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Surveillance: ten ways to fight back!

11/02/2014 1 comment

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Today, 11th February 2014, is ‘The Day We Fight Back” – a day of campaigning against mass surveillance. It’s a day where campaigners are trying to raise awareness of the issue – and begin fighting against it. The big question is how can we fight back – what can we actually do. It often seems as though privacy is dead, and that there’s nothing we can do about it. I don’t think so – there are lots of things we can do, lots of things we must do. Here are just ten….

1     Support The Day We Fight Back

One of the most important things in the whole fight is to raise awareness – and to take advantage of opportunities to spread the message that surveillance is a big issue. Days like The Day We Fight Back help to do that. Check out the website here

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Jolla Sets Sail: The Unveiling

20/05/2013 Leave a comment

Jolla finally sets sail and is unveiled before the world – continuing the work of MeeGo, now onto world domination!

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Be Unlike: Join Jolla

20/05/2013 Leave a comment

We’ve all heard the news, now to join!

Specs for the latest Jolla mobile are:

  • Jolla original design with ample 4.5” Estrade display
  • Dual core and 4G**)
  • Keep it and share with 16GB + microSD
  • 8MP AF camera
  • User-replaceable battery
  • The Other Half
  • Gesture based Sailfish OS
  • Android™ app compliant
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Here’s to 15 Years? Already?

04/04/2013 Leave a comment

15 Years? 15 years? Ago right? 15 years since the Mozilla Project came into being. Financed at Netscape along with seed funding of $3 million USD from AOL in 2003. Releasing Firefox 1.0 in September 2004 with Thunderbird soon thereafter. Even having something to do with RSS.

Firefox, Thunderbird and others have come a long way since being launched as part of the Mozilla Project along with a whole list of other projects that still use the Mozilla framework to function.

As you may or may not know, I came into the Mozilla Project via the Netscape browser. Running it as an alternative to the browser with the blue ‘E’ and then as a complete alternative when starting out with Linux, eventually migrating over to Firefox from Netscape completely across platforms.

Around 2005/2006 I was getting used to the add-on writing process also thanks to a bare bones add-ons starter kit from Ted Mielczarek (thanks btw!) So I wrote a few add-ons using basic JavaScript/CSS and some HTML including one for forcing secure HTTPS for social sites (the EFF shortly thereafter announced HTTPSEverywhere – grrr! j/k)

Then something happened around 2007, (No, I don’t mean the Thunderbird issue!) from a certain Finnish telecommunications company talking about ‘mobile Internet tablets’ and something called MicroB which was essentially a Mozilla-based micro browser. This appeared courtesy of the Maemo project (a Nokia Debian-Linux based mobile OS) back then in 2007 for the Nokia N770 Internet tablets and then later the N800/N810 (2007 – 2008) and then the N900 (2009).

A rough history outline would be:

2007 – Mozilla based MicroB appears on the N770 platform.

2008 – The first Firefox build (along with MicroB) appears for the N800/N810.

2009 – Firefox appears for N900 platform (alongside stock MicroB, up to ver. 7.0)

2010 – Mozilla discusses the Android platform.

2011 – First public Mozilla builds appear for Android (ARMv6), later focus is switched to ARMv7 but ARMv6 included later.

2011 – Nokia launches the successor device to the N900; the N9, Firefox builds (community maintained) appear shortly afterwards.

2012 – Mozilla bring stability and speed to Firefox on Android and later start including ARMv6 allowing for legacy handset usage.

It’s been a long way and most exciting I’m looking forward now to FirefoxOS taking off as the first handsets are due to be rolled out as well as the web being the platform and more focus is shifted to HTML5 being used as the central platform especially with other HTML5-centric platforms like Sailfish and Ubuntu are looking to join in. There have been other open platforms as well including the re-formed former Nokia/Intel venture MeeGo (appearing on the N9) and later reformed into Tizen which is currently developed by Samsung.

There are also many new avenues that Mozilla is working into as the web evolves especially with the user being the central core whether it be death by check boxesuser privacy/security or playing next-gen games in the browser.

Sources:

Firefox – Twitter/Facebook

Mozilla Links

Mozilla History

Mozilla Bookmarks

Here’s to 15 Years of a Better Web | The Mozilla Blog.

Mozilla adds all recent Java versions to blocklist

28/02/2013 Leave a comment

Seeing as we all love Java /sarcasm, Mozilla has recently added the latest update (version 7 update 15 at the time of writing) to it’s add-on blocklist. They’ve been blocking Java for quite some time but only insecure past versions.

Recently, all versions were added to the blocklist which are blocked on loading the browser but can be re-enabled afterwards by the user. A guide to update and remove old Java versions from your system is also available.

The Mozilla plug-in check system is also available across Firefox and Chromium (That I have tested it in).

via Mozilla adds all recent Java versions to blocklist –.

ProxMate: Add-on for Firefox and Chrome/ium

28/02/2013 1 comment

Seeing as we’re still locked into the antiquated idea that content should be locked down and everyone who says different is a thief and a pirate, something that has come in useful on Firefox (and available for Chrome as well 😉 I was introduced to Proxmate which handles all the proxy information on their side, the add-on handles it all for you which should help. 😀

via ProxMate

Tizen mobile OS shows some teething issues

28/02/2013 Leave a comment

Teething issues with Tizen? Since the amalgamation of the Maemo and MeeGo projects into Tizen, very little has been heard save for the odd scrape of information regarding a deal with Samsung. It now appears to have a host of backers at MWC and running on unspecified Samsung hardware.

Following the launch of Firefox OS on Sunday, the Tizen Association demonstrated its operating system on Tuesday in Barcelona. The demo used unspecified hardware from Samsung running the recently released version 2.0, which showed some teething issues with, for example, a browser that stuttered when scrolling up and down.

But its supporters, which include Orange, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung Electronics, Huawei Technologies and Intel, don’t seem too worried.

via Tizen mobile OS shows some teething issues – Computerworld.

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