Apr 25, 2012

ICS for my Xperia Arc S is finally available

Posted Apr 25, 2012
Just checked Sony Mobile's blog and found out Ice Cream Sandwich (Android version 4.0 ) is now available for my Xperia Arc S with SI Number 1254-0652. I'm excited to update!

True enough, it showed on my PC Companion when I connected my phone. Hope everything goes well; this is an early birthday gift for me. Backup backup backup! A bit sad that my Coin Dozer will most likely return to level 1.

Apr 13, 2012

Testing Bloggeroid for Android

Posted Apr 13, 2012
I'm writing this blog from my phone using Bloggeroid for Android. Let's see if I can add an image..

Hmm, I'm not sure if the image is added, so I must publish this first and view the result. I can't see the image, it's just a text placeholder. It should be a picture I took from my office window.

Interface is simple, there's no clutter and I can focus on the important stuff: Writing. I like it. Downside is you have to memorize the formatting because there are no controls for them like bold, italic, links etc. They're easy to memorize so it shouldn't be much of a problem. I think there's no built in functionality to align the content e.g. Left, center, or right aligned, my guess is you can use HTML tags to accomplish this. Let me try:

<div style="text-align: center">This line should be centered</div>

Anyway, you can post it as a draft and edit in your computer before publishing so that's a good feature. So for the final test, I'll publish this post and see if it's as I expected it to be.

[Update] Image post is successful but the alignment using HTML tags is not. It was cleaned, which is not a bad thing. There's a raw edit in Bloggeroid which I haven't explored yet which I think it is possible to insert HTML tags.

I didn't say what Bloggeroid is for. It's an alternative tool to post blogs to Google Blogger. Google has an official mobile app for Blogger, but it's not very good so I can't really recommend it. Bloggeroid does not support other blogs so if you're on Wordpress, there's the Wordpress mobile app which is excellent.

Check out Bloggeroid on Google Play, happy mobile blogging! There's certainly a lot of room for improvement.  As of writing, I haven't seen a polished app to post blogs to Blogger but Bloggeroid should be sufficient for my basic blogging needs.

Apr 12, 2012

My first 1000+ visits in one month

Posted Apr 12, 2012

I'm quite happy today that I'm blogging during my lunch break. I have not visited my Google Analytics page for a while and I was surprised to to learn that for March 2012, I hit the 1k+ page visits on my website. I know it's not stellar, but in my own little world it is, since I only get around 50-200 visits in a month.

2011-2012 statistics

For March 2011 - March 2012 I got a total of 8,388 page views and 3,441 unique visitors. Again, this is minuscule as compared to Google who has a daily traffic of more than 1B! I'm thinking of experimenting to increase my traffic.

I was inspired to dig deeper, and checked my Alexa ranking. For those who doesn't know, Alexa ranking is a popular ranking for websites which gives an estimate where you are positioned in the vast cloud we call the internet. Cool, I'm in 9,118,259th place hahaha! AFAIK, I was in the 12M+ before. I wonder when will I reach 6 digits and below.

Above information is from mvergel.com's homepage and albums page only. For my three blogs: Personal (Spacing Out), Programming (Dead-Simple Solutions) and Food (Hungreh) I have different set of statistics. I feel that most of the visits to my homepage come from users reading my Programming blog since it is the blog getting the most traffic among the three.