December 2006

The fine guys at CPAN Testers have meanwhile verified Lingua::DE:TypoGenerator on 6 platforms. But what about Gentoo? I have had problems with certain modules and g-cpan, so I tried my first perl module with it. And voila: Lingua::DE::TypoGenerator works fine with g-cpan on Gentoo.

Youtube has a great video showing the heliodor beryl window decoration:

How often do you her people saying that they still use windows because software xyz sure doesn’t exist on linux. Now you can beat them: lists open source alternatives to common commercial software.
I just did a quick search for the software that is responsible for my windows partition:

Instead of itunes I should use Amarok or Banshee - well, that is probably a special case because both problems won’t allow me to buy software in the iTunes store.
The other software is the “WISO Sparbuch”, a German software for my tax declaration, and unfortunately nobody has yet built a good tax software for linux.

On digg I just found an article that compares digikam, f-spot, imgseek, gqview and picasa. Except for digikam I have tried all the programs for myself and am currently using both gqview (for the occasional image viewing) and f-spot (for really organizing photos).
As mentioned in the article f-spot wants to organize all your photos by date. I don’t really like that myself but disabling the copying into a special fspot-folder does not work. I hope this will be fixed soon.
I don’t really see why gqview is included in the article: I think it is only an image viewer and not a photo organizer. But anyway, the article is worth a read.

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Lingua::TypoGenerator has been a great help for me in my business as it creates a good list of typo errors that are likely to be produced. Unfortunately it uses an english keyboard layout and thus missed some typos a German user might make.
For some time I have had the plan to roll my own typo generator perl module and lately came up with Lingua::DE::TypoGenerator. The name is a little bit preliminary as I have only just registered the namespace with CPAN, so perhaps if it is not accepted the name will have to be changed.

The module can be used either old-style by importing the “typos” function or in OO-style. “typos” accepts one word and will return an array of all likely typo errors including umlauts and numbers. Errors with special characters like a dot or comma are not included. If there is a need for this I can add it in later versions.

Right now all input has to come encoded in ISO-8859-1 but support for more character sets is already partly included.

If you want to give the module a try you can download it here: Lingua-DE-TypoGenerator-0.1.tar.gz

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