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Create your own dashboard

We have a lot of data around localizations, but it’s hard to know what people might be looking for. I just switched a new feature live, edit your own dashboard. You can select branches of products, as well as the localizations you’re interested in, and get data you want. Say you’re looking for mobile and […]

Progress on l10n.mozilla.org

Today we’re launching an update to l10n.mozilla.org (elmo). Team pages and the project overview tables now contain sparklines, indicating the progress over the past 50 days. Want to see how a localization team is doing? Now with 100% more self-serve. If the sparklines go up like so the localization is making good progress. Each spark […]

A tale of convert and convert

Or, how I made converting gaia to gaia-l10n suck less. Background: For Firefox OS, we’re exposing a modified repository to localizers, so that it’s easier to find out what to work on, and to get support from the l10n dashboards. Files in the main gaia repository on github like apps/browser/locales/browser.en-US.properties should become apps/browser/browser.properties and the […]

git-merge 2013

I spent Friday and Saturday on git-merge, an unconference on git. Thursday was developer day, for core contributors to git itself, and libgit2/jgit. I didn’t go there. Friday was “user” day, and Saturday was hackday. I figured it might be useful to go to the userday, and turned out, it was. It wasn’t all that […]

Let me shake your hand

Timely for the 15 years of mozilla, let me share this with you. I was wearing my Firefox hoodie in a store in San Francisco last week. I was trying to find out what to buy, and a young guy came by. I did let him pass, but he didn’t find what he wanted, and […]

Risk management for releases at scale

Let me share some recent revelations I had. It all started with the infamous Berlin airport. Not the nice one in Tegel, but the BBI desaster. The one we’ve thought we’d open last year, and now we don’t know which year. Part of the newscoverage here in Germany was all about how they didn’t do […]

Language packs are restartless now

Language packs are add-ons that you can install to add additional localizations to our desktop applications. Starting with tomorrow’s nightly, and thus following the Firefox 18 train, language packs will be restartless. That was bug 677092, landed as 812d0ba83175. To change your UI language, you just need to install a language pack, set your language […]

Why l10n tools should be editors instead of serializers

If your tool serializes internal state instead of editing files, it’ll do surprising things if it encounters surprising content. Like, turn errNotSemicolonTerminated=Named character reference was not terminated by a semicolon. (Or “&” should have been escaped as “&”.) into errNotSemicolonTerminated=Named character reference was not terminated by a semicolon. (Or “” should have been escaped as […]

Notes on SemWiki

Semantic Wiki is nice, but it’s hard to wrap one’s head around. Thus, writing down some notes-to-non-self. Most importantly, start with paper. SemWiki isn’t very forgiving if you reconsider. Once you’ve made some headway with paper, set up mediawiki locally. I’ve thrown my db away three times so far because I did do reconsider. FYI, […]

Why I deleted my account on facebook

I opened a facebook account a good while ago to be present in communication channels where our community is. I’ve closed that account, with a host of pending “friend” requests from community members, and here’s why. On one hand, there’s all the “you wanna be a friends of a northern-german elderly guy with a click” […]