March 31, 2008

10 years old, with thoughts as bold as thoughts can be

Happy birthday to Mozilla (org, not com!). You've come a long way baby! Yet another reminder that I've been at this browser stuff for far too long. Back when we released the source, it was still destined to be Netscape5.0. Long before Gecko. Long before XUL. Long before we decided to ditch the entire thing and re-write it from scratch (I mean, how long could that possibly take, right!?). The Source331 project (as we called it) was one of the most fun I've been a part of during my (brief) career; watching everyone come together behind an idea and pull out all the stops to make it happen.

Google's Summer of Code program is one popular way that you can get directly involved -- and get paid. Over the past two years, we've had several projects for Camino specifically. If you're interested, check out the ideas, submit your own (or volunteer for one), and come talk to us in #camino.

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March 30, 2008

Play Ball!

It's the start of a new baseball season here in Washington D.C with a brand spanking new stadium to go along with it. It's a beautiful park, and everyone in the town is energized about the team finally getting their own digs. The problem is, well, it's baseball. Yawn. Wake me up in October.

I realized today that the standard DirecTV package has now increased to $51/month. Ouch! That doesn't include receiver lease fees or any HD content. Makes me enjoy the free content on my AppleTV even more (though last week it ran out of memory on me, grinding to a halt then locking up).

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Real things

In an effort to make my blog seem less self-indulgent, I'm going to actually talk about real things. I am now about to tell you the following thing.

I noticed DirecTV has started to roll out a beta of video on demand to the HR20-style receivers. It requires, oddly, that your satellite box be hooked up to your broadband connection to do the downloads. Some content will be free (tv shows) others will cost (PPV movies). I couldn't tell if any of the content is HD, probably not. Tune to channel 1000 for more details. Why not trickle down over the satellite? I guess that's too slow, but relying on the competition (cable or FIOS) for delivery seems asking to be throttled. Oh yeah, Comcast doesn't do that anymore. Riiiiiiight.

I've recently been stumped by something and I'm convinced that I'm just stupid. I'm trying to teach myself Japanese and stumbled upon the excellent podcasts at Japancast.net. They make many mentions in the podcasts about their forums and how everyone should participate. Go ahead, try and find them from the homepage. Can you find a link? Sure, there's a chatroom link, but I know for a fact that's not it. The forums are actually here, on a totally different site. I know these folks aren't in this for the money, but...am I missing the obvious here?

While I was typing this, I accidentally invoked Spaces and switched to an empty screen. I thought all my work was gone. I guess if your machine isn't fast enough, it doesn't do all of the animation, so if you're not watching closely, you'll miss it. Do I just not understand anymore, or are people making more bad decisions about usability than they used to?

Oh, and just so you don't think I've gone and shaved my head and bought a beet farm, The Real World Hollywood starts in 3 weeks! Wahooo!

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March 5, 2008

It's In You

Prince Harry has balls. It takes a lot to stand in harm's way. He could have taken the easy way out, standing on the sidelines in respect of his royal lineage. Some may say that he put a lot of people at risk and that the English journalists that kept it quiet betrayed their constituency, but in reality he did what he felt he had to do. To not do so would just perpetuate the viewpoint that he was somehow different from everyone else in England, everyone that his family represents. Kudos, Harry. You've got it in ya.

I wanted to share something else since I haven't blogged for a while. I wrote this for Jo for Valentine's Day and I rather like it.

When You Say

I feel most of the time like I've jumped the shark. Some nights I wonder which gives me more of that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach: the cold sweat of an averted car accident or the thought of my wikipedia entry being torn down? Pathetic much? Thank god I have my happy pills. By the way, can someone update that to mention Google Desktop? That was only like a year ago.

I think folks will like Camino 1.6. I sure do. Once we move to the mozilla trunk (like firefox3) and can take the Cairo changes, Camino 2.0 will be even better.

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