Notes from tonight’s Mozilla Labs Meetup

Here are some notes from tonight’s Mozilla Labs meetup.

Aza’s Tabs Thing
Alternative interface (not tab bar) for switching between tabs
Manual tab arrangement on a blank canvas
Stack Animations
Could evolve into more automatic organization using delicious

Drumbeat
How to you extend the reach of people contributing to the open web (behind software developers)? Example: publish more ogg videos to wikipedia.

Weave Sync
Ability to pick and choose a weave server
Passphrase will encrypt the data on the server to make sure that stollen server side data can not be compromised.
Example: backup of form history, auto-login.
Launch in a couple of weeks

Jetpack
New exploration page. Online learning.
Benefits of this framework: Javascript based development, better install/re-install/update.
New SDK will make creating a new jetpack very very simple (breakthrough).
Augment the web and the browser.

Privacy Icons
People rarely read the privacy policies they agree to.
The goal is to see if there is a way to represent some of the key terms of privacy policies using icons users could understand faster.
Next step: Determine what terms the users want to see highlighted and what icons should be used.

Codility
Online coding quizzes which can be used to better filter candidates during the interview process.

Jay Sullivan, VP Mobile
Demo of Mozilla Mobile on N900 (Linux based, support from Nokia)
Future: Android and windows mobile
Awesomebar = less typing which is painful on the mobile
Weave allows sharing of history between desktop and browser
Sharing tabs between desktop and mobile.
Good zooming on double tabs.
Supports add-ons! 40 already available, 15 of which are great!
Location aware.
Search experience is inverted: type first and then select the engine
Make the web the platform for mobile development, leveraging HTML5.
Some cool demos: CSS transformation, SVG (replace the need for flash animations), downloadable fonts, orientation, access to camera, all through the web model.

Identity in the Browser
Currently, the browser does not really help you login, despite managing cookies. The login experience is different on each site. Even OpenID does not offer a consistent UI.
The solution: 3 projects. Account Manager. Weave Identity Server (cross site integration). People Platform (Cross site social in the browser – activity stream)
Dan demoed Account Manager – elevate the concept of login/I am signed in/logout to the browser. Powered by a description file sites could provide to describe how to login, logout, etc..
Mock up of how identity could be integrated in the URL bar (both icon and login status)

Test Pilot
Problem: “We do not know who the firefox users are” -> Makes making design decision harder. But we need to be cautious about privacy. Solution: Test pilot. User opt-in and can run 1-week usage studies. All anonymous. Example: how many tabs are open? What is the lifespan of a tab? How many bookmarks do people have? Are there correlation between skill factors and the number of bookmarks? Which menu items are used most? All the data is publish in a sanitized fashion using cc license.

Firefox UX
Evolution of the Firefox Theme.
1) no more menu bar (direction for windows application)
2) new home tab
3) the concept of an app tab (similar to chrome pining a tab)

AMO
1) Collections = share and discover to add-ons.
2) Contributions = payment and showcase developers and their stories.
3) Developer Hub = make it easier for developers to start building add-ons.
4) 10,000+ add-ons, 700M downloads, 200M active add-ons user, 22 new add-ons every day.
5) 2010: easier to find add-ons, better add-on manager, jetpack, mobile

Personas
Simple way to create themes. Simpler to build and simpler to apply.
Very first project of Mozilla Labs.
Shipped as part of firefox 3.6
Very successful

Bespin, state of the reboot
Code editor in the browser
Embeddable. Drop in replacement for textarea.
Rewritting the core – SproutCore as the foundation.
Latest version: 0.6 Extensible MVC, DryIce utility, i18n
Next: Syntax highlighting, plugins, revamping command line, collaboration (etherpad)

Raindrop
Email+micro blogging client
Demo (slick user interface)

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