The Directors of the Barefoot Gallery invite you to an open discussion by Lalith Gunaratne The conflicts around us, poverty, climate change and the fast pace the world has taken on with technology may deem us powerless to do anything about it. This discussion is for us to reflect on whether we are really powerless or can we contribute ...

The Directors of the Barefoot Gallery invite you to an open discussion by Lalith Gunaratne The conflicts around us, poverty, climate change and the fast pace the world has taken on with technology may deem us powerless to do anything about it. This discussion is for us to reflect on whether we are really powerless or can we contribute ...

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided not to regulate over-the-top (OTT) providers, such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp. The mobile operators claim that such apps will annually cost them  over US$822 million in lost revenues, as subscribers prefer to use free voice and messaging apps. Therefore, they demanded to regulate the OTT providers either for a revenue sharing ...

“Flirt” Flirting  is taxonomy where classification is needed for definition.   Flirting is the age old game where seeker seeks seeking and hider hides hiding..   Flirting is heart’s assertion that rules are made to be broken…   Flirting  is imprisonment that is soft and freedom that is hard…   Flirting is the only signature to every conversation that never ...

At first, spending time with him felt like guilty pleasure, even though there was nothing to feel guilty about. He came without the complications, and though I liked that about him, it confused the living crap out of me, because I was used to complicated men. But with him, everything felt simple. Living life in the moment is the only ...

Immediate thoughts upon leaving the cinema: “Holy shit, that was fucking awesome! Can’t wait to see it again.” Premise: Earthling Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord teams up with a bunch of interstellar jerkoffs comprising a talking raccoon, a walking tree, a green female assassin and a big, greenish tough guy with anger management issues (no, not THAT guy) to save the ...

The policy statement of the new government headed by Narendra Modi promised to continue the NOFN initiative and work toward a Digital India: “We will strive to provide Wi-Fi zones in critical public areas in the next five years. My government will rollout broad band highway to reach every village and make all schools e-enabled in a phased manner. … ...

The list of my ailments Life has changed  since the day it first rained.    You’ve poured yourself  into all my words  like milk into early morning coffee.    I’ve become the ‘player’ who’s hurt, but not yet retired  who keeps playing on  and playing out.    I see the world in fragments  for my imagination  has run out of colours  and dreams have ...

That’s how long C and I have been married for this month/year. Our actual anniversary is on the 25th but we’ll be too busy holidaying on some pretty island/bay/cave which I am deliriously looking forward to :) C is the man. He’s my biggest inspiration,my rock and a reminder that I can in fact love […]

Are still slow, but how will they be lagging behind? And once the Americans screw up the data confidentiality safeguards, cost may be the decider. In terms of performance, Alibaba cannot come close. For a Chinese site, it does impressive work, handling $5.8 billion in commerce on China’s heaviest shopping day. The Alibaba S.E.C. filing says its cloud does 3.6 ...

We’ve been writing about the dangers posed by the governments of the places where data are stored wanting access. Now, with US courts trying to exercise extra-territorial jurisdiction, it looks like China might be a safe place? Apple Inc has begun storing personal data for some Chinese users on servers provided by China Telecom, marking the first time that the ...

Originally posted on When Worlds Collide, by Nalaka Gunawardene:Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 15 August 2014 Image courtesy Good Market website, http://www.goodmarket.lk It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong, cautioned the French writer and philosopher François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), better known…

Now only did I realize that one of my childhood specials had been played by Robin Williams. Hence this short post to bid him farewell. It was the movie Mrs. Doubtfire which I really loved back in the days, but never got the chance to research afterwards. Suddenly going through his filmography only did I realize … Continue reading →

Resurrect the General Practitioner! If you have a persistent headache you might rub some medicinal oil on your head or take a Paracetamol tablet. If you have aches and pains, there’s peyava, there’s koththamalli with some venivelgetaor Siddhalepa. Even a cat medicates itself, chewing on kuppameniya when feeling out of sorts. A little boy trips and bruises his knee and his friends will administer ...

#IWSG post – August It’s that time of the month, the IWSG shout out time of the month! If you are reading this and you think it’s a cool post you would want to check out The Insecure writers support group because they are cool and keep an eye out for random bloggers like myself. You know if you are a wanna be writer like me ...

Meditation of wet hearts Meditation is waiting  between one smile and another  and staying aloof  from words and love-chronicle.   Meditation is being still between eye and eye  that gaze the gaze of affection, without rush frailty  and insecurity.    Meditation is tied hair,  neatly combed and carefully kept,  without giving way  to occasional mischief   and frill  that necessitate breaking of silence.  ...

A chain is as strong as the weakest, I keep saying. The speed of the communication link as the speed of its slowest link. As long as signals that travel at the speed of light within fiber optic cables have to be converted to electronic signals to traverse semiconductors, that is the speed of the communication. This is about to ...

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