Category Archives: Technology

Digital Clean Up

I said cut but I didn’t say how and where to start cutting down your digital clutter.

The Downloads folder

This is usually a big one. It was about 4GB when I had a look this morning. Using the size and date sorting I figured out the biggest and oldest files and dumped them first. If you want to figure out more size allocation usa a tool like Disk Inventory X for Mac or JDiskReport which is cross platform.

Now my Downloads folder is down to 800MB.
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Getting started with HTML5

HTML5 logo

I did a small intro to HTML5 at the last Refresh Colombo meetup last week. Here is the main presentation I used from

Here is a better list of resources as well. I specially like Dive Into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim.

I met @geekaholic and @SeeJay of SinhalenFOSS at Refresh Colombo but had to head back soon after.

Thanks @nazly for the invite will try to hang around longer next time. :)

Update: Mark Pilgrim’s websites went away. I’ve changed the above link to a working mirror. Also you can get a PDF of the book from this site.

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.

Tropical storm or free car wash?

I haven’t had to wash the car in weeks. It just keeps raining down and keeping the poor car washers from decent work.

In other news I’m never freaking buying an assembled computer from Unity Plaza ever again! I bought one a few months ago an Atom. It was rigged from the start. First it came in a cute small case that makes a ton of fan noise for an Atom. Then the Samsung monitor didn’t work with the boxed power cable. I like Samsung but touch controls are not going to last long. Its just a monitor put some buttons on it!

Oh and that HP branded keyboard and mouse with 6 months warranty… the keyboard didn’t work!

I asked for Linux but they insisted on putting some bootlegged Windows XP in there that blew up in my face after a few updates. Not genuine eh? Format… Ubuntu 10.10. Its going to be fine now.

Here is an interesting video. Keep your goals to yourself.

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Its the end of the year. Looking back I want to believe I made good this year. I came down and just started working out of the spare room staring at a white wall. Now we have an office with a tree-top view mostly thanks to my wonderful wife. Who convinced me to build it without buying that nicer car. There are 4 more working with me and we have a water cooler. If there aren’t many power cuts we can make this work.

As for next year, watch the video, I have nothing to say ;)