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Control Firefox With Your Wiimote

There is no question that Firefox was designed with extensibility in mind.  With it you can hack, modify and bend Firefox and web sites in many different ways to best suit your own needs.  With that said, how many people have wanted to control Firefox with the Nintendo Wii Wiimote?  With the Nintendo Wiimote driver, you can do it.

So, now the question is – what does it look like in action?

I do have to say, this is a very innovative idea.  Not sure if it is really practical, but shows that there are still a lot of creative minds out there tweaking around with what Firefox can do.

Read more about this project over at blog.mozbox.org.

Multi-Process Support Coming to Firefox?

Some have discovered a new project from the Mozilla Wiki documenting the first steps and timeline for Firefox to become a multi-process supporting browser.  The project in question, simply known as Content Processes looks to separate processes to display the browser UI and web content.

Here are the current initial goals:

  • Provide better application UI responsiveness
  • Improve stability from slow rendering or crashes caused by content
  • Improve performance, especially on multi-core machines

Now why do this, and what does it even mean?  Well, both Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8 have moved in this direction for increased stability.  For an example, with multi-process support, a single tab crash wouldn’t take down your entire Firefox browsing experience.  It would only effect that one tab, because it would be seen as its own process. 

It might be a year or more before we see this in action via our own Firefox installations, however it is nice to see that Firefox is always looking to expand and check into other areas of stabilization to see if we can all benefit from it.

What is Snowl?

What is Mozilla Snowl? Well, it is defined by Mozilla Labs as, “An Experiment with Messaging in the Browser”.  They launched this new side project yesterday, and I do have to say – like most things they do – Snowl looks very interesting.

Think of it as mixing the web browsing of Firefox with an instant messenger.  This way you always have your close connections at your fingertips while your out on the Web.  The future roadmap for Snowl looks to deliver:

  • support for additional message sources, e.g. Facebook, AIM, Google Talk, etc.;
  • an interface for writing and sending messages to enable true two-way conversations;
  • an API to make it easier for developers to build new experimental interfaces, e.g. an instant message view.

They have also released a couple of screenshots of the project as it looks now:

list-view river-view-small

Are you excited yet, or is it still too early to tell?  Personally, it does look exciting and there is no doubt in my mind if anybody was to do it right, it would be Mozilla for sure.

Spread Firefox – Version 2?

Spread Firefox

Time for one of the best Firefox resources out there to get a re-vamp? Saw a post by Asa this afternoon talking about upcoming changes to SpreadFirefox.com and like any fan boy I couldn’t pass up the chance to spread the word:

As some of you know, there’s been an effort ongoing for a couple of years to come up with a re-design of the Spread Firefox project. There’s a lot of history (too much) to go into all of it, but a while back Ian Hayward posted a call to action for building a new Spread Firefox.

Only big suggestion I can pass would be to draw more attention towards current, future and past Firefox projects such as Firefox Flicks, Mozilla 24, Air Mozilla, and more. Maybe even create a small section for quality un-official resources such as Learn Firefox, Mozilla Links, and hmm.. am I forgetting one?

Project Update – Hosting Hoopla

Hosting HooplaNow spending a lot of time talking about things that are not related to Firefox or browsing here just seems like it is a little silly. Just give me five minutes though of your time (or less) and I promise you will feel the effort was worth it.

I just re-launched an older project of mine, HostingHoopla.com. From this point on my hope is this will be “the” list people come to, to find out some of the best news, resources, help, and more on and about the web development and web hosting worlds most of us have to deal with on a daily basis.

Of course you can subscribe via the RSS feed or even get daily e-mail updates. Don’t forget the mobile device friendly version of the Hosting Hoopla link list as well. Many ways to take in the hosting goodness.

So if your a web hosting or web development junkie like me, come check it out and let me know what you think, what you would like to see and more.

Firefox Got Your Back

I Got Your Back!No, I’m not talking browser ghetto slang, I am talking about the new project I found out about on Spread Firefox. It is a pretty neat concept. Here is how they put it, as I am afraid my explanation of it might confuse some.

Our page is set-up so that users can come and ‘fill in’ the Firefox logo by claiming a pixel. They can use their spot on the logo to express themselves and to shoutout to the world about anyone who has got their back.

Join in on the fun! I’d like nothing more than to bring these people a few more pixels in. Also see if you can find me (I’m the guy with the coconut and hammer) – and include as the guy that “told you” about Firefox. Just type in Mitch.

Crop Circles on Google Earth

Remember the Firefox crop circles that got a lot of attention a few weeks back? Well it looks like it is now turning up on Google Earth. So was this really a Firefox project or are the aliens trying to tell us which browser we should really use? You tell me.

Firefox Screencap Project

I am always interested in seeing what type of projects people are starting up surrounding everybody’s favorite browser, Firefox. Chris sent this one my way, and I do have to say it is pretty interesting.

So, I’ve decided to start a little project. It’s officially called The Firefox Screencap Project. The aim is to get Firefox users to take a screencap of their Firefox. Here’s what you do: take a screencap of your browser and submit it to me at katyggls at yahoo dot com, along with a short description of what’s going on in your Firefox, including a list of the extensions you have installed, the name of the theme you’re currently using, and anything else you want us to know about how you run Firefox. Include a link to your blog or webpage, and I’ll post your screencap, your description and a link to your blog here at Kate’s Rambling’s And Wanderings.

I am going to send in my screenshots as soon as I can get them done. I think you should do the same. Seeing how other folks are using Firefox might even persuade you to try something new. Check out more about the project over at Kate’s Rambling’s and Wanderings.