February 29, 2008
The freeze was announced late Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the company's chief engineer hinted that the number of outstanding bugs at that point – 66 that could block the release of Firefox 3.0 – meant a fifth beta will probably be needed.
"We reviewed the remaining number of P1 [Priority 1] and P2 [Priority 2] blockers on our lists and decided that we would go ahead with tonight's Firefox 3 Beta 4 code freeze and then bake nightly builds for a few days before handing off the code to the build and quality assurance teams," said Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's interface designer, in a message posted to the company's developer center.
During the rest of the week, Beltzner continued, developers will be looking over the blocking bugs to decide which, if any, require another beta release and which would prevent the final release of Firefox 3.0 if they went unfixed.
Meanwhile, Mike Schroepfer, the company's vice president of engineering, said he is leaning toward a fifth beta to give developers a chance to quash potential blockers. "As of this writing, there are 66 P1 bugs, which implies we either will not meet code freeze tonight or will need to add another milestone," he said hours before Mozilla held its weekly status meeting on Firefox 3.0. "Given the number of improvements between Beta 3 and today's nightly, I'd strong prefer we meet the freeze and talk about doing an additional Beta."
Google has been talking about its health initiative for some time now, slowly revealing more aspects of the project. Last week it announced a pilot of the service with the Cleveland Clinic, but was short on details.
On Thursday, Google said that Google Health aims to offer users a central place to store their medical records. They will be able to import and share records from multiple institutions, provided the organizations already allow customers to digitally access their records.
A user's profile lists important information such as conditions, medications, test results, allergies and past operations. It also lists current doctors with their contact information.
Through the Cleveland Clinic pilot, Google has already discovered that the service is particularly useful to people who may live part of the year in Ohio and part of the year in Florida, said Marissa Mayer, vice president of search and user products for Google, in a blog post that also contained screenshots.
Those people have historically carried paper health records back and forth between the locations. Now they can import their data from each medical facility and share it electronically with the other facility.
February 27, 2008
Mobile Asia 2008 will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit on February 29, 2008. The theme running through the event will be GenNext, as exhibitors will showcase products and technologies that will change lives not just today but in the coming years too. Explaining this, Pankaj Mohindroo, National President ICA (Indian Cellular Association), said, "The next wave of growth in mobile subscribers will be primarily from the younger generation. Mobile Asia 2008 therefore aims to provide a platform for the industry and trade to interact and communicate with GenNext.”
Microsoft has sent out invitations to select enthusiasts for the first private Beta testing of their upcoming Internet Explorer (IE) 8.
About two weeks back, Mozilla had launched Beta 3 of their Firefox version 3. Seems Microsoft has been under some pressure to come up with their new version as well.
Incidentally, though IE continues to be the most widely-used browser, Firefox has been a strong competitor and has managed to grab a considerable percentage of the market in a comparatively short span of time.
In 2006, both companies had launched new versions of their respective browsers at around the same time. However, users ended up using Firefox 2 more as compared to IE7.
Coming back to the invitations sent out by Microsoft to select Beta testers, they've said they will soon be making their Beta available to the general public for testing and downloads.
Table-2 First undocumented set of smiley's
Table-3 Hidden emoticons that no one knows about yet!
Discovery by:- TK