset is required in order to use Skype (with this phone), you will never, ever, see me walking down the street with a bluetooth headset stuck in my ear. If you do, you have my permission to punch me right then and there.

    How to Clear Your Browser History (the list of sites you’ve visited)

    This list of browsers was first compiled all the way back in 2006. Now it’s been updated to include all modern (2018) popular web browsers, with the old ones still included here but in the Legacy Browsers section.

    To learn how to clear (delete) the history of previously viewed or visited web sites, select your web browser below –

    Modern Browsers

    How to Delete Your Browsing History in Google Chrome
    How to Clear the Firefox Cache, History and Cookies
    How to Delete Your Browsing History in Microsoft Edge
    How to Delete Your Browsing History in Safari
    How to Clear Your Browsing History in Chrome Canary
    How to Clear Your Browsing History in Vivaldi


    Google Chrome

    To clear the history (and/or cache, cookies etc) in Google Chrome, start out by opening the browser and type the keyboard combination Control + Shift + Delete. This will bring up the Clear browsing data window. Make sure that all 3 items are selected, and then click the Time range menu.

    Select All time from the list of options.

    Then click the CLEAR DATA button. After that, click the Advanced tab and review the options there as well. You probably don’t need to delete things like your Media licenses, but do consider clearing things like form data, saved passwords etc.

    That’s it – Chrome’s clean! :)


    Google Chrome

    Apple makes it painfully easy to clear your browsing history. Just select Safari from the Apple Menu, and then Clear History… from the pull-down list.

    Select all history from the Clear menu and then click the Clear History button.

    That’s it – you’ve just cleared the history of sites you’ve been to in Safari!


    Legacy Browsers

    Android Browser (Android OS 2.x)
    Android Browser (Android OS 3.x)
    Google Chrome for Android (Android OS 4.x)
    Internet Explorer 6 (Windows)
    Internet Explorer 7 (Windows)
    Internet Explorer 9 (Windows)
    Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 (Windows and Mac)
    Kindle Fire Browser
    Safari 2.x (Mac)
    Safari 5.x (Mac)
    Safari 5.x (Windows)
    Safari for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
    Camino 1.x (Mac)
    Opera 9.x (Windows)


    Internet Explorer 6 (Windows)

    1. To clear the History in Internet Explorer, select Tools from the top IE menu and then Internet Options… from the drop-down list
    2. On the General tab, click the Clear History button

    3. Click to enlarge

    4. Select Yes when prompted

    5. Click to enlarge

    6. That’s it! Your history is now clear.

    Internet Explorer 7 (Windows)

    1. Start by clicking Tools and then select Clear Browsing History…
    2. Tools button for IE 7

    3. Click the Delete history… button
    4. ie7 clear internet options window
      Click to enlarge

    5. Click Yes
    6. delete history confirmation window

    7. Watch the pretty window…
    8. delete history animated window

    9. Click Close to return to IE.
    10. ie7 clear browsing info screen again
      Click to enlarge

    Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 (Windows and Mac)

    1. The easiest way to clear the History in Firefox is to select Tools from the top menu and then Clear Private Data… from the drop-down list

    2. Click to enlarge

    3. Make sure that Browsing History is selected (the rest you can select at your own discretion) and click Clear Private Data Now. Note: the screenshot below is from Firefox 1.5. The Clear Private Data window is slightly different in Firefox 2.0, but not much.

    4. Click to enlarge

    5. That’s it! Your history is now clear.

    Safari 2.x (Mac)

    1. Safari could not have made it easier (or faster) to clear your browsing history. To do so, select History from the top menu, and Clear History from the drop-down list

    2. Click to enlarge

    3. That’s it! Your history is now clear.

    Camino 1.x (Mac)

    1. Similar to Safari, Camino has made it very easy to clear your browsing history. To do so, select Go from the top menu, and then Clear History from the drop-down list

    2. Click to enlarge

    3. Click Clear History when prompted

    4. Click to enlarge

    5. That’s it! Your history is now clear.

    Opera 9.x (Windows)

    1. The fastest way to clear the History in Opera is to select Tools from the top menu, and then Delete private data… from the drop-down list
    2. Make sure that the 4 Clear History entries are selected. They others you may choose to select at your own discretion. When you’re done, click Delete

    3. Click to enlarge

    4. That’s it! Your history is now clear.