Category Archives: PlanetMozilla

Browsing without Flash

I’ve been browsing with a Flash-less Firefox 4 for the past week. I just upgraded to a new laptop, and rather than install Flash (and Flashblock :-) right away, I figured I’d try to go without for a while to … Continue reading

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Regarding the radio star

‘Tis the eve before the Firefox 4 launch. By tomorrow afternoon everyone’s feeds and twitters will be overflowing — overflowing! — with Firefox 4 news, which makes now the perfect time to blog about embarrassing things you’d sooner see forgotten. … Continue reading

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Firefox is made of Lego

I don’t remember exactly how it began. Six months ago, something got me thinking about making a Lego mosaic. Maybe it was an example of one on Reddit, or just inspiration from popular 8-bit “pixel art”. But the end result … Continue reading

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Bugmail

I’ve been feeling increasingly buried with bugmail as of late, and just thought I’d blog a bit about how I’m coping. I’m curious how others deal with the influx, and if there are other tips/tricks useful to share. For those … Continue reading

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Too long to tweet.

From real news, published today: The tire pressure monitors built into modern cars have been shown to be insecure by researchers from Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina. The wireless sensors, compulsory in new automobiles in the US … Continue reading

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A little mouse hack

A major theme of the upcoming Firefox 4 release is improving speed and responsiveness, especially in the user interface. It’s easy to see issues where responsiveness is on the order of seconds (like waiting for an update to apply, or … Continue reading

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Brindisi

Blizzard tweeted this video of an operatic flash mob, which stuck a chord with me: [youtube _zmwRitYO3w] Why? I think it echos the best emotions around Firefox, the Mozilla Project, and open source… People doing what they love and feel … Continue reading

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On prompting, part 2

In the previous episode, I talked a bit about why I really, really don’t like the existing prompting code in Mozilla. I’ve been working on improving the situation. The first big chunk of work is up for review in bug … Continue reading

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On the insanity of prompts

Some of the worst code I’ve had the misfortune of touching in the Mozilla codebase is code related to the handling of prompts. Specifically, the prompts involved with following interfaces: nsIPromptService, nsIAuthPrompt, nsIPromptFactory, nsIAuthPromptProvider, nsIPromptService2, nsIAuthPromptAdapterFactory.idl, etc. Just the plethora … Continue reading

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Status update

One of these things I did not actually work on: JavaScript / js-ctypes implementation of WeaveCrypto Migration and replacement of localstore.rdf with a .json backing store Rickrolling Fligtar’s new dashboard Tab-modal dialogs proof-of-concept Fix multiple master-password dialogs with session restore … Continue reading

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