[Release] Spotweb Filter Creator 0.4.0

Spotweb Filter Creator 0.4.0 has been released.

Two new languages have been added to this release, German and French.
Below is a screenshot of the German version, running in Linux Mint 14 (nadia).

Also the mechanism to load the translations is now much more dynamic than it was before.
This is a little bit techy stuff, but Spotweb Filter Creator doesn’t need a recompile anymore when just adding new languages.

The available languages are now defined in the spotwebfc.lng file instead of hardcoded into the source code.

For those that are interested, I’ve uploaded the translations to Transifex: Click here.

The translation project is “Free For All”, so feel free to contribute if you want Spotweb Filter Creator translated in your own native language :-)

Downloads for Windows, Linux and Raspberry Pi are available at the Spotweb Filter Creator project page.

Spotweb Filter Creator @ Raspberry Pi!

Today, I’ve managed to build a version of Spotweb Filter Creator for the Raspberry Pi.
I’ve built and tested it on the recommended OS: Raspbian Wheezy.

To download and install Raspbian Wheezy, visit the downloads section of the Raspberry Pi website: http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads

For the Raspberry Pi owners who want to play around with it, head over to the Spotweb Filter Creator project page, and download the RPi version.

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[Release] Spotweb Filter Creator 0.3.0

Today, Spotweb Filter Creator 0.3.0 has been released.

This is a bug-fix release. With the previous version, it was possible in some scenarios to get filter items with non-unique ID’s. This would confuse Spotweb when uploading the filters, and some sub-filters could be appended to the wrong top filter, when working with nested filter items.

I also added a spotwebfc.sh wrapper script for the Linux version to make it possible to start Spotweb Filter Creator even if the Qt libraries are not installed on the system. By starting Spotweb Filter Creator with spotwebfc.sh, the bundled Qt libraries in the “lib” folder will be loaded.

Downloads are available at the Spotweb Filter Creator project page.

Spotweb Filter Creator for Linux (x86-x64)

Due to a request in the comments at the Spotweb Filter Creator page I have created a version of Spotweb Filter Creator for Linux 64-bit.

First, I must say that I am very unfamiliar with packaging/distribution of Linux tools.

After some time reading on the net, I figured out that creating a .tar.gz is probably the quickest and most easy way to success, although I realize it’s probably not as fancy as a .deb package.
I’ve tested the package on a clean install of Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit and it worked fine!
The alpha tag (a) is added in the version because I am still a little bit cautious ;)

Here’s a screenshot of Spotweb Filter Creator running on Ubuntu 12.04.

If you are running a Linux distribution, download the brand new Spotweb Filter Creator for Linux from the Spotweb Filter Creator project page.

Feedback in the comments is always welcome :-)

Update: The 32-bit version (x86) of Spotweb Filter Creator is also available now. 

QNAP NAS: Fix the Seagate “chirp” sound

Some weeks ago I bought a NAS from QNAP, the 2-bay TS-212 version.

Along with this device I purchased a 3TB Seagate HDD, model ST3000DM001.
On the QNAP website, I read that this particular HDD needed a firmware update to work properly.
My Seagate drive was packed with firmware CC4B, which for some reason was not eligible for updating to CC4H.

I decided to stick the HDD into the QNAP NAS and see what happens.
Initially I installed firmware version 3.8.0 on the QNAP NAS, last week I did the update to version 3.8.1 which went far from flawless.

The update failed the first (live-update) and second (manual update) time, but for some reason after the third time trying to install the update manually, it succeeded.

Now, with version 3.8.1 installed, I noticed a big annoyance.

It’s the terrible sound that the Seagate ST3000DM001 is making. Almost every time the NAS is trying to access the HDD, it makes a very loud “chirp” sound. It drove me crazy, and went to search for solutions, because it didn’t sound very healthy.

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[FIXED] Internet Explorer 10 has stopped working in Windows 8

Last Friday I decided to upgrade to Windows 8, not on my netbook I wrote about here, but on my main desktop PC.

I was anxious to do an upgrade installation, I expected lots of trouble with existing already installed applications. I really do NOT prefer “upgrade” installation types. I prefer clean installs. But to be able to use the upgrade offer for €29,99 you have to do the nasty method of installing Windows 8 Pro on top of a qualified OS.

The upgrade took some time, finally arrived at Windows 8, I checked what applications were still working, and which stopped working properly.

Surprisingly almost all applications worked as they should, but I have found one application which does not work anymore after the upgrade. Guess which one? You are right, Microsoft’s own awful browser Internet Explorer 10 doesn’t work on Windows 8 (on my PC). It’s really mind-boggling that Microsoft can’t get their own stuff working properly after an upgrade.

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Android App: Piratenpartij Klok Widget

In tijden waar internet providers (UPC, KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile, Telfort, XS4ALL) door lobbyclubs gedwongen worden bepaalde delen van het internet te blokkeren…

In tijden waar de patenten-strijd of beter gezegd waanzin innovatie onmogelijk maakt…

In tijden waar de regering de thuiskopieheffing gaat uitbreiden

In tijden waar de stichting die hiervoor in het leven is geroepen de hals nòg niet vol krijgt, en de heffing te laag vindt…

In tijden waar de Piratenpartij voor het gerecht moet komen vanwege het linken naar manieren om de “The Pirate Bay” blokkade te omzeilen…

In die tijden is het de hoogste tijd om eens na te gaan denken over hoe laat het nu ècht is.
Vandaar deze Android App/Widget, een Piratenpartij Klok.

Meer informatie en downloads op de project pagina

Windows 8, een Show-Stopper!

Microsoft Windows 8 is sinds gisteren officieel verkrijgbaar. Hoera, of toch niet?


Er is in de afgelopen tijd enorm veel geschreven over dit “vernieuwende” besturingssysteem. Windows 8 gooit haar zelf opgebouwde historie de prullenbak in, weg met de startknop, weg met kleine icoontjes op het bureaublad. Vierkante en rechthoekige bont gekleurde tegels zijn ervoor in de plaats gekomen. “Microsoft Tiles”, of “Microsoft Bricks” als naam was hier beter op z’n plaats geweest, maar dit terzijde. Applicaties draaien of in tegelvorm, of in fullscreen mode als erop wordt geklikt. Het ouderwetse vergroten/verkleinen/verplaatsen/sluiten van applicaties is er niet meer bij. (Tenzij een oude applicatie gemaakt voor Windows XP/Vista/7 wordt opgestart, hierover later meer.)

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Tool: WLAN Hosted Network Manager

Sometimes there are places where no WiFi connection is available, only a wired internet connection.
You would like to use your smart phone/tablet to connect to the internet, but your smart phone/tablet only supports WiFi.

You have your Windows 7 powered notebook/computer connected to the wired internet and would like to share the internet connection with your smart phone/tablet by using the built-in WiFi adapter (or WLAN USB Stick).

Guess what, it’s possible! Windows 7 has a built-in functionality to create a Virtual WiFi Network.

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Facebook’s mistranslated Menu Item

Yes, I know, translating GUI’s and webpages correctly is a difficult task. There is a lot of multilingual software out in the wild that is translated very poorly… Yes, sometimes even Microsoft Windows in Dutch looks awful ;)

But now have a look at the following example. This is not what you expect of a big multinational company called Facebook.

My native language is Dutch, and so my Facebook language was also set to Dutch.
I had a look at the “Build Audience” menu at my Facebook page, this is called “Publiek opbouwen” in Dutch, so far so good.
But then, when the drop-down menu opens, I get an option “Ongeldige e-mailcontactpersonen”, this is in English “Invalid Email Contacts”.. WTF does that do?!?!

I switched back to English language, then the option says “Invite Email Contacts…”, well that makes more sense to me. Clicking the item opens up a dialog to send invites to your page by importing e-mail contacts from various e-mail services like Yahoo and Windows Live Hotmail.

It’s a least a little bit strange that you have to click on “Invalid Email Contacts” in Dutch to invite people to your page!

Facebook, let me help you… ;)
The menu item should be translated to “E-mailcontactpersonen uitnodigen…” or something alike.