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Comment on Why Cesium Failed by Sergey Chernyshev

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 02:23:15 +0000

Hey Ryan, Thanks for writing this! I'm sorry I didn't put enough effort into convincing you back then to work on ShowSlow and thanks for your contributions later on! I think projects die for many reasons and reasons behind Cesium's death are quite common - I know too much about "not invented here" syndrome and about avoiding projects to the death myself. The only way out is more projects ;)

Comment on A new graduate’s dilemma by Mike Shaver

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 18:40:54 +0000

(I think it's 10,000 hours, rather than 10 years, at least per Gladwell in Outliers.) Advice: have opinions. If you have been learning X, I want to know what you tried (basic, you-are-not-lying-to-me question) and I want to know what you *thought* of it. If you've built anything, you should be able to tell me what about it was good, and what about it was bad. You're a budding PHP hacker? What framework do you like, and what do you dislike? Why? What's your favorite thing about the framework you like *least*? Advice: have ambitions. What do you want to be able to do that you can't do now? Who do you admire (or even envy) as a practitioner in your new field? If you get a job here, how will you know in a year if you've been successful or not? Advice: remember the rest of the job. Knowing languages is great, it's important for sure. But *most* of your time will not be spent typing things in in those languages. It'll be making sure you understand the problem (and the constraints like performance, resource consumption, the environment it's in, how often it changes, etc.), making sure your code does what it's supposed to do, and making sure that people know what is going on with your project. Think about how you'll ask for help, how you'll know if you solved a problem in an appropriate way.

Comment on A new graduate’s dilemma by Nate Koechley

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 09:56:17 +0000

In terms of the 10 years thing, it's obvious but worth nothing that the 10 years you spend mastering CSS runs concurrent with the 10 years you spend mastering JS and DOM and PHP and and and..... Or, put another way, you can spend 10 years mastering programming in a language agnostic sense, or design is a brand vs illustration vs visual sense. Some things run end to end, and at some point there are specifics -- very advance photoshop skills, or very specific C++ expertise vs Java expertise, but it's not zero-to-ten for each.

Comment on A new graduate’s dilemma by Dave Dash

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 03:02:44 +0000

Networking is fairly important too. 4 of the 6 jobs I've had as a web developer (including two at high profile tech companies) I found out about via my professional network. Networking can come in many forms, friends, former coworkers and developer communities. Unfortunately it took me a while to land my first job because I had no network in place. As far as skills go, let the recruiters think your hot stuff, and be honest with hiring managers and anyone you interview -- the latter are the ones who will care the most.

Comment on 6 Months by Ryan

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 02:32:02 +0000

@Ken: I've had some track time and instruction, but pretty much no car repair experience. Our team has been lucky to have some very experienced people on it who knew how to do just about everything we've needed.

Comment on 6 Months by Ken Saunders

Sun, 15 Aug 2010 01:41:02 +0000

Wow, that's extremely cool and impressive work that you did. Congrats. I had know idea that you had such skills. Was there a lot of trial and error, or did you already have some experience?

Comment on 24 Hours of Lemons: Success! by Drew Stephens

Tue, 11 May 2010 03:33:39 +0000

I take my fancy M3 to track days all the time—that's a good lot of fun and a better way to learn vehicle dynamics than racing, but it can't compare to the fun of wheel to wheel racing. The fact that LeMons is mostly /non/competitive makes it more fun than a race where people are fighting tooth and nail for every second.

Comment on Why I’m excited about Personas by Tiago Sá

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:44:43 +0000

@ Ken Saunders You can easily change the tabs from top to bottom. As for Stylish and Greasemonkey, I know they're easy to use, once you know how to, and it's easy to learn, but I mean for the average user. Personas are a significant step ahead of themes because they're easy to install, preview, change, whatever. BTW, I'm also a hands on person :P As for personas and small tool bars... I use personas on my Firefox 3.6, menu bar hidden, no bookmarks bar... On top of that, I'm either running Ubuntu or Windows 7, which, unlike MacOS X, don't put the perosnas on the title bar too (I think OSX puts there too, doesn't it?). It renders many personas useless, sure, but those are mostly sucky anyway. Mostly. In any case, I'll take a less than ideal persona over a huge toolbar any time of the day or night. I can't, I simply can't have more than like 75 or so pixels of wasted vertical space in widescreens. It's just not possible. I even have my task bar on autohide because of that...

Comment on Why I’m excited about Personas by Ken Saunders

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:59:46 +0000

"As far as themes looking cheap, well, that’s subjected" *subjective I need to proofread.

Comment on Why I’m excited about Personas by Ken Saunders

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:57:46 +0000

@ the Madman There's potential for attacks anytime that you as a computer user open the door and allow access to your system, whether you're installing software (including add-ons), opening an email, or just clicking on a link. The only foolproof way to stay 100% safe is to never connect to the Internet or install anything. I've never heard of any attack(s) stemming from a theme. I have for extensions, but not themes. I know several theme authors, it's not their style, and writing themes is a lot more intense and work than writing an add-on in most cases so probably more work than it's work to have an attack launched from a theme. As far as themes looking cheap, well, that's subjected, personal taste, etc (same for Personas). Have you ever seen the active daily user numbers for some of the themes? They're very high. If anything looks cheap, it's the default Firefox vista theme (not the icons though). The new theme is an improvement (I hate tabs on top though). Tiago Sá, Stylish and add-ons like Greasemonkey are meant for advanced users but as far as them being difficult to use, anything new and foreign can appear to be difficult to use until you gain experience and knowledge. Using Stylish has helped me tremendously with my CSS skills including CSS3 which I've been able to put into practice with my sites and for personal Firefox (and Thunderbird) customization. I wouldn't know as much as I do about CSS if it hadn't been for Stylish, or I at least wouldn't have learned it as quickly as I have (I'm a hands on person). Hey Brian P I've thought the same, and just hiding the menu bar makes a lot of Personas worthless. I'm not sure that there's anything that Mozilla can really do about it. It'll be up to users to decide on what they want to see the most, their Persona, or more screen space (some want to see more of their Personas now with the default toolbars in view), and, it'll be up to designers to create Personas designed for users who may want both. Thunderbird's UI is typically much shorter than Firefox's so I've made a Persona for myself with the main image size reduced more than ones that I've made for Firefox, so it is possible. I do love Personas, and I too am excited about Jetpack. :)

Comment on Why I’m excited about Personas by Brian P

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 20:22:52 +0000

I'm not a persona user. It's not my thing. But the concern I have is how well will personas work with the future theme where there's very little open space compared to the current default theme. PS I love the new theme. I use nightly builds which you can already get pretty close to the new theme in terms of very little open space.

Comment on Why I’m excited about Personas by Aaron Train

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 14:13:58 +0000

While Personas are great, it's unfortunate that the vocal minority that are most vociferous online, continue to perpetuate the idea that personas development is emphasized over other areas of the project. Oh well.

Comment on Why I’m excited about Personas by Tiago Sá

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:52:10 +0000

Themes are a security vulnerability? I don't think so... I think you don't know how they're made... I think Personas is great because it's an easy and fast way to change the appearance of firefox, simple as that. It has some problems, like so many of them being sucky as hell, or simply bad. I think the key word here is fast. When jetpack lands, and jetpack enabled extensions (or however they'll work) start to appear, it will be AWESOME :D All the talk about art and potential, that's all marketing stuff. I don't wanna hear about it. It never works that way. Firefox is a huge HUGE platform of potential for the people and it doesn't have a tenth of the reach it could and should have. There are still loads of people who don't WANT extensions because they are afraid and misinformed, people who don't update their firefox because they say they have a "slow computer" (well DUH! then install lighter and faster programs, no?), there are still people who don't know middleclicking opens links in new tabs! Extensions like Stylish and Scriptmonkey are the real predecessors for Personas and Jetpack (not that the later replace the original, of course), and their potential is wasted because so few people know about it, and because it's relatively hard to use. I think Personas and Jetpack are a great way to entice customization of the browser, simply because they make it simpler. But as soon as we have easier to make themes that don't require a restart to install, Personas should loose much of its relevance.

Comment on Why I’m excited about Personas by the Madman

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:00:35 +0000

Why I find Personas an interesting new take towards Firefox: it presents an easy way to make Firefox look great without a programming language. Many of the old themes made Firefox feel, "cheap" in my opinion, as well as providing a potential attack vector for malicious coders. In this, Mozilla have hit two birds with one stone. I'm interested in Jetpack as well, as it demonstrates that Mozilla are considering a similar approach for add-ons. They have recognised the potential for malicious code and they're approaching the problem *properly*.

Comment on Favicons in Firefox (Mac) Bookmark Toolbar by MarkC

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 09:49:31 +0000

My blog has some code (also linked from Vlad's post) which does the opposite: on a non-Mac it lets you remove the favicon to leave just the bookmark label: