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Chrome Dev Summit 2017

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:46:58 +0000

I attended the 5th Chrome Dev Summit this week. The talks were all recorded and are available via the schedule (the keynote and leadership panel on day 1 are perhaps of broadest interest and highest bang-for-buck viewing value). It was a high quality, well-produced event with an intimate feel – I was very surprised when […]

Quantum work

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:43:30 +0000

Last week we had a work week at Mozilla’s Toronto office for a bunch of different projects including Quantum DOM, Quantum Flow (performance), etc. It was great to have people from a variety of teams participate in discussions and solidify (and change!) plans for upcoming Firefox releases. There were lots of sessions going on in […]

Reassembling multi-part Ricoh Aficio scanned PDFs

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:55:00 +0000

I recently had occasion to scan some papers using a sheet-fed Ricoh printer/scanner/fax/copier. It seems to think that about 6 MB is as big of an email attachment as it can send so it splits up the PDFs into base64-encoded attachments. If you find yourself in a similar situation: save the raw base64 text (if […]

Upgrading a Yoga 2 Pro’s SSD

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:47:38 +0000

For almost a year now I’ve had a Yoga 2 Pro. Despite some people thinking the name is silly and me only using the screen rotation once (on a plane), it’s a nice machine and Fedora 20 running GNOME is great on it. The only non-stock thing to do1 is, in Firefox, open about:config and […]

“Bootcamp” talks on Air Mozilla

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:30:33 +0000

Thanks to Jonathan Lin and Spencer Hui some of the talks that were presented at the recent “bootcamp” are appearing on Air Mozilla and more will do so as we get them ready. They’re all in Air Mozilla’s engineering channel:

We held a Mozilla “bootcamp”. You won’t believe how it went!

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:33:54 +0000

For a while now a number of Mozillians have been discussing the need for some sort of technical training on Gecko and other Mozilla codebases. A few months ago, Vlad and I and a few others came up with a plan to try out a “bootcamp”-like event. We initially thought we’d have non-core developers learn […]

DOM, WebAPI, Accessibility, Networking, JS, Security, Add-Ons, and Apps Work Week

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:56:34 +0000

Last week in Mozilla’s San Francisco office, members of the DOM, WebAPI, Accessibility, Networking, JS, Security, Add-Ons, and Apps teams gathered for discussions, hacking, and some good old face time. Productive sessions were held on many topics. I’ve highlighted a few here: Documentation sheppy mentioned that 2014 is “The Year of Content” for MDN not […]

Raspberry Pi media frontend + 3D printed case

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:52:28 +0000

Earlier in 2013 on a bit of a whim I bought a Raspberry Pi. I can’t remember if I had a good use case for it but in the end I decided to use it as an XBMC frontend. I put raspbmc on it and setup was incredibly easy (my media files are on my […]

Mozilla API exposure guidelines

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:48:41 +0000

A few months ago I worked with a number of Mozillians to come up with some guidelines to follow when exposing new features to the web. For a number of reasons they are guidelines and not hard-and-fast rules. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out and we’ve already had some “Intent to implement” and […]

znc, ssh, NetworkManager across suspend/resume cycle

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:38:57 +0000

These days I use an IRC bouncer running on a remote machine with the traffic forwarded over an ssh connection. It’s annoying to have to kill my hung ssh connection and restart it when my network connection change (oh, the humanity!). Originally I thought I could use nm-dispatcher but those scripts run as root and […]