Read email and website in Tibetan Language in Nokia phone.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2011 by tasam21

I’m a tech lover but i can’t afford expensive phone like iphone or blackberry. So I’m simply using Nokia E63 to check my mail and browse websites through Opera mini browser. But Nokia doesn’t support Tibetan font, due to that reason we can’t read the Tibetan language website in Nokia phone. so here i would like to share an idea that we can read tibetan language website in Nokia phone us…ing Opera mini browser, using the following steps:
1. First Download and Install the Opera mini browser in your Nokia phone.
2. Type ‘opera:config’ in the address bar without http or www.
3. Select ‘Yes’ for use bit map fonts for complex script.

4. After that you can read Tibetan language website and email in Tibetan there. And you don’t need to buy iphone for that specific purpose.
5. Hope you like it.

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The Karmapa coverage and the Indian Media: Is this the right Way?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2011 by tasam21

We are living in the 21st Century and with the advancement of technology, it has changed into the “Age of Information”. In this age of information, one can receive or share information through different mediums even within a second. Yet, it is very crucial to provide the accurate information; every one has the responsibility in translating the right information. Nowadays, the media plays a crucial role in providing information but still has the significant responsibility to convey truthful information to the general public.

It’s the media that can lead people into action.

It’s the media that can change the nation.

It’s the media that can ruin the nation.

 

Therefore different nations implement different ways of monitoring the information, like in China major news would be allowed into the public eye only after careful vetting by senior officials but in India media are powerful enough that even governments are so awful of them. I personally support the free media system in the country but that doesn’t mean media to provide fake information or exaggerate things.

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Prevent Slow Laptops in a Few Easy Steps:

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2011 by tasam21

My laptop is running slow, what to do? Is that a question you often ask yourself or your friends? Well after reading the following article you wouldn’t have to ask this question again. All you have to do is follow a few steps and your laptop will keep running smoothly for a long time.

1.Defragment your laptop on a regular basis – at least once a week. What your laptop does is that it breaks all of your files up into various pieces, and scatters them throughout your hard drive known as fragments. And what defragmenting does is that it takes all these fragments, and re-organizes them into a space where they can be easily accessed in a faster way and thus reduces the time it takes to seek these files. To do that all you need to do is go to your system tools and click defragment, choose the drives and wait. You should not operate on your laptop while its being defragmented. So it’s better to schedule the defragmentation weekly at a time when the laptop would not be used and it will do the rest. You can download cCleaner from cnet.
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Recent Events in Tibet and Their Impact on India

Posted in 1 on December 27, 2009 by tasam21

Tibet issue had been regarded as a lost cause by 1970s but it has revived to recapture the international attention by 1980s due to combination of factors. Since then it has remained as a major irritant in Chinese foreign policy in general and India-China relations in particular. In fact, Tibet issue is the manifestation of level of mistrust and apprehension in the relationship between the two emerging powers of the globalized world. A relevant question to ask is: who stand to gain from the mistrust and tension between the two Asian giants? Isn’t it not in national interest of the both countries to find a just and acceptable solution to Tibet issue? Wouldn’t there be more chance of convincing China if India takes on the role of mentor to urge China to find a negotiated just solution to Tibet issue? How does India’s national interest been served when seen to be succumbed to China’s pressure on Tibet? How does it affect India’s prestige and international standing?

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Working for oneness is sure way to bliss

Posted in 1 on October 6, 2009 by tasam21

The entire universe and our body are made up five elements – air, water, fire, earth and ether. The elements provide us with all our understanding and use of them; to honour, respect and take utmost care of our planet – and this will be our greatest offering to God and the universe.

We pray to the earth as mother earth, but it has been exploited by mixing poisonous fertilisers in the land, which is affecting and injuring our health. There could also be many dangers in genetically modified food. There is an urgent need to turn to organic farming.

We have a tradition of honouring rivers – the water element. Today, no river is fit for drinking. We are pouring so much industrial waste, sewage and garbage into the rivers. The rivers don’t want you to offer flowers or fruits. This is not the way to worship. Worship means honouring and dumping waste into the rivers is no honour.

The Fire element symbolises knowledge. It also symbolises knowledge. It also symbolises desire. From the fire of desire, the element gets transformed into the fire of knowledge. And that is the whole aim or purpose of life. Then there is the air element. We need to have clean energy. We have to sustain this beautiful creation.

The space element is abstract. You cannot catch space. When you save your mind from negativity, you fill space with joy, fun, confidence and coherence. If we speak negatively about all mistakes, then there is nowhere on earth you can really survive. When we try to see perfection in others, then we forget to see our own imperfection.

Human life should have humility like water, and patience like the earth. Be pure like fire which purifies everything. Serve like air, which does service to everyone but stays unseen. Space is like the soul which is omnipresent. Have a feeling of oneness with all, which leads to the God within us.

(His Holiness Shri Shri Ravi Shankar)

Some Benefit of Using Linux and Free Software Over Windows

Posted in FOSS to Tibetan on August 10, 2009 by tasam21

I recently posted in DITG mailing list to encourage people to use Linux and free software. Here I would like to take my step toward this new approach to our Tibetan community by making awareness on Open source and their advantages on viruses, malware, spyware and offcourse on China spy network. I like to share some benefit of using Linux and free software. This has much more profitable over Windows.

A user who receives a copy of free software has the following four freedoms:

1. The freedom to run the program for any purpose.

2. The freedom to study and modify the program.

3. The freedom to copy the program so you can help your neighbour.

4. The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits

Richard Stallman: “Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of ‘free’ as in ‘free speech’, not as in ‘free beer’.

I learned the success story of India’s Kerala state for encouraging open source or linux in their state and their counting on open-source software to boost its IT literacy rate and various Open Source Initiatives have been taken by NIC kerala for effective use of open source for online applications. Now Tamil Naidu state is also diverting their way to open source and they embarked on a plan in January to put Linux in government offices, schools and villages, is making progress.

Our prime minister prof. Samdhong Rinpoche comments in the AP story said, “Digital security is expensive and difficult job” Yeah, surely it is expensive if the TGIE is to buy legit Windows licenses + legit software for all its computers but I would rather said it is not an expensive.

Tibetan Offices and Schools can derive huge cost reduction and gain flexibility by using Free Open Source Software (FOSS) tools. Here are some FOSS ‘equivalent software’ for common use and the associated cost reduction possible.

Description Windows Application Linux Application Savings
1. Operating System Microsoft Windows

RS – 7000

LINUX

Rs – Zero

Rs – 7000
2. Security: For this purpose one has to use any antivirus. i) Norton/ McAfee Antivirus, ClamWin, AVG Antivirus

Rs – 5600

Avast Home for Linux users

Rs – Zero

Rs – 5600
3. Scientific application:

i) Tools required for computer algebra

ii) Tools required for numerical computing

iii) Tools required for statistical analysis

iv) Verilog simulator for circuit simulations.

v) Electronic Design Automation tools

i) Maple, Mathematica

Rs-20000.00

ii) MATLAB

Rs-100000.00

iii) SPSS, Stata,EViews

Rs-8800.00

iv) Verilog

Rs-39800.00

v) Pspice

Rs-8000.00

i) Maxima, Axiom,Sympy

Rs-Zero

ii) Octave,Scilab

Rs-Zero

iii) R-project,PSPP,S-Plus Rs-Zero

iv) Iverilog

Rs-Zero

v) GEDA Rs-Zero

Rs.20000

Rs.100000

Rs. 8800

Rs. 39800

Rs.8000

4. Office Tools Microsoft Office Packages Rs. 9160 Open Office, KOffice, Siag Office

Rs. Zero

Rs. 9160
5. Multimedia

i) Image editing softwares

ii) Media and Music Players

i) Adobe Photoshop

Rs – 13960

Coral Draw, Coral Designer Rs. 6800

ii) Windows Media Player, Power DVD, Sonique Rs – 798

i) GIMP Rs. Zero

Inkscape Rs. zero

ii) MPlayer, Xine, Totem, Kaffeine, VLC

Rs. Zero

Rs. 13960

Rs. 6800

Rs. 798

6. Utilities:

i) CD writing tools

ii) Backup Tools

iii) Disk Manager

i) Easy CD Creator, Nero Burning ROM

Rs. 1200

ii) Veritas Backup Exec Cobian Backup, Norton ghost Rs. 2800

iii) Norton Partition Magic Rs. 2459

i) Arson, Eroaster, gcombust, K3b, XCDRoast Rs. Zero

ii) BackupPC, Bacula, Amanda, Veritas etbackup Rs. Zero

iii) QTparted, Gparted

Rs. Zero

Rs.1200

Rs.2800

Rs.2459

7. Publication Tools: i) Ventura, Cord

Rs. 25000

i) Scribus, latex

Rs.Zero

Rs.25000

If all above tools are used then the total cost reduction per computer is = Rs. 251377

Some common scenarios: If an institute uses the following tools: MS Windows, MS Office, MATLAB, Nero, Norton GHOST, SPSS and Norton Antivirus then the total possible cost reduction by Switching to LINUX based tools is:

7000+9160+100000+1200+2800+8800+5600 = 134560 INR per computer

If the school or organisation has a lab with 50 computers then the total cost reduction would be = 134560 * 50 = Rs.6728000

By using such software an educational institute not only saves lots of money in license fees but it also brings lots of other advantages too. some of these are:

1. You are not bound by restrictive licenses of proprietary softwares.

2. By using thin clients you need only buy minimum hardware leading to substantial saving in costs.

3. Many of the Linux distribution support old hardware with less resource. this means that you can still use the old Pentiums available in your Labs with low RAM too. you don’t always need very high end machines. see the Linux Thin Client project on how to use even Pentium 1 Machines with 8 GB hard drives as effective terminals.

4. You have a huge freedom of choice.

5. Computer Assisted Learning improves student learning.

Special distributions for educational purposes like Edubuntu are also available at www.edubuntu.org and other such as www.ofset.org/freeduc-cd (live CD for primary schools)

So, we must initiate Free Open Source Software to the Tibetan schools and I hope you will consider on the above cost reduction and flexibility by using FOSS tools.

We, the IT professionals in Tibetan community must join hands

Posted in FOSS to Tibetan on August 9, 2009 by tasam21

I guess most of the members in Dharamsala IT(Information Technology) Group are Tibetans and I believe this group comprises many IT people with full of different ideas. I don’t know much about DITG but I am pretty sure that this group was formed to share our views, thoughts and to help each other.

Last month I got an opportunity to attend the meeting of FOSS (Foundation of Open Source Software) Group of India at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and there, I learned much about their ideology, objective and their working system. They are discussing about changing the system of IT education in India, by initiating open source education at foundation level course and starting informative exercises in the curriculum. They are targeting NCERT and CBSE for their mission and they are also discussing about organizing workshop to train the teachers.

We, the IT professionals in Tibetan community must join hands, come forward to do something more productive work in the field of IT to raise the standard of IT in our community. I really appreciate Kusho.Lobsang Monlam la for his marvellous work in creating Tibetan font which is now used by many Tibetans and this is a good example for the enhancement of IT in our community. Well! So far I have not done any big projects but I feel privileged to say that I have developed the complex database of 2009 Census of Tibetan in Exile.

As we all know that computer education is very crucial these days. In India, government is making all efforts to raise the computer literacy rate. Computer education systems in Tibetan schools are not too standard and this important subject is many times neglected both by teachers and students. Infact IT is a very essential skill in this globalised world and young children must be encouraged and nurtured to acquire the necessary IT skills during their school life.

We all must discuss the ways to improve the computer education system in Tibetan schools in a positive way. There is so much scope to learn in the field of information technology for the young children and we must provide them the incentives to move ahead in this direction. I am emphasizing this issue mainly because I had been a computer teacher in the past.

Recently, I got information from India Linux Group Delhi Mailing list that NCERT has created their own Operating System collaboration with FOSS which is especially for schools and it includes many open source software. So instantly I wrote email to the concerned person for the detail information and he replied: “This work is in a very early stage – a kind of alpha version is ready. Do give us some time and we will keep you informed.”

Here I would like to share the links that Prof. Sridhar Iyer, Department of Computer Science, IIT Bombay have told us during our meeting at JNU:

“Computer Masti (CM) is an extensive research based product created at IIT Bombay for computer education in schools. It is designed as a series of books and activities, after an understanding of what is suitable for school education in the Indian subcontinent as well as or schools abroad” Here is the link http://computermasti.com

Download the books online, here is the links http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~sri/ssrvm/

I am sorry to say that I have never attended a single meeting of DITG because of my location and I don’t know what you all discuss when you meet. So I request all the member of DITG to give their support and share their ideas on the enhancement of IT system for our Tibetan Community.