You would think in 2003 that the Internet would be fast and reliable. Not so much where I live in Sri Lanka. The major and only wired provider Sri Lanka Telecom’s (SLT) ADSL is unusable as I write this.
Around the end of the month the SLT ADSL line starts to suffer. Usually when I change packages it seems to be fine for a few months then my connection seems to drop off constantly.
When I complain 2 guys show up and fiddle with the weather battered and corroded switch-box outside and make it work for a few more weeks.
I gave up a while ago. I’ve been using a Etisalat data dongle as a backup and it seems to be the only option that I have today.
The A6 from Kurunegala to Dambulla is not so great. There are trains of 5 ton sand trucks (I’m guessing) going to Trinco or Jaffna and back. I like Dambulla but I seriously didn’t enjoy driving up and down on this stretch.
When you go to a Sampath Bank ATM and ask for 10,000LKR they give you 5 x 2000LKR notes.
When you go to a Commercial Bank ATM and ask for 10,000LKR they give you 4 x 2000LKR, 1 x 1000LKR and 2 x 500LKR notes.
Commercial gives you sensible defaults whereas at Sampath if you want change you have to ask for something like 11,500LKR.
Pradeep Kodikara is a young and hip Sri Lankan architect. I’ve known him for many years now since we first worked on the Sri Lanka Architects website (www.slia.lk).
I recently helped setup an online portfolio for him over at
He showed me this great house when I met him last. It seems so spacious yet it was built on only 6 perches or so. If you are ever in the market for a dream home like this give him a buzz.
Lets face it emailing large files is a pain. I was reminded of that again today. Dropsend seemed to have a new Windows client but I needed to sign up and stuff. Which is a hassle when you are in a hurry. So I turned to YouSendIt and 4 minutes later my 5mb file was sent.
This is what good web applications should be like, fast and simple. Maybe if both of these sites had OpenID I wouldn’t have minded logging in.
YouSendIt – Send large files – transfer delivery – FTP Replacement