Merill Takes The Red Pill

That's right folks, I've taken the Red Pill and boy does it feel good. Although I've been here for just one day, I'm mightily impressed with how things are organised. It's turning out to be fun, exciting and exhilarating!

My role here at Microsoft is, as a Developer Evangelist and one of the first projects that I'm working on is Tech Ed, Sri Lanka. This event is going to be BIG with a whole heap of exciting stuff planned for. We're getting down over 15 world class speakers the likes this island has never seen before and I'm pretty sure that we're going to be all sold out before the event starts.

Google Talk

Google has started yet another war, this time taking on chat. MSN, Yahoo, Skype watchout! Go download from my username is and I’m waiting for someone to chat with me on GTalk!

Job Openings at NuMatrix

Rukmal, President of NuMatrix mailed me about this job opening available at NuMatrix. These guys are actually our office neighbors and are housed one floor above us.

We are looking for some candidates with experience in the following area to work for a US client. The Positions are permanent positions working for NuMatrix, Inc

1) Active Directory/ Win2003
2) Exchange
3) Veritas
4) Terminal Server
5) Share Point
6) Microsoft CRM
7) Microsoft Biz portal and Portal Server

We are also looking for 3 Microsoft Great Plains Master Certified people as well.

We are looking for candidates with 3-5 years of experience and have extremely good knowledge in these areas. They should be able to quickly adopt themselves and know how to do disaster recovery in these areas. These candidates have to be experts in these areas.

Candidates having a MVP status would have an added advantage.

Some of the projects will be migration from Microsoft NT to 2003

The candidates also should be familiar with wide range of Dell servers.

We are looking to recruit these candidates within the next 4-6 weeks. They can send their Resumes to           


It’s been a long time since my last post and I being kept away from regular blogging due to a number of things. Between the hectic work at office and some of my other commitments which includes searching for a new home in Colombo, I’ve been sort of drowning and grasping for breath in the last couple of months.

To add to this I downloaded and installed Vista the day it was released. Would you believe it that I have had no problems with any of my applications with the exception of BlogJet. This limited me to posting from the dasBlog web interface which is not really my ideal client for blogging.


Imara suffers a lot from Migraine and last week was a terrible one for her with a four day migraine that wouldn’t leave.

This prompted me to start reading up on the disease (not just a bad headache) and the Migraine Myths page was a real eye-opener.

Myth: A migraine is just a bad headache. <?xml:namespace prefix ="" o ns ="" "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Reality: Migraine is a disease, a headache is only a symptom. In addition, the cause of migraine pain is the opposite of the cause of headache pain.


Myth: Migraine is caused by psychological factors, such as stress and depression.

Reality: Migraine is a neurological disease, not a psychological disorder.


Myth: Migraine is not life threatening, just annoying.

Reality: Migraine can be life threatening, inducing such conditions as stroke and coma.


Myth: Any doctor will recognise and properly treat migraine.

Reality: Migraine is one of the most misdiagnosed, mistreated and least understood diseases.

The doctor whom we consulted at Apollo hospital was extremely helpful and went into great detail on how we could deal with Migraine. Unfortunately there is no cure and the only weapon that we have is to try to cut the migraine attack before it start running it’s full course.

This was his advice to us: Just as you notice a migraine coming on take one anti-migraine tablet (Imigran, Sandomigraine) if after about 30 minutes it doesn’t recede take one more. But you should never take more than 2 tablets a day and a total of 6 tablets a week. Remember that you need to always consult your physician before taking any of these medication.


After seeing a few posts today about PostXING, I just downloaded it to figure out how much better it is than my current blogging tool BlogJet. This is my first entry but configuration seems to be really easy in addition to that the other features that I like are:

  • Source code formatting (especially C# and VB.NET)
  • Uploading Images (BlogJet supports this too)
  • Saving offline versions
  • Plug-ins for spell checking
  1 		private void btnTwo_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
  2 		{
  3 			btnTwo.Visible = false;
  4 			btnOne.Visible = true;
  5 			this.BackColor = Color.Red;
  6 		}


Some of the missing stuff though are:

  • Images are not being resized
  • The Categories are not displayed on a dropdown, instead I need to click on the Categories button to open up a dialog. Shortcuts keys anyone?

UPDATE: I’m giving up on PostXING just after my first post, in fact I’m already editing the PostXING post using BlogJet. Here are my reasons (in addition to the ones above).

  • I need to take an additional step when including images in the post.
  • The PostXING UI is not as responsive as BlogJet (FYI: PostXING is written in .NET)
  • I need to download additional plug-in to get the spell checker working.

Milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not on your ass

If you were wondering what my MSN personal message today was all about, here’s the scoop.

Models, wearing chocolate covered outfits and jewelry, eat chocolate backstage before a fashion show at the opening of the Salon Du Chocolat exhibition in Beijing Friday, June 10, 2005. The three-day event is being promoted as China's first chocolate exhibition, featuring 20 of the world's top chocolate makers, some of whom contributed to the edible dresses on display in the fashion show. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

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