QA doesn’t just stand for Quality Assurance

QA can also stand for Question/Answer. 😉

Asa Writes

…Robert Accettura gets the final question with “We were promised by various people that we would see pictures of the Moz Foundation offices. These promises were never fufilled. Why?”

Well, I guess the best answer is, “I suck” 🙂 A few weeks ago I took some photos of the office but the lighting wasn’t great and then we started planning the developer day and I thought that might make for a more interesting “first look” so I decided to hold off on posting what I had. So it’s “I suck” for a “why”. How’s “next week” sound for a “when”?…

Interesting segment. Perhaps another QA session will happen sometime

Firefox freeze on Slashdot comments

I’ve noticed since Firefox 0.8, it sometimes goes to 99% CPU, and just seems to freeze when commenting on slashdot. I’m curious if anyone else has seen this, or has any idea what causes this.

I haven’t seen this every time either. I’m thinking it has something to do with the ad system on the site, but I can’t say that for sure. It’s been bothering me for some time, so any comments, or bug links (if someone pinpointed it already), would be really welcome.

FBI Attempting to damage Business?

An interesting article via Slashdot, discusses how the FBI decided to shut down an ISP, rather than take specific data, citing it’s more “efficient”.

I wonder if someone hosted at a large hosting facility like one of Verio’s, or Sprint, etc. Would they cease the entire facility? Turning off the servers for Fortune 500 companies? Or do they only do this to small businesses? Perhaps if it happened

Either way, I question the ethics of the FBI’s move. This undoubtedly, did irreversible damage to the ISP, since I’m sure some customers will leave after the downtime. Not to mention all it’s customers.

Thunderbird Installer

Scott MacGregor Just committed a first attempt at a Thunderbird installer (not being built yet).

Hopefully this comes soon. I’m quite excited. Will be nice have one click access to clean install Thunderbird, rather than unzipping, and drag/drop. I’m lazy. Hopefully it will have PalmSync and the Offline Extension as an option during the install process.

Anyway. Busy day tomorrow.

What’s wrong with Mozilla

Daniel Glazman published is FOSDEM slides. A few things I wanted to touch upon real quick:

  • new toolkit’s documentation is lighter than light. Sorry to say, but Mozilla.org sucks on documentation… Again. If we want embedder, we NEED documentation. Example: the autocomplete textbox

Well who can object to this one? As someone learning a bit on Mozilla’s source code. It’s lacking in documentation all around. I’m sure embedder related documentation is no better than anything else. Unfortunately I’m not able to participate, as I could personally use some good documentation myself.

  • Firefox and Thunderbird people ping me when they need a review with an editor’s eye point of view but are almost unresponsive to my r/sr requests.

Hmm. I think this is a growing problem since the Mozilla Foundation started. It looks like there are two little people doing the reviews, or the people doing the reviews are taking on too much. I’d love to see some bugzilla stats on the average review times from now, and a year ago. I’d guess it’s taking a bit longer now. I’m not sure exactly how to remedy this. But I do think it’s an issue. Even with more people coding and contributing. And thanks to Firefox’s success in it’s recent 0.8 release, all the bugzilla bugs coming in… this may be a huge bottleneck.

Code getting in early, means more time in alpha, beta before release. That means more time for testing.

* Mozilla.org did not even announce Nvu’s 1st release on its web site 🙁 Even with a short news on the side column… Right, it’s not a Mozilla.org product, for the moment. So what? Does it help the spread of Mozilla or not?

I think it would be neat if Mozilla.org had a box on the page showing the current version of some Mozilla powered products it doesn’t do itself. Underneath put a link for embedding info.

Just my $0.02.

Microsoft Software Update CD (FREE!)

This is actually a legitimate offer. Microsoft is offering a free CD. Granted it’s slightly out of date (October 2003), I’d still recommend getting a copy. That way next time you restore your computer, you don’t need to wait for the download of all those updates (especially if another virus attacks windowsupdate or Microsoft.com.

Also good to loan to someone who isn’t very good with keeping their computer up to date. I know I’m sure I’ll end up passing it along. Remember. Helping others cure their exploits means one less computer being used for evil on the network.

A good way for Microsoft to convince people their OS is secure may be to keep offering such Free CD’s. And encourage people to burn copies for friends. It’s not like someone will abuse it. They make them freely available for download (or mail them at no cost). It’s still their copyrighted works. They still own the patents and all rights to it. They don’t lose a penny. Just lowers their distribution costs in such a campaign.

Would be a good idea for them to do.

Thankfully Apple at least makes software updates easy. It lets me know when they are available. I update, reboot, that’s it. And the server is always fast. Doesn’t overwhelm me with info I don’t care about (well I care, but I know most won’t). Doesn’t tell me what can be installed when, or what goes first/last. Just does it. Pure beauty.

But this campaign could help Microsoft a bit.

Thanks to Marc Rust for the info.

E-mail STD Hoax… coming to your inbox soon

Why does this just seem to be asking for a hoax to be created? Do people think at all before coming up with these ideas?

I can see it now [the following simulation email is purely fictional and has not to my knowledge been used]:

Hello,

I am writing to you today from the Los Angeles County Health Department. It has come to our attention that a sexual partner of yours has been diagnosed with an Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). To help prevent the spread of such diseases we are notifying you so that you may be tested.

Your name will be published to a website to alert potential sexual partners that you have been in contact with a confirmed STD carrier unless you arange to pay a removal fee ($100), and send away for a testing kit ($350). To inquire about how to do so and protect yourself, reply to this email with your Full Name, Address, and Back Account Information.

This just sounds like something that will be used as a hoax to scam people out of money in the near future. I’m surprised they would even attempt to do something like this.

Just wait until the Los Angeles County Health Department wants you to help them secure funds for health research during the upcoming elections by holding it in your back account, in return they will give you 10%. 😀

Just another reason why you should always be skeptical of what comes in your email. I know I wouldn’t believe one of these emails.

Some things do need to be delivered by a Postal Worker.

I love to see you smile

Well, yea, I do love happy people, but I was really talking about bug 155028

I’d love to see some comments on the proposal. I think they would provide a nice UI enhancement for Thunderbird end users.

Emoticons, as trivial as they sound, are actually very persuasive on getting people to use a product. Microsoft made a point to let people know they added some to their latest Messenger version. Thunderbird can’t go that far, since we send mail to non-Thunderbird users, and most wouldn’t be understandable without graphics. So did Yahoo.

I think it would be a great thing to include in the next release. I would love to get something inclusion worthy.

So comments, and anyone willing to do some artwork, should be CC’d on that bug. If your interested in doing some artwork, leave a comment in the bug when you CC yourself.