June 29, 2004

0.9 Kickoff

We need a roadmap for 0.9, and to kick it off I want to set some short-term goals we can accomplish before we get too lost in the heavy weeds of architecture.

  • Grow our developer community; more people reviewing and submitting patches
  • Determine (benchmark?) if Quartz GFX would yield credible performance for 10.2/10.3.

Ideas welcome on how to accomplish each of them. Both are important and probably deserve blogs of their own.

Furthermore, there is a bunch of stuff that is going to be happening sooner rather than later, just wanted to give a heads up on what it is

  • Prefs rearchitecture, breaking out prefs from tabs into more panels
  • Keychain api changes
  • Bookmark Manager changes
  • New tab widget

We also have some heavily requested features that need attention but no scheduled work.

  • Form autofill and saving form values
  • Rework (finish) bookmarks search
  • Midas (editable HTML area)
  • Open as tabs in bookmark menu folders

Posted by pinkerton at 9:27 PM

June 28, 2004

T-Minus 90 Minutes To Reality Distortion....

I'm sitting here in my "sunny" San Francisco hotel overlooking the new Apple store on 4th and Market, thinking about heading to the main prep room to don my reality distortion suit. It's made of 5" thick space-age material which, if it does its job, will protect me from the standing waves of reality distortion projected from the stage and repeated by the large towers around the conference hall. Any rip or tear, even of the smallest magnitude, will allow these waves to enter the suit, and thus my defenseless mind, filling me with euphoria and thoughts that FruitCo won the OS wars and has 95% marketshare.

But, try as I might, I know the suit won't be enough to protect me. I am a Fruit Warrior.

Posted by pinkerton at 11:25 AM

June 24, 2004

Think before you publish

From Reuters:

Russia has gained notoriety for its large number of talented and often disaffected young computer experts, whose bedrooms are regularly suspected of spawning major viruses.

What, like the plague? Sounds grody.

Posted by pinkerton at 11:26 AM

June 23, 2004

Camino 0.8

How sweet it is. Where's the champagne? Camino 0.8 is live, visit mozilla.org to see it's prominant status on their homepage and download it.

I know what feedback we'll see (the "distasteful new icons" and how we "ruined it by removing the bookmarks drawer"...yes, both real comments), but it's all worth it.

I want to thank everyone involved in the project (coding and QA), as well as the Mozilla Foundation. Now, finally, on to Camino 0.9!

Posted by pinkerton at 5:22 PM

June 17, 2004

50 Grand

From some rough numbers (version tracker + 3/4 of the Mozilla FTP mirrors), we've received 50,000+ downloads of Camino 0.8b since we released it a month ago.

That's not too bad for a beta of a project that nobody gets paid to work on.

Posted by pinkerton at 4:07 PM

Almost at 0.8 FC1

I landed a slew of stuff tonight. If you go looking, you'll see that the 0.8 buglist is at three (3) bugs. Remember when we were at 60? Tomorrow's build (2004061708-0.8b+) will be the first final candidate build for release, Camino 0.8 FC1. Download it and bang the heck out of it. At this point, only serious regressions introduced within the last week or two and bugs that eat your computer or cause the death of someone's grandmother will cause a respin. We'll probably go about a week and then release.

I'll put up a url after tomorrow's nightly goes up.

Posted by pinkerton at 1:07 AM

June 13, 2004

Turning A Corner?

The 800-lb gorilla of sports television, ESPN's SportsCenter, is now showing in HD several times a day on ESPN-HD. Using their new HD production studio, ESPN intermixes live HD anchors with 4x3 SD highlights (and sometimes HD highlights when available). It looks pretty good, believe it or not.

The most notable impact to regular ESPN-HD viewing is that now even their non-HD programming is 4x3 with side-bars rather than the poorly stretched abomination they used before. I can actually watch ESPN-HD now, even for regular SD content. Interestingly, the sidebars aren't fixed graphics, but move ever so slightly to prevent burn-in (for those who haven't correctly calibrated their monitors). A nice touch.

So now that even the gorilla is in HD, what will this do to the already steadily rising HD viewership? Given that it's generally men driving the purchase of HD sets and set top boxes, the fact that a show highly watched by Joe Six Pack is now HD bodes extremely well for continuing that trend. We've turned a corner, there's no going back. What's next? For starers, cable and satellite companies fully carrying HD locals. Getting rid of the UHF antennas that have found their way back onto our roofs and living rooms is one more step on the evolutionary ladder. As long as Joe Six Pack needs a separate antenna for local HD programming, his hands are tied.

Posted by pinkerton at 6:12 PM

June 11, 2004

Back/Forward History Menus

You asked for it, you got it. I finally fixed bug 163274, session history menus on the back and forward buttons. Should be available in tomorrow's nightly on both the trunk and branch.

Enjoy. I'm off to Gettysburg for the weekend.

Posted by pinkerton at 6:19 PM

June 9, 2004

0.8final Update

I spent tonight triaging the 0.8final buglist down to about 10 (including landing some outstanding patches). My goal is

  • Freeze on Wednesday, 6/16. Make a final candidate and test the heck out of it making last minute tweaks as necessary.
  • Ship 0.8f on or around 6/23.

That should give us enough time to fix the bugs we can fix and not drag out too long on the bugs that are out of our timeframe. The results of the beta have demonstrated that people are very happy with the improvements since 0.7 and we need to put it to bed and move on. We need to focus on delivering the good stuff we have lined up for 0.9, not endlessly iterating on every minute detail.

On another note, I changed the prev/next tab key shortcuts to Command-Option-Left/Right Arrow. I'm sure this will start a brand new debate on why it's a terrible choice but fixes a bunch of localization bugs.

Posted by pinkerton at 9:07 PM

June 6, 2004

Goo Goo Gajoob

I've got nothing to say, but it's OK.

Posted by pinkerton at 6:49 PM