posts during August 2006

Firefox, as usual

Did you know that a firefox is actually a type of panda? Take a look, they are extremely cute.

Business Week is running an article about Firefox marketing: Mozilla Goes Mainstream. It’s fairly interesting. You may also be interested to see concept art of the Firefox logo here.

If you ever want to get really mad, read some of the reasons people are uninstalling Firefox. Sigh. Most of them can be answered with one of the following:

  • Firefox loads slower than IE because much of IE is built into Windows because… they are both made by Microsoft
  • One of the things that makes Firefox great is it’s uncluttered. If you want a feature, there is probably an extension for it. But it’s not likely to be added to the browser itself. If you want a browser that you get lost in, try SeaMonkey.
  • That has absolutely nothing to do with Firefox.
  • You’re retarded.

I have been working on AMO/Remora in most of my free time, but unfortunately I haven’t had much free time this week. Tomorrow is my last day of work, so after that I should have more time to finally make some substantial progress on the Developer Control Panel.

For more info on Remora development, check out Mike Morgan’s blog post. And contrary to what is stated there, as the author of that logo I can confidently tell you that the fish is not giving birth to those add-ons, it is something else.

Overall, I really like the new apartment. There are a few annoyances, like it still being under construction, our TV still not working, late night noise, and nearby shootings.

I am faced with 3 equally bad choices for getting to and from my classes. My apartment is at northgate. Almost all of my classes are in CEBA. This morning I decided to see how bad it would be walking. 23 minutes later, covered in sweat, I decided I would not be walking to CEBA again soon. I then tried my second option: CATS. My 3:30 class got out at 4:15. I arrived at my apartment at 5:15.

All 3 times I was on the bus, the same driver was typing on her blackberry thing the whole time. I was comforted in knowing that if we were to get in an accident, we’d win.

It looks like I will be utilizing option 3 way more frequently than I thought: driving. I decided to get a parking permit just in case, and I’m very glad I did. I think medical permit parking is worse than regular parking… you are fighting for very few PARALLEL spots.

Yesterday, Mike Shaver asked me if I wanted to code the Developer/Reviewer/Admin panels for Remora. Right now, the public face of is in version 2.0 and the developer pages are in 1.0. Remora is 3.0 of everything and is going to be launched with Firefox 2 with a design and image makeover to get people more interested in Firefox Add-Ons. It will feature more user feedback, such as Amazon-style reviews and forums, as well as localization for Mozilla’s large international base.

The Remora team has been coming up with the database and plans for the public pages for awhile and a design firm (the same that revamped Firefox’s default skin for 2.0) is doing the new layouts. But no work has been done on the developer/reviewer/admin pages. Today I accepted the task, as I cannot continue to fix 1.0 and 2.0 bugs knowing that 3.0 will replace them anyway.

Remora is to utilize CakePHP, which I have heard of but knew nothing about. I have since been reading the manual and preparing for how I’m going to tackle this project, scheduled to be released in late September.