Prof M V Gopalaswamy – Passion for transmission

The first Radio Sangeet Sammelan on All India Radio was held in 1957. Over 20 years before that a professor of psychology was trying to get his then nine-year-old son to sing something into the microphone to inaugurate the professor’s private radio station in Mysore.

The first Radio Sangeet Sammelan on All India Radio was held in 1957. Over 20 years before that a professor of psychology was trying to get his then nine-year-old son to sing something into the microphone to inaugurate the professor’s private radio station in Mysore.

The boy forgot his lines and started crying. That particular sammelan may not have taken off but Professor M V Gopalaswamy nurtured his passion for radio transmission and achieved something immortal – he set up India’s first private radio station, in Mysore.

He is recognised as the first person to have used the work ‘Akashvani’ for a radio transmission. Akashvani was adopted as the official name of All India Radio in 1957, exactly 50 years ago.
The professor was caught by the romance of airwaves when he came across an unused 50 watt transmitter.

Prof Gopalaswamy set to work on it and in September 1935, his room in ‘Vithala Vihar’ in Mysore’s Vontikoppal area became a radio station. He called the station ‘Akashvani’. He invited singers to come to his house and in return for music rendered the artistes were sent off with tambula and respect.

Gopalaswamy, then serving under the Maharaja of Mysore, also invited his brother-in-law to give a talk on radio.The young man used this opportunity to vent his discontent against the Maharaja.

So levid was the professor that he threw the  relative out of the house! And it took six-months of conciliatary efforts on the part of the family to get the speaker back into the house.

Gopalaswamy soon imported a  250-watt transmitter.The station continued with support from the public and the Mysore Municipality till it was taken over by the Mysore State in 1941.

The enterprising Dr Gopalaswamy had also established the department of Psychology at the University of Mysore in 1924 after obtaining his Ph D in London under psychologist Dr Charles Spearman. The department is recognised as being the second oldest department of psychology in the country.
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Zoho Creator – Online form builder

Forms are an integral part of a website or a blog. They give a new dimension to the interactiveness . Hardly we get an app or a service to make a fluid form with less on script and more on design and flexibility. But Zoho has been an exception in this category with quick creation of forms and deploying them.

Zoho Creator

Forms are an integral part of a website or a blog. They give a new  dimension to the interactiveness . Hardly we get an app or a service to make a fluid form with less on script and more on design and flexibility. But Zoho has been an exception in this category with quick creation of forms and deploying them.

The features of Zoho Creator are :-

  • Zoho Creator’s Web Form Builder helps you to create online forms easily and quickly with no installs or scrips required.
  • Collected data can be viewd in 6 different formats – List , Summary , Spreadsheet, Calendar, Chart or a custom HTML page
  • An option to upload the files by a user can also be given.
  • Forms are created in HTML which can be accessed on mobile also.

3D wall of photos by Cooliris

Gone are the days one had to search for a good plugins to showcase ones photo collection on his blog. All those tweaking and hacking to get the right combo of colors is now not required

Gone are the days one had to search for a good plugins to showcase ones photo collection on his blog.  All those tweaking and hacking to get the right combo of colors is now not required. Cooliris has brought out a new product which takes care of all the above things. Now its easy to publish ones photo collection which is on picasa,flickr, facebook and even videos on youtube onto his own website using cooliris in a 3D wall with cool Web 2.0 feel.

To embedded this kind of 3D walls follow the instructions :

1.  Go to http://www.cooliris.com/express/builder/

2. Choose the source from which the photo is to shown on the blog.

3. Select the appearance with different option for buttons.

4. Select the platform onto which this needs to be embedded and copy and embed the code .

WordPress Home page install tweaks

One of its great USP is to install the WordPress software in sub folders (www.example.com/folder) and yet have it running in the root folder (www.example.com).

WordPress is a famous open source blogging platform which offers numerous options to tweak and customize its features. One of its great USP is to install the WordPress software in sub folders (www.example.com/folder) and yet have it running in the root folder (www.example.com).

Below is a small tutorial to try this out :-
1. Install the WordPress with its famous 3 click install at www.example.com/folder.
2. Copy the index.php and .htaccess files from the WordPress directory (www.example.com/folder) into the root directory of your site.
3. Edit the index.php file with a txt editor and replace (‘./wp-blog-header.php’) with (‘./folder/wp-blog-header.php’). Basically it points the index file to the one installed in the folder directory.
4. Login to the Dashboard and click on “General Settings”
5. Change the Blog address (URL) from www.example.com/folder to www.example.com.

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