Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mobispine nominated as most promising company in Nordic

Just want to thank everyone inside the company and outside the company who is supporting us in our continuos journey of creating user-friendly mobile Internet & mobile messaging products. Thanks to the feedback we get from you we succeed to create something good most of the times.

We have now been nominated as one of Nordics most promising high-growth companies which is very stimulating of course. Our CEO, Dusyant Patel will go to Copenhaguen in October 20 to present our offering and pitch at the Nordic Venture Forum.

Good job all involved!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Service icon trouble

Monday and we are back. As a result of last weeks troubles some of our service icons (logos for your favourites) have gone missing. If you find that your favourites are missing icons please post a comment with the name and url and I will fix it, hope you all had a great weekend.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

We're back!

We're back! Thanks to the efforts of Svante, Silvian and Joacim.
At about 13:00 our free Mobile News Reader was available again.

Joacim and Svante identified the disk to be excluded but needed non-the-less to rebuild the database server from reformatting disks to loading the backups and configuring other sundry systems.

We have lost some blog images and news articles may appear old until our data refreshes itself.

During the rebuild we've switched to RAID10 (RAID 1+0) for our database. We were also building an alternate database on a virtual machine which proved much slower. What we do with that has to be decided.

Some people will have seen the new website in the last couple of days but
We'll be running the 'classic' website until we straighten out all the functionality.

We gained experience and I have a list of action points. Silvian has a bunch of ideas on hot-backups that will reduce recovery time in the future. It is a genuine coincidence that we'll use a backup system called Bacula ("It comes by night and sucks the vital essence from your computers") and that Silvian lives in Transalvania.

I think that its not just our colleagues who are hugely grateful to the guys who fixed this, but also our enthusiastic users.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mobispine Outage

Disk crashes happen, in this case it seems to be the RAID controller.

This affects the Mobile News Reader, not the eSMS products

We were a small company and now we are medium sized business. Fortunately we have the redundant hardware in place but regrettably our recovery process has not been established.

In non-technical terms we can say 'growing pains'; we can be very thankful for our recently acquired General Wireless hardware and the guys we recently hired here in Romania.

This embarrassing situation is forcing us to build a replication database, something I'd much rather be doing while the system is on-line. In addition, we are trying to recover the broken server: which of these options is completed first is not known at the moment.

We installed new hardware 3 weeks ago; that infrastructure has proved very valuable.

Dell are asking us to run a lot of diagnostics before starting the warranty process... either way its their hardware that is broken!

Next job for me is to schedule the tasks and people for the weekend :-(


In other Mobispine news... "duplicate SMS sending bug" and "impressions count bug" were fixed yesterday... so the software teams are pleased... but some of us will be working the weekend.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Server troubles

Hello everyone!

We are currently having some troubles with our servers, we are all working hard on getting us back online so you can continue using Mobispine as soon as possible! Thank you for understanding :)

Friday, September 12, 2008

New news reader is out! Please give us feedback!

Yesterday, we released some smaller improvements of our mobile news reader version. Currently we have the news reader in three formats: Java, wap and Iphone. We look for great ideas about what could be improved, changed or modified in order to do it better. Some things I am thinking about we should fix the near future are:
  • Recommendations, meaning users get recommended news and news sources according to previous behavious
  • See No of new/unread articles in the bookmark list. This will save time for users who only open the bookmark with content if updated recently
  • After reading an article and you go back you should not come to the top of that list, but rather to that specific position in the article list (IPHONE)
  • Always have more recommendations to see in Explore/"Category"
  • Make it possible to do "feed imports" from Google Reader, Bloglines from Iphone/wap as well
/ Joakim

Thursday, September 11, 2008

First Mobispine customer for Microsoft Vista gadget

We are so happy to announce the first customer, one leading European operator who signed a deal with us for buying the new exciting product, Microsoft Vista gadget. The Vista gadget is used for sending SMS's directly from the PC to mobile phones. The product is part of the existing eSMS (executive SMS product suite) that is currently in use with +20 European mobile operators today.

“We are extremely glad to have this Windows Vista product in place and the response so far from operators has been tremendous,” says Dusyant Patel, CEO, Mobispine. “Our philosophy is to work tightly with operators and really develop new features that are requested”
/ Joakim

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gadgets and Widgets

There has been some questions about the gadgets and widgets. Here are some answers to these questions.
The Gmail plugin is a t Widget that can be used anywhere on google sites after authenticating to Google.We used the term Gmail plugin because some operators with customized Gmail sites for they customers, requested this kind of application.

Vista gadget is first planned to come as extra client with current eSMS clients. In the case of Desktop version of client, you would acctually have three possibilities to send SMS/MMS:
  • From the desktop client
  • From the internet explorer plugin
  • From the vista gadget

Next step is to provide the possibility to have only one vista gadget.