Microsoft, Tamil

Office 2003 Tamil Language Interface Pack

After my earlier post on MS Office 2003 Tamil LIP, I had several enquires on where you can download this. The single source for all Indic Language related information and download from Microsoft is the Bhasha Portal.



Having said that, here is a cheatsheet for trying this out:


1) You need Windows XP (Pro of Home) as your Operating System.


2) In Windows XP, go to “Regional and Language Settings” applet in Control Panel. There in the Second Tab, titled “Languages” Enable “Install Files for Complex Scripts and Right to Left Languages (including Thai)” option as shown below.





3) Download & Install: You need Office 2003 Software. An evaluation (trial version) of this is available from Office Website here.


4) Download & Install: The next is Tamil Language Interface Pack (LIP) for MS Office (Office 2003 தமிழ் இடைமுக தயாரிப்பு) available from here.


5) Run from Start Menu, Start->All Programs-> Microsoft Office-> Microsoft Office Tools->Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings, program. In that, on the first tab as shown below, select “Tamil” in the “Display Office 2003 in” listbox:





6) Finally, on the same application, in the second Tab titled “Enabled Languages”, Add “Tamil” as one of the Enabled Languages as shown below:





That’s all. Enjoy MS Office 2003 in Tamil.

Calculating Internet Server Bandwidth Requirement

As part of our Portal Management solutions, we are asked to do server sizing for many of the projects. We work with ISPs & Hardware partners in calculating the precise configuration. In the early Internet days this was purely a “guessing” game. Now it has become more and more closer to a science and if the customer has worked hard in their projections, we can get it right to large extend.


A few weeks back, one of our customers came with a requirement which is worth sharing here.


The Portal was expecting 30 Million Pageviews Per month – this was arrived by taking 10 Million Unique Users and Average PVs (Page Views) per user per month of 3. Each Page (including images) is expected to be roughly about 100KB (KiloBytes). Using this our monthly data transfer works out to 3000GB (per month). You may want to add 20-30% buffer and make this as 4000GB per month. Next comes the question of the dedicated pipe that you need for doing this data transfer per month. ISP’s generally recommend a 1.5Mbps pipe for every 175GB/month. At this rate we will require about 34Mbps pipe to do the 4000GB/Month traffic.


I cross-checked this calculation with my ISP who said a rule of thumb they follow is 3x of the average will be the peak bandwidth requirement. So how do I calculate the average bandwidth requirement for 4000GB/Month. Answer is simply to key this in Google “What is 4000 GB/month in Mb/s?”, we get 12.4Mb/s as result. Three times of this average is 37.2Mbps, which is near to our initial estimate of 34Mbps.


Vishwak’s Bangalore Office

After years of delaying the opening of a branch in Bangalore (India’s Silicon Valley), I finally did it. Last Sunday on the 24th, the Inaguration Pooja was performed for Vishwak’s branch office in Sanjay Nagar, Bangalore.  


My Colleagues (From left to right)
Harish, Bala, Pragathi & Myself

Chennai, Events, Tamil

Microsoft Office 2003 – Tamil LIP Launch on 15th April

Myself seen doing the demo in தமிழ் of
Microsoft Office 2003 Tamil LIP

Last Friday was a very special day for me, I did a demonstration on a stage that seated the “Who’s Who?”. The special event was one in which Microsoft India launched their Tamil Inteface Pack for Microsoft Office 2003. C-DAC with association with Government of India also released a free Fonts and Software Tools for Tamil CD. The event was hosted by Mr.Dayanidhi Maran – Cabinet Minister for IT & Communication and was attended by Dr.Kalaingar Karunanidhi – Former Chief Minister Tamilnadu, Mr.G.K.Vasan – TN Congress President & other distinguished attendees.
From Microsoft side Mr.Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Microsoft India spoke about the virtues of Microsoft Office Indic Editions. He also said briefed about Microsoft’s localization efforts through Microsoft portal, which is aimed at taking IT to the Indian grassroots. I followed Mr.Ravi Venkatesan to the demo of Microsoft Office 2003 Tamil LIP in தமிழ். Giving presentations is not new to me, that too presentations on technology or in my mother tongue தமிழ் (Tamil). But doing the combination – a technical demo in தமிழ் needs good preperation. The time given was also too short (10 minutes), so I prepared for almost half-a-day to do this correctly. At the end, the presentation went so well, that I received applause for couple of times from the gathering and I was told that the minister also complimented my demo :-).
You can download from here, the demos I showed on that day. The demos are in WinRAR format, as the file names are also in Tamil (Unicode) and RAR format preserves it. You can request from C-DAC’s ILDC Website or email CDAC a free delivery of their CD or you can also download it.


Mr.Ravi Venkatesan presenting the
Gold CD of MS Office Tamil to
Chief Guest Dr.Kalaingar Karunanidhi 

A view of the distinguished speakers on the stage, during the
launch of Office Tamil and CDAC Tamil Software tools CD


சென்னை சாலையில், நேற்று ஒரு அனுபவம்

நேற்று இரவு ஒரு டின்னரை முடித்துவிட்டு, நானும் எனது விருந்தாளியும் காரில் ராதாகிருஷ்ணன் சாலையில் வந்துக் கொண்டிருந்தோம். மணி  சுமார், 11:30pm இருக்கும், நான் தான் ஒட்டுனர். சாலை குறுக்கே பல காவல்துறையினர், வரும் ஒவ்வொரு காரையும் நிறுத்தி சோதனை செய்துக்கொண்டிருந்தனர். எனது காரை நிறுத்திய ஒரு காவலர், மிகப் பவ்வியமாக “சார், கோவிச்சுக்காதிங்க வாய கொஞ்சம் ஊதரிங்களா?”. அவர் கேட்டவிதம் எனக்கு அச்சரியம், சென்னை காவலர இவர்!.

கதையை தொடர, ஊதினேன், “ஒன்றுமில்லை, போலாம் சார்” என்று என் காரை அனுப்பிவைத்தார்.