A New Standard

Firefox has changed the web again, this time it comes in the form of a new standard.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 7 will use Firefox’s feed icon to indicate the presence of feeds. Followed by this announcement, the Outlook 12 team announced they’d be doing the same and now there’s a movement to make the icon the standard for describing and making feeds more visible in web pages and applications.
Hopefully changes like these will become common place as Firefox development continues. It’s been a long five years since IE6 was released and in the meantime the web has grown old and tired. Changes like these show the influence Firefox has had thus far on reaching ‘Web 2.0‘ and this sure won’t be the last – the web’s on fire whether you like it or not 😉

Almost There…

In 48 hours I’ll be getting up and preparing for my 6am flight back to D.C. 🙂 It’s been a long time since I’ve been home and I’m really looking forward to it. All I’ve got left is an easy little 2-page paper and an mildly difficult exam. I’ve spent the weekend studying and preparing some Christmas gifts to bring with me. Unfortunately with all the running around I’ve done this weekend, I’ve somehow managed to lose my student ID (which also serves as our debit card) so I’ve had to suspend that until I either find it or go and get a new one. Buying food from the dining halls has really sucked since I now have to use cash and cash customers get their food prices marked up by 60% 😛
Just 48 more hours…

XULRunner Rocks

For the past few weeks I’ve been using XULRunner to create an easy (no need to constantly reinstall) environment to develop extensions under. But I haven’t really used it to run anything useful up until now, tonight I just packaged ChatZilla and I must say I’m really liking the abiltiy to run my favorite extensions without a browser open. ChatZilla also seems to be quite a bit more stable under XULRunner (under Firefox, CPU usage would skyrocket).

Once XULRunner is officially released, I think it’ll become a great platform for creating various applications (XUL and XPCOM can be used greatly reducing development time). For the time being, if you want to run a great IRC client without having to run Firefox or Mozilla in the background, give XULRunner+ChatZilla a try.


Lake Mendota froze last night. It’s not really a surprise considering it’s been about -2 for a week. On top of being really cold this week, we just got another 4 inches of snow. In some places it’s almost 2ft. deep due to previous snowfall and the high winds we’ve been having.
I can’t wait until I’m back home in the relatively warm weather.