November 2011

Gallery Fixed

It appears the Gallery had gone down on November 10th due to some issues with the gallery software. Users we’re seeing an HTTP 500: Internal Server error. We made some updates to the gallery platform (ZenPhoto) and were able to get the gallery restore on November 22nd. At this time there has been no new photos added since this past summer. I do have some photos on my Android that I still need to download and hope to get those posted in the coming weeks.

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No Thunderbird 8.0.1

There has been some confusion as to what is the most current version of Thunderbird. Thunderbird 8.0 released on November 8, 2011 is the most current version of Thunderbird. Mozilla did release an update for Firefox (8.0.1) on November 21st, 2011. However, the issues that were addressed in this update (older version of RoboForm caused browser to crash on start-up and crashing issues with JAVA heavy sites on Mac with Firefox 8.0) were related to Firefox only. Therefore Mozilla did not do a Thunderbird 8.0.1 update. At this time it does not appear there will be any other Thunderbird updates…

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Ubuntu will now track Mozilla updates

The Ubuntu developers are now tracking Mozilla’s rapid release cycle, releasing the updated version 8.0 of Mozilla’s Firefox and Thunderbird. Previously, Ubuntu distributions would have stuck with the major version they were released with, say 3.0, and only updated to the minor versions as they arrived, 3.0.1, 3.0.2 and so on… “ More  The H Open Source: News and Features ↑Go get it↓

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Firefox 8.0.1: JAVA & Mac Crashes Continue

I knew it seemed like things were a bit too quiet. Turns out, the email stopped working Wednesday night or Thursday morning.  Last night I started getting some emails on Bug 701537 (Tracking bug for build and release of Firefox 8.0.1). The first was the addition (and shortly there after the deletion) of dependency on Bug 705931 ([Mac] Firefox 8.0.1 crashes when many Java applets are loaded). Reading into Bug 701537, I noticed several comments from November 25th that I never got the notification emails on. Anyway, long story short, there is still an outstanding Bug (seems the finger is…

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Not much news

Not sure if folks are still recovering from ODing on Turkey over the long weekend or given today is Cyber Monday, but not much news on the Firefox front. Even at today’s Mozilla Weekly meeting, not much to report. The only thing worth mentioning for this meeting is eligible Firefox 3.6 users will be offered an update to Firefox 8.0.1 later this week. Unless something changes this is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st.

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Unhide Forward Button

For whatever reason, Mozilla has decided starting with Firefox 11 to hide the forward button when you can not go forward. For once, this is not something that Mozilla has copied from Google Chrome, as the forward button is always displayed in Chrome. I suppose for people running very low resolutions (640×480, 800×600, etc), the extra space is welcomed. However, you are not really gaining any space as once you can go forward, the forward button reappears and the address bar is shifted to the right. When you can not go forward the ‘forward’ button is hidden. The ‘forward button’…

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Firefox 11.0 for Android Nightly (Fennec) builds beginning with the 11-22-11 nightly build will be on the new native UI. This build should be offered to Fennec users begining on 11-23-11. Note: Mozilla does not intend to update Honeycomb users to Native UI, as there is no Android tablet support yet.  

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Follow-Up: Attack Page Mishap

A quick follow-up to our Attack Page Mishap earlier this month. We have discovered the compromise was not with WordPress or the WP Backup Plugin, but instead with the ZenPhoto application. I use Zen Photo for the gallery on my elguru.me site. ZenPhoto released an update on 11/11/11 (a couple days after the attack). Unfortunately, unless I am actually in the admin panel there is no way to know if there is an update. However, they do have a feed on their site I was able to subscribe to that is used for updates.The attack itself was not directly caused…

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