Monday, August 3, 2009

How Famous Companies were Named

The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

The Greek root "xer" means dry. The inventor, Chestor Carlson , named his product Xerox as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying.

Sun Microsystems
Founded by four Stanford University buddies, Sun is the acronym for Stanford University Network.

From the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

"Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing", formed by four ex-IBM employees who used to work in the 'Systems/Applications/Projects' group of IBM.

Red Hat
Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!

Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such).


Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.
It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on.

Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from the lotus position or 'padmasana.' Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ' Moore Noyce' but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters "html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casings.

The name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders - Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google

The name is not an acronym but an abbreviation of San Francisco . The company's logo reflects its San Francisco name heritage. It represents a stylized Golden Gate Bridge

Apple Computers

Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 o'clock.

It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA's httpd daemon. The result was 'A PAtCHy' server - thus, the name Apache.

The name came from the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock .

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Joomla! workshop

Last week I conducted a Joomla! workshop in Tamil for mainly North and East people of Sri Lanka. It is a two days workshop and I did it well than I thought. Enjoyed a lot..

I think the participants too. All appreciated well.. Send mails... Called...

The important think is that they really learnt Joomla! almost all the participants were confident that they can develop the site. Thats a great thing and it seems some of them have developed site for their institute and published.

This workshop is organized by ICTA Sri lanka.


LAKapps is a project of localizing Open Source applications in Sri Lankan local languages viz Tamil and Sinhala. I am in the core team.
We are doing various projects and the project that we started are successfully done till now. Thats a great thing I suppose.

We have localized following FOSS into Tamil :
Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Thunderbird
Squirrel Mail

Also we localized following into Sinhala :
Mozilla Thunderbird

We also prepared user manuals for all the software that we localized. And other than that we prepared Video training for Joomla! and Open Office.

Next 2nd september 2009 LAKapps is going to organize a Symposium on Local Language Application and Systems.

Wen site :


Thursday, June 25, 2009

8th Tamil Internet Conference

INFITT has announced 8th Tamil Internet Conference and its going to be held in Kolen, Germany. I am planing to write a paper about Tamil localization, will see.
Hope you guys also can write something and can contribute to the Tamil-Computing.

For more info. :

Recent two main happening

Hi guys.. after long time :)
There are some happenings in my life... among that some are good and some are .... dont know :?
- got engaged about 2 months ago
My girl's name is Sharanya and she is into music, specially vocal and Veena. Hmm what else...

- I was offered access to Mozilla l10n repository
Perhaps you know that when u do something for foss, the respective companies will give you some rights to access there repository and to change the software there. But getting this access is very difficult and you should convince them that you are a committer to the particular FOSS project.
As you know Mozilla foundation is a very well known one in the FOSS world and they develop Mozilla products like Firefox, Thunderbird etc. We localized Firefox and Thunderbird into Tamil and SInhala languages, at University of Moratuwa. For that I and one of my colleague receiced this special access on Mozilla's content repo.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Finally... We have Firefox in Tamil

I am very happy to share that now we have the Mozilla Firefox in Tamil.
Firefox 3.5BetaPre is available for download. Please download that and test. Also do not forget to let you know us your comments and suggestions.

Find them here.

Windows version (exe)
Linux version
Mac version


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Include vs Include_Once and Require vs Require_Once - PHP


The include function simply includes a file, and that is all. If the file isn't found a warning is raised, but the script will continue to execute.


Require has very similar functionality to include(). However, if a file is not found a warning will be raised and the script will halt completely.

Include_Once() and Require_Once()

You should use these functions if you do not want to include a file multiple times (which can cause errors with functions and classes).


file1.php includes file2.php and file3.php.
file2.php also includes file3.php

Without the _once() functions file3 will be included twice, but with the _once() function it will only be included once.

source :

Monday, January 19, 2009

How many of u have noticed this

This is one of the electric post that you can see at Dehiwela junction, Sri Lanka.
See how many threads are tied up on that... :)

I cannot start the x server

In our lab... one day suddenly we got following error message when we boot the Redhat 9 Linux machines.

"I cannot start the x server it is likely that it is not setup correctly would you like to view the x server output to diagnose the problem"

When we trace the problem found that this is something with display setup problem. It seems that, any display configuration error can give this error. In our case we had to set the video memory size manually to solve the problem..

To setup this :

- Boot Linux
- Press Ctrl+Shift+3
- Login as root
- enter - redhat-config-xfree86
- then you will get the display configuration window. There verify all the configurations
- Save your settings

This should do... it worked for us.

Own one is always the best

I clicked this picture in Wellawatte area, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Everyone believes that their vehicle is the best.