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Quicklinks: PageRank info & Webmaster resources

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

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The most comprehensive list on PageRank’s DO ’s / DONT’s I’ve ever found :
[ Google Ranking Factors ]

Note that at the end of the day, content is still king - when you’ve got excellent content, high PageRank will usually be yours automatically. But when that’s not the case, that article above may help you to find out what you did wrong.

For Webmasters :
[ Icons, Buttons, and Badges For Your Website ]

Lorelle’s website also contains other top notch articles / tutorials - please make sure that you have some time to spare before clicking on the link above.

[ ColorSchemer.com ] - a valuable help when you’re doing a design/graphic work. ColorSchemer helps you to choose the right color scheme - just pick a color, then ColorSchemer will suggest other matching colors for that.
Very useful.

Enjoy.

(open source) System Management solutions

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

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When you manage one server, it’s easy to have control of every aspect of it.

But when you’re managing tens or hundreds of them, even Superman will have problems.

System Management and Monitoring (SMM) software can help. By enabling you to monitor (and control) everything from a single application, it will drastically simplify your job.
However, until just about a year ago, the following condition is true for OSS (Open Source Solution) SMM :

Pick any two :
1. easy to setup
2. robust
3. easy to use

Fortunately, things has changed now.

On NetworkWorld’s article titled Open source companies to watch, there are no less than 3 companies providing OSS SMM software. And there are still more OSS SMM software out there.

Things has started to change for the better for OSS system administrators.

Data Recovery in Linux

Monday, August 28th, 2006

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Willy posted an article discussing how to recover lost data in Linux.

I just would like to add a few more software that you can try for this purpose:

1. [ Foremost ]
Developed by the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and The Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research, this may prove very beneficial in time of trouble.

2. [ DDrescue ]
This is the tool to use when you have a hard disk which is dying and have a load of bad sectors in it.
The tools is fully automatic, just run it and it will try its best to recover your data. It’s loaded with features; such as automatic merging (when there are several copies of the file, it will merge them to get the most complete version of the file), and robust recovery system; when run multiple times, it may be able to recover more of your data.
It also has logfile feature, which enable it to continue from the last point if it was interrupted.

Thanks to Willy for his post.

Ubuntu menjadi makin mudah dengan Automatix

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

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Ubuntu adalah salah satu distro Linux yang paling mudah digunakan. Dengan Automatix, maka menjadi semakin mudah untuk meng optimize dan mendapatkan berbagai software untuk Ubuntu.

Daftar tweak dan software yang disediakan Automatix bisa dilihat disini.

Alternatif lainnya adalah EasyUbuntu, tapi setahu saya Automatix menyediakan lebih banyak software daripada EasyUbuntu.

Automatix kini juga sudah mendukung versi terbaru Ubuntu, yaitu Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake)

Semoga bermanfaat.

Turbo series is back

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

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Just read on Koen’s blog that the Turbo products line will be revived. Great stuff !

I started my serious programming works on Turbo Pascal around 1990. It’s clear that the Turbo products was a breakthrough because of the following reasons :

  1. With the simple IDE (Integrated Development Environment), Borland significantly lowered the barrier of entry to programming. People can start to program and see results in very little time.
  2. Excellent documentations - it’s not easy to find product documentations that’s of equal quality of Borland’s. For example; a Turbo product manual also includes a programming tutorial, aiming at complete newbies. So you don’t need to buy additional “Idiot’s Guide To ..” book - Turbo product already got you covered. Before O’Reilly’s book series, there were Borland products and its excellent user manuals.
  3. Cheap - it was priced within a lot of people’s reach.
  4. Because of the reasons above, Borland’s Turbo series has helped Microsoft to dominate the PC platform, even though they’ll hate to admit it. Among the reasons of the OS/2’s failure (much to my grief) was lack of a big enough developer community (a vital ingredient to grow any platform).

Too bad there’s no Linux version yet, I think that would really help to entice more newbies to Linux programming. Oh well, later perhaps.

In the mean time, kudos to everyone involved.

LowFatLinux.com — panduan bagi pemula Linux

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

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Bagi yang sudah selesai install Linux dan kini kebingungan, “mau apa lagi ?”…. situs LowFatLinux.com bisa membantu Anda.

Ditulis dengan bahasa yang sangat sederhana dan mudah dimengerti oleh siapa saja.
Saya sempat takjub juga pada awalnya melihat bagaimana newbie-oriented situs ini, dan bagaimana isinya membuat siapa saja merasa nyaman membacanya.
Kemudian saya perhatikan nama webmasternya, lha…. ternyata, Bob Rankin, salah satu dari 2 orang pembuat Tourbus.

Tourbus adalah salah satu mailing list (tepatnya, newsletter) yang pertama kali saya ikuti. Isinya adalah panduan ke berbagai resources / fasilitas yang ada di Internet. Ini adalah zaman ketika Google belum ada, dan berbagai search engine lebih banyak berisi link iklan daripada content yang relevan :)
Tourbus, sama juga seperti LowFatLinux.com, ditulis dengan bahasa yang santai, mudah dicerna, namun tetap penuh dengan informasi. Milis ini telah membantu saya sampai akhirnya mampu untuk “berkendara” sendiri di information superhighway. Hebatnya lagi, milis ini masih terus exist, dan menurut pemiliknya, kini telah memiliki 100.000 pelanggan. Luar biasa.
Hanya di Tourbus : Warning: squirrels. :)

euh, jadi melantur…. jangan lupa, segera bookmark [ LowFatLinux.com ].

nb: satu lagi situs seperti ini yang cukup lengkap dan bagus; LinuxCommand.org

Kekejaman Indofood

Friday, August 18th, 2006

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Saya kaget sekali sewaktu membaca posting Thomas yang berjudul Indomie Gempa Goreng Kriuk.

Saya sendiri tidak terlalu memperhatikan iklan tersebut. Tapi jika ini benar (Kriuk-nya mie ini “mampu membuat gempa”), maka saya kira ini cukup keterlaluan.

Perlu ada klarifikasi dari pihak Indofood untuk menjelaskan kejadian yang sebenarnya; apakah memang maksudnya mengeksploitasi musibah2 gempa kemarin ini, atau tidak sengaja, atau lain-lainnya. Kalau tidak, maka saya kira sah saja jika para korban gempa mengasumsikan bahwa Indofood memanfaatkan musibah2 kemarin ini untuk keuntungannya sendiri.

Berbagai iklan di Indonesia sekarang ini makin memprihatinkan saja. Sudah saatnya disusun kode etik periklanan Indonesia dan sebuah badan yang mengawasi penerapannya (dengan wewenang untuk menindak para pelanggarnya). Mudah-mudahan bisa segera terwujud.

TCCO - Toko Laptop Online

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

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Beberapa yang harganya cukup bagus yang saya temukan :

  1. FahmiNotebook.com
  2. RajaNotebook.com
  3. Queen-Tech.com
  4. Fast ‘n Cheap
  5. JakartaNotebook.com
  6. IndoNotebook.com
  7. www.indo-shop.com

Dari Aris :

  1. PasarGoyang.com/
  2. PerfectMart.com/
  3. PalingMurah.com/

Dari Azil Adi Permana :

  1. Milis Gadtorade

Dari Ryo Saeba :

  1. UC98.com

Dari Jimmy Kosasih:

  1. xHarco.com

Ada yang terlewat oleh saya ? Silahkan berkomentar.

Blogging in English

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

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Just would like to say “well done” to Fatih Syuhud for his excellent post about why we should blog (more) in English.
I especially like point #6, this is after reading far too many news / article written by outside journalists but with very little information on Indonesia. I can’t blame them because sometimes the article was written in good intention, only lacking in in-depth information. We can only blame ourselves in that case I think.

Note that you don’t have to blog 100% in English. Create a special category (I just created “In English” and “Indonesiana” category), and post more in English, that’d be already much better.

So here again kudos to Fatih, and hope a lot of people will follow.

Indonesian Wikipedia

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

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Wikipedia is a novel project. An effort to build an encyclopedia, which content is contributed by anyone willing to do so. The content then will be examined by anyone as well, and anyone may have their say regarding whether a specific content is appropriate or not. A form of the true democracy indeed.

When I first experienced the Internet back on 1996, I thought, wouldn’t it be great, if this (the Internet) can be used to pool our collective knowledge ? With Wikipedia (among others), the idea became a reality.

Even better - Indonesian Wikipedia has shown up for some time now. It’s the same Wikipedia too, built by Indonesian people, for Indonesian, in Indonesian language.
The amount of its contents has reached about 1000 MB (this is just the texts, not yet including pictures). This is quite an accomplishment and we should salute all of the contributotors of the project.

However, there’s one problem - the server (Indonesian Wikipedia) is located abroad. Due to limited external bandwidth, most of the time, access to this encyclopedia can be painfully slow.
Also there has been ideas to compile an offline version of it, which then can be distributed to schools and anyone who may need it. This would be rather troublesome with the current situation.

Thanks to Groups.or.id efforts, we can now enjoy Indonesian Wikipedia at blisteringly fast speed. This mirror will be updated roughly every week.

Note that the mirror is read-only. Which means if you wish to contribute to Wikipedia, then you’ll need to go to its main server.

Information is now not only free, but also can be obtained speedily. Thanks to everyone involved.

Link:
[Mirror of Indonesian Wikipedia ]