Saturday, November 24, 2007

Google Desktop Gadgets - Hall of fame

I earlier wrote about Google Desktop and its featured gadgets. This time I am going to write you about Hall of fame :).

Before you go in to details, Just visit this page.

Hall of fame

What do you think?

This is what Google says,

"We love our developers! The first time your desktop gadget or indexing plug-in is added to our directory and shared with millions of Google Desktop users around the world, we'll send you a developer appreciation package. Subsequent submissions give you a shot at other rewards. If some of your gadgets or plug-ins become very popular, you'll earn a spot in our Developers' Hall of Fame."

As they said, I got the developer appreciation package for my first gadget - Simple calculator

Now I have developed four gadgets and you can see them in this page.

As Google said, If some of our gadgets become very popular, we can earn a spot in Developers Hall of Fame.

So all in all my Calculator gadget become very popular and Now I have a spot in Developer Hall of Fame :-D

If you go that page you can find my Name and some details of my gadgets, but my photograph not there :(. I sent my details with photograph to Google Desktop and hopefully they will publish it in future.

Finally Thanks Lahiru who motivated me to develop Google Desktop gadgets :) (Thanks machan)

Saturday, November 17, 2007


"Sahana is a Free and Open Source Disaster Management system. It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, tracking camps effectively between Government groups, the civil society (NGOs) and the victims themselves.:.......

Thats what Sahana web site says.

I got the opportunity to join Sahana project in February 2007 as an intern. I have heard its recognition and reputation during my university career and at that time I did not think that I will get the opportunity to contribute to that project.

All the credits should go to Core developers (Chamindra, Pradeeper, Ravindra, Mifan and rest...). They have done a tremendous job to bring the project into this stage.

I love FOSS, I like to contribute to FOSS, So I just started to doing it now. :-D

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Gentoo Linux

"Gentoo is all about choices. When installing Gentoo, this is made clear to you several times -- you can choose how much you want to compile yourself, how to install Gentoo, what system logger you want, etc."

Read more

With a sudden decision, yesterday night, I tried to install Gentoo on my desktop machine. I am happy to say that, I did it :D. After one sleepless night, now I have working Gentoo box (BTW I am still installing Gnome).

They provide very useful manual to do so :). If you carefully follow it, you will be definitely succeed.

But something went wrong in my installation as I could not set up Grub correctly. Anyway I managed to setup LILO instead. I could not figure out the mistake I made. BTW I droped a mail to LKLUG regarding that issue and hopefully I will get an answer soon.

I will write my new experience on Gentoo. So, its time to do more and more hacking on Gentoo.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Google Desktop Gadgets

It is really fun. If you have free time, just try to code small gadget using Google Desktop API. It is really not much difficult thing ;-). This SDK lets us create gadgets and indexing plug-ins for Google Desktop.

for more info

After creating your gadget, you can submit the software. Then Google will do a review and if your software performs well, they will approve it. Then you can find it by selecting the appropriate category from the links on the left side and scrolling down to your listing.

for more

To reward your creative talents, they would give you a limited edition Google Desktop Developer's patch or ........bla bla bla .. :D

I have developed small gadget so far and I am happy to say that they approved it. :)

So its time to develop more and more gadgets......... hope you will too.. cheers

Monday, August 20, 2007

Calculate your GPA

You can calculate your GPA using this. :-)

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Firefox vs IE(Internet Explorer)

Well firefox and Internet explorer, two different web browsers (and mostly use). So I thought to give some clues to select what is the best browser. I have some experience in developing web application using AJAX and CSS and ....... Ooops most of the times it generate some kind of bugs in IE (as it does every time ;-)). That is the reason why I am writing this article here.

Here are some related articles

1.) hmmmm good one
2.) excellent one
3.) oops yet another one ;-)

I think this is enough at the moment.

Apart from those articles, one big difference exists between them. Can you guess?

In most of the sites,

Firefox shows "DOWNLOAD it from here". :-)

IE shows "Check prices" :-(

"Lets use Firefox ;-)"

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Google Summer of Code 2007

:-) Starting with smile since this my first non technical article (That does not mean I am technical person ;-) ).

Although it was announced in February, finally I thought to write something. ;-)

It is annual program started in 2005.
"We accepted over 900 student applicants from a pool of nearly 6,200 applications." ----- Google.

So I am amongst that 900 :-). I submitted two proposals for Sahana project. One about GPS and other about AJAX. OOps my GPS proposal got rejected. :-(

Finally, other one that is my own idea "Complete AJAX library for Sahana" accepted. :-D

Now I am in the process of developing that library and I am on schedule I guess ;-). So I am pretty sure I will be able to submit my final delivery on time.

This is amazing program. Thanks Google ! :-)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Internet Explorer on Linux

If u are a linux web developer, sometimes you need to test your web application in Internet Explorer (cos IE has some problems and differs when compares with firefox ;-) ).

for do that u dont have to log on to (problamatic)windows OS. Just install IE in linux.

here is the url

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Set up Sinhala in Linux

Here is two useful links that you can set up and configure Sinhala in Ubuntu edgy and Debian etch

then use following link to do more stuff


Sunday, February 11, 2007

configure internal modem in linux

You can configure ur internal modem to surf the internet in linux.

use following steps

wget -c
gunzip -c scanModem.gz > scanModem
chmod +x scanModem
sudo ./scanModem
gedit Modem/ModemData.txt

read the above ModemData.txt file and check
or for ur modem driver.

it is iteresting, now u can browse internet in linux and it is always safe from the viruses.