Archive for 2008 May

Self-Hosted Blog? Why not?

Anyone want to know how can I have michaeljubel.com as my blog? Do you want a blog like mine, a self-hosted WordPress blog with my own domain name? Well, it’s not free (of course), but you can have one like mine with a very low price. But, before we get to business and talk about money and prices, I will explain you some terms in web hosting services, in a very simple way of course, which is rather important to be understood well. And I will take some blog sphere friends as examples to make everything easier to understand.

What is the difference between domain and web hosting?

Well, this is some examples of domain: michaeljubel.com, hannasyalala.com, majarimagazine.com, sherwintobing.com, republikbabi.com, putraditama.com, journal.marisaduma.net, ydoea.com. Do you get the idea? Domain is simply some identification you use to get to somewhere on the internet. There are many suffixes in domain names that you can choose, .com, .net, .org, .info, etc.

“Somewhere on the internet? Where is that ‘somewhere’ actually?”
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Fuel Price Rise and Indonesia to quit OPEC

Still feeling the the hype of national fuel price awakening? Well, just got a shocking news from Majari Magazine Oil and Gas Info RSS aggregator:

Quoted from AME Info, the ultimate Middle East business resource:

“Indonesia, the only OPEC member in South East Asia will leave the organisation today. The announcement comes as the country’s annual output stands at 49% of its 1970s peak and industrial disputes have slowed new developments. The country now imports close to 30% of its domestic oil needs.”

You may read the article here (if you don’t believe me) and you should also read the BBC UK’s version.

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TelkomSpeedy is going 1 Mbps!

Sejujurnya saya terkesima, senang, dan dicampur sedikit rasa penasaran. Tanpa biaya tambahan atau apapun, TelkomSpeedy meningkatkan kecepatan aksesnya menjadi 1 Mbps untuk download (dari sebelumnya 384 kbps) dan 128 kpbs untuk upload (dari sebelumnya 64 kbps). Terlepas itu hanyalah kecepatan akses teoritis, tapi setidaknya pasti ada peningkatan kan. Hehe..

Dalam rangka memperingati 100 tahun hari Kebangkitan Nasional, Telkom mempersembahkan kecepatan akses layanan Speedy hingga 1 Mbps downstream dan 128 kbps upstream untuk bangsa Indonesia.

Peningkatan kecepatan ini telah dilakukan di sebagian lokasi di 59 kota dan akan terus diperluas hingga ke seluruh area cakupan layanan Speedy di lebih dari 220 kota di seluruh Indonesia.

Pelanggan Speedy dapat menikmati peningkatan kecepatan ini tanpa dikenai tambahan biaya apa pun.

Untuk dapat melihat daftar lokasi yang sudah dapat menikmati kecepatan Speedy up to 1 Mbps klik di sini.

Untuk detail informasi lokasi hubungi 147.

Silakan melihat artikel asli di halaman ini.

Beberapa waktu yang lalu saya sempat memiliki keinginan untuk berganti provider dari TelkomSpeedy menjadi IM2 karena lambatnya kecepatan akses Speedy. Belum lagi dengan koneksi yang suka terputus pada saat jam sibuk. Tapi, berhubung ada banyak pengalaman kurang baik yang saya dengar mengenai IM2 dari teman-teman saya, ditambah lagi saya juga mendengar berita buruk langsung dari Ayah saya mengenai buruknya kecepatan akses IM2 di kantornya, niat itu saya urungkan saja. Di tengah kebingungan saya mencari provider baru yang tepat, ternyata provider lama saya menggebrak dengan berita baik yang tentunya sangat membuat semua netter bergembira. 1 Mbps? Hahaha.. Walaupun pada praktiknya kecepatan akses tidak akan pernah mencapai 1 Mbps, tapi setidaknya itu pasti lebih baik ketimbang kecepatan akses yang teorinya hanya 384 kpbs.

Good luck Speedy. (walaupun monopoli dominasi pasar mu gila sekali)

:D

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Are you celebrating the day?

Do you remember that our beloved Indonesia STILL have a national day called ‘Hari Kebangkitan Nasional’? It is a commemoration of the establishment of Budi Utomo in May 20, 1908 and regarded as the starting point of national movement in Indonesia. I hope you still got something from history class in your mind. It has been 100 years since that memorable day. And, do any of you remember the tag line “celebrating 100 years of national awakening“? Are you celebrating the day?

I still remember that every year my school always have their own way to celebrate the day; something like ‘pesta rakyat’ where all of the students having fun doing some games like ‘balap karung’, the tug of war (tarik tambang), and even things like essay contests with a topic: “Do you love Indonesia?” or “What is the meaning about national awakening to you?” The essays were, of course, fulfilled with heroic words and prides. Indonesia was just perfect in my mind. I didn’t even know what the term ‘corruption’ mean back then. I really enjoyed the fun that time.

But now, I guess we are now mature enough to see what is happening in Indonesia. Is the national awakening really there? I wonder if it would be easy to celebrate the day with the national pride inside our heart. I’m not saying this because we’ve just lost the Thomas and Uber Cup (is the word ‘lost’ the right expression? I forget when those cups are still in our hand actually). And this is not about the ten years vigil of the forgotten massacre May 1998 tragedy. And also not about the riots that are complaining about the fuel and food price rise. And I don’t even talk about the massive church destructions that happened in Situbondo and all other places in Indonesia several years ago. How about Chinese discrimination issues?? Nope.

It’s just.. hmm.. I’m starting to lose all of the momentous reasons to commemorate the day. What were I thinking when I was writing the essay back then?? Now everything is just.. different.

Well, I am Indonesian. I guess that would be one simple-yet-crucial reason to celebrate the 100 years of national awakening. Happy national awakening day, everyone.

PS: I don’t know why I am so pessimistic this time. Weird. This is not me.

Well, I am sorry for such a pessimistic opinion I’ve written above. It is indeed very skeptical. Here’s what I got:

We are now mature enough to see what is actually happening in Indonesia. It is in fact still far away from the ideal condition of national awakening. To be honest, are you starting to lose your faith? But please, try to look deeper to everything that this country is currently facing. Yes, we lost that Thomas and Uber Cup, but do we realize how bold those athletes tried their best to keep their dignity by fighting in bravery to the very end? Doesn’t it mean anything to you? Yes, we are all in the grief and sorrow remembering all those victims in May 1998 tragedy, but don’t we see how they succeed to change the fundamental mistakes in Indonesian governance then bring it to a so-called reformation? Doesn’t it mean anything to you? Yes, they are riots on the street complaining about the price rise and the poor citizens are in stake of becoming poorer and poorer. But don’t you see that most of the rioter are college students who were trying to show their empathy to the poor ones considering that they are the nation’s agent of change? We still have hope. Don’t let it fade.

We don’t need momentous reasons to commemorate the day. We need spirits, not reasons. Happy national awakening day, everyone.

PS: It’s good to be bad some time, but for only a short period of time. Thanks to christin and yuki.
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Mengapa Begini, Mengapa Begitu? Ala Teknik Kimia.

Artikel ini diawali dengan perasaan “bersalah” saya terhadap ilmu yang saya tekuni. Setelah berbulan-bulan nge-blog, tidak ada satupun artikel yang berkenaan dengan ilmu Teknik Kimia secara eksplisit. Hahahaha.. Untuk itu, saya akan mencoba untuk menyadarkan Anda semua mengenai berbagai hal sederhana yang terjadi di sekitar kita, yang pada dasarnya sangatlah erat dengan ilmu Teknik Kimia. Percaya deh, artikel yang ini tidak “berat” sama sekali. Lagipula saya akan sangat berusaha untuk meminimalisasi penggunaan kata yang terlalu “lokal”. Hehehe..

1. Mengapa kita tidak boleh membuka presto saat baru selesai digunakan?
Jadi begini.. air yang berada dalam presto, entah dari materi dalam makanan atau memang dari air yang ditambahkan, akan berubah bentuk menjadi uap karena dipanaskan. Nah, karena presto ialah sebuah bejana yang benar-benar tertutup, tidak ada uap air yang dapat terbebas keluar dari presto tersebut. Hal itu menyebabkan tekanan presto dapat terus meningkat seiring dengan kenaikan suhu yang disebabkan oleh pemanasan kompor. Itulah mengapa presto dapat memasak segalanya dengan lebih cepat dan menghasilkan masakan yang lebih lunak; itu karena tekanan tinggi dan temperatur tinggi. Nah, apa yang akan terjadi apabila Anda membuka presto saat baru saja selesai digunakan? Sederhana saja, paling-paling tutup presto akan meloncat ke atas Anda lalu disertai dengan sedikit bunyi ledakan dan semburan uap air panas. Hehehe.. maka dari itu, tunggulah agar presto dingin.. Itu akan menyebabkan tekanan dalam presto menurun dan segalanya akan menjadi aman bagi Anda.
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