Back in Sri Lanka

Dammika wanted to know where the hell I was. Things have been pretty hectic for me since I landed in Colombo last Tuesday morning.

Let me see… On Tuesday I went back to office for our weekly conference call, Wednesday I had to go to Mizra’s birthday party (Imara’s bro), Thursday back at work again, Friday work, badminton, Chalani’s wedding. Saturday went to Kandy to bring back my car. Sunday shifted houses, I now live at Thalawatugoda with the Sonnadara brothers. We also went out to MIT and had a cool swim to relax off the weekend!

I’ve been having a lot of fun with my new camera. This is a pic from Chalani’s wedding with Madura, Dishnika, Ashan and me at the top trying to place a horn on Dish

Madura, Dishnika, Ashan, Merill

Back in Sri Lanka

Singapore

This is the last leg of my long trip back to Colombo. It’s really cool that the Changi Airport at Singapore has free internet access.


What have I been doing the past 48hrs of travelling, well I’ve been reading Code Complete by Steven McCowell. Unfortunately I made a mistake when I ordered the book and ended up with the original version rather than the recently released Code Complete 2 book.


The book is heavy on procedural programming but it’s amazing that a lot of the concepts and practical advice is still applicable to the real world applications that we write today. Code Complete 2 is a book that should be on the desk of every developer, not only is it a good read, it’s a good handbook to refer to.

Singapore

A gift for my brother

My brother and sister teamed up to buy me this, so to return the favor I bought Julius (my small bro) one heck of an MP3 player. I ordered the SanDisk 1GB player from Amazon and I feared that the sound quality poor.

The first thing I did was to hook it up to my machine and copy my files over. My first surprise was how fast the copy went when compared with the Creative Muvo that Microsoft gave us MVPs. The second surprise was that this sounded better than the Muvo. Man am I envious now, my 128MB feels really cheap compared to the 1GB player (FM tuner included). Well, at least I get to use it on my long lay-overs on the way back to Colombo.

SanDisk

A gift for my brother

XP Sinhala Language Pack

Jinath has posted some screenshots of Windows and a Google page with the Sinhala Language Pack installed. Microsoft released the beta version of the Sinhala Language Pack to be used in the Tsunami aid programs. We MVP’s got a beta copy as well to test out and provide feedback on. Hmm… I’ll need to learn to read Sinhalese first before I can give any feedback though.


If you haven’t seen the Sinhalese Google check it out here http://www.google.com/intl/si/

XP Sinhala Language Pack