I ran across an article the other day (I forget where) and it was all about the new mobile version of ask.com. The article got me to thinking about mobile websites, which are the best (most useful, most pleasing, functional, etc.) I personally have set the browser on my device to open up to my bookmarks, so that no time is wasted. But I used to set the PDA version of Google as my homepage. But there are quite a few sites out there that have portable counterparts, for better or for worse.

Google Mobile


Google Mobile
This is the site that I go to when I need a search page. (typically I use Berry411 for search, but this is useful if I already have the browser open.)

Windows Live Mobile


Windows Live Mobile

Windows Live Mobile is a full featured portal that has a lot of tools at hand for easy access. For my taste, it’s a little too much on a small screen, but the MSN Money on the homepage is a nice feature. Where’s the search box?

Yahoo Mobile


Yahoo Mobile

Yahoo Mobile belongs to the same school of thought as Windows Live. It has several links to various Yahoo properties, and imports a few headlines for conveinc. hen I am logged in, it shows the current weather here in Austin, Tx and tells me how many emails I have in my neglected Yahoo Mail! account. Where’s the search box?

AOL Mobile


AOL Mobile

I’ve never used this. But then again, I never used AOL much either.

Ask Mobile


Ask Mobile

All the popularity of Ask.com in a small package! (sarcasm?) Where’s the search box?

Google Reader Mobile


Google Reader Mobile

I love Google Reader Mobile! I used this mobile site more than any other. It has great integration with the full-size version, but I wish it had a “share” function and an “email” link for each post so that I could categorize them on the fly. But it helps me beat back the 250+ feeds that I read.

Bloglines Mobile


Bloglines Mobile

I used this before I recently converted over to the new Google Reader. Bloglines served me well for years, but lacked Gmail integration, which of course, Google Reader has.

Remember the Milk Mobile


Remember the Milk

I love this site. It’s been out for a while, but I like that it has mobile access, which to me seems critical for a web app that wants to be your task list. Give me blackberry integration and I will gladly use this app instead of Outlook Tasks.

This list is by no means exhaustive, WAP Review does a great job of reviewing mobile sites.

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When I was in college and using OneNote, I carried My Notebook around on a flash drive and updated it manually on my laptop and desktop. Which worked fine unless you accidentally overwrote the wrong version and lost all of your notes for the day…or week. Not that I ever did that, of course.

OneNote
Anyway, Chris Pratley has a post about how to keep your Notebook on a personal site, or the “hard drive in the sky”.

Of course it’s a little late for me, as I’ve already moved over to Google Notebook, but it might be just the thing for you students or professionals out there.

(via Lifehack.org)

Weather Watcher

I have tried WeatherBug, but I didn’t like it’s chirping and nagging to upgrade. I tried Desktop Weather but it was gaudy and annoying. I like Forecast Fox, but I don’t always have my browser open. And then last week I tried Weather Watcher, and now I am happy.

bb411

My favorite application for Blackberry got an update today. Berry411 v3.5 is now available over at Bogle’s Blog. There aren’t a whole lot of new features, but a few fixes for minor issues from previous versions. I’m not sure which versions this app works with, but it has worked fine on both my 7100 and 8700. Go download it now and enjoy!