Via mozillazine.org, I see that Ben's new download bits have landed. I've been watching over his shoulder the last week or so and it was lookin' really nice. I guess I need to grab a build and see for myself.
November 2003 Archives
I'm so full. What a great meal we had yesterday (thanks for all your hard work, Deanna) and the leftovers today have been wonderful. For U.S. readers, how was your Thanksgiving? For folks that don't celebrate Thanksgiving, do you have a holiday that's as food-dominated as Thanksgiving?
Last photo update. It's done and resting under a foil tent for 30 minutes (giving me a minute to post this before the feasting commences). The maple-pecan mashed sweet potatoes, butternut squash soup with cider cream, pecan cornbread dressing, broccoli and cheese casserole, crescent rolls, ambrosia, and maple cranberry sauce with gran marnier, pumpkin cheesecake, maple-pecan pie, banana vanilla wafer pudding, is all on the table and Deanna's opening the Beaujolais Nouveau and Gewurztraminer, so I'm outta here :-)
Gettin' close now. It's been almost six hours since the bird hit the smoker (getting dark outside) and I think it's got about 20 minutes to go.
5 hours, 160°, and it's time for the maple glaze (maple syrup, butter, dry white wine, and dijon mustard).
Just over four hours.
About 3 hours.
It's been going for about two hours.
Deanna's spent the last couple of days getting everything ready and all I have to do is smoke the turkey. It's about a 6 hour smoke (if the last few years experience is repeated) after a 24 hour brine with brown sugar, coarse salt, fresh ginger, peppercorns, onions and star anise, then before it goes in the hickory chip-powered smoker it's stuffed with quartered oranges, and coated in olive and sesame oils. I'll post some photos as the bird turns red in the smoker. This is our fifth year on this recipe and it's consistently been the best turkey I've ever eaten.
Blogging will be sporadic through the holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers. I'm off to tend to my turkey.
If you're on Mac OS X 10.1.5 (ed. 10.1.5, not 10.5.1, heh), using Mozilla 1.5, and crashing whenever you attempt to download something just isn't your idea of a good browsing experience, then you should rush right out and get Mozilla 1.5.1. This is a Mac-only release and is really only worth upgrading from Mozilla 1.5 if you're running OS X 10.1.x. Users of 10.2 and 10.3 need not update from Mozilla 1.5.
So I finally got a USB keychain storage device. It's a 64MB JumpDrive and I'd like to put Firebird and a minimal profile (bookmarks mostly) on the drive so I can carry the two around with me to various machiness.
Now I need help :-) I understand that Firebird looks at registry.dat for the location of the profile and I've got a registry.dat file that points to the USB device (assuming it's D: which seems to be the case on my work Windows laptop and my home Windows desktop). My question is how do I put this registry.dat on the USB drive and have Firebird find and use it. I don't want to replace the registry.dat in Application Data\Phoenix since that points to local profiles that I don't want to disturb. Firebird seems pretty set on looking for registry.dat in Application Data\Phoenix.
If I'm not able to actually carry my profile around, I guess I'll fall back to just carrying Firebird around and letting it create (or use existing?) local profiles. I might even be able to fit each of a win32, OS X, and Linux build on the drive. Today's Windows Firebird is 16.3 MB, OS X Firebird is 22.9 MB, and Linux Firebird is 23.6 MB. By my calculations, that would all fit in 64MB.
In an ideal world, I'd be able to carry around each of those three builds plus a light-weight profile that was shared between them. I'm sure there are some OS specific profile files (hopefully uniquely named or they'd overwrite eachother). If someone has already tried this or knows enough about how Firebird/Mozilla works to tell me I'm dreaming and it's not gonna be possible, please do so here :-)
We had a pretty nasty bug in OS X 10.1.x (which didn't seem to impact 10.2 or 10.3) that caused downloading to crash the browser. I hope tomorrow to be putting out a Mac Mozilla 1.5.1 release which corrects that problem. If you can't wait until then or you'd like to help me test this build, you can get it here. This will be a Mac-only release and really only intended for pre-10.2 users. There are no other significant fixes besides this download crasher fix.
Kerz says he's installed some MT plugin to stop comment spam but I'm still seeing the occasional spam in the comments here. If you notice spam in one of the older (or newer) comments, please let me know with a comment to the newest post or an email. Thanks.
Anyone here have any experience upgrading a TiVo? My warrantee has just expired so I'm interested in plugging a second hard drive into mine to try to squeeze a little more life out of it. How difficult is the process? Does it require anything more than powering down, popping the case, dropping in a second drive, and powering it back up?
It's been a while since I bored you all with my astronomy and astrophotography fetish so here goes:
First, if you don't have the NASA JPL Planetary Photojournal bookmarked, then I highly recommend you do it right now. It's a great resource for finding images of our solar system's various inhabitants.
Second, if you haven't seen the beautiful Cassini narrow-angle camera image of Jupiter (which became my new desktop image the minute it was released), then you should check it out.
Cassini, on it's way to Saturn, snapped this amazing portrait of our biggest giant. The Cassini spacecraft and Saturn will catch up to each other in 9 months where Cassini will move into Saturn orbit and begin science to determine the temperature field, cloud properties and composition of Saturn's atmosphere, measure the planet's global wind field, including its waves; make long-term observations of cloud features to see how they grow, evolve and dissipate, determine the internal structure and rotation of the deep atmosphere, record daily variations and relationship between the ionosphere and the planet's magnetic field, gather data to help determine the composition, heat flux and radiation environment present during Saturn's formation and evolution and investigate sources and nature of Saturn's lightning.
About six months after Cassini goes into Saturnian orbit, its piggy-back Huygens probe will bail off and head for Saturn's largest and the solar system's only atmosphered moon, Titan. Huygens will descend through Titan's thick, muddy, atmosphere measuring elemental composition, wind and temperature, and hopefully tell us what Titan's surface is like.
Cassini is a joint NASA, European Space Agency, and Italian Space Agency project.
A little closer to home, the UK's Mars Express and Beagle 2 lander are just over 1 month away from their arrival at Mars. We're in for an exciting season of Mars exploration starting Christmas day with their arrival, and quickly followed up by Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Explorer Rovers, which arrive January 3rd and 24th.
In other Mars news, Japan's Nozomi Mars Mission has one last shot at correcting a short that is preventing them from making necessary course corrections. If they can get things fixed, then Nozomi will arrive at Mars in three weeks. The various reports I've read are painting a gloomy picture but even if the correction cannot be made, a lot has been learned in the repeated attempts to rescue this mission that went off track in 1999 and had to circle back and make a couple of Earth fly-bys to get on the current trajectory that will bring it to, or past Mars.
And in space policy news, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, spoke in front of the ASA about "a rare moment in our history", fueling continued speculation that manned Moon and Mars missions may be in the cards.
I'll wrap things up with a couple of items from the "pretty pictures" department:
November Lunar eclipse by Markus Strassfeld (scroll down to see the 2:21:25 image, via APOD)
November Lunar eclipse by David Cortner.
Mozilla Foundation applications are dominating the lq.org members choice awards with Mozilla Firebird pulling out to a decent lead over SeaMonkey.
As I've probably made clear in several of my recent posts, I use various operating systems. I used mostly Macs and Windows machines through the 80s and 90s, settling on Windows by the late 90s as my personal desktop of choice. When I got involved with Mozilla, I started spending more time again on Mac (and Linux, which I'd had only brief exposure to before Mozilla).
A little over a year ago, I decided to try to switch to Linux as my primary desktop and, for the most part, I had a good run of things with Red Hat 8.0 and the Severn betas. About the time Severn came out, though, I decided to see if I could move over to OS X as my primary platform. The experience wasn't bad and I spent several months using 10.2 almost exclusively (It was really nice being back in front of Mac Photoshop, BBEdit was wonderful and the iApps were solid).
But now that I'm working from an x86 laptop most of the time, I'm back to Linux and Windows as my choices for primary desktop. My new system dual boots winXP Home and Fedora Core 1. I'd estimate that I'm spending slightly more time in Windows than Linux and I think that's likely to continue. I've got just about everything I could want for software installed on both OSes but I find myself booting into Windows more often. In my previous attempts to switch, I made my best and primary machine just boot that one OS and that sort of forced me over. Now that I've got both Windows and Linux at my fingertips, I think Windows is winning out.
What operating system(s) do you use? Did you choose based on money? Politics? Applications? Something else? If you use more than one OS, how do they compare, how much time do you spend on each?
There have been some really informative comments here at adot's notblog and I encourage any of you that don't poke into comments often to take a look. Thanks to all of the folks that have taken the time to post informative and helpful comments.
If anyone who needs to know happens to be reading this (and not tinderbox?), the SeaMonkey tree closes tonight at midnight Pacific Standard Time. We'll be frozen through the release of Mozilla 1.6 Beta and until we branch for Mozilla 1.6 in mid-December.
If you know of any bugs that are severe enough to block the release of Mozilla 1.6 Beta, please nominate them by setting the "blocking1.6b?" bug flag. Mozilla 1.6 is gonna rock! (how can it not, with NTLM auth for Linux!?)
I've asked for advice several times here on various software applications, from text editors to ftp clients and you all have been extremely helpful. Thanks for all of your suggestions. Here's a list of the apps that I use regularly and have found to be satisfactory (or better) for my various platforms:
Windows (XP): Firebird, Thunderbird, mIRC, UltraEdit, BulletProof FTP, Kazaa Lite (shareaza is a close second), iTunes, Photoshop, WMP, Ad-Aware, Word, Excel, Cygwin, and McAfee.
Mac (10.2): Firebird, Thunderbird, X-Chat Aqua, BBEdit, RBrowser FTP, Poisoned, iTunes, Photoshop, iPhoto, Word, Excel, and WMP.
Linux (Fedora): Firebird, Thunderbird, X-Chat, JEdit (gEdit is getting pretty good though), gFTP, LimeWire, Crossover Plugin, MPlayer, OpenOffice, and xmms.
I'm sure I've left of a few really good apps that I have but those are the ones I use most often and the ones that, where there were a variety of choices, I settled on.
One thing that's obvious from my lists is that I perform roughly the same computing tasks across three platforms. I've found solutions for each of those tasks that I'm mostly happy with. I'd certainly like better image editing and P2P apps for linux but other than that, I'm quite happy with the various systems I work on. I've said this before, but it bears repeating. Mozilla opened the door to the non-Windows platforms for me (especially Linux). It provided the necessary "home away from home" that allowed me to spend some quality time getting to know the ins and outs of the new systems. Without that bridge, I don't think I'd have even considered using Mac or Linux.
What apps do you use regularly and how do they stack up across platforms. Could you move from your primary platform to one of the others without missing a beat? What apps would make that easier or more difficult for you?
Because I don't say it nearly often enough, let me take a minute to just put it in bold, all-caps, blinking, scrolling text:
MozillaZine is an amazing resource and a critical component of the success of the Mozilla project over the years. Chris Nelson, you are a visionary. Jason Kersey, your work ethic is unmatched. Alex Bishop, we'd be ill-informed without you, your reporting kicks ass. Keep up the great work guys and thanks for the years of effort.
It's been a little while since I added an extension to my regular use profile so I'm trying out a few more extensions. The three I'm looking at this weekend are cute menus, session saver, and spiderzilla. I'll try to post some review-like comments when I've had a chance to evaluate these extensions. Have you tried any of these? Do you recommend any other recent or recently updated extensions?
I've been taking some photos at the Mozilla Foundation office and I'll be posting them shortly.
Mozilla 1.6 Beta will enter the milestone freeze early Wednesday morning.
Bugzilla changes are coming soon (though it might be a good idea for us to wait until after the milestone freeze).
Mozilla's going to be at Comdex, with Chris Hofmann on the panel for a couple of discussions on OSS development. If you're in Vegas next week, try to attend the Open Source 101 and
Contributing to Open Source Development talks.
Thanks to all the hard work from the website team, the new www.mozilla.org website is finally launching. This won't be the end and there are surely some bugs left to work out and some incremental improvements still to be made but I think it's a huge step in the right direction. Great work David, Dawn, David, Bart, Ben and anyone else that I missed.
The BugDay reunion tour is coming to an IRC channel near you. It's been a long time since the last BugDay (1 year and 9 months to the day, as noted by Simon) and, in Bugzilla, it shows.
When I agreed to go to work for the Mozilla Foundation, and we were hashing out my job responsibilities, it became pretty obvious that I needed to get re-engaged with the community of Mozilla testers and bug triagers. Coincidentally, Simon Paquet contacted me at about the same time to discuss reviving BugDays.
"What is BugDay?" you ask. You can read my MozillaZine announcement from the first BugDay that took place 4 years ago this month (wow). For those of you that are too lazy to click that link, here's an excerpt:
Bugday, what is it? BugDay is an informal collaborative bug hunting effort and an opportunity to become comfortable with Mozilla the browser and Bugzilla, mozilla.org's bug reporting tool.
When and where is it? The (hopefully) soon to be weekly event is hosted by #mozillazine at irc.mozilla.org [feel free to use mozillaZine's Java-based IRC client in our chat area - mozadmin]....
Who is going to be there? Everyone is welcome. If you want Mozilla better sooner then make it happen. We will have first time as well as veteran bug hunters/reporters. We hope to have Mozilla developers and quality assurance people. Anyone with an interest in furthering Mozilla is invited.
What do I need to bring? We'll be focusing on finding and reporting new bugs as well as verifying and commenting on old bugs, so grab the most recent build you can get, make note of any bugs you've found but not reported and come prepared to surf, search and report.
What do I do when I get there? That's an easy one. You'll surf the web, compose mail, read newsgroups, all with Mozilla. When something doesn't work as it should you say something in the channel."
BugDay will be a great way to mingle with other Mozilla users, developers and QA people, so stop by if you get a chance. If you're not familiar with filling out but reports, there will be plenty of people there to answer questions and help you out.
Now, these days we tend to have a pretty good number of testing, resulting in a large inflow of new bug reports, so I hope we can focus the efforts of the All New and Improved BugDay on triage and bug management. I'll be working with Simon to plan for the revival and hopefully we can kick it off in the coming weeks. Some of the details that need to be worked out are where we're going to put the focus (we've got a few different apps now) and who will be available help assist new contributors. Simon or I will try to keep you all posted and there'll be announcements on MozillaZine when we ramp things up. Stay tuned.
In the mean time, if you're interested in helping out or participating, let us know in the comments over at Simon's blog or here.
Sorry for the dearth of posts here. I've been pretty busy at work the last couple of days. We're coming up on the 1.6 beta freeze soon and I've got lots of catching up to do.
There's lots of exciting work going on at the Mozilla Foundation.
One really cool development that I've been working on (well, leaf's done all the work, I'm just tetsing) is a new system for Mozilla nightly builds that will put tinderbox machines on build duty, cranking out and posting builds every hour. The goal will be to push one official nightly build each morning to the regular location and then push builds as fast as the tinderbox can make them to a special location. This should make tracking down a regressions a lot easier.
I'm also working with myk to design a webtool for managing test cases and test result tracking. We're in the early stages but I'm very enthusiastic.
In Firebird news, you probably already know this, we've got a Windows installer and a super-slick new Mac theme. Great work Ben and Kevin.
I'll try to get back to daily postings ASAP. I've also got plans to try to set up a mechanism for storing (with a cookie) the blog theme so you don't have to manually switch every time if you like one of the alternates. Not sure whether that's gonna happen right away, though, because it'll require I do some learning about cookies. If any of you have any good suggestions for documentation or would be willing to help out, I'd be happy to hear from you.
I mentioned a while ago that the previous incarnation of this theme was a must have for Mac Firebird users because it was so much more Mac-like. This nea version looks super-sharp, especially on Jaguar. Yummy.
As I predicted, geography and meteorology conspired to keep another full lunar eclipse out of my sight. But thanks to a lot of bloggers out there, I was able to watch the eclipse in near real-time. Thanks to all of you who rushed in to post these great photos:
101 - 365 (baby!) a blog of truth and beauty, av8trix > scenic, jimtrottier.com, absonite.com, Il Journalissimo d' SXOIDMAL , justwrite.us weblog, Dark Angel Rising, Wax Rhapsodic, davin's �ber secret blog, Chris-Place.com, princesssputnik, coreystory - This girl is a nutcase, Random Bytes, Random Thoughts from HowardGr, short fat guy : stuff to do sitting down, Rambling Thoughts, Mark Scheuern's Photoblog, Mark Scheuern's Photoblog, again, Matthew J. Stinson, edhand.com, Global Suburb, The Paris of America, atmaspheric | endeavors, Wasabi Wisdom: Always Look on the Light Side of Life, Life's Cocktails, russcam, Avocare, Eclectic Echoes, Confessions of a G33k, krunkthat.com, Tandoku.com, minusbaby, Kata Taene Journal, and a nice collection at Lunar Eclipse Gallery: Nov. 8 and 9, 2003.
Is Linux about to make a breakthrough to the desktop? Sam Docknevich of IBM's Global Services thinks so.
Speaking of Linux on the desktop, today I had a great expereince with Linux. My wife's laptop hard drive has some big problems and repeated attemts to restore or repair her Windows XP system had failed. Myk Melez (of the Mozilla Foundation, Bugzilla, Tinderstatus and ForumZilla fame) suggested I try this very cool linux on a floppy distro called tomsrtbt, and he even let me borrow his floppy (saving me the painful download ;-) After playing around for a little while with that, I was able to mount the laptop's ntfs partition and verify that Deanna's files were all still visible and (hopefully) intact. Deciding that the little distro on a disk wasn't quite sufficient for my ham fists, I downloaded and burned the amazing Knoppix "Live Linux CD". With the power of a full-blown Linux distro, that instantly recognized the wireless card, I was able to locate, verify integrity of, zip up, and mail all of Deanna's important files. It was a surprisingly easy process from start to finish and I recommend that everyone get a copy of Knoppix to keep around for rescue and repair.
I'm looking for a couple of apps for Windows XP. If any of you have a favorite GUI text editor or GUI FTP client that looks good and works well on winXP, I'd be pleased to hear about it. I'm pretty comfortable with jEdit but it's feeling kinda pokey since I started using BBEdit a lot more. I guess that's the price you pay for Java apps.
I've enjoyed UltraEdit on Windows in the past but it just doesn't look very nice on XP. Unless someone knows of something better, I'll probably return to that. As far as an FTP client goes, I used to use BulletProof and, again, I guess I'll go back to that if no one suggests something better.
This evening, between 5:30 and 6:30 PM EST, folks on the east coast of the US (and I think most of Europe and Africa) should be able to witness the beginning of Earth's shadow hitting the Moon. By about 8 PM, the Moon will be completely covered.
If you've got a camera handy and some high-speed film or a tripod, snap off a few shots.
Lunar eclipses can be quite beautiful. If you haven't seen one before, do yourself a favor and step out to take a look tonight. Earth's red shadow plastered across a fairly bright full moon (for a nice primer on Lunar eclipses, including the answer to the question 'why is it red?' check out this nice guide) can be a striking sight and one that, unfortunately, I'm going to mostly miss again because of my geography.
(ed. I just realized that I forgot to change my Thursday eclipse heads-up post from "draft" to "publish". It's up now. Sorry for such a late notice on what should be a beautiful event. I've got my fingers crossed for those of you on the east coast, hoping that skies stay clear.)
Today I tried to rip a bunch of my CDs with the goal of being able to share them across our office network and to be able to carry a few dozen albums on a few mp3 CDs. After ripping about a dozen albums in iTunes, Dawn Endico alerted me that I was actually ripping them as AAC files and not mp3. Apparently I should have been following Ben Goodger's weblog more closely. ARGGHHGHGHHHGH, indeed.
If you're on the east coast, don't forget to step outside and enjoy the Lunar eclipse on Saturday. Lunar eclipses are one of the coolest naked-eye celestial phenomena. If you're in North America and you miss this one, you'll have to wait almost a year before the next one so grab a jacket if it's cold and get outside for a while.
I'm currently bittorrenting Fedora 1 Core, the latest from Red Hat. In about an hour or so, I should have all 1.8+ GB downloaded and if I haven't fallen asleep, I'll drop it on one of my machines here and give it a spin. Have any of you tried it yet? Anything dramatically different from the Fedora beta or the Severn beta befor that? I've tried both of those and the only change that I really appreciated was the new window decorations. The latest art package, which can be had without upgrading, i suspect, is really pretty nice.
Thanks to John Marshall's investigative work and patch, I think that these pages now display better in Opera. Thanks John! If any of you are still experiencing problems with the CSS, please let me know - preferably with a patch :-)
And, yes, I know about the style sheet problem (after swithing to some of the alternate style sheets, the sidebar is no longer clickable) but I can't figure it out. Funny thing is that it doesn't seem to be a problem when switching between DefaultStyle and Green but does seem to be a problem when going to either OldStyle or OldZine.
If anyone can figure out what it is abouut the Green style that works and wht it is about the other two that doesn't work, I'd appreciate it.
Today I went in to the new offices and got a couple of machines set up. I downloaded a round of builds for the first time in about a week and had to close the tree because I found Mac builds were totally useless. On the upside, Ian was in town and it was good to see him again.
In other good news, Feedster is back up after some downtime and, as always, it points the way to some interesting Mozilla articles:
A Feedster search plug-in for Firebird is available from d2r (d2r could make it a lot easier on users by just serving the plug-in with the proper install script).
Love Firebird-Want More, from Who Censored Blogger Rabbit, talks up a blogger's browser.
Sil could be saved from The tyranny of tabbed browsing with "bookmark all tabs in a folder".
And Andyed at Surf*Mind*Musings points to a couple of extension catagorization attempts.
Tomorrow will be my first day of employment by the Mozilla Foundation and I'll be working from the new offices in Mountain View. Thanks for all the laptop suggestions, it was quite helpful. I'll hopefully be getting something this week so that I can effectively bring my work home with me :-)
I need a laptop. I need to spend less than $1,000 USD and my only major want is that it support SXGA or better screen resolution. Dell, Gateway and a couple of the other major manufacturors offer new or refurbished units starting around $800 but I can't find any recent models under about $1,300 that have SXGA or UXGA screens. Do any of you have any recommendations? I'm not picky about brand or really anything other than better than XGA resolution. New or factory refurbished would be best but just plain used would be fine if it was a swell deal. Something this would be just perfect if it just had a higher-res screen.