HTC Blinkfeed – Operation Success! Patient Close!

I’m a hardcore fan of the quality of the HTC smart phone hardware. I had a worst experience with samsung hardware in its Onnia Pro model. I’ve thrown away the phone in just one week. Later I changed Sony Xperia, it was good. But the bigger screen is introduced by HTC first in India. I got HTC Desire HD, then HTC One V (low end model) and now I’m using HTC One Max.

HTC Desire HD

HTC Desire HD

One Max is a wonderful piece of hardware once again. It never hangs. (I’m using it for 4 months now). Pretty faster. The customized UI is good. This customization of User Interface is called as HTC Sense. I like that. HTC has the Sense version 5.5 in One Max. The English and Tamil fonts they use, Blinkfeed are the selling points of One Max. They have finger printing sensor with One Max. For me it is highly inconvenient.

HTC Sense 5.5 has pleasant interface

HTC Sense 5.5 has pleasant interface

Why Blinkfeed is annoying?

It gives option to integrate with social media, news, trending topics etc. It is good to have. But they failed to look at a hardcore social user cum blogger like me. Let me point out some intersting drawbacks.

Feedly and Flipboard makes feed reading a pleasant experience

Feedly and Flipboard makes feed reading a pleasant experience

* I’m unable to post to all my social network at same time. I had this feature in Desire HD. But I’m able to post on only one social network at a time.
Select facebook… post
Select twitter.. post
Select Google plus.. post.
ooh! why should I use HTC sense? I can do that from the native apps.

HTC BlinkFeed

HTC BlinkFeed

* What about RSS Feed? I should be able to read the feeds in which I’m interested in. I’m following n number feeds – my friends’ blogs, Indian news papers, etc. There is no other option to include those feeds. Alas, even they don’t support blogspot and wordpress. Crazy!

Though I have HTC Sense version 5.5, I still use Feedly (Sometimes Flipboard) to track the news and feeds. That is much convenient. I’m sure HTC had spent considerable amount of time in bringing the BlinkFeed. But It is useless!

KitKat upgrade to Goof tamil support

The main purpose of getting OneMax for its bigger screen and excellent Tamil support. All the android client supports Tamil now a days. Why the hell I need to go for HTC? The reason is Tamil Fonts! Unlike other vendors like Samsung/Sony/Micromax, HTC comes with Murasu Fonts which is very good for reading tamil for long time. (Thanks our Tamil Computing Pithamakan Mr “Murasu” Muthu Nedumaran).

Tamil Support in HTC One Max

Tamil Support in HTC One Max

But Kitkat upgrade in HTC had spoiled the Tamil support in Web browsers. Murasu fonts are replaced by Default Android Font, which is painful for eyes.

Default HTC browser doesn't have proper tamil rendering after KitKat Upgrade. You need to use Chrome

Default HTC browser doesn’t have proper tamil rendering after KitKat Upgrade. You need to use Chrome

The tamil font is not consistent after KitKat upgrade. The Murasu fonts are missing in many places in many apps.

The tamil font is not consistent after KitKat upgrade. The Murasu fonts are missing in many places in many apps.

The native email app is so cruel in rendering Tamil fonts

The native email app is so cruel in rendering Tamil fonts


But Still I like this piece, because of the Standard UI customization and quality hardware! phewwww!


Salutes to Indian Jawans – Mumbai Rescue Operations


The nation salutes the Indian military, commando force and Mumbai police for their successful rescue operations. If the terrorism is a shame, attacking innocent people is inhuman. This is not the first attack in this year. It is very sad to have a government which is unable to avoid these circumstances. Shame on them.

Many innocent people, jawans and employees lost their lives. Let their soul rest in peace.

Open Letter to Mamootty from Free Software Community

no mammooty

Microsoft will be signing up Malayalam movie star Mammootty as one of the brand ambassadors for the Computer Literacy programme that is to be organized soon in Kerala, a Southern Indian State well known for its pro-free software policies. This is an open letter by Free Software Activists, Supporters and Users of Kerala to Mammootty.

Techies protest proprietary standards – seek policy : The Hindu


Techies protest proprietary standards; seek policy

Deepa Kurup

ISO adopts Microsoft’s Office Open XML as a document standard
13 of 19 members of BIS voted against Microsoft’s OOXML
More than technical flaws identified in OOXML’s document

BANGALORE: Ever since the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) vote on April 2 adopted Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) as a document standard, techie blogs and websites have been inundated with posts and articles voicing their opposition to proprietary software and technical issues with the new standard.

Organisations and online communities — such as the Free Software User Group and the Free and Open Source Software — are looking to raise the issue more aggressively in the public domain. “We call the OOXML format a “banana standard.” Besides raising awareness, we want the Government to formulate a policy supporting Open Software and also appeal the ISO mandate,” said Anivar Aravind, a software consultant who will participate in a rally in front of the Town Hall on Tuesday to raise awareness about Open Document formats and demand a national policy on standardisation and use of Open Software.

In simple words, the problem is one of compatibility, an important issue in this digital world. For example, take the much hyped e-governance. If the Government maintains its land records in a certain digital format, and the documentation uses a proprietary format, then a user will have to keep upgrading his operating system to access the record. Proponents of Free Software argue that even with Microsoft’s old document format (.doc), a file created seven to eight years ago may not be recognised by a modern operating systems such as XP. “This is like being sold a house without being given the key to it. We need public support to take it to the policy level,” says Venkatesh Hariharan, who was part of a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) committee.

The BIS, which represents India at ISO, had 19 members of which 13 voted against Microsoft’s OOXML. Many academics and colleges (NIT-Calicut among others) have written open letters to TCS, Infosys, NASSCOM, Wipro (that voted to abstain) and Microsoft (voted in favour of OOXML). There is a rising fear among academics and advocates of free software standards that BIS will come under pressure in the absence of any national policy. Tamil Nadu and Kerala are the only two States who have a policy in place.

Very big voices like NASSCOM and Infosys that have not participated in even one meeting have voted irresponsibly. We fear that if such lobbying continues, academics and individuals like us will be put on the defensive, unless there is a policy in place

,” said Nagarjuna G., professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, who was part of the technical committee of BIS. This committee alone identified 200-odd technical flaws in OOXML’s 7,000 page document — the Open Document Format is 600 pages — and more than 1,000 others were identified internationally.

The National Knowledge Commission Report 2006 and the Eleventh Five Year plan for Information Technology recommend Free Software.

An Open Letter to Wipro, Infosys and TCS

6th April 2008

This letter is to express our deep disappointment over your open
support to the OOXML format forced through ISO by Microsoft. Being the
top IT giants and thus the representatives of the IT industry in the
country, it is a great shock to us that you do not stand with academia
of the country and its representatives like the IITs, IIMs and IISc in
supporting the Open Document Format (ODF) which is a true Free and
Open Standard already recognised as an ISO Standard. Considering that
a major portion of your employees come from such institutions, it is a
wonder to us that you have decided to go ahead with this decisions. We
would like to hear your explanation with respect to these points
:-(quoted from

1. There is already a standard ISO26300 named Open Document Format
(ODF): a dual standard adds costs, uncertainty and confusion to
industry, government and citizens;

2. There is no provable implementation of the OOXML specification:
Microsoft Office 2007 produces a special version of OOXML, not a file
format which complies with the OOXML specification;

3. There is information missing from the specification document, for
example how to do a ´autoSpaceLikeWord95´ or

4. More than 10% of the examples mentioned in the proposed standard do
not validate as XML;

5. There is no guarantee that anybody can write software that fully or
partially implements the OOXML specification without being liable to
patent lawsuits or patent license fees by Microsoft;

6. This format conflicts with existing ISO standards, such as ISO 8601
(Representation of dates and times), ISO 639 (Codes for the
Representation of Names and Languages) or ISO/IEC 10118-3
(cryptographic hash);

7. There is a bug in the spreadsheet file format which forbids any
date before the year 1900: such bugs affect the OOXML specification as
well as software applications like Microsoft Excel 2000, XP, 2003 and

8. This standard proposal was not created by bringing together the
experience and expertise of all interested parties (such as the
producers, sellers, buyers, users and regulators), but by Microsoft

With this decision, the impression you are making on your future
employees in the academia is not a very pretty one. In fact, the
development of OOXML receiving ISO´s approval has devalued our
confidence in the standards setting process itself. We hope that you
will put self-profit behind our country´s needs, change your decision,
and stand with the rest of the country on this issue.

Please forward this to the groups you are in…

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