I’m testing out w.bloggar in the hopes that it works as well as the BlogJet when posting to dasBlog. Wish me luck. You should see the We Rock image if the image upload works.<p>

Testing BlogJet

I have installed an interesting application - BlogJet. It's a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here: http://blogjet.com

"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." -- Pablo Picasso


Nadeera mailed me this image yesterday and I was feeling down in the dumps too after my car met with an accident (my lousy driving). But things got better as the day progressed.

Kavinda blogging

I posted earlier about Kavinda blogging at MSN Spaces, he's since moved over to his own dasBlog site. He quickly whipped up his own template and it does look good. Well me I'm using the default dasBlog template.

Up and running on dasBlog 1.7

I just completed a painless upgrade to dasBlogCE 1.7 and boy does it look good. There aren't much UI changes but the performance of the site has gone through the roof and a LOT of bugs have been fixed. Way to go CE team!

My own fingerprint reader

Guess what I'm using to blog this entry with? My very own Microsoft Optical Desktop with Fingerprint reader! I've been using the fingerprint reader to sign into a number of my favorite web sites as well as desktop applications and boy do I love it.

For those of you who can remember I blogged about this last November but never did I imagine that I would using it so soon.

I was able to afford this thanks to Microsoft and the $150 voucher I got use at the Microsoft company store.

Two things I'm disappointed with though is that I'm not able to login to Windows itself using the fingerprint reader as it's not enabled on a domain login. I'm guessing this is because of some security requirements, I wonder if there is a hack to get it working. The second disappointment and one that I waste a lot of time on is signing in to remote machines using Remote Desktop. Here too the fingerprint reader fails, guess both of them are related though.

Although there is a lot of talk about the tilt feature in optical mouse, I haven't found it that useful yet. Maybe it takes time to grown on you or I've not been using any windows with horizontal scrollbars today. But the wireless mouse is really cool. I'll post pics of my desktop as soon as take a few snaps with Ashan's camera.

MVP Gift Voucher

Microsoft gives us MVPs with a $150 voucher that we could use to buy anything we want at the Microsoft Company Store. Unfortunately I have a feeling that they only provide a subset of the items available at the store to us. I could hardly find anything to buy and finally settled on a Optical Desktop (which I love) and some really useless stuff like caps, flasks and an umbrella. I would have loved to have purchased an XBox if it was available.

But what I'm really pissed off with is the Sri Lankan customs officials and UPS. I had to shell out $35 as duty and other taxes for the $150 worth of items that I ordered. I was speaking with the UPS guy and he said the government had added an additional 3% tax after the tsunami for all imports. I wouldn't mind if they did anything remotely useful with this money but it would ultimately end up in some politicians pocket.

The fact is that the only thing of value in the pack I got from Microsoft was the optical desktop which cost $50 and I had to pay $35 as duty. WTF. Had I known this earlier I would have simply tossed away the voucher and not ordered anything at all. Not that any of this is Microsoft's fault though.