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Nepal in 1968

March 22nd, 2009 4 comments

I admit I have been too slow in posting new content. It is partly because I am busy with other developments and partly because I need a long time to decide what to post. I have received feedback from some members that the last few posts were very long for a blog post. I now think that’s true and would try to take that into consideration from now on.

Today I have come up with a post that takes us all to Nepal, not the Nepal of today but that of 1968. I came across this photo set in Flickr from a tourist who visited Nepal back in 1968. This guy apparently has been to Nepal later as well.

I will let you see the pictures and interpret it on your own. To say the least, Nepal has changed a lot in the last 40 years. Your thoughts?

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Here is a link to the original album for those of you who want to explore more: http://www.flickr.com/photos/east_med_wanderer/sets/72157603771972752/ .

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Ganthan Beta Officially Launched

November 17th, 2008 4 comments

Update:
Dear Rangeen Chara community members, we faced two major problems with the Pligg framework we used for Ganthan and we have decided to change the framework altogether. Firstly, the framework turned out to be prone to spamming and secondly, we could not easily change its look to match with the main theme of rangeenchara.com. As a result, Ganthan is inactive until further notice.
We are determined about the fact that the Nepalese community needs a content sharing network and we are working our best to build it. Ganthan will be back soon in a new look. We appreciate your support and patience until then.

Main article:
Rangeen Chara was half-dead for past few weeks. I did receive words of encouragements and criticism during the period. My response: “It’s the silence before the storm.” To prove it right, today I am announcing the official release of Ganthan, a social content sharing network for the Nepalese community. The social content sharing network concept may be new for many of you but such networks have been in use and popular for couple of years now; Digg.com being just one example.

In Ganthan, users join the network (by creating an account) and share the content from different web-sites that they think will be interesting and/or useful to the Nepalese community. Other visitors can vote the content if they like it therefore improving the content’s position in the network. By using this simple voting strategy, good content on the Internet emerge on top of the network so that everyone in the community is aware of it. The network therefore provides a large audience to good publishers and good content to visitors.

The best stories from Ganthan network are displayed in Rangeen Chara homepage along with number of votes the content has earned so far. Clicking on the title of the content will take the users to the Ganthan page for the content which provides more details for the content. Users can also go to the Ganthan Network by visiting the URL: http://ganthan.rangeenchara.com. It is here that the users can create an account, log in to the network, vote for existing content or submit a new content.

If you are a blogger or a web-site owner and would like to enable your visitors to easily submit and vote the content in Ganthan, you can paste one of the following scripts in your website where you want the vote button to appear:

1. The following code is used for a single vote button on a website in Nepali:

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ganthan.rangeenchara.com/ganthan/evb/button.php?l=np”></script>

2. The following code is used for multiple vote buttons on a website in Nepali:

<script type=”text/javascript”>submit_url = ‘THE URL TO THE CONTENT’;</script>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ganthan.rangeenchara.com/ganthan/evb/button.php?l=np”></script>

3. The following code is used for a single vote button on a website in English:

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ganthan.rangeenchara.com/ganthan/evb/button.php?l=en”></script>

4. The following code is used for multiple vote buttons on a website in English:

<script type=”text/javascript”>submit_url = ‘THE URL OF THE CONTENT’;</script>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ganthan.rangeenchara.com/ganthan/evb/button.php?l=en”></script>

Here is how the buttons look like when working.

So publishers and readers, lets come together and create some BUZZ in Ganthan. If you have any questions or comments regarding Ganthan, just drop a comment below.

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Software Freedom: Why Should We Care? ( III )

September 23rd, 2008 1 comment

September 20th was celebrated worldwide as software freedom day. Ankur Sharma, a Nepali Software Freedom activist, has sent an article to promote awareness regarding software freedom. His article is being presented here as a series of three posts: Concepts, Cases and Celebration. This post is the last one in the series summarizing the FOSS initiative in Nepal and the celebration.

Few years back, free software enthusiast from Nepal gathered and formed FOSS Nepal (Free and Open Source Software Nepal) community which currently has ~650 members in Nepal and abroad with an active mailing list. We have been running different awareness campaigns and helping government, organizations and academics to migrate to FOSS through mailing list support, interaction, awareness and hands on trailings, we host weekly FM programs and monthly talk session aliased FOSS ka kura. Beside that we celebrate SFD (software freedom day) every year.

This year, we celebrated SFD 2008 on 20th of September with different events ranging from candle vigil on the eve, small exhibitions with CD distribution documentary shows, drills and expert sessions to help user migrate to free software.

I would like to extend this opportunity to welcome you all to join our community.

Author Information
Ankur Sharma completed his Bachelor in Engineering (CS) from Nepal Engineering College in 2006. His final year project with Shankar Pokharel, titled “Mero Sanu Sathi”, went on to collaborate with One Laptop Per Child Project. At one time, he served as a technical lead and General Secretary for One Laptop Per Child Nepal collaborating with Nepal Government to successfully deploy OLPC laptops on selected government schools. He has been FOSS activist since 2004 participating actively as a resource person for raising awareness and facilitating migration of Free Software in Nepal.

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