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Four short links: 16 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 16, 2014

Mozilla’s Winter of Security — Students who have to perform a semester project as part of their university curriculum can apply to one of the MWOS project. Projects are guided by a Mozilla Adviser, and a University Professor. Students are …

Four short links: 15 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 15, 2014

Pervasive Monitoring is an Attack (Tim Bray) — if your ap­pli­ca­tion doesn’t sup­port pri­va­cy, that’s prob­a­bly a bug in your ap­pli­ca­tion. Reconciling Mozilla’s Mission and the W3C EME — essentially, “we don’t want to put a closed source bolus of …

Four short links: 3 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 3, 2014

The Programming Error That Cost Mt Gox 2609 Bitcoins — in the unforgiving world of crypto-currency, it’s easy to miscode and vanish your money. Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away — One example: Nelson has re-tasked the motor from …

pushState to the Future: Progressive Enhancement Using HTML5 pushState at Twitter

By Peter Cooper
January 23, 2014

Fluent is O’Reilly’s conference dedicated to the Web Platform and all that entails, with a focus on JavaScript and HTML5. In 2013, over 1000 attendees and speakers like Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and CTO of Mozilla, Paul Irish …

Four short links: 31 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 31, 2013

Insect-Inspired Collision-Resistant Robot — clever hack to make it stable despite bouncing off things. The Battle for Power on the Internet (Bruce Schneier) — the state of cyberspace. [M]ost of the time, a new technology benefits the nimble first. [...] …

Four short links: 29 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 29, 2013

Mozilla Web Literacy Standard — things you should be able to do if you’re to be trusted to be on the web unsupervised. (via BoingBoing) Berg Cloud Platform — hardware (shield), local network, and cloud glue. Caution: magic ahead! Shark …

Four short links: 23 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 23, 2013

Together.js — Mozilla-produced library for in-page collaboration. This Complex and Tragic Event Supports My Own View (Vaughan Bell) — pretty much every tactic he describes, you will see deployed daily. Natalie Silvanovich — a security engineer who has extracted and …

Four short links: 2 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 2, 2013

sifter.js — library for textually searching arrays and hashes of objects by property (or multiple properties). Designed specifically for autocomplete. (via Javascript Weekly) Tor Users Get Routed (PDF) — research into the security of Tor, with some of its creators …

Four short links: 17 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 17, 2013

Weekend Reads on Deep Learning (Alex Dong) — an article and two videos unpacking “deep learning” such as multilayer neural networks. The Internet of Actual Things — “I have 10 reliable activations remaining,” your bulb will report via some ridiculous …

Four short links: 8 April 2013

By Nat Torkington
April 8, 2013

mozpay — a JavaScript API inspired by but modified for things like multiple payment providers and carrier billing. When a web app invokes navigator.mozPay() in Firefox OS, the device shows a secure window with a concise UI. After authenticating, …

Four short links: 29 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 29, 2013

Titan 0.3 Out — graph database now has full-text, geo, and numeric-range index backends. Mozilla Security Community Do a Reddit AMA — if you wanted a list of sharp web security people to follow on Twitter, you could do a …

Four short links: 28 September 2012

By Nat Torkington
September 28, 2012

Mobile Content Strategy — Mobile is a catalyst that can help you make your content tighter without loss of clarity or information. If you make your content work well on mobile, it will work everywhere. Excellent presentation, one I want …

Four short links: 12 July 2012

By Nat Torkington
July 12, 2012

Mozilla Persona -- single sign-on for the web. Interview with Alan Kay (Dr Dobbs Journal) -- The Internet was done so well that most people think of it as a natural resource like the Pacific Ocean, rather than something that was man-made. When was the last time a technology with a scale like that was so error-free? The Web,...

Four short links: 19 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 19, 2012

Mobile Maps (Luke Wroblewski) -- In the US, Google gets about 31 million users a month on its Maps app on iOS. On average those users spend more than 75 minutes apiece in the app each month. The Importance of Public Traffic Data (Anil Dash) -- Bill Gates and Paul Allen's first collaboration was a startup called Traf-O-Data, which...

Four short links: 29 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 29, 2012

StuxNet Deep Dive -- extremely technical talk, but this page has a redux. The presenter's thesis, well-argued, is that StuxNet was absolutely aimed specifically at the Natanz facility. (via Chris Douglas) Smithsonian Digitizing Items (CNet) -- two-person project, only able to do a few items a year, but still an excellent advance. See also Bronwyn Holloway-Smith's art project around...

Four short links: 16 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 16, 2011

Q&A with Rob O'Callahan (ComputerWorld) -- an excellent insight into how Mozilla sees the world. In particular how proprietary mobile ecosystems are the new proprietary desktop ecosystems, and how the risks for the web are the same (writing for one device, not for all). Bikes That Charge USB Devices -- German bicycle maker Silverback has recently launched two bikes...

Four short links: 21 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2011

What Mozilla is Up To (Luke Wroblewski) -- notes from a talk that Brendan Eich gave at Web 2.0 Summit. The new browser war is between the Web and new walled gardens of native networked apps. Interesting to see the effort Mozilla's putting into native-alike Web apps. YouTube Insult Generator (Adrian Holovaty) -- mines YouTube for insults of a...

Four short links: 3 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 3, 2011

Mozilla's Secure Coding Guidelines -- the Mozilla recommendations for web application security. See also OWASP, Google's Browser Security Handbook and Google's course. Scroller -- MIT-licensed Javascript library for accelerated panning and zooming, from Zynga. (via Hacker News) How Fast-Flux Service Networks Operate -- explanation of a technique used by botnets and other malware hordes to make it hard to...

Four short links: 13 September 2011

By Nat Torkington
September 13, 2011

Dan Saffer: How To Lie with Design Research (Google Video) -- Experience shows that, especially with qualitative research like the type designers often do, two researchers can look at the same set of data and draw dramatically different findings from them. As William Blake said, "Both read the Bible day and night, But thou read'st black where I read...

Four short links: 27 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 27, 2011

Mozilla Home Dash -- love this experiment in rethinking the browser from Mozilla. They call it a "browse-based browser" as opposed to "search-based browser" (hello, Chrome). Made me realize that, with Chrome, Google's achieved a 0-click interface to search--you search without meaning to as you type in URLs, you see advertising results without ever having visited a web site....

Four short links: 11 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 11, 2010

Open Kinect -- less than a week after the bounty for developing an open source driver for Microsoft's Kinect controller was announced, it is claimed. libfreenect is the software. CCAN -- the Comprehensive C Archive Network. TextCAPTCHAs -- simple questions, written in English, that are accessible to blind users. F1 -- Mozilla browser extension for sharing links via Twitter,...

Four short links: 27 May 2010

By Nat Torkington
May 27, 2010

Socorro: Mozilla's Crash Reporting System (Laura Thomson) -- We receive on our peak day each week 2.5 million crash reports, and process 15% of those, for a total of 50 GB. In total, we receive around 320Gb each day. Moving to a Hadoop-based system in the future, as they're limited by database and filesystem storage. DIY Atomic Force Microscopy...

Four short links: 5 May 2010

By Nat Torkington
May 5, 2010

Sketch for Processing -- an IDE for Processing based on Mozilla's Bespin. British Election Results to be Broadcast on Big Ben -- the monument is the message. Lovely integration of real-time data and architecture, an early step for urban infrastructure as display. API -- an alpha API for face recognition. Average Number of Books/Kindle -- short spreadsheet figuring...

Four short links: 23 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 25, 2010

WikiLeaks Fundraising -- PayPal has frozen WikiLeaks' assets. Interesting: they need $600k/yr to run. The Great Australian Internet Blackout -- online protest to raise awareness about the Great Firewall of Australia. HTML5 Video: Problems Ahead -- YouTube and Vimeo won't support a free codec (file format). The web is undeniably better for Mozilla having entered the browser market, and...

Four short links: 7 September 2009

By Nat Torkington
September 7, 2009

App Engine Now Supports XMPP (Jabber) -- messaging servers, whether XMPP or PubSubHubBub, are becoming an increasingly important way to loosely join the small pieces. Google's incorporation of XMPP into GAE reflects this (and the fact that Wave is built on XMPP). (via StPeter on Twitter) Snakes on the Web (Jacob Kaplan-Moss) -- The best way to predict the...

Four short links: 21 May 2009

By Nat Torkington
May 21, 2009

Us Now -- UK documentary, available streaming or on DVD, about how open government and digital democracy makes sense. It's good to watch if you've not thought about how government could be positively changed by technology, but I don't think it's radical enough in the future it describes. It's Gonna Be The Future Soon -- great video for the...

Recovering text areas from Firefox session information

By Uche Ogbuji
January 13, 2009

A small Python utility to extract saved text area content from Firefox session files.

Turbo-charging JavaScript - Trace Trees and V8

Turbo-charging JavaScript - Trace Trees and V8
By Kurt Cagle
September 21, 2008

Persistence, performance, rich APIs and increasing broadband connectivity are all likely to make a huge difference for this latest generation of browsers, and the quantum improvement of JavaScript capabilities due to Trace Trees and precompiled JavaScript will likely play a major part in that evolution.

No EULA for Mozilla Firefox

By chromatic
September 17, 2008

Mitchell Baker of Mozilla reports that they have revised their decision to include a EULA-like notification in the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution. The debate over Mozilla's decision reveals two important debates in the free software world.

Audio: Mozilla's Frank Hecker on Politics 2.0, Open Source, and Participatory Democracy

By Timothy M. O'Brien
September 12, 2008

O'Reilly News interviews Mozilla's Frank Hecker at Personal Democracy Forum 2008 in New York City. In this 25 minute interview you'll hear Frank Hecker talking about Mozilla's mission and structure, as well as his own views on how open source could provide a model for involving citizens in participatory democracy.

Seeking Ubiquity

By Kurt Cagle
September 9, 2008

The command line is perhaps the most fundamental of all user interfaces - at a terminal, a prompt character appears that you can type in a command with zero or more arguments, then press the Return key to evaluate that command. As an interface it has some serious limitations - there are typically few indications about what specifically can be typed into that interface, or the action that will ensue once you do enter the line, but for programmers in particular, the command line is also the foundation on which every other user interface ultimately rests.

Why Mozilla Deserves Our Attention - Part 2

By Ben Longoria
February 20, 2008

In the first part of this series I gave an introductory look at Mozilla, and started to answer the statement posed in the title. In this article we'll look at the various RIA technologies and runtimes that Mozilla has to offer. First we'll look at the building blocks, or what one would use to build applications. Then we'll look at runtimes, what you use to run your applications.

Why Mozilla Deserves Our Attention - Part 1

By Ben Longoria
February 20, 2008

In this series of articles I will be looking at why RIA developers should be interested in Mozilla. This is an important topic, especially if you're one of those wise and pragmatic developers who likes to pick the right tool for the job, which we all are right? Learning about the breadth of the technologies that Mozilla's projects cover can potentially save you a lot of work for your next project!

Why Mozilla Deserves Our Attention - Part 3

By Ben Longoria
February 19, 2008

In the previous two articles we looked at who Mozilla is, what technologies they have, and attempted to answer the statement in the title. To be well-rounded, we will look at some core issues that may be hampering adoption of Mozilla technologies, and what could help.

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