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March 30, 2003

5:59 PM 200000 bugs

Looks like Mozilla bug 200000 may be filed on March 31 (5 year annivesary of mozilla source release). Or, perhaps April 1st, which would also be fun.

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March 27, 2003

11:04 PM Ties, awards and vegetables

I realized recently that there have only been four occasions in which I needed to wear a suit. There have been other times when I could have done, although I managed to scrape by with just a nicer shirt on.

I suppose most technical people or office workers just wear normal clothes anyway. I mean, clothes that you still feel fine in even when the air conditioning breaks down.

It's odd that suits and ties and considered to be more formal and -- I'm not sure what phrase to use here, "proper looking", maybe. People tend to believe that certain kinds of clothes are more "proper looking" than others. Men, for instance, seem to instantly have more class as soon as they tie a piece of cloth around their neck.

I guess it's just something that came about by tradition. I suppose if people long ago started wearing lettuce on their heads, we'd be required to wear lettuce to a formal occasion.

But anyway, all things considered, wearing a suit four times does seem like I've always worked or done things with people who don't care what other people look like. Or perhaps I'm just not winning enough awards. I don't think I've won anything since I was 12.

On an interesting note, four happens to be only one time larger than the number of occasions in which I needed to wear a dress. Does that mean anything?

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March 24, 2003

5:11 PM Ah...

Since when has CTRL+left and CTRL+right been using a proper algorithm for word detection in Mozilla? Finally, I can edit long URLs!

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March 20, 2003

9:36 PM At long last

At long last, peas have moved into the category "Foods that are acceptable for me to eat".

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March 18, 2003

3:35 PM Silly IE users

Some silly IE users nearby. They are complaining about pages that are appearing rendered in IE, instead of displaying in text form. Of course, this is because the files aren't actually HTML but just happen to have similar content and IE does incorrect things in this case.

Of course, I was using a browser that handles everything correctly so I never noticed a problem. I was wondering why I was working so much efficiently.

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1:06 PM XBL Fixing

I have some ideas for the Unnamed Semantic Web Client involving XBL that require various low-level changes in order to work.

So, I've been looking at some of the XBL code in Mozilla lately. There's a few bugs I'd want to see fixed and it would probably be simple enough to fix them myself. I think I understand the general architecture now to at least be able to say I know what I'm talking about. And Hyatt is offering a free dinner for helping him. (No link as all non-Safari related content seems to have disappeared from his Mozillazine-hosted site.)

If I could only get Mozilla to build properly, I might be able to do something.

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March 17, 2003

9:12 PM Offical Name

I have decided not to call them "French Fries" or "Freedom Fries". I declare that the offical name of strips of fried potato is "Chips".

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9:06 PM I'm back

My weblog is no longer looking quite so blank. Need to watch the size of those logs now that XULPlanet is getting more traffic, I guess.

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March 14, 2003

5:47 PM Links of the Day

  • A donut powered web log
  • Feel like having millions of people see you naked?

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March 13, 2003

10:04 PM Free methods!

Who Hoo!

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March 11, 2003

2:59 PM Peace and war

So, if a man can be arrested for wearing a peace shirt, what would happen if a prisoner in jail put on a pro-war shirt?

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March 10, 2003

11:30 PM 99 things

Hmmm. It seems that in Russia, there are only 99 things Mozilla can do that IE cannot. Wonder what the 2 other things are, since I can't understand the text (despite apparently owning the copyright).

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11:07 PM 100th Post!

Mwha ha ha ha ha ha!

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March 9, 2003

7:40 PM Latest Poll Results

Well, the latest poll results are in! The winner of most annoying person is, of course, andkon! And he still would have won even if he hadn't voted for himself five times. Well, technically, tied with Jenny Craig at least. But, anyone who spends extra time voting for himself multiple times has got to get a couple of bonus votes.

Speaking of Jenny Craig, according to this page, he/she is setting up a new site at I wonder if it will be a parody of Doubt it will be as funny as, the parody of mangelo's site. I wonder, too, if Jenny is planning to actually register the domain. Always a good idea before announcing a new site. I've seen companies get hit by this problem before.

Bruce only got two votes. He's from a few years back, so I didn't think anyone would actually remember him.

Rounding up the list, mangelo and JTK got 5 votes each. I suppose people have gotten used to them by now.

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2:16 PM On superpowers

When people think of what superpower they would want, most people respond with ordinary superpowers like flying or invisibility or X-ray vision. Unless you plan on putting on a costume and saving the world from evil, many of the common superpowers are really only useful for causing a lot of mischief.

I mean, being able to walk around invisible doesn't have a lot of practical legal uses. Nor does X-ray vison. Nor a heat ray. At least, not unless you plan on having a lot of barbecues.

The kinds of abilities you do want are the ones that aren't as cool, but are more useful. Like being able to deflate your legs to fit into an airplane seat. Or being able to clean something with the wave of a hand.

I think if I had a superpower, I'd want the ability to save. That way, if I have a big decision to make, I can just quickly save, and later if I realize I didn't like the outcome, I can just reload and try again.

Didn't like the chicken? No problem. Just reload and have the soup instead. Fell down the stairs and broke your leg? Again, no big issue. Just reload and take the elevator.

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March 7, 2003

11:03 AM Minor Update

I made some changes to the stylesheet so it works better in IE, although there are still some issues with tutorial pages that have wider examples. It should be OK if you widen or maximize your browser window. The pages should also work in Mozilla (naturally), Netscape 6/7 and Opera.

Even though most people visiting XULPlanet are using Mozilla or Mozilla-based browsers, many first-time visitors come to learn more about XUL because they are interested in the technology and don't want to commit themselves yet. So, there is a need to handle other browsers also. This is why uses a very simple layout. Part of the goal of their site is to help existing developers and help new people who have just discovered Mozilla but are using a different browser.

One thing I have noticed though is that it is easier to support browsers which support standards well or browsers that don't support them at all. Anything in-between is harder to deal with. A properly structured document seems to render in a readable fashion better in Mozilla, Opera, Netscape 3/4 and text browsers than it does in IE.

Oh well.

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March 6, 2003

7:48 PM Mozilla Staff...

You should all know who Dave Hyatt is. He's a key Safari developer who has a weblog hosted by a Mozilla News and Advocacy site.

What's interesting is that he is now a Staff Associate Member. I'm not sure when that happened, but I don't recall seeing his name on the list before. No description of what his role is though. <Insert unfounded Apple-related speculation here>.

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March 3, 2003

9:31 PM Introducing Xabyl - a Visual XBL Editor

I've spent the last little while working on an XBL editor which I've called Xabyl, which hopefully avoids any naming issues Phoenix and Chimera have been having.

I haven't decided where to put it yet. I may stick it on or I may suggest adding it as part of XUL Maker The latter might be good, but XBL can be used outside of XUL as well.

Anyway, I've put it up on XULPlanet for now so people can play with it.

Next task: more XUL examples.

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March 2, 2003

12:38 AM Mozilla Troll Poll

Who annoys you the most?

Jenny Craig

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