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MemChaser 0.2 released

Exactly one month after we have released our initial version of MemChaser, version 0.2 has been made publicly available. You can install the add-on as usual from addons.mozilla.org or if it is already installed, simply check for updates within the Add-ons Manager. A couple of subtle changes have been made which will give a better experience for users. So we have combined the formerly two widgets in the Add-on bar into a single one to prevent other extensions from inserting their widgets in-between. At the same time the width hasContinue readingMemChaser 0.2 released

MemChaser – An extension to track Firefox’s memory activities

Today I want to announce a new extension for Firefox. It’s been developed by the Mozilla QA Automation Services team, which exists to support the Mozilla QA community by developing tools and frameworks for ease of testing. And this time, in case of the extension, we even target (web) developers, and our huge Firefox user base. So what is it about? Mid of December 2011 bug 711900 has been filed. It complained about an increased garbage and cycle collector activity in Firefox 10, which was not existent in Firefox 9.Continue readingMemChaser – An extension to track Firefox’s memory activities

Mozmill 1.5.9 released

As noted in my yesterdays blog post about the freeze of Mozmill in the JSBridge module when Python 2.7.2 is used, there was an urgent need for a new version of Mozmill. Late yesterday we were able to finally release Mozmill 1.5.9 on PYPI. It only includes the fix for bug 722707 and allows everyone who is running on Python 2.7.2 to use Mozmill again. If you are affected please upgrade immediately.

Mozmill Crowd 0.1.5 released

Yesterday we had to release Mozmill Crowd 0.1.5 due to changes in our reporting infrastructure. Given the fallout of one of our servers our Mozmill Dashboard is now located at http://mozmill-crowd.blargon7.com/. This move needed an update of the default report URL. Now you can send reports of your test results again. We have to admit that not much work happened on the extension in the last couple of months. Reasons are mostly other important projects and mainly the development of the new pre-configured environment for Mozmill. There are still someContinue readingMozmill Crowd 0.1.5 released

Mozmill 1.5.8 has been released

The final bits of Mozmill 1.5.8 are now available through Pypi. Install or upgrade Mozmill by running: pip install –upgrade mozmill==1.5.8 We had to release this version to fix a recent regression which has been identified in Mozmill 1.5.7, and which caused a hard-stop when an user restart has been requested. The issue did only exist on OS X. Beside this fix we now enabled the new boolean preference called ‘focusmanager.testmode’ by default. It will allow us to run multiple Mozmill tests concurrently on the same machine. Support for theContinue readingMozmill 1.5.8 has been released

Suppress socket warnings when using rdiff-backup

Since I have been using rdiff-backup to backup my Xen domU machines, I get a daily message from cron which informs me that some sockets couldn’t be backed-up because the path is too long: SpecialFileError var/spool/postfix/public/flush Socket error: AF_UNIX path too long After some digging I have found that this is related to the length limitation of the AF_UNIX constant in one of the kernel header files, and which only allows 107 characters. Depending on where you want to backup to the length can exceed. The solution is simple. WhyContinue readingSuppress socket warnings when using rdiff-backup

How to fix the OOM killer crashes under Linux

Linux! Linux is great. Linux is Open Source. Any nerd wants to run Linux. But is any part of Linux really that great? This was a good question I wasn’t really able to answer until yesterday. Now I have mixed feelings but understanding the following problem better, gives even a bit more safety, also for my personal life. During the whole last year I had a lot of situations when one of my virtual machines on the server died due to an OOM killer process. Those crashes were not predictableContinue readingHow to fix the OOM killer crashes under Linux

Mozmill 1.4.1 released

Today Mozilla proudly presents the next bug fix release for Mozmill. A couple of improvements have been made into this release. The most important part is definitely the support of Firefox 3.7, which allows us to run Mozmill tests against Minefield builds in the near future. But we also support Open Solaris now and offer a much easier way to setup Mozmill on Windows. There is no dependency for pywin32 anymore. And with all the other fixes we really have a shiny new release. A list of fixes, which haveContinue readingMozmill 1.4.1 released

Synchronizing Nokia N900 with Mac OS X

About 2 weeks ago I got my new Nokia N900 device for testing purposes. During the next couple of months I will have to run some dogfooding against the mobile Firefox aka. Fennec. To have it handy all the time I will have to use it as my mobile phone. Therefore it’s necessary to synchronize all the relevant information, e.g. Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks, between OS X and the N900. There is no official plug-in yet which will allow the synchronization with iSync. But after a quick check I haveContinue readingSynchronizing Nokia N900 with Mac OS X

Using your Fritz!Box to send a fax

Even when having an ISDN phone connection at home you will be able to send a fax. There is no analog connection needed. The only requirement is an installed Fritz!Box Fon from AVM which acts as your telephone system. Via its configuration web interface you can already specify a number to receive faxes. But also sending a fax is possible in some simple steps. Download and install Fritz!Fax on your Windows machine. A printer driver is installed automatically which is used to send b/w or colored faxes. Works like aContinue readingUsing your Fritz!Box to send a fax

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