Monday, June 25, 2007

"FOSS-ed on Windows" is on tomorrow

They didn't think we'd do it. We didn't think we'd do it! But we're gonna do it ... tomorrow. For a change, we are gonna temporally hold off on telling you to switch away from the Windows platform and instead tell you how you can make your Windows experience so much better.

Guess who's sponsoring? Its those guys from Redmond - Microsoft.

FOSS-Ed for windows will show you how you can save time, money and be in control of the software. There will also be plenty on interoperability with other Operating Systems & other applications.

Why flush hundreds of thousands of Rupees down a proprietary
product when there are many free alternatives to choose from?

For more info
http://www.foss.lk/events/2007/fossedforwindows

Ok now that the "advertisement disguised as a blog post" is out of the way :), I'd like to invite your guys interested in using FOSS on Windows to drop in for the event. The pricing is a pretty good deal considering its a 3 day event with food, and Brian Behlendorf, the Co-Founder of Apache Foundation will be there too. Best of all, I will be there, doing a talk on Securing your IT Infrastructure using FOSS :P. You can also get a look at what we've been doing at THINKCube and the soon to be launched Collaboration Server 2.0, since we are sponsoring the event.

So see you all there

Btw someone else beat me to this announcement and even dugg it: Microsoft sponsors FOSS event (what the hell's going on!!!)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Goodbye Prof.

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Yesterday I attended Prof. VK Samaranayake's funeral proceedings which took place on a gloomy onset, as if the sky was about to break down and cry but was holding off so to not cause any discomfort to the event.

prof_sam_dsc01245.jpg Many from the Academia, IT industry, Media, Government Bodies, Students, Family and friends had come to bid farewell to the "Father of IT in Sri Lanka", whom to many will remain a hero and a role model.

A quick look at the online condolence guest book is all thats needed to see the variety of people's lives he has touched.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Hey Micro$oft.... Sue me!

Desperately seeking Micro$oft makes some dubious claims when it accuses that GNU/Linux and FOSS violates some 235 of M$'s patents. With each passing day it is evident that this latest of a series of unsuccessful maneuvers on M$'s part is done just so they can create enough FUD to possibly kill off the threat or make some money off of Fortune 500 companies through licensing.

As I posted earlier, you could only do so as long as you don't disclose the supposed patent violations that GNU/Linux and other FOSS apps are said to be violating. So this is turning out to be a new business model for M$, where they can sit back and Steve Balmer can play Tony Soprano and make extra cash.

Well its about time Micro$oft put up or Shut up! Either disclose the so called patents that we are supposedly violating, sue us or just shut up! Since the former doesn't seem to be happening a couple of people started signing a petition called "Sue me first". It only takes one person to be sued for us to know and the world to show that its all a bunch of BS.

So what the heck, I signed it too...

See #1427

Also read what Linus the creator of the Linux kernel had to say..

Finally got a Flickr Pro Account

I was wondering how many photos I had on flickr. Because with the free account, 200 was all I could see. The first time I tried to fulfill my curiosity, a couple of months back, to find myself utterly disappointed and annoyed that I couldn't just pay the $24.95 and unlock my photos, because Paypal didn't recognize Sri Lanka as a country worth doing business with. So I gave up, even though I was aware that you could get it done through someone who had an AMEX CC.

Anyway long story-short is I finally upgraded and was amazed to find I had a little over 500 photos! (more than twice the limit).

So if you know me and want to go down memory lane or just want to see how crappy I was at taking pictures then (not that I'm a lot better now), check out my Flickr Photo Blog.

Don't forget to click the last page :)