Groom Updates Twitter, Facebook at The Altar

You know that apocalypse thing we’re always being told might be just around the corner? Well, do you feel the chilling breeze? Do you feel the troubled twittering in the trees?

For here is a tale that I know you will discuss with your loved ones, perhaps with other people’s loved ones, even with your psychological professional, the minute you hear it.

It appears a man called Dana Hanna is standing at the altar on November 21. He utters those most solemn vows about how he will love and obey or whatever it is that married people claim to do these days.

The officiant pronounces that Dana and his lovely bride, Tracy, are now married. Does Dana weep? Does he kiss his bride?

Ah, no. For Dana’s Twitter moniker is TheSoftwareJedi and his first loyalty is to his digital followers. So, much to his wife’s surprise, he whips out his cell phone and updates his statuses on both Twitter and Facebook. Right there at the altar. He also hands his wife’s cell phone over to her.

Now that he has uploaded the evidence (which we’re assuming isn’t staged), Dana insists that this was all done for fun.

Indeed, he explained on YouTube: “I have a lot of family scattered around the country and we all use Facebook a lot to keep in touch. So when Tracy and I were engaged, most of my family found out via Facebook because we updated our statuses.”

If you’re wondering what it is he tweeted from the altar, here it is: “Standing at the altar with @TracyPage where just a second ago, she became my wife! Gotta go, time to kiss my bride. #weddingday”

However, another tweet sent on Monday night by Hanna, who is chief architect of and president of Torian Technologies, might perhaps offer an even greater insight into his complex and socially networked psyche: “Just changed over the laundry for @TracyPage and was thrown off by the fact a bra was in there. Not used to living with a woman again.”

Oh, Tracy, are you sure about this? I only ask because I just tried to access the Tracy Page Twitter feed and received the message “this page doesn’t exist.”


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Google Boosts Chrome Dev Tools

Google on Monday detailed recent improvements to its Google Chrome developer tools, which include the addition of a heap profiler for JavaScript and a timeline tab offering overviews of where time is spent when loading a Web application.

The tools were introduced in the Google Chrome developer channel. Chrome is the company’s entrant in the browser market.

“[During] the last few weeks, Google Chrome’s developer tools have become much more useful,” said Pavel Feldman, a software engineer at Google, and Anders Sandholm, a Google product manager, in a blog post.

“With the heap profiler you can now take a snapshot of the JavaScript heap at any point in time. A heap snapshot helps you understand memory usage and by comparing snapshots you can also follow memory usage over time. You will find the heap profiler in the profiles tab along with the sample-based CPU profiler,” the officials said.

“The new timeline view gives you a complete overview of where time is spent when loading a Web app. All events — ranging from loading resources over parsing and executing JavaScript to calculating styles and repainting — are plotted on a timeline,” they said.

The company’s tools for Chrome are partially based on the WebKit browser engine. Google also has put together a Web site focused on Chrome developer tools, featuring tutorials and videos. The company also has improved the Web Inspector tool for testing of Chrome Web sites. Improvements were made in areas such as editing and CSS accommodations.

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Latest Firefox Beta Offers File-Handling Feature

Mozilla, determined to release Firefox 3.6 before year’s end, is also determined to squeeze as many features as possible into the new Browser.

The latest example: support for the File interface that adds more sophistication to uploading and some other chores.

Support for the feature is one of the 133 changes that arrived in Firefox 3.6 beta 4, which the Mozilla project released Thursday for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The File API (application programming interface), a draft standard at the World Wide Web consortium, lets browsers handle files better. Among its abilities are uploading multiple files at once, showing thumbnail previews of images that have been selected for upload, breaking a long video upload up into chunks to protect against network interruption problems, and integrating with drag-and-drop Web applications.

While many software projects use beta testing periods to shake down their code, Mozilla isn’t afraid to add new features as it goes. That can mean new ideas arrive sooner, of course, but it also can delay the completion date of the new version. What was to have been a quick Firefox 3.1 release was pushed back months as new features were added and the version ultimately was renamed Firefox 3.5.

For those who want to dig into the File interface, Mozilla offers a Web developer guide to using it.

The beta-testing periods aren’t just important for debugging Firefox itself. New versions often don’t work with older add-ons that people install to customize the browser, so beta testing gives some time for programmers to update those add-ons. Mike Belzner, Mozilla’s director of Firefox, said 70 percent of add-ons are now compatible with Firefox 3.6.


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