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Friday, December 30, 2005

Office Trip to Amaya Lake Hotel

So it's coming to the end of year 2005, the year which took my life in a roller coaster ride. In the first 6 months of the year I was a A/L student and in last 6 months I was in the employed as a web developer. Year was full of events.
 
Meanwhile we went to Amaya Lake Hotel in Dambulla as our Annual Office trip. Amaya Lake Hotel, formely known as the Culture Club is packed with real Sri Lankan authentic taste. Upon arrival you will be greeted by Raban drum beats and then served with iced tea (certainly not not my taste). The nice environment facing to Kandalama Lake gives serenity and relaxation to the busy souls. Plenty of activities are also available from Mountain Biking to Hiking. The Buffet was also good. For some of our guys dessert tasted bit messy but always you have the option of having fresh fruits or curd.
 
Also I got my Flickr album on the trip. Visit

Thursday, December 22, 2005

DeLon - The Best Rap/HipHop artist from SL ?


ALBUM COVERHe is Delon Jayasinghe. He claims he is coming from a village of Gampaha. He is lyrics are different, his raps are tight and his repertoire is filled with different genres from Salsa to Sri Lankan Percussion. He launched his debut album named The Connection few months ago and his tracks had hit the US and UK billboards. (His track Jeevithe plays regularly at BBC Radio 1 - Listen). He is currently tours Sri Lanka and will perform here until end of December.

Still DeLon is not a star @ SL but I believe his talent is far ahead of the so called HipHop stars in SL. He could be the first SL artist to enter to the so called Mainstream Music Industry (world of 50 cent, Ricky Martin, Justin Timberlake rules). So let's wish all the best to our boy to reach to the top. You can find more info and buy his album from www.ceylonrecords.com

P.S. - Few weeks ago DeLon featured in the IRAJ remix show in Sirasa and
DeLon didn't speak a single word in Sinhala but in his track Jeevithe says "Apitama himi vu apage hela basa amathaka karanna epa" (don't forget our own mother tongue). Irony !!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Not the Best Days of my life....

Eventhough this is the festive season I don't feel the fantasy I tasted when I was a kid. Being in the threshold of Youth, future of the life seems very challenging. Triple roles as a hardworking student, workholic employee and a faithful lover adds spice to life. Back in the day, I thought getting to this state will be more exciting. Our lives we are running after a mirage that we will never get to. But I still like to take this challenge and to make it a fun.
 
Meanwhile I finished my first commercial project, It was the corporate web site of our Mother Company DiNi Communications - www.dini.net. This was done with XHTML/Flash and now waiting to see how it goes. 
 
So even with little hiccups I still enjoy my life, it's hot and cool.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Google Analytics - Yet another great service from Google.

These days google is making headlines with their great services. It was GMail, Google Talk, Google Base and now what its Google Analytics. A free (doubt how long they will make it free since this is a fountain of revenue) service to be used for your online business campaign. You could be a company CEO or a Webmaster, but this is still with great value. A CEO can use it to understand the areas to target the business and to decide where to spend money. Also a Webmaster could use it to determine how usable the current navigation system is.

With Google Anaylatics, you can see the interactivy of the users in the site. How they went through the pages and the site traffic pattern. Also you can moniter the Keywords popularity, success of your AdWords campaign. Plenty of Reports and Summaries to chose from (Weekly Traffic Assesments to Geogrophical interest.) You can do wonders with this.

But the dissapoinment is they have currently suspended the singups due to excessive requests. But it's better to wait in the queue, if you are lucky you may have a chance to experience it...
Here is the Link - Google Analytics

Friday, December 09, 2005

Yahoo Answers

This is a great place to share your knowledge and experience with others. Also find solutions to your questions (Of course, homework help is there). It's free and points system makes it funful.

Join today and experience.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Engineer Interview Triage?

excerpt from Joe Kraus blog

A while ago (actually, any post I've done is now "a while ago...") I wrote about Sabermetrics for Startups. I wondered if there was data you could collect in an interview process that would allow you to more accurately determine if someone, particularly an engineer, would be successful in your company.

I don't think I have all the answers, but over the last few months, I've honed in on three questions that I believe have a correlation with three key skills.

I'm not talking about technical skills. There are a lot more people far better than me to judge whether or not someone is technically qualified as a great coder.

I am talking about the intangibles. In particular, I'm talking about three key intangibles -- communicating, tinkering and passion for coding.  In my experience, these things make a huge difference in someone being a great contributor to your startup.

So, here are the questions. They're simple and they aren't pass/fail. But, I think certain answers are more correlated with success.  So, pretend you're in the hot seat, bright lights, uncomfortable chair... you get the idea. Here goes

1. Do you have a blog?
It was Joel Spolsky who wrote a great piece about great engineers being defined not only by their h4x0r skillz, but by their ability to communicate. Here's what
the man himself had to say

The difference between a tolerable programmer and a great programmer is not how many programming languages they know, and it's not whether they prefer Python or Java. It's whether they can communicate their ideas.By persuading other people, they get leverage. By writing clear comments and technical specs, they let other programmers understand their code, which means other programmers can use and work with their code instead of rewriting it. Absent this, their code is worthless.

If someone has a blog, you know that they are starting to make communications and writing part of a basic set of habits. You know they value those habits enough to make time for them. A public blog improves the odds that the person sitting across from you (who has great coding skills) can also effectively advocate their ideas both inside and outside the company.

2. What's your home page?
Great engineers make their own homepages. When they hit the "home" icon on their browsers, you're not likely to see My Yahoo or Amazon.  They're disatisfied with their other choices out there and they take matters into their own hands (usually just a large list of links of favorite places to go, laid out "just right"). My friend, Marc Hedlund put it this way, "Jedi Knights make their own lightsabers and great engineers make their own homepages." How true.

I think the trait indicated by making your own home pages is that the person is a "tinkerer". Tinkerers are great inside companies. They're curious. They're often not quite satisfied with the status quo and doing things the way others do. They're the ones that aren't often satisfied with the way your company is doing something. But, rather than complaining or asking, they go ahead and just fix the problem.

It's hard to know if the person sitting across from you is a tinkerer, but if they make their own home page, it's more likely that they are.

3. Do you contribute to an open source project?
One thing you're looking for in a great engineer is a person who is passionate about coding. Passionate doesn't mean all-consumed-and-working-24-7, but it does mean curious, deeply interested and committed. Besides the obvious benefits of being able to review someone's open source code for quality, design patters and architecture decisions, contributing to an open source project has a strong correlation to the person being passionate about code. They're less likely to just be about code-for-cash (not that there is anything wrong about that, it's just not usually right for a very small startup). That intangible, code-as-passion, can make a huge difference to a startup.

So, that's what I think. It's only been a few months of thought. If you've got other ideas, I'm all ears.

Entrepreneurship

Found a great blog with lot of inspirational posts on Entrepreneurship done by former Excite chief; Joe Kraus.