Sunday, August 31, 2008


I'm trying to build something under cygwin in Windows platform and it requires ctime.h in Visual Studio.NET 2003 include directory, but i couldn't find the files, so the build process failed. Does anybody installed Visual Studio.NET 2003 and have this file? If you do, please let me know and i will contact you big grin

After some search in Google i found out that this file was not placed on the include directory and it was meant not to be found by the developer unless they know exactly the place time out

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Turning Good Now

After i post about my complaints on this blog, i went to bed and when i woke up this morning, the speed i gained this morning is the normal speed i usually get. It seems that they have located the problem and get it fixed. But, it's weekend and not many people go to office, so probably it was one of the reason it is faster. Also this is early in the morning, so the current speed can't be used for determining whether they have fixed the problem or not.

We should see for another few days, mostly on Monday where all people are starting to get into the office again and start consuming bandwidth laughing

Another good news is that W3C's Annotea Server is now back online after Ralph rebooted the machine. Thanks to Marja, Eric, and Ralph for their support for my thesis.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Are You Licensed?

As promised, i will give an information about seminar that are being scheduled to be held in UKDW next month. Here's the first one.

Are You Licensed?
  • M.H. Marta Adi Darma (Microsoft Indonesia)
  • Police Officer
  • Prof. Richardus Eko Indrajit
Location: Auditorium UKDW (Koinonia)

Date/Time: 11 September 2008 / 08:00 - 17:00
Price: Non-UKDW : Rp 100.000,-

I actually proposed another speaker from Open Source community, but i guess it wasn't accepted shame on you

Speedy Problem

For the last few days, i have become a bandwidthless with Speedy. It's speed were dropped very bad and it's not only happening on my computer, but also in other location as well. I have asked my friend who's in Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia and they feel the same problems: Speedy is no longer Speedy.

Few days ago, i complaint to the 147 and they gave me an answer which didn't satisfy me, so today i called them again, and this time, they were willing to report this problem to the network division, which is better than yesterday's staff which gave instructions to restart the modem and computer and if the problem persists, please contact them again.

At around 5.30 PM, i got a call from Speedy asking for the current condition. I replied that the problem still persists and i explain about my speed in the past when the connection was fine. He acknowledged that there was a problem with their connection, but it was already fixed. He will recheck the network again and check whether the problem is on the network or on the server.

Anybody wants to share their thoughts here? Are you having the same problem like i do?

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Next month, my campus will hold two seminars, followed with another one in October and hopefully one in November (this one is for internal i guess). Most of them are open to public, so in the next following days, i will try to get the information and publish them here so that you who are interested can join the seminar. The topic for September's seminar are about License and Mobile Phones for Education, while for the upcoming seminar in October it will be Web Security.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

2008 Beijing Olympic Game Closing Ceremonial

Finally i can watch the closing ceremonial of the 29th Olympic Game in Beijing. Although it wasn't as spectacular as the opening ceremony, one thing i should note about the closing is that most of the show are done by human and not with the HUGE LCD and fantastic visual arts using sophisticated technology (except when the cauldron was set to go off). You can still see a lot of fireworks here just like in the opening ceremony (they even use fireworks for the countdown, very cool peace sign)

Here's the download link i use (RS) which contains all the videos of the closing ceremony. Thanks to the uploader big grin

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Speedy oh Speedy

What happened with you Speedy today? You are so slow even when accessing local Indonesian site which are connected to IIX networks. Is this the speed i can trust? Well, i don't think so broken heart

It started this morning (around 11 AM), my connection dropped very low and i only got 10 KB/s downloading from Rapidshare (i usually had 60-70 KB/s normally). This problem persists up to now, and when i called the call center, they told me to reset the computer (is that has to do with the connection nerd?) Well, we will see for tonight. I hope they are going better tonight


Most of the time, when you logged in into your Linux terminal or opened up your console terminal, you will have a random quotes which is well known of MOTD (Message Of The Day). I have just found one of them which is very interesting. Here are the MOTD i got from one of my session: f u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n cmptr prgrmmng. (Anybody can read this? I'm sure you can big grin

Anybody wants to share their MOTD from their computer ?

Monday, August 25, 2008

First Day This Semester

Today is my first day teaching again this semester. I have in total six class in a week, but the distribution is not so good. I have to teach three class in one day (Monday), followed with one in Tuesday and two in Wednesday, leaving me empty on Thursday and Friday (well, i wanted to have Friday to be free).

Teaching three class a day is a new experience for me. I never teach this much on one day. Usually i only teach two class at maximum, but now, it's three consecutive class, so i had no time to rest (Even i had to have lunch at 16.30). I started at 7.30, next is 10.30, and the last one is 13.30. Today is only the first class, but i already spend two and half hours for each class (except for the last class which was only for two hours) because i already give some introduction to the material (besides giving them the syllabus, point criteria, assignments, reference books, etc).

Well, it was a good start and i'm going to rest now while reading the new magazines (Computer and Communications) from IEEE that has just arrived at my home today big grin

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Good Bye Beijing, Welcome London

Well, the game is now over and just like the opening ceremony, there were spectacular performance and also fireworks (they are the biggest firework producer, FYI) in the Bird Nest's Stadium in Beijing. I was kinda late a bit, plus there were lots of commercial breaks during the show, so just like the opening, i am not satisfied.

The article in the official site of the 29'th Olympic Game has a nice photos about the ceremony from the beginning until the end of the ceremony, but still video are still the best media to watch the closing ceremony. Let's wait for a few days and hoping the somebody will upload the video.

Thank you Beijing for the performance and thank you athletes for your dedication and efforts in this Olympic Game. We will see you again in four years in London.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

One More Day

One more day and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Game will end. The last two day will be full of medals and of course, you don't want to miss the final battle in the basketball court where the former Dream Team is trying to redeem what they missed in the previous Olympics in Athena.

Let's hope the closing ceremonial will be broadcasted and not filled with advertisement too much worried

The results are clear. China won the most gold medals, but US had the most medals in overall (gold, silver and bronze). Congratulations to the winners because you have shown your best performance and many new records were created during this game. Please train yourself harder and we will see you again competing in the next Olympic game in London at 2012 big grin

Friday, August 22, 2008

Linux Popularity

Royal Pingdom has published their results of small research on Linux distribution popularity around the globe. Those distributions are Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Debian, Red Hat, Mandriva, Slackware and Gentoo. The results are quite amazing because Indonesia is listed in the top five of four of the distributions. Here's the brief observations:
  • Ubuntu is most popular in Italy and Cuba.
  • OpenSUSE is most popular in Russia and the Czech Republic.
  • Red Hat is most popular in Bangladesh and Nepal.
  • Debian is most popular in Cuba.
  • Cuba is in the top five (interest-wise) of three of the eight distributions in this survey.
  • Indonesia is in the top five of four of the distributions.
  • Russia and the Czech Republic are in the top five of five of the distributions.
  • The United States is not in the top five of any of the distributions.
Countries with highest interest in Ubuntu:
  1. Italy
  2. Cuba
  3. Indonesia (Congrats to Ubuntu-ID)
  4. Norway
  5. Czech Republic
Countries with highest interest in OpenSUSE:
  1. Russia
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Moldova
  4. Germany
  5. Indonesia (Vavai will love this)
Countries with highest interest in Fedora:
  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Bangladesh
  3. India
  4. Nepal
  5. Zimbabwe

Countries with highest interest in Debian:

  1. Cuba
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Germany
  4. Belarus
  5. Russia
Countries with highest interest in Red Hat:
  1. Bangladesh
  2. Nepal
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. India
  5. Cuba
Countries with highest interest in Mandriva:
  1. Russia
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Poland
  4. France
  5. Indonesia (tux from Indonesian Linux Forum will love this)
Countries with highest interest in Slackware:
  1. Bulgaria
  2. Indonesia (yeah, i love this)
  3. Brazil
  4. Russia
  5. Poland
Countries with highest interest in Gentoo:
  1. Russia
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Belarus
  4. Moldova
  5. Estonia
Where do they get this information? What else besides Google? It may not represent the true numbers, but at least we can see some statistics from Google.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Welcome New Students

Last Wednesday, i attended OKA (some kind of introduction event to new students) at my college. Actually i didn't know that we must attend it, but because we were invited, so some of us which was free at that time attend the event and have a chance to see the new students. Some of us gave some talks about the curriculum, the new credit system, and lots of other things that students must understand after they start studying in college.

Getting to college is a time when they must enter a new environments with new culture, new friends, new method of studying, and many new things. It may not that easy to adapt for first year students, but we do hope they will survive.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

When Will Indonesia Use ODF?

Last year, Malaysia has started to adopt ODF (Open Document Format) as their national standard on office application. This year, Indonesian Open Source Association is trying to push the Communication and Informatics Department to propose ODF as the Indonesian National Standards. This was reported by Engkos Koswara on "Second Asean Workshop on Open Source Software" event.

Let's hope the plan is working well and next year, Indonesia will start using ODF as the standards on every office. By making it standards, it will accelerate the use of ODF on office and educational environments.

It's open, reliable, standards, compatible, and many more. What else could you possible want with it?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

OOo 3.0 Splash Screen Contest Result

Florian Effenberger has announced the result of the OOo 3.0 Splash Screen contest. There are 798 voters on this contest (quite a big number for something that only happened for one week).

The winner is Jacek Adamkiewicz: Proposal 3 which get 83 votes (not me). Don't assume that the next splash screen will be dominated by black color. Instead, the new splash screen gives you more color than 2.x splash screen. Congratulations to Jacek and please welcome the new splash screen for OOo 3.0 which will arrive in less than a month. Beautiful isn't it?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Rapid Point Rewards

Rapidshare give another option to their customers about their RapidPoint. RapidPoint can be used to create a new account or extend your current account by one month, add more quota to your account, and now, it can be used to get the rewards provided by RapidPoint program. You can buy special items ranging from small scale like iTunes or Amazon voucher, USB FlexLight, up to Giant R/C Mario Kart Racer, Anti-Gravity Globe, RC-9, and many more.

These items were mostly cool, but they are very costly too. The smallest point needed is around 30000 points and you will only get 15 EUR of voucher for iTunes and The highest one will cost you 500000 points, but it's not yet available yet.

Please choose well, as you can only exchange one item per account.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Indonesia in Beijing

Finally, the Indonesian national flag was raised in Beijing through Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, after their huge effort of defeating Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China in the Badminton Men's Double final on August 16. I watched their match when i was having dinner with my girlfriend.

Coming as the no. 1 rank in the world, their effort to grab a gold medal wasn't easy. But in the end, they still hold the tradition of goal medal from badminton. No wonder the official Olympic website said they are THE BEST IN THE WORLD. Too bad the Men's single were unable to retain their tradition on this year's Olympic game. Let's hope another medal will be given by the mixed double which will play today.

This medal is also a wonderful present for Indonesian Independence day which is TODAY!!!


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Testing eyeOS

Ever imagined that you could access your computer everywhere even though you don't bring your laptop with you? With eyeOS, you can make that dream come true. eyeOS is a web-based Desktop operating system, so everything you need is just a browser. No mandatory java nor flash plugin required, even though it could add some features when it exists. Other good thing is that you don't need to have database server. They use some kind of virtual file system to save your files and configuration.

I tried this on my desktop which has Apache 2 as the web server and the installation takes less than 1 minute. All i did was just extract, give permission, and run the installer (via browser). It's like having a real operating system (except that you might not get a cool window manager just like GNOME or KDE). The developer has tried hard to make the application mimics the real desktop found on major operating system.

The problem i encountered while playing with this is the resolution. I used 1024x768, but at some cases, this is not enough to display all the window, so i had to use the tab key to move to the bottom of the window and press the button. Perhaps raising to higher resolution will fix this problem.

Even though it can be used for public access, i wouldn't use it. It's too risky to do that, especially some features requires 777 permission (you must set the permission to 777 at the beginning and the installer will take care of the rest). Anyways, it's a good application big grin.

I forgot to mention. It's also open source project.

Friday, August 15, 2008

2008 Beijing Olympic Game Opening Ceremonial Full Coverage

For those who missed the opening ceremonial of 2008 Beijing Olympic game, you can watch the full coverage of the fantastic opening by downloading from this link (RS). It contains the list of file you should download (also from RS). I'd rather not to display all the links here as it will be very long and boring.

It's being split into 25 parts, with each part is approximately 90 MB, so the total is around 2,2 GB. You can join those parts with HJSplit or any other splitter which can join .001, .002 files.

Enjoy the video winking

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Google Calendar is Now in Indonesian

Google has updated their Calendar application to include more languages, including Indonesian (according to GMail Blog). Right now, they are chasing to support 50 languages (they are up to 38 currently). Let's hope their hopes come true (giving everyone the information they want in their native language).

That's a good news, as i'm starting to use Google Calendar on my lecturer site. It listed all of my activities at work so students can see whether i'm busy or not on particular day.

Participate in Linux Kernel Community

Linux kernel is one of the biggest open source project. It has more than nine millions line of codes with more than 1000 developers are working distributed around the world. For some people, joining this massive groups would require lots of guts, but Jonathan Corbet, LWN editor has make it easier by making a documentation about How to Participate in Linux Community (Linux kernel in this case).

It gives you detailed about what the project are, how the process works, early planning and up to the phase when you will work on your own and start sending your patches as a result of your contribution to the project.

Kernel hacker wannabe? You must not miss this guidance big grin

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Microsoft Security Updates

Today Microsoft released 11 patches, with 6 of them are marked as critical, while the rest are marked important. The affected application are Microsoft Office and Windows (with lots of components inside it). Go get the list of updates here.

Oh yeah, it's only for Windows user. Linux users? Don't waste your time downloading this updates laughing

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Adobe Flash Player 10 RC

Seven months. That the time needed by the Adobe team to release Flash Player 10 RC (release candidate) and move from beta testing from January release. Here's the detailed what goes into this build (569):
  • Camera input works a whole lot better (V4L1 and V4L2 cameras both work; V4L2 cameras don't peg the CPU anymore)
  • Software fullscreen performance is vastly improved
  • Faster, more stable windowless mode (but be sure to use very recent browser builds)
  • SSL now handled through NSS instead of flashsupport-OpenSSL alliance
  • White speckles are gone from video playback
  • Important stability fixes (fewer crashes)
  • Still not 64-bit native, just to get that out of the way
Willing to test this version? Check the requirements first, as it will have more requirements than the current version (9.x). Look at those requirements here

Source: Adobe Blog

Monday, August 11, 2008

Vote for 3.0 Splash Screen 3.0 will be released in September (planned) and it will have a new splash screen, as always like what we had also in 2.0 release. As it's build by the community, the community deserves to vote for the final splash screen being used on the application.

Here's how to do that. You look at the proposals being sent here. When you have done looking, open this URL to register your name and email address. You will get a confirmation email shortly and when you have, click on the URL given and you can start voting on your favorite splash screen.

Voting will end on Monday, August 18th, 2008 at 12:00 UTC+1 (06:00 AM Indonesian Western Time). Please vote wisely, as changing your vote afterward is not possible!

I have three candidates for it, but i have to pick one, so what must i say. I must choose the best among those three candidates.

What are you waiting for? Start your browser and give your votes for the Community big grin

Sunday, August 10, 2008

2008 Beijing Olympic Game OST Album

Tracklist CD 1

1. Beijing Huan Ying Ni (Beijing Welcomes You) - Various Artists
2. Forever Friends (Chinese Version) - Sun Nan & Chang Hui Mei
3. Dian Ran Ji Qing Zhuan Di Meng Xiang (Ignited Passion, Transfer Dream) - Wang Leehom & Stefanie Sun & Wang Feng & Jane Zhang
4. Qian Shan Wan Shui - Jay Chou
5. Tian Kong (Sky) - Tan Jing
6. Chao Yue (Beyond) - Xu Yang & Shi Peng
7. Meng Xiang Zai Wang (Dream In Sight) - Dream In Sight - Bibi Zhou
8. Wishing Star (English Version) - David Huang
9. Tong Zai Lan Se Xing Qiu Shang (In The Same Blue Planet) - Nicholas Tse & Joey Yung
10. Ying Xiong (Heroes) - Chris Yu
11. Meng Xiang De Guang (The Light Of Dreams) - Wang Feng
12. Forever Friends (English Version) - Sun Nan & Coco Lee

Tracklist CD 2

1. We Are Ready - Various Artists
2. Everyone Is No.1 - Andy Lau
3. Wo Shi Ming Xing (I’m A Star) - Emil Chou
4. One World One Dream - Wang Leehom
5. Tong Yi Ge Shi Jie Tong Yi Ge Meng Xiang (Same World, Same Dream) - Liu Huan & Natasha Na Ying
6. Wo Men De Meng (Our Dreams) - Wang Feng
7. Rong Guang (Glory) - Guo Rong
8. Yi Qi Fei (Fly Together) - Tan Jing & Yan Wei Wen
9. Cheers For Life - Han Hong & Yu Quan
10. Zhan Qi Lai (Stand Up) - Jackie Chan & Wang Leehom & Stefanie Sun & Han Hong
11. Beijing, Beijing, Wo Ai Beijing (Beijing, Beijing, I Love Beijing) - Guan Zhe
12. Ren Lei Shi Yi Jia (Human Beings Are One Family) - Wei Wei & Dai Yu Qiang

Trackist CD 3

1. Dian Ran Ji Qing Chuan Di Meng Xiang (Ignited Passion, Transfer Dream) (Chinese Version) - Wang Leehom & Stefanie Sun & Wang Feng & Jane Zhang
2. Dian Ran Ji Qing Chuan Di Meng Xiang (Ignited Passion, Transfer Dream) (Chinese Version) - Wang Leehom & Stefanie Sun
3. Dian Ran Ji Qing Chuan Di Meng Xiang (Ignited Passion, Transfer Dream) (English Version) - 2008 Miss World
4. Dian Ran Ji Qing Chuan Di Meng Xiang (Ignited Passion, Transfer Dream) (Instrumental)

CD 1
CD 2
CD 3

uTorrent 1.8 Finalbit

Long wait is finally over. UTorrent 1.8 has become final and released today. The main major feature added is Teredo and IPv6 support, but there's a slew of smaller features, changes and improvements. The changelog is absolutely massive, so check it on their announcement page. It has new icon, but most of the UI is still the same with 1.6. But it's still one of the smallest bittorrent client ever existed. That's why i loved it when i was playing in Windows.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Welcome Song

As always, every Olympic game must have some kind of song which is usually as a welcome song before the Olympic game started. This year, China did the same. Here's the video of the welcome song. It's translated into "Welcome to Beijing" or i would say it would be "Beijing welcome you". Here's the lyrics:
"Welcome to Beijing "
Another morning is coming, and brings in the fresh air
Our friendship will never change, just like the fragrance of green tea
My door is always open for you, and I'm here for you with open arms
You'd know me better when you hugged me, and you will love it here
Be my guest no matter you are from home and abroad
You are here as promised, friends we welcome you
I grow green plant at home to show you all the legends in the past
I want to plant in the soil to make you good memories
Friends and strangers, you are all my guests, and please be at home
No matter how many times we meet, there are still a lot to talk about
Welcome to Beijing, we will show you a brand new place
The charm of Beijing is full of life
Welcome come to Beijing, let's breath together in the sunshine
We want to make new record on this yellow soil
I always keep my doors open, to welcome the world
The old ages is smiling like youth, to welcome that day
We are all friends, please make yourself at home
With all the smiles, I am here waiting for you
Welcome to Beijing, May my music touch you
Let's working hard and try to go beyond ourselves
Welcome to Beijing, it's great to be able to have dream
Just be brave and there will be a miracle

Download (RapidShare)

ACM Operating Systems Review

ACM has published another topic in their Digital Library. This time, the special topic is about Issue on Research and developments in the Linux Kernel. It is available, for free, from the ACM Archives

Included are 12 papers about the advances that have been merged or are
candidates to be merged into the Linux kernel, as well as new idea
papers discussing promising experimental work.

* Minding the gap: R&D in the Linux kernel
by Muli Ben-Yehuda, Eric Van Hensbergen, Marc Fiuczynski
* Introducing technology into the Linux kernel: a case study
by Paul E. McKenney, Jonathan Walpole
* Extending futex for kernel to user notification
by Helge Bahmann, Konrad Froitzheim
* Plan 9 authentication in Linux
by Ashwin Ganti
* Towards achieving fairness in the Linux scheduler
by Chee Siang Wong, Ian Tan, Rosalind Deena Kumari, Fun Wey
* I/O resource management through system call scheduling
by Silviu S. Craciunas, Christoph M. Kirsch, Harald Röck
* PipesFS: fast Linux I/O in the unix tradition
by Willem de Bruijn, Herbert Bos
* CUBIC: a new TCP-friendly high-speed TCP variant
by Sangtae Ha, Injong Rhee, Lisong Xu
* On the design of a new Linux readahead framework
by WU Fengguang, XI Hongsheng, XU Chenfeng
* Practical techniques for purging deleted data using liveness information
by David Boutcher, Abhishek Chandra
* virtio: towards a de-facto standard for virtual I/O devices
by Rusty Russell
* Virtual servers and checkpoint/restart in mainstream Linux
by Sukadev Bhattiprolu, Eric W. Biederman, Serge Hallyn, Daniel Lezcano

via LWN

Opening Ceremonial Videos

For those who missed the opening ceremonial, you can watch them at YouTube, even though it may not cover all of the show being demonstrated yesterday. At least you can see the torch being flamed on and also some dance and artistic performance by almost 15000 people.
- Opening Ceremonial (including the dance and defile) (Rapidshare Links)
- Lighting the cauldron ceremony + awesome fireworks (Rapidshare Links)

Friday, August 08, 2008

Best Olympic Game Ever

I am watching the best opening ceremonial of all Olympic being held in this world right now. It's not over yet, as there are more than 200 countries which participated in this big event which was held in 08-08-2008.

The opening ceremonial was phenomenon. It combines culture, technology, and art together to present a fantastic visual effects and performance from more than 15000 people who participated in the opening ceremonial. I never thought that it would be this kind of opening. It's very different compared to other Olympic event ever held. I'm quite sure that most people would agree that this will be the biggest Olympic ever held ever.

One thing i hate is the ads. The tv station cuts the moment when the ceremonial took place and when the fireworks were started angry

Last PHP 4.4.x Release

PHP Team has released their last PHP 4.4.x series which ended in 4.4.9. Changes in this release includes:
* Updated PCRE to version 7.7.
* Fixed overflow in memnstr().
* Fixed crash in imageloadfont when an invalid font is given.
* Fixed open_basedir handling issue in the curl extension.
* Fixed mbstring.func_overload set in .htaccess becomes global.

Read the full Changelog for detailed changes.

So long PHP 4 and say hello to the upcoming PHP 5.3 big hug

Thursday, August 07, 2008

More Changes From RS

Late last month, Rapidshare released more changes to premium users. Here they are:

Premium accounts: Convert RapidPoints for traffic

July 31, 2008

Whenever you have reached the maximum download volume of your premium account, you can now convert your RapidPoints to additional download traffic. Every point is worth 15 megabyte. The maximum amount of traffic which can be added to your account is displayed in your premium zone.

RapidShare upgrading in progress

July 30, 2008

The upgrading of the RapidShare infrastructure is in full progess. Due to the extent of the upgrade we are calculating to finish the job at the beginning of September. Thus, we have raised the daily premium download traffic from 4 gigabyte to 5 gigabyte.

Unlimited Access by Speedy

If you are non-unlimited Speedy users (personal, time-based, and professional), this will be a good news for you. Speedy gave unlimited access without reducing your quota or your time slots starting 8 PM until 8 AM. It will be totally free usage. Too bad, this good news won't be implemented in all cities in Indonesia. Only in Cilegon, Serang, Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi, Depok, Karawang, Bogor and Purwakarta.

Please check the rules here, as it is kinda tricky as you will have to login after 8 PM or you will be charged as normal rate. Also you must not be logged in more than 12 hours or you will be charged with normal rate again.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Change of Face

It seems that not only ITB and Unpad who changed their website. UGM also changed their website, even though it's only their Computer Science faculty. It's far better than the old one, but it sends PDF files without being asked. I think it's very annoying and the admin should have this fixed ASAP.

By the way, they changed the degree from MKom into M.Cs (Master of Computer Science). My friend who has just graduated already got this title, so will i (hopefully this year).

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Skype Connector on IMO

I just got an email from IMO that they have added another feature in their instant messaging application, which is Skype connector. Here's the email i received:
A few weeks ago, I contacted you after we introduced MySpace IM. I thought I would touch base with you again because we have now added a connector to Skype!

As a further bonus, we are trying out experimental support for voice calls to your Skype contacts. Since call quality is not yet perfect, we do not yet allow calls to phone numbers or "SkypeOut" buddies. You can, however, call any of your Skype friends who may not yet be on If you want to try out a call, click on the "Skype Test Call" buddy, and select "Start Call" in the conversation window, which now appears next to the webcam function. A call window should pop up. Make sure that you allow to access your microphone, or your voice will not be heard.

Our Skype and MySpace connectors are still in their early stages, so please inform us about any problems you encounter by clicking the "Send us Feedback" link at the bottom of the imo homepage. We thank you for your continued interest and support of imo, and we welcome any suggestions for improvements.


Monday, August 04, 2008

Project Management Workshop

When i got home, i got a phone call from one of my senior colleague. He asked me whether i'm able to give some small internal workshop about project management with Microsoft Project this week (it's very tight schedule). I used to use Microsoft Project while i was working as a project leader to help me schedule my project, but not too deep in knowledge. Also, i'm used to work under Linux most of my time currently, so switching to Windows again is not a good idea peace sign

So, i offered him the presentation about MS Project, and i will give talks about BaseCampHQ. It's an online collaboration tools which can be used for project management as well, but in different style. The idea behind BaseCamp is that we can access our schedule anywhere, anytime without having to install specific application (MS Project in this case). It's a web-based application, so all you need is just a web browser. It's very easy to use, even for people who haven't tried this application before. In less than a 2 hours, i'm sure you will be able to use this tools by yourself.

The presentation is now finished. Probably i will add more things tomorrow, but let's see about that.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

PHP 5.3 On The Way

PHP Team is now working on PHP 5.3 which will bring lots of changes as well as bug fixes. It's now in Alpha phase, as it contains huge amount of new changes that need thorough test first before they become an RC or even Beta version. Here's some documentation you might want to see before the final 5.3 comes out:
- Upgrade Notes
- Release Notes (Windows)

Here's some overview on what will the next PHP 5.x contains:
The final version is expected to be released between mid September and mid October of 2008.

Make sure you download the updated documentation (the latest one at the time i write this post is dated 1 August 2008). More updates will became available when the final version is getting near the release date.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Automate Remote Login

Most Linux users are familiar with ssh. They used it frequently to do remote login to other machines in which they have access. The problem with the default ssh configuration is that you must type your password everytime you wanted to login. It can be counted as a good security measures, but in the other hand, sometimes it's annoying to write the same password everytime. Would it be a good idea if we can automate remote login?

The answer lies in the hand of ssh-agent. How do you do that? Read the detailed HOWTO on this article by WebMonkey

Looking For Blogging Tools?

Some people (including this guy) sometimes have a problem with the blogging tool provided by the blogging services. They opted to pick third party tools which can help them do better blogging, mostly in posting. Well, SmashingMagazine has wrote an article about 15 Desktop Blogging Tools Reviewed which list some of the tools out there.

Please note that this is only a review and it's not a perfect guidelines for everybody. The final decision is in your hand.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Mummy 3: East Meet West

I just came back from Amplaz after watching Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. This is the third sequel of the Mummy series where Rick O'Connell and Evelyn O’Connell along with Jonathan Carnahan took another journey "raising" another mummy big grin. Even though it should be released on 6 August (according to IMDB), it is already released in Indonesia.

I didn't expect that it would be released today, as i checked the website this morning and i didn't find any information about it (i checked around 6 AM). My friend told me that the movie was played (that was around 8 AM) and i re-checked and yes, it's on.

Like the previous one, it always bring tense to all the viewers. In this series, you will travel from East to West, so you will likely to see lots of places. It has a nice view also. I would suggest this movie for your weekend plan tomorrow

Beauty of Linux

Do you still think that Windows is much more fancy than Linux? Well, if you do then check the movie below and you will be amazed on how beauty Linux is right now with compiz and it's plugin. The author has posted how did he managed to get to this great desktop on this URL