December 31, 2004

Happy New Year

I just wanted to take a moment to say "thank you" to everyone who filed a bug, sent feedback to the Camino group, or told a friend about Camino or FireFox in 2004. We would be nothing without our community; you are our most important resource.

Happy New Year!

Posted by pinkerton at 3:09 PM

December 27, 2004

Note To Self

Note to self: When girlfriend suggests a new feature for Camino, do not tell her that we are accepting patches. Violence may ensue.

Posted by pinkerton at 2:39 PM

December 26, 2004


I got an AirportExpress ths xmas to extend my wireless network and use AirTunes to stream into my living room stereo. The only problem is, I don't have an AirPort base station. It appears that the setup wizards *only* work with a real AirPort base station. Jesus, Apple. Not everyone buys only your products.

In order to use the Express on the network at all, you have to wire it directly to the router (that's right, with an ethernet cable), set it up as creating a brand new network, *then* use the base station config utility to change it to be a client. This isn't documented anywhere, and the setup utils just stall when they can't talk to the base station. Sigh.

I also learned that the bridging doesn't work with my Netgear base station, so no dice on extending my network. Basically now all I can use it for is AirTunes. That's kinda an expensive way to play songs on a stereo. OH well.

An a happier note, my gf *loves* her new iBook more than life itself. I just can't see why people tolerate using PCs.

Posted by pinkerton at 1:44 PM

December 22, 2004

My class finished up on Monday and unfortunately, after much gnashing of teeth, I had to fail a couple of students for not doing the projects and doing poorly on tests. Almost immediately, the begging commenced. "But I had no idea this would happen!" Apparantly, the fact that they didn't do the first two projects and failed both the midterm and final weren't enough of a tip off. What about coming and talking to me? Then they tossed out, all within 20 minutes:

  • the dead grandmother card
  • the foreign student card
  • the "I can't afford another class" card
  • and finally the "this will delay my graduation" card

At least they hit all the major areas. At some point, people really need to start taking responsibility for their actions, or inactions. I'm holding firm, the numbers speak for themselves, but the student isn't making it easy. It's really getting me down.

I hate being an asshole, but sometimes you just can't let people slide by. How do I explain to the students that worked hard all semester that I gave someone a "C" who did a third of the work? You want to know what you can do to pass my class? Do the work. It's that easy.

Posted by pinkerton at 7:03 PM

December 19, 2004

Let It Snow!

Ohhh, the weather outside is frightful (Well, the snow's already melting)
But the fire is so delightful (My gas fireplace is usually off because it sounds like a jet engine)
And since we've no place to go (Could it be because I haven't showered since Friday?)
Let it snow!
Let it snow!
Let it snow!

It doesn't show signs of stopping (Sigh, it's already stopped)
And I've bought some corn for popping (Really, who does that?!)
The lights are turned way down low (Always energy conscious, or cheap, depending on who's side you're on)
Let It Snow!
Let It Snow!
Let It Snow!

Posted by pinkerton at 4:55 PM

December 15, 2004

Added Chiense to 082-ML

We added Chinese to the 082-MultiLanguage build. Should be up as soon as it propagates to the mirrors.

Posted by pinkerton at 2:24 PM

December 13, 2004


Been starting to work on form fill for Camino, but do the right thing by reusing the Satchel implementation in Firefox. The hard part isn't the reuse, it's getting it to build at all outside of a XUL-based app. Yeah, it's gonna take longer, but the payoff will be worth it. Shared code is a good thing.

Posted by pinkerton at 11:46 PM

December 9, 2004

Camino 082 Multi-Lang Posted

Posted Camino 0.8.2 Multi-Lang. It contains nine languages: Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Slovak.

Give it 30 mins or so to make the mirrors and go for it.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:58 AM

Roadmap Warrior

I've updated the Camino roadmap. Give it a gander.

I wish we could be better about providing dates and have consistent releases like the Firefox team, but remember the one important difference: this is not our day job. We don't get paid for this. It's solely a labor of love, worked on in spare time, and built by the community. Nobody gets a paycheck to work on Camino. If we did, you could bet your booties we'd have 0.9 done already.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:20 AM

December 7, 2004

Black Tuesday

Another round of the Annual AOL Holiday Layoffs! Fret not, I'm ok.

Posted by pinkerton at 3:14 PM

December 6, 2004


The BCS is a fucking joke. As if I couldn't already lose any more respect for them, I now have. Playoffs. Anyone ever hear of them?

I know I've said that I'd do a Camino roadmap in the past, but I really mean it this time. Expect one this week or next. I'll be home more on vacation.

Posted by pinkerton at 9:17 PM

082 Released

Get it while it's hot.

The multi-lang version should follow in a day or two, I'll post again when it's up. It's ready, just waiting for folks to wake up to get me the bits.

Posted by pinkerton at 12:45 PM

December 5, 2004


Went to NYC for the first time this weekend and all I can say is "wow!" So many people, so much going on, so much hustle and bustle, but there's something vibrant and unique about it. Everything is straight up, my neck hurt just from one afternoon of walking around. Times Square reminds me of what I've seen of Tokyo; I couldn't stop taking pictures around every corner. I think I took 70 in one afternoon. The Rockefeller Xmas tree is much grander than any of the shots on TV. You really have to be there to appreciate it.

Went and saw the Rockettes, from row JJ (that's 10 rows back). The xmas show is fun, albeit short, and ends on a very "pro christianity" tone. While most of it has to do with santa and delivering gifts, it ends not with the Rockettes and a grand musical number, but with the point that Jesus is the most important human being ever. Um, whatever. Simply not necessary. They could have easily cut this gratuitous plug for christianity and kept it entirely non-religious. Struck me as out of place.

Because I was away for the entire weekend, I held off releasing 082. Expect to see it Monday or Tuesday.

Posted by pinkerton at 5:54 PM

December 2, 2004

Looking for a Gecko/Cocoa Coder

If anyone needs some extra money for the upcoming holiday season, have I got a proposal for you:

"I need someone to transfer the basic CHBrowserView from the Camino source to a separate Cocoa app. I just need basic browsing like go back/forward, refresh, loading HTML etc. It'll be paid via PayPal, somewhere in the region of $50-70. If your interested, you can contact me at junk at talacia dot com. Thanks!"

I'm just the messenger here, contact the provided email address if you're interested.

Posted by pinkerton at 2:48 PM


I've been listening to U2's new album off and on for the last few days. Not sure yet what I think. It's slowly growing on me, but not making me think it's the greatest thing ever.

Vertigo reached out and grabbed hold of me the first time I heard it. It's an incredible song, maybe one of their best ever. The rest of the album, however, seems just a tad above generic. Certainly not groundbreaking like their earlier work, Joshua Tree and Achtung, Baby. My feet are tapping, but...

Posted by pinkerton at 2:34 PM