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Graduation Date

I was killing time in a hallway until my next class started when I decided to visit the College of Business office to see an advisor about something. I ended up leaving checked out for graduation with 33 hours left. My graduation date is set for December 2008.

The courses I have left to take are:

  • FIN 3715 – Business Finance
  • MKT 3401 – Principles of Marketing
  • MGT 3830 – Strategically Managing Organizations
  • ISDS 3200 – Advanced Business Programming
  • ISDS 4120 – Business Data Communications
  • ISDS 4125 – Analysis and Design of Management Information Systems
  • 3 hours Gen. Ed Humanities
  • 6 hours ISDS electives
  • 6 hours business electives

Calendar Idea

Last blog post for awhile, I promise!

The Mozilla community is very large and there are all sorts of events happening every day – whether it’s a project milestone, meeting, launch, freeze, anniversary, conference, or other item of interest. I think it would be both cool and helpful if we had calendar.mozilla.org with all of these events in one central place that were kept updated, so anyone could see what was coming up.

Obviously, everyone is interested in different things, so each of the categories of events could be toggled on and off.

Some initial ideas, because my blog posts can’t go without a table or list:

  • Special Events – Such as Mozilla 24, OSCON, or other engagements Mozilla is sponsoring, like this
  • Firefox – Milestones, freezes, and anything related to Firefox (Similar categories for other projects – Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, etc.)
  • Meetings – meetings open to the public, like the Monday project status meetings
  • Other recurring events like Air Mozilla, QA bug triages, etc.

The calendar could even talk to some other Mozilla sites to get data for those that might be interested in:

  • Firefox downloads that day
  • Bugs filed
  • Bugs resolved
  • New Add-ons

I wish I had time to work on this.

Software Freedom Day

Friday, Mark Finkle and I participated in the Carolina Open Source Initiative’s Software Freedom Day celebration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was able to change flights late Wednesday night to avoid some potential problems getting there.

The event had a lot of traffic of people coming in and out throughout the day (especially when there was free pizza). The event leaders did a great job of promoting the event in the newspaper, signs, and word of mouth. Everyone we met seemed to already know about and love Firefox, but our main purpose in being there was getting more people involved in the community.

Mark and I were treated to a stormy surprise when leaving UNC and heading to the airport that resulted in me having wet pets for several hours and owning a UNC umbrella that I will never be able to use again (at least not in Baton Rouge… or Louisiana).

Top Ten Add-ons

I’ve wanted to make this post for awhile and never got around to it, but a recent conversation reminded me about it. Below are the “top 10″ add-ons (extensions and themes) collected three different ways. (This table best viewed on my actual blog.)

Total Downloads Active Users Facebook Favorites
1 FlashGot Adblock Plus Adblock Plus
2 NoScript FlashGot Greasemonkey
3 Noia 2.0 (eXtreme) Download Statusbar Download Statusbar
4 VideoDownloader IE Tab Web Developer
5 Forecastfox Forecastfox IE Tab
6 Adblock Plus VideoDownloader Firebug
7 Adblock Noia 2.0 (eXtreme) Tab Mix Plus
8 Fasterfox Fasterfox del.icio.us Bookmarks
9 IE Tab Tab Mix Plus StumbleUpon
10 Download Statusbar PDF Download FoxyTunes

Facebook’s First Sponsored Gift

As I was about to go to bed, I refreshed my Facebook newsfeed/homepage and happened to catch that today’s gift is free. What?! They finally caved in and made gifts free? No. They’ve allowed their first commercial “gift” to penetrate the cheerful bunch of furry creatures, birthday wishes, and pop culture references, and even make it very clear why the gift is free: “The Skittles Gum gift is FREE to promote Skittles New Gum.”

While I’m sure it was quite expensive for this deal to take place, I guess we can expect similar items in the future. It will go nicely with the 2 sponsored polls in the last week I’ve had take up significant real estate in my newsfeed asking whether I would like to purchase a book on how to seduce women. (I’m guessing they are using polls to advertise because they can specify target audiences, unlike with flyers. Plus, people actually have to notice the polls.)

While advertisements creeping into Facebook’s core features is nothing new, as best I can tell at this late hour, this will be the first time they’ve allowed it to appear in users’ profile pages. (Obviously not including applications.) I hope next month they’ll introduce sponsored applications that are automatically added when you join Facebook, or better yet, interstitial ads.