Monday, May 30, 2005

Cool stuff at Guadec

Watched some of the talks from Guardec this afternoon.
Some points that stood out as spot on to me:
Looking forward to the usability lab results talk tomorrow...

Minimo Rumour Mill

I wonder if there's any link between Minimo and the just announced Linux-based Nokia 770
What browser's this thing running? Could it run Minimo in the future?

Just putting that one out there...

Sunday, May 29, 2005

There is no Dana, only XUL!

I watched Ghostbusters last night, having not seen it for years, my only memory was a giant marshmallow! I wanted to see it again because I read about the Mozilla references to the film, 'twas great seeing it with this in mind.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Firefox on Channel 4 News

I saw Firefox on tonight's Channel 4 News during a piece about al-Zarqawi by Alex Thompson (whom I saw speak at my university last week.)
They showed Firefox displaying a forum post about al-Zaqawi's injury.

Anyhow, it's always cool to see Firefox on the small screen!

Saturday, May 21, 2005

B is always for Bookmark

One bug that's bitten me recently (albeit very lightly) was the access key confilct in Bookmarks, if I press B to get to my Broadcasting bookmarks I always get the Bookmark This Page... dialogue box instead. This is Bug 250987

Friday, May 20, 2005


After I read yesterday about Vlogging, it got me thinking about what future mutations of blogging may occur, how about:

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

No use for dead space

Insipred by the sight of an empty Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar I decided to file an RFE (Bug 294684) to give the option of hiding the toolbar when all bookmarks are deleted from it. I guess it's a good idea...

...unless someone has a good use for dead space!

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Search Bar Blues

I spent some time today looking at bugs with Firefox's search bar. I found that you can't open the 'Add Engines' link in a new tab. Thanks to Bugzilla Helper I was eventually able to find and mark as new Bug 287437. In the process I found out about Bug 283273 which reports you can't get to the Add Engines option using the keyboard. Finally, I found Bug 233308 which wants to rename 'Add Engines' to something better!

I've illustrated the above bugs using this scientific diagram.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Pragmatism over idealism

Ben was spot on in his blog post, Firefox has succeeded because it chose pragmatism over idealism in its development process, Safari will do so as well.
Firefox has had its fair share of critics over any number of tough decisions that were made, but in the end these decisions have reaped dividends with a great product.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Websidestory Authoritative?

Enjoyed reading the latest figures from Websidestory So let's get this straight:
...the upstart browser has more than 22 percent market share in Germany
So let's review the stats:


Internet Explorer



Monday, May 09, 2005

To where? Nobody Knows!

I thought I'd write about one of the little bugs I found in Firefox.
Add enough Bookmarks to fill the screen and the up and down arrows are always present, even at the end of the list. This is Bug 222274

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Make your mind up Firefox!

In recent versions of Firefox when you drag some text to the Location Bar or Search Bar you are automatically taken to that location.
However, the cursor contains both the icon suggesting it will overwrite the text and a regular cursor suggesting it will be appended, I filled this as Bug 250622 but no one seemed to notice! Maybe it's a duplicate...
Anyhow, because a picture speaks a thousand words here are some moving pictures to illustrate the problem.

...Press next to start the video

EPSON copy utility

In what I hope will be the first in a series of UI rants...
I'd like to bring your attention to the interesting 'realistic' UI of EPSON copy utility. In fact it's so realistic you can't use your keyboard to set the number of copies, you have to use the up and down buttons. Nor can you toggle the black and white/colour switch with your mouse, instead you have to go to the 'Device Settings' menu.
The function buttons are realistically unclear, and they come without any Tooltips just like the real thing!

See also: Gerv's X-Lite Softphone UI Rant

Friday, May 06, 2005

Channel 9 Guy!

Thanks Scoble at Microsoft for sending me a channel9 guy

That is all.

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