Israel unveils tiny drones

The Israeli military is equipping its forces with a new range of spy drones small
enough to fit in a soldier’s backpack, the army said on Thursday. These are equipped with a large variety of tools – nothing like the best cheap drone you can find on eBay for your kid’s birthday.

The small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and micro UAVs were unveiled at a conference
on low intensity conflict.

The Israeli air force has often used larger unmanned spy planes to target Palestinian
militants in air strikes.  The new baby drones would give army forces in the
field near instant access to aerial intelligence.  The planes have already been
supplied to some ground units. “We use them to take aerial photographs of the (Palestinian)
territories,” a military official told Associated Press news agency.

Israel unveils tiny drones

ASP.NET is on a Tear!!

Wow!  Thomas Lewis who works on the ASP.NET
evangelism team (and who recently gave me some good feedback on starter kits) sends
this gem from

In this month’s Web Server Survey thenumber
of IP addresses with sites using ASP.NET has overtaken those using JSP and Java Servlets.
number of IP addresses found with ASP.NET has shown
strong growth in the past year with a 224% increase from 17.2K to 55.8K
JSP & Java Servlets despite being overtaken is the next fastest growing in percentage
terms with a 56% increase.

If you’re keeping score at home, Java started in 1996.
ASP.NET started in 2002.  Within two years we’re ahead, that’s huge momentum!

[Dan Fernandez’s

ASP.NET is on a Tear!!

Victim Of Peace

The man who is seeking re-election as Sri Lanka’s prime minister at April 2 polls
halted an ethnic war raging for decades, but his handling of the peace process may
have landed him in trouble. 

Ranil Wickremesinghe, 55, has turned the vote into a referendum on his internationally-backed
bid to secure a permanent peace deal with Tamil Tiger rebels after establishing a
truce in place since February 2002.

“The main issue at this election campaign is the peace process and the handling of
the economy,” Wickremesinghe said after unveiling a six-page document setting out
his United National Party’s program earlier this month.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga had accused him of risking national security and conceding
too much to Tigers.

That was the basis for sacking the parliament controlled by him and calling polls
four years ahead of schedule.

A nephew of Sri Lanka’s first executive president, Junius Jayewardene, Wickremesinghe
wooed the West as well as neighbouring India to win unprecedented support for ending
the island’s ethnic bloodshed that has claimed over 60,000 lives since 1972.

The dividends came in June last year when the international community promised US$
4.5 bn in support of his peace drive to rebuild Sri Lanka.

But while he was in Washington to meet President George W. Bush, Kumaratunga pulled
the rug under his feet by taking away his control over security forces in November
last year.

What Wickremesinghe lacks in charisma, he makes up with his management skills.

“His public relations is almost non-existent, but his conflict management skills are
very sharp,” said a close confidant referring to his talks with the Tigers.

He managed to revive the economy in 2002 to record 4.0 percent growth, pulling the
country from its first ever recession in 2001 when the GDP growth hit a negative 1.5

The markets also love Wickremesinghe. It was when he was effectively managing the
economy that the country’s stock exchange became the world’s best gainer in early

It was set to establish another record last year just before the political crisis
erupted and stockbrokers say the bourse is looking for a Wickremesinghe win. (Source:

Victim Of Peace

The Benefits of Going Local

Last week Microsoft announced the local language program, which provides tools that
would allow governments and volunteers to adapt Windows XP or Office 2003 to the local

The program makes sense for a number of reasons:

* Microsoft can open new markets to its products without the investment of additional

* Microsoft can demonstrate to local governments its commitment to cooperating with
them and transcending language or cultural barriers. I see the latter point as more
important, considering that Microsoft is an American company and that America is regarded
in some countries as a local culture killer.

* By allowing locals to do the work, Microsoft increases the likelihood that Windows
menus and other features will use the language in the right way and reflect dialectical
differences among regions.

* The program creates an alternative to local Linux or other open-source software
development. Microsoft software is already baked, so to speak, while, in many instances,
local Linux and open-source development would be at the recipe stage. By providing
tools to localize Windows, Microsoft can provide baked goods that locals can consume
right away rather than write their own recipe and bake something new.

* Likewise, Microsoft can make its software a more appealing alternative to countries
looking to build up indigenous software industries. Almost no company partners better
than Microsoft, which is one reason for the company’s success. Microsoft hopes
to woo more local government and developer support for building solutions on top of
Windows, Office System or Windows Server System. Microsoft’s worst nightmare
would be a China, India or Russia building a robust, indigenous software industry
around Linux and other open-source code and begin to export lower-cost products that
are as good as, say, Windows or Office.

[Microsoft Monitor]

The Benefits of Going Local

Process Explorer

Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find
out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes
have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows
a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts,
whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process
Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process
selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll
see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer
also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have
particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version
problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications
work.  [Free

Process Explorer

Vaas & Murali

I thought this was really funny.

‘Sri Lanka’s batting was hardly better than Australia’s. It took a last-wicket
stand of 79 (a national record) between Vaas (who played genuine cricket shots) and
Murali (who’d obviously been watching plenty of
golf and tennis
) to take them into a 91-run lead.’ [CricInfo]

Vaas & Murali