IRC Client Usage Share on moznet

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Background

The usage share of IRC clients has always been something I’m interested in. This is partially to see how many people are using Instantbird or Mozilla Thunderbird for IRC (as I’ve written much of the IRC code for those clients). Usage share of browsers is quite a …

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Thunderbird Summit 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last month (Oct. 15th to Oct. 18th, to be precise), twenty volunteers descended on Mozilla’s Toronto office to discuss Mozilla Thunderbird. This included Mozilla employees, Thunderbird contributors of all sorts (developers, user interface designers, add-on reviewers), Lightning contributors, and chat/Instantbird contributors.

The entire group of volunteers.

It was great to spend some quality …

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Extending JavaScript Maps (or other built-in objects)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Finally another technical post, this one is about my adventures in attempting to extend the built-in Map object in JavaScript to extend the functionality. As background, there are two reasons we’d want this:

  1. In the chat backend we currently use JavaScript objects ({}) as hashes/maps to keep track of …

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Community and Volunteers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It was suggested that I cross-post this from mozilla.dev.planning onto my blog. This is in reply to a thread entitled “Proposal: Move Thunderbird and SeaMonkey to mozilla-central” about (essentially) merging comm-central back into mozilla-central. There have been many technical concerns raised in the thread (that I’m not …

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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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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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Yahoo & Thunderbird Can Finally Play Nice?

Monday, November 22, 2010

For years I’ve been dealing with Yahoo’s lack of support for any sort of decent (free) POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocol support.  Why do I need this? So I can check my Yahoo mail in Mozilla Thunderbird of course!

At first I used YPOPS!, a program that read the …

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