Mozilla Awareness Booth @ AUST, Dhaka

Mozilla Awareness Booth at Ahsanullah University

Returned happily from Mozilla Awareness Booth at Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology (AUST), Dhaka. I returned early, Mozilla Bangladesh community fellows are still there, talking to buzzing students, making them aware of Mozilla missions and awesome products, and helping them to connect to us back by our Facebook group & mailing lists.

I’ll congratulate Ratul as this was his first event after being a rep and also Noor vai, Shuvo, Rifaz and Fuad for always being busy in the booth, talking to the students and being so much motivated!

There was little to do for me other them talking to the students about the MDN activities we’re doing here and web-dev stuffs, so I took some photos at the booth. :)

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Event report: MDN L10N Boost-Up

MDN L10N first Event at Bangladesh

Yesterday, we participated at long anticipated MDN Localization Boost-Up event. Organized by Mozilla Bangladesh localization team and attended by promising localizers – both new and active Mozillians. Number of new Mozillians was slightly greater than already-contributors – disappointed us a bit but was acceptable as many could not join due to politically unstable situation.

Organizers reached event venue at early 9:00, we prepared venue. People started showing up from 10:30. We maintained this etherpad to keep track of new localizers and who localized what! Took lunch & prayer break at 1:00 PM. Lunch menu was mouth-watering. :-)

Event resumed at 2:00 PM and continued till 4:30 PM. We ended our program by awarding most-effective contributors T-shirts we designed. We took group photo and returned home, with determinations to continue localization effort.

Event photos can be found at our Facebook Page.

And finally, I’d express my gratitude to those without whose support this event would remain a dream: Zobayer for going through all the hassles of arranging the venue and co-ordinating. Noor vai for the T-shirts and banner, Rahid for the food, MAK vai for the coordinations and support and the last-minute banner design, Firoz for the T-shirt designs, Shuvo, and many other volunteers. These guys not only helped arranging the event but made it fruitful with their presence, guiding new contributors to keep  the web open.

PS: Though there were many new mozillians, only 6 registered in the reps page. But I think that’s sufficient to mail Konstantina for a dino. :-P

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How to start localizing MDN articles (screen-cast)

We, the Mozilla Bangladesh community are going to arrange and MDN Localization boost up event. I’ve prepared a screen-cast so that contributors with zero previous knowledge can dive into MDN localization! Here [1] is the link , for enthusiasts.

[1] https://shafiul.makes.org/popcorn/1nbm

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Avro for Ubuntu 13.10

Recently I got Ubuntu 13.10 and was looking for Avro keyboard… but got frustrated seeing no support from the Avro website. Finally, with help from a ticket there and my friend Rafi Kamal, I made Avro working:

1. Download and install Avro Saucy

32 Bit: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/sarimkhan/xUbuntu_13.04/i386/

64 Bit: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/sarimkhan/xUbuntu_13.04/amd64/

2. Type “Text Entry” from the dashboard

Press windows key to get the dashboard

3. Click the + button and select Benglai (Avro Phonetic)

Enjoy!

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Mozilla Summit Diary – 2013 :)

It’s been a while since we came back from “the Summit” – gathering of almost 1800 Mozillians in 3 different cities, where we shared the common view, discussed what we’re doing and set goals for the upcoming days. Among fellow Mozillians from my country Bangladesh, we flew to Santa Clara, SF on 3rd of the October. It was so great to finally meet with the faces I see behing IRC nicks and mails in the list. We reached Santa Clara Marriott (venue for the summit at Santa Clara) by afternoon, and was greeted with welcome bag, and smiling faces :) . After dinner, we (four from Mozilla Bangladesh community) kind of explored the city. Visited Apple store where MAK vai bought his new Mac Air and I bought a sim card.

Next day we were on a photo walk, in the Silicon Valley! It was difficult to control the group as everyone was busy taking snaps, so we could not explored much but it was amazing anyway. Being back to hotel, after taking breakfast, we were in the California Ballroom,  the great room was decorated nicely with two big screens. Mitchell Baker has always been a great speaker, and personally, I was happy for it as the starting of the Summit program. Later, we had World Fair and we had to prepare our stall – Bangladesh stall! We took 2 spots, one dedicated for Localization, Firefox OS and apps activities and another one focusing on the contribution and WebMaker activities. We received great enthusiasm from the audience. After the fair, it was time for lunch. Cuisine here is quite different from ours, still I liked it and made my stomach filled with :).

There were different open sessions, and we decided to divide and attend the sessions we individually were interested in. The plan is, we’re arranging a post summit meet-up in Bangladesh this Friday, to share the ideas we got from the Summit. This way, everyone from our community who is interested in what I got from the Summit, will be able to know. I’m planning to give a presentation on Mozilla services, and will talk on MDN localization boost up in our community.

There are lots of things to share for which I’ll write separate posts, perhaps.

If you’d like to spend your time viewing some photos of the summit, specially of MozillaBD stall from world fair, they’re here!

 

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Unboxed my Keon and playing my app on FirefoxOS!

Unboxing my Keon

Few days ago I received my Keon phone as a part of the Mozilla Reps program (thanks again, Mozilla!) and right now, I’m playing the classic Minesweeper on it.

Minesweeper @ Keon

Minesweeper @ Keon

I am not satisfied with the quality of the app (obvious, I developed it) but still, I’d be delighted if anyone gives it a try! It’s available in the Firefox Marketplace. Oh did I mention it’s a web app, which means you can play it from your Android or iPhone, even from your desktop? :D

Marketplace link: https://marketplace.firefox.com/app/minesweeper/

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Writing your first Firefox OS app!

Was thinking about making a tutorial on how to start Firefox OS apps development. Usually I’d blog.. but this time made a presentation! Looks much more live! See it here – Kickstart Firefox OS Apps Development tutorial!

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