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Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

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dari milis bemo-batavia@egroups.com, satu lagi dari anggota gang Bemo, Kukuh TW :) well done :

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http://race4win.indosatm2.com/demo.php
kalau mau ikutan racing full season juga bisa, ada hadiah mobil
beneran…!!!
betul MOBIL BENERAN…bukan mobil-mobilan,
syaratnya, koneksinya pake dial-up / hotspot IndosatM2

Race4Win is made by MAX
Profile tentang MAX bisa dilihat disini

HelpJogja.net, dan juga HelpSelatannyaJogja.net

Monday, May 29th, 2006

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Barusan berhasil mengkontak Thomas via telpon. Listrik di daerahnya (Yogya tengah) baru pulih kemarin. Bencananya memang cukup parah, dia bersyukur karena selamat dan juga seluruh keluarganya, walaupun ada yang menderita kerugian materi cukup besar - ketika berkunjung ke kampungnya di selatan, rumah orang tuanya sudah luluh rata dengan tanah.

Yang mengagetkan, ternyata sampai saat Thomas tiba disana, bantuan belum ada yang tiba di daerah selatan tersebut. Padahal, sebagai daerah terdekat ke pusat gempa (di darat, bukan di laut selatan), mereka yang menderita paling berat.
Saya tanya, apa ada masalah dengan jalur transportasinya mungkin ? Menurut Thomas tidak, malah sebuah jembatan yang cukup strategis disitu justru utuh di luar dugaan. Yang kalau jembatan itu sampai runtuh, maka jalur alternatifnya sangat jauh dan memakan waktu.

Kalau menurut pengamatan mereka, sepertinya ini karena penyaluran bantuan terlalu terfokus di Yogya. Dan mungkin memang jumlahnya belum cukup, karena baru masuk ke Yogya saja sudah ludes. Sehingga belum ada yang bisa terus dibawa sampai ke selatan.

Syukurnya ternyata orang-orang di selatan ini tidak sedih dan tetap positif. Mereka sudah mulai bangkit kembali sendiri, dengan sisa daya yang masih ada, saling bantu-membantu bersama-sama. Tanpa pamrih, bersama-sama memikul beban yang berat ini.

Kontras sekali dengan orang luar, kata Thomas. Ada bencana begini, langsung bendera partai berkibar dimana-mana. Lha kok seperti sudah musim kampanye saja, pikir saya. Agak gemas juga Thomas melihatnya, mbok ya kalau mau menolong ya tolong saja. Ndak usah pamrih.
Saya ketawa jadinya, huhu… baru tahu ya kalau orang Jakarta seperti begitu. Kita tertawa bersama-sama.

Pada saat ini mereka dengan beberapa kawan-kawan berusaha mengorganisir pengiriman bantuan ke selatan, dengan prioritas ke yang paling membutuhkan.
Yang mereka akan coba bawa terlebih dahulu adalah makanan anak/bayi (karena sudah sangat langka dan sangat mahal kalau kebetulan ada), dan juga tenda.

Salah satu komentar terakhir Thomas adalah mengenai recovery setelah keriuhan ini selesai.
Setelah perhatian media berpaling dari Yogya, disini kembali akan terasa kesusahan bagi para korban. Pemulihan kembali dari bencana adalah program jangka panjang, bukan pekerjaan selama 1 - 2 bulan.
Mudah-mudahan ada lebih banyak lagi pihak yang menyadari hal ini.

Ini beberapa informasi dari Thomas yang bisa saya teruskan. Semoga bisa ada manfaatnya.
Thanks untuk Thomas atas sharingnya.

[ Reportase Thomas dari Yogya dan sekitarnya ]

Smooth Fox

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

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Just played around with a few extensions and themes, and here’s how my Firefox looks like now:
Smooth Fox

You can get that look by using Colorful Tabs extension and iFox Smooth theme.

Firefox keeps becoming better, especially with new extensions which just keeps on coming up. Very nice.

Earthquake in Yogyakarta

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

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Today I’m very busy trying to solve a database-related problem and failed to check my emails and/or watch the news.
When I finally checked my emails later, I was very surprised to read Eko Juniarto’s email - there was a big earthquake this morning in Yogya (Java island, Indonesia), and two of his relatives died in the event.

Tried to check Angkringan, Yogyakarta’s blogger-community website. So far only 1 post made its way there. I did read though that communication infrastructure was heavily damaged in the earthquake, so this is expected. I tried calling Thomas Arie, but kept on getting busy signals. I hope he came through that alright.
I then checked on my relatives in Solo, and they said they’re ok, the earthquake was barely felt over there.

My condolences to the victims and their relatives. Hopefully, people will be able to work together on this disaster, and it will bring the best to all of us.

WordPress 2 Goodies

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

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I was looking for a WP2 plugin which will enable a header / sticky page for each categories. I found Adhesive plugin which seems to be quite popular. Will try this later. Interestingly, I stumbled on this article, a SEO tips which involves this plugin, interesting.

Also I found this article, it reviews a few good plugins for WP2. Looks pretty good.

Ringback tone sucks

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

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Saya baru sadar bahwa ternyata nomor handphone saya ada ringback tone-nya, dan lagunya enggak jelas pula apa. Argh
Ternyata ada SMS promosi ringback tone yang masuk ke HP saya, yang kemudian di reply oleh seseorang *lirik seseorang*, maka jadilah ringback tone tidak jelas itu menyambut setiap orang yang mencoba menghubungi saya.

Mohon maaf yang sebesar-besarnya atas segala ketidaknyamanan tersebut. :)
Maklumlah, karena tidak pernah menelpon nomor handphone sendiri, walhasil selama ini tidak menyadarinya.

Anyway, saya kemudian mencoba menghentikan ringback tone tersebut. Coba kirim “help” ke 1818, tetapi salah perintah katanya. Akhirnya menelpon customer service XL, hanya menunggu sebentar (office hours, well done), dan akhirnya bisa menghentikan ringback tone tersebut dengan mengirimkan “unsub” (duh) ke 1818.

Mengapa ringback tone sucks (IMHO, YMMV, of course) :

1. Handphone & bandwidth transmisi hanya bisa menyajikan kualitas lagu / musik yang jauh di bawah kualitas yang biasa kita nikmati.
2. Yang paling parah - Volumenya seringkali terlalu keras ! Bikin sakit telinga euy.

Sekarang tinggal membereskan logo di HP nih, sejak beberapa waktu yang lalu logo di HP saya berubah menjadi cardcaptor sakura… yay

The Age of Insecurity

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

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An excellent wake up call - this article reminds us that the current state of information security is really bad :[ The Complete, Unquestionable, And Total Failure of Information Security ]

Internet is a great place, a source of vast knowledge and information. At the same time, it’s the wildest computer jungle ever existed. Even the paranoid still got eaten alive here. The path of a security professional is yet to become easier.

There’s never before a greater opportunity for security professionals.

Risk of buying Microsoft software

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

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You can be forced to go through software license audit process, which will be done by the Microsoft’s Sales department.

Note the emphasized word above - the result of the audit may very well cause you to buy more software licenses, which you may not need. This is because Microsoft thinks that using its own auditing software, instead of a neutral third-party’s, is the unbiased way to do it.

“Wait a minute, how can Microsoft audit me at anytime whenever they feel like it, using their own tool ?”.
It’s because you’ve agreed to allow them do so.

And not only that, in the EULA, it’s also stated “Microsoft reserves all rights not expressly granted to you in this EULA“.

Good thing Auto Warehousing Co. can afford good (and I assume, expensive) lawyers, so they managed to avoid the audit. Others are not so lucky.

Note that other (proprietary) software vendors also tend to have similar EULA.

If you think this will not happen to you, think again.

Auto Warehousing Co. is just a victim which happen to be brave enough to speak out. In Indonesia, there were even raids done to big companies - we’re talking about insurance companies, banks, etc here. But they’d rather settle quietly than to acknowledge that they have licensing compliance issues.

Conclusion; if you’re a big company and able to hire good lawyers, you’ll be safer from this. And chance are, you can afford the settlement cost if it turned out that you have licensing issues.
But if you’re not, try to avoid purchasing software with crazy EULA like this. You might just regret it later.

Just another introvert

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

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Got a few links from Enda regarding Intro/Extrovert, so I did the tests. All four of them ( 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 ).
So it’s official I guess, I’m an introvert. ISTJ, to be exact (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging).


ISTJ - “Trustee”. Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.

Free Jung Word Choice Test (similar to MBTI)
personality tests by similarminds.com

What is ISTJ

responsible, planner, private, loner tendencies, perfectionist, organized, detail oriented, organized, would rather be friendless than jobless, realistic, observer, clean, focused, does not talk about feelings, finisher, punctual, private, does not appreciate strangeness, not adventurous, not spontaneous, follows the rules, dutiful, avoids mistakes, conventional, likes solitude, insensitive to the hardships of others, prepared, anti-tattoos, things rules are important, cautious, security seeking, prepares for worst case scenarios, logical, analytical, does not accept apologies easily, hard working

favored careers:

data analyst, scientist, researcher, engineer, financial planner, statistician, office worker, government employee, lab technician, nuclear engineer, office manager, biomedical engineer, account manager, ceo, investment banker, analyst, academic, systems analyst, pharmacy technician, network admin, genetics researcher, research assistant, strategist

The results was not very accurate though, but this should be expected from any online tests.

What is an introvert anyway ?
This article is a good start to find out more - Caring for Your Introvert

An introvert … doesn’t talk much, but doesn’t mean he can’t talk or give presentations. I’ve been a speaker on public events for several times. But it does tire me excessively. This is because before we speak, we have to think about what we’re going to say. Unlike extroverts, where speaking seems like a reflex - it’s almost automatic, just like a heartbeat.

We value solitude; example: people are confused why I took so long to shower. This is because that’s among my moment of solitude, and I took that opportunity to think about a lot of things. We’re able to get a lot of brilliant ideas when we’re thinking with no disturbance.

We can focus on something so intensely, we lost awareness of our surroundings. Just this morning my handphone’s alarm was ringing loudly on a cupboard next to me on the family room.
My wife, who was sleeping inside our room, was awaken by it, and wondered why I didn’t turn off the alarm. It was because I didn’t even hear it.

When there are several people, I let others to speak, and I preferred to just listen to them. People usually concluded that I’m shy. Then they’re surprised that when there’s just you & me, I do speak a lot.
I don’t like to talk unnecessarily, but I don’t like letting others in uncomfortable silence even more. Also when there’s only me and the other, I’m usually able to drive the conversation to something useful, not just purely pleasantries.

Most importantly; being introvert is not about a choice. It’s what we are.
I do suspect this can be changed with a lot of effort, but this will take time.

Well, enough about this introvert. How about you ?

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

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Pepatah ini sering saya kutip untuk menjelaskan kepada orang lain, bahwa kita harus ekstra hati-hati di Internet. Karena, amat sangat mudah bagi orang lain untuk menyamar.

Ternyata, “pepatah” ini berasal dari sebuah kartun, yang dibuat di tahun 1993.

Enjoy.

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog