Mozilla celebrates 20 years!

I saw this in my feed earlier and I couldn’t believe that Mozilla has turned twenty years old already.

It’s the morning of March 31, 1998, and the Netscape campus is chock-full of engineers, hours earlier than on a normal day. It’s a Tuesday and it’s known universally in the Netscape browser world as “three thirty-one” and written as 3/31. It’s the day the Mozilla code is open-sourced to the world, and the day the Mozilla Project is formally launched.

It was a bold move which was announced through a press release in January of that year stating:

The company plans to post the source code beginning with the first Netscape Communicator 5.0 developer release, expected by the end of the first quarter of 1998. This aggressive move will enable Netscape to harness the creative power of thousands of programmers on the Internet by incorporating their best enhancements into future versions of Netscape’s software.

When you think about it what Netscape set out to do when they launched Mozilla has to have gone beyond their wildest dreams. What they did was risky at the time and could have ended up being a huge flop.

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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

The Raspberry Pi 3 B+ was released a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to receive mine.

The newest iteration of the Raspberry Pi features:

  • 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) CPU
  • Dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2
  • Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0
  • Power-over-Ethernet support
  • Improved PXE network and USB mass-storage booting
  • Improved thermal management

The Raspberry Pi Foundation put out a very nicely done YouTube video where they introduce and discuss the various changes that have been made to this version.

I still haven’t decided what I’ll do with my current Raspberry Pis once I get this one though.

Aside from the obvious option of just leaving them alone I have played with the idea of turning my existing Raspberry Pi 3 into a FreedomBox or installing Pi-hole, a DNS sinkhole, on it to block advertisements and potentially retiring my old Raspberry Pi B+ which is now filling that role.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

I picked up an unlocked Motorola Moto G5 Plus (XT1687) today as a replacement for my LG K7 (which aside from being really outdated is an excellent phone in its own right) and after using the Moto G5 Plus for a few hours I have to say that I really like it so far.

It’s the perfect size for my needs, fast, and it hits every check mark on my admittedly small list of things I wanted despite it being considered a “budget phone”.

A lot of reviews complained about the lack NFC on the American model and lack of USB-C, but neither of those things really matter to me.

Quick device overview:

  • Android 7.0, Nougat
  • 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 12MP rear camera with dual autofocus and a 5MP front facing camera
  • 3000 mAh battery with a TurboPower charger
  • Compatible with all major U.S. carriers.

I also bought a black Incipio NGP case as well as their Plex HD “High Clarity” Screen Protector for it which will hopefully keep the Moto G5 well protected for some time to come.