The operator of the LTTE’s computer and database revealed

Cray XMT - The LTTE's computer and database server?

Palitha Kohona, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka had this to say in a recent interview about the LTTE’s ICT infrastructure published in Himal,

Himal: If there were entire villages that had nothing to do with LTTE, they can just be let go. But for the others, it’s a massive job of identification that you would have to do.

Yes, we are likely to make mistakes. There was a senior person, 74 years of age, who was released because of his age. And then he promptly went abroad to Singapore. And he was the one who controlled the LTTE computer, the database. So we missed out on this fellow.

Emphasis mine. So gramps controlled THE computer and THE database of the LTTE, wherever and whatever they were. Lucky bugger. Surely, he must have played around with the Cray XMT? Seriously, what other computer could be THE one used by the LTTE’s for its database?

Here’s a novel idea for ICTA – urgently provide, nay force basic IT literacy education for these chowderheads in government. This alone would justify the Year of IT.

Government Information Department on YouTube!

Deane kindly pointed me to the relatively new Government Information Department’s YouTube channel.

Along with the expected drivel, there’s also some great historical footage to be found (e.g. content from the Non-Aligned Movement Summit held in Colombo 1976).

Unsurprisingly, there’s only stuff here in Sinhala. Tamil, apparently, is not a language the Government Film Unit or the Information Department cares too much about. Perhaps that’s because according to Lankapuvath, Sri Lanka’s state owned news agency, everyone other than the Sinhala Buddhists are “lesser folks”.

It’s great to see the Government waking up to the possibilities of new media.

However, it’s really sad to see the all too familiar blinkered and exclusive Sinhala-Buddhist mentality inform the Informational Department’s understanding of and approach to a larger Sri Lankan identity online.