Monthly Archives: March 2013

Love Don’t Come Easy

My Love It’s a lie that came true
Love don’t come easy
It’s a give and take
And we came through

No matter how long it takes
I know love don’t come easy
I am going to try and wait
No but, if or otherwise

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Document Freedom Day 2013

On March 27 2013 , Document Freedom Day was celebrated in GPA Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal. This was the first time a event on document freedom was organized in Nepal. Prakash Neupane as the ambassador of Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal (OKFN) together with OSAC organized this event which was supported by FOSS Nepal and Central Department of Library and Information Science (Tribhuwan University).

Prakash Neupane started the event by calling Former minister Ganesh Shah on podium to give welcome speech. He as always gave a serious speech with fun filled environment. Remembering his youth days, he appreciated this effort of OKFN and today’s youth for initiative on Document Freedom. He recalled the days, when he as a youth wanted to open initiatives or group like this but it was hard at that time. Although his busy schedule, he managed time for this event.

Document Freedom and Open Standard
Prakash Neupane gave his presentation on Document Freedom and Open Standard on Document Freedom Day. He informed us that Document Freedom Day is celebrated on Last Wednesday of March every year.

Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day “to celebrate Open Standards and open document formats raising awareness of Open Standards and formats. On this day people who believe in fair access to communications technology teach, perform, and demonstrate.

On our query to what is document freedom, Prakash said documents that are free can be used in any way that the author intends. They can be read, transmitted, edited, and transformed using a variety of tools. It is about all forms of data, including artwork, sheet and recorded music, emails, and statistics. These can be stored in ways which empower users. Documents that aren’t free are locked to some particular software or company. The author cannot choose how to use them because they are controlled by technical restrictions, like a powerful car that is artificially restricted to 30 km/ph.

Talking about compatibility remember having to buy or download a new application just so you could open an attachment that you needed for work or when you were sent an important file that your computer couldn’t read properly. Closed systems, standards and formats are barrier in economic, social, political and cultural participation. Your valuable information might turn into digital toxic waste with your next upgrade to a new software. Over time, files that have been saved in closed formats tend to be less and less accessible to their creators.

Nevertheless, as scary as it sounds, we do need to understand the value and meaning of Open Standards. An Open Standard refers to a format or protocol that is

  • Free from legal or technical clauses that limit its utilization by any party or in any business model
  • Subject to full public assessment and use without constraints in a manner equally available to all parties
  • Managed and further developed independently of any single supplier in a process open to the equal participation of competitors and third parties
  • Available in multiple complete implementations by competing suppliers, or as a complete implementation equally available to all parties.

So what happens if we have Open Standard ? We can collaborate and communicate with others, regardless of which software they are using. We can upgrade or replace our application and still be able to open and edit the old files. We can choose which phone / tablet / computer you want to use without worrying about compatibility. Open Standards ensure that society has: more competitive software and tech products, more efficient governmental systems and services, more accessible high-end software for innovation and experimentation.

Document Freedom and its Relevance in Libraries

Bhim Dhoj Shrestha, the Head of Central Department of Library and Information Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal presented on documented freedom and its relevance in Libraries. He talked about Libraries in Nepal Just started transforming to Digital Format from Print Format and very few Libraries in Nepal started building collection in Full Text in digital formats. He talked how Libraries are supposed to be largest storehouse, Users and Purchaser of Full Text in digital formats regarding eBooks. He also told that Libraries cannot acquire all different Companies e-book Readers which could be a great hindrance, and discussed about Double tier copyright or IPR?
Some of the eBook Readers are SoftBook, Sony Reader, Intel Reader, Apple iPad, Nook Reader, Kobo eReader, Kindle and So on. The hindrances in digitizing are Financial , Technical and Human Resources. He explained how If we could not free document formats (document freedom) It may be Dead-like technologies, e.g: micro-film, micro-fiche, Ultra-fiche, etc.

The presentation concluded with the question “How can we develop a technique to protect copyright/IPR of creator for making freedom of document format?”. It should be a Win-Win situation for Creator and User. The 30+ audience interacted with Bhim Dhoj Shrestha and lot of interesting formal as well as informal questionnaire and comments were going on.

 

 

The last part of the event was demonstration on Open Data Tools by Utshab Bhetuwal and Rajendra Sharma of Amrit Science Campus. They presented slides on LibreOffice. They showed demonstration of LibreOffice writer and Bluefish editor.

You turn me into a poet

Earphone plugged in my ears
Hearing acoustic sound
I type the first words
That comes in my mind
It’s amazing.

You on my mind
I don’t know who
You turn me into a poet
Just by thinking you.
And the deeds has been done.

Now there is no sin in any day
I can remember you when I want to

Messenger in Yahoo Mail Classic to be shut down

If you are using messenger in yahoo mail and it’s old version, then this might be the time to upgrade new version. Messenger in Yahoo Mail Classic have been shut down from March 22 2013. This means that you will no longer be able to send Instant Messages to your contacts from Yahoo! Mail Classic.

 

A more close look on “notification” shown in yahoo mail page after successful login.

No worries because where there’s problem there will be solution too. You still have two possible ways to use Yahoo! Messenger:

  1. Upgrade to the new Yahoo! Mail, where Messenger continues to be available. You can then send IMs directly from your inbox, as you did before.
  2. Use the Yahoo! Messenger client. If you don’t already have it, you can download the Yahoo! Messenger client here.

Reference : Mail Classic Help

Google Keep – the new circus in town ?

Keep is the Google’s new and latest note syncing service. It’s designed to save what’s on your mind by quickly organizing everything you want to remember. Irrespective of where you are you can take notes, add or save voice or file in your ideas that inspires you. Google Keep keeps your notes on sync across all devices, and when you need you will have it all.

If not circus, it’s no picnic either. Google keep is believed to be the combination of Evernote and Pinterest. This latest Android app is available in Android Market only from Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.2 and onwards.

Yatra Professional Ko- Jorney from Student to Professional @ Amrit Campus

With the theme of “Career in Web World” an event “Yatra Professional Ko- Jorney from Student to Professional” was organised on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Since, i couldn’t attend the first episode of S2P at Sunway International Business School which theme was “Career in Mobile World”, i was supercharged to attend the second episode. So, as soon as i got the invitation from <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/events/503227003046741/” title=”Facebook event page” target=”_blank”>Facebook event page</a>, my keen interest were the speakers.
For those who don’t know about S2P (Student to Professional), below is the short and sweet description.
<blockquote>Yatra Professional ko is an inspiring journey of the professional to celebrate professionalism and bring stories from successful professional in their own words. The invited speakers share their professional journey and talk about lessons they have learned, mistakes they wish they have avoided and key decisions that helped them make their career successful.</blockquote>
After only 3 hours of sleep i woke up at 6 a.m and rushed towards the destination Amrit Science Campus. Since i entered the college premises for the first time, it was not easier for me to find the room where the event was happening. The event had already started, and Bhoj Raj Ghimire sir was the Moderator.

<strong>Bhoj Raj Ghimire</strong>
Bhoj Raj Ghimire sir is the Senior Project Manager, Senior Manager, Business Analysis at <a href=”http://www.deerwalk.com/” title=”Deerwalk” target=”_blank”>Deerwalk</a>.
He worked as GIS Technician / Analyst at GIC /Asian Institute of Technology-Thailand, JAXA- Japan and Bhim District Hospital- Nepal Government. He worked as Project Manager and Team Leader at <a href=”http://www.shangrilamicrosystem.com.np/site/” title=” Shangrila Microsystem (P.) Ltd” target=”_blank”>Shangrila Microsystem (P.) Ltd</a>. He also worked as Software Developer and Quality Assurance Engineer at Mauj (People Soft Pvt. Ltd). He worked as System Analyst at National College of Computer Studies (NCCS) and currently Lecturer of Computer Science, Engineering and IT courses.
The coolest moderator Bhoj Raj sir before starting the event shared some of his experience from his college life. He remembers the 3rd year class of his B.Sc (Bachelor is Science) when he felt that students should not be limited to class but outside world too. He told the audience (i.e students) that this event is not a professional training but an awareness opportunity. He then welcomed Binod Ranabhat, as the first speaker.

<strong>Binod Ranabhat</strong>
He is the Founder / CEO at <a href=”http://www.donibtechnology.com/” title=”Donib Technology” target=”_blank”>Donib Technology Pvt Ltd</a>. He shared his experience how he transferred himself form student to professional [S2P]. He started with SLC days, which was when he joined institute for HTML courses to bridge the time between SLC and +2. He then did his +2 studies from SOS Hermann Gmeiner Higher Secondary School, Gandaki. Then, he came Kathmandu and took engineering preparation course. But he had to return back to Pokhara due to some family problems and studied engineering there. At third semester he changed his mind n analyzed the courses he will study and he realized that only 12 subjects are computer related but more 40 or more subjects are non-computer So, he started practicing web development on his own. He focused on his subject of passion that is web development. He Started carrier From <a href=”http://www.meropokhara.com” title=”Meropokhara.com” target=”_blank”>Meropokhara.com</a> in 2007 A.D. He then, made 3 websites as freelancer and earned 25000 Rupees and was able to contribute in his family by paying his mom’s loan. He dropped his engineering study and came Kathmandu for abroad study processing. But Despite of his Good n Genuine Documents he was Rejected for visa then he thought of living inside Nepal and doing something.

After his both doors were closed for him, he searched for IT & Management related courses and studied Bachelor of Information Management in KCMIT college. He worked as the Full time Faculty for Web Engineering in <a href=”http://softwarica.edu.np/” title=”Softwarica College” target=”_blank”>Softwarica College of IT &amp; E-Commerce</a>, taught many students which reflects that he enjoys teaching too. He proudly says that more then 80% of his students are Web Professionals todat. He defined entrepreneurship as ” Finding opportunity in a problem”. The journey was still harsh and roads were not easy too. Due to VAT &amp; PAN bills demands criteria for making bigger companies websites and thought of starting a company. The registration processing was not a cake walk too, had to to suffer the indirect corruption fashion of government organizations. His feats include medical journal website, making first commodity website of Pokhara, restaurants and school websites too. His interest in motorbikes led him to a thought of registering a website 2wheels.com.np opening a new company and he is now CTO at two Wheels Pvt Ltd. To integrate his passions of bikes and designs he then initiated <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/2WheelsCafe” title=”2Wheels Cafe” target=”_blank”>2Wheels Cafe</a> as well. he says that the cafe is featured with the motorbike tiers as a table, Pulsar Seats as Sitting Seat and Avenger bike’s Headlights as the table lights.

He also gave his thoughts on college projects that students should try to implement the project rather then to submit their reports to the respected faculty and shut the project down. He cleared us that students often get confused when vacancy notice asks for “preferred experience”, it doesn’t mean freshers can’t apply, it just means that experience is preferred. Lastly he points that we always have a simple excuse “I can Work, I have Experience, I can do it but I do not have MONEY” in that he finally quotes
<blockquote>Money will Only Come after you start working.</blockquote>
<strong>Kushal Gautam</strong>
Bhoj Raj sir introduced Kushal to the audience as a new professional but got more experience. Kushal picked up the tempo from where Binod left on a serious note. With his cool attitude and funny face and accents students enjoyed and laughed a lot (like LOL), and some left the room because couldn’t control the laughter. He interacted with students by asking some question about their current semester and interest in web development. I couldn’t shut my mouth and silent laughter got wider when i heard that he started studying HTML and CSS in class 7– and thought i started in class 14 ( a deep sigh). Whenever he was in cyber, he used to research and study rather than playing games or wasting time. He worked as Developer at Mahoo Nepal and is currently Senior Developer at Janaki Technology. He shared his moments from his school life that he used to get scolded for his overwork.

He told us that around second semester, a senior asked to work with him but didn’t get paid and also he was just greedy about knowledge. He told us that if we can balance our academic and professional life , it would be great(sahi hunthyo in Nepali) and academic knowledge is needed for creativity. He did some php works in the company he enrolled with his senior. He also was MSP 2012(Microsoft Student Partners) and did a lot of certification at that time. He joined Janaki Tech after some time. He told us that time investment and career investment is crucial and that everybody whenever sees him asks the same question, ” Why do you always work,work and work like a workaholic and have no time at all?” Since, he had been working in one paradigm that is web development, he switched his career which was the reason to join Janaki Tech. He also gave suggestion for professional life, not to switch career for money, but for career growth. He asked us to always aim for high and think differently.Because if you know PHP and use Facebook, then you should think of making a Facebook app. Language should not be a barrier to study programming languages.

He revealed us about the new url shortcut project about to launch from his company Janaki Tech. He appreciated Binod Ranabhat for the fact that meropokhara.com is his identity. He suggested us to use twisted brain sometimes rather than normal brain. Experience and job opportunity is a loop and we have to forcefully enter this loop. Once we enter, we can make our path. He regrets that he couldn’t make personal time for himself. He urged students to explore web development field if they have interest in it.
In the middle, he quotes
<blockquote>Being geek is good, but don’t be workaholic</blockquote>
His ended his speech with,
<blockquote>Don’t just think simple, try to do little different, otherwise you will be in deadlock situation</blockquote>

Bhoj Raj sir asked a question to the speakers some questions?
<em>1. How did you manage time in between classes?</em>
–&gt;to which Binod Ranabhat answered with time management comes from own passion. Once a student enters personal to professional life, social life gets diminished. So, balance is necessary.

<em>why did Binod Ranabhat open so many companies?</em>
–&gt; he simply told that he was driven by his passion.

Bhoj Raj sir appreciated this short and sweet initiative started by Prakash Neupane. He didn’t conclude the program and said he wanted this to continue and keep going.

Relief Collection for Saptari Fire Victims with Miss Nepal 2012

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – With the tag line of “ together we can” , an event “relief collection for saptari fire victims” was organized by Miss Nepal 2012. Miss Nepal World – Shristi Shrestha, Miss Nepal Earth – Nagma Shrestha and Miss Nepal International – Subekshya Khadka were the 3 ladies behind this great deed. This event was organized in response to the wildfire that started in Raipur VDC (Village Development Committee) of Saptari district in which nearly 77 houses were burnt.

From 5 pm to 7 pm , these ladies stood in Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square with microphone in hand and smile on face, carrying a donation box asking for any kind of donation. Money, clothes, food … anything one Nepalese can donate to another Nepalese in need. Well at first it was a bit awkward moment for people to come-to-front and donate, but later people started donating freely and heartily with whatever they have. Those people who hadn’t been pre-informed about the event were donating money on-the-spot and those people who knew about the event brought money and clothes too. As minutes turned into hours, more and more bags of clothes and money started to come in. Their names were called from microphone those who donated.

883481_10151310298135723_392507297_oI really enjoyed today’s evening doing some bit for the Relief Cause of fire victims in Saptari at Basantapur. It feels so good from the inside of my heart to be one of those noble people helping for the good cause which I think purifies our mind and soul. It was great to see Miss Nepal 2012’s Shristi Shrestha,Nagma Shrestha and Subhekshya Khadka coming out in the public and working together for collecting donations for those victims. I salute these women who are so bold enough to carry on these good works not only in papers but in real world. I think this message will serve as a motivation and brings that X-factor to push our Nepalese women further to get involved in such social works in future.

To cover this noble and humble deed into an article for my news website meroudayapur.com , I along with my friend waited till 7 pm to finish. Beauty being the default charm, the Miss Nepal 2012’s were kind enough to give us a short interview too.

Interview with Miss Nepal World 2012 Shristi Shrestha
Shristi said that she was very content after seeing the response and support of Nepalese towards this donation collection campaign. She with nagma and subekshya discussed about this event and without much planning and just with a flex printing , they hopped on the bus. It started event information on Facebook page of Miss Nepal and a confident smile on their faces. Within a short time, Miss Nepal decided to do this event on-the-spot. Kernel Min Dhwoj Khadka, father of Miss Nepal Internation Subekchya Khadka also attended the event to support his daughter’s cause. He also wished shristi for her strong team and asked to continue the effort.

891916_10151310299625723_504079557_oWe asked Miss Nepal Shristi Shrestha about her further plans,efforts and issues that will be addressed? She told us about her involvement in human traffing cause, she felt strong about human and child rights since she was a kid, she regularly goes to street children shelter homes and orphan ages and wants to continue wok in this field. She feels that in Nepal women and children are the more vulnerable ones.

She thanked meroudayapur.com and appreciated that we waited for a long time. She shared her views on today’s youth with us and said that she felt really glad that today’s youth are not only focused on their career but also working together for people who are not as privileged as us.

Interview with Miss Nepal International 2012 Nagma Shrestha

“A little help from your side, can make others smile”
Through these words Nagma Shrestha urged every Nepali standing there to donate to their fellow Nepalese brothers and sisters of Raipur VDC wildfire victims, who are in need of help and support. She talked about her involvement in social events , some community forest projects, alternative energy project. She is also the goodwill ambassador for IUCN(International Union for Conservation of Nature). She also represented Nepal by participating in Miss Earth.

In response to our query about the delivery processing of collected donations, Nagma Shrestha informed us about talks being going on with Rabindra Mishra of Red Cross and Help Nepal network. Also, the 3 “beauty with brain” Miss Nepal will be personally handing over the collected goods to wildfire victims in Raipur VDC of Saptari district.

885963_10151310294910723_664872162_oWe also asked a question from technical part that “ Why was this limited to a Facebook event and not promoted through official website of Miss Nepal 2012?”. Nagma Shrestha acknowledged the importance of IT(Information Technology) and websites. She told us that life is a lesson and we go on learning. She also talked about women issues (referring to Occupy Baluwatar movement) that not just shouting slogans but creating awareness is equally important.
Lastly,she quoted,

Well done is better than well said