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How to compile PO files

Everybody knows gettext. Well, almost everybody… It is an internationalization and localization system popularly used by many applications and systems everywhere.

It is based in source files that hold the original texts of your application (usually written in English), and the corresponding translations for all the languages you need.


Google Plus

What happened to Google+?

This interesting piece in Business Insider talks about the changes recently announced by Google in its strategy with Google+. According to the article, although millions of people use the social network daily, most of them only do it in order to connect to one of the many Google services that are kind of linked together by Google+.

At the end of the day, according to data gathered by researcher Edward Morbis, only about 6 million out of 2.2 billion profiles are actively using Google+.



Relative url in og:image using WordPress Facebook plugin

I was struggling one of these days trying to figure out why my WordPress blog posts didn’t show the proper image when shared in Facebook.

I had already tried some different Facebook plugins, including the official Facebook plugin for WordPress, but I couldn’t find the reason. When I used the Facebook debugger, I always got an error message like this one:

Object at URL ‘http://mysite.com/mypost-path’ of type ‘website’ is invalid because the given value ‘/images/my_image.jpg’ for property ‘og:image:url’ could not be parsed as type ‘url’.

Strange, because my wordpress blog configuration looked fine, my theme (Atahualpa) supported featured thumbnails, and my posts had a featured thumbnail set.



How to install the Google Toolbar on Firefox 5

OK, you love Firefox, and you can’t live without the Google Toolbar extension. And you’re really upset because, after upgrading to Firefox 5, you found out that your lovely and useful Google Toolbar extension is incompatible with the new version. That’s really a shame.

What should you do? Go back to a Firefox previous version? Continue using Firefox 5 without the toolbar, until Google take a merciful look at the trials and tribulations of poor Web users who happen not to use their Chrome browser? (note: see UPDATE 1 below)



The male dominance in Google+


After its launch, Google+ attracted a lot of attention. During its first weeks, many people unsuccessfully waited for an invitation that allowed them to join the new social bandwagon, that some analysts pointed as a potential threat to Facebook.

Nevertheless, it seems that most early users from Google+ came from the techie and nerd communities.

You just have to take a look at the top of the list of Google+ users with most followers to reach that conclusion: instead of Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, there we will find Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergei Brin.

This data comes from Google+ Statistics Website, maintained by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Twitter Counter, which also brings some interesting information on the male/female ratio of Google+ users: men account for 88% of the user base, against only 10% of women (and 2% of “other”). That’s a HUGE difference, indeed.



Should I change my password?


This is as  interesting Website where you can enter you email address and see if it has been compromised in a number of public released hacked email databases:

Up to now, the site database has almost 800,000 email records, and the author is constantly adding new data as soon as they get public.

Try with your email and see if it has already been compromised.

And just in case, remember to change your password on a regular basis, and ALWAYS use strong passwords. Also, do not use the same password though different Websites.