Michael's Blog

10 Years as a Mozilla Volunteer

2018-04-09 at 19:29:11

March 10th, 2018 marked my 10 year anniversary as a Mozilla volunteer. I wanted to write this blog post for quite some time now, but as you might know, writing is not one of my capabilities I’m exercising a lot. With this blog post I’d like to give a quick wrap up of the past 10 years and share the story on how I came to Mozilla. Upfront I’d like to thank everyone who made this journey as amazing as it was, to many more years!

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WebVR/A-Frame Hackathon in Lausanne

2017-07-24 at 22:49:55

Last Saturday the Mozilla Switzerland community, together with Liip, has organized a WebVR/A-Frame Hackathon in Lausanne, Switzerland. As always (also in Zurich), we turned to Liip for support regarding a venue, and as always they were happy to host us in Lausanne. At this point, a big "thank you" to them! Without their support we couldn't organize events as easy as we can now.

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Mozilla Switzerland Community Meetup 2017

2017-01-28 at 21:55:40

On the 28th of January we, the Mozilla Switzerland, community held another community meetup to organize ourselves for the next few months in 2017.

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Mozilla Switzerland - Community Meetup June 2016

2016-09-06 at 21:05:47

On June 20th the Swiss Mozillians met in Zurich to discuss the second half of the year. The goal was to come up with objectives for mozilla.ch that are aligned with the current Mozilla strategy and the Participation Team and Mozilla Reps goals.

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Alpha Review - Using Janitor to contribute to Firefox

2016-05-05 at 15:02:12

At the Firefox Hackathon in Zurich we used The Janitor to contribute to Firefox. It's important to note that it's still in alpha and invite-only.

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Firefox Hackathon Zurich April 2016

2016-05-05 at 14:31:47

Last Saturday we've held a Firefox Hackathon in Zurich, Switzerland. We've had 12 people joining us.

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Reps Council Working Days Berlin 2016

2016-04-24 at 14:10:43

From April 15th through April 17th the Mozilla Reps Council met in Berlin together with the Participation Team to discuss the Working groups and overall strategy topics. Unfortunately I couldn't attend on Friday (working day 1) since I had to take my exams. Therefore I could only attend Saturday and Sunday. Nevertheless I think I could help out a lot and definitely learned a lot doing this :) This blog posts reflects my personal opinions, the others will write a blog post as well to give you a more concise view of this weekend.

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Mozilla Switzerland IoT Hackathon in Lausanne

2016-04-24 at 13:04:27

On April 2nd 2016 we held a small IoT Hackathon in Lausanne to brainstorm about the Web and IoT. This was aligned with the new direction that Mozilla is taking on.

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Mozilla Switzerland Goals H1 2016

2016-02-07 at 15:43:26

Back in November we had a Community Meetup. The goal was to get a current status on the Community and define plans and goals for 2016. To do that, we started with a SWOT-Analysis. You can find it here.

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Mozillas strategische Leitlinien für 2016 und danach

2016-01-19 at 17:27:24

Dieser Beitrag wurde zuerst im Blog auf https://blog.mozilla.org/community veröffentlicht. Herzlichen Dank an Aryx und Coce für die Übersetzung!

Auf der ganzen Welt arbeiten leidenschaftliche Mozillianer am Fortschritt für Mozillas Mission. Aber fragt man fünf verschiedene Mozillianer, was die Mission ist, erhält man womöglich sieben verschiedene Antworten.

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German-speaking Community mid-term planning

2015-12-24 at 18:44:26

Mozilla's Participation Team has started to do "mid-term plannings" with a few focus communities back in September. The goal was to identify potential and goals for a six month plan which would then be implemented with the help of all the community. Since Germany is one of the focus markets for Firefox, it's clear that the German-speaking community was part of that as well.

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MozCoffee Framework - Wie organisiere ich ein Meetup?

2015-12-04 at 23:49:05

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Mozilla Tech Weekend in Berlin - November 28th & 29th

2015-11-14 at 16:02:14

The Berlin Mozilla Community would like to invite all of you to the Mozilla Tech Weekend on November 28th 2015. There will be tech talks on Saturday and workshops on Sunday.

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Mozilla Weekend Berlin - Day 2 / Feedback

2015-07-19 at 20:38:51

At the Community Meetup of the German-speaking community back in February we decided to organize a Mozilla Day or Mozilla Weekend in 2015 to get more visible in Berlin, tell people about Mozilla’s mission and projects, and recruit new Mozillians. We did this on July 11th and 12th. This is the post about Day 2. You can read about Day 1 in a previous blog post.

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Mozilla Weekend Berlin 2015 - Preparation & Day 1

2015-07-19 at 19:24:18

At the Community Meetup of the German-speaking community back in February we decided to organize a Mozilla Day or Mozilla Weekend in 2015 to get more visible in Berlin, tell people about Mozilla's mission and projects, and recruit new Mozillians.

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#FoxYeah in the German-speaking community

2015-07-19 at 18:19:22

Back in the beginning of June Mozilla has released Firefox 38.0.5, together with a campaign to promote Firefox all over the world. This also included offline events, which we did in Zurich, Bern and Berlin.

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MobileCamp 2015 - Firefox OS room

2015-05-17 at 09:01:16

On April 25 and 26 the 7th edition of the MobileCamp was organized in Dresden, Germany. Mobilecamp is a barcamp with "Mobile" as topic. It's probably the most important barcamp regarding mobile in the German-speaking countries. Therefore the German-speaking Mozilla community decided to host a Firefox OS day on Saturday. The organizers of the barcamp were kind enough to lend us a room specific for that.

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German-speaking Community - Status of goals

2015-04-28 at 00:04:38

At the German-speaking community meetup in February we set some goals to reach in 2015. In our last bi-weekly meeting we discussed the current status of those goals. Here's a quick summary:

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German speaking Mozilla Community - Meeting Feedback

2015-03-22 at 22:21:15

On the 21st and 22nd of February 2015 we held the annual Meetup of the German speaking community. With this blog post I'd like to share the opinions of the participants, so others can benefit form our experience.

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FOSS Asia 2015 Singapore

2015-03-16 at 23:15:59

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Treffen der deutschsprachigen Mozilla Gemeinschaft - Tag 2 (DE / EN)

2015-02-27 at 04:33:44

(English version below every paragraph)

Das ist der dritte Eintrag zum Treffen der deutschsprachigen Mozilla Gemeinschaft. Insgesamt werden drei Teile veröffentlicht. Die vorherigen Teile findest du hier: Tag 0, Tag 1, Tag 2 .

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Treffen der deutschsprachigen Mozilla Gemeinschaft - Tag 1 (DE / EN)

2015-02-27 at 04:33:11

(English version below every paragraph)

Das ist der zweite Eintrag zum Treffen der deutschsprachigen Mozilla Gemeinschaft. Insgesamt werden drei Teile veröffentlicht. Die weiteren findest du hier: Tag 0, Tag 1, Tag 2 .

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Treffen der deutschsprachigen Mozilla Gemeinschaft - Tag 0 (DE / EN)

2015-02-27 at 04:32:52

(English version below every paragraph)

Das ist der erste Eintrag zum Treffen der deutschsprachigen Mozilla Gemeinschaft. Insgesamt werden drei Teile veröffentlicht. Die weiteren findest du hier: Tag 0, Tag 1, Tag 2 .

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Firefox OS Awareness Day 2014

2015-02-08 at 16:05:31

On the 13.12.2014 we've met in Cologne, Germany to have a "Firefox OS Awareness Day". The goal of this event was to promote Firefox OS in Germany, a very difficult task as it turns out.

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Firefox OS App Day Frankfurt - 22.11.2014

2014-11-25 at 22:58:29

On the 22nd of November we met in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) to have a Firefox OS App Day. This is an event where we have talks in the morning to explain Firefox OS and Web APIs and then we hack for the rest of the day creating amazing apps for Firefox OS (and the open web).

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EuroPython 2014

2014-11-20 at 21:39:39

Disclaimer: this is an event report from Marco Perez.

Even though we were very happy to see that Mozilla was a sponsor of "EuroPython 2014" and even got its own booth, it felt somehow strange to see it all empty. We hoped that maybe it would be equipped and manned in the afternoon or maybe on tuesday.

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Million Mask March Zurich - 08.11.2014

2014-11-20 at 21:35:03

On the 8th of November (yes, 2 days before #fx10), we met in Zurich to provide a tea booth for protesters. There is a new law coming up in Switzerland which would negatively influence everybody's privacy, which was the reason for the protest. A few days before the event I asked Martin and Gion-Andri from the Swiss community if they'd like to help out with the tea since two other members couldn't make it that day. Fortunately they said yes and did a great job!

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Mozilla Hacking Day 2 - 11.10.2014

2014-11-20 at 21:32:40

On the 11th of October we organized a "Mozilla Hacking Day 2" in Berlin. This was the follow up of the first Hacking Day in Berlin in April.

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MobileCamp Dresden May 2014

2014-05-26 at 22:58:32

On the 10th May I went to the MobileCamp in Dresden, Germany to give a keynote about Firefox OS. One of our community members was asked if Mozilla wants to do the keynote and we thought that this is a great opportunity to tell people in Germany about our mission and our goals we have with Firefox OS.

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Mozilla Hacking Day April 2014

2014-05-26 at 22:57:03

On the 26th of April we met in Berlin to have a "Mozilla Hacking Day". After several month of planning, we had a good session plan which sounded interesting. On meetup.com, 55 people rsvp'd and about 17 Mozillians registered to help us out at the event itself.

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German-speaking Community DocSprint April 2014

2014-04-13 at 18:11:18

Am 5. und 6. April  traffen wir uns in Berlin für einen Mozilla DocSprint der deutschspachigen Community. Es konnten leider nicht alle Core-Contributors dabei sein, aber wir hatten trotzdem ein schönes und produktives Wochenende.

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Barcamp Salzburg March 2014

2014-04-13 at 17:29:55

On the 15th of March I organized a Firefox OS workshop at the Barcamp Salzburg. But let's start from the beginning.

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German-speaking Mozilla Community Meetup February 2014

2014-02-23 at 23:34:25

TL;DR: Great meetup, let's work on our defined goals for 2014!

On the 8th of February 2014 we had our second "German-speaking Mozilla Community" Meetup after rebooting the community. In this blog post I'd like to review the event and tell you about our 2014 goals.

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OKCon 2013 in Geneva

2013-11-03 at 12:39:52

Mid of September I attended the Open Knowledge Conference 2013 in Geneva. To be honest, I had never heard of the Open Knowledge Foundation before (or I just don't recall), so I was quite happy to see that this year's conference was in Geneva.  I just found out about it, because Kaitlin Thaney, Director Mozilla Science Lab had a talk there.

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Barcamp Erfurt 2013

2013-08-05 at 23:03:07

On the 15th and 16th of June (long time ago, I know), I was invited to the Barcamp Erfurt 2013. Since I had never been at a Barcamp before, I didn't exactly know what it will be like. I gotta say: Barcamps are awesome!

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Firefox OS App Days - combined with Webmaker

2013-06-23 at 23:20:59

In late May 2013 we (Mozilla Switzerland) organized a Firefox OS App Day in Zurich. At this event we wanted to give local developers a chance to play with Firefox OS and write some apps for it. It was a great event, which I don't need to blog about further since it has been documented very well elsewhere.

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BackupSoft

2010-05-30 at 20:09:58

Our backup application "BackupSoft" is now officially available for download. You can download it on the "Downloads" page of this website. Currently there is only the Linux version available, because the Windows version takes up to 50MB. I'm sorry you need to compile it for yourself. You need to download the linux version if you want to have the source code. Further Qt needs to be installed.

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Tabs-on-Top

2010-04-18 at 21:30:48

Currently there is a discussion about the Tabs-on-Top feature in the mozilla.dev.apps.firefox newsgroup. Tabs-on-tops has been pushed to the nightly (trunk) development branch of firefox on April 6th 2010. Pretty much every new feature introduced to Firefox leads to a more or less active discussion but this time it is very important to find the right decision since this is a major change in the front UI. Of course there will never be an agreement because GUIs are still a matter of subjective. Now the FF UI design team needs to find a decision which is best for most of the users.

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my mozconfig

2010-04-14 at 17:55:11

As you probably know I have already fixed a few bugs in Mozilla Firefox. For this I need to build Firefox from the source files. Therefore I need a "mozconfig" which sets some general options how to build Firefox.

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