Colombo Vaadin Meetup was successfully held on last October 13th at the Foundation Institute premises. This was the first ever Vaadin Meetup organized in Sri Lanka, and this was sponsored and facilitated by MillenniumIT, which now is an emerging key player in the Vaadin arena.
Vaadin is a Java based open-source web-framework for rich applications. When compared with Java Script libraries, Vaadin provides the capability to have server-side architecture based applications. Hence, the majority of the logic is run in the servers while Ajax technology running on the browser ensures a rich and interactive user experience.
Even though Vaadin is an emerging web technology, MillenniumIT had already begun to use and improve it in large scale, for their front end applications. That was the major reason this company needs to improve the awareness about Vaadin within Sri Lankan tech enthusiasts.
Laptop.lk is one of the more known laptop shops in Unity Plaza. Their website is also frequently browsed to find out their available laptops and also the general prices of laptops in the Sri Lankan market. Quite recently they revamped their site, in order to improve the user experience for users searching for a laptop.
Earlier you would have to browse the laptops brandwise, or go through their laptop price list PDF document. In their new site, they have a module to filter and view the available laptops according to the required specification. There is a separate line bar to configure your budget range as well. This makes searching a laptop a breeze. The site is still on beta, and some of the laptop information is yet to be complete. However looks to be a module that will be heavily used, and one which will be very userful for laptop hunters.
The 5th Annual BestWeb.lk competition was conducted for 2014 , and award winners were announced last week. In the BestWeb Overall category, the Gold went to Mount Lavinia Hotel, the Silver to SLT and the Bronze to Avirate Fashion. In the Best Web developer category, 3CS won the Gold award, Pyxle the Silver while Saberion obtained Bronze.
It is also a pleasure to announce that techwire.lk bagged an award for the first time by obtaining the bronze award for the Non profit Category.
How many of you have thought why this people want me to fill different kind of letters which are really difficult to read? Are they testing my English knowledge? Or else my eyesight? And how many of you have tried entering it several times and left the website due to this couple of words with distorted letters that are challenging to read? honestly I have done it some more years back.
Simply CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) is used to identify whether user is a human or not.
What if I say that now you don’t need to worry about CAPTCHA anymore? Yes, you really don’t need it because of CAPY.
Here we go….. What’s CAPY? Another crappy solution which makes you to leave website trying after several times? Not really. CAPY is a patented and unique hassle free solution which can replace CAPTCHA. It’s all about security and design. This solution is available for both PC and smart device users. With a smart device, verification can be done with just a swipe of a finger.
CAPY offer four different kinds of CAPTCHAs
1. Puzzle CAPTCHA
Here user will be receiving an image with some empty space. The puzzle CAPTCHA peice will be displayed seperately and user need to drag and drop it in the white space correctly.
2. Free Style Puzzle CAPTCHA
The difference between Puzzle CAPTCHA and Free Style Puzzle CAPTCHA is, Free style Puzzle CAPTCHA allows the website developers to change the CAPTCHA background image and puzzle CAPTCHA piece as they want.
3. Text CAPTCHA
What if you think shapes and puzzles are not your thing? Here text CAPTCHA comes… All you need to do is enter the letters display inside the image in to the text box. You may think this is the same crappy CAPTCHA which exits now. May be you think it is very easy to track this. In fact if you are a human. But this puzzle CAPTCHA contains some complicated details, edges etc which prevents bots from tracking the code.
Following Image shows how display and verification process happens using CAPY.
“Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka” that’s the actual name of our country. So, we are a democratic country – what does that mean. Wikipedia says: Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. In most modern democracies, the whole body of all eligible citizens remain the sovereign power but political power is exercised indirectly through elected representatives; this is called representative democracy.
Elected representatives, in other words members of parliament are representing you and is elected by you for that reason. Ever wondered whether there could be a better way to know what how good the MPs you’ve elected has done representing you? But, who has the time and energy to spent reviewing PMs once they are PMs. We all wait for the next election to do our job. Isn’t it? Even then, aren’t we too overwhelmed with the recency effect of the media flimflams during the election time?
For the first time in Sri Lanka, here is a tool is available to systematically gauge performance of MPs by the use of parliament records. Mantri.lk is a trilingual web which is designated to provide you with the profiles of MPs with a score card based on activities of the parliament. For that they use parliamentary Hansard as the source of information. Contribution to various important topics discussed in the parliament is considered a positive remark whereas disruptions to parliament and impeding its functions is considered as a negative remark.
It also has a profile for each MP with their educational background, contact details and social media details where ever possible which should ideally create the understanding and link between the masses and the MPs.
There is a rank derived of MPs overall performance. Top and last ranked MPs are available in the front page dashboard. You can search by MP name, district, coalition, party and topics that are being discussed in the parliament. You can compare up to 5 politicians for their profile details, contribution to different areas of discussion at the same time – very useful in selecting the next MPs that you are going to cast your valuable vote! On each topic, contributions are ranked. Its interesting to see that some of the ministers are lagging in the scope of the ministry that they are handling to other active MPs.
Manthri.lk is an initiative by Verité Research, a Colombo based research group in partnership with web technology partner Saberion.
We think this useful tool can be further improved if it can include successful projects completions, success rates and financials of those activities as well as personal financial records. It’s all about increasing the transparency of our political system. We believe that small initiatives like these can create a big difference in the time to come.
E-Learning is quite big around the world, but no so much in Sri Lanka. However local mobile Telcos are leading the way with launching their own educational online platforms. Dialog Axiata, launched their first educational platform eteacher around 2 years back, which they have now revamped and relaunched as Guru.lk.
On first look it is much better than the predecessor with a visually cleaner layout. Courses are listed with price, rating and subscriber numbers. From the available courses it can be seen that Guru.lk is placed primarily as an online tuition provider.
Currently it hosts O/L subject courses, revision and past paper modules. We expect that the variety of courses would expand in 2014. The course prices range from Rs 100 -175 monthly charge, which is quite reasonable and affordable to students. Users also have the option to pay the course fees in daily or weekly installments.(However once you have enrolled you are committed to pay for the month).
Payment methods include mobile, eZcash and Credit card. Since credit card penetration is low in Sri Lanka, having mobile payment methods is a must for platforms such as this.(mobile payments is the only type of payment you can use if installments are used)
So if you are an O/L student, check guru.lk out and see. Might be the difference.
For a step by step guide on registration click here.
In the presence of digitized global context, Information Technology is updating each and every second with novel and advance methodologies and technologies at a significant level. So we have a huge challenge in front of us in connecting the technically empowered world. As a developing nation we have the responsibility of enhancing IT literacy among Sri Lankans.
As much as the Information Technology era has opened up tremendous possibilities and opportunities for enhancing and enriching the knowledge system , making it accessible to people has become a challenge. In society there is a knowledge gap that relates to the unequal distribution of IT knowledge. One reason is the language barrier, because the qualitative learning materials available are in English medium. So there is a requirement to have a standard IT knowledge hub for Sri Lankans. If we can initiate this change, the school students learning ICT in their mother tongue, either Sinhala or Tamil medium will be benefited directly.
The requirement of qualitative and quantitative materials to support learning Information Technology in local languages raised the idea of FIT2School initiated by INTECS-INformation TEChnology Society in Faculty of Information Technology of University of Moratuwa. IT undergraduates of University of Moratuwa, receive many opportunities and sound knowledge from academia to explore the global IT industry. From the beginning the FIT2School concept was dynamically operated as a platform to interact with school students and IT undergraduates to share the theoretical and technical knowledge in Information Technology.
One of the aims of INTECS is to prepare our future generation to be competent leaders in the industry. FIT2School attempts to satisfy the intensive demand for qualitative material required for school students who study in Sinhala or Tamil medium. Focusing on A/L ICT syllabus FIT2School tries to supply number of articles covering major sections of IT as basic concepts, operating systems, digital circuits, networking and security, programming and flow charts, databases, management information systems and modern technologies and trends including the basics of artificial intelligence. FIT2School also comprises of comprehensive articles related to Java, .Net and PHP programming in order to improve the technical skills. Further INTECS is planning to expand the scope into various emerging technologies and innovative research areas of IT.
FIT2School is a noble concept initiated by the early batches of Faculty of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa. The current batches endeavor to present FIT2School as a collaborative effort with the determination of reaching the extremes with the guidance of academic staff including INTECS advisors. FIT2School is an initiative to become a bridge that connects the student to the global IT knowledge because Information Technology is impacting all walks of life all over the world.
UN Women recently launched an Ad campaign using Google Search to show the extent of gender inequality which exists today. The posters shows a predictive search to the prefixes Women Shouldn’t, Women cannot, Women need to and Women Should. The predicted searches show just how bad the situation is. For example the top predictions for Women Shouldn’t are “Women shouldn’t have rights”, “Women shouldn’t vote”, “Women shouldn’t work”. Take a look at the posters below.
So Techwire checked the same predictive text on local google.lk while also comparing the results between women and men. Women had only one positive search prediction while Men got only one negative prediction. Thus showing the inequality issue existence at a local level as well.
Women shouldn’t work
Men shouldn’t wear flip flops
Out of the lot, there were few amusing ones as well. Seriously who searches for “Men should wear Sarees”. Check out the entire google.lk predictive searches below. Kudos to UN Women for the creative Ad campaign. (Image Credits – unwomen.org)