Thursday, September 17, 2015

Winding Up

Ok, so I failed to update this blog regularly. My excuse is still the same, busy. No, I am not joing. I am super busy.

I thought, when you're ageing, you're supposed to be winding down. I believed in that. But, again, I was wrong. Now, I am busier than ever. Yeah, I know, I choose to be busy. It is my fault. I am not supposed to complain and I am not. This is just to let you know what's happening in my life.

These days, I am doing lots of things and wearing various hats. I am still a lecturer at the university (Institut Teknologi Bandung), still running business, and still contributing to society through various organizations. I cannot document all of the things I do, but trust me, there are a lot of them.

... and now ... back to my busy life ... (winding me up, just like Alan Parsons' song)

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Why gplus is still NOT popular in Indonesia

I guess nobody is listening at Google. Let me say it again.

Gplus (g+) is not popular in Indonesia because it is VERY SLOW to open the page. That's the first problem. It takes me a while to open and interact with my gplus page. This is Indonesia. You have to come down here to understand it. (Google reps are in Singapore and only occasionally come to Indonesia. You wouldn't know the reality.)

Second, it is difficult to interact in gplus. There is no notification and threads about the interaction. For example, if somebody comments in my post, I wouldn't know. I know there is a notification feature, but it is not as visible as Facebook, for example.

I have more than 9000 followers in g+ and 5000 in Facebook, but there are MORE interactions in Facebook than in g+. In fact, there is close to zero interaction in my g+.

Are you listening Google?

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Go-Jek is the Indonesian Uber

Want to know something hot in the Indonesia's start-up domain? It's Go-Jek. It's the Uber of Indonesia.

What is Go-Jek? It's an application to search for "ojek". Ojek is a motorcycle transportation for public done by individuals. Or a motorcycle taxi. It's an Indonesian - or, I should say, Asian - thing.

Many places in Indonesia are easier reached by motorcycle; streets are narrow. Motorcycles are much cheaper compared to cars. Everybody owns motorcycle here. And, if there are traffic jams, ojek is your best friend. It can get you there faster.

Ojek is not regulated in Indonesia. Everybody can become an ojek operator (driver), while if you run a business using cars you have to get a license. It's a grey area. In any case, if think Uber can be illegal in Indonesia. Ojek is perfectly legal.

You can also transport goods using ojek. It's a threat to courier business.

By the way, this is yet another reason why you should be in Indonesia. The start up ecosystem is flourishing.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gemstone Is IN

If you want to know, gemstone currently is very popular in Indonesia. I repeat, VERY POPULAR. There, I shouted. At least, this is true in Bandung. Everywhere you see, there's gemstone. Even on the sidewalk, people just open their own gemstone "store" or "boot". ("Lapak", in Bahasa Indonesia.)

I believe, now the gift from Indonesia is "batu akik", the Indonesian's name for gemstone.

To be frankly, I have no idea why gemstone is this popular right now. I've seen people wearing rings with gemstone from as far as I can remember. But, those days, they were not this popular. What causes this popularity?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Too Many Things To Do

There is a classic reason why I have not updated this blog, busy. Yes, I've been too busy with many things. No, really, I am not trying to make excuses. I am truly, really, busy.

Sometimes, I wonder why other people seem to be relaxed. Nothing to do. But, then again I could be wrong. They might be busier than I am. Although, I doubt that. I know that there are people who are as busy as I am, and some are busier, but most people have simple things to do.

Being busy is a choice. I cannot blame others but myself for being too busy. So, I guess, I should enjoy being busy. This is a good problem.

Meanwhile, I should find time to blog again.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

What to do with spammers (and backlinkers)?

I hate it when people comment on my blog, but they don't actually want to comment. What they want to do is to put their link(s) into the comment so that they generate traffic and backlink to their site. It's one of those SEO thingy. Yes, I notice some of you are doing this in this blog.

One thing I notice is that they don't actually read the posting (article). They just post their comments blindly. I suspect, some of them are also using some sort of tools to do it. Thus, it doesn't matter if I say this bluntly or not. They'll never read it anyway. If you do read this post, don't put comments unless you mean it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Photoscape 3.7 Under Wine (Linuxmint)

Just tested Photoscape 3.7 under Wine under Linuxmint 17. Looked okay, but then when I edited an image ... preview of all images became broken greyscale. It looked like this:

Don't know where to report. Posted here for the benefit of others. Any fix(es) out there?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Running Out of Google Storage

I've been using Google mail (gmail) for years. Obviously, I use picasa also to store my photos. Currently, I am having a problem with my (mostly email) accounts. It almost reaches the 15 GB limit.

I use my gmail as my main communication media. Students sending assignments are kept in my mailboxes. Every semester I have betweet 30 to 100 students and I've been teaching more than 15 years. The storage is definitely becoming a problem. What bugs me is that I have only 8000 (or so) mails in my mailbox and that has reached the maximum free storage capacity.

What to do? Delete emails? Or, should I upgrade the free account to the paid one?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lost in the emails

I have too many emails. Hundreds of emails daily. That's not counting spam mails. It's not that I think I am important. It's just that I've been using emails for too long. Since late 1987 or 1988, I think.

The problem is that most mail readers currently cannot handle this situation. I ended up with cases of lost emails. Somebody sent me an email and I did not reply right away because there was more pressing email(s) to reply. Then, I forgot to reply. Communication went dead. S/he thought that I did not want to respond, when the actual thing is that I could not find her/his email.

I often ask people to send me email again if I do not respond to the email in a certain period of time, say in a week. Most people think that the request is strange. No. I don't mind people send me multiple emails. Just to remind me that I have not responded to the email. Send me again ...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Laws on buying and reading books

Everytime I go to a bookstore, I bring book(s) out of the store. My wallet suffers a bit. That's not my main worry. My main concern is I keep on piling books. My to read list is getting longer and longer ... and longer.

I think this is my new law (BR's law on books):

the speed of buying books > the speed of reading books

Ugh ...
I think I am not the only one.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Tech Gadgets ARE social devices

Looking at various sites / blogs / forums, I read complaints that smartphones and all those tech gadgets are anti-social. Hmm ... This is ALL WRONG.

If you look closely, at the other end - and also using smartphones - are people. Not wall or dead objects. Human. They are socializing through smartphones. It's just that most people see they are talking to the device. No! They are communicating with another person (or persons) on the other side. The device is just, well, a device.

Now, have a look at those people who are travelling and reading books. Alone. By themselves. They are not talking to other people. So, who are the anti social?

Friday, October 24, 2014


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg is in Indonesia

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook (as if you need this introduction - ha ha ha), is Indonesia. He met with our next president, Joko Widodo - famously called Jokowi, in Jakarta. Joko Widodo will be sworn as our president on Oct 20th.

One of the photos that made me laugh (happy laugh) is this. In this picture, Jokowi showed Mark some kind of pants (I think it's a pair of jeans) from a small store in Tanah Abang. Jokowi was known for cleaning the mess in Tanah Abang. He loves to go to small places and meets with ordinary people. We call this "blusukan" (pronounce like: blue shoeq un - ha ha ha) in Javanese.

Oh, btw, we make jeans in Indonesia. Those famous brands are made in Indonesia.

Mark went to Yogyakarta before he went to Jakarta. Yogyakarta - or Jogja in short - is famous for Borobudur temple. Another photos that made me laugh is this. A group of tourists, not knowing who Mark Zuckerberg is, asked him to take a picture of them and he took the picture. Mark is just a nice guy. Here's the photo.

Mark Zuckerberg is in Jakarta as part of

Anyway, he should have come to Bandung. I'll give him a tour of Bandung (and Tangkuban Perahu crater). We can also talk about many things, like internet governance here in Indonesia. Having ran the .ID domain for a long time and being involved with many internet initiatives I can share my view on those issues. I can also tell him that Facebook is declining in Indonesia and that he should plan to do something about it. (FB has changed Indonesian social behavior.) He doesn't have to believe me, but speaking from experience I am not BSing. Next time? (Or is it going to be too late - facebook bites the dust like friendster.)

Anyway, have fun while you're in Indonesia, Mark. Enjoy the trip. Stay healthy.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Fault of Being a Star

once upon a time
there was a star
who wished to become a nobody

worry he shan't
as fading away he is

wishes granted
... a nobody ... he is ...