Archive for the 'Ask the world' Category

File upload design lunch

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Uploading to web sites is a pain.

  • You have to navigate through your file system hierarchy to select the file, even if it's "right there" in another application, a Terminal window, or a Finder window.
  • If you want to upload a bunch of files, you have to go through these steps to each file.
  • If you want to upload a screenshot or a blob of text, you have to use another application to save it, navigate Firefox's file picker to the same folder to upload it, and finally delete the file.

Firefox 2 contained a shortcut that helped with some of these cases: you could type or paste a complete path instead of clicking the "Browse" button. This helped if you started in a terminal window, or if you wanted to upload a bunch of files with similar names. It didn't do tab-completion, it wouldn't notify you if the file didn't exist, and it was a significant security hole. But when we removed it from Firefox 3, counter bug 374011 gathered 42 votes and 99 comments.

How can Firefox make uploads take fewer steps? Join the brainstorming right now on Air Mozilla or #airmozilla, or add your comments below.

For inspiration, see:

Where should I fly?

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Thanks to repeated trips within California, I now have credit for two one-way tickets between any Southwest cities in the continental US. The credit expires in February 2008. Where should I go, and when?

I was thinking of visiting Portland (plus Eugene), Seattle, or Boston (plus New York), since I have friends in each of those cities.

If I start at SJC and fly to Boston or New York, in which city should I attempt to get a 2-hour layover? I don't think I'd enjoy a direct flight and I know my laptop wouldn't.

If I don't use the credit on an interesting trip, I can use it next time I visit my parents in Los Angeles. But what would be the fun in that?

Need help reproducing a focus issue

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

We're still seeing reports of typing ' bringing up the Find bar when it shouldn't, mostly when users are trying to type email messages. Aaron Leventhal, Blake Kaplan, and Johnny Stenback fixed a bunch of bugs like that in the betas leading up to Firefox 1.5, but apparently there's at least one bug like that left.

None of those bug reports have steps to reproduce that work for me in Firefox 1.5, but there are enough reports that I think it's a real problem. Steps to reproduce that I can use to reproduce the(?) bug would be great, and so would a minimal testcase.

Party games

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Given that I like Cranium Hoopla, Taboo, Telephone pictionary, Boggle, Clever Endeavor, and Apples to Apples, what other party games should I try?

Coming soon to

Monday, January 17th, 2005

I have trouble completing personal projects that take longer than a weekend. I often lose interest after doing the interesting parts and procrastinate indefinitely on completing the projects since they have no deadline. In August 2004, I set a goal compatible with my attention span: "start and finish one interesting project every weekend". This goal helped me write a bunch of Firefox extensions and one or two Firefox patches, but of course it didn't help me finish longer projects. Now I have several half-finished longer-than-a-weekend projects piled up.

I'm hoping that this "coming soon" post will make me finish at least some of these projects soon. Also, you can tell me which projects you want me to finish first.

Request for extension ideas

Monday, October 18th, 2004

What new Firefox extensions would you like to see?