Sunday, January 29, 2006

Book Review: The Search

This is taken from

I've just finished reading "The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture," by John Batelle. It's abook about search (engine) with focus on Google. The totle of the boook itself has a google-type font.

I like books that tell the history of computing or technology, and I consider that this book is one of them. It doesn't hurt that I am a fan of Google. So, I dig into the book right away as soon as I got it.

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Starting-up again?

Last week, we had a discussion. The topic was starting an IC (Integrated Circuit) Design company. This topic was not new for us. We have been discussing this for quite a while. I remembered that in 1998 I wanted to start this kind of company, right after I got back from Canada. But, at that time nobody was interested. So, I switched to other field, security and never look back.

The topic came up because of pak Trio Adiono. He came back from Japan with his experience in designing chip. He was also able to get synopsys toolset for his design group at our university. (I maintained synopsys when I was a grad student. It's a damn good tool. Of course, you still need other tools to do other things). Now, we were toying the idea of starting up again. The thing is, we know that we are good. No, I am not saying this just to brag. We are really good. It's a shame if we just use our talents at university only. There are chips to design that are useful for humankind (and business of course). We just have to test our engineering ability.

There are problems ahead of us. For example, how do we convince industry that we are capable? Test us first with a small project? How do we become part of the industry? (Over the span of 7 years, we have talked to various companies small and big such as Atmel, Sagantech, ... but no follow-up. There was always something that happened, like bomb in Jakarta or Bali. That killed our business opportunities because people think that it is like that in all parts Indonesia. In fact, most parts of Indonesia is just like heaven.)

For me, personally I have invested my time and effort in another field. I have started a successful company. It was not an easy journey for me. I am not ready for another start-up roller coaster. As investor, perhaps? But not as one of the founders. The thing is, if we start this start-up, we need a strong team and I may have to be part of it.

What do you think?

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Jogging on a Sunday Morning

Great Sunday morning, jogging. Behind me is the view of South Bandung. It's beautiful, isn't it? My house is about 300 meters down the road from where I stand. Now you can see why I love Bandung so much. Not even Google can make me move. I think...
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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Why I should work for Google

I have been thinking about writing this for quite a while, but didn't have to time (guts) to put it down. Until now. So, here it is.

"Why I should work for Google"

Let me know what you think. I hope people @ Google don't read it. ha ha ha.

-- budi

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Writing (blog) is a curse

I have just finished writing an article (comparison of free blog services - you can get it here [in Bahasa Indonesia]). For a simple article, it took me quite a while to finish it. Granted, I am learning CSS at the same time.

Now, here I am trying to finish reading books ("The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture," "blink," and "Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime"). I need a place where I can concentrate. That means a place without computer and Internet. Combination of computer and Internet is so distracting. Mailing lists and blogs are distractions.

So here I am at Starbucks (Ciwalk - Bandung) with books, pen & paper, a notebook. A conventional paper-based notebook, that is. No computer. I know that there is a WiFi access here, but I just don't want to be disturbed by it. And you know what, I am writing this on a piece of paper. D@mn. Can't get away from it. The temptation of writing a blog entry is a curse.

BTW, I did finished reading two (or three) articles from Newsweek magazine. Those books are still waiting...

Why I have sooo many blogs

I just wrote an article comparing various free blog services. It also answers why I have too many blogs. Unfortunately, the article is in Bahasa Indonesia. You can get it here:

Enjoy ...

Monday, January 09, 2006

I am on newsvine

Ronny gave me a link to, so I took the bait. Now, I am on newsvine as (I've got to inform Priyadi to add this to Planet GBT.)

It's still at beta stage and I am still learning what it can do. Basically, you can read/write news or just "seed" news (point to an article or news). It is a social news agregator (isn't it?). We'll see how it goes. Access to it seems to be very slow. Last night I even got "HTTP/1.1 error." (update: now, I tried to open a couple pages and they are still not coming - while I am typing this entry.)

Care to join? Or would you wait until they fix the performance?

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Eddie Izzard is funny!

Earlier, I posted a blurb that I want to do a stand up comedy. Ronny was kind enough to point out that there is this "Eddie Izzard" guy (or gay for that matter, ha ha ha - sorry if this is a bad joke) that I should check out.

Sure enough, he is hilarious! Funny as hell! I listened to "Dressed to kill" (with my headphone on) and was laughing by myself. I hope nobody was looking at me. Otherwise they'll think I am crazy.

I want to get more of his stuff. Maybe some good soul is kind enough to send me some of his stuff? ha ha ha. Fat chance!