I've come to the conclusion that I'm not developing my revision because I'm rushing. Gotta make writing my revision as relaxing as writing a blog entry...
Kenapa Firefox? Kenapa bukan OpenOffice?
Tidak seharusnya perangkat lunak bebas/Open Source adalah semata mengenai harga. Argumen bahwa terdapat keuntungan ekonomis dalam hal beralih dari MS Office ke OpenOffice.org adalah valid dan riil. Dan bahwa keuntungan tersebut secara ekonomis lebih valid dan riil dibanding dengan keuntungan ekonomis yang didapat dengan beralih dari MSIE ke Firefox juga adalah nyata.
Namun perangkat lunak bebas/Open Source tidaklah semata mengenai kebebasan ekonomis. Ia juga adalah mengenai kebebasan sosio-kultural.
Perjuangan mengalihkan perhatian dari MS Office ke OpenOffice.org adalah sebuah perjuangan yang signifikan, patut, dan penting. Usaha-usaha yang telah dilakukan memang memiliki dampak riil perhatian terhadap OpenOffice.org sebagai alternatif MS Office. Namun gaungnya terasa terhenti, karena masyarakat tetap saja tidak terlalu bersemangat (eager) untuk beralih bila ia tidak menjadi trend. Jawaban akan trendiness ini dapat dijawab oleh Firefox
Firefox sebagai perangkat lunak nge-trend
Satu hal yang harus diakui bahwa World Wide Web sebagai sebuah media adalah sangat unik karena ia memungkinkan interaktivitas pada tingkat yang sebelumnya tidak pernah terbayangkan, baik dari sudut pandang volume peserta, kecepatan peralihan, dan kebebasan berekspresi. Kebebasan tersebut telah memunculkan keberadaan World Wide Web sebagai sebuah media pelarian kultural bagi mereka yang merasa tidak dapat mengekspresikan kepribadian dan pendapatnya melalui channel-channel konvensional.
Itulah sebab munculnya malesbanget.com. Itulah sebabnya popularitas Friendster. Itulah yang memunculkan ratusan blog-blog lokal, dengan sebagian besar dari mereka memiliki tagboard.
Firefox berpotensi menjadi sebuah trend karena ia sebagai web browser memiliki kaitan yang sangat erat dengan cyber culture dan berbagai hal yang menyebabkan ratusan anak muda membuang-buang waktu berjam-jam online tiap hari (bila tidak sedang bermain Gunbound atau Ragnarog, tentunya).
Gerakan FOSS di Indonesia
KPLI menjadi sistem taksi; keanggotaan bayar, pendaftaran untuk layanan bantuan, house calls, reward-system untuk hacker lokal. Semua lewat email, web-site, SMS server, RSS.
Bisa diperkenalkan kepada khalayak pada workshop sebagai pelatih. LinuxIndo bekerjasama dengan KPLI dan berbagai user-group yang telah ada di tingkat lokal/institusi dan memulai inisiatif untuk pembentukan jaringan support Free and Open Source Software.
Pendaftaran sebagai klien support lebih murah dari keanggotaan standar KPLI. Anggota penuh KPLI mendapat diskon layanan support, namun juga harus mengkontribusikan kode. Layanan support dikoordinasikan LinuxIndo melalui platform Email-Web-SMS.
LinuxIndo menghubungi KPLI dan berbagai LUG untuk kerjasama (dan dibayar) dalam workshop yang dilaksanakan.
- Tidak semata skill building; juga TREND BUILDING
- Memanfaatkan kenyataan bahwa masyarakat menyukai trend teknologi, terutama bila dipersepsikan sebagai 'keren' secara mainstream.
- Itulah alasan utama Firefox dipilih sebagai produk yang dipasarkan.
Let's see if I can develop these some more...
Help I have a thousand ideas but I don't know how to form them academically.
FOSS support through KPLI as a 'taxi-pool'-like system, coordinated by corporate Linuxindo.
Firefox as a social trend branded as 'cool'. That's why we choose to market Firefox instead of OpenOffice. Its harder to brand typing papers cool than it is to brand websurfing cool.
Firefox as a bridge-app between Windows and Linux/GNU/FreeBSD/whatnot-free-and-open-source platform. The Fox lives in all of them.
Media usage in trendy teen videogame mags. Focus on how cool it is to surf with the Fox. 'Coolness of the Fox' as the main product benefit; aside from other technological marvels like tab-browsing and extensions which are (un)fortunately not the sole domain of the Fox.
I've got two days to go. I'll still make it yet.
Linking our very own hypertext to any resource with an URI is as simple as typing a few words. If it exists on the Web, anybody can acces it (barring technological barriers such as Public Key Encryption, HTTPS and such whatnots). Linking is the Web's essence; threads link together ebbing connections on a grand scale. Individual writing becomes a part of something bigger. The web is a conversation.
Web pages link to each other. If they don't then they aren't a web.
And so we get to the issue at hand where a faction of fellow bloggers decree it necessary that permission be acquired before linking to their personal creations, while others claim it uneccesary and censorious to require such requirements. Being somewhat "eastern" I see the wisdom in such permissions but upon understanding "liberty" I see the wisdom in free, permissionless linking. I use all these terms loosely, please interpret them as you see fit.
Thus with that twisted logic I declare that I shall link to whomever I want wherever I want. But if you want me to stop linking to you, then just tell me and I'll comply to the best of my ability, if it seems appropriate for me to not link to you. I will attempt to contact site owners of blogs I link to, but I will not make it a priority. So let's converse, shall we? I feel it more important to get the message out first than to worry about silly willy nillies like permission culture.
Jadi kakak-kakak, mohon maaf ya kalau saya link:)
note: BoingBoing has a nice linking policy.
To: email@example.com From: "nick Danar" <nodee03@y---> Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 10:39:21 -0800 (PST) Subject: [kom98] the end of an age! All well, ends well...! What begun in 1998, the Class of '98 Kom UI, has come to an end and the last of the them has sailed to join his brethen. For their time at kampus UI Depok has ended. All that remains are memories, fond and sweet and bitter and sad. From the moments they got together, all 72 of them, many a story were made. It wasn't long before some fell and never to join his fellow ever again. But the Class of '98 carry on. Spending many a nights at Pesona Khayangan, trying hard to stay together, face the sarasehan, and the everyday classes. Some tears were shed, but many laughter sprung, and even some love blossomed. Once trough Sarahsehan, they set out to conguer the world and make their dreams come true and live as they see fit. There was klub jalan-jalan, Pekan Kom, commisioned as HMIK, Kom Night 1 & 2, sarahsehan 2000, and many more. Yet one thing always prevailed among the '98. And that was friendship and laughter and togetherness. And then the first of them sailed away... Soon, many more sailed away and went to the real world. Those that were left behind realised that their time will soon end. And so the class of '98 struggled to get on board. They struggled to get in to the ship called gradution and earned the title of S. Kom. They toiled day and night, in ways each of them felled best. Sadly, some of them failed... But their stories did not end. For even now their laughters remain, and their friendship last. Even for those who failed, they still succed in their own way, and they are not forgotten or exiled. For being a '98 means being friends, friends forever.... for all that is worth menjadi bagian dari Fisip Komunikasi UI angkatan 98, adalah hal terindah yang gua pernah alami. hope you guys had the time of your life. I know, I did! Nodee... PS: provisiat Fer! you really end it well! Do you Yahoo!? The all-new My Yahoo! – Get yours free!
Nick. Dude. Blog. Please.
Written and ©2005 by Nodee. Republished with permission . Except under Fair Use and First Purchase rights, unless allowed under law, no republication in any form without consent from Nodee.
And that's it.
Well, not quite. I've still got to do revisions: bump up my project from three to five chapters, refocus on which type of free/open source software it is I'm trying to promote, change the titling to instead of a social marketing campaign to a plain integrated marketing campaign (the motive, after all, is not purely social), include embracing other Indonesian FOSS/Linux user groups, write up justifications for my media choices, make up a budget, write up my graduation paper hearing approval form and have it signed by all three involved parties (consultation lecturer, expert tester, program head/hearing leader),... at least all my forms are done. The revision has got to be done by the 19th.
I'll make it still.
Buddies, you know who you are, thanks:)
Btw, Lurino's uncle is in the hospital, heart attack. The uncle's stabilized so far, here's hoping he gets better.
Dan Nuti, nomor telepon dia berapa yah? Lupa lagi nanya, damn... Bukan elu Nut; dia ntuh noh, yang tadi bareng lu...
addendum: taelah konyol, gue kan udah megang nomornya, tergulung rapih di banyak kertas biru berpita biru...
Republished from a response to "Western civilization is morally superior". In the article Rev. Donald Sensing responds in shock to middle- and upper-class Indonesian ambivalence by pointing his fingers at us and shouting "For Shame!"
First of all I'd like to say that I do not mean this to be a defence of Indonesian morality. Its just a statement of some observations.
If you see and smell rotting bodies everywhere every day twenty-four hours a day for the past few weeks, do you still want to think about rotting bodies?
An awful lot of Acehnese are already clinically insane. The rest of us can just turn off the TV, the radio, disconnect the Net and stop reading newspapers.
And as anyone living in Jakarta will tell you, New Year's Eve this year is very, very, quiet compared to last year. Yes there are some wild parties here and there, but the streets are pretty empty. We try to forget Aceh, but we can't.
It cuts deeper when we realise there's not much we can do either. Monetary donations get corrupted. Logistical donations rot at ports. Go to Aceh yourself for volunteer work and see how long you can stand the smell of rotting bodies. Some can stand it and do, but not enough.
It may seem cold that us Indonesians celebrated New Years, but a lot of us seek the diversion because we just can't take the graphic nature of the tragedy anymore. There is no excuse for turning a blind eye, yet we continue to do so because the flesh is weak.
What, you want us to curl up on the ground and weep constantly, wasting away our lives? You don't want us to move on? You want us to stand in place and rot? Or should we be apologizing 24-7 for our moral inferiority? You want to tell us how to handle our problems? How to act? How to think?
Why don't you invade us already and declare us the 51st state? Kill all our morally inferior leaders and elites! Turn us all into your slaves! You Aryans are all so superior anyway, you are all God's Messengers and Rulers of Humanity!
I should probably stop there.
Reading the article left me a little numb. The reverend is usually smarter than this. I thought it was a universal given that all humans practice selective attention and retention, especially to filter potentialy mind-destroying information. In hindsight perhaps I had been too hasty. The blog post most likely is just western culture-shock over our seemingly ambivalent nature.
A problem with blog posts (mine included) is that we tend to be soooo... reactionary, don't we:)
We're all humans. We can't be perfect until we arrive in heaven. You want bullet-proof moral logic, you gotta go directly to the source. Any less and you encounter noise.
January 14th, 2005. 1600 wib (GMT+7.00). Seminar Room, FISIP UI Library.
I wonder how life would be afterwards. I wonder what will happen between now and then. If it would go right or not... and wether I should not be not worrying at all.
And as I arrive home I am filled with gladness and peace. Thus I thank my Lord above for a good day.
A friend of mine just started a new blog, Jumpalitan. Its a blog exclusively in Indonesian (some would say Bahasa Indonesia but I prefer Indonesian, more on that later). She started it feeling "saddened seeing us (Indonesians) actually prefering to write and express in English" (rough translation from her 1st entry), among other reasons. That's debatable, seeing that a lot of my friends also blog primarily (if not exclusively) in Indonesian, yet there is a tendency for the more serious ones to gravitate towards English. But there are exceptions, of course.
I personally find it a very enticing idea myself.
I had been entertaining the thought of starting a topical blog. In balance of this trashy mess you're reading here right now. My primary concern is choosing a topic that's important to Indonesia right now; either our education system (its the root of all our problems), Internet development (its a half-hearted rethoric right now), or issues of copyright reform (nobody talks about it since everyone pirates everything here). I had also more-or-less decided it should also be exclusively written in Indonesian, in order that a larger percentage of the target audience (fellow Indonesians) understand what I'm talking about.
Later, fERDI:), you're on a dead-line right now! 14, 14, 14, 14, I must keep reminding myself that its only SIX DAYS AWAY!!!! (God help me)
On a side note (as I promised earlier), I don't get why a lot of Indonesians, especially Indonesian authorities, keep insisting foreigners to refer to our language as Bahasa Indonesia. I mean, Internationally the language of China is Chinese, of Germany German, of Morocco Morrocan, of Saudi-Arabia Arabic, etc. I would like to venture a guess, though; its because authorities back in the olden ages refered to our native language as such, and I'm guessing that they don't wanna get embarrased by the mistake. And then everyone, including Indonesians, starts to follow suit.
And another thought: I would guess its time that we all start making a habit of marking foreign language bits in our blogs using
</em> like this, seperti ini lho. Just to give acknowledgement that the words are in a different language.
And on the useless reminders dept.: yeah, sorry:) But hey! I can say whatever I want! Its my blog!
The first one I noticed (via Wired's RSS feed) is Lessig's little essay, 'They're Not Worthy'. Basically its MOTS from him, a repeat of his idea of copyright registration fee to allow uncommercial works to fall into the public domain. It was inspired by the expiration, on New Year's 2004, of the copyright terms (thus the release into the public domain) for a couple of old 50's music and television recordings in the 'States; an event which, Lessig notes, will not happen again until 2019.
When I read it I was thinking we should find out just exactly which songs and TV shows those are, and that we should download them pronto via P2P. Or failing that we should at least urge Ibibilio to pick them up.
The second is this little gem in the Trackback section :
Pardon Our Porn Link
In Tuesday's, Wednesday's, and today's Tempo sections, the comic strip Prickly City contains a Web address that links to a pornographic site. In a statement released Wednesday, the strip's provider, Universal Press Syndicate, explained that at the time the strip was filed, the address was "fictional and satirical" and led to an unregistered site. "Regrettably," the statement continued, "this URL now leads to an adult site." The syndicate added that it is "reviewing its policy of running fictional and unregistered URLs within its content."
From the Chicago Tribune, Corrections and Clarifications, October 21, 2004
You just gotta love web squatters (sic). I mean imagine little kids looking up the links in their browsers out of curiosity (sic²). I have an idea for a fictional hyperlink policy: fictional phone numbers begin with 555 right? As in 555-1234. How about fictional web sites ending in moc? Such as visit www.fictional.moc?
Yeah, you can like make it a root level domain, make it an international standard upheld by ICANN, and make any attempt to go to a dot-moc domain lead to an ICANN-maintained disclaimer site that says that all dot-moc sites are fictional! And it could stand for 'Mockery'! It wouldn't be just a reversal of .com! And, and, and....
Whatever, sorry for that little outburst :p Oh and Wired also featured an article on us Creative Commies (fellow copyfight bloggers, let's keep the ball rolling, shall we?). And its still not over yet:)
And I'm having my sidang TKA (graduation paper review) on the 14th. If I can clear up all my requirements by then, that is. Of course I can. I'll be graduating this February, no sweat:)
Yes folks, I'm a Copy
left Commie, and I'm proud to be one! But wait a minute, how can I be a Commie when I've earnestly declared wanting a share of any commercial profit made from my works? right
But seriously folks, for all the PC technology marketing that he has blessed us with (it is during His Billness' rule that we have a computer in almost every home), he sometimes just don't have a clue. The flag above links to BoingBoing. Also from Lessig (where I discovered the link for the
third time before deciding to post). second
in other news: the disaster's not over yet, folks:)
addendum: I should kick myself in the head for not realising this earlier, but Bill Gates also dissed Firefox in the interview! (read it before Lessig's blog from Bed Goodger's). Talk about making enemies. Whew....
Furthermore on Bill's statement that
"the idea that the United States has led in creating companies, creating jobs, because we've had the best intellectual-property system--there's no doubt about that in my mind,", one only has to look at how fast (among others) Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Brazil has caught up both technologically and culturally (somewhat through Free Software and Culture in Brazil's and Malaysia's case) to see the fallacy in that copyright law comparison. And if they keep up the pace, just think how soon it would be before these countries would surpass. Remember folks, just some fifty-odd years ago (right after World War II) these nations were in econonomic, socio-cultural shambles.
But I digress. This is the man which almost single-handedly brought personal computing to the consumer masses. And I guess while I'm at it I should also shed some positive light unto the interview. Yes, some of Mr. Gate's comments actually do have a point.
CNET (C): It sounds like the next step in search might be audio and video.
Bill Gates (B): Oh, sure, everybody is working on those things, but just take the idea of finding your local pizza place and doing that right; search doesn't do that well today. Search is really crummy today--it's just that it used to be really crummy, and now it's better, and there never was anything like this before. So most of the results people get back today are irrelevant results. Deep analysis can take us much further, and that's why we're investing a lot, and you'll see us more very rapidly.
I agree completely. Almost. Search still sucks. Content still sucks. A lot of high quality free content is available on the Web but it takes hand-crawling to find it. But it is not true that there
"never (has been) anything like this before".
"Deep analysis" is not new. In my opinion this is all because too few members of our illustrious World Wide Web of hyperlink developers are actively working on, or have
ever actually heard of, the semantic web [from Tim Berners-Lee]. even
The semantic web was the original vision of Tim Berners-Lee. It is kinda like the present day World Wide Web, connected by hyperlinks, with data packets traveling the world at the speed of light. The difference is that the hypertext that we create is just that; pure hypertext. The presentation (style, or layout) is suggested by an external file (using CSS in the case of HTML documents, or XSL and XSLT for XML documents). The metadata (data about the hypertext such as its author, its creation date, its topic) is defined by an RDF file (or, like in previous HTML standards, with
<meta> tags). Et cetera. Or these elements could be contained in a single document (XML) but internally would remain separate.
More proposals from the creator of the World Wide Web on the Web's architecture (also design issues). Bare in mind that TimBL's docs are more like freeform, speed-typing, techno-creative outbursts when you spot one of the many typos littered all over his site.
And so how does this separation of content from style (and other extrenuous metadata) help in creating better search technology? Well supposedly that separation would make it easier for machines to parse (or understand, makes heads of tails) of the content. Mr. Berners-Lee can explain this better than me; I suggest you follow the above links. I had tried to put explanations into words, but it's just takes more effort than I can afford right now. I still have a graduation paper to finish.
But basically HTML was not originally made to be a content layout language. And it most definitely was not originally meant to be a programming language. XHTML documents are supposed to be easy to type; you were just supposed to type plain text. The most programming anyone is supposed to do is mark content to give it context (linkage being the first context proposed). This text is inserted. This text is deleted. This is Heading 1. This part is in French. XHTML is supposed to stand for Extensible Hypertext Markup Language. And when all that context has been defined, not much computing power is needed to categorize it.
And we as a web community have got to realise something: if we don't work together toward a semantic web, do you know who will?
B: Whether it's understanding maps or virtual worlds or document analysis, today's search is nothing, and we've got the software technology that will drive it to those new levels, as well as being a very significant business.
Of course Bill could be bluffing, but even if he can't develop it himself brute force natural language analysis sounds like the kind of software that he would just love to buy. And don't tell me nobody is working on that.
But there has been progress made (web authors in particular should follow that link).
C: This year, there is a big push to make cheap computers for emerging markets. How is that going to have to evolve? A $300 computer is still going to be too expensive for many, probably, in Russia, India and other places.
B: Well, that's not really true. The expensive thing is the connectivity. Getting Internet connectivity is expensive. If all they had to do was pay for the computer--$300--and the communications were free, then we'd see that PC usage would be very, very big. Ironically, communications costs tend to be highest in developing countries.
Yup, 'net and phone rates really suck here. And I'd really love it if someone would start something in Indonesia like (the succesful) CUT. Yeah, we Indonesians really like to complain but rarely offer solutions now don't we:)
On the other hand, if Indonesian people would just realise that we can buy used inexpensive Rp 600.000 (US$ 70) Pentium II PCs (or brand new Via C3's). And they would still be relatively usefull for 'Netting when loaded with GNU/Linux or other Free OSes. There are many, many more people here buying used cell phones than there are using PCs. And a lot of used PCs are a lot cheaper, and a lot more usefull, than old cell phones. The Web is a rich repository of free knowledge, if you just know where to look...
But then again you'd be hard pressed to find that knowledge. Even the cheapest Indonesian ISP, TelkomNet Instan (state sponsored, with allegations of anticompetitive behavior creating near-monopolistic market dominance I might add), charges relatively expensively at about Rp 9000 (US$ 1) per hour, compared to the average monthly income percapita of about Rp 1 Million (US$ 108). Bill's still right; it still does ultimately boil down to connection costs.
Although Rp 9000 an hour (phone billing included) is much cheaper than most other Indonesian ISPs. TelkomNet's billing is low because its also run by PT Telkom, the former (at least officially) state run telephone service monopoly company that still runs most of Indonesia's local phones (it's majority stock is now owned by SingTel).
B: So you need to do shared PCs through cafes or community centers. We're doing a lot of so-called mesh networking research that could use wireless spectrum to try to bring those connectivity costs way, way down, and that's where you really see widespread computing breakthroughs.
And so witness the Internet Café phenomena in Jakarta and other Asian Metropolises. And the WiFi networks (both legal and quasi-legal), though these networks are still elitist. With only ivory-tower R&D conducted in that direction (no widespread public deployment of the results yet). And a significant portion of them are using pirated Microsoft software, furthering our dependence on His Billness. But at least some 'net cafés have switched to Linux servers to get better and more stable connection speeds. Now if they would only also provide Linux client stations...
I could go on (and I do want to), but I've spent more time than I can afford.
In closing, I'd like to add that perhaps Lessig does have a point when he opines "what a total (intellectual) disappointment this man is." I mean, an intellectual luddite such as myself can actually make this much commentary against him, even when what I was actually trying to do through this article was to balance negative opinions towards Bill's statemets. Yes, I was trying to support Bill. But I don't think that Bill is not philosophical. He has got to be philosophical (at least, if not philosophically good). Like Lessig I
"constantly hope to be surprised (or amazed ed.) by Mr. Gates". But unlike Lessig (who claims he never was), I have been amazed by Gates. I admire the man as a skillfull marketer and businessman. I admire him as a succesfull promotor of PC technology to the masses. Without the likes of him it would be more unlikely for 'mere mortals,' non-gurus like us (or at least like me if you are a guru) to sit in front of a PC like we are doing right now.
Makes you kinda wonder: why did Bill agree to an interview just now? Could it be because RMS had also just done one? Maybe Bill should have examined the (arguably) scathing response to that interview before agreeing to his own.... High profile geeks need PR media managers.
And so I wonder: will any copyright police come knocking on my door for copying this much text from CNET? Probably not since I've got practically no audience. Supposedly creative criticism falls under Fair Use, but you never know...
in other news: yup, that's right Folks, the disaster's still not over yet:)
addendum (1/21/2005): Bill Gates has made a clarification. Details on a newer blog entry.
I don't write intellectually. I write expressively. I don't claim to be accurate, fair or thorough. I don't wanna get stuck on certain topics. Though I sometimes do. But not that often. I'd like to expand. I wanna write more poems. But I'll only upload them if they're good. I only rant about my life's hardships if it will rescue just a little bit of my sanity. I'm saner than I make myself out to be, though.
If I am an OS kernel, and I just had a kernel dump, I'd imagine that the text in this blog is what it would more or less look like.
There. Do you get it?
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