Archive for the 'Tech' Category

The CHOGM 2013 Website And Centium Software

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The CHOGM website is making news because it cost Rs. 15 million, which is a lot for a not very impressive looking website. From checking out the delegate login page, it looks like the site was designed by Australian company Centium Software. It also looks like the website is a bit more than a content thing, handling accreditation, arrivals and departures, etc. It’s also the system that was used for the past CHOGM as well as Olympic and other events.

Spam SMS

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

In Sri Lanka at least, it seems perfectly acceptable for companies to send spam SMS to all and sundry. What is spam, first-off. I once got into a somewhat heated argument with a US-based boss about what spam was. I said it was simply unsolicited mail but he said it was Ok to send to it to emails you had, especially since it wasn’t the dodgy kind of message. But if it’s unsolicited it’s still spam. Spam is even worse when it’s on your phone cause it interrupts you at the worst times. You think a friend contacted you but no, it’s SINGER.

Skype Robot

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

I’ve always thought this was a cool idea, you have a robot that you can remote control with your face there. There’s a severely allergic school-kid that does it through a $6,000 device and a corporate device for $2,500 a month. Which is all cool, but seems a bit exorbitant for, essentially, an iPad on a stick. I was thinking you could hire a Sri Lankan for much less to just carry around an iPad at face level.

The YAMU Apps

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

I’m going to stop apologizing for long absences. It happens. We just shipped two new apps for YAMU, which would be a feasible excuse, if I’d done the shipping. But nay, Janith (Leanage) built our iOS app from scratch and rebuilt our Android app to match. I did basically nothing there, besides asking if it was done. But let’s pretend why that’s why I haven’t blogged for so long and discuss.

Mahinda On Twitter Today

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be having a live chat of sorts today on Twitter at 6:30 PM SL time. His handle is @PresRajapaksa. The Q&A will be moderated by his Secretary, Lalith Weeratunga. Mr. Weeratunga has done a Twitter chat before. This should be interesting. The President will be Twittering from New York, where he is attending the UN General Assembly.

Microsoft Buys Nokia (The Phone Part)

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

In a move a bit like two dinosaurs mating after the asteroid, Microsoft is buying Nokia. MS and Nokia had a deal long ago, brokered by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, to put Windows on Nokia phones. Now this deal completes the courtship, with Elop presumably becoming CEO of the two headed beast when current MS CEO Ballmer resigns. Thing is, Windows Phone is pretty cool, but it’s unclear whether there’s room for a third phone OS at all. In PC market there was really only Windows and Mac. On mobile, it’s kinda the same, except with Google’s Android playing the Windows role.

Manthri.lk: MP Reviews

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Manthri.lk is a site being launched this Friday (hence not live yet) which monitors and rates MPs. Broadly, for their productive time in Parliament, measuring how much they speak on topic and how much off. That’s a start and I assume they’re going to do the data collection and analysis. With that as a base there’s a lot of interesting stuff such a portal could do. People right now have little idea what is going on in Parliament and there’s little incentive to actually performing there.

The Hyperpoop

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The title is a joke, in reference to the last Hyperloop article. This is another technology idea, this time a reinvented squatting toilet (or squatty). Squatting is by far a more natural position than sitting for shitting, and probably better for you. The body isn’t really designed to sit that way and it can pinch up your colon and lead to straining. At the same time, squatting toilets kinda suck and can be and feel dirtier than porcelain thrones. This new invention by design student Peter Codling tries to bridge the gap. It looks pretty interesting.

The Hyperloop

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Post-modern transport is stuck in a rut. From car to commercial air travel was a quantum leap, but now we just have hybrid cars and bigger jets. These are incremental gains, which don’t even feel like it cause you’re still stuck in traffic or getting your crotch groped en route to sitting in a chair for hours. Nothings changed the game and it’s like we’ve stopped even thinking about it. However, in 1972 the Rand Corporation envisioned a vacuum tunnel system that would get you from New York to LA (2,500 km) in around 21 minutes. At potential speeds of up to 14,000 MPH. That never happened, but Tesla/PayPal genius Elon Musk is announcing a similar plan for half hour travel between San Fran and LA (381 miles).

Water Proofing Anything

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Ever since I saw this video I’ve been thinking of stuff I could spray it on. This is NeverWet, a coating which completely repels water and oils. The stuff never touches the surface, so you can dunk a coated iPhone in water, and coated clothing is impervious to spills. I have often wondered how something as simple as water can destroy so much we hold dear. A digital citizen can’t get properly rained on or dunked in a pool without a lot of personal property damage. Personally, I’d like to coat everything I own in this stuff, from IDs to phone to clothes to whatever. Go nanotech.