My first translation sprint

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 11:43 PM
#image source: google images

On the 29th of December, the team of Ankur India had decided to meet over IRC for a translation sprint for Gaia localization. As per the plan, we all met over IRC channel #ankur.org.in at around 11am on 29th. Due to some important work, I got delayed in joining in and thus did miss the initial few hours of the sprint which was spent in setting up the repository and getting started. 
Being a newbie in the domain of localization, I needed help and guidance continuously from the other, more experienced ones. I shouldn't forget to thank Runa and Sayak, whom I kept on bothering with all major and minor issues. As we got along with the sprint, I got the flow of it and then work became all the more fun.We finally stopped at 4pm. Though can't actually say stopped. We departed from the IRC but with sufficient work in hand, which were to be passed over and communicated through emails.
This was probably one of my first constructive contributions to Mozilla (Firefox OS in particular) and feel really excited about it.
Would love many more of such sprints and next time, will surely want to be present personally in Red Hat's office just to get the trill and feel of it to a greater extent.


MozClub SICSR....2nd Official Meetup

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 8:56 PM

MozClub SICSR is an initiative to form a Mozilla Club in Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research. The volunteers of this club will not only be involved in development work, but also be responsible for encouraging other students to take interest in all Mozilla Development work. These volunteers will also be responsible for organizing different Mozilla events in and around the college campus. 
This was actually initiated on 11th August by Sayak Sarkar and Ankit Gadgil when they did take the first meeting of MozClub SICSR. 
Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, being a computer institute has got some real potential developers, all that is required at this point is some proper guidance and to ignite the spark of craze in them. With that sole motive, we did organize the second meet of MozClub SICSR on the 15th of December 2012. There were around 60 enthusiastic participants in the hall during the meet. 
I initiated the meeting with some small talks about Mozilla, what projects are currently running under the Mozilla banner etc. I did talk about two of my very favorite topics, the Documentation part and the Localization work. Of course I couldn't miss the opportunity of talking on WoMoz in a hall which consisted of a good number of some 20+ ladies.
After my basic introductions, Soumya Deb (aka Debloper) took over. He did impress the crowd with his amazing power of talking techy stuffs in an awesomely interesting way. He covered several topics starting from how to contribute to Mozilla, how to use IRCs, how to subscribe in mailing lists etc. The best part of his talk was the B2G demo.
The response from the crowd was quite good. This was simply the first formal step towards forming the club. By next meet which is on the 22nd of December, we are expecting the crowd to have done some research on different projects currently running under Mozilla banner and choose one project they would like to work on. When they select their domain of work, we are planning to guide them through and get them started as contributors of Mozilla.


Getting to be a part of OPW

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 7:42 PM
One evening a friend of mine forwarded me a link, saying -"I think you can try for this". The link took me to gnome/opw. Just clicking through the different projects, I got stuck at Wikimedia Foundation's project on 'Noteworthy Local Templates'. 
I like doing documentation work and the project description somehow seemed so suiting my domain and preferences that I ended up applying for it.

Going a bit into what Outreach Program for Women actually is (for all my readers who are not aware of it).  OPW or Outreach Program for Women is a GNOME Foundation's initiative to change a shocking statistic which shows that in Open Source world, there are only 2% female contributors. 
'Outreach Program for Women (OPW) internships were inspired in many ways by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it in the past.' 

After applying for it, I did contact my mentor, Amir Aharoni, to guide me through the project and also help me make my first initial contribution to it. I submitted my first work (though with lots of errors), and was highly encouraged by my mentor's appreciation. He helped me rectify all the mistakes. A few small contributions and on the morning of the historic date of this century (12.12.12), I got the acceptance letter from OPW.

Am eagerly waiting for 2nd January now, when I will be able to officially begin with my work. Am a contributor of Open Source Community for quite some time now, but this is my real big chance to make a real big contribution!I never found a reason why there should be less female contributors in this domain. I have always loved what I have done in here and am sure very soon more women will realize that :)


A weirdly awesome dream...

Posted by Priyanka Nag on 6:50 PM
In the darkness of the night, when I thought no one could see my tears, his hands came upto to my cheek to wipe them off. How did he know I was crying?
Probably he just knew me too well to understand my every reaction. I told him to go away, to leave me alone. He denied and softly said-
"No matter where I am, I will always be there to wipe every tear drop of yours. No matter how much upset you are, I will always be there to bring back your smile. No matter how angry you get, I will not leave you, I will hold your hand and stand by you. No matter how dark the night is, I will always be your guiding light. No matter how difficult the path is, you will never be walking on them alone. No matter how busy I am, I will always have time for you. No matter how much we fight, I will always come back to you. No matter how hard you try, you cannot keep me away from you. You can call me your friend, your boyfriend, your best friend or call me nothing, but for me, you are my everything."
His words were like ointment on my pain. I realized I wasn't crying anymore. I looked into his eyes. I knew he meant every single word he said. I smiled and threw myself into his arms. Theres nothing better than a soothing hug at times of sorrow.

Just then my phone screamed. I opened my eyes to find myself in my bed. Gosh! This was a dream. Well, obviously this was. These fairy tales can only be stories and dreams.
I sat up on my bed, checked my phone only to find a 'Lecture cancelled' message from college. I sat there for sometime, just to think, can I fit anyone into this picture? Well, nope.
Love is a very wrongly used word today. We say it, even before we are sure we mean it. We say it and then we repent. Being there with someone is a fashion, but being there for someone is old-fashioned. Today we all are practical lovers, who measures love on the scale of profit and loss. Being with her gives me a status symbol, he has a BMW worth riding and so on. We are so mature that we forget to feel the real feelings.

I got back to by my blankets. If not in real life, may be I could get back to my dreams and live those special moments. Strongly I did shut my eyes again and fell asleep.

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