Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mozilla Firefox Army of Awesome

So you like to tweet? Well, I do as well :-)  Because I enjoy the social media community, such as Facebook and Twitter, just to name a few of them.  I decided to join the team of Army of Awesome at Mozilla Firefox.   One of my contributions at Mozilla Firefox is to be provide support within the user community.  The "AoA ", which is the short name for "Army of Awesome"; is a twitter platform to provide support assistance for our users.  The user can tweet @Firefox and a member of the AoA team can reply back using their Twitter account.  For example, my user name is @rtsayles, so when I reply back to the user, it will come from my twitter account.  I think having this system provides a personal touch within the Moz Community.

 The users are very grateful for the volunteers at Mozilla, I am usually getting a re-tweet or a favorite on Twitter.   I would say, it's one of the most easy job you can perform within the Mozilla community.  The system is setup where a member of the AoA can either provide a personal message or a prepared message to the users.  As, we move forward in the future, the social media community really plays a major role when it comes to communications. You can find more information about the Army of Awesome by click HERE.  So if you have a question about Mozilla Firefox and you are a Twitter fan such as me, let us know @Firefox.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Helping out at Mozilla

Have you ever just wanted to make a difference in the community?  But, you couldn't decide on how you would volunteer your time in the community? Well, let me tell you about Mozilla and how you can benefit helping out.  First, Mozilla could not complete their mission without people like myself, who contribute their spare time on helping. The rewarding experience is totally priceless and amazing.  There are so many options you can select from and you don't need to be an experience.  I am going to list what you can contribute to Mozilla:

  • Helping Users

    Our support process relies on enthusiastic contributors like you to help others get the most out of Mozilla products. Find out more about how to help Firefox users and how to help Thunderbird users.

  • Quality Assurance

    Quality assurance testing is one of the easiest ways to get started with Mozilla and is a great way to get familiar with our code and tools. Help us hunt down bugs in Firefox, test Mozilla web sites or learn more about other testing opportunities.

  • Coding

    Developers can help Mozilla by adding new features, making our technology smaller and faster and making development easier for others. Tell us your favorite programming language and we'll find the project for you.

  • Spread the Word

    Help us spread the word about how Firefox and other Mozilla projects are building a better Internet. Share Firefox with the world by becoming an Affiliate and then check out our Marketing Guide for more ways to get involved.

  • Localization

    Get involved with Mozilla by making Firefox, Thunderbird and other projects available in your language. Also help us tell the world about how Mozilla is building a better Internet by translating content on our web sites.

  • Web Development

    Our web sites are open for web developers to hack on. Find a web site project to get started on. Your web skills can also be used to help us build our new Firefox OS.

  • Add-ons

    Mozilla products have a powerful extension system that allows you to make small tweaks or major additions. Learn more about how to build an add-on. For experienced developers, find out how to become an AMO editor.

  • Visual Design

    We want to make it possible for artists to cover the web and people with designs inspired by Mozilla. Check out the Creative team blog for more information about how to take part.

  • Documentation and Writing

    The Mozilla Developer Network is the hub for information about Mozilla technologies. Help make our documentation better by writing new content, correcting existing material or translating content into new languages.

  • Education

    Help build a generation of webmakers by teaching others how the web works. Explore what the Mozilla Webmaker project is all about or get started teaching others by setting up an event in your community today.

    Wow, huh?  Yes, you can see their are so many options to select and choice to contribute at Mozilla.  If you have any spare time to help out with Mozilla Mission, please do so and I promise you will not be disappointed. .  Here is the link to learn more about getting involved and helping with Mozilla missions..

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Firefox Flicks

Have you ever wanted to be a movie star? Well, maybe?  Firefox Flicks is a global video competition encouraging filmmakers to educate others about the issues that affect our online lives. This year, it's all about the power that having access to the Web through mobile devices gives people and how that power can change the way we see the world and function within it.  I will be volunteering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival hepling with Mozilla Firefox. I hope to se you there!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Live Chat Meeting on Mozilla IRC

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to observe a meeting with few North America Mozilla Rep's.  The meeting took place on Mozilla IRC, which its a Internet message client for chatting. I was really amazed on how they conducted the meeting via chat.  The only thing I can say, it was one of the most impressive communication channel on having a effective meeting. Due to the diversity of other mozillians, if you did have a voice meeting, it could be challenging to understand different accents of others. I think having a chat meeting is a smart way to prevent language barriers. I really enjoyed the meeting and I learned another effective way of communications via Internet Chatting.  But, the leaders of this meeting really engaged the members of this meeting by chat commands. Not mentioning the "Robert Rules of Order" method of conducting a effective meeting.  A few years ago I downloaded ChatZilla as my client for chatting with Mozilla. It's a really nice addon, so you can chat with other mozillians and keeping in touch.  But their are many other IRC's where you can download and setup your chat client preferences. I highly recommend either ChatZilla via Firefox or Thunderbird email client.  If you are unable to use those clients, you can also access Mozilla IRC via HTTP web browser, its called Mibbit.  Please give it a try and once you have set up shop on Mozilla IRC, please send me a ping and my username is rtsayles. I hope to chat with you one of these days.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Learning Mozilla Popcorn Marker

Over the last few weeks, I have been exploring the Mozilla Popcorn Maker.  I am brainstorming and trying to come up with a creative way to make a video of me talking about Mozilla.  Once, I finish with the video project, I will display it here on my blog. Sound Exciting?  Yes, to me, I am so thrill to be a part of this Mozilla Community, I am learning so much about the web.  I have always had that technology touch in me, now I am exploring and having fun.  The way I look at things are I am finally challenging myself with my technology abilities, by exploring and having fun.  Did you know practically you can do anything on the web in today's world?  Goodness, we have come such a long way in technology enhancement, it really want me to learn all I can with technology.  But, we can't stop here, we need to continue to come up with more ways to make it better for our future.  So you want to try to make something in the Popcorn Marker? It's so much fun, you have to explore and come up with something nice. Here is a tutorial on the popcorn marker, I can wait to see your project.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Socially Connect with Us!

Did you know that you can participate in the Mozilla Social Media community? If you tweet, you can follow us on Twitter. Also, if you are on Facebook, you can like us on there as well. You can click the links on the  right side of my blog. We have millions of social media fans out there. It's also another way to socially be connected to Mozilla. Please let us know your feedback, that's the only way for us to improve by being innovative and keep the web open source. So don't be shy, let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Mozilla Open Badges

I'm so proud of myself for achieving my first open badge. Did you know that Mozilla have this really neat program called Open Badges?  OK, let me explain to you my friends, it's really cool. The program recognizes you from learning different kinds of skills. Once you finish, you will receive a cool badge to take with you anywhere. I remember when I was in the Boy Scouts of America, you had to take merit badges to achieve the ranks in the program. It's almost the same concept, but not quite. I don't know if our mention this to you, But,  I am working on a new project at Mozilla, its called Web maker and currently, I am creating some really cool stuff. I will tell you more here soon! Anyways, go and explore the Open Badges, you have to try it out, so visit Open Badges at and let me know your thoughts.  It's been busy here on my end, hope you guys are being innovated and learning lots of new things.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Firefox Mobile OS

Who remember Netscape?

Honestly, I was never in blogging, I really don't know why?  It's kind of like drinking water, I was never big on drinking water, but of course the doctor tells me, I have to for my heath. So, here we go, I will learn and get better over in time.  I guess we have to start somewhere, right? Ok, enough of me talking about what I am not into...LOL!  Let me tell you what, I an m really into, Mozilla Mission and movement!  Did you know that Mozilla started when I graduated from high school in 1998?  Wow, I am getting old, ughhh! Yes, they started from the Netscape ages, do anyone remember, Netscape?  Well, I do when I just started my technology/computer experience. Boy, I can remember my first email address, many years ago. But, I do know that Mozilla comes a long ways from 1998. I have been a huge supporter of Mozilla Firefox since FF Browser 1.0 and loved them since. Now, I am big on technology innovation and coming up with ways to enhance our technology experiences.  Also, I am a huge advocate on allowing people like myself explore in the openness of the web. We have to keep the movement going, which it will allow freedom on the web, so we can continue to find innovation ways to improve our technology. But, I am huge on cyberspace security, it’s a concern for many. So, we have to continue to keep the web open, but come up with innovate ways to improve our cyberspace security. I hope, I didn't bored you and I hope you will follow me, while I educate people on Mozilla Mission and movement for innovation and openness on the web.

Who is Robert?

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sayles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh with his minor in travel and business administration and a large background of strong leadership and community advocacy.  Sayles currently resides in Chicago, IL and has been active in web development and flight simulations community since 1999 when he became fascinated in technology. Sayles is currently a Mozilla Contributor, Volunteer and Advocate for the Mozilla Mission and movement. Sayles holds a management position in commercial aviation since the year 2000 with a major U.S. air carrier in Chicago, IL.