Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Configuring ATI Radeon for Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu in my desktop machine and found that it has not picked up the correct driver for my ATI RADEON graphics card. So tried few links but could not get it working correctly. Then I found this page and it simply did the trick. So simple steps are:

Start Ubuntu in the command line
Install the diver
Backup the /ect/X11/xorg.conf
Modify it as shown
Restart :)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Friday, September 22, 2006

Beautiful IU

Last weekend me and my wife took some photos of Indiana University. No question why it is one of the most beautiful universities in USA.
Sample Gates

Student Building and the Clock Tower

Another Beautiful Building


Free Sticky Notes

Found a nice free sticky note tool + a calendar

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Trip to Champaign

Yesterday we went to see a one of our friend who came to the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Trip was about 165 miles (one way) and had to drive in few interstate roads. We were able to see one side of Indiana border as well.

And also I was able to break my land speed limit and the new record is 160 kmph. (My wife realized the speed after she took the photo and had to reduce immediately though :) )

Monday, August 07, 2006

More cores more power

Mac Pro is coming with two Intel Xeons each with 2 cores. The next few years will be the time for cores.

Recently I tested Axis2 performance on a similar HP machine with two dual core processors and it could handle up to 3000 msg/second. (I tested this with simple echo test where the Web Service has minimum processing) Some more results after my qualifying examination which is on August 22nd :)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

A Trip to 19th Century - America

Today we went to the “Corner Prairie” a living museum that resembles the lives of people lived in early 19th century in the central part of the USA. I have never been to a live museum where people actually show the events of the day today life by living that life in the olden days rather than dummies or photos. It was a one day tour and just thought of highlighting few interesting incidents.

A preserved house from mid 19th century.

Getting ready for the independence day ceremony. They are celebrating 60th Independence day in 1837. They have never heard of the new world that we are seen today.

Doing carpentry in old way.

Look at the pots created by this lady at the left most corner.

Parade to celebrate the independence.

Some Interesting Dialogues:

A Villager: What do you study?
Me: Computer Science?
I have never heard about it, may be some complicated subject.
(I forgot that they are in 19th century and no computers at that time)

A Villager: Where are you from?
We: From Sri Lanka
He: Oh, how long did it take to come to America? probably few months?
(By that time no there were no planes and according to them we should have come by sea)

We: What are you going to cook tonight.
The Villager: My brother and father went to hunt something, probably we will have potatoes, peas and some meat.

A Villager: The slavery should be stopped in America.
We: Hope it will end soon.
(Now we also know how to act according to their behavior :))

There are many more incidents that we all remember and never forget during our trip to Corner Prairie and it is truly a history lesson with time traveling.

btw; One our way we saw this as well. (This is the first time I have seen this many Hummers - The photo captures only a few of them on sale)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Driving in US

Just started driving in US after about 9 months break! Initially I thought getting used to driving in the "right" side (are we driving in the wrong side back home? ;) ) will be a problem but for my amazement it was not a big issue; mind switched fast. Still turn wiper on for the signals though :)

One interesting thing I noticed in my few weeks of driving experience is the role of "right-of-the-way". Back home we never cross a signal (even it is green for us) without looking both sides, but here people just assume that everybody obeys the rules (I am not certain about this assumption though) I am still scared to think what if some one just cross the signal when it is red. It will end up in multiple collisions as nobody is expecting it.

Anyway, having fun with missing exit points and coming back after a long way, turning around blocks to find roads and driving without touching the horn (it was an essential tool in the vehicle back home); a different experience after all.

BitchX - Command line IRC Chat Client


At last I found a command line IRC chat client that works without any installation and works on Linux. I missed Sandesha chat today since I was connecting through a proxy. BitchX simply works in a ssh shell(in a server which allows IRC) and looking forward to tomorrow's Synapse chat :)

Friday, May 05, 2006

Axis2 1.0 Released

It is a great achievement for everybody involved in Aixs2 project and now we have a “true open source” web services substrate for the next generation web services.

Dr. Sanjiva’s blog has a really nice description of the path of the project from its inception.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Monday, March 20, 2006

Sunday, March 05, 2006

What it means to be British

This is interesting :)

" What it means to be British

Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a
Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish
kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a
Japanese TV.

And the most British thing of all?

Suspicion of anything foreign."

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A New Code Search Engine

One of my friends, Nabil, pointed me to this news. Krugle, a new source search engine will be launched next month. It seems to support searching for code in open source world. It’s actually inline with the "true" open source movement but how about the Licenses?

Here is the link: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70219-0.html?tw=rss.index

Friday, February 17, 2006

Free SVN Account at svn dude

I and my partner were thinking of setting up a svn repository for our class project. However setting up a svn was not that possible with the access rights that we have in the university servers. Then we found this CVS dude that allow free svn repositories upto 2MB.

It is a good place for this kind of small projects. Of course if you pay they allow much bigger repositories :)

So here it is http://www.cvsdude.org/

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Humans eat animals alive for money - are they really humans??

Last night I saw this program that conduct challenging games based on people's fear factor and was shocked to see one event where competitors had to eat raw spiders to go to the next round.
Animals kill and eat other animals as a means of surviving in this world
May be there are some tribes who eat animals like this alive. But this is not like that, this is for money and all of them are from some rich countries where they don't want to eat live animals to live. It is all for some $. It is very sad to see how they eat those spiders alive while they try to survive in those so cold human's mouth. It seems like successor of homespun will be “homeevil”

My New Homepage

Just set up my homepage in the Indiana University Domain. Now it is

Friday, January 27, 2006

Google.cn - My thoughts

I found this study on "Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005: A Country Study" http://www.opennetinitiative.net/studies/china/

Seems like there blocking lot of political and news related contents as well, which is very annoying. Back home (Sri Lanka) we had a period around 1989 where the news contained only the praises for the government. No criticism was allowed. However, according to the history these things could not last long. It is up to the Chinese people to decide to accept this or not in their coming elections. (Hope it is not blocked  )

IMHO, blocking peoples' freedom to express ideas and criticizing something is really *bad* but with respect to other blockings I feel that it might be the way they have found to keep that country from crashing into pieces with 1.3 Billion people.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Initial Committers of Apache Sandesha

I found this photo in my album. These are the team members who wrote the initial version of the Apache Sandesha(ws.apache.org/sandesha) with me. From left to write we have Sudar, Jaliya (me) Amila and Nilantha. We took this photo in the last day of our university (undergrad) life and it is really a wonderful time in my life.