about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.
Mozilla on Wikipedia
Thanks to lots of contributors, there are many articles on Wikipedia about Mozilla-related topics, but some of them might need improvement. If you want to help by revamping them or even creating new pages, don’t hesitate to join the Wikipedians who formed the WikiProject Mozilla to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Mozilla and the organization of information and articles. You can get started easily by picking an article from the to-do list and starting to edit. Sounds interesting? Then join us!
Securing Your Online Life
Mat Honan was shocked when his digital devices suddenly powered down and erased themselves – unfortunately, this was not caused by a bug but by hackers who were able to take over his technical gadgets. To save you from any forged websites that may want to retrieve your password to do the same thing, Firefox automatically warns you and doesn’t even let you load dangerous websites, but that still might not stop hackers from entering your online life. You might want to consider using a password manager and two-factor auth. And thanks to Christie Koehler, who explains everything step-by-step, you can finally sleep in peace at night again.
Firefox for Windows 8 Metro
In just a few days, the all-new Windows 8 will make its way to the first end-users. The new version of the Operating System has a new User Interface called Metro, and since many weeks, developers have been working on porting Firefox to the new style to make it look like a combined classic and metro browser. Although add-ons will not be part of the initial release, there will be a feature to sync data between your Metro interface and your normal desktop interface. Brian Bondy reported about the significant progress since the last update.
Summer Code Party Themes
It’s just awesome to see all the hacks and photos of the Summer Code Parties across the globe. But the Party is still going on for a few more weeks and you are still welcome to join. You can, for example, host a themed party. Michelle Thorne posted some examples for party themes and tells you what it takes to become a webmaker: Some friends, a laptop and a kitchen table.
Mozilla & WordPress
Luke Crouch, a young and motivated Mozilla developer, has created a WordPress plug-in called “Promote MDN“, which he hopes will create a more intentional relationship between Mozilla and WordPress communities. He has worked with WordPress more than he has in the previous decade and talks about his experiences in his latest blog post. You can help him make his hopes come true by adding the plug-in to your personal blog.
Photo of the Week
The Mozilla Philippines Community
* September 1, Dunedin, New Zealand Kiwi PyCon
* September 4, Dublin, Ireland OWASP AppSec Ireland 2012
* September 8-9, Warsaw, Poland MozCamp Europe
* See more on the Mozilla Community Calendar
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Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!
21 Aug 2012 Jan Bambach