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My latest software/web service discoveries

Posted by sadeepa palliyaguru on January 22, 2009

I am on constant look out for different tools and technologies which would make my life simple. Here are some of the cool tools i have found out.

1. Blender

Blender is an open source 3D graphics engine similar to 3D max. What inspires me to go for blender is the fact that it is totally free and open source. Learning blender seems to be taking time , however the freely available online documentation including the ebook tempts me to try that out. Well i am not a graphic guru , but was inspired by the lovely gallery created by blender.

2. domains

Well if you want your own domain spending for that becomes a problem. If you want a free DNS will give to free domains. I registered two domains using my account. They are and I created a dummy site for my office work using the same site and finds it a cool technology.

3. Google App Engine

I have read a lot about cloud computing and due to the payment requirements of Amazon EC i could not get the taste of cloud computing. However Google App Engine is free and i created some sample apps using Google App engine. Thanks to google now i am on clouds. If this cloud thing baffles you read an intro from here.


Remote access always fascinated me. I have been using VNC and other remote admin tools when i set up my home LAN. However at office i am behind a firewall and i was unable to access my home computer. However Team viewer allows me to connect to my machine and it’s really simple to connect to a remote machine with Team Viewer. I proposed this tool for Tech support of my office and supported Akila in his web development using the tool. Fantastic. It further has VPN capabilities and i am planning to using it to build a home office VPN as well.


You want to record a video on your desktop ? Camstudio is my suggestion. It free and open source. I have recorded some screen casts using Camstuio and finds it quite useful. One might say Adobe Captivate is far more better , but my concience says that i should abort using pirated software. Therefore i  live with camstudio. Non avaiability of updated version worries me , but up to know it has done it’s task very well.

6.Fire Shot

If you are taking screenshots of your browser using Print screen button you will have to do cropping and resizing using a graphics tool. Fireshot removes that burden from you. You can use the fireshot plugin for firefox to get screenshots of the screens you need. It’s wonderful to find out an IE plugin of that. That saved me lots of dirty work at my office.

7.Google Reader

Well my office IT policy is restricting and discouraging reading news at the office. Yet i will be able to grasp the headlines of DailyMirror , Defencewire , Defence Net and other topics of interest including the blogs such as Kottu using google reader. Thanks google reader , you have protected my right for information.


Well , i have tried Ubuntu and Linux flavours from few years before. However now i am using Ubuntu as my major OS in my home computer. Hardy Heron is a cool Ubuntu release and i am happy that i can do most of my routine tasks with ubuntu easily.


I have been reading and researching virtualization and now i am using it at my office. Still i am a bit hesitant to totally switch to linux at my office. Therefore i am using VMWare to create a virtualized ubuntu version and it rocks ! It makes me feel that i am really on an ubuntu box.  Mind that there are many open source alternatives for VMWare as well.


Well i love chatting and my employees including the monitoring squad seems not to show that much of interest about chatting.  they would easily track the chat clients and i am unable to use several chat clients at once because i have little resources. (and i would easily get caught when a chat window pops up during a meeting or a presentation). Therefore i use meebo – a service which has intergrated all popular chat services like google talk, yahoo ! , MSN in to a single web service.

Any favourites of you i should try , please add to this list . I would love to know them.


12 Responses to “My latest software/web service discoveries”

  1. Ruwan Dileepa said

    Thanks.., Usefull Stuff..

  2. JohnDa said

    How come is now available ? Did u remove it yourself or are the cc people randomly removing sites ?

    Are they going to charge for it later ?

  3. can u please tell me the place where u hosted your sites??? i’ve already got a domain, tried several free hosts, but failed.

    • lankasand said

      Hi , I am using comcities , a paid hosting solution provider. However you can go to a free php hosting provider like this one.

      If you are not happy you can forward your domain until you find a good free hosting provider. Please check out the hosting profiles and comments for more information.

  4. deeps said

    google documents and Imageshack torrent drive!! add them to your list too

  5. Hi Sadeepa Ravinath,
    Just to let you know about a free screen sharing tool that you may like to check out for your Web discoveries: Mikogo
    With remote keyboard/mouse control, Mikogo is an easy-to-use remote support tool. Also because you can invite up to 10 people to a screen sharing session, Mikogo is ideal for Web presentations and online meeting.
    All features included for free, such as switch presenter, file transfer, application selection, scheduler, recording & playback, Skype Extra, whiteboard, and more. Finally, Mikogo is free for everyone to use.
    Try it out from our website and feel free to contact me if you need further info.


    Andrew Donnelly
    The Mikogo Team

  6. hey,,,
    thanx for ur info dude…. got a membership at 100webspace. i have no means of income yet, so for now just have to bear with their banner =D. i’m putting a blog up at . when the dns is mapped, do come and read my posts. thank you.

    • lankasand said

      hi Chamila , glad to know that it’s done. So you managed to complete the installation. So what are you going to do next. Install wordpress ? or to do your own web site ?

  7. hey, yeah i completed the installation, but the bandwidth they give at 100webspace is kinda narrow. tried it for a day. the page stops rendering before even the title background comes in. So currently trying a viztahost account.

    yeah i’m installing wordpress. the site if just for blogging. i think the dns is getting remapped rite now. but will be okay after today. lets see how viztahost performs.

  8. Hi Sadeepa Ravinath,
    Great to hear you’re interested in trying out Mikogo. I’m sure you’ll enjoy its ease of use and many features. Just so you know, there are a couple of video tutorials available that quickly demo how to get started. Let me know if you would like further info.

    Andrew Donnelly
    The Mikogo Team

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