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Summit 2010, Whistler

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So here’s a short little reflection of the recent Summit 2010 at Whistler. I had the chance to meet up with many people, made lots of new friends, and chatted with a couple of acquaintances, especially since I met some at the last Summit. Shoutouts go to wsmwk, davida, dmose, _Tsk_, rebron, Standard8, sid0, jcranmer, gozer, bwinton, rtanglao, (the rest of the Thunderbird team!), Jesse, dvander, gal, dmandelin, jorendorff, brendan, Lucas, pvnick, (the rest of the Security / JS folks!), humph, Gregorio, Julie, (the rest of the Education folks!), Zhang Jinghua, Wen Shaohua, Mozilla China, Amie, mitchell, shaver, lilly, and everyone else I forgot to mention..

It’s the conversations at such conferences that make all the differences, the private chats by the wayside of all the interesting talks (QA and Fuzz talks were of familiar topics, while Rust seemed really brilliant because I couldn’t really comprehend the entire gist of it). I fully encourage any fellow student (undergraduate or otherwise) to attend these conferences if possible – you don’t fully realize what you’ve brought out of it until it’s over.

Bear stories seem so commonplace that they no longer seem unique. All was quiet on the rockslide front – they had this new highway into Whistler when the Winter Olympics was held in Whistler, and Fairmont was equally good compared to Westin (sans the power outage!) But of course, we had the party at Roundhouse, and that was epic. :)

And oh, I played Rock Band for the first time after Summit 2008.

On the way back, the flight to Hong Kong landed after the last connecting flight to Singapore left, so I stayed over at the Marriott Sky City for a night. Internet was expensive (so I didn’t go online), but I could watch Spain win the World Cup 2010 over the Netherlands!

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ViewAbout 2.0 broken on Firefox 4 Betas

ViewAbout 2.0 seems to be broken on Firefox 4 Beta 1. The about: windows now only show up as grey panes.

I suspect they might be due to the following changes, but I don’t know for sure and might not have much time with the impending school semester ahead of me.

Patches are welcome at Google Code though. :)

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ViewAbout 2.0 released and approved on AMO

ViewAbout 2.0 has been released! There are a host of new about: pages supported, and some require extensions like Weave, so don’t be surprised if they don’t show up. A changelog is available at AMO.

Please be reminded that ViewAbout development has moved to Google Code.

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NUS CS3108 (AY 09/10 Semester 2) Final Presentations on <video>

CS3108 (AY 09/10 Semester 2) is now finished, the students (in no particular order), Chris (AnttyC), Simon (Simon or Nomis) and Daniel (Libras2909 on IRC) presented on their projects two weeks ago on 08 April 2010, each wonderful in their own right.

And now presenting:

Chris (AnttyC) – Thunderbird, visualization (Blog):

Chris’ ogg theora (141MB) or unprocessed mov (1.2G) versions are available for download.

Simon (Simon or Nomis) – Thunderbird, Mozmill (Blog):

Simon’s ogg theora (54MB) or unprocessed mov (464MB) versions are available for download.

Daniel (Libras2909) – Thunderbird, application code (Blog):

Daniel’s ogg theora (75MB) or unprocessed mov (629MB) versions are available for download.

Thanks guys for another wonderful semester of CS3108 (Mozilla)!

(Recorded on a MBP’s webcam, onto iMovie, and immediately saved as .mov, then later converted to ogg theora)

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Thunderbird Support over at GetSatisfaction

Over the past years, I have increasingly been inundated by users of Thunderbird asking for help and support. While I usually try my best and help, it is rising so quickly that I am unable to respond as well as I would like, coupled with ever-increasing levels of work at school. Recently, I have been directing users to GetSatisfaction, where there has been a great community of users helping each other, and where Thunderbird QA and Support folks frequent.

Additionally, if you have been using Thunderbird for a period of time (either a matter of months or years) and would like to be able to help others out, I suggest you sign up for an account there to help out. This way, everybody can see one another’s responses and who knows, one response may be the answer someone is looking for! (Thanks Wayne – wsmwk – for suggesting this)

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ViewAbout development moved to Google Code

ViewAbout development has moved to Google Code, basing off version 1.5. A Mercurial repository is available from that page.

Everyone who wants to contribute is recommended to file issues and post patches, there is also a latest 2.0pre version available from the tip, which adds support for a lot more about: pages, and also supports opening about: pages in tabs in Thunderbird.

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NUS CS3108 (AY 09/10 Semester 2) Mid-way Presentations on <video>

CS3108 (AY 09/10 Semester 2) is now midway through, the students (in no particular order), Daniel (Libras2909 on IRC), Simon (Simon or Nomis) and Chris (AnttyC) have presented on their projects, each wonderful in their own right.

And now presenting:

Daniel (Libras2909) – Thunderbird, application code (Blog):

Daniel’s ogg theora (101MB) or unprocessed mov (890MB) versions are available for download.

Simon (Simon or Nomis) – Thunderbird, Mozmill (Blog):

Simon’s ogg theora (97MB) or unprocessed mov (858MB) versions are available for download.

Chris (AnttyC) – Thunderbird, visualization (Blog):

Chris’ ogg theora (91MB) or unprocessed mov (805MB) versions are available for download.

Please do contact them directly if you are interested to know more about what they have been doing or will be doing in the future. Also, be sure to catch their updates at Mozilla Education Planet!

(Recorded on a MBP’s webcam, onto iMovie, and immediately saved as .mov, then later converted to ogg theora)

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Testers for Thunderbird 3.1b1 (Lanikai) needed

Thunderbird 3.1 beta 1 (Lanikai builds) testers are needed. Ludovic mentions that he’s “looking for volunteers to work on a complete test using litmus.” The following areas are the suggested ones to be tested:

  1. Install, shutdown, uninstall
  2. Folder Views
  3. Migration
  4. Updating Thunderbird
  5. Import
  6. Window configuration
  7. Toolbars and menus
  8. Account settings & Preferences (Options)
  9. IMAP accounts
  10. POP accounts (exclude Global Inbox)
  11. Gmail Accounts
  12. .Mac accounts
  13. Global inbox
  14. Mail composition
  15. Spell checker
  16. RSS account & subscriptions
  17. Newsgroups
  18. Message Aging
  19. Navigating and displaying messages
  20. Downloading and saving
  21. Image blocking
  22. Return receipts
  23. Proxies
  24. Offline, disk space
  25. Moving, copying, deleting messages
  26. Views and labeling messages
  27. Message filters
  28. Message search
  29. Address search
  30. Virtual folders
  31. Message Grouping
  32. Quicksearch
  33. Address books
  34. Junk mail
  35. Extensions
  36. Theme management
  37. Help
  38. Printing
  39. Master Passwords & password management
  40. Phishing, spoof detection
  41. Secure connections
  42. Digital signing, encrypting messages
  43. Software Update
  44. Find as you type (FAYT)/Quickfind
  45. Windows Search and Spotlight integration

Head over to Ludovic’s (_Tsk_ on IRC) blog for more information.

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