#SMDayCMB The Hashtag That Made Me Lugh Hard.

If you don’t know (like I didn’t know until 5 P.M yesterday, when a friend of mine asked me whether I was at the Mashable Social Media Day), there was something called Mashable Social Media Day at Excel World, Colombo. I don’t know what happened, whatever happened I guess it’s about social media.

And the hash tag for the event was #SMDayCMB, and when I logged into Twitter at 11 PM and checked some of the tweets, they were like this :

And I was thinking this,

http://twitter.com/RukshanR/status/219121987862278144

http://twitter.com/ipv10/status/219123263199117313

If you don’t know Twitter started rolling a feature called Tailored Tweets, where trends are made according to your location, the websites you frequently visit and the tweets you make.

And it didn’t appear tonight, it was rolled 2 3 weeks back by Twitter.

There are no such thing as word wide trends, you can get the world-wide trends if you opt out from tailored trends.

I think the best thing for all the people to do is to know more about what’s happening in social media, rather than “troll” in for a social media day. Thanks for making us (me and @ivp10) laugh hard. I’m so rude.

PS : At least please read More Mashable, before going to their events.

http://twitter.com/RukshanR/status/219132370710827009

Sri Lankan ISPs Block Access To Piratebay and Pastebin.

Looks like Sri Lankan Internet Service Providers are blocking access to popular torrent tacking website The Pirate Bay (thepiratebay) and popular code sharing website pastebin.com.

The Sri Lanka Telecon has blocked access to Pastebin and The Pirate Bay for two days/ The Indian ISP AirTel has blocked access to torrent websites like The Pirate Bay and Torrents.eu for few weeks now.

It’s not sure why Sri Lanka Telecom is blocking access to patebin, however looks like not all Sri Lanka Telecom subscribers are affected, according to some pastbin is still accessible and takes a very long time for the page to come up. Pastebin is a website designed for code sharing, however now it’s widely being used by the Anonymous hackers ¬†as a place to post their hacked data. So is Sri Lanka Telecom blocking access to pastebin because Anonymous hackers posting hacked information? There is no any other reason than that to block pastebin.

Looks like The Pirate Bay is also being blocked by Sri Lanka Telecom, the real reason for this is still unknown, there has been no press release or anything like that. Sri Lankan Telecom might be blocking Piratebay because of piracy issues, and people must not forget that Piratebay is also a place where Anonymous hackers release their hacked information.

@CrazyNalin @RukshanR @tpb TPB is banned from Airtel too. torrents . eu and some more too. Many people are having difficulties in accessing
‚ÄĒ Madhu (@ipv10) May 20, 2012

However for non Sri Lankan Telecom subscribers pastebin and The Pirate Bay (for non AriTel subscribers) is still freely accessible.

Did Sri Lankan Telecom block patebin because of Anonymous hackers? I’ll update this post as I find more information.

However, if you know the ways it’s pretty much easy to bypass these blocks by using proxies, VPN, or my favorite TOR. Meanwhile in Pakistan Twitter has been blocked by the Pakistani¬†Telecommunication¬†Authority, looks like today is a sad day for freedom on the internet.

The Art Of Living With 2500 Per Month.

The much-anticipated¬†debate is over,”Can a single person live with Rs 2500 per month”¬†between¬†Minister¬†Bandula Gunawardana and Ravi Karunanayaka.¬†I really looked forward in watching this debate because both Bandula and Ravi are good in economics and if Bandula Gunawardana proved that a person can live with just Rs 2500 per month it would have been some big¬†achievement.¬†Although looking at the debates Ravi could have done better because it’s easier for Ravi to prove Bandula is wrong than the other way around. But the big question is¬†“is this even a topic to debate about”?

So here’s how some one can live with just 2500 per month.

Most of us have got it wrong from the¬†beginning. According to Mr Bandula a person only need to spend 2500 per month only for food, and according to him a single person only spends 41% for food. So let’s do some¬†calculation, and I think most of the people missed this.

Amount spent for food = 41% = 2500

Amount spent for other expenses = 58% = 3536.60

Minimum amount for a single person per month= 6036.60 (gas + electricity + water + other expenses)

Therefor for a family of 3 =  6036.60 x 3 = 18109.80

For a family of 4 = 6036.60 x 4 = 24158. 40

Now, Rs 24160 is a big amount of money, and because the father is the only one making money in most families, then he has to earn a minimum of 24000 per month. Just to spend for the basic needs of a family, without saving any or using money for anything extra. Anyway, Ravi didn’t do the debate was well as expected and in the end I think looking just at the debate Bandula won the debate this time. Thumbs up for Bandula for coming for the debate.

When it comes to Twitter, twitter went wild during the debate with #BandulaVsRavi hashtag, here are some of the best tweets that I found very amusing.

I was actually shocked when a caller told he can live with just 2500 per month, it will be nice if he can teach us all how to live with 2500 per month. Let’s call it a paid¬†advertisement. So what’s your opinion? Can you live with 2500 per month?

Go to Twazzup to catch all the tweets with #BandulaVsRavi : http://www.twazzup.com/?q=%23bandulavsravi&l=all

UPDATE : 

Thanks for @groundviews  for Tweeting about my post, and yes I agree Ravi should have gone harder at Mr Bandula, Ravi had all the points in the world to prove Mr Bandula is wrong.

 

Breaking News: Wimal Weerawansa To Launch A Rival Search Engine Against Google.

After publicly asking people to stop using Google services, Minister Wimal Weerawansa has decided to launch his own search engine that hopes to take down Google some day.

We received this news from a reliable source working on the project, who is one of the best software engineers and web designers in Sri Lanka. This search engine will be launched minute to midnight today.

The site will deliver anti-American and pro Iranian search results, and as our sources explained this will certainly be a challenge for Google. According to him Google has already asked them to stop the project at whatever cost because Google is at rick of being bankrupt.

Sri Lankan IT¬†industry¬†leaders like Shaggy_1¬†(with his newly invented start-up which is also a major hit) says this is a good move forward towards the future development of the IT sector in Sri Lanka and asks “scumbags” like us (outcastlife) to stay away from ruining Sri Lankan start-ups.

The also explains that they are currently on the rival websites for Gmail, Google+, and YouTube. According to sources this will be named as GooWimal because the search engine will go head on against Google.

UPDATE :

This post was written as an April 1st joke and everything in this post are fabricated and not related to any real life incident (except for the¬†tweet¬†above and what’ behind it). I was really surprised with the number of shares it got of Facebook, special thanks goes to my unnamed friend who helped to share this. I don’t know why that Indian guy reblogged this post in his technology blog as a news, “don’t trust anything on the internet posted on April 1st. Cheers.

Sony Xperia‚ĄĘ, Made of Imagination

Just stumbled upon this Ad about Sony Xperia on my Google+ stream, it’s a really neat video, simple yet creative. Currently Sony is making some really good smart phones thanks to Android. Feel sad about what’s happening with Nokia, they didn’t make the right moves at the right time. And Sony is now on a roll.

Nokia never switched to Android when they had the chance, they released a series of cheap mobile phones, when they should have released good smart phones. Let’s hope they can bounce back with Windows Mobile, because Nokia got the hardware and the phones are as good as they get, Lumia 900 looks really great.

Directed by Wes Anderson, this stop-motion animation spot portrays an 8 year old’s perspective. Do you find the ad to be made of imagination as the title claims?

Models Are Made, The Magic Behind The Camera.

If you are a girl who compares yourself to¬†models¬†in magazines and, or guys who’re dreaming about having a girls who’s like a model, then you better check this video out and see how the magic is made.

Well sometimes you have to admit, there are some who look great in-front of the camera without any magic.