Monday, January 30, 2006 

Clever and Smart

Some of my friends said that Indonesia has a lot of "clever" people but, unfortunately, not "smart" enough. This statement appears when we have some discussion about a lot of "never ending" problems in our country that accumulated by time and make some "normal" people get frustration.

Well, maybe this statement is so sarcastic for some of us, but my friends said this is our reality. We have no ability to manage the problems and -more than that- we have no ability to control our ego for better Indonesia. This is one of the clearest sign that we are not "smart" enough! The "smart" always thinks and solves something based on the good strategy, manage the problem in best way, and has a sustain solution, not just an instant one, they said.

Honestly, this is a hard discussion for me and so far I just keep my self as good listener. But, I think they are right with their "sarcastic" statement, eventhough I am not sure yet that they -who have this "sarcastic" statement- are realy "smart" people or just can talk about it in discussion but have no idea how to implement in the real world -unless they can proof it to Indonesia people or at least to me as their good listener-.

The tongue has no bone, talks easier than acts! (is the English translation correct?)

Sunday, January 29, 2006 

On-line journal facility

I have decided to make my other blog "oseanografi" (in Indonesia languange) has an "up to date" and good content in oceanography from many aspects. So far, I just write articles in this blog based on the the text books or my experiences.

Now, living in Hamburg, I can access almost on-line international journals in oceanography for FREE because the Institute where I work for my PhD. subscribes to those online journals . I always try to read one paper everyday to get "up to date" information about oceanography. I think it will more useful for others if I can make article about what I've read and publish it in my oceanography blog (of course I will not just translate the paper to Indonesia language because of copyright issue).

So far, based on my experience, it is quite diffficult to get new scientific papers about oceanography in Indonesia library. Sometime, when I was in Indonesia, I have to contact my friends in Japan or somewhere else in developed countries to help me downloading the papers that I need and send them by e-mail. Of course, based on the policy from the publisher, this kind of "friend to friend order" is not allowed, but how can poor student like my self order the papers for $9.0/paper? In some cases, if the writers still have the copy, I can contact them and ask for the copy or digital form of their papers.

Well, I think, "famous" universities in Indonesia -such as ITB, UI, etc.- should think about give "up to date" on-line journal facility to their researchers, lectures staff, and students. On the other hand, students who have paid much money for their study should ask for it also to their university. Logically, how can they paid much money but got scientific facility in "minimalist" style, while their teachers also sometime very busy with their "private" projects and neglected their main job as teacher (honestly, I don't like this kind teachers!).

Thursday, January 26, 2006 

Expert status, what for?

I just discussed about the term "expert" with my wive. This discussion appears after we read a polemic about "expert" in a mailing list (milis) subscribed by her. One of the milis member, a Proffesor, said that in Indonesia a lot of people claim their selves as "experts", but honestly they are not realy "experts". Just claim their selves as experts, but actually do nothing and have no good scientific "international" publications. He argues that one factor to become "experts", scientists or researchers should have international publications, not just become a member of "international" or "regional" organisations.

Partly, (maybe) I agree with him but well I have also another opinion. Perhaps, have international publications are very important, and maybe can also indicating the quality, for scientists or researcher. But, how can we have good publications if do nothing or just doing "commercial" project and "instant" order from private companies or consultants?

Some of my friends said that now Bandung is very very dirty, garbage are everywhere. Moreover a friend teased that not only human got trouble with the waste, the flies also got headache and tired. As you know, in Bandung there is a famous Instititute of Technology named ITB. ITB has Departement of Environmental Technology with (I think) a lot of Doctors and Proffesors there, and I am realy sure they know very well about waste management and processing. I am also realy sure, they have a lot of publications in national and international scopes. The question is "how can the city that has a famous institute of technology with a lot of experts in environmental technology has a waste management and processing problem?"

Well, actually I still have no answer regarding to this question. But with this illustration I just want say that just claimed our selves as experts or relied on publications are not enough, we need more than that: responsibility, action and commitment.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 

Angie's blog

I just read Angelina Sondakh's blog. She is a parliament member from Democratic Party and also Miss Indonesia 2001. She wrote that now she is falling in love with Adji Massaid, an actor who also a parliament member from Democratic Party.

Oh ya, in her blog you can also read a posting with title: "Comment from Republic Indonesia First Lady Ibu Hj. Ani SBY about Agelina Sondakh." Hehehe... little bit funny, and I think this is typical Indonesia, especially when you read that "welcome message" comment in detail : so formal.

Anyway, I give appreciation to her effort launching a blog and hoping so much that the articles in her blog are not just telling about her love story (with Adji), but more than that she can talk much about her visions as a parliament member.

I'll wait for your next post Angie!



I just tried to play Sudoku, a logic-based placement puzzle game. The name Sudoku is the Japanese abbreviation of a longer phrase, "suji wa dokushin ni kagiru," meaning "the digits must remain single"; it is a trademark of puzzle publisher Nikoli Co. Ltd in Japan (source: Wikipedia).

Well, I think it is quite difficult to play this game (so far, especially for a beginner like my self), but I realy enjoy this game (eventhough I need very long time to finish 9x9 grids).

Oh ya, for the rules of playing Sudoku, Wikipedia has a complete entry of it. The rules are quite easy, and I think, you can directly playing this game after finish reading the entry. The aim of this game is to enter a numerical digit from 1 through 9 in each cell of a 9×9 grid made up of 3×3 subgrids (called "regions"), starting with various digits given in some cells (the "givens"). Each row, column, and region must contain only one instance of each numeral.


Coriolis force

When in college, I was so difficult to explain about Coriolis force in detail and clear to friends. The main problem is because this force is a virtual force, works in large scale, and we can't feel it. This force appears because of the earth rotation.

Some teachers around the world, sometime give bad explanation also when talk about the Coriolis force. One of popular bad example is when teachers said: "The water in a sink (or toilet) rotates one way as it drains in the northern hemisphere and the other way in the southern hemisphere. Called the Coriolis Effect, it is caused by the rotation of the Earth."

As I mentioned above, the Coriolis force appears as an effect of earth rotation, while the earth rotation is very slow, only one rotation per day. On the other hand, the water in a sink might make a rotation in a few seconds and so have a rotation rate ten thousand times higher than that of the Earth. It should not be surprising, therefore, to learn that the Coriolis force is orders of magnitude smaller than any of the forces involved in these everyday spinning things. The Coriolis force is so small, that it plays no role in determining the direction of rotation of a draining sink anymore. Actually, the direction of rotation of a draining sink is determined by the way it was filled, or by vortices introduced while washing. So, have no relationship with Coriolis force and of course earth rotation.

I found one good and clear description about Coriolis force at the book I am reading now: The Oceans by Ellen J. Prager (FYI: I never finish read this book, because I only read this book when in train or bus).

In this book she ilustrated the Coriolis force by writing a funny story about a war on drugs where a US soldier has to fire a missile from Washington DC to Columbia. The missile is launched, however it lands not in Columbia but on one of small islands in the Galapagos Archipelago, 500 miles west of South America. Numerous endangered tortoises and much of their fragile habitat are annihilated, environmental groups vigorously protest at the White House and Ecuadorian officials are enraged. The US takes quick action to fire the soldier. Much to his chagrin and embarrassment, the soldier realizes his mistake: he forgot to program the missile guidance system to adjust for the Coriolis effect.

After that, the story continued by explaining in detail the Coriolis force. Better you buy the book or, may be, you can borrow it from me after I finish read it, but I am not sure when I'll finish read this book. You know, I am a lazy man! :)

Monday, January 23, 2006 

Still about Pornography Act draft

Eventhough Parliament has invited some artists and experts to talk and discuss about pornography, there are still no clear "classification" about this matter, while the parliament targeting to ratified the pornography act in the middle of this year.

Well, in my opinion, discussing the "classification" of pornography in plural communitty and from different point of view is like discussing "Who is "wrong" in Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston's divorce? Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt or Jeniffer Aniston? Pitt's fans will say that Aniston is the cause of this, while Aniston's fans will say that this divorce is because of the Pitt mistake, or maybe Jolie has carried off Pitt from Aniston. More intense the disccussion, more different answers we got and of course no clear conclusion appear.

Also when people discuss about one paragraph of the pornography act draft that said: "lips kissing in the public area is not allowed and you will be punished 1 to 5 years or paid the fine Rp.100.000.000 to 500.000.000", then maybe some people will have a big question about it: "How can?" If the people who did this is a lawful couple, how can they accept a punishment or paid fine, while people who realy breaking the rules and make Indonesian people distress out there by doing manipulations, corruptions, illegal logging, "tawuran", etc. can not be touched by the law. Expressing love is needed in couple relationship and just kissing wive or husband's lips is not illegal. We have right to do that eventhough in the public area. Just a normal kissing, not a hot lips kissing like French kissing or lips kissing in the porn or semi porn films.

Well, honestly, I have no idea how the act should be, but I think the most priority and main focus of making this act is to decrease pornography matters in mass media.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 

The Hottest Issue: Pornography

What is another hot issue in Indonesia beside formalin and floods right now? Maybe pornography. I just read in newspaper today that some parliament members discussing the draft of pornography act and they also invite the hottest queen of "ngebor" Inul Daratista. Discussion getting hot when the king of dangdut Rhoma Irama reproaches the queen of "ngebor".

Some people who are disagree with pornography issue and also draft of pornography act argue that "what some people say as pornography are art, so it is so difficult to classify which one is porn and which one is art. Women bodies are beautiful and those are part of art, so what is wrong?".

Well, honestly, evils are everywhere. Black, white, and grey area are always exist in human civilization. Just make an act is not enough yet when the attitude of people are bad, no significant impact. So, instead of give bla bla bla comments in newspapers or television about pornography, Playboy Indonesia edition, etc. why don't we start to open our eyes and give the best education to our next generation to increase their attitude. Just start it from our family.

In the concept of Islam, we can do nothing to evils! They will tempt us harder and harder everyday. So, the best way to protect our selves from evils' tempt is strenghthen our faith. No doubt, to do that you must have good attitude by good education. Not just formal and expensive education, but high quality education. Why don't we start to give our best to our next generation right now? If you are still not good enough, why don't you try be better day by day?

"Start it from your self, start it from a simple thing, and start it right now!"

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 

Meat Ball, Mr. Minister and Formalin

If we can eat meat ball etc. together with Mr. Minister everyday (for FREE), I am pretty sure we don't have to worry that those foods containing formalin. But, the problem is, we can not eat those foods together with Mr. Minister for FREE everyday.

So, I think, what has been done by Mr. Minister is not the right answer or action to solve "the formalin in foods" problem. Mr. Minister should think harder and harder. If just eating those foods with your staff members and people and covered by mass media, a lazy man like my self can do that! Just give me money to pay it! *lol*

So, it is not your level to do a "stupid and instant" thing like that. The most important things are good policy and law enforcement. Please show us that you are acceptable and good enough as a minister. :P

Monday, January 16, 2006 

Take a BREAK


Sorry, I want to take a break for a while...

Friday, January 13, 2006 

Playboy Indonesia edition

I read from Detikinet that next March 2006, Playboy Indonesia edition to be launched. Pro and contra opinions about this plan appear in the public and mass media, some disagree while other agree. The disagree people argue with the term of pornography, while the act of pornography is still in draft and, maybe, will be ratified in the middle of 2006 ( Another argument is because the system and rules in Indonesia are "chaotic" and were easy to be diverted, so eventhough the distribution system is based on subscribing scheme, deviations are potential to be occured.

What is the main reason launching the Playboy Indonesia edition? The answer maybe: "because Indonesia is a good market for this kind of product" :)


Hundreds killed in Hajj stampede

BBC News reported that at least 345 moslems pilgrim have died and hundreds have been injured during the stone-throwing ritual at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, reported that 2 jamaah from Indonesia have been identified dead so far.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 

Cassette to mp3

I just did Budi Rahardjo's tips to convert my cassette collections to mp3 using Audacity. Last week I have bought a "line-in line-out" connection at Saturn for 5,- Euro and installed Audacity in my Notebook.

My first cassette converted to mp3 is KLa Project Album No.5 with 8 songs with their hits "Romansa". If I am not wrong, this song was quite popular on 1995. My next cassette to be converted maybe Qur'an recitation.


My Fortran code

I got something "still unknown error" in my Fortran 90 code. Actually the code has been compiled succesfully and can run well before, but something "mysterious" happened and makes it become unstable, so I have to check and recheck again to find the bugs.

Honestly, I dont' like Fortran and usually use Matlab to make codes. But at this moment I should use it. Of course, the code can be build using Matlab, but the CPU time force me to use Fortran instead.

Ok, I should back to work looking for the bugs!

One bug has been found today, and the code compiled succesfully and run very well. But, I still have one more code to be checked now, so still looking for some bugs. Hmm, I think Fortran is so complicated for "old novice" programmer like me! hahaha. I Hope everything gonna be alright this week :)

Monday, January 09, 2006 

XP Reinstallation

My notebook's operating system (Windows XP SP2) just reinstalled after I got some errors experience. This error began after I try to install a FREE trial software yesterday.

Before installing the software, I have scanned it already using the AVG FREE Edition and NO VIRUS FOUND. But then, when the installation process has began, AVG detecting a VIRUS, so I stop the intallation process.

The installation can be stopped, but bad thing happen, I can't run some programs that run well before. And the most important thing, I can't connect to the internet at home and also at my office.

I have tried to do everything I know to solve the problem, unfortunatelly I only waste my time while some programs still can not be run. Well, after trying hardly, I decide to reinstall the operating system. I think this is the best way to solve the problem! So after copying my important files from the notebook into the PC at home, reinstalling process began.

But, when the reinstalling process began, the next problem also began. Windows XP SP2 has a "serious" problem with ACPI BIOS detection, a common problem that happen everywhere (I know it after googling, and Ni Londo (as I know) has this experience also). But (thanks GOD!), the solution is so easy (at least based on my experience, even though some people get anger and frustation with this). Just press F5, choose Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC and hit ENTER. I got this clue from here.

So far so good! Everything is running well, also the drivers. But now I should take a break for a while (sleeping I mean) and hopefully can continue the installation process tomorrow for some additional softwares that I need to do my daily work.

Saturday, January 07, 2006 

My digest and new links

Well, my blog layout has changed a little now. I just added My Digest in the bottom of my blog content using FREE service from Feed Digest. From My Digest you can read short brief of some new posts or news from the sites where the feed links have been added to my feed digest.

Beside that, I also adding some new links so now you can enjoying Infotainment, IT Zone, News and Sciences, My OS, etc. from my blog. I hope by adding some "features", my blog become more friendly :)

I hope you will enjoy this "small change"!


Official patch released

Microsoft has released official patch for WMF.
"Microsoft originally planned to release the update on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, as part of its regular monthly release of security bulletins, after testing for quality and application compatibility was complete. However, testing has been completed earlier than anticipated and the update is ready for release. In addition, Microsoft is releasing the update early in response to strong customer sentiment that the release should be made available as soon as possible"
Please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-001 for detail.

Friday, January 06, 2006 

Streamripper for Winamp

What are you usually doing when working on your PC or surfing on the internet? Sometime, if what I am doing is not so hard enough or need no extra concentration, I listen to the music on the online radio using Winamp.

I have used Winamp for long time ago to play my mp3 collections. So far, I think, Winamp is my favourite player even though I have installed also iTunes in my PC. One reason why I love to use Winamp is because it was my first music player I used. Another reason is because I like to use also Streamripper plugin for Winamp that can ripping the musics I am listening automatically in mp3 format and store it in my harddisk. I don't know, is this kind of plugin also available in another players or not? but I like very much using this plugin because my mp3 collections will increase every day :)


Stanford on iTunes

Do you want to listen lectures, seminars and panel discussions from the faculties at the Stanford University? Well, now you can enjoy it by clicking Stanford on iTunes. You only need to install iTunes on your PC. The most important (for me at least) : "All are FREE!".

You can find a lot of themes there such as climate change, US foreign policy, life begins at 40, etc...

Thursday, January 05, 2006 

Bookmark at

Oskar, by his comment, just gave me an idea to write an article about "bookmarking favourite sites that can be used mobile by using". Well, thanks a lot Oskar!

Of course, to be able storing your bookmark at, you should register your self first (I assume you have known how to register!). After that, you'll get an activation e-mail, open it and just click the activation link wrote in the e-mail. OK! now you have had already an account at Congratulation! and we can continue to the next steps...

Well, the most important step after you signed up and activated your is reading the "user guide" or help file (of course! everybody know it! hahaha...). I found some sites that (may be) useful for you to know in more detail (beside the help link that available in, us.ef.ul is one of them. Here you can read complete "step by step" of how to use You can also visiting Jeffrey Veen: The Easiest Way to Publish Links on Your Sites, A User's Guidee to, and if not enough yet, just search more guides by using Google, Yahoo! or other search engines...

I am sure, after read those guides you can enjoy your Oh ya, I have something forgotten! To make you easier using, I recommend you to add bookmarklets into your browser, or, if you use Firefox, just integrate into Firefox.

Oh ya, this is my bookmark at

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 

How important is your page on the web?

Do you want to check the rank of your page on the web? please try here. My page has rank 3/10. hahaha... not so good!


How to save your bookmark?

Yesterday Ni Londo asked me how to save her bookmarks as a file. Actually, the bookmarks of web addresses that you have created in your browser are already exist in your harddisk as (a) file name(s).

For example, in Mozilla Firefox, the bookmark file is available in directory Programs\Mozilla Firefox\profile\ with default file name "bookmarks.html" (please check by your self!).

What about if you use Internet Explorer? Well, you can find your bookmark files in your Documents and Settings\Favourites. Each bookmark has different name depend on what name you give to each bookmarked address. So, if you have 3 bookmarked sites, for example: my bookmark 1, my bookmark 2, and my bookmark 3, then in the directory Favourites you will find those files name.

But, sometime maybe it is easier to us if we can backing up our bookmarks, save it in flash disk (to be used mobile) or locate it in our working directory or special directory for bookmark files, for example in my documents\bookmark directory.

In Mozilla Firefox, you can create or export your bookmark by choosing Bookmark menu, then click Bookmark Manager and you will get a pop up Bookmark Manager window. Click File, then choose Export and a pop up Export Bookmark File will appear asking you to fill in the file name and also the directory location (default file name will be bookmarks.html).

In Internet Explorer, just click File, then choose Import and Export, a step by step menu will appear. Just follow it by clicking Next and then choose Export Favourites and then click Next, and then choose which directory of favourites will be exported (or if you want to export all bookmarks under Favourites directory, choose Favourites folder then click Next and write the file name you want for your favourites ( don't forget to choose the directory that you want to locate your bookmark file).

Hopefully, this simple tutorial is usefull for you. Please give me comment If I wrote something wrong (especially for the menu, because I use software in German language, while I should write it in English).


Increasing your skill in photography

Do you want to increase your skill in photography? or get comments and critics from people about your "shoot" results. Well, if your answer is "YES" then I recommend you to join the photography community sites in the virtual world.

There are some photography community sites available for FREE sign up in the internet such as Fotografer.Net and GaleriKeadilan.Net for Idonesian people and for wide- scope people in the world (international).

I found and felt that becoming a member of that community increasing my skill and ability in photography, especially when I got response from other members about some major or minor mistakes in my picture and how to make it better. On the other hand, by seeing another member pictures, sometime gave me an idea and inspiration on how I should "shoot" an object to get nice picture with good angle, lighting, composition, tone, etc.


Digital camera review

Do you have a plan to buy a new digital camera? I recommend you to read digital camera review site before you buy it. Sometime it is useful and helpful, especially when you have a limited budget but want the best. :)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 

Don't open unknown WMF file from your Windows

Windows has a major security hole in WMF (Windows Metafile) images that has not been fixed officially yet. So be carefull if you have received an e-mail attached by images in WMF format or when you surf in the internet.

This security hole is being used to distribute Trojan-Downlaoader.Win32.Agent.abs, Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Small.zp,, and Trojan.Win32.Small.ev said Jack Schofiels in his blog. Jack has made also a temporary fix for this security hole and you can download it here.


Laptop "internal" mouse

First time I use a laptop, I don't like to use the "internal" mouse and decided to use an "external" mouse instead. At that time, I don't know exactly how to use the "internal" mouse efficiently and effectively.

By experience, I found that the "internal" mouse is quite easy to use and very effective. I just can use one finger to operate it in many cases, but in some other cases such as "click and drop" or "double click", I still found something "stupid". Sometime, accidentally because of the sensitivity of the "internal" mouse, I move a directory to another place, or execute something that I don't want to execute.

Did you have the same experience like me with the "internal" mouse at the first time you use it? or may be you have some tips or tricks using "internal" mouse that want to share with me? please let me know.

Monday, January 02, 2006 

Don't wrap food with paper or tissue

I usually use tissue or paper to wrap food. Actually, this is wrong, tissue contain chlor while paper contain lead (Plumburn or Pb). Those chemical elements can migrate to our body if I eat the food wrapped by tissue or paper. Based on the research, those chemical elements can trigger cancer.

Article in Kompas explain about it.



This is information about Eid-al-Adha from Have you already bought cow, sheep or goat for Qurban?

Eid-al-Adha: The Astronomical New Moon is on Saturday December 31, 2005, at 3:12 Universal Time, i.e. Friday, December 30, 10:12pm Eastern Standard Time - 7:12pm Pacific Standard Time. On Saturday, December 31, it will be about 22 hours old and about 6 degrees above the horizon on west coast of USA. This moon can be seen in South Africa, South America, and Polynesian Islands, but not in Asia, Europe, or Middle East. In USA, it will be very difficult to see. Telescope or binoculars may be needed to see it in USA. Therefore, first day of Zul-Hijja is expected to be on Sunday, January 1, 2006 in South Africa, Americas, and Polynesian Islands, and elsewhere on January 2, 2006. Accordingly, 10th Zul-Hijja (Eid-al-Adha) will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2006, Insha'Allah in South Africa, Americas, and Polynesian Islands. Elsewhere 10th Zul-Hijja (Eid-al-Adha) should be on Wednesday, January 11, 2006.

OFFICIAL Day of Eid-al-Adha in Different Countries

Jan 1, 2006 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said the climax of this year's haj pilgrimage, in which more than 2 million Muslims will retrace the footsteps of Islam's Prophet Mohammad, would be on Jan 9, 2006. The four-day Eid al-Adha (feast of sacrifice) holiday will start on Jan 10, 2006, one of the country's religious bodies said in a statement on the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.(Posted @ 15:50 PST)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006:

Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, January 11, 2006:

South Africa

Sunday, January 01, 2006 

Firefox 1.5 memory leak

Few days ago Andri make an experiment to check the memory used by Firefox when browsing and he conclude that Firefox is "sux". Kusaeni also agree with the conclusion from Andri and suggesting the reader to use Opera. So far, I still don't believe that and don't realy know also how "sux" Firefox is, because to make a conclusion that Firefox is "sux" you should make a fair comparison. But, I also have read from InformationWeek about this matter.

Some people said that Opera is the best choice, but it has some limitation when opening some webs such as Google mail etc. This kind of limitation, I think, should be also take into account when we want to compare the performance. But of course, the memory issue is the most important for me because I rarely open my Gmail. Some people back to use Internet Explorer after knowing the leaking memory problem in Firefox 1.5.

Based on Andri's experiment, I also make an experiment to test the memory used by 3 web browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Opera 8.51, and Firefox 1.5. I did my experiment like this: I open 10 windows for each web browser, and each window opening the same web address (in this case I open

After few minutes, I checked the memory used by those 3 web browsers and found that the use of memory between Opera and IE are quite comparable, while Firefox used memory 2 time larger than IE and Opera (please see the first figure above). After that, I try to minimized all browsers' windows and found an interesting thing. The use of memory of Opera and IE are decreased drastically, while Firefox still use the same large memory as when the windows are maximized (see figure below).

Well, I think Andri is right with his conclusion about Firefox 1.5. So, I think, I should change my web browser to Opera from now after I proof by my self about Firefox leaking memory :)

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