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Today, however, Ethiopic script is ubiquitous and is used in many applications including in our communication via text messages and on social media.We were curious to find out when and how Ethiopic Script was introduced to modern computers, so we reached out to Ethiopian-American Engineer Fesseha Atlaw, founder of the first Ethiopic software company, Dashen Engineering, and an early pioneer of digitized Ethiopian script.Years later, after Fesseha moved to the United States and became an engineer working for Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the heart of Silicon Valley, he still wanted to continue his writing and had contacted people in Ethiopia to send him an Amharic typewriter. “I discovered that it was a capital crime to smuggle an Amharic typewriter out of Ethiopia,” Fesseha says.“It was a political punishment to discourage free expression and dissemination of pamphlets and other material by opponents of the military government of Mengistu Hailemariam.

They told me that they had a contractual obligation with the Ethiopian government not to sell the typewriters outside of Ethiopia.” “Necessity is the mother of invention” Fesseha says, explaining that he decided instead to develop a software using the Ethiopic alphabet.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.Tadias Magazine By Tadias Staff April 6th , 2018 New York (TADIAS) — Just a couple of decades ago it was unthinkable to see Amharic and other Ethiopian languages on our phones, computers, and other electronic devices.Of course there was no such thing as Windows Operating System at the time and personal computers were at very early development stages — home computers were not even in the radar — and buying one was an expensive endeavor.Fesseha rented the cheapest IBM computer (8086 Micro processor) and a “noisy” DOT Matrix printer for 0 per month. “I had to design screen font and printer font separately for each letter pixel by pixel and grid by grid.” Fesseha held his first major demonstration at Stanford University in the mid-1980s. “Many people came including the touring Ethiopian delegation to the U.

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