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17 September 2007 @ 5am


A weekend with Mozilla

This weekend, a cast and crew of thousands put on a little show that spanned three (four? five?) continents and covered every timezone on the planet. I’m talking, of course, about Mozilla24. I managed to tune in for the US show which took place at Stanford University and included talks by Lawrence Lessig, Zak Greant, Dave Humphrey, Mike Shaver and Johnathan Nightingale. It was great stuff. I’m just bummed I missed out on some of the cool stuff put on by Mozilla Japan which included a music party featuring nearly a dozen performers.

By all units of measurement available to modern science, the event was a great success. There were a couple odd technical glitches in the stream, but for the most part, my connection, using another great piece of open source software, VLC was perfect. My hat is off to the combined efforts of all those that managed to make this event what it was. It really struck me while I was watching the show and chatting on IRC with people in Switzerland, France, Germany, the US, Canada, Japan and … elsewhere? just how global this project really is. And how immediately you can get feedback and participate in something that is really really big.

Meanwhile, in the midst of all this, another project based on Mozilla technology quietly released an updated version. If you’re a screen-writer, you might well want to check out CeltX. It’s your one-stop-shop for all things script-writing.