NBC is rebooting the classic 70's detective show The Rockford Files
. The Rockford Files
was perhaps the best '70's detective show out there. Jim Rockford, played by James Garner
, had more charm than bank balance, and more than often enough his "friends" were less than helpful. But the "closed criminal cases only" P.I. always got through the hour, and somehow looked cool despite being a less than snappy dresser. Perhaps it was the gold Pontiac Firebird Esprit
he drove around Southern California. Rockford was able to live on the beach in Malibu, even if it was in a trailer home in the parking lot of a restaurant. [more inside]
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.