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July 23, 2014 / tshrinivasan

Need 50 ideas for a python hackathon

We are planning for a python hackathon at DGV arts & science college, chennai.

The students learnt python already.

To make them contribute to Free Software, I had a discussion with HOD,
to conduct a one day hackathon.

There are 40 students and we can give a 50 programs for students to pick one and do in that 6 hours span.

I have the following list.

1. scrap a and get rate of a given peoduct

2. resize some huge size photos and add some text to all the images.

3. get two dates and calculate the no of days between them.

4. upload images to flickr using flickr api

5. auto mate blog posting using wordpress api

6. analyse a apache log file and get statistics from it.

7. create a solver for crossword puzzles using the given no of words and few letters

8. Download picture of the day from and make it as wallpaper or a widget

9. test a website for its availability. send mail to some people, if the site is down

10. backup all files in /var/www/html and databases and store in a remote place.

Reply here with more ideas.


July 23, 2014 / tshrinivasan

Kochadaiyan – Blender Remake

Just found this video online. This is how we need to take Free Software to people.

The Entire video is made by using free/open source software like Blender, Audacity and GIMP.

Check this video

July 23, 2014 / tshrinivasan

Tamil Software Development Program

Tamil Software Development Program

There are lot of software required in Tamil Linguistic World.
Planning for a Program like Google Summer of Code to encourage developers for developing software for Tamil.

Program Details :

1. List the required software:

List the software requirements related to Tamil, so that Developer can pick one from work on that.

The software can be Desktop application, Mobile Application, Online application or a game.

send the requirements to tshrinivasan AT or comment below.

The Event duration is 4 months. Don’t give big software like OCR, TTS, Speech to Text etc.

Give small games, small components required to build big software etc.

2. Forming a Mentor team:

Not all developers are good at Tamil Linguistic and grammar. We have to form a Mentor team with Tamil Scholars. Developers can contact them for any queries related to Tamil.

Contact me if you are interested to be a Mentor.

3. Call for Programmers:

Programmers, from around the globe, can participate in this program.
They can be students, working professionals, Home makers, kids etc.

They can pick their desired software from the list.
They can work as a team or as individual.

All software developed should be Free/Open Source Software from day one.
All code should be published in

Developers should write dev log on their blogs atleast weekly once.

4. Results:

At the end of 4 months, we can review the developed software and package them for release.

5. Prizes:

We can call for Donations for the projects. Divide the amount and share with the developers.

Need a team to handle Finance. They have to approach donors, collect money and share with the Developers.

Reply here with your thoughts.
Contact me at tshrinivasan AT if you want to join the core team for this project.

July 18, 2014 / tshrinivasan

Need a Firefox or chrome plugin

We are trying to build a spell checker for tamil using hunpell.

For that we need a huge list of root words in tamil.

Root words may have people names, city names, verbs, etc.

To collect them manually is a huge task.

Thinking of a browser plugin, where a reader of any tamil blog, Wikipedia page, or social media can select a word and tag it with relevant part of speech and send to a central server.

By this way, any tamil reader can contribute to build the huge list of root words.

Looking for volunteers for building the central web application and Firefox or chrome plugin to collect data.

Reply here if you are interested to contribute.


July 17, 2014 / tshrinivasan

Tamil Text To Speech using Python – Plan

I am trying to build a TTS – Text To Speech – in Tamil.

I can split the words now.

There is a software in PHP which can convert Tamil text to IPA.

You can find the source code here:

Using your code, we can convert Text to IPA.

Hope we can get the sound files for IPA or we can record.

Once we get all the Sound files, we can do

Tamil->IPA->Play sound files.

Thus, we can build a TTS system.

Planning to do in Python.

Reply here if anyone is interested to join and contribute to this project.

Thanks to Vinodh Rajan – vinodh AT
For sharing the Tamil ->IPA conversion code.

July 14, 2014 / tshrinivasan

How to get a Computer science job? – For Freshers

I have shared my thoughts on why it is tough for a fresh computer science student to get a job and what they can do to enter in job market.

It is in Tami. Read I here.

Share here if we can add more points to the article.

July 11, 2014 / tshrinivasan

Hack Night – July 2014 – by Indix


Hack Night – July 2014

Data Monster

Time : Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM – Saturday, July 12, 2014 at
7:00 AM (IST)

Venue :
Indix Hq 8th floor, Kanagam Road IIT Madras Research Park, Taramani
Chennai, TN 600113 India


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