The “Internet of things” (IoT) is a concept, an increasingly growing topic of conversation, with a major potential to impact how we work and live.

Everything is connected around us. This revolution has already started and it will be bigger than previous technology revolutions, including the mobile smartphone revolution. Internet of Things, as many call it today, will fundamentally affect all of us.

— Ari Jaaksi – Mozilla Senior Vice President, Connected Devices

   In December of last year, Mozilla decided to shift focus to Connected Devices and these days Mozilla officially confirmed that the arrival of Firefox 2.6 in May will mark the last release of Firefox OS supported on smartphones. Meanwhile, Boot to Gecko, which was what Firefox OS was rebranded from, continues to live on as an open source operating system.


It’s time for new challenges!

Mozilla will concentrate at the beginning, on four Internet of Things projects. These projects have a clear focus on user rights and privacy.

Link (also known as Foxlink)

A personal user agent that is under the full control of the user. Basically, it helps you interact with your connected devices and may automate certain tasks for you.

Project Link aims to be your own, personal user agent for the smart home, creating a web of things that is completely yours. Instead of entrusting your data to a third party, your Link agent understands your preferences for how you want to interact with the world of devices in your home, and can even automate your connected world for you. All of this still done conveniently and securely, but completely under your control.


SensorWeb wants to advance Mozilla’s mission to promote the open web when it evolves to the physical world. It aims to find the easiest path from sensors to open data so contributors can collaboratively use sensors to get great detail of understanding their living environment.

Smart Home

Project Smart Home offers a middle ground between “in a box” solutions like Apple Homekit and DIY solutions like Raspberry Pi. Combining modular, affordable hardware with easy-to-use rules, Smart Home empowers people to solve unique everyday problems in new and creative ways.


Mozilla wants to create an open voice interface that developers, device makers and end users can utilize.

Vaani aims to bring a voice to the Internet of Things (IoT) using open, Mozilla-backed technologies. We believe a voice interface is the most natural way to interact with connected devices, but currently, there are no open solutions available at scale. With Vaani, we plan to offer an “IoT enabler package” to developers, device makers, and end users who want to add a voice interface to their devices in a flexible and customizable way, while avoiding the need to “lock-in” with one of the major commercial players.


   Mozilla is looking for contributors for all these projects and says those interested can contact their connected devices participation team for more information.

WordPress allows you to mass delete these comments in the wp-admin – but only in batches of 20 at a time. So this could be a real problem  when you have thousands of pending comments.

Here is a simple way to delete all pending comments:

  • 1 Log In to Your Hosting Backend

I use CPanel so the screenshots are related.

When you have successfully logged in, you will see a screen like this:

  • 2 Access Your Database Using phpMyAdmin

Look for the phpMyAdmin icon (under databases) and click on it. You should see a page like that when you are in the phpMyAdmin page.

Select your WordPress database by clicking on it on the left. You will see a list of tables within that database.

Next, locate the tabs on the right side, and find “SQL”. Click on that.

You will see this screen.

  • 3 Run the Following SQL command on your database

The command is this:

Warning: Make sure you are fully comfortable with playing around with the database. If not back it up first, before you run any commands. Else, get a professional to help you with it.

DELETE FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_approved = '0'

You should see a status message saying something like “958 rows affected”.

Log back in to your WordPress admin panel, and you will find all the pending comments gone :)

Tabara de Testare is a community group for QA that organizes weekly meetings to share knowledge in quality field. Tabara de testare Iasi is the local team from Iasi City which invited Mozilla RO team to hold an event during a weekend to have a workshop about Firefox OS automation Testing.

Making a good and reliable mobile web app it’s important, and making sure your app works as expected every time is crucial. Marionette is a tool designed to test any Gecko enabled app but especially FirefoxOS. (Note: The concepts behind the session are common to all automated testing on the internet, but we will use Firefox OS in this session for simplicity and to focus on the concepts).

During this session, the participants were introduced in the principles of automation testing and they  learned how to write automated tests for a web app. Ioana Chiorean broke the ice with a talk about Mozilla RO and then session continued with a small description about the tools and how they work, thanks Bebe for that :).

The attendants installed a simple test environment on their PC  (downloaded Firefox OS for desktop and they installed Python 2.7 ). There is no extra hardware required (eg Firefox OS phone) but for advanced level or quick-learning attendees with a Firefox OS phone the tasks can also be run on a phone.

After that, each participant or, in groups, started to work on their own scripts to test different kinds of apps, from the simple ones to the more sophisticated ones. At the end, the participants did a show-and-tell session of their script.

More info can be found here, it contains all the info needed for starting to write tests. Enjoy!

Thanks to all for inviting me there and for such a great techy weekend we spent together. Can’t wait for the next one :)

Recently I started to learn JAVA. I have to admit that OOP is not actually my “thing” … but I found an entertaining introductory tutorial on Object-Oriented Programming. “A java tutorial that shows you why Coding Java (or any other object-oriented programming) is just like writing a trashy Western novel.” I definitely recommend this tutorial , I think is (one of) the best :)

Jos Claerbout is the author and his paper is called Don’t fear the OOP. He uses a trashy western novel as his focus to describe OOP. Each idea is presented in “pretty” colors. If in green, the idea is discussed in terms any literate human could understand. If in yellow, it is a bit more programmatical but still not full fledged “programming talk”. And, if in red, it is all about the code. I can’t say I have ever read a paper that used these styles of teaching but it works. It has been a great reference to put me over that edge so I can get beyond the rut I’ve been stuck in.


Ubuntu Global Jam reprezinta o ocazie perfecta pentru comunitatea Ubuntu de a se întâlni si a lucra împreuna între 13 si 15 septembrie 2013 pentru îmbunatatirea Ubuntu.

Ai vrut vreodata sa schimbi ceva în Ubuntu? Ai fost mereu curios cum ai putea sa schimbi chiar tu acel lucru? Asta este sansa ta!

La Jam poate participa oricine doreste sa contribuie, oricine vrea sa îmbunatateasca Ubuntu, toata lumea este binevenita si încurajata sa se implice.

Ubuntu Global Jam este format din evenimente care sunt organizate peste tot în lume pentru a uni contributorii si fanii Ubuntu. Fiecare eveniment are una sau mai multe teme, printre care se numara:

  • Defecte – gasirea, trierea si rezolvarea anumitor defecte din Ubuntu;
  • Testare – testarea noii versiuni de Ubuntu (13.10 – Saucy Salamander), feedback în urma testarii, sugestii.
  • Documentatie – scrierea unei documentatii despre cum se foloseste Ubuntu si/sau anumite pachete, detalii despre cum poti intra în comunitatea noastra, instalare, etc.
  • Traduceri – traducerea pachetelor din Ubuntu în limba materna. Revizia traducerilor.
  • Packaging – crearea de pachete. Ajutor, explicatii, sugestii
  • Altele – alte tipuri de contributii. Simpla prezenta ne va bucura prin simplul fapt ca întâlnim pe “altii ca noi”.

Acestea fiind spuse, comunitatea Ubuntu din România, te asteapta între 13 si 15 septembrie 2013 la o întâlnire a utilizatorilor Ubuntu si nu numai pentru a ajuta la traduceri si documentatie, pentru a testa si promova Ubuntu, dar si pentru a socializa.

Pentru a gasi evenimentul din zona ta consulta pagina:

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WordCamp Transylvania is the only local conference which focuses exclusively on exchange of knowledge and experience from the romanian developers and users of WordPress, between 1st – 2nd June 2013.

Talk about WordPress to the WordPress community from Transylvania. Fly you passion for WordPress straight to Transylvania!

People with different background, but with the same interest (WordPress) from the area – and beyond – will take part in the event.

This year’s WordCamp event in Romania will take place in Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of Transylvania and, also the city which hosts – in the same period – the acclaimed eastern film festival – TIFF (Transylvania Film Festival).

Reasons to come to the event:

    • You will have the opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas or projects related to WordPress in an official WordCamp event
    • You will enliven the WordPress spirit, by contributing with knowledge for the Romanian WordPress community
    • You will enjoy two (or more) relaxing days in Cluj-Napoca: The heart of Transylvania

Discover Transylvania, discover Cluj-Napoca

In June, Cluj-Napoca opens its gates for Romanian and foreign tourists, hosting a large variety of attractive events, of which – the most important film festival in Romania – Transylvania Film Festival (TIFF). This year, the festival will take place between 31st of May and June 9th.

Some say that this may be the best period to experiment the city’s youthful spirit and to discover its unique charm.

WordCamp Transylvania will take place in the city center, close to the main tourist attractions.

Mozilla is organizing Mozilla Meetup Romania 2013. This meeting will gather Romanian contributors to Mozilla from all over Romania and Republic of Moldova. The schedule will consist of talks, open discussions and social events. Mozilla MeetUp will take place in Cluj Napoca, Romania from April 12th to April 14th, 2013. I will attend and I can’t wait  to meet all the contributors and more Mozilla fans :)

You can find the schedule here. Official MozCamp hashtag: #mozro2013. More info on wiki page.

ClujHub presents an evening of lightning talks and networking on the theme of ‘open’. Join Sourcefabric, Mozilla, OSOM (Open Source Open Mind) and journalist Andrei Aronet to see how open strategies, tactics and tools are revolutionising the web, the media and business. Are you an entrepreneur, coder or journalist open to new ideas? Join us -everyone is welcome to contribute, share ideas and collaborate!
Adam Thomas, Head of Communications as well as Holman Romero, Sourcefabric’s CTO will be flying into present alongside Mihai Balaceanu from the Superdesk team in Cluj.
Alongside Stefania Ioana Chiorean from Mozilla, Andrei Aronet and me, from OSOM, Open Source Open Mind :).
Presentations to be held:


  • Open Source Open Mind
  • Ubuntu LoCo


  • WebFWD
  • Webmaker
  • The upcoming Mozilla Festival


  • Sourcefabric, one of the world’s largest open source, non-profit organizations supporting independent media projects.

Andrei Aronet

  • He will provide examples from his work experience in print and online media.


You can RSVP via Facebook Event!

“Scoala Altfel” (en. Other type of School) is a one week program that all schools from Romania are organizing to offer to the young students alternative to formal learning. Today we  were at Liceul Teoretic “Petru Maior” Ocna Mures to talk about Free Software/Open Source. My presentation was about Ubuntu local community, thanks to Alex Cucu we had Ubuntu swag :)   and Ioana Chiorean talked about Webmaker tools and WebApps (Firefox OS ).

I also had a presentation about “Open Source for an Open Education”. There were 36 high-school students and they were very excited to learn about FLOSS. It was a nice experience and we are glad to be able to sustain the local initiative.  Hope we’ll be there next year too :)


Ubuntu LoCo presentation

Open Source for an Open Education

Ubuntu Global Jam e o ocazie perfecta pentru comunitatea Ubuntu de a se întalni si a lucra împreuna în primul sfarsit de saptamana al lunii martie 2013 pentru îmbunatatirea Ubuntu.

La Jam poate participa oricine doreste sa contribuie, oricine vrea sa îmbunatateasca Ubuntu, toata lumea este binevenita si încurajata sa se implice!

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cluj CoWork, Emil Isac, 23, Cluj-Napoca

Mai multe informatii aici iar pe puteti gasi evenimentul.