Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:49:42 AM
It seems somebody is finally developing a player for Flash animations inside Firefox.https://github.com/mozilla/shumway
Shumway is an HTML5 technology experiment that explores building a faithful and efficient renderer for the SWF file format without native code assistance.
I am looking forward to getting rid of the ugly Flash player, after having uninstalled Java runtime some time ago. It would also solve the issues with Flash over Linux and possibly BSD.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:10:52 PM
You may be interested in this blog post:http://blog.mozilla.com/nnethercote/2012/02/16/mcafee-is-killing-us/
The short version is always the same: DO NOT INSTALL any addons and plugins in your browser.
Monday, November 7, 2011 11:43:10 AM
Those geniuses at Google decided to sacrifice Google Reader by "integrating" it in Google+.
The result is all the useful features have been removed and basically either it doesn't work or it is useless.
In a great example of arrogance, they wrote on the blog:
"if you don't like it, please export your data to some other service".
It is a lesson I learned long ago. ANY online service can be discontinued at any given time and we cannot help it. And it doesn't matter if it is a free or payed service. It is something we must remember and be prepared for. Even MyOpera could be shut down one day. Have I written "could"? Eh...
Unfortunately some things are annoying, like if the service where you are hosting your images goes offline and you have linked them in several places, it is an hard work to move the images somewhere else and then restore all the links. And who knows how many links around the Web get hopeless broken when you are forced to move from a blogging platform to another, even in the unlikely case that you can export/import all posts and comments.
Monday, June 27, 2011 8:06:30 AM
Jon S. von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera Software, resigned from his CEO position some time ago and now he is leaving the company. It seems the reasons behind his departure are different and incompatible visions about the future of the Group.
"It has become clear that The Board, Management and I do not share the same values and we do not have the same opinions on how to keep evolving Opera"
I would really like to know what those "values" and "opinions" are.
In my personal experience these changes are usually driven by money, not values either opinions.
Usually corporate management invests most of its energies in dealing with inside struggle for power and just a relatively small amount is spent on efficiency and the actual product. I could even say most of the management doesn't even care, know or understand what the product is.
Friday, May 13, 2011 7:27:09 AM
Right when the first laptops with ChromeOS are being launched with a worldwide marketing effort, Blogger has crashed badly after a scheduled maintenance. Google's blogging platform has been offline for two days now, coming back to life yesterday afternoon (my time) to die again in the night and now is has been at least 20 hours offline. Blogs are still readable but they are in read-only mode and many posts and comments have been deleted, apparently when maintainers resumed data from some backup.
I guess this should give everybody some hints about placing all your software and your data on "the cloud".
Saturday, March 26, 2011 5:56:53 PM
You haven't understood what it is?
I've found this interesting tutorial.http://diveintohtml5.org/
In my experience these are mountains of theory that are made useless by the fact that 99% people who work on real Web sites (including customers) could not care less.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:26:08 PM
Another step in the second war of the browsers, Mozilla has finally released Firefox 4.
Besides that Firefox still fits my needs better than other browsers, it is a matter of affection for a software that I have seen being born with the name of Phoenix, long ago.
Saturday, December 18, 2010 11:58:50 AM
This is a sad truth: once upon a time when computers were slow and with limited hardware, programmers needed to be smart. Nowadays that computers are incredibly (too much) powerful for your everyday tasks, programmers are authorized and probably encouraged to deliver any sort of crap and call it software.
Want one of the many ridiculous examples? See here: http://eaves.ca/2010/12/17/visualizing-firefox-plugins-memory-consumption/
When the browser is started, Java plugin in Firefox uses more than 490M of RAM. Flash plugin just a little less than 100M. And note that those plugins aren't doing anything.
There is a more complete list, if you want to laugh. See for example the plugins that come from Google.
This adds to the previous posts about scripts, addons, extensions, security, etc.
And it adds to the whole joke of browsers being "fast and faster" and performance improvements. Developers working on browsers can spend time in tuning their software then all you need to slow it down to death is to install a tool, which silently installs a plugin.
Monday, December 13, 2010 1:50:25 PM
Read this article: http://blog.armorize.com/2010/12/hdd-plus-malware-spread-through.html
Note also that the attack does NOT exploit any browser security holes, they are all coming from helper applications like Java, Acrobat Reader and such.
I can see only two valid defenses against this:
1. sandboxing the browser, including all the embedded objects.
That needs either a complete redesign of the browser and the way helper applications work or some software that adds a layer of "isolation" between the browser and the Operating System.
2. code inspection and/or code emulation.
That needs a software that acts like a proxy between the browser and the Internet and scans everything before it is passed to the browser.