Getting the list of fixes between two Firefox versions

If you are using a beta version of Firefox or even a nightly build, to help in testing brand-new features and verifying fixed bugs, it’s sometimes necessary to identify a regression. Normally you will start in narrowing down the regression range by dividing the possible time frame in smaller chunks. It will take some time but finally you will end-up with two identified builds. One build with the feature working and another one with the regression starts happening.

The next step will be to get the list of patches, which have been checked-in between these builds. Until now I did that by taking the build id from each build and entering it in the date fields on the pushlog page on hg.mozilla.org. The problem here is, that you have to remember to add the time difference from PST to UTC or even your local time. I forgot this a couple of times and wondered why none of the listed check-ins were related in any way to the regression I’ve found.

But today I got a nice hint from Ted Mielczarek how to get the correct list of check-ins more easily. With his comment on Bugzilla he pointed out that recent builds offer the changeset information on the “about:buildconfig ” page:

about:buildconfig

The only thing you have to do now is to copy the changeset id for both versions and to create an URL like this one which will show you the list of check-ins.

For the moment it seems like that there is no UI for such a query but it would be great to have one in the future. But even in the current stage it will boost your work flow to finish any regression test.

Update: I’ve filed bug 471321 which covers the missing ui issue.

Do I have an accent?

Thanks to the posting from Fred, I read about a quiz which tries to find the accent you are having. Surprisingly I don’t have an accent. Should I be glad about? ;)

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
 

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

Boston
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
The Inland North
 
Philadelphia
 
The South
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

WLAN with Zyxel router and OS X 10.5

Each time when I’ve visited my parents the last five times, I never got a WLAN connection working with my Macbook on OS X 10.5. That’s really bothersome when you are connected to a cable in a small room. Today I had some time to check why it only happens with my Macbook and not with any other computer with Windows installed.

I found a helpful blog post which helped me a lot to solve the issue. As you can see the timeout problem was introduced with the upgrade to OS X 10.5.2. As the solution you simply have to update the firmware of the router. That’s all! Thanks for the nice hint.

It’s Time for a New Design

After two years with the current design I need something new and freshy. Even with some upcoming changes in my life in the near future I had to update some parts of my website. That’s why I’ve taken the chance to also update the design. In difference to the last one the brand new design isn’t created by myself. Its name is Amazing Grace and I’ve found it while crawling through all the WordPress themes. The reason why I’ve chosen a theme from another person is simple. I don’t have time to update an own theme. So it was already far behind the current development of WordPress. I hope you will like it too.

Further I’ve removed the Gallery for now because I have to iterate how I can integrate it better into WordPress. Lets see if it will return in some weeks or if I reduce it to my Photoblog.