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 Bhashaindia.com 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.
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.
Recently I came across The World Fact Book, this is a US Government’s CIA website that provides comprehensive information of all countries – their geography, history, economy, people, culture, concerns and more. Unlike the popular belief, seeing this site you will get convinced that US Government is well informed about rest of the world!.
Two sites I normally turn to for Encyclopedic content – the first is MSN’s Encarta and the other is free Wikipedia. Wikipedia even has a Tamil Encyclopedia (if you notice even this URL has a Tamil folder name!)
Elephant at Guruvayoor Yanakotai
Young Dancing Elephant
Elephant given bath by 3 keepers
Elephant transporting its food
View from Rajamalai (The Highest point in Munnar)
Sunset as seen from KSEB International Park
Venkatarangan in Rajamalai
Nilgiri Tahr (A Deer Like Animal) in Rajamalai
In my last post, I mentioned that I am using Sauce Reader to do my postings. Though I managed to do text only posts, I am having problems with posts that include images. Sauce Reader supports two image upload options – MetaWebLog API and FTP. MetaWebLog is not supported in dasBlog 1.7.x and for some reasons (which I am yet to figure out), my FTP server refuses to get connected from Sauce Reader or even from IE. My FTP server gets connected only from GlobalScape CuteFTP, even though the FTP server is Windows Server 2003/IIS.
While using Sauce Reader I noticed that its UI looks sharp and clean; curious on the 3rd Party controls they could be using I went into the “C:\Program Files\Synop\Sauce Reader” folder and I noticed they used a handful of third-party components (a combination of free/commercial). I found the list of components impressive, so giving them below:
Since I do little printing on paper and I have a variety of printers available in my office, I have so far resisted the idea (mine and my wife’s) of buying a printer for my Home PC. Though my Home PC is fully loaded (P4 HT, 1GB RAM, 180GB x 2, DVD-RW, CD-RW, TV Tuner, 17″ LCD, DSL, FireWire, USB) , till now I only had a scanner for emergency scan and email.
This week, when I wanted to scan and email an important document, the scanner decided to die. Frustrated, the next day as soon as I went into to office, I ordered for a top of the art, HP All-in-One Home device. Yesterday, the vendor delivered HP PhotoSmart 2608, which is a Colour Photo Printer (meaning it can print photos on special paper), Scanner, Fax & Copier. It includes a LCD Display for settings and Photo viewing, USB & Ethernet Interface & multiple memory card slot readers. In Chennai it costs Rs.14,600/-. I installed it today morning and so far happy with the print and scan quality.
Previously whenever I got to install any new device on my home PC (my Systems guys don’t let me do it in the office :-) ), I go straight ripping the package, connecting the power, installing the software and after few hours, turn to the manual. Today, I decided to act wise, I first read everything in the box, including the instructions on how to open the box and remove the printer. Then once I found the setup instructions, I went through it religiously one-by-one, all the way through the 20 odd steps and got the printer installed. It turned out to be good idea, as without the proper steps, this could have taken me hours to figure out.
The first time the software installation failed with some crazy MSI error. It offered to uninstall and reboot. I did that and reinstalled the software, everything went fine this time. During the software installation I noticed two things, that it required Microsoft .NET Framework (and installs it, if it doesn’t find one) and it took more than 30 minutes to complete it (probably on my machine, Windows XP itself doesn’t take this long). When I say 30 minutes on installation, I meant purely the file copy/settings time it took and it doesn’t include the waiting for user-response time or detecting the printer, etc. Definitely a long time…
I have been using Sharp Reader for reading all my subscriptions and using the Web UI of dasBlog to do my postings. Though I love Sharp Reader for its simplicity, lately I was feeling down because an update for it is long overdue.
Anyways, after trying out Newsgator, FeedDaemon and others now I am using Sauce Reader. I like the neat Interface, especially the clear, legible fonts (I guess enhanced by Clear Type). I will likely stick with this, will keep posted on how my trial goes.
This posting is posted from the WebLog feature of Sauce Reader – hope it comes out clean.