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?

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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

Are you the family “computer person”? V 2.0


Are you the family "computer person"? The one summoned when a parent's/uncle's/aunt's/elder relatives' PC has problems or "set up"? I found myself in this role without realising it. Fact is you don't have much choice. My parents' generation has adapted surprising well to personal computers-for people who lived in the low tech third world for … Continue reading Are you the family “computer person”? V 2.0

Family computer person – are you one?


The text for this post got mysteriously delete 😦 No idea how or why. But I reposted it again - and so far it hasn't gone away. Apologies for the extra click.

3D buildings Google Earth Colombo


3D models of Colombo's cylindrical Bank of Ceylon, and the World Trade Center (Colombo) towers are available for Google Earth. Not sure what the rectangular building is. Thought it was the Galadari but I'm not so sure now. The image below shows the models within Google Earth running on Mac OS X 10.5.5.  You can download the models … Continue reading 3D buildings Google Earth Colombo

Google search from OSX UNIX command line


Simple shell script to run a Google search from your UNIX shell command line. The code shown below is free to use and improve. I wrote it on the fly because I'm too lazy to start up a browser. ( I justify my laziness at the end of the post). As you can see it … Continue reading Google search from OSX UNIX command line

Low-end mobile blogging


I have blogged about tips and benefits of mobile blogging. However my kind of mobile blogging is a very primitive by 21st century standards. It is not anywhere near what indi terms as "mobro" (mobile broadband) because my late dot com era PDA has no internet capability. Such a low tech approach has its benefits. … Continue reading Low-end mobile blogging