FireFox Birthday Bash | November 9, 2004

So FireFox has hit release 1.0 and geeks all over the world are throwing FireFox birthday parties in celebration. Brighton has a very high geek contingent so after an initial suggestion to the BNM mailing list, local web developer Tristan Roddis put together a Brighton FireFox bash with the backing of his employers, Cognitive Applications.

Tristan put on a great bash complete with decorations, party poppers, birthday cake and a £100 bar tab. There was also fun and games such as “pin the cursor on the <div> tag” and “guess the number of lines of code in FireFox”. I stupidly guessed 35,000 when the actual figure was closer to 3 million. However the highlight of the evening had to be the live video web chat with none other that FireFox icon designer John Hicks

Brighton FireFox birthday picture

The usual geeks were there and Jeremy Keith snapped this pic of me and Richard Rutter posing for the camera.

Posted at November 9, 2004 11:53 PM


Malarkey said on November 10, 2004 12:39 AM

You have hair!

Dave Foy said on November 10, 2004 8:59 AM

Hair! My thoughts exactly. Wow, that really is tremendously geeky, but good on ya. The live web chat really had me chuckling - fantastic!

Jon Hicks said on November 10, 2004 9:19 AM

To those weren’t there, I should point out that my live video chat was a rather bizarre one-way affair. Lots of waving and cheesy grins from me, as I was barely able to hear anything that was being said! Although I did hear a distant cry of ‘he looks a bit rough’ ;o)…

Andy Budd said on November 10, 2004 10:30 AM

Thanks for everybody’s concerns about my barnet. I can confirm that I do indeed poses a fine, thick and healthy head of hair which currently is in serious need of a cut. My usual crop is a matter of convenience, but I’ve been to lazy/busy since getting back from my hols to get it cut.

Rob McMichael said on November 10, 2004 11:54 AM

Just gutted that I missed it :(

Who is who in the photo?

Jon Hicks said on November 10, 2004 2:34 PM

Andy - why not just try growing it for a bit? Get some hair products and have a play around with it?

Rob Mientjes said on November 10, 2004 2:43 PM

The Brighton area really does hold many of world’s oddest geeks.

Damn my little Valburg…

Trevor May said on November 10, 2004 4:08 PM

I now share my birthday with Lou Ferrigno, Tony Slattery and Mozilla Firefox. How wonderful! :)

Ian said on November 11, 2004 6:03 PM

Oi Beardy… you’ll be wearing sandals next.