Friday, December 30, 2011

Prove that programmers too can be social change makers : last day to vote for a social work

A dream to provide solar and computer to a school in rural Nepal! It can be realized by your single vote. Please vote for it at Solar and Computers to a School in Rural Nepal

Appeal from the dreamer - read below please.
My dream is to help a school in an extremely remote village of Western Nepal to buy and install a solar system, batteries, inverters, computers and printers necessary for the school for its computer lab and e-library. The school was built with support from local people and some of the colleges and students of Kathmandu.

Lalu village where the school is located lacks basic infrastructure, however with the local people driving it, the school is a vehicle to bring the community into the 21st century.

The school has very innovative ideas that make it unique. Firstly, Modern Model Residential School is a rural based purely service oriented co-educational English medium primary institution registered as Non-profit Distributing Company. Secondly, it strives to be a progressive institution that acts as a hub for the community, imparting education mixed with modern technology.

Using a pro-rata system the school is able to provide quality education to people of the entire community. Orphaned, disadvantaged or disabled students and families are admitted free of charge, whilst others contribute as little as $3 per month. This shows how even a small amount can change not only the students’ lives but their families and the entire community.

Kalikot is amongst one of the world's most impoverished areas. “57% of people in Kalikot district live under extreme poverty. Per capita income lies at Rs. 6000 (around $ 83) per year and average life expectancy remains at just 42. Only 57.27% of children are literate where as overall literacy rate is at just 38.47%. Still 45.95% of children involve in some kinds of economic activity instead of going to school.” -Central Bureau of Statistics of Nepal, District Profile, Kalikot 2008 AD .
Please don't forget that your single click can make it happen. Time is too short to stop and think. Help to realize the dream and be proud of it! Click Solar and Computers to a School in Rural Nepal to vote!

Yes, programmers too can be social workers!

Thank you!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CamStudio - Free Streaming Video Desktop Recording Software

CamStudio a really useful desktop based software that you can use for recording anything that happens with your desktop. And the best part is it is distributed under GNU General Public License (GPL) license. Free to use for both commercial and non-commercial uses. So what are the uses? Let me recite the site itself:
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs) Here are just a few ways you can use this software: You can use it to create demonstration videos for any software program Or how about creating a set of videos answering your most frequently asked questions? You can create video tutorials for school or college class You can use it to record a recurring problem with your computer so you can show technical support people You can use it to create video-based information products you can sell You can even use it to record new tricks and techniques you discover on your favourite software program, before you forget them
How to get the software? How to use this? Yes, it is very easy. Watch the video on how to capture video from your desktop and you are easy to begin! Why this post? Any open source products like this one is a great contribution to the whole world. So this just a give-back to the great effort. I have just tried to spread the word. Could you please do the same? Thank you!

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