Wednesday, July 23, 2008

#132# - MobileCert


Few Weeks agoThe Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) has issued a new set of guidelines in using mobile and CDMA phones. This step was taken to avert irregularities and illegal activities while minimizing threats to national security created by the irresponsible use of telephones. Under this the mobile operators in Sri Lanka was requested to implement a method to issue a certificate so that it can be validated that whether the registered owner is using the particular connection.

Few days ago Dialog has implemented this and with effect from today Mobitel is also activated this feature. Now issuing code #132# in a mobile phone provids a message with the registerd user name, ID and mobile number. So it is expected that the armed forces and other security institutions will start to inspect this in near future. So the user's are adviced to make sure that they use the connections with regulations set forth to avoid unwanted troubles.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Google Code Jam 2008 Starts


Google code jam is a coding competition in which professional and student programmers are asked to solve complex algorithmic challenges in a limited amount of time. The qualification contest of this year started at 16th 23:00 in UTC time and ended at 17th 23:00 in UTC time. 7154 contestants attempted 3 problems and 6773 were qualified to participate in this years competition.
The Online Round 1 will be held during the week starting on 25th Friday to select 2520 advancers for the Online Round 2.

More details :

Happy coding!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

No more Project Hoshimi Invitationals in Future :-(


Microsoft has decided to discontinue Project Hoshimi invitational which is a great strategic programming competition, from future Imagine Cup competitions - the world’s premier student technology competition. It is not known officially what was the reason to remove one of the most popular invitational from the competition. But there was rumors that the reason is there is not direct connection with the theme of the competitions in later years than it was first introduced where the theme was about health and eventually media was no longer interested in this invitational.

However the Project Hoshimi Lead Manager desides to continue support the project personally for the educational benificial of the student community.
Project Hoshimi website :