December 31, 2005

Happy New Year

I just wanted to take a free moment to wish all readers a happy new year, and thank everyone involved in the Camino project. Your contributions, even if they're not in the form of code, are appreciated not just by the project leads, but by the users that take time to email us with praise and encouragement. Our users are loyal and they recommend Camino to their friends and family. They do so because we've delivered a steadily improving product that remains easy to use and uncluttered.

2006 will be another great year for the project. We will blow past 1.0, with a 1.1 release and hopefully even a 1.2 release by year's end. Our goal should be to stay true to what has made the application successful (fast, stable, easy to use) while responding to the feedback and needs of our userbase. That's not easy; people are always demanding features that "every other browser has", even when they really don't. Our challenge is to make the right choices. We've made them up to this point, I'm confident we'll continue to do so.

Our continued success is because of our contributors. Have a safe and happy new year. We're gonna need you in '06!

Posted by pinkerton at 2:02 PM

December 29, 2005

Camino 1.0 Beta 2 Released

We decided to go ahead and push Beta 2 even though the foundation has ignored all of our approval requests for the 180branch. We did pick up the new JEP and the fix for large downloads on a mini-branch.

I'm expecting that all the reports for this beta go smoothly (we haven't had many issues with recent nightlies) and we can push 1.0 final in mid-January. We've been holding out way too long (partially our damage, partially waiting for MoFo to figure out their branch strategy) and we need to put this to bed and move forward. The only way to get to 1.1 is to ship 1.0. Holding it forever benefits no one.

Posted by pinkerton at 5:43 PM

December 26, 2005

It's an iPod Xmas

I got a nano for Amo. My dad got a video for me and my step-mom. My step-sister got one for her boyfriend. I'm waiting for my kickback, Apple, thankyouverymuch.

I found a GPL app called Handbrake that will rip DVDs to mp4 so you can put them on the iPod. Of course, I would never do this because it violates the DMCA, even though I own the media and fair-use copying rights given to me by Congress. If you are in a region of the world where this isn't illegal, I would recommend this app and even contributing to their project.

So sad that MNF is ending on ABC tonight. Their last game looks great in HD, head and shoulders above anything ESPN-HD does, and it's in DD5.1. I'm still enjoying all the lesser bowl games on ESPN though. Come on, Memphis v. Akron?! Game on, bitches!

Posted by pinkerton at 11:51 PM

December 23, 2005

Bluetoothin'

Even though Verizon may turn off Bluetooth file transfer on most of its phones, you can actually connect a Mac to a Verizon RAZR V3c over Bluetooth and copy pics, wallpaper, and ringtones. I guess Verizon finally wised up and realized their customers are much happier when they can use their own stuff. I'm surprised, and giddy, and have already made myself a new ringtone with GarageBand.

So if you were holding off buying a RAZR because Verizon crippled the Bluetooth, wait no longer.

Posted by pinkerton at 1:28 PM

December 22, 2005

Hello Moto

Ok, so I caved to metrosexuality. I went and bought myself a RAZR V3c (Verizon) after seeing just how sexy Amo's was. I haven't made any calls on it, so I have no idea if it's a good phone, but did I mention it was sexy? (For the record, I read a lot of reviews and most people agree its a good phone.)

DirecTV installer came today to swap out my dish and bring me a new MPEG4-capable receiver to get the new DC HD locals. Doing some quick tests revealed that the picture quality of WTTG (Fox) is on par with the FOXE (New York) channel. I could never see a difference between that and OTA, so that's pretty good. WUSA (CBS) is just as gorgeous as ever and CSI looked great: wonderful black levels and crystal clear. I'm impressed, and it only cost me a pittance to never have to worry about multi-path killing my reception or that ugly, un-metrosexual antenna ever again.

Tonight I'm flipping between college basketball, hockey, and a bowl game. Gotta love this time of year. There's a bowl game on almost every day from now until the week after New Years.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:33 PM

December 18, 2005

Closer

Mozilla has cut the new branch, and they say Monday they'll start approving fixes. Hopefully we'll have beta2 out by the end of the year. It's tough with holidays and such.

It's supposed to rain here on xmas day. How depressing is that?

Posted by pinkerton at 11:00 PM

December 15, 2005

Baby Steps

We've figured out the Talkback issues and now all we're waiting on is MoFo to figure out the branch plans. They've figured them out, I guess, but we're waiting on the actual branch so we can land some core changes. I've asked MoFo when they will begin approvals for this new branch and haven't received any response. Go team.

I wish Steph would have won the last Survivor. She certainly deserved it much more than the skeleton that won. In other realityTV news, I've been watching the Martha Stewart Apprentice and it's actually rather good television. They aren't going to do another one (either poor ratings or advanced planning, you choose), but that's a shame because it's still a very interesting show with a decidedly subtle twist from The Donald.

Have I mentioned we're waiting on MoFo to branch?

Posted by pinkerton at 12:08 AM

December 13, 2005

Stumped

As I was falling asleep last night I had this great idea for a blog post. I had it all worked out, it was hysterical. This morning, I have no idea what it was about, or even what it possibly could have been about. Was it a dream? Did the aliens steal it from me? Oh no, not again....

Posted by pinkerton at 6:40 AM

December 11, 2005

Beta2 Shaping Up Nicely

I'm running the latest branch nightly and it's looking really good. Once we get the branch issues resolved with Mozilla (they claim to have a plan, i still don't fully understand it) and the talkback issues figured out, we'll be ready to go. We've landed a lot of small tweaks over the last week or so as well as some bigger features (like page info for viewing a page's certificate). This beta feels really solid and I think it will help us make 1.0final even better. Again, kudos to everyone involved!

The Motorola RAZRv3 goes on sale for Verizon on Dec 12th. It's a little pricey, but damn if it isn't hecka cool. Just got Amo one for Cingular as an early xmas present (hers ended up going through the washing machine today, and while it still "works" the quotes are telling of the quality).

Posted by pinkerton at 5:38 PM

December 9, 2005

Whew!

Sorry I haven't been blogging much of late, the holidays you know. Also, my connection to the net has been up and down more than jinglepants on a trampoline over the past week so I've been unable to post even when i want to. Some things, in no particular order.

I called DirecTV today to schedule the install for the HD locals via satellite. They just started them in this area. The deal they quoted me was new 5LNB dish, install, and new H20 MPEG4 rcvr for $99. They said earlier it was supposed to be free so i bitched and whined and she came down to $49. Shrug. So on Dec22, I'll have all my locals and no more antenna in the basement! Of course, the rep said the MPEG4 HD DVR wouldn't be available until mid-2006, which contradicts rumors many of us have heard that it would be out in Q1. Oh well. I'll keep you posted.

Where are we with Camino? Probably very close to beta2 once we fix up some lingering regressions and get talkback symbol uploading worked out (it's broken *again*). We won't be taking RSS support for beta2, and maybe not even for 1.0. We have yet to decide. Our other most-requested feature, spell checking, has landed on the trunk. We need some work to use the built-in OSX spellcheck, but that shouldn't be too hard. The big hurdle there, however, is when it's going to land on the branch. Maybe not for a while, so that might not see light until 1.1 either.

I'd like to get 1.0 out sooner rather than later, and then start more frequent releases. The problem there is that the mozilla foundation has absolutely no clue what they're doing regarding the 1.8branch and Firefox2 development. Getting a straight answer out of them is close to impossible. We may end up not having a stable branch to release on. Good times!

Nice little ice storm last night here in VA. Thankfully I no longer have to drive to work ;)

Posted by pinkerton at 1:14 PM