Another travel day

Turns out I’ve been erratically accessible online all week, since I’ve been in MV for meetings and so forth. Anyhow, tomorrow (Friday) is another travel day, so I’ll be offline all day. I might stay offline Saturday too ‘cuz I’m already exhausted and travel just makes that worse.

Anyhow, I’ll be back online for sure on Monday. If you need to contact me in the meantime, please send mail (deb at dria dot org). Thanks.

Recent changes at the Mozilla Developer Center

As mentioned previously, we have been working on streamlining and improving the MDC’s category system and main topic page formatting. Nickolay Ponomarev stepped up and did the bulk of the category work, managing to finish in two days what I thought was going to take well over a week. His contributions to this project (and to the MDC in general) are invaluable.

In addition to the category and topic page work, we have reworked the MDC’s “How to Help” pages, adding a writer’s guide and generally cleaning up the overall structure and organization.

The result of this work is:

Our hope, of course, is that these changes will improve the overall usability and usefulness of the MDC. If you have any comments or suggestions for further improvements, please leave a note here, on our mailing list, or email me privately.

MDC’s Birthday

Just a quick note to point out that it’s the Mozilla Developer Center‘s first birthday. The English wiki went up one year ago today.

Since then, according to the possibly-wildly-inaccurate stats generated by the wiki software, the English wiki has had over 6300 user accounts created, over 1750 pages of documentation added, over 25,000 edits made, and has served almost 11,000,000 pages.

None of this would have been possible, of course, without the incredible work and dedication of all the MDC volunteers, including writers, editors, admins, localizers, designers, and reviewers. Thank you to everyone who has ever contributed to the project.

Upgrading and re-skinning

Obviously I’ve been making some changes to my weblog here. I finally took the time to upgrade to WordPress 2, and to celebrate decided to get rid of the boring default-beige theme I’ve had for so long. Whatever the current theme is here, it might change again at any time. You have been warned!

For what it’s worth, the upgrade from WP1.5 to WP2 was painless.  I’m not entirely sure why I was under the impression it was difficult, but it wasn’t.  I’m not so sure about this editing system, but maybe it’ll grow on me.  I do like that the post preview is a properly skinned preview now.  That’s a nice touch.

Ok.  We’ll see how this goes.

On browser profiles, bookmarks, and trains

Last night I decided that it was time (for no real reason) to start fresh with a brand new Firefox profile. The profile I had been using was old and crufty, dating from at least the DeerPark Alpha days. Of course, a new profile means no bookmarks, so I have a choice: I can either use my old bookmark file, or I can start fresh.

My bookmark file, I discovered, is 1.5mb.

I’ve decided to start fresh. Instead of piling all those bookmarks back into my browser file, I’m going to hand select the few I use all the time and stash all the other used-only-occassionally-or-just-the-one-time bookmarks over in my Jots online bookmarking account.

Usually I have Jots post my daily bookmarks to my weblog, but since I’m going to be adding several hundred to it over the next few days, I’ve disabled that particular feature for the time being. If you would like to see what I’ve got stashed over there, you can go check out my whole Jots bookmark collection. You can even subscribe to its RSS feed if you like.

Exciting times.

I also picked up a copy of the train game so I can experience the joys of train time like my friend phik.