Posted by: wasaa | May 31, 2011

Happy Vesak

Students of the Methodist Central College  wish you a happy vesak.

Posted by: wasaa | May 16, 2011

Vesak Greetings

I wish you happy Vesak

Posted by: wasaa | April 30, 2011

Analog and Digital Signals

 Analog Signal:
      Represents     data   with  continuously    varying   electromagnetic

Digital Signals:
      Represents data with sequence of voltage pulses.

      Continuous signal (Varies in a smooth way over time)
      Dicrete signal (Maintains a constant level then changes to
        another constant level)
      Periodic signal (Pattern repeated over time)
      A periodic signal (Pattern not repeated over time)

Posted by: wasaa | March 21, 2011

For getting a flavour to the school

MR/ Methodist Central College has been started in 1875. So it belongs to a long histry with about 135 years. There are 1000 students and 50 teachers in our school. ICT is taught for O/Ls and A/Ls, GIT is taught for A/Ls, Computer is taught for students in Grade 6, 7. Computer is learned as a subject of Practical Technology Skills by students in Grade 8, 9.
As co-curricular activities, Children and community are learning in the evillage program and after school computer courses.
Every student and parent of evillage has an email address and blogs.  They update their blogs by means of school computer lab. Students make in photo editing using Photoshop and upload them in to their blogs and flickr site. Also they do in video editing and upload them into their blogs and youtube site.
Our school teachers also have email addresses and blogs. They add They add articles concerning with their teaching subjects. Most of teachers search information relevant to their subjects through the internet.
We have spread ICT all over the community. Parents also have email addresses and blogs. Goto
Our current computer laboratory has been installed in 2003. So they are outdated, undergone with failure frequently. If there is a failure of computers, the children and teachers make them restore order themselves. We provide computer courses like Desktop publishing, Networking and web designing as after school segments.
We have a special feature in teaching not only ICT but other subjects. Our school uses wi-fi technology. It is seen that students exploring internet with their class room mini laptops sitting under shade of trees and on rocks. So now the Methodist Central College is named wi-fi hot spot.
Our IT club i.e. hakmana eVillage has a unique T-shirt. We have established a holding with the size of 10’ x 5’ in front of the school entrance.
Our IT club organized field trips, explorations, Propagandas, IT promotion programs, Media coverage for community requirements.
Our IT club is to appear in program “Vidasa” on ITN.
MR/Methodist Central College won the 1st place for the submission of maximum number of software in Southern Province in Educational software competition 2010. One of students got a merit reward. And teacher also got it.
We got the 5th place in Southern Province and National Excellency Award 2009
Our school has reached over the National level in ICT O/L results.
We have personally three websites for the school. ,, All the web sites are made with joomla. We are the first school used joomla.
But, Our current computer laboratory has been implemented in 2003. The performance of computers has worn out at present. UPSs and monitors are not working thoroughly.

Concerning above information, If your institute has old computers (can be used), please provide us a couple of computer. It will be great helpful to students and community.

Posted by: wasaa | December 4, 2010


All Grade 9 students organized an exhibition under the subject of Life competencies

Posted by: wasaa | October 25, 2010


1.       ABOUT US (description about the e-village, its geography, beauty, history, culture, weather, etc.)

2.       CONTACT US – (contact details about the e-village)


ii.      MAP

iii.      GOOGLE MAP

iv.      EMAIL ID


vi.      IM ID (Skype, Yahoo chat ID)

vii.      FORM (online comment form)

3.       STATISTICS (most useful statistics of the village for an outsider or a villager)


1.       CHILDREN (AGE 1-5) – Number

2.       PRIMARY STUDENTS (GRADE 1-5) – Number


4.       SCHOOL LEAVERS (Unemployed -Below 30) – Number

5.       School Leavers (Employed – Below 30) – Number

6.       Adults (30-50) – Number

7.       Adults (50+)- Number


1.       FARMERS- Number

2.       BUSINESSPERSONS- Number

3.       FISHERMEN- Number

4.       Government SERVANTS- Number

5.       OTHERS- Number

iii.      LAND

1.       CULTIVATED LAND – no. of squre kms

2.       UNCULTIVATED LAND – no. of squre kms

3.       COMMERCIAL LAND – no. of squre kms

4.       RESERVOIRS, LAKES, STREAMS – no. of squre kms

4.       ICT (ICT related info about the e-village)

i.      ICT COURSES (courses you are conducting at e-villages)

1.       Microsoft Windows – Details (Time/Duration/Fees/Certificate, etc.)

2.       Microsoft Office– Details (Time/Duration/Fees/Certificate, etc.)

3.       Web Designing – Details (Time/Duration/Fees/Certificate, etc.)

4.       Graphic Designing– Details (Time/Duration/Fees/Certificate, etc.)

5.       Other – Details (Time/Duration/Fees/Certificate, etc.)

ii.      ICT SERVICES (services you offer at e-village)

1.       Selling computers, parts – Details (Prices, etc.)

2.       Trouble shooting – Details (Prices, etc.)

3.       Computer hardware repair – Details (Prices, etc.)

4.       Web designing – Details (Prices, etc.)

5.       Graphic Designing – Details (Prices, etc.)

6.       Videoing – Details (Prices, etc.)

7.       Photography – – Details (Prices, etc.)

iii.      ICT FACILITIES (facilities you already have at e-village)

1.       Number of PCs – Who donated

2.       Number of Laptops – Who donated

3.       Number of printers – Who donated

4.       Number of scanners – Who donated

5.       Number of video cameras – Who donated

6.       Number of still cameras – Who donated

7.       Internet Speed – Who donated/sponsors

iv.      WISH LIST (what you want the donors to donate to you)

1.       Laminator  – Why you need it. How it can help e-village? What is the price? What is the model? Brand?

2.       Photocopier  – Why you need it. How it can help e-village? What is the price? What is the model? Brand?

3.       Digital Still Camera – Why you need it. How it can help e-village? What is the price? What is the model? Brand?

4.       Digital Video camera  – Why you need it. How it can help e-village? What is the price? What is the model? Brand?

5.       Generator  – Why you need it. How it can help e-village? What is the price? What is the model? Brand?

6.       Others  – Why you need it. How it can help e-village? What is the price? What is the model? Brand?

v.      E-LEARNING – Sites that students can use e-learning

vi.      HIGHER STUDIES – Institutes for Higher Education in ICT

vii.      JOB MARKET – Sites with job vacancies for ICT/English fluent youth

5.       MOBILE 2.0  (What is Mobile 2.0/why it is important)

i.      2G – 2G networks available in the village

ii.      3G – 3G networks available in the village

iii.      SMS ALERTS – News, sports, etc.

iv.      M-BANKING – Banks and schemes that uses m-Banking

v.      M-LEARNING – Sites that deal with m-learning

vi.      E-CHANNELING – companies that provide e-channeling

vii.      M-WEBSITE – useful websites that have mobile versions

6.       AGRICULTURE (Agricultural background-what seasons, how many acres cultivated, up country- dry zone crops.)

i.      CROPS – crops that are mostly grown in the area

ii.      MARKETS – places within the village that buyers can buy the crops/ contact details

iii.      PRICE INDEX – places to see check prices

iv.      AGRO DEPARTMENT OFFICE – link to Agricultural Department website

7.       FISHERY (fishing background, fresh water-sea fishery, etc.)

i.      FISH – types of fish that are caught

ii.      MARKETS – places to buy fish – contact details

iii.      PRICE INDEX – places to check prices

iv.      FISHING EQUIPMENT – places to buy fishing equipment

8.       HEALTH (main health indexes, basic facilities available, etc. type of doctors available, etc.)

i.      HOSPITALS (facilities available, contact details)

ii.      DISPENSARIES (facilities available, contact details)

iii.      INDIGENOUS MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS (facilities available, contact details)



vi.      HEALTH CLINICS (you can also invite donors to help special health clinics)

vii.      BLOOD GROUPS (take a sample of 100 youth who offer to donate blood and put the information about the blood groups in the site)

9.       INVESTMENTS – (investment opportunities that are available for an investor in the village.)


ii.      FISHERY

iii.      LEISURE

iv.      INDUSTRIES (making tiles, brick, furniture, etc.)

v.      SERVICES (transport, telecommunications, etc.)

10.   IMPORTANT INFO (essential information about the village – for outsiders)

i.      GUEST HOUSES (facilities available, contact details)

ii.      BANKS (facilities available, contact details)

iii.      SCHOOLS (facilities available, contact details)

iv.      HOSPITALS (facilities available, contact details)

v.      GOVERNMENT OFFICES (facilities available, contact details)

vi.      POLICE (facilities available, contact details)

vii.      DIVISIONAL SECRETARIAT OFFICE (facilities available, contact details)

viii.      GRAMA SEWA NILADHARI (facilities available, contact details)

ix.      OTHER (facilities available, contact details)

11.   USEFUL LINKS (links that are useful for the villagers)


1.       PRE-SCHOOL (pre-schools in the village)

2.       PRIMARY EDUCATION (schools with the facility in the village and close by villages)

3.       SECONDARY EDUCATION (schools with the facility in the village and close by villages)

4.       TERTIARY EDUCATION (institutes with the facility in the village and close by villages, towns)

5.       HIGHER STUDIES (institutes, universities outside village)

6.       INFORMAL EDUCATION  (institutes outside village)

7.       DISTANT LEARNING (institutes, websites)

8.       E-LEARNING (institutes, universities outside village)

ii.      HEALTH – ( information, Family Planning Association, Ministry of Health, etc.)

iii.      SPORTS (links to different sports websites)

iv.      NEWS (links to different news websites – tri lingual)

v.      SOCIAL NETWORKING (links to social networking sites FACEBOOK/NING/MY SPACE etc)


1.       COMMUNITY PORTALS (links to decent community portals)

2.       MATRIMONIAL PORTALS (links to decent matrimonial websites)


1.       MUSIC – (links to sites with music news, notes, lessons, etc.)

2.       CINEMA – (links to cinema related sites, ticketing sites, movie sites)

3.       THEATRE – (links to different theatre related sites)

4.       TV STATIONS (links to TV stations)

5.       RADIO STATIONS (links to radio stations)

6.       FINE ARTS (links to fine arts sites)

7.       OTHER

12.   SUSTAINABILITY (description whether the e-village is self-sustainable. When to reach sustainability.)

1.       BALANCE SHEET (monthly income/expenditure)

2.       BUSINESS PLAN (plan to succeed as a business –long term/short term)

Posted by: wasaa | October 25, 2010


INTRODUCTION: These instructions can also be used to make patch cables for networks with more complex infrastructure wiring.

The two most common unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) network standards are the10 MHz 10BASE-T Ethernet and the 100Mhz 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet.  The 100BASE-TX standard is quickly becoming the predominant LAN standard.  If you are starting from scratch, to build a small home or office network, this is clearly the standard you should choose.  This article will show you how to make cables which will work with both standards.



LANS SIMPLIFIED. A LAN can be as simple as two computers, each having a network interface card (NIC) or network adapter and running network software, connected together with a crossover cable.

The next step up would be a network consisting of three or more computers and a hub.  Each of the computers is plugged into the hub with a straight-thru cable (the crossover function is performed by the hub).


There are several classifications of cable used for twisted-pair networks.  I’ll skip right over them and state that I use and recommend Category 5 (or CAT 5) cable for all new installations.  Likewise, there are several fire code classifications for the outer insulation of CAT 5 cable.  I use CMR cable, or “riser cable,” for most of the wiring I do.  You should also be aware of CMP or plenum cable (a plenum is used to distribute air in a building).  You may be required by local, state or national codes to use the more expensive plenum-jacketed cable if it runs through suspended ceilings, ducts, or other areas, if they are used to circulate air or act as an air passage from one room to another.  If in doubt, use plenum.  CMR cable is generally acceptable for all applications not requiring plenum cable.

CAT 5 wire is available in reel-in-box packaging. This is very handy for pulling the wire without putting twists in it.  Without this kind of package or a cable reel stand, pulling wire is a two-person job.  Before the advent of the reel-in-box, we used to put a reel of wire on a broom handle to pull it.  One person would hold the broom handle and the other would pull and measure the cable.  You will produce a tangled mess, if you pull the wire off the end of the reel.

Stranded wire patch cables are often specified for cable segments running from a wall jack to a PC and for patch panels.  They are more flexible than solid core wire.  However, the rational for using it is that the constant flexing of patch cables may wear-out solid core cable–break it.  I don’t think this is a real concern in the average small network.   For example, I have one solid core cable going to my work bench.  It has probably flexed and average person’s lifetime of flexes from the many times I have connected customer computers to my network.   Also, stranded cable is susceptible to degradation from moisture infiltration, may use an alternate color code, and should not be used for cables longer than 3 Meters (about 10 feet).

Most of the wiring I do simply connects computers directly to other computers or hubs.  Solid core cable is quite suitable for this purpose and for many home and small business networks.   I find it also quite acceptable for use as patch cables.  You might consider stranded wire patch cable, if you have a notebook computer you are constantly moving around.

CAT 5 cable has four twisted pairs of wire for a total of eight individually insulated wires.   Each pair is color coded with one wire having a solid color (blue, orange, green, or brown) twisted around a second wire with a white background and a stripe of the same color.   The solid colors may have a white stripe in some cables.  Cable colors are commonly described using the background color followed by the color of the stripe; e.g., white-orange is a cable with a white background and an orange stripe.

CONNECTORS: The straight through and cross-over patch cables discussed in this article are terminated with CAT 5 RJ-45 modular plugs.  RJ-45 plugs are similar to those you’ll see on the end of your telephone cable except they have eight versus four or six contacts on the end of the plug and they are about twice as big.  Make sure they are rated for CAT 5 wiring.  (RJ means “Registered Jack”).  Also, there are RJ-45 plugs designed for both solid core wire and stranded wire.  Others are designed specifically for one kind of wire or the other.  Be sure you buy plugs appropriate for the wire you are going to use.  I use plugs designed to accommodate both kinds of wire.


Modular Plug Crimp Tool.  You will need a modular crimp tool.  This one is very similar to the one I have been using for many years for all kinds of telephone cable work and it works just fine for Ethernet cables.  You don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, just a tool which will securely crimp RJ-45 connectors. Even though the crimper has cutters which can be used to cut the cable and individual wires, and possibly stripping the outer jacket,  I find that the following tools are better for stripping and cutting the cable…

Universal UTP Stripping Tool (Eclipse). I recently bought one of these tools and it works slick, and it makes a much neater cut.  I recommend that you purchase one if you will be making many cables.

Diagonal Cutters (“4 to 6”).  It is easier to use diagonal cutters (“diags” or “dikes”) to cut the cable off at the reel and to fine tune the cable ends during assembly.  Also, if you don’t have a stripper, you can strip the cable by using a small knife (X-acto, utility, etc.)  to carefully slice the outer jacket longitudinally and use the diags to cut it off around the circumference.


The 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX Ethernets consist of two transmission lines.  Each transmission line is a pair of twisted wires.  One pair receives data signals and the other pair transmits data signals.  A balanced line driver or transmitter is at one end of one of these lines and a line receiver is at the other end.  A (much) simplified schematic for one of these lines and its transmitter and receiver follow:

Pulses of energy travel down the transmission line at about the speed of light (186,000 miles/second).  The principal components of one of these pulses of energy is the voltage potential between wires and current flowing near the surface of the wires.  This energy can also be considered as residing in the magnetic field which surrounds the wires and the electric field between the wires.  In other words, an electromagnetic wave which is guided by, and travels down the wires.

The main concern is the transient magnetic fields which surrounds the wires and the magnetic fields generated externally by the other transmission lines in the cable, other network cables, electric motors, fluorescent lights, telephone and electric lines, lightning, etc. This is known as noise.   Magnetic fields induce their own pulses in a transmission line which may literally bury the Ethernet pulses, the conveyor of the information being sent down the line.

The twisted-pair Ethernet employs two principle means for combating noise.  The first is the use of balanced transmitters and receivers.  A signal pulse actually consists of two simultaneous pulses relative to ground: a negative pulse on one line and a positive pulse on the other.  The receiver detects the total difference between these two pulses.  Since a pulse of noise (shown in red in the diagram) usually produces pulses of the same polarity on both lines one pulse is essentially canceled by out the other at the receiver.  Also, the magnetic field surrounding one wire from a signal pulse is a mirror of the one on the other wire. At a very short distance from the two wires the magnetic fields are opposite and have a tendency to cancel the effect of each other out.  This reduces the line’s impact on the other pair of wires and the rest of the world.

The second and the primary means of reducing cross-talk–the term cross-talk came from the ability to (over) hear conversations on other lines on your phone–between the pairs in the cable, is the double helix configuration produced by twisting the wires together.  This configuration produces symmetrical (identical) noise signals in each wire.  Ideally, their difference, as detected at the receiver, is zero.  In actuality it is much reduced.


Again, please bear with me…  Let’s start with simple pin-out diagrams of the two types of UTP Ethernet cables and watch how committees can make a can of worms out of them.  Here are the diagrams:

Note that the TX (transmitter) pins are connected to corresponding RX (receiver) pins, plus to plus and minus to minus.  And that  you must use a crossover cable to connect units with identical interfaces.  If you use a straight-through cable, one of the two units must, in effect, perform the cross-over function.

Two wire color-code standards apply: EIA/TIA 568A and EIA/TIA 568B. The codes are commonly depicted with RJ-45 jacks as follows:

If we apply the 568A color code and show all eight wires, our pin-out looks like this:

Note that pins 4, 5, 7, and 8 and the blue and brown pairs are not used in either standard.  Quite contrary to what you may read elsewhere, these pins and wires are not used or required to implement 100BASE-TX duplexing–they are just plain wasted.

However, the actual cables are not physically that simple.  In the diagrams, the orange pair of wires are not adjacent.  The blue pair is upside-down.  The right ends match RJ-45 jacks and the left ends do not.  If, for example, we invert the left side of the 568A “straight”-thru cable to match a 568A jack–put one 180° twist in the entire cable from end-to-end–and twist together and rearrange the appropriate pairs, we get the following can-of-worms:

This further emphasizes, I hope,  the importance of the word “twist” in making network cables which will work.  You cannot use an flat-untwisted telephone cable for a network cable.  Furthermore, you must use a pair of twisted wires to connect a set of transmitter pins to their corresponding receiver pins.  You cannot use a wire from one pair and another wire from a different pair.

Keeping the above principles in mind, we can simplify the diagram for a 568A straight-thru cable by untwisting  the wires, except the 180° twist in the entire cable, and bending the ends upward.  Likewise, if we exchange the green and orange pairs in the 568A diagram we will get a simplified diagram for a 568B straight-thru cable.  If we cross the green and orange pairs in the 568A diagram we will arrive at a simplified diagram for a crossover cable.  All three are shown below.

12345678     12345678 12345678     12345678 12345678     12345678
568A  TO  568B


There are only two unique cable ends in the preceding diagrams. They correspond to the 568A and 568B RJ-45 jacks and are shown to the right.

Again, the wires with colored backgrounds may have white stripes and may be denoted that way in diagrams found elsewhere.  For example, the green wire may be labeled Green-White–I don’t bother.  The background color is always specified first.

Now, all you need to remember, to properly configure the cables, are the diagrams for the two cable ends and the following rules:

  • A straight-thru cable has identical ends.
  • A crossover cable has different ends.

It makes no functional difference which standard you use for a straight-thru cable.   You can start a crossover cable with either standard as long as the other end is the other standard.  It makes no functional difference which end is which.  Despite what you may have read elsewhere, a 568A patch cable will work in a network with 568B wiring and 568B patch cable will work in a 568A network.  The electrons couldn’t care less.

My preference is to use the 568A standard for straight-thru cables and to start crossover cables with a 568A end.  That way all I have to remember is the diagram for the 568A end, that a straight-thru cable has two of them, and that the green and orange pairs are swapped at the other end of a crossover cable.


1.  Pull the cable off the reel to the desired length and cut.  I have a box of cable at one end of my shop and a mark on the floor 10′ away.  For cable lengths which are a fraction of  ten feet, I eye-ball the length as  I  pull the cable out of the box (also, my feet are about one foot long).  For longer cables, I pull it out to the ten foot mark and go back to the box and pull the remaining fraction or another ten feet.  If you are pulling cables through walls, a hole in the floor, etc., it easier to attach the RJ-45 plugs after the cable is pulled.  The total length of wire segments between a PC and a hub or between two PC’s cannot exceed 100 Meters (328 feet or about the length of a football field) for 100BASE-TX (and 10BASE-T).

2.  Strip one end of the cable with the stripper or a knife and diags.  If you are using the stripper, place the cable in the groove on the blade (left) side of the stripper and align the end of the cable with the right side of the stripper.  This is about right to strip a little over 1/2″ of the jacket off the cable.  Turn the stripper about one turn or so.  If you turn it much more, you will probably nick the wires.  The idea is to score the outer jacket, but not go all the way through.  Once scored, you should be able to twist the end of the jacket loose and pull it off with one hand while holding the rest of the cable with the other.  If you are using a knife and diags, carefully slit the cable for about an inch or so and neatly trim around the circumference of the cable with the diags to remove the jacket.

3.  Inspect the wires for nicks.   Cut off the end and start over if you see any.  You may have to adjust the blade with the screw at the front stripper.  Cable diameters and jacket thicknesses vary.

4.  Spread and arrange the pairs roughly in the order of the desired cable end.

5.  Untwist the pairs and arrange the wires in the order of the desired cable end.  Flatten the end between your thumb and forefinger. Trim the ends of the wires so they are even with one another.  It is very important that the unstripped (untwisted) end be slightly less than 1/2″ long. If  it is longer than 1/2″ it will be out-of-spec and susceptible to crosstalk.  If it less than slightly less than 1/2″ it will not be properly clinched when RJ-45 plug is crimped on..  Flatten again.  There should be little or no space between the wires.

6.  Hold the RJ-45 plug with the clip facing down or away from you.  Push the wire firmly into the plug.  Now, inspect the darn thing… before crimping and wasting the plug! Looking through the bottom of the plug, the wire on the far left side will have a white background.  The wires should alternate light and dark from left to right.  The furthest right wire is brown.  The wires should all end evenly at the front of the plug.  The jacket should end just about where you see it in the diagram–right on the line.  Aren’t you glad you didn’t crimp the plug?


1. Try to avoid running cables parallel to power cables.

2.  Do not bend cables to less than four times the diameter of the cable.

3.  If you bundle a group of cables together with cable ties (zip ties), do not over-cinch them.  It’s okay to snug them together firmly; but don’t tighten them so much that you deform the cables.

4.  Keep cables away from devices which can introduce noise into them.  Here’s a short list: copy machines, electric heaters, speakers, printers, TV sets, fluorescent lights, copiers, welding machines, microwave ovens, telephones, fans, elevators, motors, electric ovens, dryers, washing machines, and shop equipment.

5.  Avoid stretching UTP cables (tension when pulling cables should not exceed 25 LBS).

6.  Do not run UTP cable outside of a building. It presents a very dangerous lightning hazard!

7.  Do not use a stapler to secure UTP cables.  Use telephone wire/RG-6 coaxial wire hangers which are available at most hardware stores.

Posted by: wasaa | July 1, 2010

Devil Dance

The villagers belief on Devil Dance. They hope to

recover their sicks by offering sacrifices.

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