Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SMS Not Reliable Nowadays

Lately, SMS delivery has been unreliable. Perhaps this is due to overload on the networks or probably because of other things happening on the network itself. I think it's better to call the person directly instead of relying on SMS messages to send some notes to other people Goodluck

Let's hope it only happened for today, but i doubt that.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Cisco to Acquire Skype?

Cisco, one of the big companies in networking is rumored to acquire Skype. Here's an article on PCWorld that described why Cisco is doing it. If Skype agreed to this deal, this would make the competition in VoIP between Cisco and Google become hotter as Google has just released their Voice and Video Chat plugins for Linux and they have done it for Windows previously. They even released Call Phone from GMail last week.

In the end, it's the end users who took the advantages of all of this. The rate will be cheaper and the quality will be much better as they are fighting for more market share and quality is one the key factor that will determine who's the winner Yahoo

Dissapointed with MTIX 2.0

Actually, i was really curious when 21Cinema decided to upgrade their online ticketing by adding a feature that enables us to select our own seat. This morning, i visited their website and i found the new interface which is confusing and i think 1.0 is better than the new 2.0. Bad at usability and too much pop ups and annoying ads.

I'd say forget it. It's just an interface after all. But guess what? The functionality is even worse. I can't even buy a ticket and i have to do my registration all over again before i can use the new service (they even have my old data, why should i do the registration again). When i looked at their forum, i saw that there are so many people already complaining about it and the admin said that there were a maintenance phase and trial version before upgrading to 2.0 and they didn't even notify their users at all.

I think they should be more informative to their users. In the past, i'm able to buy tickets since morning, but i think they have made the rule more strict, but no announcement on their buy tickets page.

When i called their customer service, no one answered my phone call Angry

Conclusions: i'm so dissapointed with MTIX 2.0. Just go back to 1.0 and remove the seat selection feature. It's working and everybody's happy.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

3D CubicFun

have just came back from Gramedia book store with my girlfriend. We saw a very nice item there called 3D CubicFun, which was a cubic that resembles real places around the world, such as Tower Bridge in UK, Empire State Building, Capitol Hill, and White House in US, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame de Paris in France, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Leaning Tower and Colloseum in Italy.

I think those are great for gifts or to be used for education purposes, for example an estimation and scheduling workshop because we can set a time limit constraints to build the whole building.

Here are some screenshots :

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Visiting Friend

I have just came back from visiting my girlfriend's friend. She was just having her first daughter two weeks ago. Congratulations to Susy. Her new daugher was so sweet. It took some time to find her house, but finally we made it safely to her house Rolling

Welcome to this world Joice Angelyn Yahoo

Friday, August 27, 2010

Linux Desktop Will be More Responsive

Linux kernel developers has tried so hard to improve desktop responsiveness by adding more patches in the current development version of 2.6.36. Phoronix has written an article about it. Even so, it will not be fully deployed in 2.6.36 and most of the patches will be pushed to the mainline kernel when merge window for 2.6.37 has been opened, which means that we will see those improvements next year, as one release will take about three months and it's considered too late to push this in 2.6.36 as Linus is very strict lately (which is good in some circumstances) about merging new features.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

CEH Classes

Starting tomorrow, i will be teaching another CEH class for the third time on my campus as part of CEH Academia program held in UKDW. The participants are those whom are ready to take CEH classes as they have acquired basic understanding about security and i believe all of them are capable of finishing this course and get the CEH certification.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Call Your Friends From GMail

Google has impressed me once again. After giving support for Voice and Video chat in Linux, they have just announced that you can call other people from GMail.

They provide a very cheap rate which i think very reasonable. For call to US and Canada, Google will not charge you, but they will charge you for calls to other countries, but in a very special cheap rate.

Check below's video from Google about their newest innovation:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Impression

I had a good first impression about the new students who took the dual degree programs. Their English skills are good enough and i believe they have a strong background in order to finish their study without any problems.

Let's hope they can improve their skills day by day Gym

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Tuesday Classes

Tomorrow will be my first day teaching in Tuesday since last week my Indonesia's independence day, so no class. There will be three classes tomorrow, two project management classes and one class for Internet Concept & Infrastructure. The latter is my only class where all of the students are coming from 2010 class, so they are the new students that come to our campus.

I think it will be a good idea to learn more about them in the first class Goodluck and also scheduling for substitute classes, since there will be a lot of day off in Tuesday Crying

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Performance Improvement on 2.6.36

So far, i'm quite impressed with 2.6.35 Linux Kernel, since it's more stable and IMHO, it's much more faster rather than 2.6.34. But, looking fore 2.6.36 merge window information on LWN makes me more curious about what will be implemented in 2.6.36 which can improve performance on system overall.

I really wished they fixed some performance regression found on 2.6.35 Goodluck

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Another Earthquake

Around 6 PM today, there was an earthquake struck Jogja again. This time, it was 5 in magnitude. It's not as big as in 2006, but still it's big enough to make people panicked and ran away out of their houses. The epic center is near Jogja, so that's why the effect was tremendous, even though it should not that big since it's only 5 richter.

Let's hope there will be no more Goodluck

Friday, August 20, 2010

Video Chat for Linux Users in GMail

Google has announced that they have implemented one of the top requested features in GMail: Linux support for Video Chat. Well, this feature has been available for Windows for some time and right now, Linux users will have the same feature as in Windows. Of course you will need a webcam in order to use this feature.

Of course you will have to download the Google Voice and Video Chat applications first by visiting this site. For now, only .deb files are provided, so Ubuntu and Debian-based Linux distribution will be very happy about this. RPM-based support will follow soon enough.

More information about this feature can be seen on Google Help

Spam Detection in Blogger

Finally, Blogger has added spam detection on their system. Well, i don't think it's really a spam detection as it relies on user's intervention to say that it's a spam or not, but i think it's much better than previous one.

All you need to do is to activate comment moderation on Blogger (go to Settings > Comments > Comment moderation). When you activate this feature, you will have a new tab called Comments besides Posting (under your Blog name), where you can moderate all comments that goes into your blog and you can mark them as spam or even delete them. This is a standard feature actually, but what Google does is to add an automatic spam detection for every comments that goes into your blog.

Since it's still being early developed, users will have to check their comment inbox to make sure that valid comments should not be marked as spam. For more information, please see Google Help

Ubuntu and Kubuntu Repository

As i stated yesterday, first Ubuntu maintainance release has been available for public consumption and last night, i have finished mirroring Ubuntu 10.04.1 and Kubuntu 10.04.1 on UKDW's ISO Server. I only provide ISOs and MD5SUM files and not the rest.

Enjoy the ISOs thumbs up

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Serious Bug in Linux Kernel Since 2.6.0

When Greg released -Stable kernel updates few days ago, he didn't say that there was a very serious bug lurking in the kernel that has been passed down since 2.6.0 release that has been fixed. It was Linus who wrote the patch for 2.6.36 and goes back to previous kernel releases maintained by Greg as part of -Stable updates.

Joanna Rutkowska, founder and CEO of Invisible Things Lab posted a blog post about this problem after her employee Rafal published a paper describing about the problem.

I'm sure many of Linux vendors will release an update to their kernel stocks by adding Linus' patch to make sure it's not being exploited by attackers.

Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS Released

The first maintenance release Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS (Long Term Support) has been released by Ubuntu team. It's now still finding it's way to mirrors around the world so no public announcement yet, but if your local mirrors has catch up with this update, you are quite lucky Applause

This release has fixed several problem found on the original release of Lucid Lynx and most problematic packages has been replaced with the fixed one. This should be the recommended version for people who wanted to run a stable version of Ubuntu. If you have used synaptic or apt-get to upgrade your local packages, you won't need to install anything as your upgrade has included all the fixes included in this release.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ubuntu 11.04: Natty Narwhal

Mark Shuttleworth has announced the codename for the still-future Ubuntu Release 11.04. It will have a codename of Natty Narwhal.. Here's the description about Narwal (taken from Mark's blog):
The Narwhal, as an Arctic (and somewhat endangered) animal, is a fitting reminder of the fact that we have only one spaceship that can host all of humanity (trust me, a Soyuz won’t do for the long haul to Alpha Centauri). And Ubuntu is all about bringing the generosity of all contributors in this functional commons of code to the widest possible audience, it’s about treating one another with respect, and it’s about being aware of the complexity and diversity of the ecosystems which feed us, clothe us and keep us healthy. Being a natty narwhal, of course, means we have some obligation to put our best foot forward. First impressions count, lasting impressions count more, so let’s make both and make them favourable.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Updated Blogger Emoticons Script

Today, i have updated my blogger emoticons script to add two more hidden Plurk emoticons Code and Morning. This are two new emoticons i just found out yesterday and today. Enjoy the updated script Yahoo

Remember, you will have to install GreaseMonkey add-on for Firefox first before using it.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Compare Documents With OfficeShots

In the past, we have BrowserShots to verify our websites in several browsers. It is very useful for web developers who wanted to have an unified design in all browsers.

What i want to share right now is another service, but for different purpose. We are not talking about web pages, but documents. Yes, we have quite several alternatives to Microsoft Office which is still considered a de facto standard in many plances, such as OpenOffice.org, AbiWord, KOffice, and many more.

If you want to compare your documents when viewed in other applications, you don't have to install them in your computers. Just go to OfficeShots and upload your documents there. The site will compare your documents. Pretty cool isn't? Evil Grin

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Back to Campus

Tomorrow will be a new start for new semester. This time, new students will start learning in campus and existing students will continue to finish their education in undergraduate program. I'm quite lucky to be selected as supervisor for 2010 students, meaning that i will have monitor and track their progress right from the beginning until the completed the undergraduate program. This will be my first experience.

Even though i will not teach them directly since i only teach subjects which should be taken by second or third year students, i have an opportunity by teaching in IDDIT (dual degree program) in which i will teach Internet Concept & Infrastructure. This is a basic course and all of the students will be 2010. I hope this course will give a good introduction to Internet and most of it's applications so that the students can take positive benefits of it.

My schedule is not that tight this semester. I only have four subjects to teach: Advanced Software Engineering, Operating Systems, Internet Concept & Infrastructure, and Project Management. Other than this, i will also teach CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) class.

Anyways, it's good to come back to normal activities after quite a long vacations Yahoo

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Working on Saturday

My office have a five days working policy since few years ago, but today is an exception. I had to attend two thesis presentations in the morning. One of them is under my supervision. I was satisfied with the results. Both of them passed the test and got a good grade as the results. I think it's worthed to come at Saturday, working and at the end, getting a good results.

Let's hope there will be more and more good results, but in regular day please Yahoo

Friday, August 13, 2010

Really Busy Day

I had a busy day today. Starting from early in the morning, i arrived at my office at 8 AM, because i thought i had to attend a thesis presentation at 8. My bad. My session was supposed to be at 10 AM, so i had to wait for two hours. I spent by chatting with my colleague, Riyono for about an hour and finally my session started at 10 AM.

After the first session finished, i had to attend Yudisium in 12 PM until around 12:40 PM. My students asked me to come to D.3.1 to talk about the UKDW NetClub event which will be started at 1.30 PM. I rushed there and have a chat with some of the students before i came back to my office at 1 PM because another presentation has begun. This time, it finished early, so i had some time to go back to D.3.1 to give unprepared talk session in front of the new students about opening their minds to many kinds of alternatives. One of them is using Open Source applications. I only gave 10 minutes of speech, since at 3 PM, my third session has commenced, so i got to go back to my office to do the hearing and QA session with the students. It all ended at 5 PM.

Right now, i'm going to have an early sleep since i still have two presentations left tomorrow Wave

Thursday, August 12, 2010

CEH Training

I received an email about CEH training with Haja Mohideen, the author of CEH certification program, but unfortunately, the schedule is not friendly to me. This semester, we will have so many day off on Tuesday, so that means i will have to find another day to hold the class and i don't think i can miss another day off (national day off have accumulated into three Tuesday).

It's a rare opportunity for me to have that meeting, but in the other hand, i must fulfill my duty as a lecturer. What a dilemma Lonely

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Other Version of Keong Racun

Here's another version of Keong & Racun called STORMTROOPER & DARTH VADER KEONG RACUN lmao lmao lmao

very creative rofl

My New WDC

I picked up my mother this evening from airport. She was coming back from her trip to US to take care of my grand father. She called me today from Jakarta saying that she's coming back today so i had to pick her up.

She brought my wish list, which is an external (not so) portable HD from WDC which has 2 TB of capacity (1,81 TB in reality), which is enough to save huge amount of data for now. I asked my uncle in the US to buy it for me since it's cheaper if the item sent to local address rather than shipping it to Indonesia directly.

These are the pictures i took before and after i unpack the hard disk:

Two New Releases

This week is full of surprises from OpenSource application. Started by OpenOffice.org who has just released their first BETA release for the upcoming OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 which will be released later this year (i think it would be in October/November if there's no major showstoppers). Ever since Oracle has acquisited Sun, the OpenOffice.org has changed their logo in the splash screen and i think OOo 3.2.1 has been a great release. Many improvements has been integrated on that release and i found many people enjoyed so much. It's faster, better, and more stable than before.

Next is KDE SC 4.5.0. Even though the release date was slipped for a couple of days, it doesn't mean the fun has ended, as finally the final KDE SC 4.5.0 has been released by KDE Team. The announcement said that they have fixed more than 16000 bugs since 4.4.x series, which are an outstanding achievements. I'm looking forward to see the new KSharedDataCache which was supposed to make loading time faster. New Webkit support is also interesting to try.

We are waiting for more releases Bring it

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Renewing Windows

I don't know how long have i abandon my Windows system on my desktop since i used Linux all the time, but today i rebooted to Windows and it seems that i missed so many security patches from Microsoft and also many of my applications were considered outdated. So i decided to upgrade all of them and it does take some time.

I finally finished all of the updates and now, my system has been renewed peace sign. I guess it won't take long before i switched back to Slackware again rolling on the floor

Monday, August 09, 2010

Korean Version of Sinta Jojo

For those who read the news might not get surprised with the late Sinta Jojo news. They are two girls who uploaded their lip sync videos on YouTube and get famous from it. Since then, many other people did the same thing like them. Here's another video which i found on YouTube. Even though it says Sinta Jojo Korean version, i don't quite agree with it, since they don't do lip sync and their act is more like a spontaneous. Anyways, it's much more funny than the original Sinta Jojo version rofl lmao

MU Won Community Shield Trophy

Although Chelsea vs MU match wasn't broadcasted in Indonesian local TV except for those whom subscribe for paid channel, i'm relieved that MU finally got their 18th title of Community Shield after an impressive victory of 3-1 against Chelsea in Wembley Stadium, London.

Fighting both will full squad, MU got 2 - 0 lead after Valencia and the new debut player Javier Hernandez got their name on the scoresheet and then Kalou replied back and MU got their third goal from Berbatov Yahoo

It's a good indication that MU is well prepared for this season even without buying star players. I think Sir Alex is still a genius in terms of coach Macho

By the way, there has been a tradition that whoever won the Community Shield usually also win the league. Will that happen and MU will surpass Liverpool in terms of EPL trophy? We will find out by the end of this season Gym

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Start Preparing

New semester will start next week (starting at 16 of August) and as usual, my schedule is quite busy for this semester, so i have to finish my task before the class started. Starting from this week, i will start preparing the materials. I'm updating the syllabus for advanced software engineering classes and also i have to make a new material for Internet Concept & Infrastructure class as it will be my first experience teaching that course.

As for Operating System and Project Management classes, i think i'm ready with the materials, so i'm quite confident with it. Let's hope everything works as planned Goodluck

Saturday, August 07, 2010

EPL 2010/2011

EPL will start again starting next week with Chelsea and MU will start the competition in a community shield event. Both team has finished their pre-season matches and so far, both are satisfied with their squads, even though no star players for MU this season. I don't think buying a star player will increase your performance significantly. Take an example of Real Madrid. Even though they have bought C. Ronaldo and combine him with other talented player, in the end, they couldn't get anything this season.

Oh well, let's see whether this season will be a tight one again or not Yahoo

Friday, August 06, 2010

DNS Problem

Lately, i have some problem accessing websites using Speedy. I had to refresh several times before it got connected. I'm suspecting that DNS server that Speedy has right now are having some problems resolving some websites. Most of the websites are foreign websites, and it's not a problem when i browsed local content.

For now, i will try to add more DNS server entries on my /etc/resolv.conf. Hopes it fixed it Goodluck

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Star Craft 2 on Linux

Star Craft 2 is now officially available for public and what's great about it is that it works with the latest stable Wine release (1.2). But, according to this blog, it's recommended that you install or upgrade to Linux Kernel 2.6.35 and upgrade your NVidia/ATI drivers to the latest version before trying to run the installer, as it will fix some problems if you used older kernel/drivers.

It's still a good news that Windows games are getting more and more playable on Linux using Wine or CrossOver Yahoo

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Last Air Blender

I'm not a big fans of Aang the Avatar, but i do really hoped that the movie would be a good one as i didn't read the books about him. So, i decided to buy two tickets to watch it this evening with my girlfriend. The movie has 100 minutes of duration, so it's not that long.

Unfortunately, i was kinda disappointed with the result of the movie. Not only the 3D effects were not so real, the plot was so plain. Nothing very interesting happened there. What's worse, it still to be continued Doh

I would give 7.5 out of 10 for this movie.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Linux Kernel 2.6.35 Released

I know, the news were out two days ago, but since i was away and i couldn't find any good Internet connection while i was away Crying, i had to postpone until today. Well, finally i'm back at home today and i wanted to tell you that Linux Kernel 2.6.35 has been officially released by Linus Torvalds on the first of August.

You can see the big changes in KernelNewbies. Following Linux Kernel development is very interesting, as you will see many debates on it, but in the end, people are glad to have the new version comes up.

Meanwhile, Greg has released (finally) some updates on -Stable kernels. People (as usual) are urged to upgrade to the latest version to fix problems found on previous version of the kernels. One interesting news is that Greg stated that 2.6.34 will not be maintained for a long time and people who still used 2.6.33 should upgrade straight to 2.6.35 instead to 2.6.34. That's surprising, as 2.6.34 only received two updates since the release, which is very rare.

For me personally, i would like to stay in 2.6.34 a little bit longer, as i'm not sure whether the NVIdia driver that i used now is compatible with 2.6.35 or not. Also, VMWare hasn't released any update which is known to work with 2.6.35 also. These two are my two blocker before i decided to go with 2.6.35.

Monday, August 02, 2010

mIRC 7.1 with Unicode Support

When i was in high school, my favorite application back then was mIRC. It is an IRC client on Windows and i believe it's the best. Thanks to IRC, i finally met my ex girlfriend (now my fiancee) who also joined IRC at that moment. We had a talk in IRC and then decided to meet up and you know the rest lmao

OK, back to mIRC. So in 2008, the development of mIRC has started to work on unicode support and finally two years later (which is this year), they have finally fulfilled their dreams of having unicode-supported application which should run better in Windows platform, including Windows 7. It also supports for speech, IPv6, UPnP, and many other features described in their Changes page.

Even though i didn't use mIRC again at the moment (as they don't have any Linux version of it), i still think mIRC is a great application and keep up the good work of creating the IRC client on Windows

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Leaving to Bandungan

I'm leaving to Bandungan early in the morning tomorrow for a university meeting at Susan Spa Resort. It's a nice place and it will be my first experience going there even though i have been to Bandungan several times. It will be one night trip only, so i will be back on Tuesday night.

They even has a nice venue for wedding ceremony called La Kana Chapel. Check the galleries for more photos. It's a lovely place Yahoo