Boot2Gecko Work Week Automation Wrap Up

This week the A*Team came together as part of the larger Boot2Gecko work week in SF. We worked with a bunch of people across various teams and got a bunch of stuff landed. TBPL We’ve been working toward automation on TBPL for a while. This week we worked with Aki …

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When the Villain Comes Home is Available!

From super villains to thugs, from necromancers to biochemists, villains have to come from somewhere. And sometimes, they have to return. Today, the villains are coming home. I’m excited to announce that When the Villain Comes Home is now in print! When the Villain Comes Home is an anthology edited …

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Last Stand of Daronwy

I have been waiting and working for twenty years to write these five words: MY NOVEL IS GETTING PUBLISHED! It’s true, it’s happening! Barking Rain Press has decided to publish my young adult fantasy novel, Last Stand of Daronwy. That’s its new title. If you’ve ever heard me talk about …

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Cross Browser Startup Automation

One of the longest running performance measurements we have is how long it takes Firefox to start. We do it very simply just to get a raw number (and yes, there have been many improvements made but this is the gist of the automation): Start Firefox with a URL ending …

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A Perfectly Imperfect Morning

Today started at 4:30AM.  I’m not crazy, I had a plan.  You see, this entire Thanksgiving weekend, we’ve had a great westerly swell up and down the CA coast.  I’ve seen overhead and double-overhead waves all over the place (6-12 feet for you non-surfers).  I’ve seen lots of surfers get …

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Meetings, meetings, meetings

If you work someplace, you have meetings.  It’s impossible not to.  Because the Automation and Tools team works on many different projects simultaneously, it was natural for us to have one big meeting a week to discuss the status of these projects, raise concerns, make announcements etc.  This is also …

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How I Started at Mozilla

In response to David Boswell’s post on getting involved at Mozilla, I thought I’d relate my own story. I worked at a company called SimDesk that decided to reuse the Thunderbird and Sunbird code bases and make a great email application–this was long before the Lightning extension came into being.  …

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Pandaboard Status

We’re looking at updating our Android support with these PandaBoard cards.  We already run with Tegras in our automation, but the Tegra 250’s are discontinued, and we can’t update to newer versions of Android with them, so introducing Pandaboards. Well, PandaBoards come with nothing, not even a power supply.  They …

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Showing Up

“Eighty percent of success is just showing up” — Woody Allen There is a ton of truth in that.  But you also have to be ready to be effective when you show up.  Here’s a real life example from my life today as a case study in what not to …

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Constructive Fear

Jumping into the icy Pacific immerses you in pain.  An invisible fist squeezes your lungs, wringing the air out of you.  Your head is packed in a blue fog, freezing your brain from the outside in.  If you’re a guy, your you-know-whats feel like they were kicked by a bull. …

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