TechTogetherLK – Inagural Meetup – Internet of Things

February 22, 2015 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Tech
TechTogetherLK

TechTogetherLK

Internet has changed lot of things. For some, internet was great, and for some, it meant going bankrupt. IoT is becoming a thing on the internet. It is more of an ecosystem where Things, Internet, Cloud and Big Data play their own roles. While it is great for many, there is the need for proper handling and managing of the technology and the services it bring, as well as keeping an eye on undesirable effects it can have.

TechTogetherLK is a meetup organised by RUC ICT Advisory and Management Committee. It is planning to discuss different topics in IT/ICT field over time. And we had the first event on last Friday on Internet of Things. As it is a topic that is doing its rounds.

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Cheese & Chicken Roast Pan @ Sensaal

February 22, 2015 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Me, Myself & I, Sri Lanka
Sensal Roast Pan Options

Sensaal Roast Pan Options

Cheese & Chicken Roast Pan

Cheese & Chicken Roast Pan

Sensaal recently started some Roast Pan based dishes. And based on how they want customers to try it, it seems they have big plans for their roast pan.

I have been a reguler at Sensaal for a while. One day when I was there, cashier lady asked  “Sir api roast pan akek try karamuda”. I was not in mode to try something new and I am not a fan of roast pan so I refused. It was lunch time, and for lunch I prefer their Lumprice. Which is quite good in my book.

However today I decided to give it a shot. And it was definitely not a must try delicacy, but it was interesting. This post would not qualify as a food review and I am not trying to market Sensaal. This is just what I felt about it, as someone who is not a big fan of Roast Pan.

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A Note on Note 4

February 3, 2015 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Me, Myself & I, Tech

Note 4 Box FrontNote 4 Box Back

I bought myself a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 couple of days ago. Plan was to replace the need for a phone, tablet / kindle and a personal laptop with a single device. Because I am not a big fan of taking care of too many gadgets. This would also greatly simplify my digital existence. After playing with the new phablet for couple of days, here is what I think of it.

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I saw the light fade from the sky! (Spoiler Alert!)

January 5, 2015 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Movies

It was 12 years ago when I first watched Load of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring movie at the last day of AL exam with a bunch of school friends. At any time during last 12 years, I was waiting for the next movie of the franchise to come out. Each movie was worth the wait. And it was an amazing journey through middle earth which ended this December.

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12 Eggs Puzzle

December 18, 2014 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

It has been while since I posted here. I got this puzzle from a friend, and it took four of us roughly 3 hours to figure it out. After solving of course it feels simple. But the process of getting to the solution for the first time will give your brain cells a  real workout.

Thought its worth sharing, Here it goes…

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On Driverless Cars

June 15, 2014 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Tech

It seems that world will get driverless cars little sooner than expected. And by the looks of the first Google prototypes it will be a revolution in design department too. Similar to moving from a QWERTY keyboard to touch phone. This has a potential of changing lot of things.

In long-term driving test will become a thing in the past. People who make a living by driving around people or goods may be in trouble. Also individual car ownership may also decline and instead car pooling communities will develop. For that course people will have to get through the urge to own a car to make a personal statement. Read the rest of this entry »

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Money can buy happiness, if you know where to shop!

April 19, 2014 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Me, Myself & I, Sri Lanka
50 Things Money Can't Buy ()

50 Things Money Can’t Buy

This image is doing its rounds on Facebook and to be frank, I think we can buy many of these things with money. Not in a bad way by the way. You just need to know where to shop.

IMO why most of us think money can’t buy happiness and many other things in this list, is partly because most of us don’t realize what we really need. For example what does respect, class, a good hair day, luck, good epitaph means? I may be wrong, but in my opinion these are things one can live without.

And for the some of the things in the list got nothing to do with money. For example saying money can’t buy you Appreciation of simple things is like saying you can’t make apple juice with oranges. This post might sound really harsh or it might even look like I am trying to sell insurance or some get-rich-quick thing, but that is not the intention. I am just writing down some stuff that was running through my mind for a while about whole money cant buy you this and that thing.

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Bringing the TV Online with an Android Mini-PC

November 24, 2013 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Movies, Tech, TV

I had this idea for a while to connect the TV with internet and LAN. So that I don’t have to turn on  the computer every time I want to stream something. Also it will remove the need to connect wires between computers and TV when I want to watch something on a larger screen.

A smart TV with all those capabilities are off my budget. And it’s not worth spending that much on such a project since we watch TV less than two hours a day. Therefore I was on the market looking for smaller devices that could plug-in to a HDMI port and stream media.

Chrome-cast and similar devices seems nice, but they have one major problem. It rely on some cloud services, phone or another computer to work. Also when stream content from local network, the media server (crome) has to render the content and stream the rendered video to device. That needs a very fast LAN. I was looking for something that can do its own rendering. So that there will be less load on network. It also had to power from TVs own USB port and connect to network via WiFi. And  it should play 1080p  HD Video with good quality.

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Difference Between 64-bit and 32-bit Computing and What It Means for Phones

September 15, 2013 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Tech

You can probably notice that discussions are popping up on advantages of 64-bit systems. It is mostly linked with Apples 64-bit A7 processor in new iPhone. If you just search the web for iPhone and 64-bit, you will find that some call it innovation, some say it gives huge advantages including major performance boosts. And some try to explain it to laymen using oversimplified if not completely incorrect examples.

I am not a fanboy of Apple or Android. In case you want to know, I am still using a Nokia phone which I purchased when Nokia was still the industry leader. However I am developing software that push the limits of 32-bit and need 64-bit to run at their best. So I know a thing or two about what I am going to say. Here is my take on differences of 64-bit and 32-bit. I cannot make it too simple, because then it will not give the correct information. But I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible.

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Why Sri Lanka Need Rs 15000 or Even Cheaper Computers

August 6, 2013 by Rakhitha | No Comments | Filed in Sri Lanka, Tech

I came across this post on readme.lk recently. It’s about upcoming policy on import of used computer systems to cut e-waste. Which is good. Because we do very little recycling. And e-waste consist of mostly non recyclable material with many toxic chemicals.

However what I do not agree is the statement which claims Sri Lanka no longer need 15000 LKR systems. 15000 LKR systems are exactly what Sri Lanka need. But of course, I am not talking about 15000 LKR junk. But reliable working systems that can increase IT penetration of a country.

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