Sri Lanka and GSoC, en route to the true promise of the internet and computer science

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
Chris DiBona (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Today is a great day. A pioneering advocate of open source software, Chris DiBona accoladed Sri Lanka for the contribution in GSoC and FOSS, in this interview with TechRadar/LinuxFormat. In his own words: Every year that goes by we see more people from outside of the US take part [in GSoC]. The US still has ...

Sri Lanka and GSoC, en route to the true promise of the internet and computer science

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
Chris DiBona (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Today is a great day. A pioneering advocate of open source software, Chris DiBona accoladed Sri Lanka for the contribution in GSoC and FOSS, in this interview with TechRadar/LinuxFormat. In his own words: Every year that goes by we see more people from outside of the US take part [in GSoC]. The US still has ...

Patricia Ryan: Don’t insist on English!

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
When a language dies, we don’t know what we loose with that language This veteran English teacher, with over three decades of experience teaching English in Arabic countries, brings out some interesting points about tests of English language fluency being a barrier for education of non-native speakers. But I wonder why language teachers have to be gatekeepers, when they have ...

Patricia Ryan: Don’t insist on English!

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
When a language dies, we don’t know what we loose with that language This veteran English teacher, with over three decades of experience teaching English in Arabic countries, brings out some interesting points about tests of English language fluency being a barrier for education of non-native speakers. But I wonder why language teachers have to be gatekeepers, when they have ...

A guide to the libuv sexism fiasco

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
So a pull request, involving a change in the documentation to use gender-neutral form, to libuv, (one of the libraries Node.js relies heavily upon) was rejected, applied, reverted, and re-applied over the course of two days. Things got escalated quickly and heated words were exchanged via tweets, blog posts and github comments. And now, Ben Noordhuis, one of the core ...

A guide to the libuv sexism fiasco

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
So a pull request, involving a change in the documentation to use gender-neutral form, to libuv, (one of the libraries Node.js relies heavily upon) was rejected, applied, reverted, and re-applied over the course of two days. Things got escalated quickly and heated words were exchanged via tweets, blog posts and github comments. And now, Ben Noordhuis, one of the core ...

Travel Diaries – Örebro, Sweden

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
View Larger MapI visited Örebro, Sweden in February 2012. Sweden, the home of IKEA, Electrolux, Volvo and Sony Ericsson, is a very beautiful country. Everybody understands English here. But you will be very comfortable making new friends, reading signs, finding your way if you know a bit of Swedish. We had a 3 hour train ride from the Stockholm Arlanda ...

Travel Diaries – Örebro, Sweden

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
View Larger MapI visited Örebro, Sweden in February 2012. Sweden, the home of IKEA, Electrolux, Volvo and Sony Ericsson, is a very beautiful country. We had a 3 hour train ride from the Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Örebro. The highlight of the city is the ancient castle at the centre and the magnificient Scandinavian architecture. We stayed at the nice ...

How Sri Lankan Tweeps are connected in Facebook

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
I couldn’t resist the urge to create a visualization while playing with gephi for my GSoC project over the weekend. The Netvizz Facebook application was used to get the data extracted from the Tweeps group, a hangout spot for Sri Lankan Twitter users. Imported the gdf file to gephi and did the coloring based on the clusters. Did slight modifications to ...

How Sri Lankan Tweeps are connected in Facebook

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
I couldn’t resist the urge to create a visualization while playing with gephi for my GSoC project over the weekend. The Netvizz Facebook application was used to get the data extracted from the Tweeps group, a hangout spot for Sri Lankan Twitter users. Imported the gdf file to gephi and did the coloring based on the clusters. Did slight modifications to ...

Filmed in Sri Lanka

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
The demise of the cinema legend Elizabeth Taylor took me back in history in search of few cool facts about movies and Sri Lanka. If you are a history buff and a movie geek combined, here’s some interesting trivia, with some links to more related stuff. Elizabeth Taylor, when she was 22, came to Sri Lanka (Ceylon at the ...

WebGL in Firefox 4 and Google Chrome 10

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
If you are experimenting with WebGL, with a non-nVidia based graphics chip like Intel or AMD/ATI, you may have noticed it no longer works after an update to Google Chrome 10. Even in Firefox 4 with its much awaited WebGL support, things are not working well. WebGL makes use of OpenGL to render 3D graphics in the web browser. Seems ...

WebGL in Firefox 4 and Google Chrome 10

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
If you are experimenting with WebGL, with a non-nVidia based graphics chip like Intel or AMD/ATI, you may have noticed it no longer works after an update to Google Chrome 10. Even in Firefox 4 with its much awaited WebGL support, things are not working well. WebGL makes use of OpenGL to render 3D graphics in the web browser. Seems ...

Arduino The Documentary

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
It is really fascinating to read occasionally about all these cool projects on Hack N Mod and Hack a day. The new kid on the block, Arduino does awesome things. I wish we had it, when we were learning about micro controllers, at school, you know, the 16F84A days. It takes away the steep learning curve of electronics theory, when ...

Arduino The Documentary

iThink | මට හිතෙන හැටියට
It is really fascinating to read occasionally about all these cool projects on Hack N Mod and Hack a day. The new kid on the block, Arduino does awesome things. I wish we had it, when we were learning about micro controllers, at school, you know, the 16F84A days. It takes away the steep learning curve of electronics theory, when ...