SoloDallas.net goes fully “mobile”

23 Nov SoloDallas.net goes fully “mobile”

Well folks, here we are: we are now “fully” mobile. I have only tried it on a number of iPhones and on an iPad, and on all of them worked quite fine.

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What you will see – if you want – on these smart phones/media devices is not a limited version of solodallas.com: you will see the whole thing, all of the contents, displayed in the same manner (you’ll have to maximize a lot on smaller screens to read properly, but it’ll work).

The videos were to be optimized for smart devices. We in fact mainly have two sources for video here at solodallas.com, those being YouTube and Vimeo. I have processed all the new code for all the videos and so, from today on, you will be able to check what it is new on solodallas.com even “on the fly” if you want so.

I for one am using the iPad a lot more. And it’s really pleasing how it works. Videos can be even put in full screen with just a gesture of your touching hand, and it is really, really nice.

I can stretch forward if you let me, and I am about to say that we now are one of the famous “interactive” magazines that you can truly use on the iPad. And for free, which I guess it still is nice. Much had been stated about these “new, interactive magazines” and I think we are among the few that really brought this concept forward here at solodallas.com.

I might seem to you like this is a stretchy statement: well, we have text articles with full HD color images, videos, user interaction and more. This is also why I never really wanted to call solodallas.com a “site”, because it isn’t. It also is a site, partially, but also a blog and in some form, yes it’s an online magazine.

These were some of the conceptual features that I had always kept in mind right from the start, and now – with pride – I am presenting it to you.

Thanks!

Fil :)

PS Android systems testers wanted! So please let us know if you Android users can see all the videos as well.

PS2: it has been observed by some that I have some resemblance to Mr. Harrison Ford. Which thing – he being my favourite actor of all times – fills me with joy.

This is being brought to you by brother member Radu (rpatzelt):

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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42 Comments
  • avatar
    06AngusSG
    Posted at 18:40h, 13 December

    Hey Fil,

    Ditched the old phone with 1.6 Android.

    I got a Samsung Galaxy S with 2.1 Android and it will be upgraded to 2.2 soon. Even more than just your site there is so much more everywhere that the 2.0 and above androids can do.

    Even as I write this (on my phone) everything seems to work flawlessly.

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    guitarlord26
    Posted at 08:25h, 24 November

    You are Harrison ford Fil!?

    Haha,

    but seriously, the resemblance is almost sibling like. You look just like him!

    Cheers,
    Jimmi.

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    Dobos Ádám
    Posted at 16:37h, 23 November

    btw, my mom has a phone with android 2.1 :) I’ll let you know my experiences on that, as soon as I will get a chance to test the site on that phone.

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    Dobos Ádám
    Posted at 16:24h, 23 November

    Fil,
    Do you know how relaxing it is to sit in a starbucks drinking my hot chocolate and browsing the best site on the planet, on my iPhone? Thank you Fil! :-)

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    anthonyportlock
    Posted at 13:54h, 23 November

    haha! Question Fil, can you grow a beard like that? lol 😀

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      anthonyportlock
      Posted at 14:05h, 23 November

      notice anything different?, im going to haunt you with this lol

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 14:07h, 23 November

      BWHAHAHHAHAHA!!!! I’m going to have to do something similar. Yes I can grow a beard like that, though my whole family would mistake me for a homeless person and kick me out of the flat immediately

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    banane
    Posted at 13:44h, 23 November

    LOL@update 😀

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    anthonyportlock
    Posted at 18:16h, 22 November

    My god you so look like Han Solo in that pic lol 😀

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      anthonyportlock
      Posted at 18:21h, 22 November

      i know this might sound daft but it would be cool if you played in that storm trooper outfit lol

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        anthonyportlock
        Posted at 18:21h, 22 November

        Sorry bit off topic 😀

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 18:31h, 22 November

          You must be kidding me… you see me with a stormtrooper (and Han Solo in a picture) and you dare call this “off topic”???? I mean, the site is called “solo”dallas!!! It’s FULLY on topic Sir!!! 😀

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            anthonyportlock
            Posted at 10:19h, 23 November

            I must be blind lol i know you mentioned your a lookalike of Han but i really see it in this pic lol

            so you gona play as a stormtrooper? haha, maby play the theam tune of the tattoine bar from the first film (1977) :)

            Ant,

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              SoloDallas
              Posted at 14:32h, 23 November

              Yes. I am going to play as a stormtrooper. Soon, on sologeek.net

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        SoloDallas
        Posted at 18:28h, 22 November

        It’s daft, it’s punk, it’s daft-punk, it’s geeky, only a nerd would do it. This is exactly why you WILL see me do it. Because *I* am the king of nerds. The royal representative of bedroom rockers. Yes, that is me (I will shortly!)

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          anthonyportlock
          Posted at 10:22h, 23 November

          lol i didnt scroll down enuf to see this one!

          Cool cant wait to see it!!!

          Ant

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          sixstringslover
          Posted at 14:13h, 23 November

          Playing the imperial march on a black SG ! kick ass !!

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            anthonyportlock
            Posted at 14:24h, 23 November

            Even better :)

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              sixstringslover
              Posted at 15:01h, 23 November

              You wouldn’t dare !!

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    KyleSG
    Posted at 02:32h, 18 November

    Hey Fil that’s great although one suggestion is you should take the user videos out of latest updates and just have us go to the section to watch the user videos mainly because there’s so many people uploading great stuff that your stuff might not get noticed in between it all so I think it would be best to keep the latest updates for your videos or have 2 sections latest Fil and latest user.
    Also check your Gmail theres 2 great info videos for you :)

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 18:30h, 22 November

      Kyle,
      yours was a good observation. After a few days of experimentation, I went for “latest updates” only available for contributors (which is not users). Users now will have to go to “perfomance”, “user videos” too see the new and old user video postings.

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    06AngusSG
    Posted at 01:33h, 18 November

    Hey Fil.

    UPDATE ON ANDROID. Did the reasearch. With Android 2.1 & 2.2 ALL videos (including vimeo) are watchable.

    So, it must be the older version of Andriod that I have that isn’t compatible with the vimeo fomat. :(

    I guess it means time to upgrade the phone. :)

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    rjofig
    Posted at 20:53h, 17 November

    This is nice; Congrats! just so happened to coincide with a business trip of mine, and I’ve been using the iphone a lot. Yes, you need to zoom in and scroll around, but it’s quite alright. I imagine in sn ipad it’d work perfectly.

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    06AngusSG
    Posted at 18:28h, 17 November

    Hey Fil. I have an Android phone.

    I can see most of the site just fine. The YouYube videos link and play just fine.

    The Vimeo videos have a play button on them now but they don’t play when you push the button. It acts as if the button isn’t linked to anything.

    I have Android 1.6 and there is up to version 2.2 right now. SO, I don’t know if it’s just my older version that’s the problem or ????? but al least there is a starting point for us Droids. :)

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 18:32h, 17 November

      Ah… bad news then. Sigh. Well, the Vimeo code for the videos claimed it’d work for all smart devices, but Vimeo usually has still a lot to work out better. I hope that other versions of the Droid can work; otherwise, I may have to do something about it. I really want the Droids to work well here as well. I detest the fan boys of any brand, and I’d feel ashamed if solodallas.net was associated only to the Apple devices. :(

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        06AngusSG
        Posted at 18:42h, 17 November

        I have some friends with the newer versions. I’ll see what does and doesn’t work for them and let you know what I find out. I/we Android users appreciate that you aren’t being brand specific. Hopefully everything can work out.

        By the way here is links to before and after pics of my wiring project. Sound is sooooooo much better, fatter, smoother. Amazing what a few small changes can do!!!

        And it looks pretty cool. Not that anyone will see it. :)

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/55720588@N03/5184519599/

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/55720588@N03/5184519603/

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    ar2619Rob
    Posted at 17:55h, 17 November

    At first glance I thought it was ‘Richard Kimble’, lol. Did you catch the one armed man?

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 17:56h, 17 November

      Have NO idea whatcha talking about 😛

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        ar2619Rob
        Posted at 18:59h, 17 November

        You are Harrison Ford look-a-like from The Fugitive. He played Dr Richard Kimble

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 19:12h, 17 November

          Ah well. Oh well… probably the biggest compliment you could do to me you know you Rob 😀 (goes and tells the wifey) 😛

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          rpatzelt
          Posted at 12:54h, 23 November

          Do you mean like this? Fil Fugitive
          http://yfrog.com/6zfilfugitivej :)
          Sorry Fil I couldn’t help it…

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            SoloDallas
            Posted at 13:12h, 23 November

            Radu, you’re a genious. Any one told you that? GENIUS! THIS is going to the wife and all my friends. AND posted up there in the post. Radu!!!

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              rpatzelt
              Posted at 13:31h, 23 November

              Ha, ha, I’m glad you like it. I couldn’t help it… as I said :)

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                anthonyportlock
                Posted at 14:15h, 23 November

                Great job on that pic!

                Hope you dont mind me using it as my avatar?

                If not then i can haunt fil till the novelty wares off 😀

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                  rpatzelt
                  Posted at 16:36h, 23 November

                  Hi, I don’t mind :) but I consider it will be better to ask Fil for that since is his face on it (or maybe not?) Anyway, it’s a little strange to post with someone else face…

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                    SoloDallas
                    Posted at 16:39h, 23 November

                    If it’s fine with Radu who did the job, is more than fine with me. Actually, it honors me 😀

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                      anthonyportlock
                      Posted at 17:09h, 23 November

                      Cool, thx Radu n Fil

                      Every time im gona see this avatar its gona remind me of this post lol

                      Maby we could all do dress up performances? Maby even a contest to get the community more connected? 😀

                      Im gona do a Hippy one with a Big Affro and circular black shades and attempt freebird!

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                    banane
                    Posted at 16:42h, 23 November

                    That’s not Fil, it’s Harrison Ford 😉
                    Well, maybe I’ll make myself an avatar with my face on Obi’s head :)

  • avatar
    jakesg61
    Posted at 16:02h, 17 November

    Hey SD, thanks.
    Yeah I just noticed the new feature thats great. I have just posted it on there, thankyou so much 😀

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    jakesg61
    Posted at 15:36h, 17 November

    This is AWSOME!!!!!!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 15:38h, 17 November

      😀

      BTW Jake, that video you sent me, please re-post it on the users performances section 😉

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