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Mozilla Introduces Test Pilot

By | January 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Today Mozilla has introduced a new project called Test Pilot that will aim to build a representative sample of 1% of the Firefox users. Like it says, it will replace or compliment the tedious and for some users, the confusing feedback forms, so with fewer clicks, they hope it will increase the overall participation.

Here is the abridged overview:

• Develop and promote a formal Test Pilot program with a Firefox add-on at its core.
• The only things asked will be the geographical zone, technical level, locale, etc… and selecting to be anonymous or not.
• It will inform users about new experiments like overview, use cases, etc… and it will download the software if allowed.
• All participants will receive a “flight badge” displayed in their Test Pilot profile and available to embed on blogs, social networks, etc.
• It will gather only the data needed so it won’t slow down the browser nor your network.

Although it has not been launched, you can add or debate Test Pilot at discussion forum.


StumbleUpon for Safari, Opera and Others

By | January 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

If you are using Safari, Opera or any other web browser which doesn’t support official StumbeUpon toolbar, don’t worry yet. There are few tools with less, same and even more functionalities that are officially supported in the toolbar.

Here are some tips on how to get use the toolbar. They will work independently of the OS:

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Resize Text Areas in Opera

By | January 16, 2009 | 2 Comments

To get to work the following User Javascripts, you need to establish a folder path where the .js files will be stored (“Preferences” > “Advanced” > “Content” > “JavaScript Options” > “User JavaScript files”).

Both scripts started out from the simple desire of resizing text areas easily (like CSS3 UI).

And thanks a lot to xErath, the writer of these javascripts.

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Chrome 2.0 Development Preview

By | January 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

Google has unveiled Chrome 2.0 in the developer channel (like Mozilla Minefields) on Thursday; some of the new features are:

• Support for gradients, reflections and masks
• Faster rendering enhancements
• New user interface features
• Augmented extensibility like user scripting
• Edge Docking
• Full page zoom
• Form autocompletion
• Support for importing (but not synchronizing) Google Bookmarks
• Middle-click drag scrolling

The complete review at

Only the 4.13% Of the Web Is Standards Compliant

By | January 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

Only the 4.13% of the web is standards-compliant

According to a study made by Metadata Analysis and Mining Application (MAMA), a tool created by Opera that crawls the web and indexes the markup and scripting data from approximately 3.5 million pages.

Some of the most relevant parts of the study are:
• About 35% of all web sites use Adobe Flash.
• XMLHttpRequest (AJAX) scripting mechanism is used by only 3.2%
• CSS is used in the 80% of the web sites.
• Javascript is used in 75% of them.
• Using the W3C validation tools, shows that 4.13% are valid, which only 50% using the validation badge are valid.

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Tweet Directly From Opera’s Address Bar

By | January 2, 2009 | 5 Comments

Dustin Wilson, also known as Khadgar in the MyOpera community has been able to tweet by configuring Opera.

First you have to configure it by adding the data URI:
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