Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Google Chromebook

This is a nice introductory video about Google Chromebook. Thought of sharing it because this video presentation just amazed me. It sounds really friendly, really cool.

Keeping my fingers crossed for buying one of these. =)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tips | Copy Fast and It's made by Microsoft

introI'm gonna give you guys a quick tip today. There are lots of third party applications that can be used to copy files fast. But have you ever heard of RichCopy?

RichCopy is a tool that copies files super fast. Trust me, It is super fast! The best thing about it is, "It is made by Microsoft!!!". Yeah, you heard me right. Microsoft have made this tool for their internal usage. It was created by a Microsoft engineer named Dirk Benisch and was made in 1996. (Wonder why they didn't publish it though). But the good news is it's available for public download.

You can use it to copy a bunch of files or to copy a huge file super fast. Here's a screenshot of how it looks.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tips | Are you a blogger?

live_writerAre you a blogger? And are you using Windows? Then I could help you with your blogging. Did you know about Windows Live Writer? I guess not! It’s not something to be separately purchased, nor a 3rd party software. You may be surprised, but it has been there all the time though we didn’t know about it. I found this out somewhere, I can’t exactly remember, but this tool is pretty awesome when it comes to blogging. It can easily be integrated with blogger. (and with wordpress and many other tools as well) I’m using blogger, so I checked with it and I’m even posting this via Live Writer.

The out-of-the-box version of Windows Live Writer is pretty powerful, but you can get more out of it by upgrading it. You can download the Windows Live Essentials pack and custom install it.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tricks | Change your login screen

Cover pageToday I’m going to tell you all about a simple but neat trick. This is not a hard thing to do, and not risky at all, if you do exactly as I say. =)

Here I’m going to teach you how to change your login screen. It’s going to be simple 4 step process. Follow me on this.

STEP1: Locate the folder
First thing you have to do is to locate the folder where the login screen images are stored. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Check your IPv6 connectivity

I believe now it's about time for us to panic. :O The legendary IPv4 addresses have all run-out! If you want to stay connected in the future you will eventually have to migrate into IPv6. Sooner the better it will be. Otherwise you'll literally die in the Internet. ;)

If you are already using IPv6 connectivity here's a web site where you can check the status of your connectivity by going through some tests. The web site was implemented by a talented set of undergraduates from Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa. It was launched during the IPv6 day conference held on 08th June 2011.

The web site also has some really interesting information about IPv6 connectivity.  So don't forget to have a look around the site as well.

Check your connectivity:

Await for more details on IPv6 connectivity...til then I'm out. :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Google - Colorful - Awesome

When we want to search for something everybody just Google, right? In fact "Google" has even become a verb now, arguably. =)

Well, the guys at Google - Chrome experiments have come across a cool new feature (as they always do) to display the Google search volumes. It looks really awesome. They have used different colors for each language and some bar-like MIND-BLOWING representation to show the Google search queries of a single day with respect to the location. And you've got to check this out. To see this you need a WebGL enabled browser (It worked well on chrome because WebGL is enabled in it, after all it was a result of a chrome experiment ;). Firefox couldn't load this page). You can check out this awesome search globe here.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Did you boot into Ubuntu again?

Ooops, did you boot into Ubuntu again just because it's on top of the list? I know many of you who use multiple operating systems on a single computer face this problem. There are many ways to get over this problem. I use a simple method. The method is to let the the operating system of my previous login to be the default selection of my next login. It's a simple and effective method.

Here's how you can do it.

First Step: Boot into Ubuntu
Here you have to first boot into Ubuntu and then to open a new terminal.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Making your own Operating System - The Next Step

Now you've successfully set up the virtual machine to boot from JOSH OS (If you haven't done it yet, read this post on how to do it), I'm going to tell you how to add a new functionality to display the hardware details of your computer.

There are three main methods to get the hardware information from the BIOS Data Area.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ever wanted to drive while Police cleared the road for you..??

I'm sure you all have seen VIP vehicles moving while the police cleared the road for them. Have you ever wanted that to happen to you? Have you ever wanted to have police clear the road for you while driving? Well, I might have a solution for you. :)

This happened to me today. I was going to the town in the morning and there happened to be a bicycle race on the road. For me it looked more like a Motorcycle race, anyway, that's an another discussion. A van lead the race announcing blah blah blah...and two traffic police motorcycles followed them. (Here comes the more important part) The police was clearing the road for the cyclists following them. I moved the car to the side and let them pass me. The van, two police bikes and 3 cyclists passed me, along with about 25 motorcycles ;) and a jeep followed them with hazard lights on. And that was it. when they passed me I started following them. I couldn't overtake them, I don't like traffic police much :P , and boy those cyclists were fast!

After few minutes I could see that road was clear, because the police was clearing the road, even the people in my lane sided there vehicles and let them pass, and I also moved along, comfortably passing the sided vehicles. It is then i realized that it was like the police has cleared the road for me. =D

Simple method, isn't it? But you've got to hurry, the "avurudu uthsawa" season is about to end.

And if you want more, just switch on the hazard lights of your vehicle also. Believe me, it's FUN..!!!! =D =D =D May be that jeep was also following them like me, I'd never know.

Call me crazy, but this works. True Story!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Making your own Operating System - Getting Started

This is my first actual technical blog article. So as a starter I'm going to guide you all through a tutorial on making your own Operating System. (Yeah..I'm not's going to be an up and running OS)

This was an assignment that was given to us at the University. So just thought of sharing it with you all, because it was one of the assignments i enjoyed doing, and this might help someone in the future...

Assuming that you have a Linux distro installed [I'm using Ubuntu during this walk through.] and that you know how to work yourself around a little bit..(If you don't, feel free to ask, I'd be happy to help you.) lets take the first step...