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20 October 2004

Iklan Satu Halaman Untuk FireFox

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Tim marketing Firefox yang bersitus di SpreadFirefox akan melakukan usaha marketing besar-besaran untuk mempopulerkan Firefox. Mereka berencana untuk memasang sebuah iklan satu halaman penuh di The New York Times pada saat Firefox 1.0 diluncurkan!

Iklan tersebut akan dibiayai sepenuhnya oleh donatur yang masing-masing menyumbang $30 ($10 untuk pelajar). Sedangkan nama dari seluruh donatur akan dicantumkan pada iklan tersebut. Saat ini sudah ada 1170 donatur yang telah melakukan sumbangan, jadi paling tidak sudah ada $11700 yang terkumpul.

Bagaimana di Indonesia? Bisakah kita melakukan hal yang serupa? :) Mungkin kalau di sini media yang cocok adalah majalah Tempo atau mungkin koran nasional seperti Kompas atau Media Indonesia.

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19 October 2004

Comment Spammers Have Arrived

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For the first time this site got hit by a few dozens of comment spam today (if you don’t consider these as comment spam). I hope it doesn’t get any worse than this because that was the primary reason I closed the first version of this blog a year ago. Of course, since I set link threshold very low (one), none of them had a chance to appear. However I still had to manually delete them on the moderation queue. That became tedious after a few dozens of spam :(.

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18 October 2004

Situs Terbaik?

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Kontes pemilihan situs terbaik kembali diadakan. Situs terbaik mengambil satu pemenang dari lima nominasi yang ada pada setiap kategori. Ada 16 buah kategorisasi situs berdasarkan jenis situs. Tetapi apakah situs-situs yang menjadi nominasi tersebut mengikuti standar web dengan baik? Saya mencoba melakukan validasi HTML pada seluruh situs yang menjadi nominasi tersebut. Validasi dilakukan secara default (tanpa mengubah konfigurasi validator) pada halaman depan setiap situs. Validasi juga tidak dilakukan terhadap frameset yang direferensikan oleh dokumen utama.

Pertama-tama saya melakukan validasi pada situs web kontes itu sendiri. Hasilnya: tidak ditemukan adanya DOCTYPE, dan validasi untuk HTML 4.01 Transitional menghasilkan 137 kesalahan.

Bagaimana dengan kondisi situs-situs yang dilombakan? Hasilnya dapat dilihat di bawah ini.

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Buka Bersama Aktivis Linux Jakarta dan Bandung

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Buka Bersama Linux

Kemarin sore diadakan acara buka aktivis Linux Indonesia yang berada di Jakarta dan sekitarnya. Acara ini dihadiri oleh: Saya, Dicky, Jay, Ananda, Gani, Reza, Firdaus, Rusmanto, Aulia Adnan, Sofyan, Made Wiryana, Ase, Adi, Eko, Zikri, RMS46 (mohon maaf kalau ada yang terlewatkan).

Buka bersama tersebut diadakan di Dapur Sunda Pancoran. Acara tersebut bersifat santai. Topik-topik yang dibicarakan berkisar pada koordinasi kunjungan Richard Stallman ke Indonesia. Selain itu dalam suasana santai juga dibicarakan beberapa topik hangat lainnya serta pembicaraan untuk pembentukan yayasan untuk mewadahi kegiatan Linux Indonesia.

Setelah acara usai, tim Bandung (Saya, Dicky, Ananda, Jay, Gani) berkumpul di kantor Dicky untuk melakukan koordinasi kunjungan Richard Stallman ke Bandung akhir pekan ini.

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17 October 2004

Estimating The Cost To Develop Software Using Conventional Means

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Recently, some guy offered to relicense 2.4 branch of Linux kernel for a mere $50,000:

We offer to kernel.org the sum of $50,000.00 US for a one time license to the Linux Kernel Source for a single snapshot of a single Linux version by release number. This offer must be accepted by ALL copyright holders and this snapshot will subsequently convert the GPL license into a BSD style license for the code. In other words, what we are asking for is the ability to snapshot kernel.org at 50K a pop for a license to each 2.<even number> release, then take any even number release private.

The offer regarded as an insult by a number of kernel developers. Aside that it is impossible to offer such a deal, they argued that the amount 50K is far too tiny for a project as big as the Linux kernel. David Wheeler tried to compute the cost required to redevelop the Linux kernel from scratch using conventional means. The result is it would take $612 millions to redevelop the Linux kernel using traditional proprietary approaches. Read his whitepaper Linux Kernel 2.6: It’s Worth More! for more information.

The interesting thing is the tool used for this calculation. David Wheeler used his own creation, sloccount, in order to compute these results. You can use sloccount yourself to estimate the cost needed to develop any software, as long as you have access to its source code. For example, it will take about $500K in order to develop WordPress, the software behind this blog, using traditional means. You can try sloccounting your own projects, assignment from school, your final projects, some random free software, etc! It’s fun!

By default, sloccount uses average programmer salary from United States, so if you live outside the United States, you will need to adjust its parameter to avoid it from overvaluing your software. I don’t know the average programmer salary here in Indonesia, but I think it is between Rp 2-5 millions per month depending on your location. Multiply it by 13 to get yearly figure. If anyone know a better estimate, please post a comment.

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16 October 2004

Butuh Dana Untuk Kegiatan Richard Stallman

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Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman akan jadi ‘pentas’ di Bandung, tetapi masih ada kendala yang selalu menjadi masalah, yaitu masalah DUIT. Untuk menghadiri presentasi dari Richard Stallman tidak akan dipungut biaya. Tetapi tetap saja kami membutuhkan biaya untuk akomodasi beliau selama di Bandung.

Atas laporan Dicky, dana yang terkumpul saat ini baru sekitar Rp 1.7 juta. Itu pun masih dalam bentuk kesediaan. Dana itu kami kira masih akan kurang, setelah kami hitung-hitung, untuk keperluan kegiatan ini akan membutuhkan dana sekitar Rp 4 juta.

Untuk itu kami mohon kesediaan rekan-rekan untuk menyumbang demi terlangsungnya kegiatan ini. Untuk menyumbang silakan transfer sumbangan anda melalui:

  • BCA, nomor rekening 7770018476, atas nama Priyadi Iman Nurcahyo, cabang BCA KCU Dago Bandung
  • Bank Mandiri, nomor rekening 131-00-0420333-9, atas nama Priyadi Iman Nurcahyo, cabang KC Bandung Suropati

Setelah itu silakan anda kirim email ke saya, dan sebutkan nama, nomor rekening dan jumlah sumbangan anda. Jika ada kelebihan sumbangan, dana akan kami kembalikan ke penyumbang sesuai dengan proporsi masing-masing. Seluruh donatur akan saya umumkan jumlah dan namanya, kecuali jika ada yang tidak menginginkannya.

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I Need A New Keyboard

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Keyboard

My current keyboard has started acting funny. My Left Shift and Enter keys frequently don’t respond when I hit them. I’ve been pretty disappointed with this Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard. It worked OK only for first few months. After that, it requires considerable more force to push down the key, writing a lengthy document could tire my fingers easily. I like the older Microsoft Natural Elite Keyboard much better. But what I really miss is my old Logitech split keyboard which I can’t remember the exact model.

Why Microsoft and Logitech keyboards? Because I like split models very much, and it is hard to find those nowadays. Even Logitech has discontinued most of its split models, I can only find one model on their web site. Furthermore the only split model is wireless and bundled with a mouse. I don’t like wireless (I don’t feel like replacing batteries after a few months), and I already have a mouse. So, now I’m left with Microsoft again as the only option. There are other vendors like Belkin, but I’ve never gotten to see this one yet. If there are no better models, I think I’ll just give up and experiment with non-split keyboards this time.

Anyone dares to recommend me a nice keyboard? :)

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Why I’ve Chosen WordPress

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My previous blog post about blogging software marketshare spurred many comments from veteran bloggers. As I stated before, long time bloggers prefer MovableType to other blogging software.

Thomas has told the world why he still uses MovableType. Avianto also posted the entry titled Why MovableType?. And what are my reasons switching to WordPress?

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Complicated Mobile Blogging

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P900

Mobile blogging is not yet straightforward enough. At least that what I thought when I was struggling to make my last post about my nephew. I originally wanted to make the post with my notebook, however for some reason its modem refused to function properly. So I was left with my trusty P900 smartphone to do this. And since I didn’t bring my phone’s data cable nor its Bluetooth dongle, I would need to do it without help from the notebook.

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15 October 2004

My Nephew Naufal Was Born

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Naufal

I’m in Bandung now to visit my brother Fahmy and his wife Renny who just had their first baby. Naufal Hafidz Aria Bangun was born at 11:48 in 12 October 2004. He was 3.18 kg and 50cm tall at the time he was born. He is my first direct nephew and my parent’s first grandchild.

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14 October 2004

Won a Notebook!

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IBM T41p

I just won an IBM Thinkpad T41p model 2373GEU on eBay for $2025! A bit more expensive than what I had hoped before. I was hoping to get it within 1800-1900 range, but it’s still a good deal since the seller claimed it is brand new, not refurbished. And also considering the model is no longer produced, and the replacement T42p is way out of my reach. To top it all off, the seller even upgraded the memory to 1024 MB. Not a bad deal in my opinion. However winning on eBay is only the beginning, now is the scariest part. I hope the whole deal is not fraudulent. And if it is not fraudulent, it is better to be in same condition stated in the auction listing. I really don’t want to waste precious 2 grands for nothing.

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13 October 2004

Richard Stallman ke Bandung

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Richard Stallman

Dicky membuat pengumuman pada milis Klub Linux Bandung bahwa Richard Stallman akan singgah di Bandung.

Guys,

tgl 23 en 24 october ini kita akan kedatangan Mr. Richard Stallman … buat yg belum tau .. googling dulu deh …

Rencana nya akan memberikan pidato/presentasi pd hari sabtu 23 october 2004 jam 15.00

utk ini saya mohon bantuan utk : 1. bantuan tenaga 2. bantuan ide 3. dan kl sanggup bantuan dana

saya akan usahakan acara free alias non-commercial, terbuka utk umum. serius tp santai …

tema saat ini : “Ngabuburit with Richard Stallman” Hari Sabtu 23 October 2004

Sisanya kl mo ikut nemenin jalan2 jg boleh :D

saat ini sangat diperlukan : 1. publikasi 2. support utk persiapan acara di bdg berhubung saya di jkt 3. pemesanan tiket kreta bdg-jkt hari minggu sore jam 2-3

silahkan modifikasi dan posting info ini ke blog/milis apa pun :D

Mari kita manfaatkan kesempatan tersebut demi kemajuan komunitas GNU/Linux dan Free Software di Bandung pada khususnya dan di Indonesia pada umumnya. Untuk informasi siapakah Richard Stallman itu silakan lihat referensi di Wikipedia dan juga di homepage pribadinya.

Update: untuk KLUBers, jangan lupa online di Yahoo pada pukul 17.00 besok (14 Okt 2004), Dicky mau mengadakan rapat online.

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