Windows vs Linux - Network Printer

For many Linux is horror. They say things like “It’s complicated”, “It’s difficult to setup” and “I don’t understand”. I thought so too, but today I think of the same w.r.t. Windows and Mac. This is about a network printer setup!

I have 2 laptops. One runs Windows 10 and the other runs Linux (Ubuntu 16.04). I love Linux, but I keep Windows in the side for some software requirements and as a back-up machine.

Today I turned on a Canon printer and configured it as a Network Printer using WiFi. After that I booted both my computers to configure the printer. For my surprise Ubuntu said there was a “Network Printer” and was able to easily setup the printer. For Windows I had to install the driver. For that I had to go to the website download and you know the drill!

So again, Linux is difficult?

The Unusual Interview

In my 6 year UpWork attached freelance career I have applied to 208 jobs and been hired 43 times. But I have only been interviewed by voice or video twice by a customer. The first was a Dubai based company and the latter happened last Thursday.

My profile is generally “Not available for work” as I am always busy! How ever, an UpWork Talent Specialist recommended me to check out a job description and apply if I am free. The project was to start by December 4th and since my part time gig was coming to an end before that I just applied.

To my surprise, I was asked if I can face an interview. I took the interview as the last as I was away. Then I noticed that the interviewer was on US time zone and only then did I check the client profile which was US it self resulting a conflict (I work 30 hrs/week for a California based company). I was hoping for either European or Australian.

How ever; at the end; today I was politely informed that I was not chosen.

That was a first for me. I mean, I wouldn’t my self take the time to say they were not chosen. I would say they appear to be some really interesting guys.

Kudos for the guys at : SelectStar

Petrol Crisis

If economy is a body, petrol is its blood. Sri Lanka faced a petrol crisis recently. While it shows signs of political conspiracy it also highlights inefficiencies of the government.

The “Yahapalana” government came in to power to make a difference. In just 3 months the Central Bank bond scandal took place. The accused former CB governor is a friend of Ranil and not only did he endorse him, he also took responsibility of his actions. It seems they are corrupt as any one else.

The bond scandal removed the Ravi Karunanayake as the finance minister. He then took on the foreign ministry portfolio. Where he was removed for good following concerns regarding circumstances of purchase of a penthouse.

Then former Cricketer Arjuna Ranathunga comes under fire as the petrol pumps in the island go dry. Its good that fuel that didn’t meet the quality standards were rejected. But it appeared that there was pressure on him by ministers to release unload the tanker.

While the petrol issue is coming to an end, the disruption it caused cannot be ignored.

While it may be easy ot just point the finger at the government, I think this is why I think we need to allow the private sector to compete. I don’t mean just fuel. Private sector should be welcomed in all sectors. It is no secret they out perform governments.

Car Dream Killer Budget

It sure isn’t a good time for people on wheels or people who would like to be on wheels. The 2018 budget presented by the finance minister of Sri Lanka surely would disappoint petro-heads as well as early adopters of EVs.

So what has changed? Taxes, that is what has changed!

There will be a carbon tax based on the CC capacity of the engine for vehicles. Also duty on vehicles will also be based on the capacity of the engine.

Thinking of going electric? There is not much of a luck either! I calculated the tax for a Tesla Model 3 in Sri Lanka (if it comes here) would be an excessive of 8 million. That is crazy. For health reasons lets not talk about prices of a Tesla Model X, Tesla Model S or some thing like the a BMW i8.

Mangala is trying to make it look like the taxes are there to save the environment. But every one knows that the pathetic situations of the economy is to be blamed. God bless this country and us who live in it, that is all I have to say!

Lighting and Electrical Contractor

Lighting in important for the looks of a house. We had old fashioned CFLs. It looked ugly and the toxins is a health hazard. I decided to update all the ceiling lighting to LEDs. I also wanted to add new many new plug points as I use a lot of devices. I can do all of it, but I don’t have the time. A friend of mine referred Siripala, a contractor to help me out.

Siripala is patient and listens. I am not sure if that is because I am an engineer. But he is not a jack ass like others in the industry. His pricing is competitive but most importantly does the job well. I was actually surprised to know that he was actually in to painting and interior decorating since he did the wiring better than the average John Doe electrician.

He told me that his charges were 1500 per outlet but I was able to agree on a final bill of 15000. He did all the shopping too. That is a big bonus to me as I am not free. I won’t say he is cheap. I have noticed him to deliver and hard working.

He is available in and around Colombo. You can give him a ring and talk it out.