Datawrapper: Mails not delivered

I use my own instance of DataWrapper (An open source data visualization platform helping everyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes. http://datawrapper.de) to quickly build some data visualizations.

For some strange reason, my login’s stopped working and I didn’t see the forgot password working for any of the users. I didn’t find a quick work around and I kept trying many trial and error methods.

Some how I jumped into a conclusions that I should install plugins of datawrapper again as this issue was never found to have been discussed elsewhere.

This is what I did inside the datawrapper installation directory. It went ahead and installed a plugin called email-native.

#php scripts/plugin.php install “*”
Re-installed plugin core-vis-options.
Re-installed plugin d3-bubble-chart.
Installed plugin email-native.
Re-installed plugin export-image.
Re-installed plugin export-static-png.

Strange as it should have been installed while I had installed datawrapper first time as I don’t remember facing any issue verifying my accounts earlier.

Now, I was able to reset the passwords for my account and login to regain access on all charts I have built so far.

Next Steps: Need to figure out if there has been any automated updates as we have few cron’s running with datawrapper and keep track of plugin errors and installation issues.

Technology for Conserving Language: Presented at Kannada Sahitya Sammelana

81th Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana (Jan 31st – 3rd Feb) happening here in Shravana Belagola, Hasana District, Karnataka. I was fortunate to have got invited to talk about Information technology for Language chaired by Dr. Chidananda Gowda. Dr. U.B Pavanaja and Ram Prakash H from Tachyon Technologies (Quillpad) presented on Kannada Wikipedia and Kannada OCR respectively.

In-spite of unavailability of technology solutions such as projector, internet connectivity etc., I could say we did our best to explain how technology can make difference to the way we look at language and how we can work together to save from reaching extinction.

Here are my slides in which I have tried to explain challenges of Kannada Language survival and solutions explored, invented and developed by few of us. First few slides talk about the carvings found in our ancient sculptures and how Kannada Computing Expert Shri K.P Rao’s Kadamba & Chalukya Fonts helping us to be able to continue researching on these. His work around ‘Apara‘ font which helps the non-kannadiga’s or those who cannot read Kannada scripts to read Kannada in their own language was also an highlight.

Inaccessible sources of data, government websites, libraries and physical status of many archives across country were the source of inspiration to think of mirroring our literary treasure on Internet. Kannada Sanchaya projects such as Vachana Sanchaya, Samooha Sanchaya, Pustaka Sanchaya and others were highlighted to showcase why we need to ensure that the literature should be made available in internet using Unicode and other standards to enable the researchers, students and also common people to experience and continue researching on it forever.

I spoke about the support we got from FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and Free Culture which made the work around Kannada Sanchaya, Wikipedia etc. possible. I also recalled how FOSS helped us make digital libraries reachable/usable to common man. Samooha sanchaya had just done over a week to complete its first milestone of having transliterated 2252 books and the same books can be searched at http://pustaka.sanchaya.net directly in Kannada. “Fuel Project‘ (FUEL – Frequently used entries for localization) which helps us get the community consensus to standardize the localization efforts for language was mentioned how FOSS communities can set standards and also ensure the language projects can take the best out of the resources.

Mobile solutions built by many Kannada IT professionals, Google Transliteration and Guesture search app capability of identifying Kannada on Android, Mozilla Firefox browser and Firefox OS phone were also the highlights of my talk to help understand where we stand today with mobile technology. Also the work that needs more attention here on.

My talk ended with a highlight on the Open Knowledge initiatives, Wikipedia Contributions, Books re-licensed under creative commons by Government of Karnataka’s Cultural department, Niranrajan’s works by Tejaswini Niranjana, and Mysore University etc.

Kannada should never be on endangered language list and It is possible for us to enrich the language for next generation through knowledge sharing, collaboration and by motivating each other by acting responsibly.

Here are my slides in Kannada. Hope I have tried my best to summarize the entire talk in English for my other friends who can’t read and understand Kannada. I shall make my talk transcript available online shortly.

Thank you,


Error: Couldn’t load XPCOM Zimbra Desktop

Zimbra desktop installation on a brand new installation of Ubuntu/Linux mint 64 bit release always fails (Tried on Ubuntu 14.04/14.10/Linux Mint 17 etc) due to the lack of 32 bit architecture support.

I confirmed it by running Zimbra desktop with ia32-libs added to the distribution and manually running zdclient as follows:

$ /opt/zimbra/zdesktop/linux/prism/zdclient -webapp “/home/techfiz/zdesktop/zdesktop.webapp” -override “/home/techfiz/zdesktop/zdesktop.webapp/override.ini” -profile “/home/techfiz/zdesktop/profile”
Couldn’t load XPCOM.

This is mainly because the way 32 architecture support used to be enabled on the distro’s. Earlier installing ia32-libs package was quire easier via apt-get. Now the best way to install 32 bit architecture support is as follows:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Now try opening Zimbra desktop, it works like a charm.

Arivina Alegalu 2012 released

Arivina Alegalu sees its second release on August 15th as expected. You can now download the book from project page (http://arivu.sanchaya.net/ebook).   10 articles from enthusiasts have participated in our program to spread the waves of Knowledge for Common Man.

2012 release saw a change in the subjects that were covered. We have articles talking about nature, science, society, community, hacking, technology and our favorite subject FOSS.

“Arivina Alegalu” is now available on Android phones and Tablets. Don’t forget to download them via Google Play!

Cover Images were contributed by Pavithra and Mansore (http://belakindi.com) gives it a pleasant look.

Senior Journalist and writer Shri Chamaraj Savadi writes forward for the issue and encourages new writers to continue writing.

E-Book is released under Creative Commons. So go ahead, read, share and distribute….

You’re also welcome to write articles to Arivina Alegalu to spread your knowledge to other Kannadiga’s.

 

Read Arivina Alegalu on Android

 Arivina Alegalu (http://arivu.sanchaya.net) – Project to spread knowledge to common man in Kannada started in 2011 had released its first e-Book last year on  15th August. Thousands of people read through articles on our website and also downloaded PDF to share among friends.

Spreading the real meaning of freedom of knowledge sharing, free content was released through this initiative by our team at http://www.sanchaya.net

Many people had requested for ebook in various version including mobile solutions. It took us a while to realize that we could do it and here is an app on Android!

Go ahead, download and start reading Arivina Alegalu on your android phone. Yes, read this Kannada Ebook on your android mobile or tablet.

The project has come back to life again this year and expecting its second ebook release in few hours to come. Until then, start getting used to android app with 2011 eBook contents. Share it with your friends and We encourage Free and Open Source activities around Kannada. Get in touch with us to explore more opportunities to get involved in community activities.

 

We thank all writers for their contribution for this project!

 

Realtek RTS5229 Card Reader on Thinkpad E430

MMC card reader on my new Thinkpad Edge Series E430 laptop didn’t work by default on Ubuntu. Thinkpad site didn’t list the Linux drivers and even on Realtek site, it was not found earlier as its one of the latest hardware device in market.

After spending 3 long months, my wait has ended and now I see linux drive being listed on Realtek website.

Installing the module is quite simple. Download the driver for linux and run few commands as you see in Readme. Once you’re done with depmod and reboot the machine , card reader works like a charm. Enjoy!

Sing along with SongBird 1.2

SongBird 1.2 – A Mozilla Based customizable, cross platform music player. It’s light, fast, awesome, cute and it rocks..

songbird

I have tried many music players but nothing like Song Bird… Adding, removing multiple files to library is so damn easy and fast. The latest version of SongBird even optimized this function.

SongBird 1.2 performance enhancements are as follows:

  • Faster search
  • Deleting many tracks at once is faster
  • Selecting a large amount of tracks from the library is no longer slow
  • Reduced the amount of threads required to be running at all times by 50%
  • Fewer Crashes: We’ve worked hard to identify and fix some of the most common crashes in Songbird.

Read Georges Auberger‘s blog post on SongBird 1.2 to learn more about new features such as automatic Library file organization, two way sync with iTunes, Last.fm radio integration and a cool 10-band equilizer integration.