Translating free software

Last year I noticed that the translations for the free software packages and operating systems I use started to get more and more swenglish language in them, i.e. a mix of Swedish and English. I started to look for the reasons and noted that one of the most prolific and enthusiastic translators in Sweden had taken a break – maybe for good. This happened already in 2012, but as you all know, it takes a while before it’s noticed, due to packages drifting downstream, forking and other things. Also, the quality in some of the translations had started to get real bad. What to do? I’ve never cared for translating  before, as the translations were just there, and I’ve not been that much into the area (other than programming languages). However, my Swedish school teacher always told med ”You should write” so I guess I at least have (or had:) some natural fluency in writing.

 

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Anyway, I started with some small translations to help out, and  ended up as the coordinator for the Swedish Ubuntu translation team. It turned out to be FUN in a way I couldn’t imagine. I really thought it would be boring, but somehow, my brain likes the creative and the correctness of translating. So much, in fact, that I do it several hours a week. So far, I have done maybe 50-100 translations – I don’t know because I don’t have list – and will continue as long as I think it’s fun. It’s an never ending work, but the focus for me is mainly on Gnome and Ubuntu-related stuff.

It also feels good from an altruistic view, knowing that people use the translations daily. And actually it’s good to have on a CV.

To get going and help out, start with check out https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SwedishTranslation which, even if it’s directed at Ubuntu users, is general enough to get you going, and to help you get in touch with reviewers and so on. If you’re into languages and want to help out, please do – It’s fun, altruistic and good for your CV. A lot of projects, like Firefox, VLC, Chrome, Libreoffice, The Swedish word lists, and other programs are out there, waiting for your help. Oh, btw, you probably use these programs on your Mac and Windows computer too, so it’s really for the benefit of all.

No sound over HDMI in Ubuntu 13.10 with an Nvidia mcp78/79

I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 on my media box, a Zotac Zbox, , ION GPU, with the latest official nvidia drivers. After that I couldn’t get the sound over HDMI to work. Panic! After a LOT of trouble shooting I found the error – the spdif1 channel was muted in alsamixer.

So to fix this, open the trusty terminal, enter alsamixer, and lookout for the spdif1 which probaly says MM which means muted. Press M to unmute/mute a channel and raise the volume staple. You hopefully now have sound over HDMI again!

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(not my pic, found it on the net, thanks to whoever took it)

Android 4.2.2 på en HTC Desire – klockrent!

Har du en Desire MÅSTE du installera Android 4.2.2 på den.Jag använder fortfarande min gamla HTC Desire som jag köpte 2009. Visst, jag har en Nexus också, men det är oftast Desire:n som åker med i fickan. Den sista Androidversionen som kom till den från HTC själva var 2.6 tror jag. Gammalt som gatan. Sedan några år har jag Cyanongenmod 7 (CM)  installerat på den. För er som inte vet vad CM är så är det en fri, öppen distribution av Android. Den ger flera fördelar såsom snabbhet, mycket funktioner , temabyten och annat.

CM har fungerat snabbt och bra, men började att bli lite utdaterat det med. Tur då att en kodare har förbarmat sig över att sista CM-versionen till Desire:n var 7, och satt ihop en distribution av CM 10, dvs Android 4.2.2 till den. Resultatet – Det fungerar superbra. Modernt och rappt, på en telefon från 2009. Motsvarigheten är att få en iPhone 2 att köra IOS 6 snabbt och rappt. Lycka till med det Applenördar:)

Så här gjorde jag för att installera:

OBS Videon är lite gammal, kamera, tethering med mera fungerar nu fullt ut.

Crowdfunded games that must make it – Part 2

Another shot of Crowdfunded games that NEEDS you to make it. And of course, they all run on Linux!! There’s never been such a healthy stream of games for Linux as there is now!.

From the team led by  Tim S,  best known as the designer of critically acclaimed games Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, and Brütal Legend, and co-designer of the early classics The Secret of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge and Day of the Tentacle.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/doublefine/double-fines-massive-chalice

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Horror – Lovecraft!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1226167176/ages-of-madness-the-game-0

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Remember a cool game called Earthworm Jim? Or the Neverhood maybe…Same guys!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949537745/armikrog/

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Deus Ex Machina!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1552445321/deus-ex-machina-2

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Interesting setting

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/698883673/unrest-an-unconventional-rpg-set-in-ancient-india

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Just love these cartoon 30’s graphics.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fleish-cherry-in-crazy-hotel

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If your’e into diving…

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/world-of-diving

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Heavy gear – remember that? Same guys are back..

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stompybot/heavy-gear-assault-0

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And one Linux-documentary to, needed as ”Revolution Os” is getting old.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iamfuzz/linux-where-it-came-from-where-it-is-and-where-its

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Now, off to fund!

Crowdfunded games that needs to make it – April/May 13

The other night I made a quick run of games currently looking for support on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, looks great and need some help from YOU! *(And yes , they all will have Linuxversions)

Please support them!

Realm
realm

Vivian Clark

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Sanguine Nights: Darkest Blood

sang

Among the sleep

amng

Road redemption

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Ghost of a tale

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Dreadout

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Tor on my Raspberry PI

The other week i got my cute little RaspberryPI.  Amongst the different projects i tried (it’s very nice to just have a set of SD-cards ready for this), i wanted a silent, small,low power Tor-relay.

Yey, I already had a Tor-relay, on an old Atompowered Asus EEE, with a broken flatscreen and a non-working keyboard. Works, but starting to reach it’s end-of-life. I read somewhere that the Raspberry PI can handle about 6 MBytes/Sec and that’s more than enough for me.

Well, the setup was really,really easy, here’s how to do it:

* Follow this guide for the basic Tor-install

Now, if you want a gui/monitor for Tor, there’s 2 ways to go. If you’re planning to run X, install Vidalia. Otherwise (or if you want something more lightweight) go for Tor-arm. My recomendation is that you install them both.

Installing arm

sudo apt-get install tor-arm

and that’s about it. Run it after you have started the Tor-process. You may need to have set the password for connectiong to Tor before this (/etc/tor/torrc)

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Installing Vidalia

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sudo apt-get install vidalia

  • you might have to change some folder permissions, check the vidalia message log from the vidaliaGUI, it’ll tell you.
  • Also, don’t forget to change the pathway to the config file in vidalia, so that it uses the same config as your original TOR install. ( /etc/tor/torrc).

And don’t forget to open the ports ORPort and DirPort (default 9001, 9030) in your firewall. And maybe do some portforwarding to your Raspberry in your router.

I’m very happy with my litte silent, low power-consumption,cheap Tor-relay. Working for freedom 24/7. After about one day i have the 50-80% cpu usage, and average of 2.1 MB/S down 2.5 MB/s up. No X started.

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Next, i’ll try to setup another one with I2P on it.

 

 

”Open in terminal” in Ubuntu (Nautilus)

One irritating thing is when you open the fileexplorer in Ubuntu, and quickly would like to open a terminal, and do some commands, without having to resort to walking down the filestructure in the terminal first. There’s an easy solution:

Install the ‘nautilus-open-terminal’ plugin from either Ubuntu software center, or by doing a sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal in a terminal.

Don’t forget to restart nautilus (sudo killall nautilus) after installation for the changes to take effect ( or logout/login again).

Voila, now you have a menu option called ‘Open in terminal’ whenever you rightclick on something in nautilus.