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January 12, 2011 / Shamal Karunarathne

New Windows Live cool features

I tried the new Windows Live and thought of sharing two of the cool new features. First, have a look at Windows Live Writer which helps us to write to our blogs easier and faster. In fact, I’m using the Windows Live Writer to write this blog post too. I believe that with this tool it’ll be much easier to do frequent posts.



And the next cool feature I saw is the new Windows Live Messenger’s Facebook integration. With that I can keep the Facebook updates, chats always online in a desktop application (I’m not going to share a screenshot of my messenger though.)


So folks, checkout the new windows live and feel free to share your thoughts.

June 10, 2010 / Shamal Karunarathne

Did Google copy Bing?

When I saw the new feature of Google home page, I couldn’t resist to notice that it is a very similar concept of search home page as Bing.

Even though the concept is similar, Google has more flexibility with customization while the Bing has few selections of images each day.

I would consider this  as a customer friendly feature step rather than a competing step because is still far more ahead of traffic compared to vs

Having said that, If you want to change your Google home background image, look for the link “Change background image” at the bottom left corner of the page. Enjoy!

August 2, 2009 / Shamal Karunarathne

Trends in Industries Worldwide

I was finding for a good method to get a better idea of industry trends in worldwide. And I think I’ve found a pretty decent way. The method is to analyze the fortune 500 companies over a few years of duration.

Let’s take some industries of interest and a company (or two) related.

  • Telecommunication Electronics – Motorola
  • Telecommunication Services – AT&T
  • Computer software – Microsoft
  • Internet software – Google
  • Internet software – Yahoo

And now, let’s look at the fortune 500 rankings over the past decade for the above companies.


The graph clearly shows the internet software companies are reaching the top at rocket speed. Google and Yahoo entered the fortune 500 range in 2006 and showing an amazing progress over the 5 years.

Does this mean internet software will take over the market in 3 years? (See the trend for yourself by drawing an exponential trend line for Google).

Statistical data is from:

The graph is drawn using: Microsft Office 2007 Excel

July 29, 2009 / Shamal Karunarathne

How to communicate successfully

Why communication is so important to us? The answer is simple, “Because communication is the foundation of development”. This is not over exaggeration.  One of the primary causes for the development of the world is – communication.

As well as the world’s development, communication helps self development too. This is a great article I found about improving communication skills. The 3C’s in Communicating for Change by Ashraf Iqbal, Advisor at

Summary of the article is: To convey a message to another mind, the message should be Clear, Compelling, Consequential.

July 20, 2009 / Shamal Karunarathne

Disable PC Speaker on Linux

It seems that new versions of linux (I know about fedora 11, I’m not sure about other distributions ) has the pc speaker enabled. And the beep sound makes you annoyed sometimes.

If you need to disable the pc-speaker the command is

rmmod pcspkr

Insert this command to the startup script as well.


July 19, 2009 / Shamal Karunarathne


I found this notice in the internet pasted on a pole somewhere in the world.


July 12, 2009 / Shamal Karunarathne

I don’t Dance, I don’t Steal. But I Sing

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Well you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
Now I’m trying to get back
Before the cool done run out
I’ll be giving it my bestest
And nothing’s going to stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it’s again my turn to win some or learn some

I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I’m yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find love love love love
Listen to the music of the moment babay sing with me
I love peace for melody
And It’s our God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love loved

So I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I’m sure
There’s no need to complicate
Our time is short
This is our fate, I’m yours

Scooch on over closer dear
And i will nibble your ear

I’ve been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror
And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer
But my breath fogged up the glass
And so I drew a new face and laughed
I guess what I’m be saying is there ain’t no better reason
To rid yourself of vanity and just go with the seasons
It’s what we aim to do
Our name is our virtue

But I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait I’m sure

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find that the sky is yours
Please don’t, please don’t, please don’t
There’s no need to complicate
Cause our time is short
This oh this this is out fate, I’m yours!

– Writers Mraz, Jason