Sunday, July 29, 2007

Scott MacGregor's Thoughts On Thunderbird

Thoughts On Thunderbird
One of our most important goals is to enhance the lives of Thunderbird users. We don’t know if we’ll ever have, as Mitchell states, “enough [people] to compete with other players for a consumer based product.” But we do know that millions of people use and depend on Thunderbird every day, and with dedicated resources and focus, we know that we can enhance the lives of millions more.Additionally, we want everyone to know that each developer, localizer, and tester means a great deal to us, and every contribution to Thunderbird is valued and important. Adding just one person to the effort, for example a dedicated Thunderbird build engineer, will make a huge difference. In fact, just that one person would have enabled us to release Thunderbird 2.0 a couple of months earlier.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

FF extention: DocumentMap

DocumentMap is a great FireFox extension that lets you see the heading structure of the current document (not the DOM) in the sidebar... So you essentially get the same effect Acrobat Reader has with the what they call the bookmark view , but for web/html pages.

This is quite useful for huge (unstructered) HTML documents that are still structured enough to have proper headings defined (i.e. the h1, h2, ... tags)

I found this thanks to GullFOSS who use it as a better way to navigate the OpenOffice Developer's Guide:

Try it out and browse for example the Text Documents chapter of the Developer's Guide and press alt-o. I am sure you will like it.


.. and yes, the OOo Developer's Guide needs some more structure.

Mozilla Foundation to spin off Thunderbird ?

A recent post by Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker (mitchell's blog: Email Call to Action) call for a something like a vote on what Mozilla should be doing with Thunderbird:

"Mozilla has been supporting Thunderbird as a product since the beginning of the Foundation. The result is a good, solid product that provides an open alternative for desktop mail. However, the Thunderbird effort is dwarfed by the enormous energy and community focused on the web, Firefox and the ecosystem around it. As a result, Mozilla doesn't focus on Thunderbird as much as we do browsing and Firefox and we don't expect this to change in the foreseeable future. We are convinced that our current focus - delivering the web, mostly through browsing and related services - is the correct priority. At the same time, the Thunderbird team is extremely dedicated and competent, and we all want to see them do as much as possible with Thunderbird.

We have concluded that we should find a new, separate organizational setting for Thunderbird; one that allows the Thunderbird community to determine its own destiny."

And she gives 3 options:
Option 1. Create a new non-profit organization analogous to the Mozilla Foundation [...]
Option 2. Create a new subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation for Thunderbird [...]
Option 3. Thunderbird is released as a community project much like SeaMonkey [...]
(find the details at the original blog post).

Interestingly none of them reads "keep it as it is"... so this looks like they are abandoning their child... I'd hate that. Been a long time Netscape/ Mozilla-Mail / Thunderbird user. Especially now with the progress they made with TB 2.0. And now that SunBird / Lightning is finally (though still slowly) becoming a decent calender.
Forking TB into its on entity would probably weaken Firefox as well (gut feeling, can't really say why, but I think so).

Maybe Option 2 is the one to go to keep Thunderbird and Firefox really close.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

EU's AntiGoogle

As reported, the EU has approved Germany to fund/subsidize the new European search engine, commonly known as the "AntiGoogle". Details here at EU OKs German online search-engine grant - Yahoo! News

In the details you will find that the money (120MEUR) goes mainly to SAP and Siemens (and other big companies)... So this really proves to be the Anti-Google: instead of letting innovation happen we give money to big over-managed corporations to "plan" for innovation... Totally the opposite of how Google came to life.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Google docs new user interface

Just noticed that Google docs has a more advanced user interface and layout.

Seems a lot more well arranged now.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

IT Conversations: Simon Phipps

Great interview...

IT Conversations: Simon Phipps: "Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer for [Sun Microsystems], joins Phil, Scott, and Ben to discuss Sun's activities. "

Friday, July 06, 2007

JTRES 2007 in Vienna

JTRES 2007:

The 5th International Workshop on Java Technologies for Real-time and Embedded Systems - JTRES 2007

Institute of Computer Engineering
Vienna University of Technology
26-28 September 2007
Vienna, Austria

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Microsoft Office users can now import and export to ODF

StarOffice 8:
"The Sun ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office allows users of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint the ability to read, edit and save to the ISO-standard Open Document Format. The ODF Plug-in is available as a free download from the Sun Download Center (SDLC). "
Download the ODF Plug-in.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Stylesheet fix for Weblog Publisher

Lately I noticed that the Sun Weblog Publisher uses an “additional” <p...> tag in list items <li>, which usually adds a line break right after the items bullet,

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I played around with the stylesheets of my blogs a bit to turn this off. The secret sauce looks like this:

ul li p {

To set the appearance or a paragraph that is nested within a list item of an unordered list to “inline” instead of “block”, so it no longer starts on a new line.

Hope this works now, I hate the manual edit...