Mozilla Links Newsletter - 10 - January 6, 2004

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In our Mozilla Links issue, as reported by a Mozilla Links subscriber, there was an error in the poll code at the website, which caused that votes for Latin America/Caribbean, USA/Canada and Oceania were all mixed up.

Mozilla Links - English Edition
Issue # 10 - January 6, 2004

Welcome back to Mozilla Links!

In our Mozilla Links issue, as reported by a Mozilla Links subscriber, there was an error in the poll code at the website, which caused that votes for Latin America/Caribbean, USA/Canada and Oceania were all mixed up. For more info, check this mozillaZine forum topic:

We apologize for this error and so, are posting the same poll again as well as the corresponding to this issue.

Do you like games? We do and for all of you who like them too, here is the first part of our take on Mozilla Games. Once again, the Mozilla platform excels in providing great all-purpose development tools. You are just clicks away to charge your Mozilla with some of the most beloved classic computer games. Enjoy!

As always, your comments are very much appreciated. Please send them to []

Percy Cabello Mozilla Links

---------------------------------------------------------------------- In this issue:

1. BETTER MOZILLA - It's Game Time! - Part 1 - Take Control of E-mail Receipts - Block Flash Ads

2. THE NEWS - Review of the Year 2003


4. MOZILLA PROJECTS - Project of the Week: MozManual - Independent Status Report



1. BETTER MOZILLA ---------------------------------------------------------------------- It's Game Time! - Part 1 BlockFall, Cards and Minesweeper (Stephen Clavering et al.)

In this first introduction to Mozilla Games, we focus on Stephen Clavering's works. BlockFall, Minesweeper and Cards are the first three titles he offers to the Mozilla community.

Installation is pretty simple, like any other Mozilla extension. Just click on the XPI link, authorize the extension download and restart ? your browser. The games will be added to the "Windows" menu in Mozilla Application Suite and to the "Tools" menu in Mozilla Firebird (preview technology).

* BlockFall 0.3.1 (contributed also by Viljo Viitanen) is a clone of Alexei Pajitnov's master piece, Tetris(TM). If any introduction is necessary for this all time classic game, it consists on strategically placing falling tetraminoes (pieces made of four squares) in a well, forming as many lines as possible to clear the well, score and avoid the well filling up. You can try it, here:

To control the pieces: - Up: rotate the current block clockwise - Left/Right/Down: move the current block left, right or down - J: rotate the current block anticlockwise - K: rotate the current block clockwise (same as Up key) - P: pause/unpause the game

Next release, 0.5, is currently in alpha stage and adds several enhancements, such as hexagonal and triangular tetraminoes, the option to choose triminoes and pentaminos (so pieces are formed of 3 or 5 squares, triangles or hexagons instead of classic 4. For an early preview, try it here:

* Cards 0.11 (contributed also by Neil Rashbrook and Derek Seabury) is a collection of patience/solitaire card games including Aces Up, Canfield, Double Solitaire, FreeCell, Golf, Grandfather, Gypsy, Klondike (like Windows Solitaire), Mod 3, Regiment, Simple Simon, Spider and Yukon.

If you are unfamiliar with some of these solitaires, Stephen suggests visiting the KPatience Manual for the rules on all these games, available here:

It features autoplay, hints, infinite levels of undo, scoring, animation and intelligent moving of cards when you middle click on them.

You may notice that some cards are a little bit blurred, but this will be corrected on Cards 0.12, which will be out later this month. Among other improvements it will feature four new solitaires: Fan, Maze, Montana and Seahaven Towers.

Visit the Cards website for more information: Or try it directly, here:

* Minesweeper 0.5.1

Another of the most popular computer games is also available for Mozilla. Minesweeper consists on a field of mines divided into square cells where you try to figure out where the mines are, based on information provided by adjacent cells. It's pure brain and concentration and some few times, also a little luck.

This version also features hexagonal cells which adds a twist if not complexity, as we found it easier to solve than the standard square shaped cells.

Try it here:

Once installed, the game can be accessed by choosing "Play Minesweeper" from the "Tools" menu in Mozilla Firebird 0.7 (preview technology). This just released version corrects a bug that prevented from listing Minesweeper in the "Tools" menu, when BlockFall was also installed.

To run Minesweeper in Mozilla Application Suite, type: chrome://minesweeper/content in the Location bar.

Among others, Stephen is considering Sokoban, Connect4 and Reversi as next projects he may want to start as soon as he gets some time for these. If you would like to help in these and other game projects, contact Stephen Clavering. (

On next Mozilla Links issues we will cover other games available.


Mozilla Links Tip: Take Control of E-mail Receipts (contributed by

Ever been bothered by getting a return receipt request from someone you don't know? It always seems like there is at least one person on every mailing list who asks for a return receipt on his or her email, and probably doesn't even know they are doing it.

With Mozilla Mail, you can customize the Return Receipt behavior with the built-in preferences. - In the "Edit" menu select "Preferences" - In the "Mail & Newsgroups" groups, select "Return Receipts". - Make sure "When sending messages, always request a return receipt" is unchecked, and then customize your receiving behavior.

You can turn receipt requests off altogether ("Never send a Request Receipt"), or you can allow request receipts for some messages. You can customize based on whether or not you are in the To: or CC: fields, which is perfect for mailing lists, or whether the email is from your domain (a co-worker, fellow student, friend, etc.), and all other cases. Mozilla can ask you whether you want to send a receipt, never send one, or always send one without your intervention.


Mozilla Links PowerTip: Block Flash Ads (contributed my

If you are you tired of seeing those Flash ads in your favorite websites there are ways to prevent displaying them. The best way is to edit the userContent.css file, which is located in your browser's "chrome" directory. Adding the following lines will block Flash applets based on typical ads sizes, so, it won't prevent some particularly sized ads and general non ads.

/* this hides the usual 468x60 Flash banner ads */ embed[type="application/x-shockwave-flash"][width="468"][height="60"] { display: none !important; visibility: hidden !important; }

/* this hides the not so usual but very annoying 728x90 Flash banner ads */ embed[type="application/x-shockwave-flash"][width="728"][height="90"] { display: none !important; visibility: hidden !important; }

embed[type="application/x-shockwave-flash"][width="130"][height="180"] { display: none !important; visibility: hidden !important; }

embed[type="application/x-shockwave-flash"][width="120"][height="600"] { display: none !important; visibility: hidden !important; }


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