Author Archives: Josh Aas

About Josh Aas

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

MozJPEG 3.0 Released

Today we’re releasing mozjpeg 3.0, featuring a return to ABI compatibility with libjpeg-turbo, compression improvements, deringing for black-on-white text, and a large number of other fixes and improvements. Code written against earlier versions of the mozjpeg library will need to … Continue reading

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Let’s Encrypt

Today we announced a project that I’ve been working on for a while now – Let’s Encrypt. This is a new Certificate Authority (CA) that is intended to be free, fully automated, and transparent. We want to help make the … Continue reading

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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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