Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/12/15

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending December 15, 2006. As with last week, the report is very short because most of my time was taken up with internal matters.

Projects for the week

Here's a partial listing of what I and others at the Foundation did this past week:

  • Grants and related activities. I submitted one major accessibility proposal to the board for their consideration, plus some other smaller proposals in other areas.

    Next action(s): Get resolved any outstanding issues relating to 2006 grants and grant requests.

Upcoming activities

Nothing worth noting at this time.

Random notes

Last week's "music I listened to a lot" was Jóhann Jóhannsson's IBM 1401, A User's Manual, an orchestral work inspired by Jóhannsson's father's attempts at using the early IBM 1401 processor as a primitive synthesizer. The work's origin as accompaniment for a dance piece and its translation from string quartet to full orchestra cause it to tend perilously close to schmaltz at some points, and the last part (added for the CD) feels a bit tacked on. However it's well worth checking out if you like this sort of thing (especially at eMusic prices), and as a bonus you'll learn about the finer points of maintaining the IBM 1403 printer and the IBM 1402 card read/punch, not to mention the various uses of IBM #6 oil. (There's also a nice web site for the CD providing additional background material, including a clip of the dance performance.)

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