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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Online Stores Shipping to Anywhere in the World

There are millions of online shops to buy almost anything that you need but unfortunately most of them do not ship to exotic locations like Sri Lanka. I've experienced this first hand a lot of times. You go to a site, there's nothing what so ever about shipping limitations. You add stuff to the shopping cart and go to checkout and BLAM! Google checkout says the store doesn't ship to your address. The least that these sites could do is to mention up front that they only ship to the US or Canada or the UK and so on.
I've been looking around for stores that ship worldwide for the past couple of weeks and have listed the ones I've found, below.

Computer Components

Numinix Technology

Numinix Technology is the place to upgrade or build your personal or workspace computer. We offer high quality system building components at extremely low prices. Regardless of your budget, you will always get a great deal and a great system.

Excaliber PC

EXcaliberPC.com Corp., headquartered in Fremont, California, is a leading computer component e-tailer dedicated to providing our valued customers with the best online shopping experience. We strive to make EXcaliberPC.com your one stop shop by offering you the widest selection of products at competitive prices. Unlike other websites that are selling toys, home appliances etc. we focus strictly on the needs of both tech savvy shoppers as well as first time hardware upgrade shoppers. Come and see what made EXcaliberPC.com one of the favorite places to shop online!

Sharp Notebooks

Founded in September 2003, Closo.com (http://www.closo.com) is where your local and international market is even closer™. Closo.com vies to differentiate itself in the e-commerce market by helping buyers find local good, thus increasing trust and reducing fraud because of the face-to-face nature of the trade. Also, Closo is an international site where international items allover the world are displayed in the search results, to increase competition on the site and offer better prices to the buyers. Closo is also very seller-friendly, helping sellers achieve the results they want by helping them with marketing, customer service, fulfillment by providing sellers many advanced tools. Closo is the future of e-commerce both locally and internationally.

Zip Zip Thumb Drives

Zip Zip Memory Bricks are 1 Gigabyte USB 2.0 Memory encased within Lego ® bricks.
Memory Bricks interconnect and stack ontop of each other like normal building blocks.

Memory Bricks retail for $AU59, approximately $US48.
For secure Online Credit Card payment powered by PayPal simply click on a Zip Zip Memory Brick. Alternatively, please email orders@zipzip.net.au if you would like to pay via direct debit, online transfer or cheque.


A1 Overstock (Wholesale only)

A1Overstock is a wholesale-only company. If you are a retail customer, please go to your local bookstore. If you are in the business of selling books, this is the best place to find the best books at the lowest prices!

Electronic Components


Farnell, established in 1939, is a world leading high service, low volume distributor of electronic, electrical, industrial and maintenance, repair & operations (MRO) products – with fast, easy access to over 430,000 stocked products, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.We offer buyers, design and maintenance engineers flexible ordering through a choice of channels, delivery options to suit individual requirements.

24 hour ordering – online
FAST, easy online ordering
FAST same day despatch
FREE technical support

Thursday, May 17, 2007

PERLing Your Way Out of Chaos

Managing and analyzing logs can sometimes be a nightmare, specially if the process has been running for hours. Things get more interesting when a bug is discovered and no one has a clue as to where things went wrong. Since the beginning of time man has been using Perl to crawl his way out of the logging wilderness. This, and the reason that the new process I'm writing for out stock trading app is going to produce logs amounting to the size of a Tolkein fantasy, prompted me to try my hand at clearing things up using the trusty old scripting language.

My prior experience using Perl is limited to writing a few scripts for the Internet Programming module during my under grad days. So I had to start from scratch. With a lot of help from various tutorials and articles on the web, I finally put together a script which was pretty handy.

Original Log

Monday, May 14, 2007

Memories: Our Trip to Udawalawe National Park

Me, Lanil, Nilanka, Shakila, Yohan, Shiraz and Prasanna

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My Code Project Article

I wrote an article titled "Displaying Multiple Dynamic Images in a Web Form" a couple of years back. Today I saw another article which outlined a method to "Use images from an sql server in html emails" which actually referred to my original article.
Ahh... it's really satisfying to see someone benefiting from what you did!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Torrential Rains Cause Havoc

The rains started yesterday. True, it's the rainy season but it's been relatively dry for the last couple of weeks. Suddenly, out of the blue, the downpour begins. Most of the roads were partially flooded and roads were full of traffic. 10 people died due to flooding and land slides.

It took us 4.5 hours to get home, which is roughly about 40kms.
Seems that the Colombo area was effected more severely. The picture above shows a section of the Galle road which has fallen in near Wellawatta, in front of the William's Grinding Mill.

Edit: It was actually in front of Sumanadisi Bakers

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Had our convocation last week at the BMICH. No excitement. Just the presentation of garlands. Some of the grads had to wait for hours to get their individual photographs because only one official photographer was allowed for the event.