Sunday, January 23, 2011

Faking a smile.. :-]]

When I was asked why I was seen confused, bored, or sad, I started realizing the value of a fake smile. A simple fake smile just prevents more white lies; moreover no one likes to see a frowning face.

Smiling faces in a lecture hall.. ;)
Though I am not a promoter of pretending, guess it is natural. As an optimist, I always feel everything will be successful by at least EOY (End-of-year), if not end-of-day. Guess I have mentioned somewhere before, "We should always compete with ourselves-of-the-last-year", which means 2011 should take us much higher than 2010.

The phrase "No question is a silly question" is often used fake to help someone to start interacting. Don't be surprised to see your questions left unanswered, if that is obvious. Careless questions often lead to the reply of "RTFW", a link to or, or in the worst case being ignored, when asked in a technical forum or open source mailing lists, which have volunteers who have smarter stuff to try than helping a child. Just Google before you ask instead of being too lazy.

It is not good to consider intermediate halts or breaks as failures. Smile☺ if you succeed. Fake a smile☻ if something goes wrong and keep trying honestly, and everything will be successful. I refer to the fake smiles which used as a shield by the innocent, and not a weapon of the dishonest!

Monday, January 17, 2011

GSoC 2011 and FOSS

It was really nice to meet many interested students in today's session at Science Education Theater (SET) of University of Peradeniya, hosted by the Computer Society of Science Faculty, UoP. Special thanks to 07CSE who made everything possible within a very short time frame.

We created the gsoc-srilanka group with the goal of "Promoting FOSS through GSoC among Sri Lankan Universities, hence doubling/increasing the Sri Lankans' presence in GSoC and FOSS altogether," a year ago. Now we have started spreading the word in real; not promoting merely online. Hence I feel that today is an important day towards achieving the goal. We are in the correct path, I am pretty confident. Keep the word spreading.

The presentation slides Can be found here.
This is basically the same presentation that I prepared for the IESL GSoC Session, along with some further improvements/additions.

Update: Pls find the latest revised version of this presentation at 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Yesterday we had a Google Summer of Code awareness session at IESL auditorium. I gave an introduction to Google Summer of Code in the event. My presentation is given above.

Feel free to drop a comment here if you need any clarification or further assistance; join the gsocers' group of your country and start interacting with the GSoCers. :) 

Update: Pls find the latest revised version of this presentation at