Showing posts with label information technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label information technology. Show all posts

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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Android Should Not Sync By Default

One of the problems I have with Android phones is that by default (?) the configuration is trying to sync the phone with my Google account. For my case, it tries to download (sync) my emails (gmails) and photos I uploaded to picasa. This is a disaster since I have lots - say more than 10,000 emails - and Gigabytes of photos.

I found out about this a while ago when I tried a new Android phone. I noticed that there were some networking activities. Apparently, it tried to sync my photos. I think it did that when I am connected to WiFi, but not when I am connected with 3G. Had it also done the same thing using my 3G connection, my quota would be long gone. (Long time ago, I had similar problems but could not recall what.)

Some people love the idea of synchronizing contacts on the Android phone with their gmail accounts. I don't. If I do that, than thousands of my contacts would be on my phone. Searching for a contact in my phone would be a nightmare.

Other than taking my networking quota, I am also worried about privacy. What if I lost my phone? The person who found the phone could read my emails and downloaded my photos. Scary.

I think, by deafult Android should not sync data with Google accounts. Another option would be to create a dummy Google account for my phones. This is under my control. I should do this, then.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Right Here, Right Now!

This afternoon, I am going to give a talk on technopreneurship at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). One of the points that I am going to address is when to start.

Many people have plans and dreams of becoming an entrepreneur but never actually made it. They wait for the perfect moment to jump. Well, there's no perfect moment. You have to get out of your comfort zone. There's a saying, "Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone." So jump in.

A couple months ago I was a speaker at Innovfest Singapore. One of the speakers, Ike Lee, said that now it's the right time to start a business in Asia. Yes. Right here. Right now. Aren't we lucky? (Well, we means us here in Asia.)

And so my soundtrack this morning is Van Halen's "Right Now."

See you in my talk.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Increase Social Network Activities from Indonesia

For those who are not Indonesians or not in Indonesia may not know that presidential election is coming real soon. 9th of July 2014. And apparently there have been lots of negative and black campaign over the internet. Mostly on social media.

Everyday, no correction ... every minute! there is a post on the candidates, followed by flurry of pro and contra messages. Then, the brawl began. Hate grew. Unfriend and blocking accounts took place. Many people wished that they could shut down their facebook account until election is over.

It would be interesting if somebody from Facebook and Twitter could monitor the traffic and see the effect. This is a rare event. Anybody from facebook or twitter?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Need For Slow Apps

While the world is becoming faster, internet-wise, here in Indonesia things are still slow. I still cannot open Google+. Seriously. Nobody believed me. Now, I found the proof. Here's an infograph I found on the internet (need URL).

As you can see, we are still a hippo(?). We are even slower than Vietnam. Ouch.

With this condition, it is important to design applications. Your application should run on slow speed. That is if you want to grab Indonesia's market. Otherwise, ignore us with your need-for-speed-apps.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Do We Need Business Incubators?

I just got back from  InnovFest 2014 reception (dinner). One of the frequently questions I got was if I were from a business incubator. I said I am not. I am just a technopreneur and a mentor for several startups.

Then, I keep on thinking, do we really need a business incubator?

Business incubators are similar to incubators used for premature babies. They are used to give those babies fighting chance against the world. The same thing for business incubators. They help startups.

If you have a baby, would you dream to have your baby going through incubator? Probably not. You want your baby to be healthy and can face the world. But, I have a feeling that if somebody (you) starts a start-up, he (you) would like to get into an incubator. Strange.

What do you think?

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Linux, HFS+, Nemo, and Nautilus

I have Linux (Mint) as my main desktop and Macbook (Mac OS X) as my mobile computer. To backup these machines, I have an external disk which I formatted using HFS+ format. Following instructions, I disabled journaling for this disk.

This morning I tried to copy files from my Linux machine to the external disk. It won't allow me, saying that the disk is read-only. Hmmm... I checked and double checked that the format is correct and that journaling is tuned off. I tried to create a folder and it failed also. Obviously.

Then, I decided to open a terminal session and create a simple file on the external disk; "touch junk". It worked! So, the disk is already mounted read and write. I tried to copy files again and it still didn't work. Puzzled.

What if the problem is with my file manager? I am using Nemo. I installed Nautilus file manager just for the heck out of it. Copying files with Nautilus worked! Strange ... but at least I have a solution for my backup purposes. I still don't know why, though. I'll investigate later, I need to do some backups now.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We Invented Selfie

The world fall in love with selfie. Even selfie has become a word in English dictionary recently. What you don't know is that we, Indonesians, "invented" selfie.

For years young Indonesians - especially girls - take mug shot of themselves and post them in their facebook profiles. They even have certain style that I cannot explain. I just cannot describe it. (Later, when I know how I will update this.) But, trust me, we know our stuff. Selfie is our thing :)

I saw an interesting article this morning, a comparison between selfie styles in different cities. Oddly, Jakarta or Bandung is not even in the list. They got it wrong!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Looking For Flexible Email Clients With Multiple Accounts

Here's the deal, I have (too) many email accounts. Each mail for different purposes; teaching, business, (community) public services, personals, and testing. Aside from my gmail / yahoo accounts, these email accounts reside on many mail servers, some of which my own. On one machine I have multiple outgoing email addresses and one (or two) incoming emails. The different email addresses are mainly aliases.

I use all kinds of email clients. Currently, I use mutt and Thunderbird. In the old days, I used elm, mutt, Pegasus, and Eudora. In the old email clients I can set the outgoing email address to whatever I want. Currently, this is not working with Thunderbird. It is limited to ONE username per server. (Maybe it is a way to protect users from creating fake email addresses?) How do I force it to use multiple user one one server?
(Update: this is solved by "Manage Identities" configuration in the Account Settings.)

Anyway, should I roll my own Mail User Agent (MUA)? or stick with Thunderbird (with the above solution)?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

WhatsApp vs Telegram

I guess I congratulate WhatsApp too soon. Not long after WhatsApp is bought by Facebook, the system went down. (At least a couple times here in Indonesia.) As I mentioned in previous post, many Indonesians are using WhatsApp for many things (as a backup of SMS/text msg).

When you depend on a system and the system is down, you're angry. And in this particular case, looking for another solution. Fortunately, there's Telegram. I am pretty sure that MANY Indonesians are installing Telegram right now. I do. This is the moment for Telegram to seize the day. I am pretty sure that their traffic will increase significantly. (And perhaps for Twitter or Google to buy Telegram!)

One of the features Telegram puts forward is secret chat. With the new Snowden-era I am sure that many would like this feature. Although, Indonesians are not so into privacy. Cost - in this particular case, Free - is the main feature. Second is small footprint (so it can run on inexpensive devices). Way to go Telegram.

and now, let be go back to my cellphone and configure Telegram.

Update: It is confirmed that many users are rushing towards Telegram. And, it caused Telegram problems. Ha. (See their twitter status and this: they were getting 100 requests per second.)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Buying WhatsApp Is The Right Thing To Do

Facebook surprised many people by buying WhatsApp. Some people questioned the move, but I think it is a good move. Here's why.

In Indonesia, BlackBerry and its BBM used to be the number one messaging platform for mobil users. Since there are more than 100 million mobile users in Indonesia, the market for mobile messaging is significant. BB captured the first market. At that time, it is the only available solution.

Then came WhatsApp. We embraced it right away. The reason is that we do not have to use BB devices to run the application. Remember that BB devices used to be expensive (but, people bought them for social status and lifestyles) and you have to use BB services. Not nice. That makes non-BB users addopted WhatsApp quickly.

Personally, I don't like messaging on my phones since I tend to get quite a number of messages. I leave that to my emails. (I receive 500 emails/day.) But, people are organizing many things with WhatsApp. I have no choice but to use WhatsApp. It's free and works on my cellphones. I have no reasons to say no (like I used to do with BB).

Facebook is also (still) the number one social media in Indonesia. Although it is gradually being replaced by twitter. Facebook (#1) + WhatsApp (#1). There you go. It's all good. (Another good move is actually for Twitter to by WhatsApp - and that will kill Facebook in Indonesia.)

Congratulations to Facebook and WhatsApp for the right move. I hope you guys provide good services for us here in Indonesia.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Selfie is not new, selfie stick is

The term "selfie" has becoming more popular these days after head of states took portraits of themselves (selfie) and was captured by news media. But, in Asia countries - like Indonesia - this is nothing new. Sic selfie photos have become part of Indonesian cyber culture since day one.

Few years ago I often take pictures of my self and post them on various social media. I wasn't thinking. Then, there were problems (of people abusing the photos, stalkers, etc.). Now, it is my policy of not to post selfie. In fact, I don't take pictures of myself anymore.

What's new? Selfie stick - also known as Zuckerberg selfie stick - is becoming popular. What is it? It's a stick where you can mount your digital camera at the end of the stick. You can take pictures of yourself (or with friends) without the help of other poeple. Go search the internet for it. You know what I mean. No, I won't buy one!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Indonesia, Social Media Heaven

Just found the following slides in slideshare, "Indonesia - the social media capital of the world" by On Device Research. Interesting ... The data are correct.

Although, at the end of the slide, the address is not in Indonesia. Yeah, I know. I keep on hammering this issue. You have to be in Indonesia to understand Indonesia (Indonesians). Where else would you be?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Path's Deal and Indonesia

In past post, I mentioned that Indonesians love Path. Sure enough, Path closes funding deal led by Indonesian's company; Bakrie Global Group. But, we have to realize that Indonesia's cyber space is a fast changing environment. That's why - as I said many many many times - you have to be here, physically in Indonesia to know this.

People are not flocking to Path anymore. In fact, I have uninstalled Path. And many have done so, leaving Path. It's just a short infatuation. Unless, Path is doing something, it is dying. Go down here. Talk to the people here. They are your main users!

Most people think that sharing things in a close user group is the main thing. Thus, Path. But, most Indonesians do not care about privacy. They want people to see their postings (text, photos, etc.). The more people see the postings, the better. And you cannot do that if you post to just your friends.

Update. After this news, there are plenty of funny "news", jokes, etc. about this. (Lots of joke pictures on twitter! Link in Bahasa Indonesia.) People outside Indonesia do not know that Bakrie groups have big problems in Indonesia. The biggest one is the Lapindo disaster that they have not been able to recover. (Google this.) Thus, many people will uninstall Path because of this.
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image from: twitter @treecore

The second one is that Aburizal Bakrie is intended to run for president candicy, from the Golkar party. (The joke is that the color and logo of Path will be changed to yellow and has some kind of Golkar's logo feature in it. For example this image taken from Twitter.) People who are from different political background my not like Path because of this. How many? I don't know. Perhaps people don't care? Maybe. Would you take a chance on it?

I hope people in Path know about these. Would you know about this if you're not in Indonesia? I doubt it. Path is getting $$$, but people are leaving the application. What to do?

People are still in love with Twitter though.

Update part 2. See also story about this. I bet, people from Path do not know about this.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

No Privacy Issue

There are a lot of discussions on privacy these days. The internet and social media are getting most of the blame. Is this privacy issue for real? Yes, in the West, but no in Indonesia.

I've been talking to some Indonesians about privacy. I give a lot of talks and in these talks usually I ask the audience what they think about privacy.  Many think that they have issues related to privacy, but from what they do it seems they don't have problems at all. For instance, Indonesians like to put their real identity - including birth date, schools they went, their child(ren), and more - on their social media! When I ask why they do that, the answers are simple; to get birthday greetings and to organize (alumni) reunions. That's why they have to put real birth dates and real schools. Same thing with photos. Indonesians like to share with families, friends, and even strangers.

There was a survey - I lost the URL (if you know there URL, please let me know) - regarding privacy and the nation. I think 50% of Indonesians do not mind sharing personal information online, whereas Americans about 12% or so. Scary? No. It's just they way we are. Different. That's all.

We have to treat privacy issue locally. We cannot generalize this.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Difficult Accessing Apple Store

It has been a while, a couple of weeks I think, I cannot access Apple Store. What I mean by that is that I cannot update my applications on my iPhone, iPad, dan Macbook. It just stalled. I can access the main page, but updating applications doesn't work. Those applications that I tried to update are not accessible right now. Arrrggghhh...

I have tried using different internet service providers, including my cell operators. All to no avail. Is this a specific case or a regional problem? I am in Indonesia.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

From BlackBerry to Oppo

Gone are the days of BlackBerry in Indonesia. It is replaced by ... Oppo!

When I go to stores or malls that sell cellphones, there used to be many counters with BlackBerry signs. Nowadays, the view is diffrent. It is Oppo sign. At first, I thought the trend is Samsung. But, it is Oppo. I didn't see it coming.

Oppo phones are Android phones. They have great features similar to those of Samsung's (and some say are better) but are less expensive. Price is still the dominant factor in Indonesia. Although, lifestyle still dominates the buying factor. In this case, Oppo did the right thing; great lifestyle and less expensive.

[I still miss my Samsung Galaxy S4 though. It was a loaner and had to go back to the owner. I really like it.]

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Why I don't use Gplus

Tried to open gplus. Few minutes passed by. Items were shown on the screen, but I couldn't type anything. Another minutes passed by. More items. Still couldn't type. Finally, I gave up.

The above story is not an isolated event. I just happen to me almost all the time. Why would I post anything to gplus? I could do that on Facebook or Twitter.

diary of a "fakirbandwidth"  (Indonesian: meaning, a person lack of bandwidth)

Monday, August 05, 2013

Understanding Indonesian Culture

Culture is so fascinating. It is also important if you want to market a product (or service) to the people in that culture. To understand the culture, you have to be there - sort of speak. It baffles me that many IT-related companies are not in Indonesia to understand our culture :)

This morning, I found this survey site that surveys the best football clubs according to their fans. (Here football means soccer in the North American term :)) The result is ... Persib is number one. Persib even beats Barca. ha ha ha. I guess most people - outside Indonesians - will find that strange. I don't. What/who is Persib? It's our city's (Bandung) football club.

Indonesian football fans are maniacs. Just like UK's hooligans. The number of internet users in Indonesia is around 60 millions (according to Association of Indonesian ISPs). The number of cellphone users is easily doubles that. (The number of prepaid cell numbers already more than 200 millions.) You just add both of them - fans + internet users - and you'll get a high number. Surveys like the above will produce the expected result.

[Thinking of products/services for these fans ... Hmmm ...]

Monday, July 22, 2013

Linux Music Player

I used to use Rhythmbox for my music player on my Linux desktop (currently it's a Linuxmint flavor). Then, for some reasons, Rhythmbox quits randomly. At first, I tolerated it, but after a while I was annoyed. Time to switch. I switched to Banshee.

And now Banshee is having the same problem, random quits. Time to switch, again! Aaarrrggghhh ...

There are several music players for Linux, but one feature that I need in my music player is the ability to scrobble to That's all.

Long time ago, I tried Songbird and liked it. Unfortunately, they stopped supporting Linux. Oh well. Fortunately, there is a fork. It's called Nightingale. And now, I am using it. It looks great (beautiful) and the most important thing ... I hope it does not crash randomly.

Keep my fingers crossed. And start populating it with songs ... chirping ...