English to Sinhala

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

File sync and online backup with Dropbox

DropboxIf you have been running around with your flash drive and think no end of it, think again… There’s Dropbox, the cool file synchronizing, online backup tool that gives you 2 Gigs for free!


For most of you, 2GB would be heaps but the great news is that you can increase your quota to a whopping 8GB without paying a dime. You attain this by simply inviting more friends to Dropbox. Actually, it works both ways, so each invite gets you and me 250MB of extra space.  So click here and be amazed.

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What is the best browser to surf the net?

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.

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How to start a website for your business

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.

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CMS: Where Content is King

Google loves content. More correctly, Google loves new content! So do Bing, Yahoo and You-know-what search engines.

So how do you add new content to your old website that was tenderly developed long years ago? The process could be a daunting task especially if you do not have direct access.

On the other hand, if you have been using a Content Management System (CMS), you will probably be aware that it can be an exciting way to carry on with ease the maintenance of your professional or personal website.

Let’s look at some of the popular open source CMS’s that are available out there.

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Is Caffeine gooooooooood for you?

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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Sri Lanka says No to Internet Porn

It is not often that we receive news that is positive and promising. However, yesterday evening, I received a news alert on my mobile stating the following:

Say No to Porn“The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has instructed Internet Service Providers in Sri Lanka to filter/block porn and obscene web sites.”

The full article can be read from the Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka, titled: “Govt. Regulatory Body Act Against Porn Websites”

This is, without doubt, a huge achievement for Sri Lanka and we extend our congratulations to the Government of Sri Lanka and the Colombo Chief Magistrate for his directives.

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Bing is here: is it time for change?

Microsoft Bing

Microsoft’s new search engine, or “decision engine” Bing is probably the first competitor to Google. What’s more, research even suggests that Bing has gained a tiny increase in market share in the search engine war.

Without doubt, there are some cool features in Bing that would attract even some of the ardent Googlers of this earth. At first glance, the results page looks similar to Google but the similarity ends there.

In fact, the results look nicer than Google, especially the image search (multi-size thumbnails and grids, different choices of detail, filters by image size, colors, etc). I just love how sounds and videos are embedded into search results and how there’s a mouse-over for a small preview. Then there is this nice hovering feature at the right edge of a search result where more information is displayed without having to click through to the page.

I also love the colourful front cover photo that changes each day and how you can float over it to find more information.

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Webvision Sri Lanka: Seven Years Young

This month, Webvision celebrates seven years of service in the web design and web hosting industry.

Firstly, we are very thankful to God for his guidance throughout these seven years. Webvision started small, still remains small and are truly confident that “small IS beautiful”. We also express our sincere gratitude to all our customers from near and far for having patronised our business. We trust we would be of service to you in the coming years and continue to innovate in order to meet your website requirements.

A special thanks to those of you who obliged us with some superb testimonials. This is truly encouraging and would certainly portray a positive image to our business.

To those of you who have never visited our website, there are many firsts in this revamped version. To start with, we have moved our website URL from webvision-lk.com to webvision.lk. Then we have this blog! When one cannot write eloquently, starting a blog may sound ludicrous! Hey, but com’on, I can’t be that bad and come what may, I plan on knocking my keyboard!

From a design angle, we have introduced silhouettes on our header and footer. This has added an element of simplicity and the local flavour provides a Sri Lankan identity. We have also embedded an introductory video clip and included a search bar for easy navigation.

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