Steve Ballmer is nothing more than a bumbling moron

This just proves that Steve Ballmer is incompetent.

“PCs are not selling to the lower end of the population in China and India. People buying machines there are relatively affluent. So…should the prices be lower? Not really. Until government and situational factors reduce piracy…those affluent people cannot pay, so they don’t pay,”

[Source: ZDNet ]

Yes Mr. Ballmer, the fact that Windows XP Home costs $199, and Office Standard costs $300+… that has nothing to do with piracy.

What a moron. I’m going to guess that he’s going to suggest next that the downloading price of Linux is what turns people off the most. And why would people use expensive Firefox when they can use Free IE? 😀


Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.


New York Times Ad for Firefox

That’s right. Want your name in the Firefox ad? In the New York Times? Well, it can happen. Donate $30 ($10 for students), and you’ll have your name in the ad! It’s that simple. Signup through my link, and you can put me on my way towards being a “Community Champion”

You know you want to show your mother your name in the New York Times. So why not help a great cause while achieving that goal?

Put Firefox and YOU in the New York Times

(signup through that link and help your buddy Rob out!)

And yes! You can donate internationally, it supports multiple credit cards, and PayPals!

You know, a little while back I did a project that involved looking at New York Times on Microfiche from 1940’s… ads for wool underwear among other fun stuff. Imagine 100 years from now people seeing a Firefox ad with your name on it!


XUL Web Services Sample

Anyone have a sample of a simple XUL form (perhaps 2 fields, either a textbox, or pulldown, or something) submitting to an app via web services?

It’s lacking in documentation (grumbles and looks towards developers).

Note: I’m not looking for third party javascript web service implementations. As Mozilla native as possible.

Thanks in advance.


Man am I tired

Off to bed…

yea, not much of a blog post eh? well to bad ;-). More perhaps tomorrow sometime.

Google Mozilla

Google Desktop Search out

Google’s Desktop Search is out (beta). It seems pretty interesting, but I’ve got a few complaints and grevences so far:

  • No Firefox and Thunderbird Support. They know this. Let them know you want it (perhaps that would be a good SFX campaign).
  • It looks like they prevent you from distributing a Google Search Plugin for Firefox. Look how the URL itself is structured: See, the s parameter. Thanks google.
  • No ability to exempt certain directories on your hard drive from being indexed. So it’s all or nothing.
  • No ability to delete certain items from the index. Say I have a conversation over AIM I don’t want indexed for privacy/security issues, that’s not to say I don’t want any of them indexed.

Among the many other things.

Yea, it’s a preview. I like the idea, but google’s got a lot of refining to do if they want to convince me it’s worth it. To me, I see lots of room for improvement.


NVU 0.50 Released

NVU 0.50 has been released by Daniel Glazman. Awesome new build. Some cool new features. Spell Checking is my favorite (and hope to see it in Thunderbird soon).

My real pet pieve is this:

Spell checking invokes to early. It should invoke when you press space, or return, not when your still on the word. Otherwise it marks it as an error until you complete. That flashing red line is just plain annoying. An option to delay it until you ‘leave the word’, or better yet ,make that the default, would be greatly preferred.

Daniel did a list documenting the new features, so no need to re-write that. All around a great build. All html geeks, and non-geeks should be checking it out. Makes web development easy.

In The News

R.I.P. Superman

SupermanFirst Superman couldn’t walk. Now he’s not even alive. What is the world coming to when the superhero isn’t invinsible? Perhaps someday they will find the cure.

R.I.P Superman.

Web Development

Project Aquarius, once again in motion

I decided to take some time today, and start workng on Project Aquarius, a secretive project I’ve been workng on for a few months (though not often within those months). Lots of progress! So I’m thrilled.

  • Cleaned tons of old templates out
  • Tons of optimization
  • Quite a few bug fixes
  • Front-end work
  • Lots of stylesheeting and html

There’s still more to do, lots of it, but it feels great to be back in the code!

Mozilla down, and I’m lost is nice, but I’m a Blogupdates fan myself. Seems a hardware problem has down. I’m lost without it. Just shows how essential blogs are to Mozilla communications and ideas these days.


Where is all my time?

I’ve been keeping rather busy these past few weeks:

  • School, – 18 credit course load is keeping me occupied.
  • r.m.o – Trying to get the r.m.o project to a point where it can be usable. Coming along well, but not quite where I want it, at least yet.
  • Project Aquarius – I’m still working on this one.
  • Relaunch – No, I’ haven’t forgot, it’s a lot of work. This becomes a higher priority when r.m.o starts to stand up on it’s own two legs.
  • TV – my addiction. I love TV. Especially prime time.
  • Sleep – I try to do that for a couple hours every day if I can. Don’t get much of it, but it seems like a nice thing