Archive for July, 2009

SOA Governance Podcast

July 28, 2009

Sumedha Rubasinghe – WSO2 Product Manager for the WSO2 Governance Registry product talks about the need for governance in an enterprise SOA.

Drupal Drupal Drupal Drupal Dru-pal…!!

July 27, 2009

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Came across an interesting interview with Dries Buytaert (Founder, Drupal CMS), in which he talks about Drupal readiness for the cloud computing age.
Didn’t realize there was commercial support for the open source content management system with the company Dries co-founded Acquia. Basically, this is a distribution that Acquia does the work to determine which modules and their version are ready for general inclusion across a couple of thousand of Drupal modules available. It is much the same way a Red Hat as a Linux vendor decides what’s going the Red Hat distro.

“We track and improve the stability, security, and scalability of their modules, we do integration testing to make sure they work well with other modules, we provide configuration support, module selection advice, and so on. In other words, we make sure that our customers are set up for long-term success with Drupal.”, Dries says.

“Instead of generating pages with very few semantic clues, I do think we have an opportunity to turn the Internet into what behaves essentially as a very large database that is very easy to access and parse using crawlers, search engines, and so forth. That’s a tremendous opportunity.”
It sure looks like interoperability, data portability and semantic technologies are set to revolutionize the world in the cloud era.

Last, but not lease – didn’t realize Drupal has such a cool theme song! This one’s a blast!!

Open to Collaborate

July 26, 2009

Time’s passing, by and its only roughly a month before we go back in time and return DownUnder.

With the count down already begun, I spent the first half the day configuring mom’s MacBook (bought in Sep 2007 and was hibernating yesterday:)) to work with the HSPDA modem for Internet access. That was easy, but had to spend a couple of hours setting up e-mail accounts, FaceBook accounts, adding and tagging pictures! Finally now, mom and dad both have their FaceBook accounts ready to go online and feel the social warmth of Web 2.0. You really must see the excitement around the place exchanging invites and adding friends to the list – its exhilarating!

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Photo credit: Kelsey Lynn & Pacific Lutheran University

Collaboration and participation has always been huge in the innovative open source software development approach. Now it is here to stay with Web 2.0.

Consider any one of the recent super success stories. From Twitter to the iPhone – what’s common is the ability for an entire community to participate in driving the technology, and continuously pushing for new adoption mechanisms previously not anticipated by its creators. The explosive growth of Apple’s iPhone is hardly because of its state-of-the-art mobile phone unit with speech recognition – but rather because its API is public. This meant thousands of developers could then write applications for the unit driving up adoption rates sky high. There are quite a few success stories of individuals writing such applications as hobbies, making enough success they’ve made it into full-time careers. Same goes Twitter. See How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live, an article published on the Times magazine that explores how a service limited with status updates to just 140 characters made it so big.

Speechless, speechless, that’s how you make me feel

July 13, 2009

Do You ‘Get’ Security ..?

July 13, 2009

.. and the plethora of related security terms? Its easy and real simple..

Dad is Home.

July 4, 2009

Wanted to make a note of it, since this would be the last time we’ll be seeing him in the home turf for quite some time I believe. I am eagerly hoping that he’ll come see us DownUnder, more often than he possibly could!

With him he brings home Christmas, and its easy to see why. Firstly with him comes a truck load of goodies for all of us – these days of course mostly for little Evelyn. And then, all of a sudden we re put in seventh heaven, where we sit back and wish for that favorite menu for lunch – and it happens instantly. Doesn’t matter how impossible it may seem to the others, but with him around, things just happen. He needs no flashy car to bring us exactly what we ask for from the other end of the city – and he does it, always with a smile on his face, and so much eagerness. I’ve always wondered if it could ever make you so happy, to do so much to make others happy, even if it is your own family :|. Certainly not always, and not everyone.

Not sure how and why.., but its only when he is around that I feel connected. Connected to my origins, and I’m at peace.
I remember reading a prose written by one of my mom’s friend at work, and it was all about why everything a dad does is so special, when it is your dad. It was titled ඒ මගේ තාත්තාය (” and that is my father “). Now I realize how very true that is. I remember how when back in the days when he used to work in SL, how he brought certain delights from the Fab outlet in Nugegoda. Like a prayer, he’d do this every day. And in case if you happen to mention that you liked one more than the other, it was guaranteed that he will bring a box full of that one, the next day and many more days to follow. And just when you think you’ve had the best and seen the best, he’ll still manage to surprise you with yet another. Some stuff he used to bring were completely hideous like a highly decorated piece of cake with all the colors in the rainbow, and he’ll usually keep it hidden until we finish eating lunch. He’d then take it out from some hidden spot in the fridge that I could never figure out and give it away as the ‘reward’ for eating all!.

Since leaving home, I’ve found it very difficult to understand the dynamics of filling up a household fridge:D I somehow had come to believe that it all happens so very effortlessly, that fridges are always full of stuff (we like). To-date it continues to disappoint me how my fridge at home is so empty, and not have those surprises, even as I continue to shop sometimes several days a week. To earn the money, buy the stuff, bring them home and fill up the fridge, and then to come behind us with a reminder every 5 minutes – is really a much harder job than I imagined for very long :(.

I remember going to Fab once after he left the country, and feeling so empty looking at those very same things that he used to bring home. For, without him, none of that looked half as good or tasty – I swear on that. Everything looked very commercial, mindless, soul-less and empty. And I never went back there again.

Father is the most generous man that I have seen up to date. Whichever part in the world he was coming from, he always brought home truck load of things. Never in 1ns or 2s. And always the best of brands – no compromise:)

Dad’s also a walking dictionary. I’ve always been amazed how much he knew of so many wide varieties of topics, far from maths and physics. He knew a whole lot of poems, writings, history, music etc. For a man who came to Colombo from a very rural area in Galle (southern Sri Lanka), and considering there was no Internet for the most part of his life, he actually knows quite a bit about the world. What’s wonderful is that he now carries data in a pen drive all the while referring it with all possible alternative terms – mostly to confuse my mother, no doubt 😀

All in all, I suppose what he’s shown us is what they call unconditional love. Dad, we love you heaps..!

Desiderata (Desired Things)

July 4, 2009

The Mad Hatter with just a single post on his blog impressed me so much with the following beautiful poem.

Desiderata
by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
It is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.