Saturday, August 30, 2008

Season of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

It was just two/three weeks after T.S Fay and it has been reported that there has been new developments of two new storms, Hurricane Gastav and T.S Hanna. Gastov will pass Miami this weekend, while causing a lot of rain. I wanted to go to Miami Keys this Labour holiday, but due to high winds of Gastov (apx. 50 MPH), I might have to rethink of this visit. I wish I could go there and enjoy before I'm gonna stuck with course works!. Most of the people worry about T.S Hanna. She's going to do a major chaos. Let's hope for best and prepare for worst!.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Was I in petite Olympic ?

Last week I had the graduate student orientation program and a lot of events in University of Miami. It was quite an unique experience. In all of these activities I had the chance of meeting a lot of students from over 50 countries. It was a vast diverse community which consist of student's who are pursing studies to become film directors, actors, micro biologists, lawyers, singers, composers, doctors, business administrators, physicians, engineers, scientists, and many more. When we were travelling to University's president house, one of my newly formed friend from Cuba got a call and she said "I met a lot of interesting people from Sri Lanka, China, Russia,.." and the first response she got was, "Are you in Olympics ?". At that time it hit me that this is a form of Olympic, where students from all over the world try to excel themselves to become the pioneers in their respective areas. There are so many things to be explored and I am just started to do so.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Kile(an integrated LaTeX environment)

Kile is a user-friendly LaTeX source editor and TeX shell for KDE. Well I use Ubuntu with GNOME and it works fine. Kile needs three/four third party libraries and if you are using Ubuntu, Synaptic Package Manager will solve the problem. Those who are writing papers and those who are into academia, this is a great tool.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Exposing OSGi service as a Web service using Apache Axis2

As part of Axis2/OSGi integration process, we have implemented the basic facility to expose an OSGi service as a Web service. Still some of the advanced functionalities related to this function is in development stage and we will update the progress as we go alone.

In order to facilitate this, register OSGi service with Directory object with name/value pair " of WS". This will create an AxisService with default Axis2 properties. This includes message receivers to be RPC*, default schema/targetNamespace generation etc.

You can test this out from here. Follow "axis2_osgi_integration.pdf" to set up the environment.

The example has registered a simple Calculator POJO as an OSGi service and exposed it as a WS. The name/value pair for this instance is "". Then one will be able to observe

wsdl -> http://localhost:8080/services/myCal?wsdl
wsdl2 -> http://localhost:8080/services/myCal?wsdl2
A request -> http://localhost:8080/services/myCal/add?x=10&y=10

Winners & Losers

01. The Winner is always part of the answer;
The Loser is always part of the problem.

02. Winners always thrive in chaos;
Losers always look for excuses.

03. The Winner says, "Let me do it for you";
The Loser says, "That's not my job.";

04. The Winner sees an answer for every problem;
The Loser sees a problem for every answer.

05. The Winner says, "It may be difficult but it is possible";
The Loser says, "It may be possible but it is too

06. When a Winner makes a mistake, he says "I was wrong";
When a Loser makes a mistake, he says "It wasn't my fault."

07. A Winner makes commitments;
A Loser makes promises.;

08. Winners have dreams;
Losers have schemes.

09. Winners suggest and take ownership;
Losers complain and pass the buck.

10. Winners say, "I must do something";
Losers say, "Something must be done."

11. Winners are a part of the team;
Losers are apart from the team.

12. Winners see the gain;
Losers see pain.

13. Winners see possibilities;
Losers see problems.

14. Winners believe in win/win;
Losers believe for them to win someone has to lose.

15. Winners are far sighted and see the potential;
Losers are short sighted and see the past.;

16. Winners learn from mistakes;
Losers keep repeating the same mistakes.

17. Winners choose what they say;
Losers say what they choose.

18. Winners say "WE did it";
Losers say "I did it".

19. Winners use hard arguments, but soft words;
Losers use soft arguments, but hard words.;

20. Winners always think "There is something to learn from
Losers always think "I know all and no one should try to
teach me".

21. Winners stand firm on values and objectives but compromise on
petty things;
Losers stand firm on petty things but compromise on values
and objectives.

22. Winners follow the philosophy of empathy "Don't do to others
what you don't want them to do to you";
Losers follow the philosophy "Do it to others before they
do it to you."

23. Winners make it happen;
Losers let it happen.

24. Winners always look out for challenges;
Losers always challenge others.

25. Winners share knowledge and build teams.
Losers hang on to knowledge and glorify themselves.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Welcome to Miami !

It has been almost three weeks since I have arrived to Miami, US to pursue my graduate studies in computer science in Department of Computer Science at University of Miami. If I may honest with you, these three weeks have been the most toughest and sort of expensive weeks of my entire life so far and it seems that the next week is also going to be more tough with the tropical storm Fay.

So when I landed in Miami three weeks ago, I had succumbed with a kidney stone, one of the most painful illnesses one could ever have. Since I was being a kidney stone patient for almost 2/3 years, I kinda new what hit me this time. No one to blamed but me because I don't drink enough WATER. So I started drinking plenty of water but the pain continued to persist throughout the week and next week. Normally from my experience, this excruciating pain should go away after 9/10 days but this time it didn't and I had no pain medicine with me. So finally I went to my universities health center to check this out and they immediately transferred me to University of Miami Hospital ER to CT my kindness and appendix. Thank god that I was negative for appendix but the CT showed that I had a swamp of particles in the kidney which was ready to pass down the narrow tube (urethra) on its way to my bladder, which was going to cause more pain. So I had given Vicodin, one of the most powerful pain medicine you could ever find on this plant. Pills were great, they did what they supposed to do. I believe my student health insurance covered the costs involved but I have to wait and see the report. It seems that the pain is kinda gone now but not completely yet that's encouraging. So guys/girls, if you are reading this, don't take it for granted, just drink enough WATER.

Officially I stared the graduate program on 15th August 2008. I'm not quite decided what should I do for my grad studies yet. I wanted to do distributed systems but there are plenty of research areas and I hope time will tell the answer. Anyhow I needed a transportation to go the Uni which is almost four miles away from my apartment. Public transportation in this area suck worse and quite expensive. Hence, I bought my first vehicle to go to Uni, which cost me $ 70 :). I haven't ridden a cycle for more than 15 years and this is going to be quite an experience and I love it.

To add to the excitement, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that the tropical storm Fay is going to hit Miami big time on Tuesday at around 2.00 pm, specially Miami-Dade county where I live in. As this is not a hurricane, residence here believe that this storm is not going to do much damage and I hope it will stay that way. So, if I don't blog at the end of this week, there is a probability that I might have blown away with the gusty winds :). Anyway I hope that this will not going to be too serious.

Miami is a pretty exciting place and I will try to share my experiences, hopefully stay alive and healthy and write to you guys. To get the spirit flowing, listing to "Miami" by Will Simith ;).

Guys, ***c pain, I did went to South beach and the place really bringin the heat, you gotta see to believe it!.