MSN Messenger 6.1

MSN Messenger 6.1 is out. This is a fairly minor upgrade to 6.0 and includes some new backgrounds and emoticons. It also hooks in with 3 Degrees to provide group collaboration.

Go get it from here.

Free PDF Creator

A free PDF printer driver from Acro Software. Download it here.

No watermarks! No annoying popup advertisements!

Free Anti-Virus Guard

The AVG Anti-Virus is a free and one of the top ten antivirus for personal use and let’s you download the latest updates for free as well. I’ve read reviews which recommend AVG over the bloated Symantec anti-virus guards. I know what I will be using at home, you too can download AVG from here.

Edited (27-Feb-09) to update the download link, you should be able to see the download button off that link.

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Bus Route

This guy working at IFS has done a really neat job of showing the bus routes in the Colombo area.

I wonder how much effort it would take to do one that you could query. Microsoft has a product called MapPoint which I think could be reused so that we can just feed in the data and it would generate the map and allow it to be queried.

It would be a great thing if some company could create this database. If it is possible to do it for a large country like USA, surely it must be easier for Sri Lanka. Is the RDA doing something like this?

This would be a good idea for eSri Lanka.

Dog beats man in breath test

MSNBC is reporting about a survey carried out in Briton which came up with the finding that more than half surveyed had mouths that failed the sulfur emission test.

“SOME MOUTHS may be dirtier than cat litter,” dentist Brian Grieveson said in a statement that accompanied the research.

Yuk, you guys better clean your tongue!

Why I F***ing Hate WebLogs

Want to know what weblogs are all about? Read it here.

The Statement of Audience is the best part!

Statement of Audience
I realize that nothing I say matters to anyone else on the entire planet.
My opinions are useless and unfocused.  I am an expert in nothing.  I know nothing.  I am confused about almost everything. I cannot, as an individual, ever possibly know everything, or even enough to make editorial commentary on the vast vast majority of things that exist in my world.  This is a stupid document; it is meaningless drivel that I do not expect any of the several billion people on my planet to actually read.  People who do read my rambling, incoherent dumbfuckery are probably just as confused as I am, if not moreso, as they are looking to my sorry ass for an opinion when they should be outside playing Frisbee with their dog or screwing their life partner or getting a dog or getting a life partner.  Anyone who actually takes the time to read my bullshit probably deserves to ingest my fucked up and obviously mistaken opinions on whatever it is that I have written about.

Whoa! Nokia Phones Exploding!

You guys using Nokia phones with non-Nokia batteries watchout. A woman from Netherlands was injured less than three months ago in an explosion and recently there has been news about one in Holland and another one in Vietnam.

We in Sri Lanka better watch out. Let alone the battery, do you know if your phone is an original Nokia in the first place!

I for one have already started taking precautionary action and as a result will be keeping my distance from Madura.

Record Videos

Have you ever spent time explaining the steps to perform an action and wished you could just show it to them instead.

Microsoft gives you a free tool to do this. Download the Windows Media Encoder from the Windows Media site and simply start a recording session and then perform the steps.

The resulting file is really small that you could easily mail it out.

Now I know how I'll be creating support How To content for our products, enough with the documentation!

Academic Resource Kit for .NET

The Academic Resource Kit Version 3.0 available off the MSDN AA website is a fantastic resource for anyone working with .NET technologies in an Academic Environment.

It's basically a single port of call for all the freely downloadable software associated with the Academic use of .NET, lectures, book chapters (and some whole books), sample applications and hands-on labs.