In between birth and death

Struggling to achieve unwanted goals, and walking to reach undecided destination

गूगल हिंदी अनुवाद की पेशकश – or Birth of Hingoole ? May 6, 2008

Filed under: googler,Technology,Uncategorized — rammanohar @ 6:49 pm

गूगल हिंदी अनुवाद की पेशकश” is the Google way of saying “Google offers Hindi translation”.

Google has done once again next to impossible. May 2008 “Google offers Hindi translation” for Indian people. Not only Hindi, but Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam are also part of new development.

Using this feature, user will be able to translate online from English to Hindi and vice-versa.

Translating English to Hindi may not be of so much difficult as, translating Hindi to English. Being computer freak I know the difficulty, to parse the grammar of Hindi language through computer programming. And in either case, translating sentence from one language to another is itself challenge. But at the bottom of the translation-engine is the rule for placing Subject, verb and object in proper sequences. Simple translation of each word does work.

But as everyone might be guessing. The Google translator is not perfect. In simple sentence it will give good result, but in complex sentence, it gives alot of error. Error not only in Words, but also in syntex. Where word is complex, translator put the word as it is.

Ex

“”“I love you””= “” मैं प्रेम आप “” – Sentence with Quote

“I love you” = “मैं आपसे प्यार करता / करती हूँ – Sentence without Quote

But some of the problem are in the area where it is proper noun. Suppose If someone named “Sher Singh” appears in sentence, then it will be translated to Lion Tiger.

“, शेर-शायरी” = “, The lion – poetry”

शेर-शायरी” = “Sher – poetry”

I found a way to deceive translator in a while. Its Case sensitive. Like,

“Tiger is strong” = “टाइगर मजबूत है”

“tiger is strong” = “बाघ मजबूत है”

Right now in summary I can only say, Google translator fumbles away with literal dictionary words when one tries complex sentences, idiomatic usage or slang words. The Hindi translation of the summary line is “फिलहाल में सार का कहना है कि मैं ही कर सकते हैं , गूगल अनुवादक fumbles दूर शब्दों के साथ शाब्दिक शब्दकोश की कोशिश करता है जब एक जटिल वाक्यों , शब्दों में बोली या उपयोग मुहावरेदार”. What language is this? Can you make it out? Let say it “Hingoole”. A Google standard Hindi + English.

When Hindi mixed with English, we had Hinglish. Now Google made it Hingoole or Hingoolish. Which one sounds better :)?

If you are able to make anything out of this new Google tool, start using. Your Hindi proficient parents will simple have boundless happiness with the new google offer. Give a try with some Hindi movie songs and films title names, and see it for yourself @ http://www.google.com/translate_t?langpair=en|hi

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Mission Impossible – Code DU July 17, 2006

Filed under: googler,Technology — rammanohar @ 6:01 pm

Date: July 17, each year.

Place: North Campus,Delhi
University


Mission: Breaching Castles of education

This is what, most of the brilliants student of
India hopes of to do, which is supposed to be impossible. But this mission impossible has become mission successful to many of the bright student today. Today is the first day of academic calendar in
Delhi
University.

Like each year, this year too, there was a lot of rush of new students in North campus streets. Cars, rickshaws, bikes, and peddlers, every one moving into zigzag direction, finding their first day in college.

A long queue in front of each college gate to get entry inside the college boundary, ID card verification by security personal standing as firewall. And student querying about Class rooms.


Mission Impossible – II.

Next phase, Security agencies have hand over for mission impossible project. Can these agencies ensure that DU is going to be a safe place for the newcomers? No non-serious, social loafers are going to leverage advantages.

Its very tough task, what every security personal is doing is really Mission Impossible, and a lot of thanks to them for making mission possible.

Can we improve upon the mechanism? Off course yar. There is always chance of improvement. Tell , what are the chance of improvement. Hmmmmm… Add more security personals, checking at more points, close circuit cameras, mobile patrolling and etc. Great na  !!!! But what are etc ? hmmmm ?? hmmmm?? hmmmm??

“Dimag ki bati jal gaei”, one more idea, smart card. Yeehhhhhhhhh.hurrrraayyyy I found it.

But boss, what are you talking about. What is this smart card ?

Well, buddhu, Metro rail… smart people use smart card… smart card yar, a rechargeable rectangular card, that u can carry to home.  Ab samajh may aaya.

Now you have a question…. boss, it is true, it is possible, it may be possible in US,
Japan,
UK, but in
India….. impossible.

Wait.. wait.. It is possible. If metro train, just 100 meter away can implement the concept and use the technology, then why notDelhi
University.

Ø      Use Smart card, in the place of ID card.

Ø      Install identification (scanning) machine at the gate of each college.

This will solve almost the entire problem. Only student will be able to enter college. The fake ID card problem will be solved. Security personal do not have to argue with social loafers, and few security personal will have to stand in front of gate.

Let’s hope. The
Mission impossible does not remain impossible, and DU listen it, and make it mission possible soon.

 

Managing RMG Pool May 19, 2006

Filed under: Discussion,googler,IT Industry,Management,Technology — rammanohar @ 3:45 pm

From the day, a fresher joins Software Company, he starts cursing RMG. Probably this is the first place after HR dept in software industry, which decides one’s faith.

I have some of the interesting experience with RMG. and I am sure everyone has their own share of experience to share. And I also remember an incident in Chennai, when whole of the 2 trainee batches (Around 50 freshers) were transferred to their home location due to one of my friend had some hot issues with RMG. Oh.. Unlucky previous two batches…

Yes, thinking .. What is RMG?? Great, Resource Management Group. People in software very well know this dept. Company name this dept to their choice, but the basic work is same. A dept to manage pool of unutilized people.

Every company in India today is facing problem of bench. Again, a word quite famous in software industry, but not written any where in documented. When a person is not allocated to any project (or say dept), he remains with RMG pool. Doing nothing, just moving around, asking friends in proj, what they have done today; trying to get hold of some friend so that he/she can check mail on his/her computer; hanging around cafeteria and library at best. And worst, spoiling fresher career.

Every company will have their own story, projecting minimized figure of RMG pool. But what ever they speak, all knows the size of it. India, I think 30 % of the people are on bench.

Now my question is, can we utilize these resources (fresher) to benefit organization? Answer is, yes, it can be done.

We can have a PL(Project leader), TL(Team Lead), TL (Tech lead), PM(Project Manager) and the team members from the resources. Let them decide what they want to do, what they want to experiment, what they want to design, what they want to develop, and what they want to learn.

Have the look at the assumptions behind the idea

1. Every company wants to do R&D, but they have not succeeded so far. Because once they are allocated inside a project, they code the same piece of code once again. The monotonous work of any project is not suitable for innovation.

2. The fresh idea, in the fresher out of college is full, and they have energy, enthusiasm, boundary less idea, eager to do some thing, and determination to prove them shelf.

3. The resource in RMG pool is not productive. They seats ideal. Company just need to give them a PC, which is equivalent to their one month salary(approx).

4. People on bench got demotivated as the time pass. The energy level goes down seeing the friends and people on projects. Smart people manage them self and find place in B’schools. And some prefer browsing freshers.com.

If we could properly manage these resources, they could be a new source of talented pool, creating value for the organization. But it needs some determination and some thinking on the side of top management.

And it will not be far that, these “Resource pool” will change to “Talent pool”. Creating new channel of profit to the organization through their innovative ideas and outcome. The outcome can be as

1. White papers for organization
2. New system design
3. New innovative software products
4. R&D practice
5. Creating learning organization.

Puzzling, and thinking…, this sounds good…hmmm.. But how it can be implemented. Well the implementation model looks like this,

1. Make compulsory provision for the entire fresher in RMG pool, that they have to publish an industry study paper in a week, a suggested improvement in that particular industry. Finding problems areas in the industry, possible solution for the problems. Key issues in the industry.
The time frame for each piece of expected outcome is predetermined and als the standard for all resources is outlined.
2. There should be a pool of management, which will monitor and manage these resources, and the outcome is deliverables to the top managements from time to time. These management people can be from RMG pool as well as from some other projects (voluntarily part time) or a dedicated team of people.
3. RMG pool will be divided into a number of teams, same as the real projects, each team consisting a dedicated number of resources for entire cycle of the project. Each team having its own PL, PM, TL and etc.
4. When RMG need resources from the pool to be allocated to the client projects, they can do that at any point of time. But keeping in mind that there is optimum loss to over all work being carried by RMG pool.

And what is the outcome,
1.People will get vertical specific knowledge; introduction, problem, best in class solution, improvement ideas, and etc; even before joining any particular client project.
2. And at best condition, organization can expect useful tools, software products, innovative ideas and many more results coming out of these talented bunches of peoples.

Hope thing idea makes sense.
If any one else has more innovative idea than this, please share it.

 

A day with Dilli Raj Sharma March 25, 2006

Filed under: Art Culture,googler,Nepal,Uncategorized — rammanohar @ 9:48 pm

 Mahendra Malangia(Left) and Dilli Raj Sharma(Right).JPG

 I have been in touch with this eminent Historian of Nepal, since I landed in Delhi. But never though in depth about the contributions he is doing to history and archeology. In fact I never tried to explore too. We became quite friends in these 8 months of stay in delhi.

Yesterday, I came to know that he is returning back to Nepal since he is done with his Research paper. Today, after MIS paper I rushed to him after lunch.

   There I came to know about his Doctorate topics and in the same context I came to know much about Nepal’s History and archeology. The perspective was entirely different than what is being told and heard in normal discussions. Generally, Nepal History starts with Shah Dynasty and Ends there only ( 1743 AD to till date, around 250 years). and that too political dimension. No clutural aspects, no social aspects. that too in discriminatory way.

 Dilli Raj Sharma’s work extents much beyound todays Historians view. He has studied cultural aspects of Nepal from 7th Century to 17th century. A great effort. Sir, you deserve a lot of praise. At end of discussion. he also agreed for Digitisation of his work on web some day. Hope his work will open a new door of research and Discussion in ancient history of Nepal.

He has some of the publications on his name.

I managed to get some more info about him from Net.

http://www.thdl.org/texts/reprints/contributions/CNAS_23_01_15.pdf

http://www.thdl.org/texts/reprints/contributions/CNAS_24_01_03.pdf

http://www.thdl.org/texts/reprints/contributions/CNAS_27_02_04.pdf

Currently he serves in Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He is also Editor of “Contributions to Nepalese Studies”.

By the end of our chat, a disappointing news, today he was having RNAC flight to Nepal, but the flight got cancelled. No Comment .. Its RNAC…

 

 

Kosmix: Desi Pride February 25, 2006

Google Earth.jpg
Another big challenge to Google. More than MicroSoft, kosmix is trying to touch sensitive area of google. Web search business. Yes, kosmix, which claim to have different search engine than google is in fact little different from google. I tried for around 15 min yesterday. As they claim, search was really crisp; all the search result link were very much relevant. kosmix claim to have more understanding of users behaviour. Most of the users do not go beyound first page of result. Even if they donot find result on first page, users prefer to resubmit search with different keyword. Thus google multi page, 1000s of suggested links becomes useless. Also, the search logic is little different. than Google . kosmix search pages on the content basis, beyond links pointing web pages, as done by google.
  But i want to say to kosmix, curbing search results and decreasing number of results, do not make it closer to users. kosmix claim, even if user do not go beyound first page result, I think google is not loosing any thing. But kosmix may loose serious users who like to go beyond first page result. Curbing on the number of results may sometime restrict some of good links from suggested link.
  

About my preference, I like google, and simply a great fan of it. I have explored a number of ways on googling. Atleast buy now, I can claim I know more methods of searching, than claimed on goolge page. Donot be confused, I don’t submit more queries, or I have magic words, and neither do I know how to hack google. It is only practice that had made me more professional in extracting much relevent informtion on relevent times. For example you cannot submit simple search when you want current information about any company, submit search on News category. Here you will get current information , may be just an hour old news about company, which is more relevant and current. Try this before going to some company interview. Like this there are many other ways. Hope in some discussion, we will explore some of the googling techniques…………. And this is the main reason where google will have lead over kosmix. yes, u guessed, kosmix donot have news, or blog or image etc category. If you haven’t tried more option than simple search in google, than I suggest you to try some more also.
 

Yes more important and excitement about http://kosmix.com/. I donot want to miss this. kosmix is the brain child of Indian, mallu. Venky Harinarayan, Founder has exp in amazon.com. Another founder is Anand Rajaraman, again from Amazon. There are 3  Indian out of 4 people in management broad. Great pride for Indian.
 

My best wishes for Kosmix.
http://kosmix.com/

Ram Manohar

 

Nasa World Wind

Filed under: googler,Technology — rammanohar @ 7:28 pm

Nasa Wind.jpg 

Google should by now start thinking about competitors. Microsoftware will take a breath now.  For time being MS will be more than happy with the news that some of the google domain area is being challenged by other players.
In the last two days I have came across two applications which can challenge google dominance. Nasa World Wind and kosmix are the two words in this series. I will talk about NWW here. Kosmix we will discuss in next section.
  Nasa World Wind(NWW) is substitute of Google Earth(GE), a software application to navigate world on finger tips. GE when released almost a year back made a really big impression on users. People were more than happy to see their building’s top on world net. Some people started locating their gali and nukad.
  GE also had to face some wrath from Govt Agencies from White house to Red flag Dragon. Indian Govt too managed to remove some sensitive images from GM satellite map.
  NWW is a step ahead in Earth locating and browsing. They offer a lot type of images from different satellites. You have to select the satellite type before browsing. Picture quality is fantastic. What I liked was the horizontal inclination, means seeing the earth horizontal perspective as if seeing earth from a TV tower rather than a satellite. Truly 3D.  Another wonderful feature was more than earth. Guess what ??? Yes.. beyond earth, you can even browse on moon surface. Certainly more than GE. In the short period(about 10 min) of my browsing , NWW really impressed me.
 But NWW has to improve on certain account. NWW focus more on geography rather than human habitation. So no point of wasting your time on finding your car in the parking plot. Second was, even though their quality of image is good , but only upto certain height. You cannot zoom much closer to your school building or play ground area.
 Hope NWW will make a great improvement and reach a new height of success.
My best wishes for NWW.
 http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/

Ram Manohar

 

Socimetrol February 19, 2006

Filed under: Art Culture,Discussion,googler — rammanohar @ 10:55 am

Socimetrol =>  soci(eta)l + metro  

Since Delhi metro started is operation in Dec-2002, it has not seen it back. The success story has just multiplied day by day. The acceptance of Delhi Metro as mass commuter has increased many fold. People have started experiencing the so called world call transportation system. With the given pace, we can expect, after some decade, to replace the existing suffocating old railway too. The rolling metro has also started pulling us toward citizen of tomorrow’s “Socimetrol” society. Lets being with some story behind this blog idea.     Yesterday I was on the way to habitat center from hostel. Driver didn’t have clear idea about the road map. So he preferred to take us along the ring road instead of some short known to some one. This was not the fist time I was peeping trhough the window of the bus. Some other friends were also traveling . One of our friend suddenly discovered a white building, very nice, well maintained, looking like maharaja palace. He got to know that it is Delhi Vidhan sabha. Traveling in a reserved bus with your friend is very interesting, that is what I feel. And if you are in the ring road around ITO, ISBT then you get to see a lot of greenery around. Yamuna along the ring road magnifies the excitement. One of the most green and beautiful place is RajGhat, the place where mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were cremated. Looking such a magnificent place, one among us the name of the place. And other asked about the importance of the place. After that series of name suggestions started pouring. Rajghat- Mahatma Gandhi?? Vijayghat Mahatma_ghandhi?? Rajghat-Indira Ghandi, Rajeev Ghandhi?? Different ideas came. And then came a billboard stating Rajghat as Mahatma Ghandhi Samadhi.   These are only some of the trailers of future time that next generation is going see. There is no point of blaming the next generation for (literally) what they will not be able to apprehend. It is the current generation digging tunnel for them to pass through it. No freedom to think “where else there can be possibility”. Only making them focus on the destination, no time to peep outside window.

  Not only Vidhan Sabha and Rajghat, but there are a lot many thing which next generation will be able to find it. Indian Train transient market will be one of them. a old man with a aluminium tea kettle saying “Garma garam Chai“; a young boy crying ” Chana, Chana, Timepass, Timepass“; next one with lalus clay pot  “Coffee, Coffee“, and garm chat-pat, nau masala, barah(12) swada wala “Jhal Murhee, Jhal Murhi” will be forgotton voices altogether. Book stores and Magazine wala will find some other route for there survival. One of the most down to earth song of bollywood, Big B’s turning point lyrics “Shaari Duniya aa bojh hum oothatey hai” will have to go through DJ remix to find old place. A new society in metro culture will then discuss “Socimetrol“.
Delhi_train.jpgDelhi metro is different from its counter part in India in different ways. (Kolkata metro is almost same as Delhi metro). Metros are generally operating few hundred feet below underground. You will hardly get lights passing through the tunnel. People rushing for accelerator; Billboards and Advertising banners out side to peep; Dark looming most of the time, on plateform and on the way. And a special voice accompanying you “Please mind the gap”; “aagla station chauwri bazar hai”; “aapna saman leyjana na bholey”; “Thank you”. These monotonous voice accompanying you through one directional (I will prefer to say directional less) journey. No ease , no west, no south, no north.
  

New social norms will be evolved, new economic model will be developed, new breed of culture will be accepted. At this junction of time Old people will wonder, where has the directionless tunnel led the next generation to ??
 
Dictionary::
societal->Relating to human society and its members
metro->An electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city) 
Please send your comments.   Ram Manohar