Firefox 5

May. 28th, 2011 06:43 pm
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
The Mozilla Foundation have decided that their numbering structure is all wrong and have decided that Firefox 5 will have been released by the end of next month. I strongly suspect that difference between FF4 and FF5 will be similar to the difference between FF3 and FF3.1 - I don't think there's any point to this numbering change. However, my opinion is rather irrelevant to the fact that Firefox 5 Beta is currently available, and FF4 keeps asking whether I want to upgrade.

Now, I use several extensions on Firefox, but only two are absolutely fundamental to my continued use of the browser. The first is the 1Password extension, without which navigating the 200+ different usernames and passwords I have would be a much more significant task. The second is an extension which allows Firefox to read PDFs on the Mac (something which is not included by Mozilla, despite the fact that neither Safari nor Chrome require any work to get this to work).

Guess which two extensions would break if I upgraded to the beta? Congratulations, you guessed correctly! It seems to me that a lot of extensions will start to lag behind the release cycle if Mozilla switch to the proposed cycle, which would see Firefox 7 come out by the end of the year. (Having said that, it might be as simple a thing as the extensions' developers including a "compatible with FF5" flag in the code rather than any major work.) I don't want to switch browsers – there are several Firefox features I'm very fond of (the search engine box, and the huge selection of engines I can use it for, is a good example). But this is driving me up the wall!

Ah, well. The cricket's going well, the exams are going well, and it's Doctor Who in a minute. I have been thinking about TAFF, also, but I'm sure you'll all understand when I say revision has, so far, been taking priority over travel plans...

Firefox 5

May. 28th, 2011 06:43 pm
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
The Mozilla Foundation have decided that their numbering structure is all wrong and have decided that Firefox 5 will have been released by the end of next month. I strongly suspect that difference between FF4 and FF5 will be similar to the difference between FF3 and FF3.1 - I don't think there's any point to this numbering change. However, my opinion is rather irrelevant to the fact that Firefox 5 Beta is currently available, and FF4 keeps asking whether I want to upgrade.

Now, I use several extensions on Firefox, but only two are absolutely fundamental to my continued use of the browser. The first is the 1Password extension, without which navigating the 200+ different usernames and passwords I have would be a much more significant task. The second is an extension which allows Firefox to read PDFs on the Mac (something which is not included by Mozilla, despite the fact that neither Safari nor Chrome require any work to get this to work).

Guess which two extensions would break if I upgraded to the beta? Congratulations, you guessed correctly! It seems to me that a lot of extensions will start to lag behind the release cycle if Mozilla switch to the proposed cycle, which would see Firefox 7 come out by the end of the year. (Having said that, it might be as simple a thing as the extensions' developers including a "compatible with FF5" flag in the code rather than any major work.) I don't want to switch browsers – there are several Firefox features I'm very fond of (the search engine box, and the huge selection of engines I can use it for, is a good example). But this is driving me up the wall!

Ah, well. The cricket's going well, the exams are going well, and it's Doctor Who in a minute. I have been thinking about TAFF, also, but I'm sure you'll all understand when I say revision has, so far, been taking priority over travel plans...

Firefox 5

May. 28th, 2011 06:43 pm
johncoxon: ([LICD] iRon Man)
The Mozilla Foundation have decided that their numbering structure is all wrong and have decided that Firefox 5 will have been released by the end of next month. I strongly suspect that difference between FF4 and FF5 will be similar to the difference between FF3 and FF3.1 - I don't think there's any point to this numbering change. However, my opinion is rather irrelevant to the fact that Firefox 5 Beta is currently available, and FF4 keeps asking whether I want to upgrade.

Now, I use several extensions on Firefox, but only two are absolutely fundamental to my continued use of the browser. The first is the 1Password extension, without which navigating the 200+ different usernames and passwords I have would be a much more significant task. The second is an extension which allows Firefox to read PDFs on the Mac (something which is not included by Mozilla, despite the fact that neither Safari nor Chrome require any work to get this to work).

Guess which two extensions would break if I upgraded to the beta? Congratulations, you guessed correctly! It seems to me that a lot of extensions will start to lag behind the release cycle if Mozilla switch to the proposed cycle, which would see Firefox 7 come out by the end of the year. (Having said that, it might be as simple a thing as the extensions' developers including a "compatible with FF5" flag in the code rather than any major work.) I don't want to switch browsers – there are several Firefox features I'm very fond of (the search engine box, and the huge selection of engines I can use it for, is a good example). But this is driving me up the wall!

Ah, well. The cricket's going well, the exams are going well, and it's Doctor Who in a minute. I have been thinking about TAFF, also, but I'm sure you'll all understand when I say revision has, so far, been taking priority over travel plans...
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This is a fantastically interesting blogpost about Starship Titanic that begins with an explanation of how to get the game running on Windows/Mac/Linux for free and ends up with Yoz Grahame, one of the chaps who worked on the game, posting some of his experiences and anecdotes from the game in the comments. One of the things he posts is a ninety minute conversation between Steve Meretzky, who co-wrote Douglas' first Infocom game, and Michael Bywater, who worked on various projects with/instead of Douglas.

Worth a look if you're a fan of the man, and my fondest appreciation to BoingBoing for putting it in my RSS feed this morning!

On a vaguely similar note, people may have noticed that my Delicious bookmark posts have not been happening recently. I'm experimenting with Pinboard as a replacement for my social bookmarking requirements, but they don't yet have a post-to-blog option. I believe I can get them to sync with my Delicious account, though, so I may try to get something going again in the near future.

Happy Christmas, everybody!
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This is a fantastically interesting blogpost about Starship Titanic that begins with an explanation of how to get the game running on Windows/Mac/Linux for free and ends up with Yoz Grahame, one of the chaps who worked on the game, posting some of his experiences and anecdotes from the game in the comments. One of the things he posts is a ninety minute conversation between Steve Meretzky, who co-wrote Douglas' first Infocom game, and Michael Bywater, who worked on various projects with/instead of Douglas.

Worth a look if you're a fan of the man, and my fondest appreciation to BoingBoing for putting it in my RSS feed this morning!

On a vaguely similar note, people may have noticed that my Delicious bookmark posts have not been happening recently. I'm experimenting with Pinboard as a replacement for my social bookmarking requirements, but they don't yet have a post-to-blog option. I believe I can get them to sync with my Delicious account, though, so I may try to get something going again in the near future.

Happy Christmas, everybody!
johncoxon: (Default)
This is a fantastically interesting blogpost about Starship Titanic that begins with an explanation of how to get the game running on Windows/Mac/Linux for free and ends up with Yoz Grahame, one of the chaps who worked on the game, posting some of his experiences and anecdotes from the game in the comments. One of the things he posts is a ninety minute conversation between Steve Meretzky, who co-wrote Douglas' first Infocom game, and Michael Bywater, who worked on various projects with/instead of Douglas.

Worth a look if you're a fan of the man, and my fondest appreciation to BoingBoing for putting it in my RSS feed this morning!

On a vaguely similar note, people may have noticed that my Delicious bookmark posts have not been happening recently. I'm experimenting with Pinboard as a replacement for my social bookmarking requirements, but they don't yet have a post-to-blog option. I believe I can get them to sync with my Delicious account, though, so I may try to get something going again in the near future.

Happy Christmas, everybody!
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I was reading Elizabeth Moon's Serrano Legacy and then she goes and posts this. I'm enjoying the book so I shall carry on (I paid for it and I want to see what happens) but that blog post really isn't even close to acceptable.

Why is the world so fucked up?

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] the_magician for directing me to this.)
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I was reading Elizabeth Moon's Serrano Legacy and then she goes and posts this. I'm enjoying the book so I shall carry on (I paid for it and I want to see what happens) but that blog post really isn't even close to acceptable.

Why is the world so fucked up?

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] the_magician for directing me to this.)
johncoxon: (Default)
I was reading Elizabeth Moon's Serrano Legacy and then she goes and posts this. I'm enjoying the book so I shall carry on (I paid for it and I want to see what happens) but that blog post really isn't even close to acceptable.

Why is the world so fucked up?

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] the_magician for directing me to this.)
johncoxon: (LJ Masturbation)
I have a permanent account on LiveJournal. That lets me have lots of icons, it lets me post polls and it lets me do a few other things I can't remember off the top of my head but which are nifty. If I move to Dreamwidth, I'd have to pay $35/year to get those features back. As it stands, Dreamwidth don't have enough unique and awesome features. Sure, they're on their way – I quite like the way LJ cuts are handled on Dw, for instance – but it's just a slight polish here and a slight refinement there rather than anything that makes me drop my cereal bowl and go "OMG WANT" (and those who know me really well will appreciate just how easy it is to trigger that response!).

There are also missing features. For instance, there's no mobile app that I have been able to find (there may be one on non-iOS platforms, but none in the App Store). I stopped using LiveJournal as much as Twitter purely because I couldn't update easily from my iPhone, and LiveJournal.app isn't perfect but it's a huge step in the right direction! Another one is the way that you type tags into entries on Dreamwidth – LiveJournal has vastly improved the way they do this, and so Dreamwidth feels like they're lagging behind. Also, I'd be worried that I'd lose half of the people I read on LJ in the transition purely by not knowing their Dw handle. Now, I sync my LJ account to my Dw account periodically to make sure it stays the same in case I ever want to switch – but is there any way to search for me based on the LJ account I sync with it? So someone could search for [livejournal.com profile] johncoxon and find [personal profile] johncoxon?

What would be cunning, IMO, is if Dreamwidth offered cheaper rates to people who had permanent accounts on LiveJournal (maybe even just for a six month period, until you're hooked!) in order to try and entice people who feel they have something invested in this platform to move to the other one. But they don't, and so that's that, for me. Until LJ really do something extremely stupid, I'm here to stay.
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I found this video very interesting for a few reasons. It really shows how hard the Firefox team is working to create an intuitive UI for their product, which something that I find very important in the software I choose to use. I'm rather hoping that this attention to detail comes into play with the Mac UI of the new version of Firefox – I have heard that the Mac version of Firefox 4 is not very Mac-like, so I haven't yet tried it out, but I'm hoping to do so soon.

Secondly, it has converted me. I hated the look of Firefox 4's new default tab placement and I had resolved to change it back as soon as I had the chance to do so – however, the video presents a logical and quantifiable reason not to do that, and I cannot really disagree that it makes far more sense in terms of the usability of the software to have the tab bar at the top. For this reason, I'm willing to give Firefox 4 a chance to convince me that tabs-on-top is the right way forward.

Regarding a different part of the UI, I think the new approach with things like login windows and the like is definitely, definitely the right step forward. Having the dialogue box appear and losing it or being unable to do something else in the browser until you've dealt with it is very irritating, and having the ability to switch tab before dealing with it, or even the ability to close it and then reopen it, would be very, very pleasing.

Throughout the video the team talk about this new approach being useful for operating systems that don't have window managers, and being the slow-on-the-uptake sort of chap I am, I was pondering what they meant until they came right out and said they were talking about tablets, presumably such as the iPad (although Firefox on iPad will happen when I grow wings) and the forthcoming selection of Android tablets. I didn't know that they had actually confirmed that that would be happening – is that my fault for skimming over Engadget or is that a sneaky leak?

Lastly, app tabs are a great idea and Gmail will definitely be one of my choices when I get that feature.

In other news, I recently downloaded the Firefox Sync add-on for both my Mac and Windows XP partitions, and it really works rather well. I suspect it will come in even more useful if I manage ever to get an iMac. since it'll sync history and other such things between my desktop and my notebook. It's also going to come in very handy with my iPhone, since the release of Firefox Home. I'm going to go and play with that now – ciao!
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I found this video very interesting for a few reasons. It really shows how hard the Firefox team is working to create an intuitive UI for their product, which something that I find very important in the software I choose to use. I'm rather hoping that this attention to detail comes into play with the Mac UI of the new version of Firefox – I have heard that the Mac version of Firefox 4 is not very Mac-like, so I haven't yet tried it out, but I'm hoping to do so soon.

Secondly, it has converted me. I hated the look of Firefox 4's new default tab placement and I had resolved to change it back as soon as I had the chance to do so – however, the video presents a logical and quantifiable reason not to do that, and I cannot really disagree that it makes far more sense in terms of the usability of the software to have the tab bar at the top. For this reason, I'm willing to give Firefox 4 a chance to convince me that tabs-on-top is the right way forward.

Regarding a different part of the UI, I think the new approach with things like login windows and the like is definitely, definitely the right step forward. Having the dialogue box appear and losing it or being unable to do something else in the browser until you've dealt with it is very irritating, and having the ability to switch tab before dealing with it, or even the ability to close it and then reopen it, would be very, very pleasing.

Throughout the video the team talk about this new approach being useful for operating systems that don't have window managers, and being the slow-on-the-uptake sort of chap I am, I was pondering what they meant until they came right out and said they were talking about tablets, presumably such as the iPad (although Firefox on iPad will happen when I grow wings) and the forthcoming selection of Android tablets. I didn't know that they had actually confirmed that that would be happening – is that my fault for skimming over Engadget or is that a sneaky leak?

Lastly, app tabs are a great idea and Gmail will definitely be one of my choices when I get that feature.

In other news, I recently downloaded the Firefox Sync add-on for both my Mac and Windows XP partitions, and it really works rather well. I suspect it will come in even more useful if I manage ever to get an iMac. since it'll sync history and other such things between my desktop and my notebook. It's also going to come in very handy with my iPhone, since the release of Firefox Home. I'm going to go and play with that now – ciao!
johncoxon: (Default)


I found this video very interesting for a few reasons. It really shows how hard the Firefox team is working to create an intuitive UI for their product, which something that I find very important in the software I choose to use. I'm rather hoping that this attention to detail comes into play with the Mac UI of the new version of Firefox – I have heard that the Mac version of Firefox 4 is not very Mac-like, so I haven't yet tried it out, but I'm hoping to do so soon.

Secondly, it has converted me. I hated the look of Firefox 4's new default tab placement and I had resolved to change it back as soon as I had the chance to do so – however, the video presents a logical and quantifiable reason not to do that, and I cannot really disagree that it makes far more sense in terms of the usability of the software to have the tab bar at the top. For this reason, I'm willing to give Firefox 4 a chance to convince me that tabs-on-top is the right way forward.

Regarding a different part of the UI, I think the new approach with things like login windows and the like is definitely, definitely the right step forward. Having the dialogue box appear and losing it or being unable to do something else in the browser until you've dealt with it is very irritating, and having the ability to switch tab before dealing with it, or even the ability to close it and then reopen it, would be very, very pleasing.

Throughout the video the team talk about this new approach being useful for operating systems that don't have window managers, and being the slow-on-the-uptake sort of chap I am, I was pondering what they meant until they came right out and said they were talking about tablets, presumably such as the iPad (although Firefox on iPad will happen when I grow wings) and the forthcoming selection of Android tablets. I didn't know that they had actually confirmed that that would be happening – is that my fault for skimming over Engadget or is that a sneaky leak?

Lastly, app tabs are a great idea and Gmail will definitely be one of my choices when I get that feature.

In other news, I recently downloaded the Firefox Sync add-on for both my Mac and Windows XP partitions, and it really works rather well. I suspect it will come in even more useful if I manage ever to get an iMac. since it'll sync history and other such things between my desktop and my notebook. It's also going to come in very handy with my iPhone, since the release of Firefox Home. I'm going to go and play with that now – ciao!
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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

johncoxon: (Default)

Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

YouTube

Jan. 8th, 2010 01:13 am
johncoxon: (Apollo Lift-Off)
An e-mail I received from YouTube today: "Your video Unboxing Apple's iPod Classic has become popular on YouTube and you're eligible to apply for the YouTube Partnership Programme, which allows you to make money from playbacks of your video."

A video of me opening an iPod Classic and commenting on how shiny the box is qualifies for their popular club. Huh.

I still can't believe I don't have an Apple icon, I'll rectify that sometime!

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Right then, an LJ article on Twitter. Sometimes, Twitter users annoy me and this article covers some usage points on which I have Views and on which I'd appreciate yours.

Cut for Twitter Users )

That's all the rant I wanted to put forward today, I hope to encourage some debate on the subject!

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Acronyms

Oct. 15th, 2009 05:44 pm
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I've just noticed something really strange about my acronym usage whilst sending a text message. I've been annoyed with my iPhone for a while now, because it autocorrects 'atm' (at the moment) to 'ATM' (Automated Teller Machine). This is all very well and good, but I've only just noticed I always capitalise IIRC. As such, I believe a poll is required to see whether I am alone – for the purposes of the poll, I have capitalised them all, but don't let that put you off!

During searching for a handy reference point I found Fox's article entitled 'Top 50 Text Acronyms Parents Should Know', which is brilliant, but which they may have ripped off from somewhere else.

ETA: If you're going to suggest acronyms please would you tell me what they mean? I have no idea what some of the suggestions stand for!

[Poll #1471637]

Antibodies

Aug. 19th, 2009 01:24 am
johncoxon: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] dark_revelation: Right now the tooth is still sore because they inevitably end up shoving some of the debris down into the canals and my body's going, "OH HEY, INVADERS."
[livejournal.com profile] johncoxon: ATTACK!
[livejournal.com profile] johncoxon: pyow pyow pyow
[livejournal.com profile] johncoxon: zap!
[livejournal.com profile] johncoxon: neeeeow!
[livejournal.com profile] johncoxon: dokka dokka dokka
[livejournal.com profile] dark_relevation: That is exactly what I imagine my white blood cells to be doing, actually.

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