Archive for August, 2006

Frozen bubble translation

I was just browsing around the web when I have found that Frozen bubble is asking for translations. I have sent the mail, and I have already got back mail with pot file. I am currently translating it in slovenian. I hope I’ll finish until 1. 9 because school starts then :S.

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Installing Leadteak Winfast 2000 XP in Linux(Gentoo)

I decided that I should buy TV Tuner card. First I have done some googling, which ones are well supported under Linux. I found out that Hauppauge WinTV PVR-150 is good supported and even has a hardware encoder. I decided I should buy it. But then I found out that in Slovenia it is impossible to get it. I googled for more informations about the card and found out, that it can be only used with PVR programs like Mythtv and Freevo and I would like to watch TV with normal programs like, tvtime, kdetv and Xawtv too. So then I googled for different card and found Leadteak Winfast 2000 XP, which can be bought in Slovenia.

I have bought it and now the interesting part starts. First howto install it. Physically was not a problem, and then start of a system. CD to kernel source, I have choosen the right modules, recompiled the kernel and loaded the modules. Then I have started TVtime, First I have to choose which system should Tvtime use. I knew only that Slovenia uses Pal, but then there war at least 4 PAL options. I have chosen one and searched for channels. None of the channels had good picture. I tried with other programs and it was the same. Googled a lot but found nothing. When it was 3 AM I went to bed. In the morning I have brought TV from the living room and connect it to the cable. The picture was equally bad. What a relief, so the TV card must be fine installed. I then brought the PC to Living room to connect it directly to the cable and there the picture was fine. I have found out that here in SLovenia we use PAL-I at least there the frequencies are the same as in the paper we got from the cable provider. But strangely on PAL-N the picture is sometimes better on the same channel. When we moved cable a little the picture was good in my room to, and even the sound is working. Now the only thing left to do is the remote control. Because now only number buttons and Enter works.

I have tried to load lirc module and the problem is it looks for driver bttv for the TV card, but my card uses driver cx88xx, because chips were changed. Maybe even remote will work after some fidling.

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Slovenian XMLTV grabber

Today I have finished 1st part of my XMLTV grabber. It fetches data from vecer.com and creates nice XMLTV feed. With only names of the shows and times. It is written in PHP and vecer is parsed with regular expressions. It is written in PHP for now, because PHP is the language I know the most. I’ll rewrite it in PERL if I have time. If anyone wants it write me. The code is very ugly but it works 🙂

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Vista speech recognition

First I have read that Vista speech recogintion sucks. But the next day I read that the video which was circling around the internet was cut from a presentation in which a spokeman could then narrate the letter normaly in WordPad. Then I saw this video and I thought the speech recogintion must be really good I have to try this. So I started my second disk with Vista 64 Beta 2 on and started dictating and giving commands. SOme lines were really funny but overall recogition was really good and I am not a native english speaker. And I don’t like MS very much, but speech recogntition was really good. It is the only thing in Vista I was impressed. Because performance of the VIsta on at least my computer is very bad, it takes very long time to boot and, to start programs, I hope this is because it is Beta. Gentoo which is first OS on this computer boots very fast and is very responsive. And XGL works whitout glitches but Vista’s Aero is distorted sometimes, moving isn’t smooth, and I have Nvidia drivers on both systems. Maybe this is because Gentoo is 32 bit and Vista is 64 bit. Let’s wait for the final and what KDE 4 brings :).

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SuperTux translation

Today I have done svn up again for SuperTux and translate some strings, and with others changed the status from fuzzy to translated. Now the number of all strings is exactly 200. I have translated 198 (99%) with fuzzy strings included and 183 (91,50%) with fuzzy strings excluded, so not much strings are keeping me from having 100% strings translated to Slovenian.

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Status report

It was long since my last blogpost. I have written it last school day. Since then a lot of things has happened. I went to the sea, which was great. The weather and everything.

When I got home I started working on rewriting page for english exercises, which I am doing for english teacher at school, and because I wanted to learn a little MySQL :). In two weeks the page is at almost the same stage as it was at the end of school year. Only adding exercises doesn’t work yet.

Today I again started working on tv_grab_sl, which will hopefully be XMLTV grabber for Slovenia. Currently I am writing it in PHP, because it is the language I know the most. After some hours it outputs valid XMLTV file,with data from vecer.com, but times aren’t quite right :). ANd some shows are 23 hours long. When PHP grabber will be finished I’ll try to port it to Python or Ruby.

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