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  • Joe 12:50 on March 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , mozilla, mozzilla foundation, , project   

    MozCamp – open innovation 

    Mozilla Foundation logo
    Image via Wikipedia

    Explained by Tristan Nitot

    The numbers are huge:

    Now both numbers are huge, but there could be even more innovation happening with even more contributors. Most often these are just people “scratching their itch”. These are not only coders – for example an artist who couldn’t bear looking at the crappy logo designed an elegant new logo.

    So what does the Mozilla foundation do to help this happen?

    • provide improved frameworks for development (under a OSS license)
    • organize events, Mozilla Labs nights and café (Paris & London)
    • concept series (online) and contests.


    • Ubiquity (command driven UI)
    • Personas (profiles beyond skins, more lightweight and easy to use, based on just a PNG image)
    • Weave (sync profiles between Firefox and Fennec instances)
    • Bespin (online collaborative source / text editing).

    So what does the innovation cycle look like?

    We start out with a smart idea, make a prototype which is in fact a bad product, see if it can live up to its expectations and either improve it to turn into a real product, or abandon it and work on something else.

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  • Joe 11:18 on March 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , mozilla, Mozilla Europe, , oss, Paul Rouget, Tristan Nitot   

    MozCamp Utrecht – kick off 

    "What is the Open Web and Why it Matters" - Tristan Nitot

    "What is the Open Web and Why it Matters" - Tristan Nitot (note: the slide mentions 2008 and there's a nice Fennec poster to the left)

    Today is the first of a series of MozCamps, held at the Surfnet HQ in Utrecht. Some notes…

    Tristan Nitot (chairman of Mozilla Europe) started his talk about the Open Web and why it matters. Quote: “standards are boring“, but they are essential for interoperability. So I can care about the brand of my phone (iPhone vs Nokia) and convey my lifestyle, rather than worrying about the network operator I’m using.

    Also, standards enable the network effect: the value of all users combined on one single network is much more than the sum of users of disjoint networks.

    Standardization worked out for telephony and email, but initially failed for IM (iCQ vs Yahoo vs MSN vs Jabber and so on – remember Excite PAL?).

    Same considerations apply for using proprietary plugins in browsers (Adobe Flash) vs using native browser capabikities, based on open standards: Canvas as a widely implemented alternative.

    All major brands (firefox 3.x, Safari 4.x, Google Chrome and Opera 10) except msie 8.0 implement SVG, Canvas native video, JIT Tracing for Javascript and HTML 5 features.

    The message is: we should improve the market share of open standards based browsers and enjoy the interoperability.

    Next Paul Rouget gives a demo of some these new cool features: native video, canvas, css3, filters, clip paths, canvas overlays… cool stuff indeed!

    Tristan Nitot again: the web is not TV, we can not only consume the content but change it if we want!

    Demo of people unknowingly working together: ThruYOU – a mix of youtube videos, resulting in a funky song. Each users’ contribution was useful even if they didn’t know in advance what their work would be used for. That is exactly how Open Source development is  working.

    Followed by a demo by Olivier Gambier – Take back control over the Web using JavaScript (greasemonkey), Add-ons and Ubiquity – all means to take control over web content and interaction. Especially the pretty new Ubiquity is really useful!

    Nitot again: do we want TV and passively consume content, or be part of a world where we can participate instead?

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  • Joe 17:06 on February 9, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , mozilla, sqlite, sqlite3   

    sqlite3 db in Firefox: SQLite Manager Add-on! 

    The :en:SQLite logo as of 2007-12-15

    Image via Wikipedia

    So you want to peek under the hood of all those mysterious Firefox 3.x databases? Easy does it: just install SQLite Manager in… Firefox itself (for easy installation visit SQLite Manager on the AMO site).

    This add-on can be activated from the Tool menu and opens in a separate window. By default, a shortcut to your profile directory is provided, but there is nothing preventing you from opening other sqlite3 databases when you’re done staring at the places.sqlite database.

    On Mac OSX there is lots to explore about your Mail.app settings in your ~/Library/Mail directory, e.g to optimize mail performance. Just be careful that you don’t make any changes on the live database (you work on a back-up copy, right?).

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