For years my primary development machine for my personal endeavors has been some form of PowerBook or MacBook. I liked being able to take the entirety of my digital environment with me wherever I went. During the last year or so, I decided to see how much of that environment I actually needed to be mobile. I even outlined a basic plan for this in early 2010. Here I am in early 2011 ready to take the next step – trading the laptop in for a powerful desktop computer and leaving mobile power behind.

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It’s been eight months since I griped about a lack of a swipe-to-navigate gesture in Mobile Safari. There’s still been no progress, despite iOS 4 having come out since then. I think I have the reason why and a compromise. The basic problem is that web pages can be horizontally scrolled. The deeper problem, I suspect, may be “not invented here syndrome” on Apple’s part.

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