Spellchecking in vim

Sometimes I write texts in vim that I later typeset in Scribus. I therefore use spell checking in vim. To activate spell checking in German language the following command is used. For other languages change the language code.

:set spell spelllang=

The English dictionary should be included. For other languages you will be asked if vim shall download it by itself. Words spelled wrong will now be marked red, grammar mistakes blue. To unset the spell checking use:

:set nospell

To enable the spell checking by default insert the appropriate command (without the starting double point) in your ~/.vimrc.

Assassin’s Creed II

I have written an E-Mail to Ubisoft Germany about the copy protection mechanism of Assassin’s Creed II, which needs a connection to the Internet even if you are playing offline. The whole text of the letter can be found on the German version of this page.

I ♥ Free Software

I love Free Software!

If you are a developer of Free Software, a user or just care about it: “Thank You!”

Special Thank goes to the developers of Linux Kernel, Ubuntu, Gnome, Xfce, Gimp, Gnome-Do, GNU-Cash, KeepassX, TrueCrypt, Scribus, Banshee, VLC Player, Firefox, Thunderbird, Lightning, FileZilla, OpenOffice.org, GParted, Ding, Python, PHP, MySql, Apache, and many more.

Graphics Copyright: 2001-2010 FSFE

Neo Episode 2

Right now I can do 100 strokes per minute. And it is even more fun. The only problem I have are the typos I make – They are many. If there is a good method to learn how to avoid them I would be really grateful.

Installing on Ubuntu 9.10
Set the active keyboard layout in “System → Settings → Keyboard” to “German → Neo”. Neo is now active but only a beta version in which (compared to the current version) for example “ü” and “ö” are changed.
Download the recent xkb.tgz

$ wget http://neo-layout.org/xkb.tgz

and replace the old files (do not forget to make a backup).

$ sudo tar -C /usr/share/X11/ -xzf xkb.tgz

More tutorials for installing Neo on Linux, Windows and other operating systems can be found on the manufacturer’s homepage. (All linked homepages are in German)

Neo and vi(m)
In vim the keys “hjkl” are  used to navigate. Now these keys are spaced somewhere on the keyboard, so we better use “snrt” to have navigation on the same place as if we were using QWERTY. We exchange the particular letters.
Edit or create the file ~/.vimrc and add the following:

no s h
no h s
no n j
no j n
no r k
no k r
no t l
no l t

Neo and Virtualisation
I need to use windows at work, so I used to use VirtualBox. Try to install Windows. Everything worked fine until I should insert the license code. It was not possible to insert digits (even after changing the layout on the host back to QWERTY).
Since then I use QEMU and Neo is even running with the Windows drivers in my guest system.


This Blog is now also available in English. The most important Pages and Articles are translated. Only a few changes concerning the design are pending. So all non German speakers are again welcome. I apologize for any inconvenience.

To manage more than one language in WordPress I use the WordPress plugin  qTranslate. It is really easy to install and to use. You can download it from the official homepage.