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Next-generation video codec coming to Mozilla

Open codec pioneer Monty Montgomery, leaves Red Hat, joins Mozilla to work on n open next-generation video codec. Monty Montgomery is the mastermind behind Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora.

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October 23, 2013 | Permalink | 0 Comments | Posted in Mozilla

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HTML5 Flash Player (Shumway ) landed

Today Shumway landed in the Firefox codebase. Shumway is a way to support playing Flash (SWF files) without the Adobe Flash Player.

The Adobe Flash Player has been plagued with bugs so being to play Flash without the normal player is a big step forward for security.

Shumway is an HTML5 technology experiment that explores building a faithful and efficient renderer for the SWF file format without native code assistance.

Shumway is community-driven and supported by Mozilla. Our goal is to create a general-purpose, web standards-based platform for parsing and rendering SWFs. Integration with Firefox is a possibility if the experiment proves successful.

Read more sbout Shumway

Read the bug report

October 02, 2013 | Permalink | 0 Comments | Posted in Mozilla

Parallel JavaScript

Intel Labs has a new project out Parallel Extensions for JavaScript, code named River Trail. River Trail brings the processing power of Intel’s multi-core CPUs and their vector extensions to web applications. With River Trail it will finally be possible to stay in the browser even for more compute intensive applications like photo editing.
Read more here

September 19, 2011 | Permalink | 0 Comments | Posted in Mozilla

Addon development is back

For a long time I simply just didn't have the time to do development on my addons.

I've created 6 addons and some are fairly popular.

Linky which is the most popular one just passed 620.000 downloads and has more than 35.000 active daily users. Linky enables you to quickly open multiple links. You can also download, validate, copy and bookmark multiple links. All in one click.

Launchy which enables you to open links in other applications has around 23.000 daily users and more than 380.000 total downloads.

February 11, 2010 | Permalink | 7 Comments | Posted in Mozilla

Firefox on Playstation 3?

There's a rumor out that Sony is looking into bringing Firefox to the PS3 platform:

"We recently received a tip from a source very close to Sony who says that they have been in talks with Mozilla lately about possibly porting firefox over to the PS3. That said, our source made sure to point out that they were unsure if any deal had actually been reached at this point, but it is great news none the less considering the complaints Sony has been getting about the lack of reliability with their current built in PS3 web browser."

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November 19, 2009 | Permalink | 0 Comments | Posted in Mozilla

about:memory landed

I'm here at EU MozCamp 2009 in wonderful Prague, and just saw that the about:memory feature landed on trunk.

I had the chance to talk to Vladimir Vukicevic, how implemented the infrastructure for it, and he told him that this is just an initial landing. The about:memory is not yet finished and it can and will be improved in loads of way.

The final/ultimate implementation will include data for how much memory JavaScript, images, etc takes up.

October 04, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comments | Posted in Mozilla

Can this be done? Links in same tab, links from external apps in new tab

I'm trying to figure out a way to achieve this:

1) I want links to open in the same tab. So if I click on a link that has target=_blank or target=_new in my Mozilla Firefox I want them to open in the same tab. Popups I want to open in a new window.

2) I want links from external applications to open in a new tab but same window. So if I click on a link in my mail program I want a new tab to open with the link so that I don't loose data on the current tab.

HOW HOW HOW do I do that?

If I set "" to 1 which means "Open links, that would normally open in a new window, in the current tab/window." it fixes problem 1 but not problem 2

September 18, 2009 | Permalink | 17 Comments | Posted in Mozilla

Thunderbird can now auto config your account

A couple of days ago the first big part of the auto detection of mail accounts landed in Thunderbird. I've blogged about the feature before.

This means that you no longer have to enter all of the technical information to add an account. Just enter your name, email and password and Thunderbird will try to auto detect the rest.

Really really cool. Unfortunately it doesn't support Google Apps :(

Click on the image to see the full screenshot:
Thunderbird auto config

All of my domains, both personal and at work, are using Google Apps. But the new auto detection cant detect my setup. Damn. It sounded so cool.

My domain at work is which is hosted by Google Apps. The IMAP is at, but Thunderbird doesn't find that since it doesn't do any DNS lookup.

Hopefully this get fixed later...

April 28, 2009 | Permalink | 1 Comments | Posted in Mozilla



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