Archive | December, 2008

Where were you when…

19 Dec

…you first became aware of the man (or some might say deity) that is Ken Kovash?  That’s the question going around today on the 2nd Annual Ken Kovash Day.  For me, it’s not hard to recall.  It’s up there with the great milestones of both my personal life and generation — the day I first met my husband (Crissy Field, 2002), where I was when Princess Di and Prince Charles got married (glued in front of the TV, 1981), my first email account (Roble Hall, Stanford, 1994), getting a perfect 10 at the Academic Decathlon’s Super Quiz (Hawthorne, 1994), and so on.

It was June 11, 2007 and Ken just started at Mozilla.  I had no idea that it would be a turning point in my life — especially when I first laid eyes on him.  I looked up from the clutter of my desk and saw a very upright and tight lipped Ken donned in a button down and khakis.  My first reaction was who dares bring “business casual” to Mozilla?!   Ken Kovash does, that’s who.

And, my life has never been the same.  When I want to just feel smarter, I go and hover around him and his lone PC, or when I’m cold I just wander in his direction and get warmed by his glow.  Here’s to celebrating Mr. Ken Kovash today!

Simply beatific!

Simply beatific!

SFx Update: Final design & finding Foxkeh a home

8 Dec

A few updates for all you Spread Firefox fans today:

  • Spread Firefox redesign: We’ve settled on a final design thanks to all the great feedback from the community and The Royal Order’s hard work.  We’re looking to get this implemented in Q1 since we’re now up against the holidays.  I am working with Mozilla’s killer WebDev team on a final timeline which I will share out as soon as it’s done.  In the meantime, feast your eyes on these…
New Spread Firefox home page

New Spread Firefox home page

New News & Events page

New News & Events page

  • Foxkeh: The adorable Japanese mascot has become an international phenomenon — people are C-R-A-Z-Y about Foxkeh!  Our Japan team thinks it makes since to find a more “global” home for Foxkeh and the idea of Spread Firefox has been bandied about.  Let us know what you think!
Please adopt me!

Please adopt me!

NLID: A “green-er-er” Christmas

6 Dec

Per The Giant Spatula, “No Laundry in December” kicks off on Monday, Dec. 8th!  Dig up all your old school Mozilla and Firefox shirts — it’s time to flaunt them and lay off the laundry for as long as your supply of shirts lasts.  I am pretty darn excited:

  • Can’t wait to see the shirts that make an outing
  • I get to maximize my weekday sleep time even more — shower, shirt, jeans, GO!
  • Add-ons Open House:  A prize for the most unusual or oldest Mozilla shirt.
  • Add-on-Con: I will be setting aside something special for people that show up to Add-on-Con in a Mozilla or Firefox shirt.  Just swing by our table :)

Again, track your shirts by taking a photo and tagging them with “NLID” and “spreadfirefox.”

A Green(er) Christmas Tree

5 Dec

rented_treeI’ve been hunting around for a guilt-free Christmas tree solution and hadn’t really found anything that rang my bell.  As a city dweller, where in the world would I plant a live tree?  And, who knows what goes into making plastic trees!  The cardboard trees are pretty cute, but they’re not green – literally.  They’re more of a “drab” color as Craig’s dad would say.

Thanks to Derek Gordon for dishing up a great idea on his “Daily Casserole“!  Friends of the Urban Forest and SF Environment have a great promotion now where you can take in a tree for the holidays that will then end up planted in San Francisco.  They do all the dirty work too – I just placed my order!

Now we just have to keep Ed the cat from demolishing it…he loves his “greens.”

Online Shopping: Putting Firefox to work!

4 Dec

[Editor's note: I meant to get this out before Cyber Monday, but just like my approach to Christmas shopping I am behind the ball!]

Frankly, I get a little freaked out by large retail establishments so online shopping is the answer to my prayers.  And, Firefox and add-ons are pretty much the frosting on the cake!  I thought I’d share a few specific tips:

Bookmarking:

Sounds obvious, right?  Prior to Firefox 3, my bookmark collection looked much like my desk.  Total disarray.  Thanks to Firefox 3’s bookmark tags,  I’ve bookmarked all my favorite shopping sites (which is a snap!) and tagged them with words such as “jewelry,” “home,” “clothes,” “dresses,” and “xmas” to easily find them again. I’ve created a group of items that I’d like to buy by bookmarking and tagging them with “wishlist.” I can type “wishlist” into my URL bar (or the Awesome bar as we affectionately call it here) and a drop down menu starts pulling up these items. I periodically check to see if they are on sale.

wishlist1

Deb Richardson created some great directions on bookmarking and tagging in Firefox 3.

Making shopping social:

I’ll admit I love the occasional stroll with friends through Hayes Valley or Union Street (don’t hate me!) for some retail therapy.  You definitely miss this component going online, but one of my current add-on faves — Shareaholic — brings this back into the picture.  Using Shareaholic I can send links of items I love to Delicious, a shared bookmark site, or directly to a friend or even drop a hint to my husband.  No need to open my email and cut and paste a link!

Fashion Your Firefox:

Where to begin!  There are so many great shopping add-ons here — in fact, a whole Shopaholic section.  A couple of faves are RetailMeNot and PriceAdvance.  Some less obvious ones to save you time and even money:

  • Interclue: Provides a sneak peek which is super helpful when you’re doing a Google search for a product and don’t want to waste time clicking on each link.
  • ReminderFox: Set reminders on when to buy certain items by and when to get others out in the mail.  Hoping to avoid costly last minute shipping this year!
  • Sxipper: Remembers your usernames and passwords! I’ve lost track of all my online shopping accounts (sorry, hubs!) and used to have to go through the various hurdles to retrieve them.  No more!

Hope you find these helpful and would love to hear any tips you might have!

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