Horizon School

Check out Horizon school situated in Mahavilachchiya
in the Anuradhapura district. It is a small informal IT school which is taking giant
leaps and bringing out stories into the open. I hope these kids could one day be able
to have their own blogs so that we in Sri Lanka know how each other live and help
make changes in people’s lives.

Horizon School

A Sri Lankan Portal owned by you and me?

I just got an idea reading this piece on
Wired News on how Howard Dean was able to use the power of social networks to build
his campaign for the presidency. My idea is to build a portal that all Sri Lankan’s
can visit, one that is vibrant and appealing to the masses, but also one that is contributed
and maintained by the masses.

Confused? Let me explain. I want to build a basic framework for a portal and then
delegate various sections (Entertainment, Politics, Music, Drama, Theatre, etc) to
anyone willing to contribute. We could have a News section where anyone can post news
articles once it grows big news could be localized by city and the latest news would
be on our site because we’ll have the power of the people.

Now I’ll need to get started I need to think of a name, register a domain, decide
where to host? If we do this right we’re going to have a big impact on the media
in Sri Lanka!

A Sri Lankan Portal owned by you and me?

Back from Vacation / Driver’s License Exam

Merry X’ Mas everybody! I’ve been at home in the Majestic city of Kandy
during the past few days. I didn’t get to enjoy much though after having caught
a bad flu and being in bed for three days. Anyways I’m back at work and right
now I’m studying for my Driver’s License exam tomorrow (it’s the
written on The Highway Code).

I’m pretty much using the book that my brother had bought and he has highlighted
a bunch of places and asked me to study just those for the exam. I’ve taken
this test lightly since I figured they couldn’t be as hard as the Microsoft
ones. Anyway tomorrow we’ll know. And if there isn’t a nondisclosure clause
on the exam (like what Microsoft has) then I’ll be free to blog whatever questions
I can remember. I tried searching online on Google for any past papers, sample questions
but couldn’t find any.

Back from Vacation / Driver’s License Exam

England Vs Sri Lanka

Hareendra (Pala) and I went to watch the final England Vs Sri Lanka Test match at
SSC on the last two days. Shasheendra joined us after lunch on the last day and we
had a blast watching Sri Lanka give England a good beating. There was never a dull
moment with the Barmy Army keeping us entertained. And we got to see something (not
cricket) that you guys who weren’t there missed (check out Manjeeva’s
site
under comments to get a clue).

Kudos to Murali for his Man of the Series performance and getting ever closer towards
breaking Courtney Walsh’s record of most test wickets.

England Vs Sri Lanka

Buy Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004… and help save the world

Seattlepi.com has
an interesting series of articles on the work that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
is doing on improving world health. I know it’s easy to be cynical about Gates’ investments
in such things, but the sheer scope and numbers are quite dizzying. For example:

  • he is pumping $800 million a year into his global health initiative
    — nearly matching the entire World Health Organization budget.
  • Gates’ immunization efforts have saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

One of my colleagues pointed out how working for Microsoft (and being a customer of
Microsoft) we contribute in some small way to this ingoing work.


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Buy Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004… and help save the world

APICTA Awards

I know I promised to write about the APICTA awards, basically all I can say that it
was a real waste of time. The final result was that none of the Sri Lankan contingent
won any awards even though I and a lot other thought that some of them like the Interblocks,
Emprise IT products (to name a few) deserved to win in their categories.

All I can say is that the judging, which was carried out by 2-3 judges from each member
country, were not fair or balanced with some of them blatantly giving high score for
competitors from their own country.

APICTA Awards

Got Longhorn!

Got my Longhorn PDC DVD’s delivered today through DHL. I didn’t expect to receive
this for two reasons 1. This was free and 2. I’m in Sri Lanka so Microsoft needs to
spend a lot to ship this to me. But it looks like Microsoft is really determined to
get everyone hacking out code for Longhorn.

The pack consisted of two Longhorn dicsc and one for Whidbey.
Since I don’t have a DVD drive I’ll need to borrow the DVD notebook from Dr. Alles
and try to setup Longhorn on that. I’ll have about four days of Christmas vacation,
hope I can play with this stuff during that time.

Got Longhorn!