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Mark Cuban

Yep, he has a blog. Didn’t know he did until tonight and it is very entertaining reading for the guy any sports fan would love to have as an owner.

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Mozilla Firefox 0.9.1 Released

The fine folks at Mozilla have released Firefox 0.9.1 for mass consumption. The difference between this release and the 0.9 release is mainly a few critical bug fixes and some very nice default theme updates. I plan on writing a little review of this in the next few days if I get the time.

In the meantime, please download the new version! Make sure you uninstall your old version before installing the new one. Don’t worry, your bookmarks and settings will be saved regardless.

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Moving…

Yesterday was the big moving day. I am out of my parent’s house (even though I enjoyed being there) for the rest of my life. I am truly “on my own” (well, with my girlfriend). More on this later tonight.

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Mozilla & Gmail integration

Looks like doron is working on a really cool Gmail extension for Mozilla.

doron's blaahg: Mozilla/Gmail integration

Gmail is becoming better by the moment because of these 3rd pary add-ons. Awsome stuff.

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Hotmail Returns?

Looks like Microsoft wasn’t going to stay behind the pack in the free e-mail wars for long. Hotmail has announced that it will now offer 250MB of free storage right away and will offer 2GB if you pay your soul to them. The storage bump will begin in early July.

So by my count, the three major e-mail providers now offer:
GMail: 1GB free, no paid storage (yet)
Yahoo Mail: 100MB free, 2GB paid
Hotmail: 250MB free, 2GB paid

Looks like Yahoo and Hotmail did what they hope was a “just enough” upgrade that it won’t lose any users to Gmail, despite the massive differences in storage sizes compared to Gmail. You must remember, Gmail’s appearance caught everyone off-guard (remember that everyone at first thought it was one of Google’s famous April Fools jokes?). Google’s infrastructure is very scalable, apparently Yahoo’s and Hotmail’s isn’t as easily to expand as they first had to figure out how to answer Gmail, then upped their storage limits “just enough” so they won’t lose customers (their hope), but well short of Gmail.

Interesting though that Hotmail, long the e-mail provider with the smallest storage space (2MB!!!) is now a 150MB more then Yahoo Mail. I would not be surprised if Yahoo ups its storage a little more because of this. Also expect the free e-mail wars to heat up if Gmail really catches on. I wouldn’t be surprised if Yahoo and Hotmail jump their storage capacities up more, especially when Gmail is opened to the public.

Thanks but no thanks Yahoo and Microsoft, I’ll stick with Gmail.

Oh and I have invitations if anyone wants any 😉

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Firefox UI improvements

Asa of the Mozilla Foundation has revealed some very interesting screenshots of new enhancements that will appear in future Mozilla Firefox versions.

The first one is of the Firefox secure site notification UI. Right now, if you visit a secure site in Firefox (or for that matter, any web browser that I can think of), a small lock appears in the bottom corner of your browser window, which 99% of web users probably never notice nor care about.

So going with the theme that Firefox is a 1000x more secure and reliable then public enemy #1, this is the new improved secure site notification UI:

As you can tell, the security lock now appears right on the address bar instead of stuffed in the bottom corner of the screen.

Few comments on this: wondefully done. Very noticable, not in your way, and easy to fgure out. The only concern I have is that with Javascript the address bar could be turned off. That is, it can be turned off at the moment. I have a feeling that in the near future Firefox will prevent certain toolbars like the address bar from being turned off by web sites.

Next screenshot of a UI change: the bookmarks manager.

Looks like bookmarks are going to be much much easier to organize. Without actually using it (right now, all I have seen is this screenshot) and relying on what Asa says, it sounds like a small but great improvement in bookmark management.

I might have to ditch this 0.9 release and upgrade to a nightly build. I love these changes.

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Busy

Been extremely busy lately. Will post some stuff tonight that I have been thinking about.

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Gmail4troops.com

Wil Wheaton and company move fast. Go to Gmail4troops.com if you wish to donate your Gmail invites to those serving your country.

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Return of the IE development team?

I know I said I wasn’t going to blog much today, but oh well 😉

Several blogs and now Slashdot are starting to buzz around the Internet about the possible resurrection of the Internet Explorer development team.

Are the “Browser Wars” truly back? There hasn’t been two heavyweight browsers that are being improved at the same time since the late 1990s. Only time will tell (and several versions, since Microsoft never gets things right the first time).

This can only be good news for those in the standards crowd (which includes me). More browsers that are standards-complaint = more cooler things you can do with web browsers. Competition is always good.

The only thing left to do is to actually have a new version of IE released. Right now, any thought of a new version is vaporware.

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Support our troops – send them Gmail invites

Wil Wheaton (most known as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: TNG) has posted on his blog a request for fellow nerds to donate their Gmail invites to troops who are serving overseas. Actually makes a lot of sense. The 1 GB of space that Gmail offers is perfect for photos, movies, sound files, and lots of e-mails from family and friends of the soldiers.

Right now it looks like the best way to donate your invites is to go onto Gmail Swap, although it appears there are people who are trying to organize a dedicated web site for this task. Good luck to them and donate your invites!