Monthly Archives: December 2010

Pay Yourself First

Paying yourself first is good financial advice. I’m going to need to do some of that for my sites as well. I was going through some of my old sites, ideas and domains and they are not doing so well. is okay as far as WordPress core is concerned but the old K2 theme and numerous plug-ins are killing my page performance.

Date 05/12/2010
Average page load 10.9s
Home page size 1MB
Requests on home page 49
HTML requests 7
CSS requests 7
JavaScript requests 19
Images 11
Flash 4

I was getting very few search hits as well. The reason was my Sitemap plug-in was broken, and the web crawlers were not picking up the latest content. Bummer.

So looks like I have some tinkering to do over the holidays. That’s good considering I was demoted from Christmas decorations due to my lack of taste :(

Open Chat Podcast Episode 2: Mobile Industry

The angry birds are still in the background but @dilantha, @chathuranga99 and @primalsuaris strive on.

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Show Notes

We talk about the evolution of mobile applications and smart phones.

Mobile platforms iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, maemo.

iOS popularity in developer community.

Android’s lack of worldwide market support.

Windows Phone 7

New phone manufacturers like Acer and Dell thanks to Android

Comments, corrections welcome.

Come Back to Blogging

I see a lot of tweets saying that people don’t blog anymore because of micro-blogging.

Keep tweeting but and come back to blogging as well. On a blog you can build a longer lasting impression where a tweet would have past someone’s time-line even before they saw it.

Blogging is more personal since you don’t have to compete with all the other tweet noise. People who follow your blog is more likely to hang around and comment on a few posts, micro-bloggers are jumpy, trigger-happy clickers who will just scroll away you well crafted short message to the world.

Refresh Colombo

I finally managed to make it to a Refresh Colombo. It was a good ride except it took longer than I expected. I suggested to @nazly they keep things down to a few talks (like 3) and keep them short!

@chamara did a web standards talk which was good and useful. Web standards is the thing that we think at an end of a website as something that would be ‘nice to have’ but as he puts it should be practiced earlier and more evenly throughout a web project.

@devaka did a good talk about innovating vs. outsource services, and how well they were doing innovating. The audience didn’t ask him the most important question. Are you hiring? :)

@gihangamos talked about Colombo Ride 3D and the future of making games in Sri Lanka. You have to hand it to him for trying. Its a space that most people wouldn’t get into in Sri Lanka.

Overall good effort by @refreshcolombo I will try to attend more often and even attempt to present something myself.

Open Chat Podcast Intro

Welcome to December! I thought we’ll try out this Podcasting thing. If it was just me talking this would have been quite boring. Since now I have a few guys to chat after work we thought it would be a decent idea to put our tech chats on-line.

We are big fans of Sinhalen FOSS and Tech Katha. They do a great service and we are just here to complement them. Hopefully we can keep this going and share some information with the Sri Lankan community. Its recorded in Sinhala since that’s what we are most comfortable in. Maybe later we’ll do an English one as well.

Our show notes are in English because I can’t type Sinhala :(. If there is anyone willing to translate it to Sinhala and Tamil I’ll gladly post it. Meanwhile here is the introduction.

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Show Notes

I’m Dilantha as you might have guessed. I’ve been making web related stuff for over a decade now, so I have more than a few things to say.

Chathuranga is a multimedia guy and our Podcast producer. He has also about 10 years of experience doing everything from web, print, audio and video post production.

Primal is a mobile application developer turned PHP developer and he has about 3 years experience.