My thesis discussion is near now (18 May) and I'm pretty busy organizing latest details, did not get much done in the last few days :/
The GRE work is progressing slowly but pieces are getting in place as I would like. In particular Darin will work on a fix to allow mixing nsEmbedString and private string in the same DSO. That means my GRE patch will not break mozilla static build (the hard part of mozilla development is to deal with multiple platforms and builds) and that we will be able to port epiphany code to use nsEmbedString gradually.
Had to setup a windows build of mozilla to be able to test nsComObsolete.h kill off. That was really not fun, it's so much easier to install a linux distribution with all the tools you need then setup cygwin/mingw.