Had to clear a copyright issue, but can finally release this online. Thanks to Sockeyed for the use of the background shot of Pettah in the cover. Figured out kerning on this issue, that is what I’m most proud of. Here’s the editorial, which I don’t remember writing: So, we finally got our act together and brought you some gadgets. The shopping scene in Colombo has been pretty dismal in the past, but Sri Lanka is slowly starting to get some modern and cool items. In this issue weâ€™ve tried to resist temptation and feature only products that are available locally. Of course, more gadgets can be found abroad. If youâ€™re lucky enough to have expat relations or tenacious enough to ship items then the net is a wonderland for gadgets. Check gizmodo.com or engadget.com for the latest. We think weâ€™ve found a nice crop here, however. There are external hard disks, some cool cell phones, laptops (ranging from the extravagant to the work-a-day) and even cell phones that pick up WiFi (wireless internet).
Mahangu has also gathered an interesting set of articles on WiFi, including his mysterious encounter with Weasel – a hacker mapping all the hotspots in Sri Lanka. Weâ€™ve also included an article on WiFi security, for those seeking to secure their data (while hopefully still sharing the bandwidth). Oh, and if youâ€™re wondering what WiFi is, itâ€™s wireless internet, sort of like a cell signal for Internet (only over a much smaller range). All of the laptops featured here (in fact, most modern laptops) are WiFi enabled. You can sit down at McDonaldâ€™s or Baristaâ€™s and download away. Weâ€™ve even included a map on the last page for your convenience.
Now, onto housekeeping. IT Times began as 56 pages, and this issue is 68. Weâ€™ve had a great outpouring of content since November and I think we may be able to keep growing. Also, please keep the emails coming. There are still a lot of bugs in this magazine and we need community support to iron them out. And speaking of community, we have two special bonuses for IT readers this month. Simply send me an email with â€˜EPSIâ€™ in the subject line and youâ€™ll be entered in a draw for a 15â€ Viewsonic LCD, model VE510B, with an estimated value of Rs 30,000. Happy hacking,
Download IT 5.12 PDF ( I recommend doing right-click and ‘Save As)