Category Archives: Ideas

Less Content More Quality

I have one task this morning. That is to write this blog post. The internet is where I live and build the future. But these days things have got a bit overwhelming.

There are so many bits of information to consume that its turning into TV. Remember that relic? They are trying to make it interactive but its TV.

TV has run its course. Publishing content on a schedule where you expect people to site down synchronously and consume is not working.

It will eventually turn into a large display for your internet.

I think its important to publish. That’s why I keep this blog around. But I don’t want to split out stuff that’s useless as well. Bots and apps can make you a cool realtime personalised news feed but you can’t beat a mind of a focused person and how they can curate information.

Which is why I love sites like One Thing Well (down at the moment) clean, focused and readable.

You should read Stop Publishing Web Pages by Anil Dash. Its makes a lot of sense to change the way we publish content because the way we consume has changed.

Geek Mobile Package

Sri Lanka has a decent mobile industry. I have a requirement that I think many share, that maybe mobile operators can solve.

I have a tab, a notebook and 2 mobile phones. Here is what I need.

  • A data SIM for my tab.
  • A data SIM and dongle for my notebook.
  • 2 voice sims with data for my phones.
  • About 5GB shared data between all the data SIMs
  • About 500 mins of voice and 500 SMS shared between my phones.
  • 1 e-bill

If you can pull this off plus number portability, you have my business.

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.