…it might look like this:
There have been some recent concerns about blogs being removed from planet.mozilla.org, due to a lack of Mozilla-related content. Top men are working the issue, and I’m sure they’ll come up with a plan that’s fair, while keeping things more or less relevant.
In other news, here’s a video of a dog. In a Hawaiian shirt. (At Mozilla.)
Last week there were quite a few meetings being held to refine the Firefox 3 product requirements. One area of particular interest to me, identity and password management, is firming up nicely. There are a lot of interesting features people have been asking for, and the Password Manager will need some significant changes to support them.
Once that’s done, it should be easy to bolt on some new backends for password storage. For example, integration with the OS X Keychain, and moving Mozilla’s own storage from a text file (signons.txt) to MozStorage. Also, extension developers would now be able to deliver their own backends without hacking on Password Manager.
As for other new features, it depends on how the product requirements shape up to see how things are prioritized. A quick summary of items currently under consideration:
* UI improvements to password management, entry, and use.
* Investigate what the browser’s role might be in an OpenID or CardSpace system.
* Improving the security of password-based authentication
And, of course, fixing some of the existing password manager bugs!
Last week I got a new gadget, a Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. I’ve been yearning for a device like this for some time, but hadn’t found anything I liked… I’ve looked at cellphone-type devices, but they all seem to suck. The long-rumored Apple iPhone had seemed like a possible contender, but it’s still months away and carries a hefty price tag. I first saw the N800’s predecessor (the N770) at the Firefox Summit a few months ago, and after some research decided it was the kind of device I wanted to try.
More info and my impressions after the jump… Continue reading Ceci n’est pas une iPhone
I don’t want to become some kind of crazy cat person, so this post will be about a dog instead. 🙂
Just before the holiday break we had an afterwork gathering here at Mozilla HQ to have a little fun… Dan Mills brought in his Wii (Rayman Raving Rabbids is highly amusing!), but the star of the party was Samantha. She’s the pet dog of our office manager, and is a frequent visitor to the workplace. Samantha got quite a workout rolling a basketball around the office!
[Did I just use the word “bling”? I’m so, so, sorry.]
The Mozilla offices have been humming with activity this week, with the influx of folks arriving for the Firefox Summit. We’ve been having some fascinating discussions on a variety of topics and ideas for the future. On that note, a few weeks ago I wrote up some thoughts I had for an evolution of Firefox 2’s Live Titles (aka “microsummaries”), in the form of adding graphics to a traditionally text-based feature. [Wonder Twin powers activate.]
Here’s a mockup of what Graphical Microsummaries might look like: