Firefox UI man quits Mozilla for new health-conscious venture
Beefing up data to help you slim down
Mozilla user-interface guru Aza Raskin is leaving the open source outfit to start a new venture called Massive Health.
He announced the move on his blog yesterday, and said he wants to design personal health tools that are easier to navigate and to better understand the data a patient is dealing with.
“Each of us has a unique ability. I want to use mine – the knowledge to make products which are disruptively easier and more enjoyable to use – to change people’s lives,” he wrote.
“Life-changing not in the sense of a new social website or better email, but in making people’s lives materially better by helping them get and stay healthy. Anyone that’s been sick, overweight, or had to deal with a doctor knows that health is a field in dire need of humane design.”
The Massive Health start-up was co-founded by the company’s CEO Sutha Kamal and it’s “Backed by some of the top investors in the world” according to the outfit’s website.
However, Massive Health hasn’t named those investors yet. There's also a third anonymous co-founder that the company is yet to reveal to the world.
Raskin - who was the brain behind Mozilla’s so-called Tab Sets, which worked their way into beta builds of Firefox 4 - said he will leave the browser maker on 1 January 2011. ®
I love using Firefox, but the UI has a number of bugs not least more than a few with drag and drop bookmarks and some have been there years!
For example try creating a folder in the bookmarks, then drag that new folder to a new place in the bookmarks, then try to drop the URL into that new folder. It won't appear. Why? ... well try this, open up a new window with CTRL+N, then look in that version of the bookmarks with this new folder and as if by magic the URL appears.
Here's another one, try dragging a URL into the bookmarks when a popup downloading complete message appears because if it does appear, you then won't be able to drop the URL into the bookmarks. It will be lost, even though you are still holding the bloody URL link icon!
Here's another one, try dragging a URL into the bookmarks with folders within folders. The bookmarks main folders get confused and close these windows.
Here's another one, try dragging a URL into the bookmarks with more links than fit in the window, the bloody folder of links scrolls and you loose your sub folder scrolling off screen, which you have to scroll back to.
Its such wonderful news the UI guy is going. Now someone can hopefully fix the bloody bugs in the UI!
Maybe now Mozilla will stop breaking what works perfectly...
"If not then you can't blame anyone but yourself that they haven't been fixed yet."
Are you seriously claiming that MinionZero is the only Firefox user in the world who has noticed these glaring bugs? What have all those beta testers been doing?