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"Intentions" are not always obvious and often never see the light of day. Many a Prosecutor would love to have a fool-proof way to determine them! [lol] I try not to become too dependent on any software (present app excluded, of course!). They don't call it 'vaporware' for nothing! That doesn't mean I have no favorites, of course, but I just let the markets operate and vote with my money. ThU32:-)
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Dear X-Air and WeatherCat fans of open-source,

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I'm not a fan of guys grabbing a bunch of open-source code and forking it into a new direction.
I rather thought that was one of the core tenants of "open-source"; anyone can build on previous work, as long as they continue to keep it opening available. Perhaps I misunderstand the concept. I have already made too misteaks this yeer! [banghead]

The problem isn't with the principle so much as one's intentions.  Normally the idea is that open source software is developed cooperatively by a community.  However, humans being humans occasionally squabbles occur.  The worst of these result in somebody taking the code from one project and starting a whole new project - not because it is a better idea but because they can't stand the people they were fighting with.  This is a dangerous moment for any open source project because there might not be enough volunteers to support two differ pieces of software that mostly do the same thing.  Some open-source projects have died because their forked into too many versions - none of which was well-supported.

WaterFox appears to exist for honest intentions and appears to be a legitimate reason to folk open-source code.  Firefox isn't likely to suffer from this and eventually the code from WaterFox might be merged back into Firefox.  When 32-bit operating systems are sufficiently obsolete, the Firefox team will want to do precisely what the Waterfox team has already done.

We'll see!

Cheers, Edouard
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I'm not a fan of guys grabbing a bunch of open-source code and forking it into a new direction.
I rather thought that was one of the core tenants of "open-source"; anyone can build on previous work, as long as they continue to keep it opening available. Perhaps I misunderstand the concept. I have already made too misteaks this yeer! [banghead]
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Dear X-Air, JC, and WeatherCat speedy web surfers,

Glad JC you agree that it does seem to keep its promises!  :)

WaterFox doesn't seem to have a mobile version, yet. I don't find the iPhone usable for serious web browsing, the screen is simply too small for my eyes and fat fingers! My iPad is not as difficult, but it's a WiFi only model and I'm not fond of 'free' connections. [lol]

I'm not a fan of guys grabbing a bunch of open-source code and forking it into a new direction.  However, in this case the official project might have been busy with security concerns or committed to supporting the widest variety of hardware.

It is clearly the focus of this project is to get Firefox into the 64-bit world on desktops.  The mobile version of Firefox could significantly different and the same coding modification strategies wouldn't work.  It might require another renegade to create a fork of the mobile version that is specifically 64-bit clean.

We'll see!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Computing/Macintosh / Re: A new "fork" of the Mozilla project: Waterfox.
« Last post by Jace on March 26, 2017, 07:46:31 PM »
Downloaded and running Edouard, certainly seems to 'scoot' along a bit quicker  ThU5:-)

JC
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WeatherCat General Discussion / Re: Wisdom on Dynamic DNS services?
« Last post by xairbusdriver on March 26, 2017, 02:34:55 PM »
"15 seconds a month" is still cheap. OTOH, it would probably also entail another 10 seconds to set up a monthly reminder. Then there is the few seconds recognizing the monthly Notification.

I don't see the 'visit every 30 days' as any worse than a pop-up dialog reminding you that you are benefiting from an app but have not yet paid for it. It's just a reminder that "There ain't no free lunch". [lol]
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I see that they still claim to have a free service but there is this: "confirm every 30 days" business.  Aren't they forcing you back to their website in order to be exposed to advertising once a month?

I don't know what that is. If so, it is probably not too much trouble to take 15 seconds a month to maintain free use of the site.
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General Computing/Macintosh / Last chance to contact your Congressman
« Last post by xairbusdriver on March 25, 2017, 10:22:55 PM »
This didn't take long:
If you think Google collects a lot of info on you, wait until it's your ISP! Only hope now is to get the same folks who shot down repealing & replacing the AHC to shoot this down in Congress.

There are a couple of great quotes from Consumer Report and Electronic Frontier Foundation If the House passes this, the only 'good thing' will be one less question about using your data, they will just do it without the question. [banghead]
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URLMPro is probably older than 20 years. Sounds like you have a system that works similarly. ThU5:-) I just saw some 'low-hanging' chains and pulled your! [lol]

WaterFox doesn't seem to have a mobile version, yet. I don't find the iPhone usable for serious web browsing, the screen is simply too small for my eyes and fat fingers! My iPad is not as difficult, but it's a WiFi only model and I'm not fond of 'free' connections. [lol]

Looking at the apps home page I saw some text that made me think twice: "No data collection". Last text on the page, however, may be a better explanation. I think the lad (he's still ~22) really means "absolutely no data or telemetry is sent back to Mozilla or the Waterfox project." Slightly different than "no collection", but less is always better. I don't think many commercial sites would be around were it not for their data collecting. [rolleyes2]
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Dear X-Air, Reinhard, and WeatherCat web surfers,

Glad Reinhard you found it interesting enough to "take it out for a spin."

What?! You still use a browser to store bookmarks and other urls?! [lol] One of these days URLM Pro is going to die... not sure what I'll do then.

I don't know what URLM Pro is.  I've always stuck to browser bookmarks.  I suppose I have some bookmarks that are 20 years old or more!  Since I have to use more than one browser from time to time, I use BookMacster from Sheep systems:

http://www.sheepsystems.com/products/bookmacster.html

It does the job of keeping all the bookmarks in sync from Mozilla, Safari, Chrome, Opera, and others.  Since Apple automatically exports my Safari bookmarks to my iOS devices, I have my WaterFox bookmarks current on those devices as well.

Another way to skin a cat(fish)!  [biggrin]

Cheers, Edouard
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