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Whys and Hows of Suggested Tiles

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:11:37 +0000

As Darren discussed on Monday’s project call [], Suggested Tiles has been on track to go live to a larger audience next week for wider beta testing. I’ll provide some context around why we implemented this feature, details of how it works, and open questions of how to make it even better. We’ve been looking […]

Mr. AwesomeBar Runs for Congress

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:00:59 +0000

tl;dr The non-profit Mozilla changed the Internet by giving users choice and liberty. I, Ed Lee, want to build on that foundation to change how politics works in 2 ways: 1) get rid of politicians who focus on money and forget about voters and 2) change how politics is won by showing you can win […]

Why I’m a Mozillian

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:51:20 +0000

I became a Mozillian 10 years ago when I started participating in Bugzilla and helping with the Spread Firefox campaign, earning both the 25 million and 50 million-downloads coins. I was just a freshman at the University of Illinois studying Computer Science, but I was eager to help the non-profit Mozilla create a web browser […]

No self for new fancy => arrow functions!

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:57:53 +0000

Thanks Paul for letting people know how to define JavaScript functions, the ES6 way (in Firefox 22). I’m now busy converting my anonymous functions, e.g., function(x) x*x, to the new syntax: x => x*x. But one thing caught my eye in the spec he linked, harmony:arrow_function_syntax: // ''=>'' has only lexical ''this'', no dynamic ''this'' […]

User Privacy Contracts and the Open Web

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:36:17 +0000

I’ve been blogging on the Labs blog about locally analyzing Firefox data [] and helping users share that data while keeping users in control of their privacy. One area of ideas has involved users setting terms on how the shared data can be used, such as requiring temporary use of the data and increased transparency […]

Controlling what Firefox reveals to social networks

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:56:43 +0000

I recently released about:trackers [] as a proof-of-concept to explore ideas of how Mozilla can protect users’ data with terms and policies [] even after the data is shared to web sites. The term it simulates is if a site (that had access to your Firefox data) would have been able to follow you across […]

Stickers for your online presense?

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:17:22 +0000

After suggesting an idea of how Firefox could help users share their interests online [], I’ve been wondering if it’s similar to something people already do outside of a browser. I gave it some quick thoughts, and stickers seem like they might be a suitable comparison in that they’re something people can easily acquire and […]

about:profile – interest categories vs demographics

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:56:53 +0000

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been checking out my about:profile page [], and I’ve been pretty surprised at how accurate it can get even though it’s a simple proof of concept to initiate discussions on how Mozilla should be analyzing data in the Firefox []. It shares some ideas with what Margaret implemented for […]

Copy Selected urls from the AwesomeBar

Fri, 25 May 2012 19:54:20 +0000

I happened to switch to #fx-team to see madhava asking for an easier way to copy/paste urls from the AwesomeBar into the page. So whipped together something to do just that! Just switch to the location bar by pressing ctrl/cmd-L, start searching, highlight the result you want, and press ctrl/cmd-enter. The url will be in […]

Enter Selects with Inline Autocomplete

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:42:49 +0000

Firefox will soon have inline autocomplete [] in the AwesomeBar, so I’ve updated Enter Selects [] to be compatible with that new functionality. If you’ve previously used Enter Selects, the behavior will now be the same as it was before — pressing [Enter] after typing in the AwesomeBar will automatically select the first result from […]

(Colorful) Search Tabs to search selected/typed text

Sat, 11 Jun 2011 02:05:21 +0000

Continuing yesterday’s initial add-on for a Restartless Dominant Color, I’ve taken some ideas from the Firefox UX team to associate search engines with a color. Here I’ve used the dominant color to add search engine tabs to the bottom of the screen. Normally they’re hidden away, but when you first install the restartless add-on, all […]

Restartless Dominant Color

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 20:33:02 +0000

I’ve packaged Margaret’s getDominantColor code into a restartless add-on and put the source up on GitHub for people to try out and tweak the logic. After installing the add-on, hold shift while pointing at an image to have it report the color and show it behind the image. One slight difference from Margaret’s code is […]

Great time to use Firefox 4

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:22:05 +0000

If you’ve previously tried a Firefox 4 beta and ran into problems on some websites, I’m glad to report that everything is now working! (At least for the websites I use, and hopefully the sites that you use are working too.) Below is a list of the websites that I’ve run into problems in the […]

Restartless add-on example code

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 07:39:01 +0000

mfinkle’s recent posts [] on restartless add-ons reminded me that I was going to write a more detailed post about my restartless GitHub repository, but I’ve been distracted with another project. 😉 So briefly, I’ve put together some helper functions [] that have been useful for developing various restartless add-ons. I’ve organized the repository to […]

Looking for some prototype testers

Sat, 22 Jan 2011 20:33:28 +0000

Edit: The add-on has now been released, so check out the announcement post: Towards Browse-Based Browsing with Home Dash. Thanks for the feedback! I started hacking on an idea last week in the context of the Prospector experiments []. I’m looking for a small set of people to try it out and give some initial […]

#status 2010-12-20

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:20:23 +0000

– Brainstorm next Prospector experiments At the Mozilla All Hands last week, and we held a discussion to brainstorm various ideas to try out in the Prospector family of experiments. A couple of the current experiments like Speak Words and Instant Preview help users get back to top sites almost instantly with just one key […]

Tracking Down Flash Crashes

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 18:33:40 +0000

Over the last many months, flash has been crashing for me on any page with flash video when I browse away. This means flash crashes when clicking a link or typing in the location bar. Or probably worst when a site that has a flash intro it crashes when loading the main content of the […]

Swipe Up for Top; Swipe Right for Tabs

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 01:39:10 +0000

Now that Firefox 4 Beta 7 [] is out, some people trying it out on their Macs are giving frowny faces to some behavior changes []. (But others are 🙂 to find an easy way to view all their tabs.) In particular, doing a 3-finger swipe upwards no longer brings you to the top of […]

Instant Preview of Location Bar Suggestions

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:29:26 +0000

I’ve received a number of requests for getting Instant-like Search, so I’ve packaged it up for people to download. Part of the reason why I didn’t release earlier is that this restartless add-on requires the upcoming Firefox 4 Beta 7, so I was hoping to make it available when the beta was ready. If you’re […]

Video Preview of Instant-like Search

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 14:00:07 +0000

Here’s a preview of an instant-like search add-on that I just hacked together in a few minutes. 🙂 Please download the video to watch (or get a Firefox beta []) Video formats: webm, ogv, mov Transcript: Let’s say I want to go to Planet Mozilla, so I start typing out “planet”, and before I even […]

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Speak Words to the Location Bar

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 17:45:24 +0000

For those that already “speak words” to the location bar, you probably already know that you can find pages by their title or use multiple words to help find the exact page that you want. This is as opposed to typing in a url or a domain to first load a page to get to […]

Find Suggest: Words from the Page

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 01:55:59 +0000

There’s a few main ways to do search in Firefox. You can use the location bar to search for pages that you’ve visited or bookmarked. You can use the find bar to search for words on the page that you’re currently looking at. You can use the search bar to find new pages on the […]

Running Code Without Error Console

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 21:34:24 +0000

Being able to run chrome-privileged code from the Error Console has been very convenient for me to help users debug issues with Firefox or an add-on when they get stuck in some strange state. I can quickly test an idea or a snippet of code and have the user run it to track down where […]

What’s in your Searchbar?

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:04:50 +0000

I’m looking into ways to improve how people search in Firefox. My previous contributions focused on getting useful pages to show up in the AwesomeBar when searching history, and I collected plenty of useful feedback to see what users wanted or didn’t want in the results. I’ve written a restartless add-on that lets you see […]

There’s Always Another Release

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:00:54 +0000

As Atul mentioned in “The Social Constraints of Bettering The Web” [], Account Manager will likely not make its way into Firefox 4. He points out one of the biggest bottlenecks as getting approval from Firefox product drivers: Within Mozilla, I see my coworkers vie for the attention of this tiny handful of gatekeepers. People […]

Synchronous and Asynchronous APIs

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 22:31:20 +0000

In designing the Firefox-facing APIs of Account Manager, thunder [] and I decided to make most of the interfaces take a callback/continuation. Two main reasons were 1) to allow add-ons to add extra account types like OpenID and 2) to find out if you’re logged-in to a site over multiple network requests. For an add-on […]

Simplifying Account Sign-in

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:13:47 +0000

Since helping get Firefox Sync and Firefox Panorama into Firefox 4, I’ve been hacking recently on a neat feature called Account Manager. For end users, it makes it easy to connect to sites, and for web developers, it makes it easy to add that functionality. In the process of testing the feature, I added some […]

Weave 0.3 M5 (Weekly 2009/11-3)

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 03:37:29 +0000

We released Weave 0.3 M5 last week March 12th, so I got in a bit of hacking for the first half of the week. This initially involved more deleting code than adding code though, but I’m probably just being obsessive-compulsive about keeping things clean and orderly. But the more interesting part is finally getting some […]

New Tab Text View & Customizations

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 04:59:45 +0000

We’ve been busy updating the New Tab add-on, About:Tab. We made it available a couple weeks back and plenty of new changes are based on the useful feedback in the comments section and elsewhere. One big change is that we’ve switched to a more text-focused view. Instead of having gray thumbnails that aren’t too recognizable […]

About:Tab Sprint (Weekly 2009/10-2)

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:24:26 +0000

For my first week working remotely from Champaign, I focused mostly on the About:Tab sprint, but I got in some time for other Labs projects like Weave and the Design Challenge. I’ve already written about the About:Tab initial prototype release that provides a streamlined new tab page that needs no configuration, so I’ll mention specifically […]

About:Tab (New Tab Page From Mozilla Labs)

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 00:53:39 +0000

Mozilla Labs has a new prototype for you to try out — About:Tab []. (Make sure you’re running Firefox 3.1 [] or newer!) With this add-on, you get a listing of sites you frequently visit with thumbnails and feed items instead of a blank white page on opening a new tab. These sites are shown […]

Weave Intro & UI (Weekly 2009/9-1)

Tue, 03 Mar 2009 16:34:15 +0000

I’m now a full-time software developer in Mozilla Labs working primarily on Weave []. I suppose that means I’ll have to pay income taxes again.. 😉 but that’s insignificant compared to helping Weave redefine web clients where users can interact with websites and friends in whole new ways. I’ll have less time to write about […]

Looking for Location Bar Perf. Testers

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 17:44:55 +0000

I’ve got a change that should speed up the Location Bar in Firefox 3.1 and 3.2, but I just want to make sure it’s not only me and my computers that are seeing this benefit. For you to take the test, you’ll need to be running a Shiretoko (Firefox 3.1) build or Minefield (Firefox 3.2) […]

Who Are You? Stop Asking Me!

Fri, 20 Feb 2009 15:09:55 +0000

Are you asked to sign-in to websites often? “Remember me” doesn’t seem to always work.. Do you have many user names? At least sites let you use your email address nowadays.. Have you forgotten your password? Saved by password manager..? Is your password hard to hack? But I’m too lazy to make/remember a stronger password… […]

Going Places: All the Different Ways

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 16:47:37 +0000

If you use Firefox 3, how do you get to the site you want? Hopefully if you’ve been using Firefox for a while, you’ve found out that it is smart enough to show the site you want after typing just a single letter in the location bar. Firefox remembers which sites you go to frequently […]


Tue, 17 Feb 2009 13:45:13 +0000

Introducing my very own web client of the future! EdBrowser! Okay okay. I’m not actually making a web client of my own, but if I had a lot of time and the right infrastructure, it would probably look like the picture above. (I suppose I do have a lot of time seeing that I’m unemployed. […]

Hiding History with userChrome

Sun, 15 Feb 2009 19:30:41 +0000

Josh had an interesting comment in my recent post on Firefox 3.1 Location Bar Preferences about hiding certain keywords from the location bar. At first I suggested using the new “Forget About This Site” feature where you can select a page from your History Sidebar and choose to forget everything (history, cookies, etc) about that […]

Panic Mode: Really! I Just Opened Firefox

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:21:28 +0000

You probably already know about the new Private Browsing Mode [] in Firefox 3.1, but did you know about the other “P” Mode? Panic Mode! Well, maybe not as it’s a brand new add-on I’ve written that shows your home page instead of about:privatebrowsing when starting Private Browsing Mode. That’s all! Very simple. 🙂 Now […]

Firefox 3.5 Location Bar Privacy

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:20:01 +0000

Thanks for installing/upgrading Hide Unvisited. This latest version is only for Firefox 3.5 and leverages the built-in privacy functionality of Firefox 3.5, so you don’t even need the add-on anymore. The add-on has already automatically uninstalled itself and set the preference as described below for you. 🙂 But if you want another add-on to try, […]

Firefox 3.5 Location Bar Preferences

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:19:19 +0000

For those comfortable with twiddling around with about:config, there are several new preferences to play with since Firefox 3. (If that sounds scary, check out my other post about Firefox 3.5 Location Bar Privacy.) I’ll explain three new groups of preferences that let you.. Toggle suggestions on and off Customize what results get shown Change […]

ABC Meme

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 18:15:52 +0000

From bsmedberg [].. but a little more automated. 1) In Firefox 3.1, copy the following block of code and paste it into the “Code:” line in the Error Console (cmd-shift-J) then hit enter: C=Components;d=C.classes[';1'].getService(C.interfaces.nsPIPlacesDatabase).DBConnection;for(o=[],c=97;c<123;c++){h=String.fromCharCode(c);q=d.createStatement('SELECT title t, url u FROM moz_inputhistory JOIN moz_places ON id=place_id WHERE input LIKE \''+h+'%\' ORDER BY use_count DESC LIMIT 1');if(q.step())o.push(['',h,':

Touching Firefox

Wed, 22 Oct 2008 12:20:30 +0000

I finally upgraded from my iBook G4 to one of those new shiny aluminum MacBooks last Tuesday, so over the weekend, I got to play around with the big buttonless glass trackpad. I noticed that I often used the 4-finger gestures to show all windows or the desktop but rarely used any 3-finger ones. I […]

Auto Dial Add-on for Quick Page Access

Wed, 27 Aug 2008 23:32:48 +0000

Aza recently suggested a zero-configuration speed dial interface [], so I started hacking on an add-on to do just that. After plenty of user feedback and reviews over the last couple days, you can get Auto Dial 4 [] as a public add-on without needing to log in. The add-on creates a page that fills […]

Gmail Keyboard Commands

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:25:06 +0000

Being able to read, write, organize, search mail in Gmail without ever having to touch the mouse is really convenient. I’ve even installed a Greasemonkey script, Modified Gmail Macros v. 2.0 [] that lets me label messages just by pressing “l” then typing part of the label. Unfortunately, sometimes Gmail doesn’t know that you’re typing […]

Enter Selects Add-on for the Efficient

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 17:03:03 +0000

Firefox 3’s Smart Location Bar learns to show you the page you want when you type in some search terms. In many cases, it already knows what you want when you type just a single letter. So for many people, going to a page is very efficient — only requiring 3 key strokes: typing the […]

Firefox 3.5 Restricts, Matches, Keywords

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 21:43:21 +0000

I’ve continued to help Firefox users to get to the pages they want faster with features like multi-word search (just press space — great for matching titles) and adaptive learning (you’ll only need to type a single letter to get what you want). I even wrote an add-on that takes you to the top listed […]

Firefox 3 Smart Location Bar Saves You Time

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 12:48:48 +0000

Now that Firefox 3 [] has been downloaded well over 27 million times [], many people have noticed that the Smart Location Bar can find pages that match not only in the URL but also in the title or tags added to a bookmarked page. One commonly overlooked feature that saves you a lot of […]

Hide Unvisited Add-on for AwesomeBar

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 18:33:34 +0000

A really useful AwesomeBar feature in Firefox 3 that works together with the one-click bookmarking is the ability to search for pages that you’ve bookmarked or tagged. Adding a star to a page effectively makes that page stay permanently in your history. However, this is an unexpected behavior for some users who want the location […]

Edit Middle Add-on for AwesomeBar

Wed, 28 May 2008 15:39:35 +0000

I’ve made a simple add-on to let you see results immediately when you fix typos or edit search terms in the location bar. The difference from what you get in Firefox 3 is that with this add-on, you’ll see results when editing in the middle. For example, if you accidentally type “mozzilla” you can correct […]

A Different Development Process

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 05:45:11 +0000

It seems that Mercurial and Mozilla have quite different patch/review process, but then again they’re two very different projects. I just found out today that Bug 394650 – Make line numbers linkable when viewing files/annotate for [] was “works for me.” I was confused for a little bit; but yes indeed, annotate/changeset views on […]