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

IrfanVIew – simpler, faster, and FREE

 Scoble recommends ACDsee to
view your digital pictures, and I partially agree. I used it for a long time, but
then.. somehow, it got big, and clumsy and heavy and bloated. Guess what? I use IrfanView now.
It’s free, and it shows you the picture much faster (like
blinking fast) than ACDsee, and it’s simpler and less bloated. Like Office, I’d only
use like 2% of ACDSee’s features anyway.


IrfanVIew – simpler, faster, and FREE

Your Vote

In the next election that you are going to vote,
I would like to ask you to vote intelligently. Find out information yourself on which
party is the most forward thinking and can guide the country through. We cannot rely
on weak economic management that has marked Sri Lanka’s post-independence history.

Do some research and find out about the party your
going to vote for and also about the other parties. Find out which party can actually
lead the country. The party that you are going to vote for should not only have good
intentions (like peace and improving the economy) but also be able to carry out on

So as someone who has access to the internet, you
readily have a lot of information available to you. Please use them and decide. Your
vote counts!

FYI: Websites that you should visit, read, be informed
and then decide.


Political Parties

UNP Website:

PA Website:

JVP Website:


Related Pages

UPFA Manifesto:

UNP Manifesto (Regaining Sri Lanka):



ISGA (Tiger Proposal):

Ceasefire Agreement (MOU):


Peace Process:

Your Vote

Microsoft Delays Yukon and Whidbey until 2005

Yesterday, in a stunning move that will likely have ramifications for the next Windows
version (code-named Longhorn), Microsoft delayed the next versions of SQL Server (code-named
Yukon) and Visual Studio .NET (code-named Whidbey) from late 2004 until the first
half of 2005.

Both products have been in beta since last fall, and Microsoft issued early releases
of both to Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

(PDC) 2003 attendees in October.

“Microsoft made the decision to delay the delivery of these products to ensure that
they meet the high-quality requirements of our customers,” a Microsoft representative
told me yesterday. “We are still on track to deliver SQL Server Yukon beta 2 and Visual
Studio [.NET] Whidbey beta 1 in the coming months.”

Yukon and Whidbey comprise the Yukon wave of products that Microsoft says it will
ship before the Longhorn wave, which will include new versions of Microsoft Office,
MSN, Visual Studio .NET, Windows, Windows Server, and other products. If Microsoft
delays the Yukon products until 2005, Longhorn probably won’t ship until the first
half of 2006 at the earliest.

Microsoft Delays Yukon and Whidbey until 2005

Microsoft Releases March Security Updates

Yesterday, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) issued three new security
bulletins, none of which is rated critical. One bulletin is rated important; the other
two have moderate ratings. The bulletins highlight security flaws in Windows Media
Services, Microsoft Office XP, and MSN Messenger, the company noted.

The Office security flaw is the only vulnerability that could let malicious attackers
run unwanted code on users’ systems. The flaw affects systems running Office XP Service
Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft Outlook 2002 SP2.

The moderate security flaw for MSN Messenger 6.1 and MSN Messenger 6.0 could let attackers
view–but not change or download–files on the victim’s computer. Microsoft will fix
the flaw in an upcoming version of the Instant Messaging (IM) application the company
plans to issue.

The moderate security flaw in Windows Media Services, which affects Windows 2000 SP4,
SP3, and SP2, could let attackers send fake streaming-media requests that could shut
down the service. That situation would be, in effect, a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.

Microsoft switched to a monthly security-update release schedule last fall. “Microsoft
is committed to helping customers keep their information safe, and releasing security
bulletins on a regular, monthly schedule makes security response more predictable
and easier for customers to manage,” a company representative told me. You can download
the patches that fix this month’s security flaws from the Microsoft Web site.

Microsoft Releases March Security Updates