Mar 29, 2006

Amaradewa at Houston - Texas

It was on 24th of March, 2006 at the Amarasara concert organised by the Sri Lankan Association of Houston. The concert was great and the crowed loved it so much. There were good Sri Lankan artists with Amaradewa in the musical crew.

Mar 23, 2006

Wine on Linux faster than XP?

Have you heard about Wine?
Actually Wine allowes you to run Windows programs in a Linux box without a hassel. Well do not think this as another Windows emulator. It provides the Win32 API for the programs so that they can run on Linux as would they run on WIndows. The remarkable thing about Wine is that it had shown more efficenty in running Windows programs than running in the Windows XP system itself! The recent benchmark results, BenchMark-0.9.5, had shown more improved performance in Wine compared to Windows XP. According the benchmark results it is noticable that Wine runs 3D programs with old 3D techniques faster. So, why not you give it a try.

Mar 20, 2006

Microsoft ATLAS - The AJAX Buddy

Microsoft has annouced the release of its new Web development technology framework ATLAS. ATLAS is a new web development framework designed for the ASP .NET 2.0 platform to extract the rich and new features of the world of AJAX. You can download the tools from here if you are a MS fan or you like to experiment with new tools.

Mar 18, 2006

Men & Women - A Story to Share

This is a nice email I received. I thought to share it with you all.

No sex tonight?

I never quite figured out why the sexual urge of men and women differ so much. And I never have figured out the whole Venus and Mars thing. I have never figured out why men think with their head and women with their heart.


One evening last week, my girlfriend and I were getting into bed. Well, the passion starts to heat up, and she eventually says "I don't feel like it, I just want you to hold me." I said "WHAT????!!! What was that?!" So she says the words that every boyfriend on the planet dreads to hear...

"You're just not in touch with my emotional needs as a woman enough for me to satisfy your physical needs as a man." She responded to my puzzled look by saying, "Can't you just love me for who I am and not what I do for you in the bedroom?"

Realizing that nothing was going to happen that night, I went to sleep. The very next day I opted to take the day off of work to spend time with her. We went out to a nice lunch and then went shopping at a big, big unnamed department store. I walked around with her while she tried on several different very expensive outfits. She couldn't decide which one to take so I told her we'll just buy them all. She wanted new shoes to compliment her new clothes, so I said lets get a pair for each outfit. We went onto the jewellery department where she picked out a pair of diamond earrings. Let me tell you...she was so excited. She must have thought I was one wave short of a shipwreck.

I started to think she was testing me because she asked for a tennis bracelet when she doesn't even know how to play tennis. I think I threw her for a loop when I said, "That's fine, honey." She was almost nearing sexual satisfaction from all of the excitement.

Smiling with excited anticipation she finally said, "I think this is all dear, let's go to the cashier." I could hardly contain myself when I blurted out, "No honey, I don't feel like it." Her face just went completely blank as her jaw dropped with a baffled "WHAT???!!!"

I then said, "Really honey! I just want you to HOLD this stuff for a while. You're just not in touch with my financial needs as a man enough for me to satisfy your shopping needs as a woman." And just when she had this look like she was going to kill me, I added, "Why can't you just love me for who I am and not for the things I buy you?"

Apparently I'm not having sex tonight either.

Mar 15, 2006

Life at UT

I am living in Austin, Texas now. After an aptitude test and three interviews, I got the job at University of Texas (UT) as a Systems Analyst. Now I work in DAFT team of EIS which belongs to ITS department. Last Monday, 13th of March was my first day at UT. The DAFT team leader, my manager, Graham and EIS director Shiela took me the lunch on that day. They do like of my recruitment over there and listened to my stories with a pleasure.

The office is in the main building, The UT Tower - the symbolic monument of the university, and on the 25th floor. The view from the tower is wonderful. I did not forget to capture a view into my phone.

Today there was a presentation on Firefox search plugins. It was ok. I like to be in the university community. There are no client pressure. I can learn and work at the same time which is the fascinating thing about this job. Therefore I am planning to do my best here!