Today’s technical talk by David Baron (dbaron) was attended by close to 60 people, another full house at Mozilla Online. As usual, photos of this event are posted on http://picasaweb.google.com/lgatlarge.
The main part of the talk lasted just over an hour, with Q&A lasting another hour. One of the more intriging questions raised (by someone who once wrote a home-grown browser) is how IME events, especially those associated with inputing Chinese characters, are handled by Firefox.
The audience included participants from a few large companies (Google, Sun, Sohu) and a number of startups. A person living in Shanghai who could not attend in person asked one of his friends from Beijing to join the event. We also got a request from Hong Kong to provide an audio link so people could listen in. (We did not get the request in time to set things up this time, but will consider providing such an option in the future.) The session was videotaped by IT168.com and will be made available there. (I will provide a link here as soon as I get it.)
The fact that David got involved in Mozilla the year he entered Harvard reminded me of a true story. It was 1996/7 and I was at JavaSoft. One day a message came around from a youngster who wanted to become an intern. The only “problem” was that he was still in high school and Sun did not take interns that early. When Sun politely responded by saying that we would consider him once he started college, he replied that he could not wait that long — he wanted to be part of the Java moment then and there and felt that it would be too late if he waited.
Until next time …
Posted by: lgong