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Back to the mobile version thing

June 24, 2008

I told you I had a bee in my bonnet.

Ever since I saw the post by Superpatron about mobile versions of library websites and catalogs, I’ve been looking for a solution to our lack of one. Then yesterday, I discovered Google Mobilizer via Christina Laun’s 57 Useful Google Tools You’ve Never Heard Of. (Were you blocked when you clicked on Google Mobilizer? Read on.)

It’s so cool! Basically, you plug in the URL of the website you want to view in a mobile version, and it happens. You can further simplify it by choosing to omit images. Our catalog becomes usable on a mobile device.

Here’s the problem: Websense, our library’s Internet filter, classifies Google Mobilizer as proxy avoidance software.

And because proxy avoidance sites are the ones that people use to get around our filter and view porn and other stupid stuff on public computers, we have to filter it out.

Grr. This just makes me grumpy.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 3, 2008 2:14 pm

    Brilliant!

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