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Technology for Media Students

Slides used for a technical session at Commits College, Bangalore on 6th July 2011

Additional Reference links:-

  • A Day Without Media –
  • 15 Terrific TED Talks for New Media –
  • Nine top tips for Media Studies students  -

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Kannada on Android

Many seems to be still searching how to read on your phones. Lack of support for Indic language still troubles many of us who like to read and write in Indian languages.

Here is a quick how-to for your reference.

  • Search and Install Opera Mini on Android market
  • Or use this QR code






  • Open opera browser on your phone and type about:config in url bar and then press go
  • Scroll down until you see the setting Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts
  • Change its value to yes and save
  • Now you should be able to read Kannada on Android

This setting will make the Opera Mini to render the page on server side and then deliver it. Hence even though your phone doesn’t have Unicode fonts or rendering capability, you can still read it.

Writing in Kannada is still not possible as of today. But its not impossible. If you dare to root your Android phone and hack into the code available out there for input methods can make it work.

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HTC Tattoo – I just love it…

My new gadget HTC Tattoo powered by Android OS and HTC Sense technology. Costs around INR 17,000. Comes with all that I need to stay connected with all social media like flickr, picasa, facebook, twitter etc. GPS works well with Google Maps, trying to work with OpenStreet Maps in coming days.  All that I’m trying to do on this immediately is to get it working with Kannada support for reading and writing (Hopefully I will get enough time in my busy schedule to play with it). You can find few pics uploaded from directly from HTC on my Facebook account. Shall tweet and write more about my experience with Tattoo soon.



* Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
* Screen size: 2.8 in (71 mm)
* Screen resolution: 240 x 320
* Input devices: Resistive Touchscreen
* 3.2 megapixel fixed focus rear-facing camera
* Digital compass
* RAM: 256 MB
* ROM: 512 MB
* microSD slot (SDHC compatible)
* Operating system: Android 1.6 and HTC Sense
* Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
* Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR & A2DP
* HTC ExtUSB (Mini-B USB backwards compatible)
* 3.5 mm audio jack, microphone, speaker
* Accelerometer
* FM Radio

You can find more information on HTC website.