WURFL survey

Wether you are a WURFL user or not you should take 5 minutes to answer to a survey that we prepared.

We are looking for some feedback about the usage of WURFL or, if you don’t use it, why and what you use as an alternative.

There could have been tens of questions, but we don’t want the survey to take too long. It should be something quick and not stressful. So, please, take it!

Firefox user panel

I’m back from my short holidays (less than 2 weeks!) and of course I am reading TONS of emails and catching back with everything.

I also took some time to read news, of course.
A couple of weeks ago I took a survey. Actually now I discover they are a number of mini surveys, anyway they take about 5 minutes to answer so it’s not a problem. The survey is about Firefox and the usage of browsers in general.

The results of the first survey are now online. As expected most of the respondents were geeks, computer professionals and so on. It was good to see that most of them use Firefox (not a big surprise since the survay was mostly publicized on the mozilla sites). I am surprised, anyway, that almost 3% use Safari, which means that 3% of the geeks and nerds use a Macintosh.

Also, it was a relief reading that most respondents use their computer about 7 days a week and for AT LEAST 40 hours. I am not the only one then! 😀

So, go ahead and answer the next survey questions!

What’s up?

I have been quite for almost a month here. Certainly not because nothing happened, quite the opposite, too many things happened and I could not find the time to post on the blog.

In short, I joined M:Metrics, if you still did not know it. New consultancy, new duties, new things to see and learn, many things to follow. And all the old ones such as WURFL, of course!

M:Metrics is a company that makes measurements and statistics about mobile devices usage. Many techniques are used and many statistics are generated. This new consultancy is very interesting for me, because my previous experience has a great value for them (mobile devices, VAS development and WURFL, of course) but it is also a new world for me as I have never worked in this kind of company. Most of the times I had to generate simple graphics or CSV files that would be elaborated later. So this is a totally new experience for me as we collect data and then we have analysts generating reports about the usage of mobile devices and VAS.
Device descriptions are really important and this is why WURFL is central in my current occupation. You will soon be able to see the results of my current work.

Among the other things, a new WURFL was released.
It’s been 6 months since our last public release, not because we did not do anything, quite the opposite, we did so many things that we always felt like we could do a little more before releasing. This is a BIG update, thanks to our regular contributors and many developers from around the world we are able to provide a new XML with more than a thousand real devices!

This is not all, of course! The Wireless FAQ is coming back and we will need support from everyone to bring it back up-to-date and make useful. Expect a new launch soon.

What about the W3C? Yes, I know, I am following many things all together, but I can’t resist, they are all so interesting. The DDWG charter is almost completed and we are just refining the last bits in the documents. I will attend the Workshop in Madrid and I am in the Programme Committee, which means that I have to review the position papers and proposed presentations.
I am looking forward to the workshop as we received a lot of attention from many big companies (that I can’t name) and I can tell you that it will be very interesting.
All position papers and presentations will be made public after the workshop, so everyone will be able to read them.

Right now I’m in London in the new M:Metrics offices, 5 minutes from Piccadilly Circus. Today is mostly sunny, so a nice day, considering that it always rains around here! 😀
I will be back in Milan at the end of the week. Next week a few days of vacation, then a week in Milan, then Madrid. This is going to be the busiest summer I ever had!

New opportunities become reality

Tomorrow I’m leaving. I will fly to Seattle and stay there for a week. I will be back in Milan on Sunday 28th.

I will hopefully also have time to read emails and maybe write a little more here.

Funny story
I told my parents about a new work opportunity. I told them I am going to fly to Seattle. They are all excited and happy for me. Too bad I can’t really explain to them what I do. Not because I’m a CIA agent, but because it’s just too technical and too specific. They just know I do “stuff for the phones”. Funniest thing my mom says is “If only you had gone out play with your friends instead of playing with the computer!” (which was a Commodore 64)

Anyway. I’m really excited about this trip, I can’t wait to be there. Lots of new things to do.