Help for Innovations

"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others" - Chinese proverb

"When you move your focus from competition to contribution, life becomes a celebration. Never try to defeat people, just win their hearts." - Anonymous

Please note
In relation to what I have said below, kindly see inno.html and contribute.html without fail, because this page is closely inter-related with inno.html and contribute.html. One request: Kindly please read the following only if your time/interest/mood/situation permits. Not otherwise. And if you opt to read (voluntarily) the following, please read fully and attentively - to avert any 'quick' judgements on your part.

What I have given below are my own humble ideas for promoting inventions/innovations so that one day in the future, such an ideal situation may come into existence, whereby any invention is readily available for the humanity, totally free of cost. Some of my ideas may ofcourse look 'fancy stuff'. Further, reg. some of the ideas, some may feel that some section of people will be always there to take illegal advantage of them and hence can never be practical. Nevertheless, I place them here becos many a things which looked 'fancy' or 'impossible' or 'impractical' in the past have become a reality today. So, let us be always positive and hope for the best, ever. Any idea can be fine-tuned and perfected when many minds unite and think about the same. Where there is a will, there is a way. I am very hopeful that some day, somehow, all societally useful inventions (softwares, at the least) will be (shall be) free and readily accessible.

Ideas for promoting innovations/inventions
  1. Govt.s can consider introducing "inventors'/innovators' tax". i.e Like educational cess which some govt.s levy, Govt.s can think of introducing inventors'/innovators' tax too - which amount can be given to genuine innovators/inventors.

  2. In my observation, I see that the established multi-crore companies give the latest versions of their widely used softwares (both general purpose and developmental purpose) for free to students but sadly enough not to developers of 'free softwares'. While offering free softwares for students is appreciated whole-heartedly, it is a great wonder* why such an offer does not exist for developers of 'free softwares' (esp. those 'free softwares' which are long-standing and helping the society immensely) too. It will be of "immense immense immense" help if such an offer exists. It will help reduce the burden of a developer who tirelessly keeps working to invent, innovate, enhance and test his/her software in various hardware/software/os/... environments, undertake backup/maintenance/repair/recovery, etc. etc. etc. It will help him bring about innovations sooner than much later. Surely, words cannot explain the nature of the extreme difficulties and hardships a 'free software' developer goes through because of lack# of resources (hardwares, softwares, operating systems, time, health, etc., etc.). Particularly, if the developer is confined to his/her home almost all the time (like me), if the developer has no monetary earnings of any kind of his own (like me), if the developer does not even seek donations of any kind (like me) and more so if the developer has chronic health problems (like me), he/she had it!!! :) As a matter of fact, in 99% of cases, the developer's (including me, ofcourse) Hardware/Software/OperatingSystem resources lack FAR FAR BEHIND than even what the users of the developer's 'free software(s)' have. :)
    (*) If there is any apprehension in the minds of established companies, a written understanding can always be made with the developer that he/she will not take advantage of this free offer in any way, whatsoever.
    (#) Azhagi/Azhagi+ contain certain 'unique and peerless' features and hence it requires extremely involved programming, which proves to be greatly taxing and completely exhausting for me, many a times. That is why I immensely feel the lack of resources. Otherwise, for a normal computer user, my resources are adequate enough.

  3. As far as my observation goes, there are no pages in websites of established companies with links to pioneering/innovative work done by other companies or even individuals. Since there might be some sort of apprehension in doing that, one can always put such links with a suitable disclaimer that whatever links given are only for informational purposes. In other words, when it comes to do good, ways can always be found. [ For e.g. kindly see indic.html - my thanksgiving page to all the selfless enthusiasts and also companies who have done their best to Indian language computing. The abovesaid page hosts a comprehensive list covering very many softwares available for computing in Tamil and other Indian languages - both free or commercial. It also carries my short or detailed comments/reviews on few of the softwares. ]

  4. As far as my observation goes, there is no page in the sites of established companies seeking* information from innovators on what innovations they are doing. Whatever innovations these established companies find mind-boggling or user-friendly or find being used extensively across the globe (whether it be by individuals or by companies), they can take it over fully (many innovators might be willing to give away their innovations for free if promised that their innovations would be taken to all, free of cost) and make it reach the whole of humanity, as fast as possible. Since it is an established company, large no. of the public can get benefitted at a rapid pace, rather than at a tortoiseque pace.
    (*) In addition to seeking information from interested innovators, the established companies can themselves show interest in identifying innovations (at least, the time-tested ones) around the world and directly contacting the innovators, to do the needful.

  5. As far as my observation goes, there are no pages in websites of established 'social service' sites with links for pioneering/innovative work done by companies and/or individuals. In fact, surprisingly, I don't find links to sites of other 'social service' organisations even!

  6. As far as my observation goes, there is no page in the sites of established companies to free softwares which have mass appeal. There are 1000s of free softwares (time-proven) which are extremely extremely extremely good, increasing one's productivity multi-fold and most importantly vastly beneficial to the society, but which majority of computer users are not aware of at all. As said earlier, a disclaimer can always be put that the free software links are given for informational purposes only. And this way, it does not even cost a penny for the established companies to do their bit for promoting free softwares which are beneficial to the society immensely.

  7. It is my humble observation that most of a commercial entity's time/money/energy is spent in competing (e.g. developing an already existing widely used free product from scratch, rather than adopting the existing free product itself and improving upon it). Most of the developers of free products will be ready to give away their products for adoption, if suitably rewarded. And all developers may not insist in this reward to be in monetary terms. Some developers may be happy even with a token recognition of their efforts, as a reward. Some developers may not want even that token recognition (and prefer to remain completely in the oblivion) but only the promise that the product will be maintained free of cost (as it was earlier) and promoted to the best extent possible. If established companies promote a societally beneficial software, it can spread in an extremely fast manner and the society can benefit at an extremely large scale. If an individual can promote his/her innovative and immensely societally beneficial product at level 1, the established companies can promote them at level 10000000. That much is the difference. Any invention, if it is for a price, is going to take a long time to reach and benefit all of the humanity. For instance, on a rough estimate, I can say that Azhagi's reach was only 50:1 (free:non-free) when part of it was for a price for a few years (more on it here).

  8. There might be many innovators who are genuinely willing to donate ALL that they earn (via donations) for other good causes but then I understand it is not possible to do so, as per law. I pray this situation changes (some day, somehow) so that the innovator atleast does not have to go through the hassles of book-keeping (which is so time-consuming and greatly eating into the innovator's precious time) but on the other hand has an 'additional' satisfaction of giving away ALL his monetary earnings to the needy. The innovator's software helping the society immensely already serves as the innovator's 'primary' satisfaction - please see users' comments at comments.html and commentstam.html to realise Azhagi's immense usefulness to the society. As such, Azhagi is benefitting lakhs of individual users around the world. That apart, Azhagi is also benefitting hundreds of different kinds of organisational entities - commercial establishments, associations, schools, institutions, hospitals, temples, NPOs, etc. For details, please see users.html.

  9. It is just not to do with established companies alone. Even established individuals or for that matter any individual (for e.g. blogger, reporter, website owner, teacher, student, author of a book, doctor, etc.) can always do their bit for promoting innovations/inventions, to the best of their abilities, as and when their time/interest/mood/situation permits. Please see helpus.html in this context, to get an idea on the very many different ways in which one can spread the news of societally useful softwares. Thanks.
    Note: On my part, since many years, I have been already spreading the news of ALL Indic softwares (developed by other individuals and commercial entities) through my page. Link to this page exists in various pages of (as a link called 'Other softwares' at the top) and also through prominent buttons in the opening screens of both Azhagi and Azhagi+ softwares. Also, not only Azhagi and Azhagi+ are 100% free but technical support given by me for them is 100% free too - even over phone and even to commercial entities (as detailed at contacts.html)


Well, I (or anyone for that matter) can keep on churning out ideas (for e.g. how media can give large-scale advertisements on free products - every minute/hour/day, how celebrities can publicly keep talking regularly on free contributions, etc., etc., etc.) - not only in the area of inventions/innovations but in every other area. There is no end to it. So, I stop with the above few ideas. And, all said and done, let me make it clear (as already done by me here - author.html#trying) that I (with tons of imperfections still) am no one to preach anybody. Hence, the reader of this page kindly need not get to a feeling that I am intending to 'preach' by way of my ideas. I am only just sharing some ideas, for those who are interested. That is all to it. If at least one of my ideas is studied, refined, fine-tuned and taken up for a big cause - some day in the future, even if not immediately and even if I am not alive - which ultimately benefits the whole of the humanity, this soul would be satisfied.

What is foremost otherwise, I have realised (by reading Mahans' words and through repeated and rigorous self-analysis), is that as an individual, we have to change. That alone will help on a permanent basis as a deeper solution for everything. For e.g. (lots of examples can be given but I am giving just one), generally, a free software developer (there are exceptions ofcourse) does not give links to other free softwares of the same kind. We know the reasons why.

In reference to the above attitude of individuals, I have to frankly admit that it took quite a few years for me to develop a fully willing heart to create indic.html. Even my better-half (and some well-wishers too) asked me once as to why I should give publicity to other softwares when they are not doing the same for Azhagi or any other software for that matter. I told: "This is how each and every individual and commercial entity thinks and we never grow. At the least, let me change.". Others might change slowly and steadily. This is what Gandhiji also opined: "Be the change which you want to see". And, in this context, I wish to recall how magnanimously Marie Curie chose not to patent her radium-isolation process.

If anyone is still not clear as to what exactly my goal is, here it is in a nutshell:
My goal is global - for the awareness* to exist for ALL societally beneficial inventions/innovations - and also for them to be available FREE OF COST (at least in the case of softwares, where such possibilities are the highest), so that anybody who needs# them at any point of time may make use of them readily.
(*) Creators (inventors/innovators) are not important when it comes to awarenesss. Creators may pass away even this next second. But their creations will live longer. So, 'global awareness' should exist for their immensely useful creations (inventions/innovations). That is paramount. For now, and ever.
(#) This means that not all creations will be needed by all at all times. So, the only thing I wish for (at the root level) is:
  • Global and complete awareness of all useful creations.
  • Availability of these creations, 100% free (which possibility is highest in the case of softwares, as of now) so that they can be used readily by anyone, whenever need arises.
And, as opined by me already at the start of this page, many a things which looked 'fancy' or 'impossible' or 'impractical' in the past have become a reality today. So, let us be always positive and hope for the best, ever. Any idea can be fine-tuned and perfected when many minds unite and think about the same. Where there is a will, there is a way. I am very hopeful that one day all societally useful inventions (softwares, at the least) will be (shall be) free and readily accessible.

Comments received on the above
When I emailed a few of the above ideas (and more) to one of my near/dear who is doing research on certain "business" aspects, he passed it on to one of his friends and following is a list of some (not all) of the comments recd. from that friend:
  • I found the email by Viswanathan extremely inspirational and thought-provoking.

  • The concept of "Innovators' tax" is very interesting. I liked the thought.

  • Why do we always think that a professional office should have all modern materialistic comforts?!! Why is that 'materialistic comforts' one has, has become the measuring rod for almost everything?

Please note
In relation to what I have said above, kindly see inno.html and contribute.html without fail, because this page is closely inter-related with inno.html and contribute.html.