Oct 262011
 

Here are today’s Wiki Wednesday articles! If you know about these topics, please try to find a few minutes to look over these articles that are marked as needing technical intervention and see if you can fix them up. You can do so either by logging into the wiki and editing the articles directly, or by emailing your notes, sample code, or feedback to mdnwiki@mozilla.org.

Contributors to Wiki Wednesday will get recognition in next week’s Wiki Wednesday announcement. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Thanks to Neil Rashbrook and Jean-Yves Perrier for contributing last week.

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 Posted by at 2:24 PM
Oct 192011
 

Here are today’s Wiki Wednesday articles! If you know about these topics, please try to find a few minutes to look over these articles that are marked as needing technical intervention and see if you can fix them up. You can do so either by logging into the wiki and editing the articles directly, or by emailing your notes, sample code, or feedback to mdnwiki@mozilla.org.

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Developing Mozilla

Thanks to Mook, bholley, and Neil Rashbrook for contributing last week.

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Thanks to berkerpeksag for contributing last week.

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Thanks to Neil Rashbrook and berkerpeksag for contributing last week.

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Thanks to Neil Rashbrook for contributing over the last week.

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Thanks to Fantasai and Jean-Yves Perrier for their contributions last week.

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Thanks to Longsonr for contributing last week.

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Thanks to Jean-Yves Perrier for his contributions last week.

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 Posted by at 5:09 PM
Oct 122011
 

My story isn’t as inspiring as some you’re likely to read. A lot of my colleagues at Mozilla are die-hard open-source folks and long-time Mozilla contributors who eventually got jobs at Mozilla, or continued to be excellent contributors without being employed by the big “M.”

I, on the other hand, had always been rather skeptical of open source. Indeed, back in 2005, I was working quite happily at PalmSource (the company that produced the operating system for the Palm PDAs and Treo smartphones), writing developer documentation there, and my experiences with open source products had been almost universally negative.

Then, right around the time my daughter was born, I got laid off, one of the many casualties of PalmSource’s long decline and death throes. I quickly got a contract job writing game software, which turned into a full-time job, but that didn’t pan out for reasons that don’t really matter here. What does matter is that in early 2006, I was in need of a job.

Dave Miller (justdave), a long-time friend of mine, had been involved with Mozilla for years by this point, and he mentioned that they were in need of Mac programmers, so I sent along a resume, and he put in a good word for me. I was brought in and interviewed, where I followed the non-traditional course of basically saying that I thought open source was a good idea but so far had been unimpressed, and that I didn’t like Firefox because it was really ugly on the Mac.

Apparently this didn’t put off Shaver, Asa, Chris Beard, and the others I spoke to — or perhaps they were willing to overlook it once they discovered I had almost ten years of experience doing heavy-duty developer technical writing — because I wound up getting offered a tech writing job. I started on April 3, 2006, and never looked back.

I’ve enjoyed nearly everything about my time with Mozilla so far and don’t see much chance that will change in the near future. There are challenges and occasional frustrations, but the rewards have been fabulous.

I still look upon open source software with a great deal of skepticism, but I don’t automatically assume the worst anymore like I used to. If more open source projects were administrated with even half the adroitness as the Mozilla project, the technology world would be a better place.

 Posted by at 4:45 PM
Oct 122011
 

Here are today’s Wiki Wednesday articles! If you know about these topics, please try to find a few minutes to look over these articles that are marked as needing technical intervention and see if you can fix them up. You can do so either by logging into the wiki and editing the articles directly, or by emailing your notes, sample code, or feedback to mdnwiki@mozilla.org.

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Thanks to Tom Schuster for his helpful contributions last week!

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Thanks to Neil Rashbrook for his great contributions last week.

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Thanks to Neil Rashbrook for his contributions last week.

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Thanks to Jean-Yves Perrier and berkerpeksag for their contributions last week.

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Thanks to berkerpeksag for contributing last week.

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 Posted by at 3:35 PM
Oct 102011
 

The last week has been complicated for me, and the next few will be as well, although hopefully less so. Let me explain.

Last weekend, my wife and daughter went on vacation with my sister in law, mother in law, and my nieces. While they were away, my daughter, Sophie, started having balance problems, and these gradually worsened. In addition, her speech became halting and slurred. By Sunday night, she was in the emergency room in Hilton Head, South Carolina. After a CT scan showed nothing, they decided she needed testing they couldn’t do since they had no pediatric neurologists on staff, and she was loaded in an ambulance and sent to a children’s hospital in Savannah, Georgia.

Once there, an MRI was done on her head, along with other tests, and we received a preliminary diagnosis of acute cerebellar ataxia. By this point, the loss of equilibrium was causing nausea, and she couldn’t eat or drink without getting sick.

After a couple of nights in the hospital in Savannah, they went back to Hilton Head for a couple of nights, then made the 8-hour drive home. By the time they got home on Thursday night, Sophie was completely listless and not speaking at all, so we moved her from my mother in law’s car to my car and went straight to the children’s hospital in Knoxville.

There, she got more testing done, including a spinal tap and spinal MRI, and the end result was a confirmation of the original acute cerebellar ataxia diagnosis. She was in the hospital there for two days, and got home, finally, on Saturday afternoon.

Her speech has been improving, and although it’s still slow, it’s no longer halting, and it’s not slurred anymore. She can’t walk without assistance, but stood up without help for the first time this morning.

The doctors’ opinion is that Sophie had a very minor viral infection a couple of weeks ago — so minor that we didn’t notice it — and her immune system overreacted to it. With nothing better to do, it decided, incorrectly, to attack her cerebellum, impacting her movement center.

She will be out of school for at least a week, more likely two, and will need near constant attention for at least a few days. Because of all of this, my schedule and availability are likely to be complicated for a while. Hopefully this won’t be too big a problem for folks, but I have to do what I have to do…

On top of all that, I’m in the process of moving into a new office. My stuff is all in place, and my Internet service has been moved, but I need to get some painting done before I can start really setting up.

 Posted by at 12:58 PM
Oct 062011
 

Here are today’s Wiki Wednesday articles! If you know about these topics, please try to find a few minutes to look over these articles that are marked as needing technical intervention and see if you can fix them up. You can do so either by logging into the wiki and editing the articles directly, or by emailing your notes, sample code, or feedback to mdnwiki@mozilla.org.

Contributors to Wiki Wednesday will get recognition in next week’s Wiki Wednesday announcement. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Thanks to BYK and Panagiotis Tsalaportas for their work!

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Developing Mozilla

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Thanks to Neil Rashbrook and Sevespade for contributing!

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Thanks to Neil Rashbrook for his work since last time.

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Thanks to Panagiotis Tsalaportas for his contributions since last time.

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Thanks to Longsonr for contributing!

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Thanks to BYK for contributions since last time.

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Thanks to BYK for contributions since last time.

 Posted by at 9:21 AM
Oct 052011
 

Don’t really have words for how I feel about Steve Jobs’s passing. This has been a hard week (and it’s only Wednesday), and I just don’t have anything in me to say at this point. I’ll just sum it up like this:

 Posted by at 9:39 PM