Sri Lankan CV Tips
I was going through some resumes (or CVs) recently and it shocked me back into writing a blog post about them. The CVs posted were for a junior software developer role in Sri Lanka. Hopefully these tips will help you along the way to find a good starter job. Don’t include your personal details like National ID, gender, date of ...

Internet Issues
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 ...

VirtualBox 4.2.x on Ubuntu 12.04
I’m back on Linux, back in trouble as well. Ok so downloading and installing the latest deb file for VirtualBox doesn’t work out of a box. I found this in the VirtualBox forum. It turns out you need to install these packages first. sudo apt-get install dkms build-essential linux-headers-generic Then install the deb file sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-4.2_4.2.10-84104~Ubuntu~quantal_amd64.deb

Staying on Mac OS X 10.8.2
Usually I just update OSX to the latest. But I came across this after a quick search. Skype 6.3 crashes on Mac OSX 10.8.3 – Skype Community I use Skype quite often so I’m going to hold off for a bit longer until things are sorted out.

Please add profile pictures
I got a LinkedIn request from a guy I know I should know. I have probably worked with him as well. But since he doesn’t have a profile picture I really can’t tell. So I can’t won’t Please add profile pictures if you want to connect.

Being Professional
By: Keith Williamson Somebody has to say it. Being a professional in Sri Lanka is hard work. Most of the time you have to deal with people who don’t know what they are doing. Without ranting on let me lay down a few cases and try to offer some advice (even though it might not be my job to do ...

Hide Mac Menu Bar Icons
My menu bar was getting crowded. So I went in and disabled almost everything I could find. And now it looks like this. I found a solution to hide the DropBox icon as well, but I figured I can live with these for now.

Music Icons
This is what happens when my 4 year old gets hold of my phone for 5 mins.

Don’t do your thinking at the computer. There are just too many things to distract you. Find your sweet-spot sitting in traffic or with pen and paper at a desk.

What I Learned Starting A Company
Its hard. If you are not 100% sure you are going to make it, don’t do it, because once you are in there is no going back. Keep your day job, start on the side if possible. No one is going to lend you money at first but when things are picking up investment will come. It depends what you ...

I Want To Be A Better Writer
By: Ramunas Geciauskas Going through my messy blog posts for the last 5 years I realised that I need to become a better writer. Although it’s not my current job to write well, I think it needs to be better so I can improve my life. All this time I thought this was a coder’s blog, one that shows I’m ...

Don’t Depend On The Cookie Clients
By: Logan Ingalls Let me explain. Sometime ago I was around some kids and picked up a good business lesson. There were some new kids trying to make friends in a crowd. The kids that said hi and found similar traits connected well and hung out for a log time. Kids that formed bonds via sharing treats like cookies didn’t ...

Digital Clean Up
By: Kate Ter Haar 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 ...

There is something about the end of the year that makes you write profound and life altering statements and make new year resolutions. This one is about cutting down, deleting and clearing up. I have written about this 4 years ago so I guess its an ongoing process. Most people have realised that they deal with just too many things in the ...

Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos | Politics and Law – CNET News Seriously? If I was a serious user I would have paid for a pro version of the service. That could have been a revenue model right? Oh well. I want to delete my account • Instagram Help Center

How I Think You Should Use LinkedIn Skills Tagging
The LinkedIn skill tagging feature is catching on. But I think most people are not using it properly. I get endorsements for skills from my friends and contacts. Friends will endorse all my skills even if we haven’t worked on them together. Contacts seem to endorse so that they can get endorsed back. Again not really paying attention to ...

End Of Freemium. Yay!
Hey folks. Google Apps just ended their free account for business. This is sad in a way but if have a profitable business you should technically be able to pay for a service like this.Personal accounts are free (for now). And I figure it’ll be that way for quite a while.Here is the thing. I make web apps too and ...

A6 Bad Patch
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.

You Can’t Leave
I got a mail from today. They wanted me to take a short survey or something.Hey good that you reminded me of another account I don’t use. I don’t get any referral traffic from them anymore either.So I reset my password which comes in plain text in an email. Okay that’s bad.Then I continue to try and delete my ...