Remember Google?


Not many people remember Google these days. Most need to look it up. A sad irony for a company whose name was once a verb for that very act. Now it is a historical foot note. An academic short hand for dominance killed by ecological shifts. At its peak, Google's algorithms defined human knowledge in … Continue reading Remember Google?

Audio books saved my reading life


I owe the survival of my reading life to audio books, magazine audio editions and text to speech technology. Without them, my reading would be limited to tweets, skimming over web sites or pawing through abandoned waiting room magazines. I use the term "audio books" to refer to all three categories. Being read to by … Continue reading Audio books saved my reading life

How to build your own Radar update – 2 videos


Found two interesting videos that talk about building your own radar system using cheap/discarded hardware. Naturally it does require quite a bit of brain power. However the videos themselves are easy to follow (relative to the topic at hand). For an overview of what exactly I'm talking about read my conceptual overview on how to … Continue reading How to build your own Radar update – 2 videos

OS X Sinhala language display capability – mid 2011


Sinhala language display capability on OS X has improved. It actually readable since I last whined about it 3 years ago. All that's require is installing Nick Shank's Mac version of Malithi Web (there are other fonts for those with the time to Google further). Its easy on the eyes on my Macbook pro running … Continue reading OS X Sinhala language display capability – mid 2011

Handwriting on smart phones


Writing on a "smart-phone" is slow work. All the wonders of predictive text doesn't make it seem any faster. I wish there was a phone that allowed for text entry with a stylus. Its a lightening fast input method that had its heyday in the early days of PDAs. Admittedly, I am  outside the vast … Continue reading Handwriting on smart phones

Your emails 5000 years later


Present day Iraq is littered with 5000 year old memos, invoices, account ledgers, personal letters, business correspondence, payrolls, legal documents and the bureaucratic "paperwork" kings. All of which were originally written on slabs of wet clay commonly referred to as Cuneiform (indopedia.org has a brief overview for the impatient). When dry, these "documents" become rock … Continue reading Your emails 5000 years later

Good bye Linux


A few weeks ago I gave up a Linux shell account I had for almost 7 years. It was/still is hosted in a data centre on a continent far far away. Little did I realise the realisations it would trigger. The reason  for giving it up was quite straight forward. Too many email accounts/log-ins to … Continue reading Good bye Linux