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News Archive for 2006-04.
Mobile Googlebot "uses" Nokia 6820
Someone recently commented on a large proportion of their web site visitors coming from Nokia 6820 devices - even more than from Mozilla based browsers!
Taking a quick peek at my own Apache log file, I noticed quite a lot of requests coming from a range of IP addresses - owned by Google - with the UserAgent set to "
Nokia6820/2.0 (4.83) Profile/MIDP-1.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"
This probably explains these erroneous stats :)
Obviously Google are not really using Nokia 6820s to crawl the web, but they are presumably performing separate crawls with this different user agent to see whether sites return different content if they know the client is using a phone or other small-screened device. It would be interesting to know how many sites do actually return different content for mobile browsers.
28 Apr 2006 - 13:24:12 BST
Time to go
After several years of being heavily involved with computers and the internet, I've decided to give it all up and go and live in a shanty town in Peru. Here I will enjoy an exclusive plot in a "pueblos jóvenes", with no electricity supply and no nearby telecommunications masts. It's possible that you may be able to contact me with VoIP (Voice over Intelligent Pigeons), but due to a local outbreak of H5N1 bird flu, this cannot be guaranteed.
Obviously, I will not be able to update this web site after I have embarked upon my new life. If you would like to buy it, offers may be passed on to my solicitor, Mr Uve Binadd.
1 Apr 2006 - 7:37:25 BST
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