JavaScript typed arrays pain

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

If you’ve ever tried to deal with binary data in JavaScript you know it isn’t much fun and you usually resort to using strings lots of charCodeAt and related functions.  Typed arrays are supposed to solve this though!  The typed array API consists of creating a buffer of …

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Instantbird 1.3 Released!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Well we finally got our release process down a bit better and were able to do a quicker release (from 1.2 to 1.3, compared to our previous few releases). This is great news, as it gives incremental changes to our users faster!  There’s some new features available …

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On Status

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Something that comes up often about Instantbird is why we only support three statuses: Available, Unavailable and Offline.  (We do actually support a fourth one too, Idle, but that is set automatically, not chosen by the user.)  Frequently this discussion is in the context of wanting an “Invisible” status, but …

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Instantbird 1.2 Released (with awesome new IRC features)!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

If you haven’t seen the announcement…Instantbird 1.2 has been released!  It’s got a ton of great new features that I’m excited for: better tab complete, a marker showing the last viewed messages, support for Bonjour and more.  But the most exciting bits to me are …

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IRC Auto-Performs

Monday, June 11, 2012

There have been a few requests to support “auto-performs” (sending commands to the IRC server after connection that the user types into a box or whatever). Personally I find this to be:

  1. A fairly awful user experience.
  2. Confusing to new users.
  3. Unnecessary.

I additionally don’t like this idea since …

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