Monthly Archives: January 2009

seven things about gen

Both Jane Finette and Johnathan Nightingale tagged me, so thanks to Jane and Johnathan.

The Rules

  • Link to your original tagger(s) (see above) and list these rules in your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.

7 Facts

  1. I took 5 years to graduate university (or in my case it is as Daniel Webster said in 1819, “a small college, and yet there are those who love it.”)
    In that extra year, I spent 6 months in the XI Región Aisén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo of Chile, also known as Patagonia, kayaking on the Rio Baker, attempting to summit Cerro San Lorenzo – a part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields, and volunteering with Douglas Tompkins, a very unique individual.
    I haven’t been back to Chile since then but I do hope to return for a long sojourn. Patagonia, especially the Chilean side, which is wetter and greener than the Argentinean side, is one of the most amazing places on this Earth.
  2. For another part of that extra year during university, I rode my ’85 Honda Nighthawk S (mine was red) across the US, from New Hampshire to Seattle, in the Spring of 1995. If you love America, especially it’s national parks, as I do, seeing the US on motorcycle is unforgettable. Highly recommended.
  3. My favorite place in the world is in Hawaii.  It is the summit of Mauna Kea. If you have a chance to visit Hawaii, and not Oahu, but the Big Island, I highly recommend that you consider taking a guided tour of Mauna Kea or renting a 4×4 and driving there yourself, or if you are really hardcore, hike up Mauna Loa from Volcanos National Park. Measured from the base of the sea floor,Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are the tallest mountains in the world. Mauna Kea is also the site of many major observatories including the Keck and Subaru. (Fun Mozilla facts: the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan hosts a Mozilla mirror site, and Atsushi Shimono, Mozilla community member, spends a good chunk of time each year at the Subaru observatory.)
    Note, if you plan on driving yourself, be sure to rent a 4X4 from Harpers, because the other rental car companies won’t insure you on the Saddle Road. Also, be sure to take time (at least an hour, ideally more) to acclimatize at the Onizuka Center (named after Japanese-American astronaut Ellison Onizuka who was lost on the Challenger), because going from sea level to 13,000+ feet in a few hours will kill you if you’re not careful.
    The summit can be a dangerous place, (weather changing all of a sudden, lack of oxygen due to high altitude makes you do things you would not otherwise do, etc.) but the views from the top of the world are amazing.  It is the clearest place on the Planet Earth to view the night sky and if you can be there at night, near or on the new moon when there is little or no moonlight, you will see more stars than any other place on the globe. I consider it a ‘must-go’ place before you die.
  4. I was in a New York Times article on the growing popularity of station wagons in 2002: DRIVING; An S.U.V.? Oh, That’s So Over!. The paper version had a photograph of me and my car (not available online afaik) which took up most of the page. I still think wagons are great and almost always better than SUVs.
  5. My photo of jellyfish from the Monterey Bay Acquarium was one of the default images at for many many months. It has over 373,000 views.
    Another photo of mine that is quite popular, and timely this winter, is my photo of snowmen from Hokkaido.
  6. I am in my ninth (!) year of blogging. I had no idea that blogging would be such a constant in my life.  I started out on Dave Winer’s service and Jason Levine of Q Daily News helped to migrate me off of Manila and onto MovableType, where I have been since. Thank you again Jason!
  7. I wrote a blog post that was heavily read about the monoculture of Internet Explorer in South Korea.
    In closing, because the Mozilla community has grown significantly and some may not have combed through my blog archives (ha!) I’ll take this moment to link to ‘The Cost of Monoculture‘ which was a blog post I did after realizing that South Korea does not use SSL for encryption on the web and that South Koreans transacting online in South Korea are required to use Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer for their transactions. It was widely referenced across the web, hit the top page of Digg, Boing Boing, TechMeme, Slashdot, and was the first real explanation in English of the daily reality for everyone who uses the web in South Korea.
    In light of the very recent European Union ‘statement of objection’ regarding the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows, the example of South Korea is more important than ever to show how technical decisions can create defacto monpolies.  Also in light of the EU objection, the decision of Google to support Active-X in Chrome is concerning.
    I hope to have more news about South Korea and the defacto monopoly of Internet Explorer in February.

More-than-7 tagged:

  1. Atsushi “Himorin” Shimono, Mozillagumi member, localizer of Bugzilla and MDC into Japanese, and graduate student in Astronomy, Kyoto University.
  2. Channy Yun, Mozilla’s fearless leader of the Mozilla Korea community.
  3. Li Gong, who is our fearless leader of Mozilla Online in China.
  4. Lim Chee Aun, who is a Firefox theme developer, icon designer, and kickass web developer in Malaysia.
  5. Danishka Navin, who is Mozilla’s Sinhala localizer for the Sinhala Firefox and is one of the pillars of the OSS community in Sri Lanka. He’s also one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
  6. Patipat “Keng” Susumpow, who is one of the pillars of the OSS community in Thailand and is one of the herders of cats of the Mozilla Thai community (including being the localizer of the Thai Firefox.)
  7. Wichai “Cheng” Toemwutthipreecha, who runs the best Thai-language blog on Mozilla and browsers in general:
  8. Wilson “Kourge” Lee, helps out with the zh-TW Firefox locale, and is one of our younger Mozilla community members and will be active with Mozilla in the future (or so I hear.)
  9. Po-chiang “Bob” Chao who is one of the leaders of the Mozilla Taiwan community (and also works on WikipediaCreative Commons in Taiwan.)
  10. Tim “timdream” Chien, who along with Bob Chao, helps to run the Mozilla Taiwan community.
  11. And last but certainly not least, Tomer Cohen, who is our Hebrew Firefox localizer and is often on IRC with me.

As some of these Mozilla localizers are not on the Planet Mozilla feed, I’ll be pointing to their responses in the future from my blog.

John Lilly in the LA Times

Mozilla’s fearless leader, John Lilly, is profiled (with his NSID beard) in the LA Times in both the Business and Technology sections.

The Stanford University-trained computer scientist is chief executive of Mozilla, maker of the Firefox Web browser, which broke Microsoft’s hold on the market so it couldn’t dominate the Internet the way it does computer operating systems. About 95% of Web surfers used Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in 2004; now 20% use Firefox, and other companies are offering browsers that are smarter and faster than ever before.

Browsing the career of Mozilla CEO John Lilly

“I spend more time in my browser than I do in my car. You should spend at least as much time choosing which browser you use as which car you drive. It’s your lens onto the Web. Just like the lenses in your glasses, it affects the way the Web looks to you. As we see more and more of the world through the Web, the characteristics of the lens matter more than ever.”

HOW I MADE IT: JOHN LILLY – Mozilla chief John Lilly is fired up about making a better Web browser