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Monday, April 03, 2006

Formula 1 and Kannda Wikipedia

Formula 1

Accidents, Mechanical failures, Transmission and electrical failures, one last min engine blow out and safety care out 4 times on the what a eventful race

Kannada Wikipedia

On Sunday I was at the Kannada wikipedia awareness program which was held at Nayana Auditorium, Kannada Bhavan, Bangalore. It was organised by Hari Prasad Nadig and his gang. They actually got Dr U R Anantamurti to deliver the key note. Kick ass! Also got to hear Prof G Venkatasubbaiah & Nagesh Hegde.Then we had sessions aimed at non-geeks like how to enable Unicode character set on your XP( at one point of discussion we had a audience question asking if this process of enabling Unicode support works on a pirated version of windows :) ) and various flavours of Linux, a session on what Wikipedia is all about and lastly a "how-to" session on how we can contribute to wikipedia.

Basic stuff I would say, but what makes this event standout is, probably this is the first of kind, that I can think of, where in an attempt is being made to create awareness about the use of free online encylopedia to help preserve, promote Kannada language.

All-in-all, great work guys. I would say this is a great first step. I hope people will "pick up the gauntlet" so to say and contribute generously to the encylopedia, thus doing there bit to save this wonderful language.


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