It’s short notice, but if you’re in Charlottetown, I’ll be giving a talk tonight at 7:30pm (March 21, 2017) at the Charlottetown UI/UX/Design Meetup about the history of silverorange and our involvement with the Firefox logo.
My friend and occasionally-quadrennial conference co-organizer, Peter Rukavia, is writing about his experience with a developer-preview Firefox OS phone.
His perspective is particularly interesting as it doesn’t come from inside the Firefox/Mozilla world. He’s just your average run-of-the-mill kind of alpha-geek that would pre-order a semi-functional developer preview device from Spain to try out an unproven operating system. Keep us posted, Peter.
If you’re wondering why Mozilla is working on building a mobile operating system, when the market is already maturing to two(ish) leaders, see former Mozillian, Asa Raskin’s article on why Mozilla is at its best when being a “fast second follower”.
Updated the previous post with a link to the presentation video: A Brief History of Mozilla.com (and .org)
Reporting today on location in sunny Mountain View, California and the lovely Mozilla headquarters.
I’m doing a talk in the Mozilla lounge about the history of the mozilla websites called A Brief History Mozilla.com (and .org) today (April 12, 2011) at 12:30PM Pacific time (4:30pm Atlantic time for those back home on Prince Edward Island). The talk will be streamed live from the Air Mozilla website. Come watch.
The slides for the presentation are available in a few different formats. The video will also be archived – I’ll update this post with links when the video is available.
Update: Video of the talk is now available download or watch directly (if you have Firefox 4+ or Chrome): A Brief History Mozilla.com (and .org) – 14Mb Ogg Theora file (35 min). The lighting in the video favours the slides, so you can’t really see me. Just picture someone handsome and dynamic in the dark to the left of the slides.
You can also download the slides in OpenOffice.org Impress format, PowerPoint format, or as a PDF.
I am proud, grateful, and generally delighted to be one of the many smiling faces in this photo:
Photo by Gen Kanai.
Stephen Horlander over at Mozilla is doing great work on the visual appearance and functionality of future versions of Firefox. See his latest Windows Theme/UI Update.
Pixel nerds may remember Stephen from his significant contributions to Firefox 1.0 with the Winstripe and Pinstripe themes.
In what sounds like the worst meeting ever, the US State Department’s Town Hall Meeting to Announce the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) (that’s really what it’s called), a State Department staff member asked this question:
Can you please let the staff use an alternative web browser called Firefox? I just – (applause) – I just moved to the State Department from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and was surprised that State doesn’t use this browser. It was approved for the entire intelligence community, so I don’t understand why State can’t use it. It’s a much safer program. Thank you. (Applause.)
Senator Clinton responded “Well, apparently, there’s a lot of support for this suggestion. (Laughter.) I don’t know the answer.” and passed the question on to under secretary Patrick F. Kennedy.
UNDER SECRETARY KENNEDY: The answer is at the moment, it’s an expense question. We can —
QUESTION: It’s free. (Laughter.)
The discussion went on to cover how it’s not actually free to switch a major application in a large organization, which is fair enough.
As with every major release of Firefox since 1.0, I’ve had the privilege of working with Mozilla on their website updates for the new Firefox 3.5 release.
If you care about web browsers, you already know why it’s awesome, and if you don’t care about web browsers, all you need to know is that it’s better.
We made a cool tech demo of some new Video features from the upcoming Firefox 3.5 (which is required to view the demo, of course).
View the Demo(Firefox 3.5 beta required)
Artist Shepard Fairey has recently become widely known for his iconic Obama posters (featured on the cover of Time magazine). It is much less widely known that he created another iconic image from the tech world.
Sometime in 1998, Shepard Fairey created the lizard artwork that became the logo and mascot for the Mozilla project. Even today, this lizard is still used in the logo for the Mozilla Foundation.