post equinox III: humbled heart

Thus in these ending days. I wonder.

The signatures are done. I've officialy done all my academic duty. everything else is administrative.

Nick visited me today, with his girl. We talked. About my dedication page. Stuffs.

The last paragraph.

Not that it makes any diference, but I must tell you, I[...], You- Know- Who- You- Are- I- hope :), You were amazing yourself. I'm very proud of you. Many are proud of you. Focused. Ending your study with a grade A thesis. Without depending on anyone else but yourself. So sorry I wasn't there at your own equinox.

Yeah, you're way beyond my level. You've sailed so much further away than me. So far.


Please don't avoid me. I'm not after you anymore. I hate repeating myself, even though I do repeat myself so, so much. Congratulations to you.

I ' M   S O ,   S O ,  S O ,   P R O U D   O F   Y O U ! ! ! !
so proud!


Hmm. Hehe :)

I wish you are too.
Yah wel, to much to ask I guess.
Who am I, anyway. :)



Posted at 10:24:33 pm by ferdikom98
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re-Vision grunts, part III (a translation)

A rough translation of this morning's rant.

Why Firefox? Why not OpenOffice?
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) should not be all about price. The argument that there is economic advantages ini switching from MS Office to OpenOffice.or is valid and real. And the argument that said economic advantage is more real and valid compared to the economic advantage gained from switching from MSIE to Firefox is also real.

But FOSS is not solely about economic freedom. It is also about socio-cultural freedom.

The struggle (in Indonesia) to switch attention from MS Office to OpenOffice.org is a significant, worthy, and important struggle. The efforts expended have given real resuts in the form of attention towards OpenOffice.org as an MS Office alternative. But you can feel the buzz stopping, because the public in general still have not become overly eager to switch if it does not become a trend. This issue of trendyness can be answered by Firefox.

Firefox as a trendy program
One fact that must be admitted is that the World Wide Web as a (mass) media is very uniqe (compared to traditional mass media) in that it opens up the possibility of interactivity never before imagined, be it from the point of view of participant volume, turn-around speed, and freedom of expression. These freedoms have emerged the presence of the World Wide Web as a medium of cultural escape for those that have felt unable to express their (individual) personalities and opinions through conventional channels.

This is the reason of malesbanget.com's birth. This is the reason for Friendster's runaway popularity. This is the reason behind the emergence of thousands of local blogs, with a lot of them having tagboards (or other form of public forum).

Firefox can potentially become a trend because it as a web browser has a close tie to cyber culture and also to things that cause hundreds of young people to waste hours online everyday (when they're not playing Gunbound or Ragnarog, of course).

The FOSS movement in Indonesia
KPLI becomes a taxi system; paid membership, registration for support services, house calls, reward-system for local hackers. All through email, website, SMS server, RSS.

Can be introduced to the masses during the Firefox workshop as instructors. LinuxIndo cooperates with KPLI and other user groups that have existed at local/institutional levels and start an initiative to form a support web for Free and Open Source Software.

Registration as a support client should be cheaper than a standard KPLI membership. KPLI full members get discount support rates, but they must also contribute code. Support service is coordinated by LinuxIndo through an Email-Web-SMS platform.

LinuxIndo contacts KPLI and other LUGs for cooperation (paid cooperation) in the workshop to be held.

- Not just skill building; but also TREND BUILDING
- Taking advantage of the fact that people love a technology trend, especially when perceived as being 'cool' in the mainstream.
- That is the main reason Firefox is chosen as the marketed product.

note: underlined text in parantheses are postscript additions.

Posted at 7:28:14 pm by ferdikom98
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a prayer to God

For all Christians and Jews reading this next passage, especially Cultural Christians and Cultural Jews, and all narrow minded fanatics of all religion, I ask you to not be too quick to condemn. Please open your mind a bit to understand this solemn prayer. Please take the time to listen.

Written and sung by U2
from the LP "How to Defuse an Atomic Bomb"
produced by Island Records
copyright © November 2004 U2
lyrics from sing365.com

Take these shoes
Click clacking down some dead end street
Take these shoes
And make them fit
Take this shirt
Polyester white trash made in nowhere
Take this shirt
And make it clean, clean
Take this soul
Stranded in some skin and bones
Take this soul
And make it sing

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still I'm waiting for the dawn

Take these hands
Teach them what to carry
Take these hands
Don't make a fist
Take this mouth
So quick to criticise
Take this mouth
Give it a kiss

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still I'm waiting for the dawn

Still waiting for the dawn, the sun is coming up
The sun is coming up on the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, tell me now
Why the dark before the dawn?

Take this city
A city should be shining on a hill
Take this city
If it be your will
What no man can own, no man can take
Take this heart
Take this heart
Take this heart
And make it break

And I still believe that all religion was originally meant to love. No matter what biggots may claim. We should all tell ourselves that.

Posted at 5:35:27 pm by ferdikom98
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Anand and Larry at the CES (with a cameo by Bill)

Check it out dudes, Anand Lal Shimpi meets Larry Page at the CES.

Anand is the creator of AnandTech (one of the oldest independent tech e-zine, another one being Tom's Hardware), while Larry Page is one of the two co-founders of Google [you don't need a hyperlink to Google, do you? Oh well, for the sake of completeness here it is]. Picked this one up from Anand's own blog. Totally cool encounter story between two famous tech geeks.

The CES [Google search], or Consumer Electronics Show, is a tradeshow event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Don't know much about it other than that it has recently replaced the Comdex [Google search] (Computer and Digital Expo, if I'm not mistaken) in popularity, and that both of them has been where important tech companies and peoples gathered to talk about the future of Personal Computing and Digital Consumer Electronics in general. Other notable occurences at this year's CES are the Bill Gates CNet interview I covered earlier in this blog. Then there's also the unveiling of the Mac-mini [from Ars Technica], the actual rumored entry-level headless Macintosh from Apple Corp., in a small form factor, complete with MacOS-X 10.3, priced from US$499. And also...

Also this series of Bill Gates's interview with Gizmodo [from Gizmodo]. In one part of these interviews, Gates clarifies his position on 'Creative Commonism'. Picked up this one from another Lessig Blog post (again).

Of the people I just mentioned, Anand has a blog. Larry too but I can't recall the URI right now, though there is the Google blog (I think its also edited by Sergey Brin, the other Google co-founder). Bill Gates mentioned wanting to make one in his CNet interview, one he hopes to update once a month at most.

He should, that Mr. Gates person. It should shed some light to the twistedness of people's opinion of him. He can't be as absolutely evil as everyone is painting him to be. As much as a lot of Microsoft's actions seem to be.

Posted at 1:34:17 pm by ferdikom98
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re-Vision grunting, part II

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...

Posted at 10:18:11 pm by ferdikom98
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re-Vision grunting

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.

Posted at 8:05:47 pm by ferdikom98
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linking perks

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.

Posted at 1:57:27 am by ferdikom98
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the end of an age

To: kom98@yahoogroups.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

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!


PS: provisiat Fer! you really end it well!

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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.

Posted at 9:37:13 am by ferdikom98
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death-cries and almost dropouts III: post equinox, pre zenith

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...

Posted at 11:56:41 pm by ferdikom98
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reprimanding our morality

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.

Posted at 11:37:30 am by ferdikom98
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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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