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.



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 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!


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

How you can strengthen your privacy online.

After the latest days debate/debacle about NSA-spying on…well, everything,  with the help from some large techcompanies, like Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Google, Skype and so on, it’s time to resist a little. And it’s great techfun to learn some of the tools and techniques used – Win-Win. Time to get back some of that lost privacy. Here’s to get you started. It really won’t give you full privacy in any means,   but it’ll give you MORE privacy than now. Alright, lets  start there then, that should keep you busy for an evening or two.

A good overview from EFF, that complements my text.

1. Surf:Change webbrowser. Download firefox and the plugins ghostery,adblockplus, donottrack, httpseverywhere
2. Search – dont use google, use duckduckgo as first choice..
3. Mail: Generate a pgp-key and start encrypting mail when you can.
4. Mail: Dont use gmail, windows live, yahoo,,and other NSA-providers. Get a provider thats more secure, like neobox, fripost, countermail, hushmail or what you can find.
5. Chat: Cryptocat is very use to use. On your local computer,Always use OTR, which is an encrypted chat that works with facebook, gtalk and so on. Pidgin and adium supports OTR.
6. Social:Don’t use facebook or google+, use Diaspora or any other secure platform. Sad to say, I think Diaspora is the only one here.
7. OS: Use an secure OS like Ubuntu instead of Windows or Mac. At least you’ll know there’s no backdoors.
8. IPPhone. Don’t use Skype, use Zfone. Jitsi seems like a good alternative, and has IM also.

Cloud: Mega is an encrypted cloudservice.

Same goes for you mobilephone. Guardian project has OTR and the like for Android. K9 for mail, and there you can use pgp.

As FSF says, try to use Free software projects, thats a good start.

EDIT: Here’s some more stuff to try

Cloning a dual boot Windows/Linux hdd to a smaller SSD hdd

I have an HP-8560 laptop at work, happily running Ubuntu 12.10 and Windows 7 x64. The other day, my boss told i could have an 256gb SSD-disk to replace my 512gb ”regular” one. Nice, i thought, as that will save me from bootstress and other stuff. An SSD is faster, better and shinier and newer and lighter and… Well!

I didn’t feel like setting up everything in my environment(s) again, and so, like i done before, i wanted to clone the old disk to the SSD-disk. Usually, and in all occassions i use 2 Open source tools to do this kind of stuff:

GParted (or Parted magic, where GParted is included)

GParted is a tool for changing partitions, and Clonezilla is a clone/backup tool for harddrives (think Norton Ghost).

Unfortunately following this guide didn’t work for me, as i also had to do the following:
* Adjusting the partitions with gparted worked fine – but remember to run chkdisk in Windows and fsck in Linux after your done.

* I couldn’t get Clonezilla to clone my old drive even after i shrunk my partitions, so i had to restore to Acronis true image,( an commercial variant of Clonezilla ). That worked fine for the Windows partition, but as for Linux i had to do an reinstall. Fortunately it went quick as i could copy my /home folder to the new Linuxinstall.
* I also had to have an Windows 7 dvd do an repairrun after the Acronis cloning.

Took me some extra hours, as i thought i would be really easy, but now it works fine. If it was worth it. Hell yeah, go SSD!!!

Fix Grub2 bootmenu resolution in Ubuntu 12.04

Recently i bought me an new led monitor, a Samsung 27″ LED S27A850T.  Using this with my old BenQ, i finally could enjoy dual screen at home. Much to my girlfriends happiness i can add;) Anyway, at first, my crowded Ubuntu grub bootmenu wouldn’t show up anymore, Although, it booted the default OS after a couple of seconds. WTF i thought, i wanted to see the bootmenu. So, after some DuckDuckGo:ing (i.e. googling:) i found some commands that would do the trick for me. And maybe for you if you have similar problems.

1. Open the grub config file as sudo user in a texteditor .i.e. sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

2. Change the GRUB_GFXMODE to a videoresolution you think your monitor can handle, maybe GRUB_GFXMODE=800×600 . PS no hashtags before the command.

3. Add GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=keep after this in the file. It’s for keeping the same resolution in the Grub command console.

4. Save file, and then, to finalize the settings, do a sudo updategrub

Reboot, and you should hopefully see the bootmenu again. Please, retry with other resolutions otherwise i.e. GRUB_GFXMODE=1024×768, and so on, if it doesn’t work for you at first.

Installera Oracle Java JDK 7 i Ubuntu

Om man till exempel vill prova JavaFX 2.0 behöver man för tillfället installera en fräschare JDK än den 1.7 Open JDK som ingår i Ubuntu. Det kan vara lite lurigt att hämta senaste Oracle-versionen (i skrivande stund 1.7. u2) då Oracle inte bjuder på ett färdigt .deb paket. Fear not, det finns en PPA som fixar jobbet åt dig! Kör följande i terminalen:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java 
sudo apt-get update sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins #bara i fall att
 sudo apt-get install oracle-jdk7-installer 
Vill du sedan avinstallera Oracle JDK kör du: 
sudo apt-get remove oracle-jdk7-installer
Glöm inte att ändra vilken version av JVM du ska använda som
 default (update-alternatives osv) 

Ubuntudags igen!

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Och så har det gått ett halvår igen, och det är dags för en ny version av Ubuntu. Denna gång heter den Natty, eller 11.04 om man ska vara strikt med versionsnummer.
Den alltjämt första nyheten man som användare stöter på är det upphottade gränssnittet ”Unity”.
Natty-video här:
Många har varit skeptiska och kritiska till den ändringen det medför,mig inkluderat. Brunsörja eller lila lycka? Efter att ha testat det lite mer så inser jag att jag gillar det skarpt. Det är precis det här GNU/Linux behöver för att ta mer andelar från Mac/Win plattformarna. Elegant och snyggt. Visst har man lånat en del av Mac:en. Andra nyheter är en upphottad musikspelare, LibreOffice osv. Det är starkt jobbat att man har fått ihop det, på en utvecklingsmässigt sett, mycket kort tid.
Men, men, lita inte på mig utan testa själv.

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