Author Archives: Josh Aas

About Josh Aas

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

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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Mozilla Removing Support for the ‘java’ and ‘Packages’ DOM Objects

We have removed direct access to Java from the DOM in Gecko. Specifically, we have removed support for the ‘java’ and ‘Packages’ DOM objects. These are not part of any web standards and we don’t believe they are good for … Continue reading

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IETF 83 (Paris), HTTP/2.0, and Encryption

I attended IETF 83 in Paris this past week with my fellow Mozilla networking team member Patrick McManus. This was my first IETF meeting, and it won’t be my last given how productive and enjoyable it was. Our primary goal … Continue reading

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Mozilla’s Networking Team in 2011

Mozilla created a networking team as part of the platform engineering group in April of 2011. There are nine of us now, spread out around the world, with me managing. We’re responsible for Gecko’s networking stack, including network protocol support, … Continue reading

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Improving DNS Performance in Firefox for Android

Mozilla has been working hard to improve Firefox on Android. The following is a guest post from Steve Workman of Mozilla’s networking team which describes an effort to improve DNS performance. – Josh It started with some crashes on Android … Continue reading

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2011 Favorite Restaurants (in the U.S.)

It has been a little over a year since I put together my first list of my top ten favorite restaurants in the U.S., along with some honorable mentions. Things have changed over the past year, though there was no … Continue reading

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Incredible 2011 NBA Finals

I’m not a big basketball fan. I rarely watch during the regular season. However, the NBA finals are fantastic every time I watch and this year was no exception – loved it! Energetic, passionate, and incredibly talented play. Jason Terry … Continue reading

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Visiting the Mozilla Community in Indonesia

I visited Indonesia with fellow Mozilla engineers David Mandelin and David Anderson at the beginning of May. It was a great chance to explore a new place and get to know some of our Mozilla community members. After the 22-hour … Continue reading

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