Someone should investigate the Blogshares BSEC

Dec. 28, 2007, 10 a.m.

For while now many disgruntled former Blogshares addicts have claimed that all is not well at Blogshares. Those hooked on the game have always dismissed those allegations as sour grapes. I am also a disgruntled player, so I will not be surprised if my allegations suffer the same fate.there are two k ...

Huawei ETS 1001

Dec. 15, 2007, 8:40 a.m.

Trying to see if the Huawei ETS 1001 phone which came with my Dialog CDMA connection is any good. Well even without opening the box I can tell you that it's no good, it's a Huawei, but none of the CDMA services providers here in Sri Lanka seem to offer anything else. ETS 1001 is the best out of a ba ...

IP Telephony at home.

Dec. 13, 2007, 7:28 a.m. quadruple play

My home network is supposed to carry all kinds of stuff including data, video and voice. The voice bit is causing trouble. There aren't any licensed VOIP providers in Sri Lanka (yes , our politicians are dragging us into the dark ages). So if you buy a phone it's a POTS terminal or a mobile. And the ...

Inverters for solar power (part 1)

Dec. 11, 2007, 11:32 a.m. green

Been looking for a good inverter for more than an year now. My search began well before I even the blueprints for my house was drawn up, yet after tracking many difficult routes I am back to square one.Initially I was looking at Grid Tie Xantrex or Sunny Boy inverters. Unfortunately neither company ...

Two steps closer Quadruple Play

Dec. 8, 2007, 7:28 p.m. quadruple play

My quadruple play at home scenario was seriously stuck in a rut until a couple of weeks ago but finally things have started to move forward.One of the biggest stumbling blocks of course was the broadband connection but fortunately Dialog Broadband stepped up and connected me up with a 2Mbps WiMax co ...

A Corrupt Compact Flash card

Dec. 5, 2007, 7:41 p.m. photography

After returning from an overnight stay at the Club Palm Bay in Marawila I was extremely disappointed to find that the Compact Flash Card (Transcend 1GB) on my Nikon D70S was corrupt. I have lost about 25-30 photos because of this.I had a sniff of trouble while taking some night photos close to the p ...

Kicked Out of Blogshares.

Dec. 3, 2007, 3:11 a.m.

Well folks, I have been kicked out of blogshares. Supposedly for exploiting a bug or loophole. At the moment the ban is temporary. I hope they make it permanent. I have wasted too many hours of my life at that site. ...

Faith Restored in Dialog

Nov. 30, 2007, 10:31 a.m. broadband , quadruple play

Finally I have got my Dialog Telekom WiMax connection and I am very happy dialog customer once again. As I understand it this is the first connection given out from the Battaramulla base station. There were several issues in setting up the connection and the installation crew had to labour for two d ...

Toshiba A100 - 786

Nov. 27, 2007, 3:09 a.m. Macbook

My mother's birthday present on her sixtieth birthday last week was a Toshiba A100 786. It happens to be her first computer. I wanted to get her a Macbook but because of the trouble my father recently had with his Macbook he wasn't too keen on it.There are lots of cheaper notebooks available in the ...

First reboot.

Nov. 19, 2007, 9:56 a.m. bootstrap

Yesterday for the first time in a very long long time, I have had to restart my desktop because of a software failure.This machine does get rebooted once in a while. Most often it's because of a power cut. Sometimes I even switch it off alltogether but that doesn't happen too often. I have had many ...

Faith (Partially) Restored in Dialog.

Nov. 15, 2007, 2:42 a.m. broadband

After my initial disappointment with dialog, things took a dramatic turn for the better. The email I sent to Dr Hans had been acted up. My faith in Dr Hans Wijayasuriya has been restored and I would once again assert that he is indeed the best CEO in the country.Dr Hans had forwarded my mail to Kav ...

Here Lies a Dead Macbook.

Nov. 14, 2007, 6:02 a.m. Macbook , toast

My father's macbook which is just three months old is a goner. It refused to boot Tuesday last week. You get nothing but a black screen when you press the power button (even though the power LED is lit). Apparently this is a known issue. There are some variations of it as well. Some users have repor ...

WiMax and the decline of Dialog

Nov. 12, 2007, 10:03 a.m. broadband

Update 15-11-2007: please see Faith (Partialy) Restored in Dialog and Faith Restored in DialogDialog Telekom once Sri Lanka's primier Telco is now in slow and stead decline. I have commented about this before but even I didn't realise how bad things have become until I had opportunity to use their W ...

Using Netbeans 6

Oct. 29, 2007, 10:13 a.m. netbeans

'Target "profile" does not exist in the project' I kept getting that message when attempting a profile a project of mine using netbeans settings. I juggled around with the settings but nothing would make the IDE profile this project. In frustration I deleted all the project files and created a fresh ...

WiMax, ADSL and a Leased Line

Oct. 27, 2007, 10:21 a.m. broadband

There is a local company for whom I do an occasional bit of (free) consulting. They have obtained a Dialog WiMax connection (based on my suggestion) and now I need to set it up for them. If you call the existing network ad hoc that would be painting a too rosy picture. Some of the computers are anci ...

Home Network.

Oct. 26, 2007, 10:10 a.m. quadruple play

Visited Eastlink and bought some of the requirement for the network at my new house (which is still under construction).The network is to be part wired and part wireless. The wired bits will be gigabit Ethernet. Obviously Cat 6 cabling is needed. The other option fiber optic cabling is out of the qu ...

Netbeans 6

Oct. 24, 2007, 2:24 a.m. subversion

Been using Netbeans 6 for a couple of days and I am beginning to like it quite a lot. When moving from Netbeans 5 to 5.5, the projects had to be upgraded but you don't need to do that when moving from 5.5 to 6. It will use the existing project as it is.The most exciting feature about the new version ...

Lens Fungi

Oct. 20, 2007, 8:17 p.m. photography

A couple of days ago, I was appalled when I noticed a spot of fungus on my sigma 50-500. This lens is still very new and I cannot afford to lose it. Fortunately the growth isn't heavy enough to effect the image quality. The spots only appear on the outermost lens which is probably around 80 mm in di ...

Blogshares Flop

Oct. 18, 2007, 5:11 a.m.

In recent times Bloghsares servers have been offline more hours of the day than they have been online. This is not alltogether a bad thing. I spend far too much time there. So if they are offline, that i means less time get's wasted.Unfortunately at times blogshares remains online without being full ...

Netbeans 6 Beta.

Oct. 15, 2007, 6:46 a.m. netbeans

Just downloaded Netbeans 6 beta. The slick new UI is just love at first sight (even though it's tarnished by an ugly error message). The default browser setting for netbeans appears to be '/usr/bin/firefox' I don't have a browser there. My firefox is at /usr/lib/firefox-2.0.0.4/firefox. It's easy ...

Renewable Energy Research.

Oct. 12, 2007, 10:24 a.m. green

The National Engineering Research and Development Center (NERD as it's called) supposedly does research into renewable energy. What it actually does is just waste tax payer money.I went there today to speak to them about solar power. Didn't see any nerds but did see a lot of impractical devices they ...

Enough of Blogshares

Oct. 10, 2007, 6:51 a.m.

I Have been on blogshares for nearly 5 months and I think that's more than enough, but yet, I am having trouble breaking away from it. I joined initially to try to get some links and traffic to this blog. That has not happened. Worse still, traffic has actually tapered off because I haven't been pos ...

Solar Power

Sept. 30, 2007, 8:43 p.m. green

Solar power, Specially Grid Interactive solar power is very expensive. My new house with Quadruple play is to be powered by solar power. But because PV panels and inverters are so costly it's not practical to install enough panels to meet the full power demand. The solution then would be to draw the ...

Nikon Picture Project

Sept. 27, 2007, 12:18 a.m. photography

When you buy a Nikon you get a free copy of Nikon Picture Project. Of course nothing really is free, the cost of the software is included in the price that you pay for the camera. I wish they would give an option to buy the camera with out the software because it would be pretty hard to create a wor ...

Nikon L11

Sept. 21, 2007, 4:45 a.m. photography

At the Kelani TempleNikon L11 isn't the most upto date compact digital camera on the market. But it's ideal as a first camera for a kid. So that's what my father bought as a present for my five year old daughter on her 5th birthday.The L11 a great camera that is small and light. Fortunately Nikon ha ...