Friday, June 18, 2004

Font Wars coming to an end ?! (tamil)

It's been so long since tamil language was brought into the computer arena. But the main obstacles were to display tamil font over the internet. Many thanks to Unicode. Now tamil can be used in google search too. I was very impressed with some of the findings on the net on making tamil move more towards Unicode. Especially I was amazed with the work that has gone in making tamil blogs ! My very first entry into a Unicode based tamil page was SIMPLY WONDERFUL!! Following some of the links took me to tamil blogs!!
Wow. It's all Unicode. There are a couple of tools that are useful when it comes to Unicode tamil stuff. The one that I use and my all time favorite free sw is e-Kalappai by default it does not come with Unicode support but there is a plug-in to be installed to enable Unicode. All this is require if you wanna put your work on Unicode. But just to read those pages off the net you need NOTHING. All you need is a quite latest browser.
But if you want to Google with tamil just turn the e-Kalappai Unicode version on and type in the google search bar any tamil word by typing the pronunciation of the word. For example "thisaihal" . The characters might look funny on your screen sometimes but they make good sense to google engine. Hit Go and see the results.. You will be amazed indeed.

Here are some of the blogs and e-zines that keeps you within tamil worlds.

KAsi's blogs(got pointers to other too)
There are a bunch of yahoo groups too.
maraththadi news group
Another site that needs special mention is tamil linux
tamil linux news group

An audio visual tutorial on unicode in tamil
I am gonna try my first tamil uni code font entry here.. see if you guys can read it without a problem...

வணக்கம் அன்பர்களே
இது உங்கள் வாகீசன் !!

Friday, June 04, 2004

Accidentally bumped into this webcast on Zdnet. A wonderful discussion 15 min to wrap about offshore pros and cons with some top folks in the industry.

As everyone knows offshore development is gonna have a big impact on software industry and i believe it already had. It was interseting to note that some of the presenters mentioning that "India and China are not cheap anymore" and another one saying the time when we used to think that only the low quality cheap work is what drained out to offshore development is gone and now more than money ... talent, innovation and work ethics is what's attracting them.This is good news for all the tech geeks out there in the developing countires. Now their talent and skills are being appreciated. but bad news for people entering the job market here in North America and also in Europe. Another intersting fact was that before starting offshore work every company must have their own acts well set in terms of work process to the level best. Otherwise it's all gonna end up in a disaster. Sounds very true