Defence.lk – Adobe Flash presentation on End of War

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In 2018 all but forgotten, and more importantly, impossible for most current browsers to actually load and see, the Ministry of Defence had in 2009 an Adobe Flash based interactive presentation on the progress of the final stages of the war, located at http://www.defence.lk/orbat/Default.asp.

In fact, there’s still a link on the http://defence.lk/english.asp site to this mini-presentation.

It’s a nightmare to archive Flash presentations or animations. Adobe is retiring Flash in 2020 and the web has moved on. Already, some of the photos albumbs once linked to this Adobe presentation are gone. This made it even more important to record what is still working, linked to and captured in this official MoD animation.

As the only way to preserve a high-resolution copy of this historically valuable Adobe Flash presentation, I did a screen recording of clicking through every option and feature on it that still worked.

Download the movie here (it’s ~1Gb, captured at 2864 × 2052 as a QuickTime movie).

Pausing the video in full screen will allow for screenshots / screen grabs at very high resolution.

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Ministry of Defence website

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Defence.lk was, under the Rajapaksa administration, a notorious website used to attack journalists and civil society activists. The content posted on the site, usually without attribution, frequently featured hate speech and content that targeted activists, independent journalists, websites, civil society institutions and NGOs under the guise of national security. Content on defence.lk was so bad, it even forced retrations and the deletion of content that offended India.

The current archive of defence.lk was taken on 26th January 2015. It is large, at nearly 2Gb. Download it here.

Download second archive of the site, taken 30 April 2018, here.

Download third archive of the site, taken 24 May 2018, here.