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(Get up and) GO
08.05.06 (4:05 pm)   [edit]

I am starting the day with a song from ASIA (a rock band), "GO":

Dig for victory, go for gold
I don't wanna die before I get old
And I wonder where I'm going to
There's some way out, there's some way through
But I'm lost, I'm lost, I'm down again
My direction is changing, which way,
Which way can I go...

Get up and go

... 

This should energize me for the whole day. 



 
tblog is getting better
04.16.06 (4:12 pm)   [edit]
What do you know? I've been away from my tblog site for quite a while. Now, it seems that it is getting better (and better). Spam removal is great! Keep up the good work. Maybe I'll blog again here . . .

 
Checking tblog again
02.26.06 (4:29 am)   [edit]

I have not checked my tblog's blog for quite a while. In fact, the last time I check tblog was because its RSS feed caused a problem in my blog agregator (planet GBT ). We had to disable the link in the agregator.

Now it seems that have been numerous changes in tblog. I hope they're for the better. Of course. I am going to experiment with my blog again. 



 
Testing tblog again
01.23.06 (3:18 pm)   [edit]
It has been a while since I updated my tblog blog. I was going to abandon it, but notice something strage in its RSS feed. It doesn't work anymore. Infact, it gives new posts. Argghh. But that made me look into this tblog account again. Apparently there have been many changes in the system. I hope it's for the best. Now, I am exploring it again. See if it suits my need.

 
straight 24-hours
10.27.05 (11:05 am)   [edit]
I am already up for 21 hours for no apparent reasons. Will I stay up for 24 hours? I don\'t know.

It started this morning at 3 AM. This is the month of Ramadhan, where Muslims fast during the day. So I did my breakfast at around 3-ish. After that, I checked my emails and did some writing, preparing for my presentation tomorrow (or today, since it has passed midnight).


Morning came and I took my daughter to her school. Back from the school, I worked on my presentation again and checked on reports that my company must submit. By the time I was finished, it was already close to afternoon. I had to pick up my daughter. So I did. Then, I went straight to Bandung High Tech Valley (BHTV) workshop. [BHTV web. BHTV blog.]

At the workshop I listened to presentations and tried to get some insights. Armein Langi\'s presentation was good. The discussion was lively. I am excited with the possibility of actually realizing our BHTV\'s dream. Although, it wasn\'t what I expected since I thought that Bandung would pick up the idea. But, nooo... the city of Cimahi is probably who is going to realize this dream.

After supper, I was back at home and was waiting for a meeting. The meeting got cancelled. Fine. Actually, I kind of hoping it get cancelled because I would then have time to work on my presentation.

I was thinking of making a bit different presentation, since I\'ve got sick with plain Power Point presentations. I\'ve got the idea after watching Dick Hardt\'s presentation at OSCON 2005. It is a very good presentation! You have to watch it. (I ended up making a regular presentation. I hope it is still good.)

At the end of his presentation, there was a text saying that his presentation was modelled after Lawrence Lessig\'s presentation. For those who don\'t know, Lawrence Lessig is a professor in [cyber]law. He\'s one of the few lawyers who dig open source. I knew Lessig from his web site. I often visit his site. But, I usually read his stuff, not listening or watching his video. After watching Dick Hardt\'s presentation, I decided to search of Lessig\'s video archive. I found some, but I could not download most of them. I have to view them online. My Internet connection is not that fast (128 kbps, shared). So, it is out of the question. I have to use the offline version. Unfortunately, I couldn\'t find a good Lessig\'s video.

At the same time, I decided to check PBS\' Nerd TV archive. One of my friend here has downloaded a copy. So I watched Andy Hertzfeld\'s interview. Bob Cringley was the interviewer. (I knew him from his \"Triumph of the Nerds\" documentary. Like the film a lot.) I knew Andy\'s from the many book of Macs that I have. I also visited his Foklore.org site.

Having done all of this ... it\'s 15 minutes pass midnight. I am still awake and still excited with all of this. I wonder if there\'s other people like me (crazy enough to get excited with technology)?

Well, I decided to go to bed. I have to wake up at 3:AM. I should have a good 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Good night.

Or, should I say, Good Morning!

 
Tblog posting engine is unfriendly
10.11.05 (12:49 pm)   [edit]
I am still wondering why tblog still uses an unfriendly posting engine. Having searched for various blogging services, this posting engine is the worse. For example, there is no "preview" mode so I can see what the post will look like before I publish it. I don't know if I can code HTML directly into this engine, either. I hope someday there is an update version of this posting engine.

 
My New blogs
10.07.05 (1:34 am)   [edit]
Well, when somebody opens a new blog service, I just have to try. I have opened two new blogs at rahard.wordpress.com and rahard.blogsome.com. Blogsome has been a while though. I just haven't had a chance to open a blog there, until yesterday.

 
My Technorati Profile
10.05.05 (6:26 am)   [edit]
It has been a while I have not updated this blog.
This time I want to include this blog into my
Technorati Profile

 
Sunday night = start working
05.15.05 (3:30 am)   [edit]
Sunday is supposed to be a relaxing day and it is. But, Sunday night is a different story for me. My weekday starts at Sunday night. My Sunday night schedule consists of preparation for lectures (I have two classes to teach on Mondays), updating many things (blogs, articles, books, notes, and things that are related to writing), and preparation for presentations / meetings and the like. Usually I sleep pretty late on Sunday, which is a bad thing since my class starts at 7:00 AM on Monday!

Now, it's time to update my lecture notes...

 
How to remove information from the Internet?
04.28.05 (3:02 pm)   [edit]
When you published information on the Internet and Goggle & Yahoo have found it, is it possible to remove it? Here is the case.

Our friends from Canada (Richard Lewko and Evelyne Bemben) were listed as still missing from the Tsunami dissaster in Thailand. Fortunately, they are alive and well in Canada. They were not in Puket at that time. They were in other areas. Their names are listed in web sites, such as:

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/01/04/email.appeals.thailand.i.to.o/ and http://www.tsunamis.com/missing-people-tsunami-disaster-thailand.html

I have asked the web masters to remove the entry or to add comments that they are alive and well in Canada. Let see how it goes. In the mean time, I'll add the following information.

Richard Lewko and Evelyne Bemben are alive and well in Canada.

I hope this information is found at the top of Google & Yahoo search engines. They are getting a lot of phone calls. I hope this information can clear that.

(Unfortunately there are other pages that have "Lewko and Evelyn Bemben" - with different spelling - and still say that they are missing. Do I have to put all commbinations in here?)

 
Hall & Oates
04.14.05 (2:41 pm)   [edit]
I was watching American Idol the other day and was intrigued by the presence of Hall and Oates in the crowed. Apparently, one of the contestants (Scott) picked Hall and Oates song; She's Gone. It's a good song, but Scott did a bad job in the low note section. He did an excellent job on the other parts though. Excellent. But the low note section could take him out of the competition.

Anyway, that made me search for Hall and Oates songs in my collection. Hall and Oates are still great song composers and band in my opinion. Regardless of jokes that are aimed at them (found some on the net), they're still great in my heart. Their songs are timeless.

Now, I am playing "Do it for love," "Private eyes," "She's gone," "One on one," "Rich girl," and many more. They have been sitting in my Winamp player for a couple of days. To Hall and Oates, please make more great songs.

 
Pop-up at tblog?
04.08.05 (12:18 am)   [edit]
I noticed that there's a pop-up window whenever I visit my tblog account. I hate this. Does anybody notice this too? Maybe I should cancel my tblog account? What do you think?
:evil:

 
Nifty Gizoogle
03.25.05 (3:24 pm)   [edit]
I just found an interesting web site called Gizoogle.com. You go to their web site and enter your web site. It will "gizzogle" the content of your web site. The output is funny, a rap-version of your web site.
Give it a try.

Here's the gizoogled version of the above paragraph.

I jizzle found an interest'n web site called Gizooglizzle . Bow wow wow yippee yo yipee yay. You go ta they web site n enta yo web site. It wizzy "gizzogle" tha content of yo web site. The output is funny, a rap-version of yo web site.
Give it a try.

 
Vote For Bo Bice!
03.16.05 (7:14 am)   [edit]
You know, I don't usually watch TV shows. But this time, American Idol amazes me. One particular good singer is Bo Bice. His voice is rock and blues. Let's vote for him.

 
Himbauan Kepada Hacker & Cracker Indonesia & Malaysia
03.11.05 (2:13 pm)   [edit]
Kepada Hacker & Cracker Indonesia & Malaysia,

Saya mengharapkan anda tidak melakukan penyerangan atau/dan pengrusakan situs-situs Indonesia dan Malaysia.

Saya mengerti bahwa akhir-akhir ini beberapa masalah di dunia nyata membuat kita kesal dan marah. Namun kekesalan tersebut sebaiknya tidak dilimpahkan ke dunia maya (cyberspace). Semestinya sebelum melakukan aksi yang berdampak negatif, kita bisa melakukan langkah-langkah positif seperti melakukan dialog (melalui email, mailing list, bulletin board, blog, dan media elektronik lainnya).

Kita harus ingat bahwa kita hidup bertetangga dan bersaudara. Yang namanya hidup bertetangga pasti mengalami perbedaan pendapat. Mari kita belajar bertetangga dengan baik.

Saya berharap agar kita yang hidup di dunia maya mencontohkan bagaimana kita menyelesaikan permasalahan dengan kepala dingin dan hati yang lapang, sehingga para pemimpin kita di dunia nyata dapat mencontoh penyelesaian damai. Mudah-mudahan mereka dapat lebih arif dan bijaksana dalam mengambil keputusan.

Sekali lagi, mohon penyerangan dihentikan sebelum kita masuk ke tindakan atau aktivitas yang membuat kita menyesal di kemudian hari.

Damai itu indah ...

Budi Rahardjo (ID-CERT)

 
Software Developers Day
03.02.05 (3:26 pm)   [edit]
Yesterday (March 2, 2005) I attended Software Developers Day in Jakarta. The event was organized by Aspiluki (Association of Software House in Indonesia). I arrived a little late, since I have to take a train from Bandung to Jakarta. I arrived at the venue just at the very end of pak Putu's presentation. He is from Departemen Perindustrian (Ministry of Industry). There were other representatives from the Government side.


After that there were representatives from multinational companies; Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Oracle, HP, and Sun. They were asked to tell the audience about their software roadmap and what can the developers expect from them. One of the insteresting questions was put by the moderator (Didik from Inixindo). He asked whether at one time or another the panelists have idea to tell their CEOs that they should bring work to Indonesia. The answer was dissapointing, in my opinion. I've got an impression that they don't believe the non-technical capabilities of Indonesian developers.


In the afternoon, well it was late afternoon since the whole thing was delayed for 1 hour, I gave a presentation on "Security Implementation in Mission Critical Applications." My presentation was basically on software security, or the lack of. (Presentation material will be posted in my presentation web site: http://budi.insan.co.id/presentations.) Enjoy ...

 
To write, and write, and write ...
02.26.05 (6:20 am)   [edit]
I have many things to write. First of all, I have an article for InfoLinux magazine due for Monday. That's the day after tomorrow. Then, I have a presentation to make on Wednesday. That's on Application Security. Assuming I could weasel out from a meeting on Tuesday, I could delay preparing that presentation. But, I suspect I have to go to a meeting this Tuesday. So, tomorrow (Sunday) I have to write to things, with a priority on the InfoLinux article.

If that's not busy enough, I have two classes to teach on Monday. That would mean I have to prepare the classes tomorrow. I have to update their web sites, lecture notes, and other documentations. One of them is a draft of a book that I have been neglected for years. So, tomorrow would be a busy day for me. (There's also a family gathering at my sister's house. We'll go there, have lunch, and come back ... to work.)

Want more? I have two write two more articles, or reports, whatever you want to call it. Some friends wanted me to write my opinion regarding Information Technology and dissaster management, and another one on managing research center.

My Transmeta Crusoe-based notebook is not fast enough to handle all of them. I have to sit in front of my desktop computer to do all of that. But, if I do that, I ended up writing blog articles. Oh, well...

 
Thunder, rain, and dissaster
02.22.05 (2:53 pm)   [edit]
Rain hit us pretty bad here in Bandung. It has been raining for more than a week. Usually, it starts in the evening (or even after 3 PM) and lasts until midnight. Great thunder and lightning scared the heck out of me. It's loud and shakes the surrounding area. The house can feel it. I can feel it.

One of our (network) switches was hit. Two ports, out of eight, are dead now. We have to rewire the ethernet from the machine room to my kids computer (in a different room). One ethernet card (on our VPN machine) was also fried.

There was a landslide in a city close to Cimahi. More than 100 people were killed. My deepest sympathy to all families affected by the dissaster.

I don't know what causes this bad weather, but I suspect it has something to do with what we did to the environment. Trees were chopped. Lands were cleared to make space for houses. We didn't give our city chances to survive. If only we could learn...

 
My new short story
02.19.05 (7:23 am)   [edit]
If you're following my blogs - yes, I have to many of them - you'll notice that I have just started another blog at rahard.blogdrive.com. This blogs is for my short story, which is (un?)fortunately in Bahasa Indonesia.


I wrote the story in real-time. Just blurt it out. I may have to edit it later on. Some parts of it are quite funny, actually. I laughed myself. But other parts are kind of dull. I'll have to sharpen them up.


I am going to add a page EVERY DAY!


So, enjoy the short story.

 
Managing MP3s
02.12.05 (3:35 pm)   [edit]
I never thought that managing MP3 files was such a burden. Ripping files from CDs, editing the tags, and organizing the files in directories (and subdirectories) are time consuming. Especially, editing tags!

I don't know about you, but many times I want to know about the details of song I am listenting to. I don't care if I have read that many times. Having the information properly organized is important.

Apparently, I am not the only one. There's an article by Peter Lewis in Fortune magazine (vol 151, no 3, Feb 21 2005) that talks just about that. It mentions commercial services that take your CDs and organized them in MP3 (and other formats). The cost? It's a ripoff!

 
Is reading novel wasting time?
02.11.05 (6:26 pm)   [edit]
Does anybody have an answer to this question: "Is reading novel wasting time?"

I like reading novel. But, with the amount of things to read (papers, books, technical reports, project reports, and the like), I feel that I am wasting my time reading novel. I feel guilty.

Does anybody know the benefit of reading novels?

 
Do you backup your blog(s)?
02.11.05 (4:19 am)   [edit]
Well, do you backup your blogs? If, yes, how do you do it? Do you copy (duplicate) your blog entries? I am especially interested if your blog is hosted somewhere else, not in your own machine. (Even if it's in your own machine, how do you do the backup? Do you backup your database separately, or is the db backup part of OS/system backup?)

Right now, I don't do backup. I don't know what's gonna happen if blogspot goes down. (As if my articles / entries are important, therefore worth backing 'em up.)

[This is an example of backing-up one blog to another blog.]

 
write something worth writing for
02.09.05 (5:54 am)   [edit]
You know, I want to write so many things in my blogs. But, something is always holding me. I always ask myself, is this something worth writing for? Does anybody want to read this stuff? I just don't want to write filler. Just for the sake of making the blog alive.

There are too many blogs out there with just junk. Or mostly junk. Of course, this blog may qualify as one of those too. But of course, this is why blog exists. It lets the readers to decide, which one is junk and which is less junk, not some news media reporters.

So, is this a junk blog?

 
Too much Computer
02.06.05 (4:06 pm)   [edit]
My job requires me to read a lot of documents, write (small) code, write documents. All of this make me glue to my computer most of the time. Arrrgh. Don't get me wrong, I love computers. But, too much of it ... it's just, well, too much.

And lately, as I have mentioned in my blog, I read more online or electronic documents. I could print those pages. But that would waste a lot of paper. I don't like it. I need a device that I could carry. A portable ebook. Right now I already have a Fujitsu Lifebook. It's small, but it's so damn slow! I have no choice but stick with my Pentium IV desktop.

Sigh ...

 
How many EPs have your read today?
02.05.05 (2:03 pm)   [edit]
I am having problems reading conventional books these days. My stack of to-read is getting higher and higher. The reason for this is that I read more and more online documents or PDF files.

I don't like reading online documents. It's hard on my back and eyes. I like reading in bed, couch, or just on the floor (carpeted that is). I hope portable PDF reader will be ready soon. But still the fact is that I sit more in front of my computers.

So, when somebody asked me how many books that I have read this week (or even perhaps month), I can only answer none. Maybe we should derive another metric. I call it EP, Equivalent Page. So, 1 EP is an equivalent of 1 conventional book page.

How many EPs have you read today? 50 EPs.

 
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