Ubuntu Cursor Pack for XP

July 7, 2008

Here it is my best cursor pack!

Cursors are exactly like Linux Ubuntu`s!

They are perfect!

It`s absolutely free to use!

Instructions:

Download free from HERE

After download, unpack it (it is .rar archive) and run info.exe (it`s made by me too)


MicroXP v0.8

June 28, 2008

Microsoft Windows MicroXP v0.8 – eXPerience

This installation takes only 4 Minutes 20 seconds.
Whats more – you can use 99% of the programs you always use and up to now there is not one single report of any game not working in MicroXP.
This install includes default XP drivers for Ethernet/Sound/SCSI/RAID
It has all languages kept, except Chinese/Japanese/Korean.
It has all keyboard layout choices kept.
It also has Service Pack 3 final slipstreamed into it.
[Services Remaining In Windows]
Cryptographic Services
DCOM Server Process Launcher
DHCP Client
Event Log
Logical Disk Manager
Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
Network Connections
Plug and Play
Print Spooler
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
Remote Access Connection Manager
Remote Procedure Call
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Telephony
Windows Audio
Windows Installer
Wireless Zero Configuration
All these services are enabled except “Print Spooler” which you will need to enable in “services.msc”.
To use the functionality you need, for example: a printer, just click the green square icon near the start button.
There you can double click the service you need to use and even a novice user can now read the service descriptions and decide what to enable and what to keep disabled.
For example if you have a Dial-Up connection (for example: ADSL Broadband) then it says “Dial-Up Connection” in the services as opposed to the long and overly technical descriptions put in by Microsoft by default.
The services window can be set so you can see all service names and all columns in the services window are fully visible. Just click “Standard” at the bottom and double click all the columns
at the top where the top row joins the columns. When you install some programs, they might put a new service in and add their own long and overly technical descriptions, nevermind, its nice whilst it lasts.
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[eXPerience Desktop Folder Contents]
Desktop Icon Layout (Lets you save your desktop icon layout)
Driver Install Tool (Easily install all your drivers, see ReadMe)
Keyboard Settings (Quick access to Regional and Language options)
Registry Backup (Make a complete backup of the registry in one click)
Services Config (Files to enable and disable functionality)
Web Browser (Browzar, to download a full browser of YOUR choice)
Windows Media Player 11 (This is just a readme file about WMP11)
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[WHAT YOU CANNOT DO]
This is a greatly reduced installation of Windows XP Professional SP3
Please read these notes BEFORE using this edition of Windows:
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– STANDALONE SYSTEM ONLY
No local networking is possible. The “Network Connections” service has been kept in this edition of Windows to stop errors when installing Ethernet card or modem drivers. The “Network Connections” service is not there to support LAN networking. You can of course just try to plug another computer into your MicroXP computer, but networking in this way is not guaranteed to work, because the related services for this are removed (Computer Browser and Workstation).
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– SINGLE USER ONLY
You cannot add any additional users. Do not try to add more users, otherwise your main account that is used by default (Administrator) will become the new account and after logging in, you will not have any desktop theme (not even Classic) and the whole account will be ruined. You’ll probably have to install Windows again because if you make a new account it replaces Administrator” and tries to log you in with “Default User” – the problem with this is – there is no “Default User” anymore.
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– NO WEBCAMS, SCANNERS OR DIGITAL CAMERAS
You cannot use these devices in this version of Windows, because the “Windows Image Acquisition” service is removed.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO NATIVE SUPPORT FOR FTP SITES
There is no “built in” support for downloading from FTP sites, try using Filezilla or WS_FTP if you need to do that. Even just Opera or Firefox can probably do it. This functionality is gone
because the “Application Layer Gateway” service is gone, along with ALG.EXE that normally runs in Task Manager, taking up about 6Mb RAM for what amounts to no reason.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO VISITING WINDOWS UPDATE
You cannot visit Windows Update with this version of Windows because Internet Explorer is removed. You can manually download updates from Microsoft and you can also use the alternative
“Windiz” Update website through Opera or Firefox. Because so much has been removed from this edition of Windows, you are not likely to be any more “safe” installing updates for Windows.
NOTE: Because this edition of Windows uses a patched “winlogon.exe” in order to remove the “oembios.bin” file, you really should not update Windows anyway, in case “winlogon.exe” gets replaced by an update. There are more details about this in the eXPerience folder on the desktop once MicroXP is installed.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO FAST USER SWITCHING
Apart from you only being able to have the one account anyway (Administrator) the ability to do Fast User Switching is also removed.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO PASSWORD STORAGE/AUTOCOMPLETE
Windows will not save stored passwords, however, this only really applied to Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, which are removed. You will be fine using Firefox or Opera web rowsers and Thunderbird email client for emails. Those are self contained programs and take care of storing your passwords by themselves.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO CD-ROM AUTOPLAY
When you insert a CD that would bring up a screen to install the program contained on the CD, this does not happen in this version of Windows, you will have to explore the CD manually and run whatever file it is that runs the program’s setup, usually “setup.exe” on the root of the CD. If the CD has a file called “AUTORUN.INF” then open that file and look at which .exe file is listed in “AUTORUN.INF”
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO SMART CARD DETECTION
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– NO SCHEDULED TASKS
You cannot set programs, like AntiVirus or Hard Disk Defrag programs to run in the future IF they need the Scheduled Tasks service in Windows. If you are going to run those types of programs you will have to manually scan or defrag whenever it is convenient. Despite this, one program that will schedule its operations is Perfectdisk defrag, you do not need Task Scheduler for this program to run a scheduled defrag.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO REMOTE DESKTOP
There is no Remote Desktop in this version of Windows because the “Terminal Services” service is removed.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO THEMES
You cannot have the Luna (Blue/Olive/Silver) desktop theme in this version of Windows, the only theme you can choose is “Windows Classic” which it is already set to by default. You can however install “Windowblinds” if you want to and it will work fine, Windowblinds does not rely on the Themes service. You could even make MicroXP look like Vista with the “Ironjer” AeroGlass The Remix V4. Use v4 not v5 of that if you use it.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– NO “UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY” SERVICE
I always thought “UPS Service” delivered parcels but apparently not, if you have this type of device then it will not work on this version of Windows. A UPS is only used for emergencies like if you have a power cut – thats if you even have such a device.
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[WHAT YOU CAN DO]
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– PROGRAMS –
You can still install and run just about all the programs and gamesthat you can run on a normal installation of XP. There is a text filein the eXPerience folder on the desktop that has a list of programsthat work and includes some that don’t work (not many). Even Office 2007 installs on this version of Windows
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– GAMES –
Up to now, there has not been one single report of any game not working on MicroXP. Gaming is what this edition of Windows is all about, it gives better benchmarks than any other version of
Windows I have ever tested.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– DIAL-UP CONNECTION –
You can still use a Dial-Up connection (Broadband or old 56k modem). This is the one major flaw in other stripped out operating systems, a lot of UK users still use a modem with broadband… in this edition, RAS Dial-Up/PPPoE/DSL/ADSL connectivity is OK as well as old 56k modems. Yes, try this install on a Pentium II or even an old 486 might run it! They had 75Mhz processors and 8Mb RAM with 4Mb graphics cards.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– WEB BROWSER –
This installation already includes a basic web browser called “Browzar” that uses a few core files left from Internet Explorer. No, Internet Explorer is not included, but select files included in this installation that come from Internet Explorer are vital to running Windows. Its also Internet Explorer related files that allow you to open CHM files, which you can do in this edition of Windows. This “Browzar” web browser is only here so you can at least get online and download Firefox, Opera, Netscape or whatever browser you want. This not only saves space on this CD,
but you get to choose what web browser you want to use and you get the latest version not an old and possibly insecure version. Flash v9.0.124.0 for Firefox and Opera is included, so Google Video and YouTube work straight away in whichever browser you install.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– PASSES WGA CHECKS
If you go to download for example, Windows Media Player 11 from Microsoft’s downloads section, you will need to “validate” windows by running the “GenuineCheck.exe” file that Microsoft asks you to download as part of the “Windows Genuine Advantage” checks. Its fine to do this, don’t be scared of your key being blacklisted.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER 11
You can install Windows Media Player 11 in this edition of Windows.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
– WMV STREAMS –
Once you have installed Opera, Firefox, Netscape or the browser of your choice, as long as you install Windows Media Player 11, you can stream Windows Media Videos from websites like the BBC’s News website, or anywhere that has WMV streams. This is possible because there are three DLL files added to the “Windows Media Player” folder in “Program Files”. Don’t worry, theres no Windows Media Player there, it only contains the vital DLL files for streaming compatibility in Firefox and Opera.
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– FLASH –
If you install Opera or Firefox web browser(s) in this special “MicroXP” edition of Windows, you can go visit YouTube or Google Video without even having to install Flash Player. You can just
watch the videos right away.

Download Link:

http://www.ziddu.com/download.php?uid=Y6qampSrZbOblpSlsKyZlJyiYrGWlJ2n2


iMesh – Free mp3 Legal Way

June 28, 2008

The most frequently asked questions are answered here, so make sure to give it a good read before you contact support and interrupt them from their eternal coffee break…

General:
Q: Is iMesh free?
Answer: Yes it is. You can use the software to download music and video from other peers. The Premium content (identified by Golden Stars in search results) requires that you subscribe to iMesh Premium.
Q: What is the difference between iMesh and the older versions?
Answer: iMesh has many great new features:

  • Faster Downloads
  • Millions of Songs to Download and Listen to
  • Ability to buy songs
  • State of the art search tools
  • Cool features like playlists, moods, artist biographies, and discographies

iMesh also features a vibrant community including user profiles, instant messaging, friends lists, and many more features making this the friendliest, most collaborative iMesh yet

Q: What are the system requirements to run iMesh on my computer?
Answer:

  • Operating System: Windows XP Home or Professional. iMesh is NOT supported on Windows 95, NT, 98, Me or Macintosh.
  • CPU: 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system); Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended.
  • Memory: 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended.
  • Hard Drive: Approximately 13 MB for iMesh. Around 18 MB for Windows Media Player if it is not already installed.
  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6.0 and above. You can get IE 6.0 from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.asp.
  • Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher. Windows Media Player 10 Series is highly recommended. You can get Windows Media Player from Microsoft. – URL.
  • Internet Connection: Active Internet connection.
Q: Do I need to register?
Answer: Yes, in order to use iMesh you must register an iMesh account. It’s quick, simple and most importantly – it’s totally FREE.
Q: Can I use my username and password from older iMesh versions to sign into iMesh?
Answer: You will need to register a new account in iMesh once you install it.
Q: I forgot my username/password on iMesh. How can I retrieve it?
Answer: Please go to our password retrieval system, located at: http://wa.imesh.com/support/password/
Q: Is iMesh legal to use? I don’t want to go to jail…
Answer: The iMesh service is 100% legal.
Q: Does iMesh contain adware and spyware?
Answer: iMesh doesn’t include any spyware or adware of any kind.
Q: What types of files can I download using iMesh?
Answer:

  • Windows media files: asf, asx, avi
  • Windows media Audio files: wmv, wax, wm, wma, wmd, wmx, wmz, wvx
  • Movie files: mpeg, mpg, mpa, mpe, m1v, mp2, mp2v
  • MP3 audio files: mp3
Q: What is the “Discover” section?
Answer: In our Discover section you can browse millions of songs by different genres, artists, moods and more.
Inside each artist page you can view the artists’ details and download their discography.
Each artist page also lists fans from the iMesh Community of that specific artist/band, allowing you to instantly connect with everyone that shares your music tastes.
Q: What do I get when I subscribe to iMesh?
Answer: With the new iMesh you get:

  • Fast Downloads
  • A Powerful search engine
  • Robust Discovery area with moods, iMesh Picks, artist discographies and much more
  • Ability to access over 15 million tracks
  • iMesh contains both copyrighted and free tracks. Copyrighted tracks are shown with a gold file designation and are accessible on an unlimited basis with our subscription service or available for individual download for $.99 each. As long as you are an active subscription member you will have unlimited access to all 15 million tracks.

In iMesh all the music that we distribute is 100% legal.

iMesh has over 15 million tracks that you can access through our service.

Q: Can I burn my iMesh music to CDs with iMesh?
Answer: Yes you can. All the tracks labeled with a green CD icon can be burned free of charge!
You can purchase Premium Tracks, the ones labeled with a yellow CD icon, in order to burn them to a CD. You can right-click on any Premium Track(s) in the Search, and either click Download, or Buy Song(s).
Q: Can I download movies, software, images, and documents with iMesh?
Answer: iMesh is focused on music and short videos. As such, only music and video files under 15 minutes are supported.
Q: Where is the instant messaging in iMesh? Everybody’s talking about it, but I have no clue.
Answer: Download the latest version of iMesh from the iMesh website.
Once you have the latest version installed, you will immediately see a Friends list appear on the left. In the list, you’ll start without any friends – which is ok, because you have to start somewhere.

Click the ‘+ADD A FRIEND‘ button located on the bottom-left hand corner of iMesh. You’ll be taken to the Find and Add Friends page, where finding a contact is a snap.
You’ll be chatting with someone in your area of interests in no time!

Q: Can I load my iMesh subscription music onto my iPod?
Answer: No, Apple’s iPod cannot play music encoded in WMA (Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio format) which is the format used by iMesh.
For more help on this topic, Click here.
Q: Can I put my iMesh subscription music onto an MP3 player?
Answer: Yes you can. You can purchase Premium Tracks in order to transfer them to a PlaysForSure Compatible MP3 player at your leisure.
You can right-click on any Premium Track(s) in the Search, and either click Download, or Buy Song(s). For a list of compatible devices, please visit: http://www.playsforsure.com/FindPortableDevices.aspx
Q: How can I create playlists of my favorite songs?
Answer: Click on the ‘New playlist’ button located on the lower-left area of iMesh, and specify a name for the playlist. Then, drag the desired songs from the library onto the playlist you’ve just created.

Q: Where are my downloads saved to?
Answer: You can choose the location of your downloaded files by going to

“Tools->Preferences->Library & Downloads” on the iMesh menu. The default download location is “My Documents \My Music\iMesh”.

Note: If you change the folder after you’ve downloaded files, please note that iMesh won’t copy your previously downloaded files to the new folder.

Q: My downloads start, but then go into “queued” status. What does that mean?
Answer: iMesh is both a music subscription service and a file sharing program. Many of our files are coming from other iMesh users. They are files that other users decided to share with you.

Because of this, there is no guarantee that the file you found will always be available. The user that has the file might go offline, or shut down iMesh, or delete the file from his or her computer completely. Although the iMesh application tries to complete the file from other sources, it is possible that the file cannot be found and retrieved.

Here are some tips that might help you download the file you are looking for:

  • Pause and resume downloading file
  • Search for the file again, choose files with higher availability and download again.
  • Increase the number of concurrent downloads.

You can do it by choosing the Tools Menu in the iMesh program and then choosing Preferences -> General.

Q: What is the difference between the green and yellow tracks?
Answer: Actually, there are three types of tracks in iMesh – See below

1) Peer-2-Peer Unlicensed Media | Green CD icon

Free Peer-2-Peer downloads from other iMesh users. Downloading these does not require a monthly subscription. You can burn this content or transfer it to an MP3 player freely.

2) Premium Tracks | Gold CD icon

Download as many as you wish, as long as you have an active monthly subscription (or trial).
This is all the music that is included in your iMesh Premium subscription, and high-speed downloads are guaranteed!

3) Purchased Tracks | Boxed Gold CD icon

You can purchase Premium Tracks in order to burn them to a CD, or transfer them to an MP3 player*.

To download (free) click HERE


Multimedia Builder

June 28, 2008

Easy to learn, Non-expensive Multimedia Authoring Software

With MMB you can develop autorun menus, multimedia apps, or front-ends for your CD’s* without having to spend months learning complex programming languages

Make an autorun for your CD-ROM or DVD*

If you are already distributing software on CD-ROM or DVD, creating your own CD-Audio or making your Audio CD you will love this easy-to-use, intuitive software.

Fast Multimedia applications in minutes !

Create multimedia applications with graphic, text, sounds, Audio ,Video, supporting CD Audio or Mixed-mode CD’s, executing applications and much more…
Apply many cool effects to your images.

MMB has many great features…

MMB creates small stand-alone exe applications and has many bells & whistles you will ever need.
Create a cool looking app or small game and send it to all your friends

Professionals use it as well

Many large companies realized that using MMB is much easier and faster for building their autorun presentations and menus than their in-house solution.
You may already have seen some of them in action:

  • Corel Corporation uses autorun menu created in MMB on some of their recent products (for example WordPerfect Office 2002, etc.)
  • 3DFX uses MMB for their installation CD’s for Voodoo graphic cards (also with some easter-eggs)
  • BMG Entertainment uses whole presentations made in MMB on some of their PC enhanced audio CD’s
  • and more…

With MMB you can create

  • Autorun CD browsers (menus) for corporate CD-ROM’s.
  • Tutorials
  • Cue Cards
  • Kiosks
  • CD Audio and Mixed-mode CD Audio Players
  • Audio Players
  • Front-end for your corporate or personal CD’s
  • File launchers and toolbar
  • Computer based training

Mac OS X vs Win Vista

June 28, 2008
  • PERFORMANCE

We find our protagonists standing toe-to-toe, fury burning in their eyes; the maiden having fainted in terror. Baron Vista’s loss in the battle for security leads him to challenge Count OS X to hand-to-hand combat. Fists will fly, noses will be broken and locals will gawk in wonder as our heroes trade blows. Who is faster? Who is stronger?

It isn’t immediately obvious who has the performance advantage. Count OS X used to be rather unfit in days gone by, partly because of his fondness for the PowerPC processor. He’s since cleaned up his act and adopted the healthier Intel processor favoured by the Baron. This makes our combatants evenly matched.

Will Count OS X prove to be more of a lover than a fighter? Would he rather compose a sonnet for the affections of the maiden than resort to fisticuffs? Or is Vista just a big ungainly blunderbuss who couldn’t punch his way out of a paper bag? We like seeing people hurt themselves more than we like poetry — let’s see what happens when they trade blows.

Count OS X puts up a good fight, but is pummelled mercilessly. Dizzy with pain and barely able to see Baron Vista wooing an impressed maiden, the count ponders why he was beaten. Both have lightning fists and quick responses.

We can find a winner even without resorting to talk of clock cycles and gigaflops. PCs are definitely the place to go if you want the latest technology.

PCs were privileged to the first Intel Core and Core 2 Duo CPUs, they’ve had access to high-speed wireless 802.11n wireless for some time, not to mention high-capacity Blu-ray and HD DVD drives.

OS X is no shrinking violet — it excels in disciplines like video encoding and image processing, and can help you render a 3D necklace of posies really quickly.

Vista is arguably just as good at such foppish tasks, but has superior gaming abilities. Frag-happy mouse jockies are better off with a Windows PC because all the best graphics cards and games are released there before they’re released for OS X. Vista looks set to extend its lead in this area even further with forthcoming DirectX 10 games.

Baron Vista takes the win.

Score: Mac OS X-1, Windows Vista-1

  • USABILITY

Our heroes are wielding their swords to see how their respective operating systems fare as tools.

Count OS X reckons his OS is the epitome of logical design. Baron Vista disagrees, but they both have their foibles. Why on earth in OS X is the menu bar for any given application not attached to the application itself? Why is it fixed to the top of the screen, detached from the very thing it controls? Why in Vista do you have to click the ‘Start’ button when you want to stop using the PC?

Call us a little twisted, but we want them both to bleed in this round. Let’s see who haemorrhages most.

Swords clash, sparks fly and men grunt, but the showdown ends in stalemate.

Take Vista. It has a far better user interface than XP — the file and application search facility is vastly improved and the cascading Start menu has been banished, but it only takes a few moments of use to discover pointless idiosyncrasies.

Microsoft constantly reminds us of how great Flip 3D is, but this feature doesn’t help us find the right application window much faster than Alt-Tab did. It’s very time consuming when you have many application windows to flip through, and it’s in no way as efficient as OS X’s Exposé feature.

Vista annoys us with its questionable stability, too. Yes, it’s more robust than XP, and yes, the OS itself doesn’t crash very often. But the applications that run on the OS are as prone to hang as ever. If this was a real sword fight and Baron Vista’s sword temporarily stopped responding, it’s doubtful Count OS X would stop to let him press ctrl-alt-del.

OS X doesn’t do itself many favours, though. Why, after all these years can you not resize documents or applications by clicking any corner of the window? Why does Apple subscribe to the ‘mystery meat’ school of navigation, where the ‘minimise’, ‘maximise’ and ‘close window’ buttons at the top-left of a pane all look identical until you hover over them? Why doesn’t the delete key let you delete files? Why instead do we have to press the Apple plus backspace keys? Using OS X is, at times, a bit like eating in the dark.

Oh, and where are the OS X games? And why does Front Row feel like the poor, backwards relation of Windows Media Center?

We’re calling this one a draw. They’re just as good as each other, and in some cases just as bad — a pox upon both your houses!

Score: Mac OS X-2, Windows Vista-2

  • FINALE

With one victory a piece, plus a share of the spoils in the previous battle, Baron Vista and Count OS X are level pegging. Maiden Mainstream is more confused than ever about which of her potential suitors is the right one.

In a moment of weakness, Count OS X offers her the option of having them both in Parallels — himself for everyday purposes, and Baron Vista in a sandbox when she wants to slum it.

This solution vexes the maiden — she’s infuriated by the suggestion that she should play the field like a cheap seductress and wants a conclusion to this bloody business post haste.

There’s only one thing left to do — our heroes will have to pull out their best hardware. It’s time for pistols at dawn.

The maiden counts to ten, her voice trembling with fear. Our combatants take ten paces and it’s Baron Vista who turns first. He discharges his weapon a fraction of a second before Count OS X can pull the trigger, striking the Apple follower in the leg, drawing blood and ruining his outfit. This is the most hurtful injury an OS X user could endure.

The reasons behind this outcome are manifold. Count OS X had other things on his mind at the time of the shootout. He was perturbed by his Internet service provider’s lack of support for Macs, and he was annoyed that his poncy outfit, which he paid over the odds for, was soiled during the fray.

There’s also an element of karma to it. According to Greenpeace (click here for PDF), PCs are greener than their Mac brethren. A Mac “scores badly on almost all criteria”, and Apple “fails to embrace the precautionary principle, withholds its full list of regulated substances and provides no timelines for eliminating toxics polyvinyl chloride (PVC)”.

Vista Wins!

Score: Mac OS X-2, Windows Vista-3


Mozilla Firefox 3 rc2

June 28, 2008

Firefox 3 RC 2 released
Firefox 3 Release Candidate 2 was made available for download and testing on June 4th. This is a public preview release that is intended for developer testing and community feedback. We recommend that you read the release notes and known issues pages before installing the software. More information about the Firefox 3 RC2 release is available at the Developer News weblog.

Governance and module ownership
As part of the Mozilla Project’s ongoing efforts to manage and maintain the health of its module ownership system, Mitchell Baker posted a proposal in March for updating the way that system is managed. That proposal has now been implemented, and Mitchell has posted the details on her weblog.

Jesse Ruderman answers your questions
As part of the “Ask a Developer” interview series, Asa Dotzler recently solicited questions for Jesse Ruderman, one of Mozilla’s security experts. Jesse has since answered those questions, and Asa has posted the responses on his weblog. Read the full interview on Asa’s blog.

Accessibility testcases now in Litmus
Litmus is Mozilla’s community testing platform that allows anyone to test Firefox or other Mozilla products by running a set of testcases and giving us feedback about whether the test passed or failed. The Mozilla QA team uses these test runs to do basic functionality tests (run before every beta release), full functionality tests (run before releases or release candidates), or at other times to ensure that certain areas of the product behave as expected.

Marco Zehe, Mozilla’s Accessibility QA guru, has created testcases for accessibility features in Firefox 3. If you’re interested in helping test Firefox accessibility, you should check out Marco’s blog post.

Applying SVG effects to HTML content
One problem Robert O’Callahan has been working on recently is that it’s currently hard to use SVG’s features to enhance HTML content. “For example, there is no reasonable way to clip an HTML element to a non-rectangular region, or to apply an alpha mask to an HTML element, or to apply image processing effects such as color channel manipulation to HTML elements. SVG has these features, but they can only be applied to SVG elements.” Robert has been experimenting with better ways to apply SVG effects to HTML content, the first step of which is to make SVG’s “clip-path”, “mask” and “filter” properties work when applied to HTML content. Robert has posted all the details in a full write up on his blog.

Help test Firefox and join the QA bugdays
Carsten Book has written an article talking about Mozilla’s QA Bugdays. We see a huge number of bug reports filed every day by our community of users and testers, and Bugdays are where unconfirmed bugs are either verified or closed. They’re a great way to get involved with Mozilla’s development efforts, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve ever been involved with the project before — anyone can participate and become a valuable contributor. Bugdays are held regularly, and the focus of the work changes from week to week. To find out more about QA’s Bugdays, see Carsten’s blog post.

Five points gained on Acid 3
Now that mozilla-central, the source code repository for the release of Firefox after 3.0, is open, a bunch of patches fixing bugs affecting our score on the Acid3 test have landed:

  • We pass test 30 since we now allow DOM events to be dispatched multiple times (bug 412567, Olli Pettay)
  • We pass test 38 since we now implement the replaceWholeText method and the wholeText attribute from DOM Level 3 Core (bug 421765, Jeff Walden)
  • We pass test 39 since we now implement the :nth-*() selectors (bug 75375, David Baron)
  • We pass test 40 since we now implement the :*-of-type selectors (bug 128585, David Baron)
  • We now pass test 68 (and show the results correctly when Shift-clicking on the A) thanks to a UTF-16 surrogate handling fix (bug 421576, Jeff Walden)

Mozilla T-shirt history project
John Slater is working on a new project, The T-Shirt History of Mozilla. As anyone who’s spent much time around the Mozilla community knows, t-shirts are an important part of our culture. John is working to collect photos of as many different Mozilla or Mozilla-related t-shirts as possible, and has collected 53 so far. Go to Flickr to view the whole collection and if you have a t-shirt that isn’t included yet, send John a note.

Help Mozilla set a Guinness World Record
The Firefox community is always up to some cool, collaborative way to declare their passion for Firefox. What better way to do this than to band together to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours?

All you have to do is download Firefox 3 when it goes live on Download Day — some time in June. In the meantime, check out Download Day Headquarters and pledge to download Firefox 3. We’ll let you know when Firefox 3 goes out the door, kicking off the 24-hour attempt.

Firefox Screencast contest continues
The Firefox screencasts contest launched on May 19th, and is a great chance for you to use your talents and passion for Firefox to help create screencast support videos for SUMO. The SUMO team has compiled a list of the 100 most popular support articles from the knowledge base and are looking for help creating screencasts for all of them. There will be a prize awarded for the best screencast submitted for each article, and one grand prize for the best video overall. The contest only runs until June 15th, so you should head over to the SUMO blog for more information and to get involved!