A look at Mozilla Snowl 17 January, 2009Posted by aronzak in Mozilla Firefox.
Tags: firefox, mozilla, mozilla firefox, rss, snowl, web feed
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Mozilla Snowl is a new experimental Firefox addon that acts as a more advanced feed reader. It can display RSS feeds and also Twitter messages. I’ve never gotten into microblogging, but it’s an interesting concept. Here’s how Snowl works as an RSS/ATOM aggregator.
Snowl has three modes; List, Stream and River.
River modes shows a list of messages in a page view. It shows the title and a small snippet of text, and the author.
List mode shows messages like an email client. It allows the a news article to be displayed in full by double clicking the message. There doesn’t seem, however, to be any way to open up links in a tab.
Stream mode displays a sidebar with the latest messages at the top, with nice icons.
Snowl has a lot of nice concepts, but it seems to be more intended to be used with Twitter than web feeds. The small amount of text in river mode, the small size of the frame for viewing articles in list mode and the ability to select people, rather than just feeds, all point to this. It would be good if Snowl was more customisable to better suit needs one way or another.
1. It would be good to be able to select how much text is displayed in river mode.
2. It would be even better to have a feature to expand the text, like in the old Isohunt.
3. It would also be good to be able to customise the number of messages that are kept. I’m not really interested in anything in a feed if I don’t read it after a day.It would be good to limit the time of messages, as well as the number that display in stream mode.
4. It would look nice if icons are displayed in river mode.
5. It would be good to be able to use something like greasemonkey to alter the way in which Google news appears.
6. It would be good if river mode could support the formatting in Google news, rather than just displaying it as text, which repeats the title.
Otherwise, Snowl is looking good.
A look at Mozilla Fennec 19 October, 2008Posted by aronzak in Uncategorized.
Tags: android, fennec, firefox, gecko, internet, internet tablets, iphone, mobile internet, mozilla, mozilla fennec, open source, Open Source Adoption, smartphone, smartphones, web, web browser, www
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Mozilla Fennec is a mobile web browser, intended to be used on devices such as the iphone and the Nokia N810. So, Mozilla is entering this juicy market too. I downloaded alpha 1 and gave it a spin. There’s a few bugs, and the interface is terrible on a big screen, but is probably good where screen space is limited, and you have a touch interface. Here’s some screenshots of the alpha.
Fennec has a strange interface, in which you slide around the page in order to access the side panels. The top can also be slid to hide it. This didn’t look that great to me, because the sides slid in and out when I tried to go up and down a page. This probably isn’t such a problem with a touchscreen. Also, I expected the scroll wheel to scroll the page up and down, but it zoomed in and out. Would make good sense on a phone.
On the right, there’s a panel with a bookmark star, forward and back buttons, and a button to bring up the settings. There are few settings options, to keep it simple.
There’s also addons.
On the left, is a panel with all of your tabs.
Finally, downloading seems to work fine, and downloads appear in the middle settings tab.
Mozilla Fennec is looking good. The only problems that I had were a result of it being a first alpha, and using it on a PC (the interface is really made for touchscreens).
Linux: Get Ready for World Domination 18 October, 2008Posted by aronzak in Uncategorized.
Tags: Brazil, firefox, format wars, iso, Linux, Linux adoption, microsoft, mozilla firefox, odf, ooxml, Open Source Adoption, openoffice, Russia, Windows, world domination
The Domino Effect is now in full swing and Linux is on the path to becoming the single world superpower. Indefatigable, she has already taken hold of Brazil and Russia, and is poised to seize new territory with the next wave of assault; low cost and donated PCs. But even now, aside from full Linux control, Open Source is crumbling the enemy’s resistance from the inside. Mozilla Firefox stands unchallenged as the world’s browser of choice for the liberated. OpenOffice makes inroads into the juicy government sector with fears of data being trapped in dead formats. No ultimatum has been issued, no prisoners will be taken. Now, the world waits for the inevitable and complete annihilation of the old empire. Carpe Diem!
By the way, this is only based on what I have heard. There are computers in Africa, I just haven’t heard that much. Also, I couldn’t be bothered with Mac. They;re probably just going to puff in silvery smoke anyway.
By way of explanation:
Russia: All schools running Linux, Open Source pulic sector by 2010
Brazil: Strong ISO protest against OOXML
China: Made Red Flag
France: Parliament, Police Force
US: Evil Microsoft holds schools to ransom
Australia: Tax department issues taxation pack that does not work under wine (NZ is just a bannana republic probably in the same boat)
More to come at a later point. I’m enjoying this! (Maybe a version with geolocation?)
NoScript preventing Clickjacking 12 October, 2008Posted by aronzak in web.
Tags: clickjack, clickjacking, firefox, flash, mozilla firefox, NoScript, security, web, www
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Clickjacking; where a user’s click is unknowingly redirected to another (hidden) object on the page, is something that has scared many security experts. It works on all major browsers, with the only possible exception of lynx (fight the power!). But NoScript has released a stream of new versions that include new code called ClearClick, that prevents clickjacking. I saw this in use here. THe video isn’t that funny.
Now, the video appears. Next I click on it.
And NoScript comes up with a warning.
And Voila, it’s a like to the ad at the bottom of the page.
So there we go, NoScript has succesfully defended me from an attempt to show me an ad.