Posts Categorized: Computers

Facebook in Reality

Here’s what Facebook would be like if it were to represent actions in the real world: Would YOU let anyone do that? Enough with the poking and scrabble and superwall for heaven’s sake! 2012-12-31: Updated to correct the reference to the video, as the other was taken down.

SIP Telephony

A lot of people have asked me about my home network configuration and VoIP telephone setup, so I thought I'd illustrate it here: In the illustration, all blue arrows represent SIP communication with the annotation on the arrow representing the link layer.  The black arrows carry non IP voice traffic, potentially over GSM/UMTS or the… Read more »

Sinhala Unicode and Browser/OS support

After my last two posts on the Sinhala iGoogle keyboard gadget and searching for Sinhala Unicode, I had a few questions on what Sinhala Unicode would look like, seeing that one needs to have a Sinhala Unicode font installed for it to render properly. Each operating system seems to need a different number of steps… Read more »

CITCon Open Space

I’m in Brussels at the moment, attending the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference (aka CITCON). CITCON is as always being organized as an OpenSpace. You’re probably thinking “What is an OpenSpace”. Well, according to this description on the CITCON site: OpenSpace is a small set of rules that allow groups of people to interact in… Read more »

BBC adds links to social-networks

The popularity of social networks can’t be denied, but it was still a surprise to find that the BBC had started adding social-bookmark links at the bottom of their news items. Specifically, they’ve added links to, Digg, Reddit, Facebook and Stumbleupon. Although the BBC does experiment a lot with new media, this was still… Read more »

Problems with Squid3 on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

I have a machine which is running an up-to-date Ubuntu Feisty Fawn installation on which I wanted to run Squid. Installing it was a snap – just run sudo apt-get install squid3, and you’re set … or are you? Trying to use the proxy I get an unexpected “Connection refused” message. Investigating a bit further,… Read more »

Sinhala On-Screen Keyboard iGoogle gadget

And here is a gadget introduced today by Google to enable easy entry of Sinhalese text, without having to switch your keyboard layout or install special software: The Sinhala On-Screen Keyboard iGoogle Gadget! The text in the previous post was actually created within seconds, through the use of this gadget. Unfortunately, both Firefox and Internet… Read more »

Searching for “Roshan” in Sinhalese on Google in the Sinhalese locale

Here’s a test to see what happens when you search for ?????? (Roshan) and ????????????????? (Sembacuttiaratchy) via Google Sri Lanka. Actually, that last search should eventually be a GoogleWhack. 🙂 If you use Firefox, the pages might not render correctly. Make sure you have a font like Kaputa Unicode installed. If you use any flavour… Read more »