Slack alternative

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Slack alternative for team chat

Many alternatives on the subject are on mainstream. Among them I have tried Openfire chatserver and Rocket chat. Since our org do not allow us to leave our intranet and slack does not have the in house installation, the above two are the perfect solution, though there are many chatserver that allow the inhouse installation I am not taking considerations that I haven't tested. Though I was tempted to test others like mattermost, discord and others like I am sticking to the formers till they fulfil the clients request.
Openfire and Rocket chat are both open source and free. Openfire can be installed in Windows and Linux both. I haven't tried Rocket chat in Windows Server. Both the installation are straight forward and can be installed in no time and make them running in your intranet. I integrated both of them to the Active Directory for the users authentication.
Openfire is an XMPP server and all XMPP clients readily connects to its server. I used Install4j to create my own branded version of Openfire client Spark. Its VOIP extension easily connects to the asterisk clients to make VOIP calls.
Rocket chat has modern UI. I used its chat bot and channel feature to generate alerts from my NMS LibreNMS. Previously I used Slack with Observium for this feature.

Unicode converter for Word

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Unicode converter for Word

Nepali non-Unicode fonts to Unicode font converter for formatted documents like word, excel, powerpoint

Many online webpages using javascript are available that convert non-unicode fonts to Unicode fonts for unformatted text that is copy-pasted into the page. My own online version is available at
http://kritee.com.np/preeti-to-unicode.php
http://kritee.com.np/fontasy-to-unicode.php

But when it comes to the formatted documents like in word and excel and with mixed fonts, it becomes difficult to convert using these simple converters. They remove all the formatting and moreover convert all the text to the Unicode or vice-versa. They not only convert Preeti or Kantipur font to Unicode but also the English text to the Unicode making them unreadable.

If you have such problems, you can send them to my contacts contacts page so that I can help to convert those file to Unicode or non-unicode (Preeti or Kantipur). This is provided for trial and personal use with no guarantees (although those that I have been able to test, worked for me).

New unicode font style compared

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New unicode font style compared

Listed Nepali unicode font styles are compared
Mangal font
Kanjirowa font
Kalimati font
Samanata font
Arial Unicode
Thyaka Robison
Madan2
Janaki
Akchyar Unicode
Unicode Nepali fonts comparision

Unfollow Multiple Facebook Groups in easy steps

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Unfollow Multiple Facebook Groups in easy steps

Unfollowing facebook groups is much more annoying and difficult if you have followed many groups and subjects. The easy way for it

  1. Go to News Feed Preferences, below the ACTIVITY LOG and above the SETTINGS on the right drop down of facebook page.
  2. Unfollow people to hide their posts
  3. Click to unfollow people or groups

However it does not unlike the pages or groups. For multiple unliking the pages and groups the following steps could help.

  1. Go to your profile pages
  2. Click on the LIKES on the left panel
  3. On the drop down list click on unlike on every liked pages or groups.

Nepali Unicode is installed NOW WHAT

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Nepali Unicode is installed NOW WHAT

Many of my friends have asked me, "I have installed Nepali Unicode in my computer, now what". They certainly mean they got through all the pains installing nepali unicode in their computer (Really time consuming and lengthy process in Windows XP than newer Windows) now how can they type in Nepali Unicode. As I have already suggested in nepali-script-in-xp if you are new in Nepali typing and had never typed in Nepali either in Preeti, Kantipur or whatever you should go for Nepali Romanized since it is very similar to English typing, But if you have been typing in Preeti, Kantipur like true type fonts you should be comfortable with the traditional layout of the Nepali Unicode.
After installation the first thing is you cannot type in word or excel just by selecting the Nepali Unicode font Mangal or other like selecting Preeti or Kantipur font. You should switch between the input language found in the Language Bar mostly in the notification area beside the date and time of the computer. Alternatively the ALT+SHIFT shortcut can do that work.
language bar for nepali unicode in notification area on desktop

language bar for nepali unicode in notification area on desktop

It had been 10 years since I had been using the Nepali Unicode and I began with the Traditional layout as I had worked with the Preeti font previously. At that time the UniNepali font was used but had problems especially with the numbers 0 and 1 being interchanged. Mangal has been shipped with the Windows itself and is default font. The only problem it had was it could not show the joined words as we do in writing. The hanging words just do not hang below. Another Unicode font that ships with the Windows is Arial Unicode which can hang some letters.

With the traditional layout the problem was when getting the symbols on writing, you frequently had to change to Nepali to English and English to Nepali to get the symbols. So I gave a try to Romanized Nepali. Then editing in Preeti and Kantipur has been troublesome. There is a solution conversion tools made by MPP in java added with manual corrections.

Typing in Unicode Nepali is like following the Nepali Grammar (Byakaran) and sound. You follow the sound of the words and you get it typed. Learning takes time but fruitful after you have done it and will enjoy the work unlike attaching the symbols and get the words created in Preeti and Kantipur Fonts. This is what we teach our trainees on Nepali Unicode typing and we give several words (really difficult) words to type like राष्ट्रिय, विद्यालय, विद्यार्थी। To begin with you can type various simple words like
nepal, नेपाल,
himal हिमाल,


You will enjoy it, but don't forget to download the Nepali Unicode layout and put it handy.
Nepali unicode romanized keyboard layout
 Nepali unicode traditional keyboard layout
Try these letters to type
प्रयोग.
शिक्षा,
पार्वती,
पर्यो,
पर्‍यो।
I will be uploading a how to type nepali unicode shortly, seems to be misplaced now. Happy Typing.

 nepali unicode typing style

nepali unicode typing style



nepali unicode typing style

Nepali Unicode in Windows8

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Nepali Unicode in Windows 8
I just installed Nepali Unicode Romanised in Windows8 and saw that previous shown EN button for English language has been turned to ENG, and similary on changing to Nepali unicode (by pressing ALT+SHIFT) NE button on the notification has changed to नेपा (Nepa) . I think I had seen this in Ubuntu or other linux (Fedora) not sure. Though in MAC OS the flag shows along with the letter.

Making USB pen drive bootable for OS installation

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Making USB pen drive bootable for OS installation

There are various methods of making pen drive bootable to install Operating System and making live USB drives. After following various methods, Till now I have found this one easy and reliable, and also Ubuntu official site recommends this for their installation. Its Universal USB Installer. I recently used it to install Windows 8 using pen drive 8gb.
It can be used to install various windows versions as Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 along with other linux distributions.
There is also another tool Rufus that makes ones life easy on creating Windows and Linux bootable pen drive.