I recently tried to compile Daniel Holbert's SMIL patches in mozilla-central. While doing this, I observed the "configure" was core dumping. The folks in the #developers channel over on irc.mozilla.org were able to help me out and trace it down to the fact that Ubuntu's dash was crashing. I worked around this by changing Mozilla's configure script to use #!/bin/bash instead of #!/bin/sh.

Apparently this crash has been fixed on Ubuntu 8.10 because Daniel himself hasn't witnessed this crash?

§483 · July 25, 2008 · Firefox, Linux, Software, Technology · 2 comments · Tags: , ,

Hallvord R.M. Steen (an Opera employee and member of the HTML WG) was kind enough to create a bug regarding an issue I had raised a few months back. It is currently not possible inside an embedded SVG to determine the parameters sent in from HTML:object if the two documents are on different domains. This appears to be a hole in the HTML4 spec, which doesn't really address cross-domain security concerns for the HTML:object element. Read the rest of this entry ...

§478 · July 25, 2008 · Adobe, RIA, Software, Technology, Web · 5 comments · Tags: , , ,

While I was posting posting my own fail story, a bunch of Twitter residents decided to start riffing on the phrase 'EPIC FAIL' (maybe as a result of this article?). I'm not sure who started it, but I thought I'd paste in the relevant tweets from the people I follow:

§482 · July 24, 2008 · Life · 1 comment · Tags: ,

I just checked for a friend on train ticket prices from the Detroit Area to Chicago. $70 each way, $140 round trip. That does not compute. If he were to drive, I'm going to estimate it would cost $80 in gas - and he'd have the convenience of having a car once he's here. The airlines give me $160 with taxes and fees included, at a quarter of the trip time.

I love taking the train, but in this case it seems that it just doesn't make economical sense. Especially for more than one person. I wonder why...

§481 · July 23, 2008 · Life · 5 comments · Tags:

Thank you. Note to self: Next time I need to build Boost, this is what I should do while experimenting:

bjam --build-dir=c:/boost-build/ --toolset=msvc-8.0 --build-type=complete

That builds all combinations of release/debug and dynamic/static libraries. Cost: Roughly 2 GB disk space.

§480 · July 16, 2008 · Life · 2 comments · Tags: ,