Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Google Summer of Code Accepted Projects Announced

Yesterday I received an email from Google stating that my project proposal for Google Summer of Code 2009 has been selected. I am thrilled of being selected as a GSoC student for Python Software Foundation. I would like to take this oppertunity to thank Jim Baker and Keith Chapman for helping me to iron out my proposal. My mentor for this project will be Matt Boersma. Frank Wierzbicki and Jim Baker will be actively involved in this project as well. I am looking foreward to having a great summer with GSoC.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Nenapiyasa TV Program on ITN

නැණ පියස TV program is telecast on ITN every Saturday at 5.30 pm. It discusses what is happening in the IT industry of Sri Lanka. Last year we had the opportunity to participate in one of it's discussions on Google Summer of Code. Nishantha and I represented UCSC & Vajira and Hiranya represented University of Moratuwa for this discussion as Google Summer of Code students.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Online Sinhala Unicode Keyboard

Although I have been using this for a while, I didn't have a chance to blog about it. It is developed by Language Technology Research Laboratory (LTRL) of UCSC. With the help of this tool you can easily blog or update your status messages in Sinhala.

I'm a SlideShare RockStar - PRANK!

Today, I received an email from SlideShare team stating
Hi heshans,

We've noticed that your slideshow on SlideShare has been getting a LOT of views in the last 24 hours. Great job ... you must be doing something right. ;-)

Why don't you tweet or blog this? Use the hashtag #bestofslideshare so we can track the conversation.

-SlideShare Team

It was the presentation I did for our junior batch on January. Upto now it had 50058 number of views. :) I thought that "would this much of people would want to look at my presentation?"

My stay at the limelight was short lived. Since it was the 1st of April ,I needed to verify whether this was correct or incorrect, before posting the blog. So I went googling to find out whether others have received similar emails from Slideshare. Then found out that it was a April 1st prank.

SlideShare was very useful for me, when I wanted to embed my powerpoint presentations to my blog. It is very sad that they have used a cheap way to market their website like that. In reality they do not have to market their website because everyone who uses SlideShare knows it's true value. In the end the marketing guys of SlideShare managed to tarnish the reputation of SlideShare.

Nice going guys you did great job!