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20 Years of Internet in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

INET Colombo 2015This month, Sri Lanka celebrates 20 years in the Internet and this would be commemorated with the INET Colombo 2015 ConferenceBuilding Internet expertise and regional capacity which would be held on 9th June 2015 at the The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo.

INET Colombo is envisioned to the biggest ICT event of 2015 in Sri Lanka.  Although only a limited number of participants can be accommodated at the main site, remote hubs will be operating in multiple locations in Sri Lanka including Jaffna and Kandy with a total audience of over 1000.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. Kilnam Chon – “Father of Internet in Korea” – A pioneer of the Internet in Asia.
  • Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, Deputy Minister of Highways and Investment Promotion and Founder Chairman, ICTA
  • Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut – Brought the Internet to Thailand.
  • Prof. Mohan Munasinghe – An IT pioneer in Sri Lanka.
  • Raúl Echeberría – An internet pioneer in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
  • Prof. Abhaya Induruwa – A pioneer in academic and research based initiatives in the deployment of Internet in Sri Lanka.
  • Prof. Saman Amarasinghe – A professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • and many more…

To learn more and to register, login to: http://isoc.lk/inet2015/

No Google Doodle on Independence Day

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Today, we in Sri Lanka, celebrate our 66th Independence Day and it would be celebrated with great dignity throughout the country.  The National Independence Day celebration will be held in Kegalle under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.  The celebrations in Kegalle will be held under the theme “Let us in unison build a nation that would win the world”.  So the key emphasis here is on unity and the laudable task of nation building.  Nice!

Anyway, those of you who remember, last year Google honoured Sri Lanka with a doodle on their home page.  This year there’s no doodle and it’s quite depressing.  I think we have collectively failed to make our submissions to Google.  Next year however, webmasters in Sri Lanka should unite and submit their doodle to Google well in advance.  For more information, visit their official doodles page –   http://www.google.com/doodles/about

Sri Lanka may have problems just like any other, but it’s beauty will never fade away. Keep smiling Sri Lanka and wish you all a happy independence day!

Google Honours Sri Lanka’s Independence Day 2013

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Sri Lanka Independence Day 2013 Google DoodleGuess you have already seen the image on Google.lk and it looks pretty cool.

The idea of a specific image (“doodle”) on Google.lk to commemorate Sri Lanka’s Independence Day was initially ignited by Buddhika Nuwan who made the request to the Google team through a forum post here. Good on you Buddhika!

Here’s an interesting article on the Independence Day 2013 and don’t forget to read the comments!!

Webvision turns ten

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Webvision Sri Lanka 10 years in web design and developmentThis month, Webvision turns ten years old. Ten years ago, I vividly remember working on a project using an assembled AMD PC. That too, from my bedroom!

Ten years later and almost everything has changed. We spend more time doing work on Linux rather than on Windows. We have more satisfied clients from all parts of Sri Lanka and overseas and we have moved into a spacious office that overlooks a tea plantation. We have also shifted our focus from static web design to dynamic, database driven content management systems.

So what has not changed? It’s Ella! The place in which we started our business in the hills of Sri Lanka. Many have asked us how we operate from here and reach out to the rest of the world? Let’s face it, we are doing business on the Internet and that makes the world a very very small place.

We thank God for his guidance throughout these ten years. Thank you to our faithful customers – thank you for doing business with Webvision. Thank you for your patience and understanding and thank you for your referrals. We are truly grateful!


CeylonLinux gives out free CDs

Monday, August 15th, 2011

I have been using Linux for some time now and am very satisfied! Although upgrades of Ubuntu is possible online, it really helps when one has his/her own CD. It was refreshing when I heard recently that CeylonLinux was offering the Ubuntu CD free. So now you don’t have to wait for weeks till the CD arrives from overseas nor spend hours online until the OS upgrades. Just visit the CeylonLinux website and the guys there are really helpful!

So why did I make that huge step from Windows to Linux?

Firstly, it’s the assurance of being open-source and free. Secondly, I have the consolation that I am using original software and not those 150 rupee pirates.

If you ask me how the process has been, I would confidently say great, really great. Initially, it takes some time to get the hang of it but at the end of the day, it’s very fruitful. The OS loads in a flash and so do the programs.  Gone are the days that I had to stare at the monitor till the programs finally loaded. I mean loading, loading…

The Ubuntu 11.04 interface also looks nice, very nice!

Joomla 1.6 on Fantastico

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Joomla 1.6 now on FantasticoSince January 2011, one was able to manually install Joomla 1.6 but now Fantastico has got it pre-installed on cPanel. That means, in a few clicks, you can have the newest version of Joomla up and running!

The principal changes introduced in Joomla 1.6 are as follows:

New Access Control System – Allows site administrators control over who can view and manage content.

Unlimited Depth Organizational Model – Gives site administrators and content creators user-defined category levels that allow for the creation of a category tree with as many or as few levels for organizing articles and other content as needed.

One-Click Extension Updates – Allows users to keep sites secure and controlled by simplifying the process of updating extensions.

Semantic XHTML Layouts – Provides a better baseline for content presentation.

So go on and install Joomla 1.6, the powerful Content Management System (CMS)…

English to Sinhala

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Gone are the days when you need to learn the Wijesekera keyboard to type in Sinhala. Now, thanks to Google, you can type Sinhala words in English and voila, it changes into unicode Sinhala!

Sinhala Transliteration by Google

Of course, many beat Google in this business of transliteration, but I personally think their version is quite user friendly.

So next time you need to write to your Grama Sevaka, just log on to:

You can see similar Sinhala transliteration services here:

What is the best browser to surf the net?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

browsersAs a web developer, I find it very frustrating when some customers tell me that they are still using IE 6! Goodness gracious – IE 6, probably the worst browser on earth!

So how do you really select the best browser? This is probably a very personal decision but there are a few aspects that one should seriously consider. For example, the interface or look and feel, features, performance and security. In my opinion, security is the most important criteria since many want to infect your machine with their virus. For me it’s Firefox as the number one browser but you may not agree.


How to start a website for your business

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

So many of our potential customers phone and ask us how to go about building their website. Some small businesses are even reluctant to get online because of the time or expense they believe is required.

Let me tell you boldly: if you’re in business, you definitely need a website but it wouldn’t cost you the earth nor take up too much of your precious time!

Hopefully, this article will convince you to get your business online without spending a lot of money or time.


Is Caffeine gooooooooood for you?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

I cannot recall Google for having done this before but earlier this month, Google invited the public (that’s you and me) to take their next generation of web search for a test drive. For some reason, it has been code named Caffeine.

Google’s engineer, Matt Cutts has invited us all to test it at http://www2.sandbox.google.com. You can test the old Google against the new for yourselves at http://www.comparecaffeine.com. The new architecture is said to include size, indexing, speed, accuracy and ranking changes and Google is asking searchers to give it a try it and report their feedback.


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