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Hack For SFD 2015

NOSK is the Open Source club which has been originated from the FOSS enthusiastic students from NCIT (Nepal College of Information Technology), Balkumari, Lalitpur about 9 years ago. We were listed as the one of the most deserving team in SFD2010. With more passion and motivation we celebrated SFD2011, SFD2012. SFD2013, SFD2014. And this year too we are highly motivated and enthusiastic about the event.

We invite everyone interested to join us:

Mailing List: open-nosk@googlegroups.com

URL: http://nosk.org.np/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nosklub/

Event Date: 18th Spetemper to 19th September 2015

Venue: Nepal College of Information Technology, Balkumari, Lalitpur.

Time: Friday (3pm tp 9pm) & Saturday (7am onwards)

Ticket: Free [Everyone is Invited ;) ]

Agendas:

Day1) Friday [18th Sep] | Time: 3:00 PM Onwards

Tasks:

  • Kickoff SFD Eve & Welcome Note

  • SFD Tattoo & Prints

  • Candel Light Vigil
  • Tea Break
  • Hackathon

Day 2) Saturday [19th Sep] | Time: 7am Onwards

Tasks:

Section A: Hackathon (7 AM onwards)

  1. Linux Repo (contd.)
  2. Virtual Reality (Cardboard)
  3. GIMP (Design with Opensource tool
  4. Arduino & Open Hardware

Section B: Talks & Demos (11:00 to 13:00)

  1. Keynote & SFD Cake

  2. NASCOIT Debrieffing
  3. Open Talks & Presentation

  4. Demos & TroubleShooting

Section C: Videos & Games

  • Video Making: Nepali Language Tutorial
  • 3D Movies
  • Open Source Games

Section D: Networking & Gossips

  • NO LIMIT Zone
  • Open Art
  • SFD Tattoo Imprinting
  • Photo Booth
  • And Many Mores

Lunch: 10:00 t0 11:00

Evening Tea: 15:00

Wrapup & Thanks Giving: 17:00

Contact:

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Software Freedom Day 2015

Yet another software freedom day for all the free and open software lovers around the world. We are celebrating software freedom day too as members of NOSK. Do join us. For more info follow the link here.

Hope to see you all the the software freedom day. Cheers !!!

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Introduction to BrightScript Scripting Language

BrightScript is a scripting Language Developed for a tiny little device called Roku. Roku is a small computer specially designed for Video Streaming purpose from the Internet. You can check more about this fascinating computer at http://roku.com/. The language BrightScript is written in C. Roku runs Linux 2.6. BrightScript program runs over BrightScript Engine that resides above the kernel layer in Roku. Below you will find a picture showing the Internal Architecture of Roku.

Architectural View of Roku

Architectural View of Roku

The language though written in C is not like C in its syntax. Its more similar like Python / Ruby / Lua / Basic. You can check BrightScript Reference document at http://sdkdocs.roku.com/display/sdkdoc/BrightScript+Language+Reference. The language reference won’t be enough to write useful applications for Roku, you will need to know about the BrightScript Components too reference doc of which can be found at http://sdkdocs.roku.com/display/sdkdoc/Component+Reference. The language can be compiled by device only so for development in Roku. So for development of Roku programs you need the followings:
->  Roku device as you can only compile your programs in Roku device, no emulator or simulators are available
-> a text editor where you will write your programs
-> A web browser to access development interface of Roku
-> A terminal from which you can telnet to Roku Development console

To access development interface you need to enable development mode in a Roku,  use the following key combination to enable development mode:

Home key -3 times, Up key 2 times, Right key, Left Key, Right Key,Left Key, Right Key

Once development mode is enabled you can open http://ip_of_roku_/ in your browser to see the development interface. From the development you can upload zip file of your program and your program will be compiled and will run in your roku device. To make a setup file you can use the packager application in the development interface and use the setup file to create a channel in Roku’s developer website. But for packaging you will be needing to use a password created by the device which can be generated by the command ‘genkey’ after you access Roku’s console using

telnet ip_of_roku 8080

For debugging purpose you can telnet to port 8085. To access interpreter console,  when the program is running you can hit Ctrl + C. The console prompt for Interpreter mode is :

BrightScript>

Hope that helps you get some insight on BrightScript Language.

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Software Freedom Day 2013 ( Candle Vigil pics) NOSK @ Birgunj

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A-Z of Linux – 40 Essential Commands You Should Know

linux commandsLinux is the oft-ignored third wheel to Windows and Mac. Yes, over the past decade, the open source operating system has gained a lot of traction, but it’s still a far cry from being considered popular. Yet though that may be true, Linux still earns new converts every day. Will you join them?

The learning curve of Linux is what deters most users from even trying it in the first place. It can be a traumatic experience having to go from a GUI-based operating system like Windows or Mac to one that requires command line fiddling. But if you can get over that initial hump of difficulty, you may find that Linux is surprisingly robust.

 

 

 

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Startup Weekend Kathmandu – Let’s Talk

Date : 2013/01/019
Venue : YoungInnovations Pvt. Ltd, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Time : 1100 hrs

  •  A presentation on Startup Weekend Kathmandu #SWKTM
  • Discussions starts early
  • Ideas from  YoungInnovations
  • Mobilenepal (YoungInnovations) ready to sponsor for ideas (15-20 maybe)
  • Lunch time
  • and a session on Java (action bar sherlock) by our very own Anish dai

 

It all started with a presentation on startup weekend. We discussed what it is, how does it work here and other countries etc. For more details you can visit its facebook page.

 

And then there was a session on discussion about bringing in new ideas for startup weekend.

 

We had lunch. It was yummy 😛

 

Then there was a session on Java (action bar sherlock) by our very own Anish dai….

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Startup Weekend Kathamndu: Designer Meetup

Date : 2013/01/012
Venue : Brihaspati Vidyasadan
Time : 0900 hrs

 

  •  A video to startup with
  • A presentation
  • A presentation on Startup Weekend Kathmandu
  • A presentation on design and sharing experiences
  • Lots of Discussions

 

It all started with a video. Then there was a presentation about designing errors and proper designing techniques, it was very important one (in my view). We saw a video by Dieter Rams. That was another important video

The next session was a presentation on Startup Weekend. We were given details on startup weekend. The short presentation was followed by another presentation on designing. We also introduced ourselves to each other.

Finally the program ended with lots of discussions, tea and cookies. All in all was a fun experience. We also decided to meet virtually in a facebook page where all interested designers can join.

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Karkhana Women – Playing with LED

Date: January 5, 2013
Venue: Karkhana HQ, Gyaneshwore
Time: 1400 hrs

Karkhana, in collaboration with Women LEAD organized this workshop for Female engineering students to tech them some basic electrical/eletronic skills like:

– Soldering

– Programming LED lights using C

After that, there was a Networking session where we got an opportunity to meet and interact other women in this field, including professional women Engineers.

Clarie Naylor, the Co-Founder of Women LEAD was also there.

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Php developers Nepal meetup

Date : 2013/01/05
Organiser : Php developers Nepal
Venue : Brain Digits
Time : 1045 hrs

1> A presentation on Payment Nepal
-: E-sewa (F1 Soft)
-: Payway (Young Minds)

2> Session on the handing over of raspberry pi…

3> Back to php

4> A lot of discussion

5> Next meetup 2nd Feb. same time same place

I came by late in the meeting because it was not easy finding the location of the venue. I was not alone with the difficulty. I was joined by Manish dai and our Noskian friends Akriti, Binita & Shivaraj.

As we came late we missed the first presentation. The second presentation was about Payment Nepal. We discussed about Nabil Bank’s  e-secure, 2checkout.com, fonepay, payza, moneybookers etc.

 

The next session was about Handing over of raspberry pi. Thanks to Peter Francon

And there was a lot of discussion about php and how we can test and debug it etc…

Lastly we ended  our meetup by fixing next date, time and  venue for next meetup.

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VLC 2.0.5 Released, Install in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Linux Mint

VLC media player (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG, DivX/Xvid, Ogg, and many more) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
However in recent years it has also become a extremely powerful server to stream live and on demand video in several formats to our network and the Internet.

To install VLC in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install vlc
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