With the deeply unpopular shutdown of Google Reader
less than two weeks away (previously
), plenty of would-be replacements have jumped into the mix, including the newly web-based Feedly
, and possibly even Facebook
(a particularly bitter irony, as obsession with defeating Facebook
has been the alleged impetus behind CEO Larry Page's abandonment of beloved Google hallmarks like 20% Time
, Google Labs
, and open platforms like Reader
But while there's no shortage of attempts to replicate Reader's look and feel, there's one little-known aspect that none can match, and that will be lost forever come July 1st: the vast cache archive of every article from every website, living and dead, that has ever been subscribed to in Reader
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 20, 2013 -
Many people are familiar with computer case modifications
, thanks to the photogenic nature of mods
. On the software side, most operating systems feature some potential for customization, though this is often limited to tweaking the colors and sounds. For some, this isn't enough. Enter "skinning
," the casual term for interface customization. To a degree, the history of the media player Winamp
(YT, 7:03; transcript with pictures
) mirrors the history of skinning. From a version 0.2, a visually dull app in June 1997, to easy user customization in version 2 in September 1998, and the complexly customizable Winamp3 in August 2002. Wired captured something of the excitement at its peak
in an article from 2000, before computing began shifting to more closed devices. Now approaching a post-WIMP (windows, icons, menus and a pointer) era
, where skinning is done with alternative launchers
. But for those still using traditional computers of one sort or another, it's not too late to modify your interface. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 17, 2012 -
Microsoft has agreed to purchase a big chunk of AOL's intellectual property for a big chunk of cash. Left unremarked
in most business news coverage is a little matter of history: A closure of sorts for the fiercest -- and possibly the most expensive -- tech rivalry of the dotcom era. Microsoft will own Netscape
. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Apr 9, 2012 -
Over the past several years, Mozilla's collection of developer documentation
for its own web browsers has turned into a wiki-editable reference of web standards for developers working with all
browsers, hosting a comprehensive, no-nonsense reference of HTML
, the DOM
, and more
. If you find yourself turning to this reference frequently, dochub
will tell you exactly how many browsers will support that new standard. Still want to use that shiny new standard? Modernizr
will let you detect missing features, and load tiny bits of code
to make old browsers support the latest HTML5 hotness.
and HTML5 Weekly
, run by MetaFilter's own wackybrit
posted by schmod
on Dec 7, 2011 -
We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
- Google's Chrome is will be joining Firefox in no longer licensing the MPEG-LA H.264 video codec
favoured by Apple and Microsoft for use in the HTML5 <video> tag (previously
). Not everyone is seeing this as a good thing
posted by Artw
on Jan 13, 2011 -
Do you use RSS? Not many do, apparently. Goodbye, then, RSS button in the location bar of Firefox 4 (Bugzilla entry
). “RSS is dying
,” a blog hyperbolizes in response, with retort
from Asa Dotzler of Mozilla, who states the functionality is being moved to a menu item.
posted by joeclark
on Jan 3, 2011 -
When releasing the Mozilla source code, Netscape's lawyers insisted that the code first be sanitized. In particular, "any text containing vulgar or offensive words or expressions; any text that might be slanderous or libelous to individuals and/or institutions," had to be removed. Here
is a sample of what it looked like before that occurred.
posted by Obscure Reference
on Sep 22, 2010 -
The <video tag>
, as defined by the HTML5 spec, is an element "used for playing videos or movies". Which codec
those videos or movies are in is currently undefined, with the two contenders being the free open source Ogg Theora
and the proprietary H.264
. With the unveiling of Internet Explorer 9
both Microsoft and Apple are supporting H.264 in their browsers, and comparisons
of the standards seem to bear out H.264 as the better of the two. However Mozilla have taken a stance against incorporating H264 into Firefox on the grounds that it is patented and has to be licensed
. Arguments are now being made for
Mozilla sticking to its ideals. John Gruber
of Daring Fireball points out that Firefox already supports proprietary formats such as GIF. Um, perhaps not the best example
posted by Artw
on Mar 21, 2010 -
If you want to use Firefox
but still want the alt text for web images to appear when you hover the mouse pointer over them, then you want this
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Nov 9, 2004 -
Netscape DevEdge sidebar replacement.
for those of you (like me) who used the old DevEdge sidebar as an essential tool in web development, the quick and easy CSS/HTML/DOM reference sidebar for mozilla has been rescued, thanks to the power of the internet wayback machine. this made my day - hope it helps some of you.
posted by caution live frogs
on Oct 22, 2004 -
Not just another candidate
Forget Arnold, let's elect the Mozilla Foundation's very own Asa, he understands the web and technology, and even has a weblog. (Oh, and he works on some browser called Mozilla...)
posted by raster
on Aug 7, 2003 -
The name "Firebird"
was chosen by Mozilla to rename their Phoenix
product. However, Firebird is also the name of a popular and long-standing open-source database
project -- and the Mozilla organization was clearly aware
of this naming conflict before making their decision. Some
feel that such an action, within the context of the open-source community, is unfair and constitutes bad etiquette, at the least. The discussion is ongoing
, but LinuxWorld reports that the Mozilla organization has deleted recent message-board comments that criticized their decision.
posted by TreeHugger
on Apr 16, 2003 -
This content-free Salon article is pointed to by News.com and chances are it will be picked up by tech weblogs within a couple of hours. Notice the presence of popular (in blogland) underdog in the title (Mozilla). The many blog references in the article body, including a gratuitious reference to the arch-tech-weblog
that presumes knowledge of said blog's moderation system. The meta implications of web media composing content so that it may be picked up by weblogs are interesting --and yes, the irony of a MeFi FPP is painfully obvious. What next?
posted by costas
on Sep 10, 2002 -
Perhaps AOL isn't that bad.
I've never liked AOL
, but this recent article
makes me want to give the company a big hug. Finally, people are stepping up to the Microsoft
juggernaut and deciding to use other means to deliever content and run their own machines. AOL is trying to cut costs by migrating from UNIX and Windows to a Linux
environment on the server-side. On the client side, they will apparently be pushing the use of Mozilla
instead of their previous default browser, Internet Explorer. This has the potential to impact the web enormously, as AOL's 30 million subscribers will soon be using Mozilla as their browser. Web designers will have to start sticking to w3c specs
instead of using MSIE-specific coding, which will hopefully force Microsoft to follow the specs more closely. Begun this browser war has. (via /.
posted by Hammerikaner
on Mar 11, 2002 -
is a blog about, you guessed it, Mozilla
! Why Mozilla? Because IE sucks.
Agreed. I've been using Mozilla and IE interchangeably for the last month, and giving serious consideration to going Mozilla full-time. Very
posted by sillygwailo
on Feb 21, 2002 -
Software projects are notorious for time and budget overruns (examples that come to mind include Mozilla
and the Denver Airport baggage system
). There are a large number of design methods, development processes, and programming methodologies that claim or hint at objective estimation of development schedules, project complexity, and programmer productivity. Unfortunately, they're all bunk.
"The creation of genuinely new software has far more in common with developing a new theory of physics than it does with producing cars or watches on an assembly line."
Programmers, try telling that one to your next customer.
posted by lagado
on Nov 21, 2001 -
(Almost) What you wanted for Christmas.
A lightweight browser using the Mozilla rendering engine, solely to browse webpages, minus all the smoad of bloat thats making Mozilla so un-usable at the moment. It is just work in progress though, so some important practical features aren't implemented yet, but something to look at nonetheless.
posted by aki
on Aug 25, 2000 -
Mozilla Savaged By Suck.
Yet another high-profile site calling for the open-source quagmire that might be Netscape 6 one day to put up or shut up. No word whether some crank from Mozilla has called Greg Knauss
a Microsoft-loving son of a whore yet.
posted by solistrato
on Jul 31, 2000 -