Bit recovered after the high fever since Friday night. But still feeling dizzy and sleepy. Next couple of days I'm going to get stuck with a 'screwed up' schedule due to all my weekend plans got screwed. Had about 12 tasks to be completed within the weekend and barely managed to complete two and still got few hours in the day to complete 2 or 3 more.
Anyways what the hell!, few energy boosters, coffee cups and bit more of effort + effort will get the jobs done ... as always it is.
14th, 15th and 16th things were really busy in my schedule due to the Future Minds exhibition. Before start writing anything I must say thanks to my friend Mithra who brought this event into my attention. In general things were OK @ the exhibition. But as I mentioned on Sunday crowd was not big as expected. Anyways things have been really good for the .NET User Group.
Day 1 (14th)
Even though the exhibition was scheduled to start @ 10 AM, things started way early for us. My self, Charith and Razor arrived at the location around 8 AM to start setting things up. After putting up the banners, posters and LCD screens things looked good. Padman (new MVP) and Alan joined around 9.30 to support us with the setup. Also Merill joined in for few minutes to hand over the MVP standing poster and the other banners. Other than that Joy and Chandana dropped in in the evening.
By 11 AM I had to step out for few hours as I had to do the sessions @ Moratuwa event.
Day 2 (15th)
Jinath, Charith, Chandana, Casper, Razor were there the whole day. I was also there except for few hours which I went to Moratuwa to do a session on Vista. Malith from SLIIT joined in, in the evening.
Day 3 (16th)
Last day of the exhibition was better than the previous two days. Few entertainment activities happened at the main stage etc. Fiqri and Casper joined around 12. Pasan and Charith bit later and Madhawa, Ludmal and Dinesh dropped in in the afternoon for few hours. Also our new friend Fazmil also joined with us. All of us visited the RedHat stall in the evening and we exchanged RedHat Caps with MVP bags. Casper and Razor was there with me till the last minute and helped me to pack things up to end the show. Thanks buddies.
A very big thanks from the MVP team to all the volunteer buddies from the forum who helped, in their names Charith, Razor, Casper, Fiqri, Pasan, Joy, Malith, Madhawa, Ludmal and Fazmil. And a big thanks to Alan and Chanditha from the MDP for a support given. Also our MVP Lead Lilian and Kristy from the APAC team for sending all the cool goodies. Hey Lil, those bags are really nice. We have few left which we are going to give to the user group members at the next monthly meeting.
Dang! last three weeks has been a real hard waiting time for me because my next gadget is on the way. Supplier called me today and informed that there is a small delay (Again!!!) and promised to hook it up on Friday.
So here I am ... waiting again ... Will tell ya what it is later.
Faculty of Information Technology (FIT), University of Moratuwa celebrated their 5th anniversary last week and they organized an exhibition and a series of technical presentations. My self and other MVPs were invited to do few sessions. After discussing I agreed to do two sessions and Merill agreed to do one.
Day 1 (14th)
Fuzzy time Chamdima (buddy from last years Imagine Cup team) came to pick me from the Exhibition and Convention center. I was expecting it to be a presentation for a small crowd. But I was amazed to see the demand for both Office 12 and Vista sessions. At the last moment we had to change the hall due to the high demand. It was nice to see an audience of 450 both students and teachers representing schools, universities and technical colleges.
Day 2 (15th)
Actually it was Merill who was planning to do this session. But suddenly he was missing. I think I tried about 25 times to reach him over the phone. Since couldn't locate him I decided to do the session for him. Later found that Merill was badly sick during the weekend. Get well soon brother. It was a smaller crowd today representing different companies etc.
Thanks to Wajira, Thinesh, Gayan, Prageeth, Chandima and everybody else who I don't remember the names.
Strange that I havent made any post in the .NET Forum in a long time. Not even logged in sevreal days. Been really busy with too many things.
Earlier it was projects, projects and more projects. and then finally when that started getting cleared I got busy with my new phone. Anyways now things are getting cleared one by one. It's time to re-start in the forum.
It's 11.15 a.m. Sunday morning and i'm alone at the .NET User Group stall in the Future Minds exibition!!! may be others are on the way. just bored and thought of blogging. Anyways the visiting crowd is not big as expected. This is the first time i'm participataing an exibition at the Sri Lanka Exibition and Convension Center. I think it would have been more effective if this is held at the BMICH, which is the prime location in Colombo for exibitions. Last two days have been bit dull ... well! not dead ... but dull. Anyways a big thanks to the organizers for putting this together. Even though thing are not perfect I can imaging the effort required to put together something at this scale and I realy appriciate that. I'll be writing a full review later
Last week our good old mentor Ed :) forwarded me a mail looking for some tech support to configure a Community Server. These days Community Server 2.0 is among my favoutites list. Checking all the different features and configuration options in that to upgrade Sri Lanka .NET Forum. So I took the challenge to do this. It took longer than expected with my busy schedule and also due to some issues in the hosting place. I spent most of my last weekend on this. Configuring the database manually was what took most of the time. Finally with some help from the technical support dudes in the hosting service I managed to hook it up. Site is on Community Server 2.0 and it looks great. Bangladesh Microsoft Technology Community is up and running now. It reminds me how our forum was a long time back.
Now! Sri Lanka .NET Forum dudes... don't be jealous. Our forum will also be upgraded to Community Server 2.0 very soon.
All the best to Hamid (the man in charge in blangladesh :) ). And if any support needed you know the number to call
Last Friday (7th) we had a .NET day @ Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). Former students and lecturers at SLIIT organized the event and the list of speakers consisted of Merill, Raja, Fiqri, Dinesh and my self. Head count was close to 400 I guess.
- Merill - Introduction to .NET Framework 2.0
- Raja - ADO.NET 2.0
- Wela - Smart Client Development with VS 2005
- Fiqri - Mobile Development in VS 2005
- Dinesh - Introduction to SQL Server 2005
- Wela - ASP.NET 2.0 Tips and Tricks
Thanks for Malith (SLIIT x-student and event organizer) for taking us for a tour around the SLIIT campus during the lunch break. Dude, you got loads of facilities there.
Few snaps ...
I have been a Sony Ericsson fan for several years until I switched to my iPAQ last week. Used a T610 for almost 3 years and a K700i for couple of months. Best among all the good features in SE is the battery life. If it is a light usage it can easily go up to 6 days. In my case been a heavy user I still used it at least 2 days in one charge. When the battery indicator is in the last red bit, just turn off the vibrator and it was still good to go for several more hours. But my new iPAQ ... it barely can keep it up for one full day. Hah! there are some energy saving tips given in the user manual such as keep the brightness to a minimum, volume to a minimum ... NOW! what kinda tips are those.
Battery life in iPAQ sucks, but the device ROCKS! YEAH! I really mean it. I just did few comparisons online to check battery life's of other Windows Mobile devices. It's all the same. Looks like it is a common problem with all the devices with big screens and fast processors. Is that the best that all the technology can do about the battery life ?????
Anyways I just bought an extra USB cable to keep it plugged while I'm at office. now the problem is solved.
Strange that I haven't watched a movie in about 10 days. Beign really busy. about 20 movies are in the pending list. But it seems like I have to spend this weekend also without any movies as the schedule it bit tight with some pre scheduled work. However monday is a holiday here.