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Startup and shutdown profiling

September 22nd, 2010

This snapshot introduces our new startup and shutdown profiling. This is a tool for us to get an overview on what is causing slow startup and shutdowns for some users. We hope this tool will let us gather some data on where we should focus our efforts on further improving startup performance. If the below…

Mozilla Joins Open Invention Network

September 21st, 2010

This week Mozilla joined Open Invention Network as a licensee. OIN is an organization which helps protect the Linux ecosystem by building a variety of defenses against patent attacks. These defenses include both traditional mechanisms, like defensive patent pools, and more innovative approaches, like the Linux Defenders project, which uses a variety of methods to…

User Experiences: Sites in the Spotlight

September 21st, 2010

The web is changing rapidly. More than ever before, websites provide highly engaging, immersive experiences that people revisit frequently (e.g., web email throughout the day) or stay on for extended periods of time (e.g., Facebook all day). From captivating media to highly interactive web games, from social networking sites to online productivity tools, sites enable…

User Experiences: Accessibility in IE9 Beta

September 20th, 2010

Internet Explorer is a universal product used by people young and old, new and experienced, speaking many different languages. A lot of people take advantage of IE’s built in accessibility features (like page zoom, caret browsing, find in page, etc) and additional assistive technology such as screen readers to use the web. Accessibility is beneficial…

Firefox Home Now Available Worldwide

September 20th, 2010

Firefox Home, a free app that syncs your Firefox browsing history, bookmarks and open tabs to your iPhone or iPod touch, is now available in 15 languages worldwide. Get Firefox Home in your language now! We appreciate your feedback and worked to incorporate some of the top suggestions in this latest release. What’s new in…

New Drupal 7 book by David Mercer

September 20th, 2010

Following the success of its predecessor, Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6, Packt Publishing announces Drupal 7, an updated and revised version of the original book by David Mercer written specifically for Drupal 7. The book is written for Drupal 7 beginners or newcomers to Drupal in general and will help help anyone…

Add-ons: Staying in control of your browsing experience

September 18th, 2010

In recent posts we discussed the various ways that add-ons can impact browsing performance. We shared some data about add-on performance, described how we measure performance and included guidance to help add-on developers do the same. These efforts help us drive improvements to the quality of the add-on ecosystem. It’s equally important for consumers to…

User Experiences: Customizing Pinned Sites

September 17th, 2010

With this week’s beta release, IE9 brings the most familiar experiences of Windows and makes them available for websites and the people who browse them. Users can pin sites in the taskbar just as they pin applications, and launch web tasks directly, the same way they launch everything else in Windows. Websites can program jump…

Running scripts in WebKit

September 17th, 2010

WebKit nightly builds now support the HTML5 async and defer script attributes. This makes it easier for web pages to load faster by downloading JavaScript without blocking other elements of the page. Normally when the parser encounters an external script, parsing is paused, a request is issued to download the script, and parsing is resumed…

Creating Communities – Denver Public Library

September 17th, 2010

The Creating Communities Web site has been created for the Denver Public Library using Drupal and extended by the Zen theme engine, Apache Solr Search Integration and the eXtensible Catalog (XC) Drupal Toolkit. Recently, Drupal has been strongly embraced at the Denver Public Library becoming the official CMS of choice. Other Colorado Libraries are also…