Author Archives: Josh Aas

About Josh Aas

Josh Aas is a Gecko platform software engineer with Mozilla Corporation.

Hello Fiber, Goodbye Cable

Our neighborhood in Minneapolis got fiber installed this month. As of today we have 100Mbps up and down for $48/month via US Internet. It’s like we’ve arrived in the future! Or South Korea! We could get 1Gbps for $65/month, but … Continue reading

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Loving IRCCloud

I tend to use pretty basic (and preferably cross-platform) software so I can be comfortable on systems that aren’t highly configured to my specific taste. I don’t change the software I use on a daily basis very often. However, I … Continue reading

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Simple Code Review Checklists

What if, when giving a patch r+ on Mozilla’s bugzilla, you were presented with the following checklist: I have considered: Memory leaks Null checks Security implications Mozilla Code Style You could not actually submit an r+ unless you had checked … Continue reading

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New Gecko OS X Widgets Module Owner: Steven Michaud

I’ve been Gecko’s OS X (Cocoa) Widgets module owner for a long time. The code in this module is Gecko’s OS X compatibility layer.  Today I’m handing over the reigns to Steven Michaud. We’re fortunate to have such a capable … Continue reading

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Informal Test: Building Firefox with VMWare vs. VirtualBox

I needed to set up a Linux virtual machine on a Windows host for working with Firefox OS. I don’t like working in slow VMs, so I did an informal test of VMWare vs. VirtualBox. I prefer to use open-source … Continue reading

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Exciting Stuff: Firefox 19’s Built-in PDF Viewer

Firefox 19’s built-in PDF viewer is pretty exciting — not just because Firefox (finally!) has a PDF viewer, but because it’s written in JavaScript. Why is that exciting? First, we’re always looking to extend the web platform’s capabilities. Writing a … Continue reading

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Mozilla Joining ISOC in Support of IETF Activities

Mozilla has been significantly increasing its participation in IETF working groups over the past couple of years. This has coincided with increasing investments in the networking layers of our software and the Web platform. Today we’re heavily involved in IETF … Continue reading

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