The T1 comes at (naturally) a substantially greater hosting cost; though it is amortized against using it for my other projects and as my regular means of Net access, it's still a pricey (but very smooth and low-latency) way of getting hosts online compared to DSL or cable, neither of which were practical options for reasons many of you already know. As a policy matter I do not accept project donations as this has the risk of encouraging expectations I and the other contributors can't satisfy, but I am considering allowing Blogger to put ads on this blog to make a little of the money back. I won't object if you Adblock them away, of course.
Mozilla has signed off on the 7 release candidate, so now we have our release candidate available ahead of Firefox 7's formal launch on September 27th. As with previous release candidates, if there are no showstoppers then this will become the formal release. There is one small fix in this version (in addition to Mozilla's fixes): because Floodgap was down there was nothing to post update snippets against, so this fix adds the 7-specific update checks. As a result, there is also a new set of changesets for builders. Read the release notes and grab for your architecture:
this blog entry for basic instructions; in short, the QTE allows you to play certain media types outside of the browser in QuickTime, including H.264 video (which Firefox can't play at all) and most other audio and video files by right-clicking and selecting Open Media in QuickTime. In alpha-45, here's what's new:
- Updated for Gecko 7 (alpha-43 will not work with 7.0)
- Overly long URLs don't cause garbage characters in the URL dialogue anymore; they will simply be truncated (but will still play)
"One more thing." Many of you will have read the press coverage about the "BEAST" SSL chosen plaintext attack demonstrated at ekoparty this weekend. Virtually every browser is vulnerable to this; Opera has already released a patch and Chrome has one in testing. Note that Mozilla and Chrome share SSL code (i.e., they both use NSS), so the same fix is likely to appear in Firefox, but it is not currently in 7. There is substantial argument about how easy it is to pull off in practice, but certain things can make it easier, and we might talk about this once Mozilla goes public with a final determination.
Man, it's good to be online again.