Mozilla Campus Club Orientation 2017 at Indreni College, Bharatpur, Chitwan

Date: 4th September, 2017
Venue: Indreni College, Bharatpur, Chitwan
Co-ordinater: Arun Kumar Pyasi

Mozilla Campus Club Orientation has been held in Chitwan, Nepal for the first time. This orientation was made possible by one of the most active FOSSian, Mr. Arun Kumar Pyasi. In this orientation, I was invited as speaker to talk mainly about Mozilla Campus Club and the orientation lasted for about 45 minutes.

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The orientation was held at Indreni College, one of the finest CSIT college in town, located in Bharatpur. The event started at about 11:30 AM with about 25 CSIT students of the college. All of the attendees seemed very much curious and excited about the event. As I started my talk, I presented about Mozilla and its areas of work, the Mozilla Company and the Community, Mozilla Campus Club (its structure, formation and management). At the meantime, I was also talking about Mozilla Representatives and Regional Co-ordinaters; who they are and what they do. I also introduced them with the Mozilla Nepal Community and its current ongoing activities mainly localization of the Mozilla products.
I provided them with link to localization portal, Pontoon.

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Finally, we headed towards the Q/A session for clearing the doubts of the attendees if they had any. Hopefully, they came up with some good questions like benefits from volunteering with Mozilla, how it would uplift their career. In the meantime, I talked about the Mozilla Nepal’s Telegram Group and Mozillians global group as well. Fortunately, I have been able to add and connect some of the interested attendees of this orientation to the Mozilla Nepal’s Group. I hope they will be volunteering with us actively in upcoming days.

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Mozilla Global Sprint 2017 – Kathmandu

What is Mozilla Global Sprint?

Mozilla’s Global Sprint is a fun, fast-paced and two-day collaborative event to hack and build projects for a healthy Internet. A diverse network of scientists, educators, artists, engineers and others come together in person and online to innovate in the open.

The Event Day!

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The Mozilla Nepal Team was planning to organize Global Sprint event in Nepal too. A group of Mozilla Nepal Team which belonged;

  1. Nikesh Balami
  2. Rabiraj Khadka
  3. Ankit Thapa
  4. Sagun Maharjan
  5. Abartan Dhakal
  6. Amit Shrestha

had started to plan for the event about a month ago. The Global Sprint was planned for June 2 and 3 here in Nepal. 30 people were allowed to register for the tickets via Ti.to. The event venue and logistics for the event were offered by Real Time Solutins Pvt. Ltd. and was supported by Roshan Labs and Cycotech Pvt. Ltd.

DAY 1:

The first day of the two day event kicked off with a keynote presentation from one of the most active Mozillian Nikesh Balami. He introduced the attendees about Mozilla and it’s community. He also presented surfacely about various projects of the sprint along with his own project AskNepal.

DAY 2:

Day 2 started with presentation from Roshan Gautam, one of Regional Ambassadors Lead. The second day was named the main code day.

Some Talkies at Daisy High School.

Organizing a tech event at my school, Daisy High School, was a dream since I got a start in open communities like FOSS Nepal, Mozilla Nepal and so on. I had approached many times to conduct an IT Seminar on open source technologies at Daisy in collaboration with FOSS Nepal and Mozilla Nepal. I wanted to make the students specially from grade VIII-X aware about the open source technologies along with other technologies which are getting popular day by day. Finally, I got a chance to share my knowledge with the students of grade IX for about 45 minutes. All thanks to respected Amit Ramdam Sir for giving me his valuable 45 minutes. Though the event wasn’t pre-planned, but it went good to some extent as the children seemed to be enjoying the talk and were having good interactions with me.

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I tried to cover up all the technologies that they would be profited by. My motive was to let them know about such minor technologies at their young age so that they wouldnot be messed up learning about such technologies later while they could go for learning more advanced technologies.

I priorly introduced them with the open source technologies and how we can use them, contribute and get benefited from them. Some of the topics I talked were:

  1. FOSS Nepal
  2. Mozilla Nepal
  3. Linux Kernel and Linux Distributions
  4. Thimble by Mozilla
  5. Chitwanix OS
  6. Introduction to Github

 

Mozilla Nepal’s Localization Meetup.

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Mozilla Nepal’s Three Days Localization was fixed for November 25th, 26th and 27th on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively at SAP Falchha, Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal. As mentioned, only the Localization Sprint winners were invited to the event where they would discuss more about the ongoing localization activities.

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DAY 1:

The meetup was formally started on November 25 at about 5:00 PM in the evening. On the first day, Nootan Ghimire, one of the Mozilla Reps and Localization lead for Mozilla Nepal, welcomed everyone and talked about the meetup goals and things which were going to be done in those three days meetup. Also, there was a presentation from Surit Aryal, Mozilla Reps about Language and technology. Also, localization tasks were being done side by side with the presentations.

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DAY 2:

Day 2 started some presentations from Surit Aryal, Mozilla Reps and Roshan Gautam, Regional Ambassador Lead, about Transvision from Mozilla. Day 2 was completely filled with localization task. Everyone were busy on discussing and localizing the Mozilla products.

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DAY 3:

Day 3, the last day, folks were still busy localizing the Mozilla Products specially Firefox for Desktop and was on the edge of accomplishment. On this day, the reps were directing to start the localization for mozilla.org, the official site of Mozilla Foundation which was also about to complete on the same day.  Finally it was about 5:00 PM and the Reps talked about weekly meetup and everyone left the hotel.

 

Links:

Mozilla Localization Page: http://mozilla.locamotion.org

Event: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/structuring-mozilla-nepal-localization-team/

Nobel Prize | What it is.

Nobel Prizes are given every year to persons who make excellent contribution in the field of physics, chemistry and physiology or medicine, also to persons who have created the most outstanding literary works and who have made giant contribution towards world peace. The Nobel Prize for economic science was started in 1969. Other Nobel Prizes were started in 1901.

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The name in whose name the Nobel Prizes were established was Alfred Bernhard Nobel, a Swedish chemist. He was born in Stolckholm on 21 October 1833. His father Immanuel Nobel was a Scientist. Alfred Nobel has his education at St. Petersburg in Russia and in Stolckholm. He contributed his whole life to the field of Science. The discovery of dynamite enabled Nobel to become rich and earn fame as days passed.

Alfred Nobel died on 10 December 1896 at the age of 63. He left behind a fabulous sum of $9.2 million as a foundation for the Nobel Prizes. The amount of each prize varies according to the interest from the fund. Each Nobel Prizes consists of a citation, a gold medal and about one million dollars. The prize may be shared by two or three and if no prize is given the money is returned to the foundation. The selection of winners is done by the distinguished persons of integrity and scholarship. The prizes are awarded every year on December, the anniversary of Nobel’s demise.

Mozilla @ NIST NSS, Lainchaur

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Venue: National School Of Sciences, Lainchaur
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Co-ordinator: Amit Shrestha
Speakers: (In order of turns) Nootan Ghimire, Surit Aryal, Roshan Gautam

The program kicked off by a short introductory speech about Open Source, Mozilla Nepal, FOSS Nepal and the contents in the program by Amit Shrestha and gave a formal start to the program.

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The program was then continued by Nootan Ghimire, one of the Mozilla Representative and Volunteer, with a question, “How many of you have Firefox installed?” and “How may of you here are using firefox as primary browser?”. Although most of the hands raised up for the first one but only few for the second one. Then he started talking about Mozilla and also about the activities going to be done. He talked about how they could get involved and contribute to Mozilla. He also introduced them to Mozilla Developers Network.
Then, he handed the program to Surit Aryal, one of the Mozilla Representative and Volunteer. He presented SWOT (Strenght, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat) of Mozilla which he stated that it would me much useful for the students as they belonged to Management faculty. He briefly described about the SWOT which were much interesting for the students. He also talked about the advantages of using Firefox browser over the existing different browsers. He described in detail about Open Source, FOSS(Free and Open Source Softwares), Mozilla and its products.

After Surit Aryal, the program was continued by Roshan Gautam, one of the Regional Ambassador Lead. He introduced the students to Webmaker(Thimble) with live demonstration. He talked about what Thimble is and how they could be facilitated by it.

The program was ended by browsing up some Mozilla sites like Thimble(Also discussed about it for a while), Mozilla Developers Network(MDN) and the localised Mozilla Firefox in Nepali. The program went well as all the student were listening carefully throught out the event.

Event: https://reps.mozilla.org/e/introduction-to-mozilla-in-national-school-of-sciences-kathmandu-nepal/

Install QBASIC in Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint/etc.

So, are you one of the beginner programmer who turned to Linux? You must have learned Qbasic in your school days and may still want to code it on Linux too. Then, let’s start the installation on Linux.

First let’s make a list of softwares we are going to need.
DosBox
QBASIC

We’ll be instaling DosBox first. Then, QBASIC is going to run on DosBox.

Open the terminal and start:

Code: sudo apt-get install dosbox

 

After that, you’ll have to download the QBASIC’s required files from here and place it into any directory that is easily reachable from terminal. Now,

Open DosBox from terminal.

Code: dosbox

In the DosBox window, write the following codes;

mount c /path/to/qbasic/folder/
C:
QBASIC.EXE

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That’s it, you can now see the QBASIC IDE. Happy Coding!