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The End of Firebot

The End of Firebot
It has been a long road for firebot, the sometimes overly chatty companion on Mozilla’s IRC server that I’ve operated for almost 10 years, but the time has come for me to part ways with the bot. On June 1st, 2014, firebot will shut down. The reasons for this decision are somewhat vague, but put simply, I don’t have the time to invest in cont [...]

Things Change…

Things Change…
“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.” -John Stuart Mill I used to be involved in Mozilla… In the run up to Firefox 1.0 10 years a [...]

The Firebot Blog

The Firebot Blog
I’ve spun off all the firebot related traffic to his new blog. It will include updates about his status as well as upcoming changes and so forth, similar to other status blogs that appear on planet. Until it gets added to planet, you can follow it directly at…. The Firebot Blog This will be the last firebot related post to appear [...]

Firebot Downtime –12/28/2010

Firebot Downtime –12/28/2010
I’m taking advantage of my winter break as well as the holiday season lull to upgrade firebot’s server today (12/28/2010). So he’ll be offline from now until that’s completed sometime tonight or tomorrow. I’m also reconfiguring how my mail server is working so even after he comes back up, bugmail reporting will take longer to have working aga [...]

Firefox may be causing problems&helli...

Firefox may be causing problems…
I recognize that this post is about to be little more than a complaint (as i’m not sure what better behavior would be, I don’t claim to know good design, thats what the UX team exists for), but I recall seeing somewhere, (I think it was Jennifer Boriss’ blog) a discussion about Firefox dialogs that get in the users way (specifically add-on [...]

How to report a problem or request fo...

How to report a problem or request for Firebot
In general, it seems as if its not obvious how to reach me regarding firebot. In fact, in seems like a lot of people don’t know who runs firebot at all. So hopefully this post will clear things up. First off, for those who are new to IRC or just don’t have the time to dive into details.. Firebot, is the IRC robot that hangs around many of the [...]

Dear Mozilla…

Dear Mozilla…
I have a question.. not sure exactly where to direct this question at such a late hour on a friday night, i’ll just type it out here… After being sick for a couple of days I’ve read that appearantly there’s a vulnerability in the .Net framework extension that Microsoft shipped.. they recommend disabiling it, et all.. w [...]

Firebot Downtime – September 24...

Firebot Downtime – September 24th and 25th, 2009
Starting now, and continuing for at least several hours, the server that hosts firebot will be down for an upgrade.. since the other server here is being kind enough to donate its “old” CPU and motherboard… The server will be being upgraded from an circa-2003 Athlon XP 2400+ to an Athlon 64 X2 4000+, plus moving to a SATA di [...]

Firebot Outage Report: 7/14 – 7...

Firebot Outage Report: 7/14 – 7/16/2009
The last few nights, between 1am and 3am 4am, firebot has been offline, because of an ongoing connectivity issue. At the current time, I have no eta for when the issues will be resolved. The situation is pretty straightforward though, the outages are due to construction along the highway where I live and firebot is hosted, its being expanded [...]

Mozbot 2.6 is released!

Mozbot 2.6 is released!
Exactly 7 years to the day of its predecessor, a new version of Mozbot, the extensible IRC bot, has been released. New in Mozbot 2.6 is: The Google module, including Google Fight support. Support for Bugzilla activity messages in channels Support for Secure IRC (via SSL) Translation improvements and more… Find out more on the Mozbot [...]

What do you want to see in Mozbot 2.8...

What do you want to see in Mozbot 2.8?
Its been a long time since there was a Mozbot release, the last release was, in fact, Mozbot 2.4 on April 1st, 2002.. Mozbot 2.6, the next release, has been in development ever since (As Mozbot 2.5, since Mozbot releases are even minor-numbered only.). Nowadays for all practical purposes, running Mozbot 2.4 is pretty close to impossible (or [...]

If its unowned, you may buy it from t...

If its unowned, you may buy it from the bank…
Most of you are aware that I run firebot, and that he’s been around, a relatively long time now, where long is since around the Firefox 0.9 launch (June 6th? maybe, can’t really remember, and the launch was the 14th.) in 2004. Starting as a bug-reporting bot, I eventually changed him to running mozbot, the Mozilla IRC bot software [...]

Firebot: Scheduled Downtime – W...

Firebot: Scheduled Downtime – Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
This Wednesday, the server that hosts firebot will be down for several hours (during the afternoon/evening EDT) for planned maintenance. This, of course, means that firebot will be offline and not available for your bug watching, tree burning, and factoid requesting pleasure. Thanks.

Egos and Stupidities….

Egos and Stupidities….
Yes, I know, I’m late to the game.. and out of practice at blogging these days. Just wanted to get my own opinion out, since self-expression makes me feel all fuzzy…. So, yay, now we apparently have Icedove and IceWeasel (which for the sake of being anal and annoying must have a capital W in it. otherwise, hey, somebody might not [...]

SpreadFirefox Spam

SpreadFirefox Spam
From the SpreadFirefox Account page: “The e-mail address is not made public and will only be used if you wish to receive a new password or wish to receive certain news or notifications by e-mail.” So, how then, did I get an e-mail from “Spread Firefox team [asa@mozilla.org]” that had nothing to do with any of the above [...]

SpreadFirefox Hacked Again…

SpreadFirefox Hacked Again…
From http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=7479: “The Mozilla Foundation’s community marketing site Spread Firefox has been hacked for the second time in less than three months. According to an email sent to registered users of the site, unknown remote attackers exploited a vulnerability in the TWiki wiki software, whic [...]

One Light…

One Light…
Dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, The men and women of the military fighting overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to anyone suffering around the world. You’re not alone.

Other New Stuff…

Other New Stuff…
So, what else is new that I haven’t blogged about… I’ve *finally* added the music section to my website. Its nothing spectacular, but I’ve been meaning to add it for months, if not over a year. Its a combination of a list of artists that I like that came to mind while writing plus the music category blog posts. Which I [...]

Ah, security confusion…

Ah, security confusion…
Well, no software is perfect. So today saw alot of activity regarding a newly publicized exploit in Firefox 1.0.3. The exploit is a combination of several flaws, which make it appear that a software install comes from addons.update.mozilla.org, then another flaw in the iconURL paramter of installTrigger that JS can be inserted into, which run [...]

The Firefox…

The Firefox…
This past January I got one of the Firefox plush toys from the Mozilla Store. (though it took awhile to show up. :-/) I finally got around to taking a few photos of the little guy. The first shot being of his head from the front, and the second being a profile shot showing his rather large tail from the side. His tail is actually longer than [...]

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