Improved search

One of the things that has bugged me for a while has been the slow search. It was always quicker to search the site via google then to use the search box. I had looked at external systems and never really got far enough to implement any of them. A few days ago while reading the news page I came across an article on Sphinx by James at Mozilla Got Data? Need Search? Use Sphinx.

A death knell sounds?

? It certainly feels that way, or am I just in a state of moribund depression over the whole nature of web development and Standards?

Cross posting and netiquette

Forums and lists that don't publicly enforce generally accepted rules of net etiquette tend to lose their more knowledgeable members. I, and I include myself in that class, have witnessed such collapses; they're not pretty. An example may be found at DigitalPoint's html/css forums. Except for a very few of us who can't resist the challenge of providing guidance, there are no authoritative voices left.

One laptop

Many of you donated generously to the One Laptop Foundation earlier this year, and together we purchased a couple of laptops for disadvantaged children. You may have been wondering why the donate add didn't reappear after the site upgrade. You can now donate any amount directly from the OLPC website.

Help build the mozilla developer network

Mozilla hacks are running a quick survey on how you work and what you think of Firefox. It should only take a couple of minutes, so head over and help spread the knowledge.


Firefox is one of the most important tools for web developers. Firebug combined with Firefox’s strong support for standards means that most web developers are building for Firefox first and then porting to other browsers later.

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