Alphanumerica's Total Recall Crash Recovery
Friday June 2nd, 2000
Alphanumerica has put up version .01 of their Mozilla crash recovery tool, Total Recall. If Mozilla crashes, Total Recall will remember all the pages you had open at the time of the crash, and the contents of any form fields on those pages. The next time you start Mozilla, the pages will be listed under the "Crash" menuitem.
Total Recall is at version .01, and works well in Unix, buggy in Windows, and not at all on Mac. The next version will work on all platforms and be bundled with the next revision of the Aphrodite package.
I think this really shows how extensible Mozilla is, and how Mozilla's architecture allows gives developers an opportunity to contribute useful features to the community. That will be the real benefit of the work that the Mozilla developers have been doing. Skins are great, and they will be very popular, but extensions and utilities will prove the worth of Mozilla's open architecture.
#10 Where the real power of this lies.
Saturday June 3rd, 2000 8:52 AM
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I think that the real power of this lies not in recovering from simple browser crashes. But rather, recovering from crashes in the soon to be released programs running with a moz engine. Pretty soon there will be tons of apps that use moz as a base and since i don't think Total Recall can tell the difference between an app and a regular web page. You'll get recovery in all these apps as well. By the same token TR should recover from mail/news crashes. This might not work just yet, but it will. I think Alphanumerica is just building up the skills and the tools in prep for a kick ass devel platform. My 2c.