September 29, 2005

Evil Status: Mellow Yellow

After four days at my new job, people keep asking me if I'm no longer evil. I guess that implies that at one point I was evil. Hrm, I'm not certain I agree with that. We worked pretty hard at AOL to not be evil, even though AOL Radio ended up with an ad anyway. It wasn't our fault, I swear.

Got together with a bunch of folks last night in MtnView to talk about Camino 1.0 and get nice and drunk...or maybe that was just me. We've got about two weeks until MoFo tags for 1.5b2 at which time we should be in pretty good shape for Camino 1.0beta1. If the quality of this build is high enough, we will start to shift focus away from 0.8.x to 1.0beta1 for all promotions and website content; it will become our stable build. I think we're on track, the alphas already are high quality and we've fixed a lot of the crashers that have come in from Talkback.

Work at the new company is exciting, but hectic. Between training, trying to find hardware, and trying to figure out where I fit in this organization of hecka-brilliant people, I find myself overwhelmed and scatterbrained. I seem to have more problems than solutions. I guess that's to be expected at any new job, though. I just don't do this that often.

Posted by pinkerton at 2:26 PM

September 22, 2005

Ends and Odds

Tomorrow's my last day at AOL. Very mixed feelings. I'm happy to have the new opportunities, but sad to leave the place I've been for the last eight years. Next week I'll be in Cali learning how to not be evil.

CBS continues to trounce ESPN, Fox, and ABC in terms of the quality of HD football. It's really like night and day. I'm glad Fox has so many games in HD, but all you have to do is flip over to CBS and you wonder how Fox can even call what they show high-def.

Amo and I tried watching Nip/Tuck. It looks like an incredible show. However, starting with an episode about a serial rapist who carves up his victims isn't the best way to get me into the show. I can barely handle ER, and I'm supposed to get sucked into this every week? I dunno.....

Camino is still looking pretty good for a Fall 1.0, but we're finding that the Mozilla18 branch has tons of rendering regressions. Just makes us all look bad, especially people coming to Gecko-based browsers for the first time. I fear that FF1.5 will be released too hastily and will be beset with .1, .2, .3, releases in short order. They already seem too close to the endgame to respond to the QA feedback generated from the beta. It's good that Camino testing can help flush out bugs in Firefox, because at the end of the day we're all on the same team, but it's telling that we really don't know what shape we're in on the branch.

Odd how I can be pining for rain (it's been VERY dry here of late) while the entire gulf region is hoping they never see another drop.

Main motherboard in Amo's iBook replaced, thankfully under warranty. The repair bill would have been $280 otherwise. Yikes! So far so good.

Posted by pinkerton at 6:13 PM

September 14, 2005

Camino 1.0 alpha 1

It's out, alpha 1, the first stop on the road to Camino 1.0. This build is really solid, fast, and includes at lot of hard work and polish. It's based off the same Gecko as Firefox 1.5b1 except it contains one additional security fix that Firefox does not.

Go get it and give us your feedback!

Posted by pinkerton at 6:28 PM

September 9, 2005

The Road To 1.0

With the recent release of FF1.5b1, we're about ready to do another big drop of Camino off the Mozilla1.8branch (which we share with FF1.5). This new build, scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday, will be branded as Camino 1.0alpha1. We will not be releasing Camino 0.9 -- there's really no point. What we have is really, really good.

Took Amo's iBook back to the Apple store. I wiped the drive last night (zero'd it too!), put on a clean OS install, did nothing else but put it to sleep and it wouldn't wake up. Not my problem! They have it now, with the goal of replacing the motherboard. We'll see.

While I was there, I got to see the one (1) iPod nano they had to pass around. It's beautiful. So tiny, so light. Gotta have one. Too bad it's only 4GB. I've got an aging 2nd-gen I need to replace, but I've got 8GB of music on there right now.

Posted by pinkerton at 5:44 PM

September 7, 2005

Time for a change

I've got some news that I've been sitting on for a few days and wanted to finally share it with everyone. It's really not that big of a deal in some respects, but a big deal in others, as you'll see. Regardless, I'm excited.

This past Friday, I accepted a position at Google working on the Firefox team. My last day at AOL, where I spent the last eight years of my life (including Netscape) will be in a couple of weeks. I want to make it clear that it's not an indication of AOL as a company, about the future of Mac development at AOL, or about the team of very talented people I've worked with over the years. I'm very excited about AOL's new outlook and direction on Mac development (AOL Radio, now in beta, is an awesome little app). Simply put, I was presented with an opportunity at the right place and right time in my life, and to not take it would be silly.

So now let me address the large elephant in the corner: what oh what does it mean for Camino now that Pink is going to work on Firefox? The answer: only good things. Remember that Google employees get 20% of their time to work on their own pet projects. While some of that time will hopefully be spent nurturing the growing Mac community within Google, a lot of that time will be directly spent on Camino. That's right, I'm (indirectly) getting paid to keep working on it. That's going to be a big help with the push for 1.0 coming up this Fall. In addition, just as Josh blogged not so many months ago, there is plenty of Mac-specific work that benefits all Gecko browsers, and now there's one more Mac guy available to help out.

So on one hand, I'm sad to be leaving the Mac group at AOL right when they're finally on the right track after so many false-starts, but I'm excited about the new opportunities, a chance to devote more time to my favorite open source project. In all honesty, I don't know much about what I'll be doing full time at Google. They really haven't told me much, nor would I be allowed to talk about it if they did.

I'll keep everyone posted. Just remember, this is a very good thing for Camino.

Posted by pinkerton at 2:56 PM

September 1, 2005

Game On!

Sometimes it's worth standing up and fighting for things you believe in. I sent the GWU department chair a long email about how I believe the students will benefit from my class and he agreed with me!

Mike: I actually enjoyed talking to you...a breath of fresh air to talk to someone who cares for the students...and for the profession of teaching. After that, I could not help but change my mind...I can admit I was wrong...The class is back on...


Posted by pinkerton at 8:02 PM