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Nov 30 2008   5:38PM GMT

Who could resist Fennec? It’s so cute!

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Site director Margaret Rouse and I were IMing a couple of weeks ago, which we do a fair amount of because our “office” spans about 800 miles. We were discussing a definition for Fennec, Mozilla’s mobile version of the Firefox browser when suddenly she said, apropos of nothing I could discern, “It’s so cute!”

As you probably know, IM conversations are prone to the occasional missed step or dropped thread. I wondered briefly what she was talking about. A cute browser, I wondered? But I had faith… and then there it was, a link.  Here’s what I saw:

fennec-fox.jpg No denying, it’s cute. But I was still none the wiser. I knew that Margaret is a dog person and, in fact, has raised guide dogs. That’s a cute pup, I said. “What kind is it?” It’s a fennec, she told me. A little fox. (Comprehension was, you’ll be glad to hear, swift and, well, comprehensive: Big Firefox: full-sized fox mascot. Small verson: small fox mascot. Gotcha.)

At least at this point, the mobile adaptation of Firefox is named for a small, desert-dwelling fox. Here’s a video demo:

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/plykL77bL-c" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

All clear? Me too. Now I wonder what this week's IMs will bring...

~ Ivy Wigmore


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