Monthly Archives: November 2005

Firefox 1.5 is released

Today the Mozilla Corporation decreed Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 3 be the final release and released it to the public with some nice enhancements to the browser and some significant upgrades to the Gecko HTML layout engine.

Initial thoughts:

  • Reordering tabs is very, very slick.
  • The new update mechanism is outstanding.
  • Mozilla.com – the site of the recently introduced Mozilla Corporation, the business arm of the Mozilla Foundation – just sounds so strange to me.
  • It seems a bit snappier, which is always good.

So now we’re on the road to Firefox 2.0. That should be quite interesting. Congrats to the Firefox team for a high-quality 1.5 release. For commentary and reaction to Firefox 1.5’s release, see MozillaZine, Ben Goodger (Firefox’s lead developer), Ars Technica, and Slashdot, among other places on the Internet(s).

T.S. Epsilon forms

National Hurricane Center:

…TROPICAL STORM EPSILON…THE 26TH NAMED STORM OF THE 2005
ATLANTIC SEASON…FORMS OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC OCEAN…

AT 11 AM AST…1500Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM EPSILON WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH… LONGITUDE 50.4 WEST OR ABOUT
845 MILES…1360 KM…EAST OF BERMUDA AND ABOUT 1395 MILES…2245
KM… WEST OF THE AZORES ISLANDS.

We’ll have stuff forming well into December at this rate…

Nice to know the FCC still looks out for people!

CNN/Money:

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to suggest that cable companies could best serve their customers by allowing them to subscribe to individual channels instead of packages of several stations, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

It may not get implemented – but this would be a huge step in the right direction, and something cable customers like I have been wanting for years.

NFL Roundup

Well the Chargers got outplayed for 45 minutes and then they pull off a sweet overtime victory by going back to basics and just giving LT the damn ball! It was quite good toward the end. I was hanging out @ Ale’s house, and he’s a major Redskins fan, along with his friends and family, who are also Redskins fans. Needless to say I, with my LaDainian Tomlinson jersey, stuck out like a sore thumb – though I got the last laugh. Fun, fun times. :)

And Carolina should have destroyed the Bills today, but the Bills were in it all game and led for most of it. A win’s a win, but c’mon now…they can’t expect to play like that in the playoffs and have a prayer, much less against Atlanta.

Nostalgia

This weekend, among other things, I discovered my 386 – my first PC – is still in perfect working condition. Here it is in the Windows 3.11 Program Manager:

Windows for Workgroups 3.11 on my 386

A new take on beauty pageants…

CNN:

The sweltering heat inside the Capital Female Penitentiary got hotter, as contestants in the Miss Penitentiary pageant were working overtime using hair dryers.

Angelica Mazua, a statuesque Angolan facing international drug smuggling charges, was voted Miss Penitentiary 2005 on Thursday after a six-hour contest pitting 40 female inmates from 10 prisons against each other in Brazil’s largest city.

Somehow I don’t think that would work here in the good ol’ USA. Something about prison riots and…yeah, I’ll stop.