Firefox 3 World Record Download Day 2008


Mozilla is trying to set a world record for the most downloaded software in 24 hours with its new Firefox 3 release. That official download day is today, Tuesday, June 17th, 2008… conveniently also the launch date for the browser. As of this post, over 1.7 million users have pledged to download the new Firefox 3 browser, but I’m sure most of them are waiting for the “download now” email.

If the Mozilla/Firefox management team is smart (which I assume they are), they will use the country information entered by pledgees as a guide to email out the download tokens by timezone and number of people in that region who have pledged to download. At least that way it will stagger the downloads and save some hope for their servers.

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When We Left Earth Part 2 – NASA’s Apollo Missions

This Sunday was the second part of When We Left Earth, Discovery Channel’s three part series covering NASA’s first 50 years. While the part one documented the agency’s shaky beginnings up to the Gemini missions (1958 to 1966), part two really focused on the Apollo lunar flights. Once again, they did an excellent job covering in depth all steps leading up to the flights from the Apollo 1 fire, Apollo 10’s dress rehearsal, Apollo 11’s lunar landing, Apollo 13’s struggles to the end of the program with Apollo 17’s final visit to the moon. They wrap up part two with the launch of Skylab – NASA’s project to gauge the effects of extended weightlessness on the human body.

I must say again that the folks at The Discovery Channel did a wonderful job combining HD converted footage with interviews to tell the history of NASA as if you were there for the ride. The third and final part of this documentary is scheduled to air Sunday, June 22 at 9pm. They will cover the recent history of the agency, with a focus on the Space Shuttle program. But, if you can’t wait until then, or would like to watch more video, be sure to check out NASA Video Vault.

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Today I launched a mobile version of! Now you can get all the items from the desktop version on your WAP enabled phone or PDA. This includes all the posts, polls, images and other miscellaneous items I choose to throw up on here from time to time. So, to all my on-the-go visitors, enjoy your cellular stay.

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2008 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

Last year’s Canadian Grand Prix included Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella getting black flagged, Lewis Hamilton winning his first race and Robert Kubica in a spectacular crash. The 2008 race was completely different. Massa finished the race… in fifth place, Lewis Hamilton’s stock plummeted and going from zero-to-hero Robert Kubica notched up the first win for himself and BMW-Sauber F1. As a result, Kubica vaults to the top of the drivers standings and puts BMW-Sauber into second place of the Constructors Championship. Oh, and quick-Nick Heidfeld finished second, with old man David Coulthard finishing on the last step of the podium.

While the win couldn’t have gone to a more deserving driver, Robert has to owe the victory to his new best friend Lewis Hamilton. Because the McLaren sophomore ran into the back of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in the pit lane, he knocked the number one and two drivers from the race, allowing Kubica to basically run away with the race. After review, the FIA penalized the McLaren driver 10 grid spots for the upcoming French Grand Prix. We’ll see what Magny-Cours has in store.

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3G iPhone priced from $199

iPhone 3G

Apple nerds, mark your iCal-endars! Ending all the hype and speculation, Apple announced today at WWDC that the 3G iPhone will launch on July 11th priced from $199 for the base 8gb model and $299 for the 16gb version. The other important piece of the puzzle were the visuals. It will be available in two colors: black (8 & 16gb) and white (16gb only). Otherwise, the case remains mostly the same. Apple has relaunched its iPhone website touting it as “Twice as fast… half the price”, but what exactly do you get for half that price?

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