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Martin Burns

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Despite all the hype about the mobile internet [sic],

people who actually have actually used WAP services

gave the current state of technology a resounding thumbs-down.

In a field study of WAP users

carried out in London by title="Usability Guru Jakob's site">Jakob Nielsen and released this

week, 70% of those who had used WAP said that not only are WAP technologies,

services and content not currently usable, the same study subjects also

don't expect it to be usable at any point in the near future.

No real surprise to me - I can't think of any friends

or colleagues who actually use their spiffy WAP phones. The only people

benefitting as far as I can see are Cellnet, mobile phone shops and WAP


Martin Burns has been doing this stuff since Netscape 1.0 days. Starting with the communication ends that online media support, he moved back through design, HTML and server-side code. Then he got into running the whole show. These days he's working for these people as a Project Manager, and still thinks (nearly 6 years on) it's a hell of a lot better than working for a dot-com. In his Copious Free Time™, he helps out running a Cloth Nappies online store.

Amongst his favourite things is ZopeDrupal, which he uses to run his personal site. He's starting to (re)gain a sneaking regard for ECMAscript since the arrival of unobtrusive scripting.

He's been a member of since the very early days, a board member, a president, a writer and even contributed a modest amount of template code for the current site. Above all, he likes to do things because it knowingly chooses to do so, rather than randomly stumbling into them. He's also one of the boys and girls who beervolts in the UK, although the arrival of small children in his life have knocked the frequency for 6.

Most likely to ask: Why would a client pay you to do that?

Least likely to ask: Why isn't that navigation frame in Flash?

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