Millennium Trader 4 Jalan di Linux Koq!!

Sempat saya bilang kalo Millennium Trader 4 bisa jalan di Ubuntu (Linux). Nggak percaya? Saya punya buktinya:

Caranya, install dulu package wine melalui Synaptic atau Adept, lalu jalankan installer Millennium Trader secara biasa.

Jika Anda tertarik atau pingin nyoba (belajar = gratis koq), informasi lengkap bisa Anda dapatkan di situs Millennium Penata Futures Kediri atau hubungi Pak Riman Kosasih lewat YM di riman80.

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Investasi Smart dengan Millennium Penata Futures

Perdagangan di bursa forex (valas/valuta asing) semakin diminati, tidak hanya karena keuntungan yang besar, cara pengoperasian yang cepat & mudah secara online, tapi juga model yang dibutuhkan relatif lebih ringan dibandingkan membangun bisnis sendiri.

Satu perusahaan yang terpercaya di bidang ini adalah PT Millennium Penata Futures. Mereka menyediakan sistem online yang tercanggih dibandingkan perusahaan-perusahaan lainnya di Indonesia.

Tertarik, hubungi cabang Millennium Penata Futures terdekat atau mo ngobrol2 ama saya juga boleh, ni juga lagi sambil belajar koq 😉

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Installing NX on Amazon EC2's or Your VPS's Ubuntu

NoMachine’s NX is a cool technology to GUI-ly remote your server using less bandwidth and more power responsiveness. If you miss your GUI luxury, let’s install it on your VPS, shall we?

Get some Ubuntu first, Dapper or Edgy or Feisty all work fine. Installing some kind of desktop GUI will make the journey smoother for you. And you’ll need to setup your server you accept SSH connections first, which you probably have done already.

We’re gonna use FreeNX which is already very good and has no connection/user limitation. Append this /etc/apt/sources.list:

# FreeNX
deb http://free.linux.hp.com/~brett/seveas/freenx feisty-seveas freenx
deb-src http://free.linux.hp.com/~brett/seveas/freenx feisty-seveas freenx

If you’re using Dapper or Edgy, modify the ‘feisty’ above to ‘dapper’ (‘edgy’ packages aren’t there, but reported to work just as well.) Then commence:

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install freenx

Let’s set it up:

sudo nxsetup

It’ll ask you a simple question (the answer is unintuitively ‘no’). And your server should be ready.

Download a client from NoMachine web site to your liking. Install it and point it to your server.

Happy remoting! 😉

Note: In case you didn’t notice, Trizoko is a fabulous business-related blog packed with uber-useful tips for you. Check it out!

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Amazon’s EC2: Automated Server Hosting

EC2 is a new server clustering services by Amazon. The difference between traditional servers it’s that this is very on-demand and automated. You won’t need to phone call an admin and “hey, we need a server” anymore, all you have to do is click “launch” and you’ve got a server running. (and the billing starts too, hehhee…)

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This is indeed a brand new technology that I haven’t heard other competitor yet. (Besides, when you’re competing with a company called Amazon, well……) It allows developers to create a server in less than a few minutes… and disband them at will as well. It’s even quicker than installing Linux in your own computer. 🙂

Amazon started as online book store, but now it’s grown to be one of the strongest Internet companies. 🙂 They built AWS / Amazon Web Services to provide hosted services. S3 and EC2 is among the most popular AWS services. S3 is a (massive) data hosting / storage service. And EC2 is hosting service. These are mostly interesting for developers, not end-users.

EC2 is similar to semi-dedicated / VPS (virtual private server) hosting services out there, with significant difference:

  • Server instances are commissioned (and “deleted”) on-demand, by using an automated API (“API” word again..!) or by using web-based UI provided by RightScale. This means no need to call customer support for these kinds of stuff.
  • Payment is per bandwidth and per hour used. No usage = no pay. Much usage = more cost. 🙂 This is different than any other hosting companies since they charge a fixed “$xx / month for xx GB bandwidth etc.” This also means EC2 has no cap on upper usage limit… as long as you pay what you used 🙂

EC2 is controlled using programmable Web Services API. RightScale is the web-based front-end UI that can be used by “mere mortals”, it hides the API complexity.

EC2 servers can be anything you like (web/database/Java/etc.). (Presumably as long as you use Linux?). They’re hosted on Amazon so it fits well if you want a remotely hosted server. It’s more convenient in some ways since you’re free-ed from managing the little details (such as when hardware burns out, memory/hard disk crash, etc. they handle it for you) but you still retain complete access to the server (since you’ll be logging in as ‘root’ user, you can basically do anything there).

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Mozilla as Rich Internet Applications Platform

Everybody knows Firefox, Mozilla‘s flagship browser that’s being used by most geeks worldwide (and increasingly used by non-geeks too.) In the emerging Rich Internet Applications platform market, we are seeing more and more vendors jump in: Adobe with Apollo, Microsoft with Silverlight, Sun Microsystems with JavaFX, and a bunch others.

So has anyone considered using Mozilla (or Firefox) as Rich Internet Applications platform (in the near-future)?

The platform compiles natively, has many functions, is proven for building the web browser, e-mail client, calendaring application, and more. It runs JavaScript, which makes it very extensible. Mozilla has demonstrated its cross-platform-ity by having many Firefox extensions that “just work” in all platforms that can run Firefox. It supports CSS, SVG, and XUL, which means it’s really good for presentation. Its components are open source, which is yet another good thing.

I really wonder whether this is a good path to take, or at least feasible?

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Ollie’s Novel: “Finding Soulmate for Mei”

Sahabat saya, Ollie, baru saja merilis novel terbarunya yang kali ini bernuansa Islami, tentang perjuangan dalam mencari pasangan jiwa alias soulmate.

Dari blog Ollie:

Back in 2006, saya mencoba untuk menulis sebuah novel bernafaskan Islam. Ini terus terang saja agak sulit. Karena saya merasa tidak punya kapasitas apa-apa di bidang itu dan tentu saja ilmu saya yang terbatas. Tapi dengan semangat mencoba yang tinggi, saya akhirnya mulai merintis pembuatan novel ini.
Awalnya saya membuat novel ini dengan setting bulan Ramadhan. Namun, pada saat saya submit ke Qultum Media tepat sebuan sebelum Ramadhan 2006, mereka menyatakan bahwa novel ini terbatas sekali ruang lingkupnya. Hanya kemungkinan dibaca pada saat Ramadhan saja. Meskipun saya kurang setuju, namun dari pertimbangan marketing, saya bisa memahami pendapat mereka.
Saya mulai menjajaki peluang di penerbit lain. Namun belum sempat saya masukkan ke penerbit lain, Mbak Trie dari Qultum Media menghubungi saya lagi di awal 2007. Meminta naskah saya diedit settingnya hingga tak dalam bulan Ramadhan lagi. Saya menyanggupi.
Dalam waktu sekitar satu bulan (dipotong pembuatan Katakan Cinta pula), saya Alhamdulillah bisa menyerahkan draft naskahnya kepada Mbak Trie. Responnya positif, Qultum Media sepakat menerbitkan novel saya. Kalau jodoh memang tidak kemana. Hanya saya yang tau, dari awal pembuatan, saya menempatkan novel saya dalam folder bertajuk ‘Novel untuk Qultum’. Sudah jelas dari awal pembuatan saya YAKIN bahwa novel ini akan diterbitkan oleh Qultum Media. Itulah kekuatan keyakinan
Kemudian setelah naskah diterima, saya hunting blurb dari banyak orang. Saya menghubungi Mbak Asma Nadia untuk pertama kalinya. Sayangnya beliau sedang sibuk. Dari beliau saya mendapatkan kontak ke Mbak Pipiet Senja. Alhamdulillah beliau bersedia memberi blurb. Dari Mbak Trie saya dapat berhubungan pula dengan Mbak Ifa Avianty, penulis produktif yang sangat ramah dan baik hati. Terimakasih ya Mbak untuk supportnya.
Untuk Agus, bukan hanya blurb tapi masukan-masukannya yang sangat membangun, very appreciate it. Tia sang pemilik butik muslimah (hehe), thanks juga, ini janji saya kepadanya.
Selebihnya dapet komentar dari teman-teman papa hehe. Thanks for all om dan tante.
Akhirnya novel ini saya beri judul Finding Soulmate For Mei. Sebuah proses pencarian soulmate yang memang tidak pernah mudah, digambarkan di dalam novel ini. Support dari sahabat sangat membantu melewati proses pencarian soulmate, dan juga tak lupa doa yang kita panjatkan pada Allah SWT.
Nuansa humornya kental, seperti layaknya novel saya yang lain, saya jamin begitu baca akan sulit untuk meletakkan novel ini kembali. Karena itu terjadi pada saya sendiri, sang penulis. Setelah 2 bulan ‘tak ingat’ dengan novel ini dan tiba-tiba dia datang dalam bentuk buku ke depan pintu rumah, saya langsung terlena membacanya. Can’t stop! Terutama saya melihat yang menulis ini orang lain, lain dengan kepribadian saya sekarang yang… pokoknya lain deh…
Inspirasi dan motivasi insya Allah bisa didapatkan juga setelah membaca buku ini. Saya harap, sesuai pesan seseorang, saya juga bisa seperti Mei.
Penasaran? Beli di sini ya! Diskon 15% loh as usual Pssttt… promosiinya ke temen-temen yang lain
Book Promo
“Ehhhh… gimana kabarnya kamu dan si itu… siapa sih yang mukanya ganteng kayak Primus itu loh!”…..
“Gimana? Cakep nggak? Ini temannya anak tante yang nomer dua. Dia baru pulang dari Amerika. Alim juga loh. Kamu pasti suka.”…..
“Loh, Mei, kamu mau mikir apa lagi?”…..
“Mmm… sebenarnya aku udah ada calon, tan.”…..
Begitulah percakapan antara Mei dan Tante Nur pada sebuah pertemuan keluarga. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang Ia anggap “mematikan” hingga memaksanya untuk mengatakan bahwa Ia telah memiliki calon pendamping. Masalahnya?? Ia bahkan belum tahu siapa yang akan dijadikan calon pendamping itu. Pencarian pun dimulai demi memenuhi jawaban “nekatnya”. Dibantu sahabatnya, Kitty, Mei mencoba mencari soulmate dengan ikhtiar dan doa sepenuh hati. Berhasilkah?? Novel yang anda pegang ini merupakan karya pertama Ollie untuk novel Islami. Cerita yang diurai dengan segar, lucu, dan unpredictable ini memberikan nuansa tersendiri saat menyimak petualangan Mei mencari belahan jiwanya. Bahasanya ringan namun tak luput dari pesan-pesan moral. Nggak percaya? Baca deh…
Subhanallah… twist-nya seru banget. Memang pencarian soulmate bukan hal yang gampang. Mencarinya harus dengan hati. Dan Ollie sudah mengajak kita menelaahnya di novel penuh kejutan ini. Selamat ya, Dek. Btw, saya suka banget dengan karakter Mei dan Raka. So alive… bagi saya, novel ini inspiring banget!

Ifa Avianty – Novelis Indonesia

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Financial Accounting Basics

I just asked for advice from Andrew Trinh of Trizle (a business consulting firm, if you haven’t heard–and a kickass one, if you ask me.) Here’s the reply, verbatim, so you could kick more asses than most guys do:

Hi Hendy,

Yes! The best accounting book I know is called “The Accounting Game”. It’s an amazing book that’s so easy and efficient to learn from.

I think the best accounting software (is this for personal finances) is anything from Intuit ( e.g. Quickbooks, Quicken, etc.)

I wrote this way back: http://www.trizle.com/how-to-read-a-financial-statement/, but you can learn a lot more by Googling for accounting info as well.

Let me know how I can help more!

Thanks, Hendy!

Best,
Andrew

On a note, here’s the book Andrew recommended:

The Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade Stand

The world of accounting can be intimidating. But, more often than not, there’s no way to avoid it – even non-financial jobs venture into financial jargon and concepts. For those trying to get more done at the office, organize the dollars and cents in a small business, or just in need of a refresher, there’s no reason to turn to the average number-crunching class again.

The Accounting Game presents financial information in a format so simple and so unlike a common accounting textbook, you may forget you’re learning key skills that will help you get ahead!

<br />This book uses the world of a kid’s lemonade stand to teach the basics of financial language and records. You’ll run your own lemonade stand and make it grow by creating signs to advertise it, borrowing money from Mom, buying lemons and sugar and selling to the whole neighborhood. As you run your stand, you’ll begin to understand and apply financial terms and concepts like assets, liabilities, earnings, inventory and notes payable, plus:

  • Know the difference between accrual vs. cash accounting methods
  • Create and understand an income statement and balance sheet
  • Track inventory using LIFO and FIFO
  • Create cash statements and understand cash flow and liquidity
  • Apply your new knowledge to real-life situations

The revolutionary approach of The Accounting Game takes the typically mundane subjects of accounting and business finance and makes them something you can easily learn, understand, remember and use!

“The game approach makes the subject matter most understandable. I highly recommend it to anyone frightened by either numbers or accountants.” –John Hernandis, Director of Corporate Communications, American Greetings

The Accounting Game is produced by Educational Discoveries, the training industrys leader in accelerative learning technology. More than 70,000 people have graduated from The Accounting Game, the world’s most successful one-day financial seminar.

Excerpt from the Introduction of The Accounting Game:

How do people really learn? The answers and theories are endless. They include ideas ranging from genetic imprinting to osmosis and modeling and emotional intelligence. Brain research is voluminous as we enter the 21st century. A later book in this series will deal with the scientific basis of that research and how Educational Discoveries, Inc. uses that research to work with corporations to achieve extraordinary results.

For now, though, please ask yourself: How do I learn?

Isn’t that an interesting question? And, what do you learn? Do you learn information from reading, watching videos, using computers? Can you learn “people skills” without interacting with other people? Can you change behavior without a model of what the ideal behavior should look like? Feel like? Are there people you meet in your daily travels that you want to emulate? Do you emulate them? How does it work? Can you remember the words of the songs from childhood, but not the ones you listened to last week or even this morning? Questions and questions. More than any other thought process, questions help us learn.

Remember what we heard about a baby’s first year of life? Babies learn more in that year that in all the years combined afterwards. Yet, in that first year, babies cannot pose questions in the way they will once they learn language. So, how do babies learn? And what can we take away from that to help adults learn more quickly, retain new information longer, and apply it immediately in their lives?

So, what does this have to do with you and this book? Good question.

The Accounting Game is written in a way that creates a specific learning experience for you as well as teach you the basic skills of accounting. We call the learning method accelerative learning. What do you think that means? It is a learning methodology that uses all of your senses as well as your emotions and your critical thinking skills. If you can remember your kindergarten or elementary school classrooms, you will see many colored maps, letters and numbers, bold (even raw) drawings by each child, etc. You learned the alphabet by singing. You learned the multiplication tables by saying them out loud with each other. You laughed a lot. You were creative.

Then, how you were taught began to change when you entered middle school or high school. Learning became more lecture, more black and white, more rote. You studied before tests and probably did well or maybe not. Yet, for all the endless homework and “cramming,” most of the information you learned in high school you don’t remember now. That’s because it went into your short-term memory so that you could pass the tests and move on to the next grade.

Yet, look at all the things you remember from early childhood! While in elementary school, much of the information you learned went directly to your long-term memory, because it was peppered with music, color, movement, smells, emotional experiences, and lots of play and fun.

The methodology we use in this book in many ways parallels how you learned in grade school. We do this by accessing the part of your brain where long-term memory lives. Now, the way to reach your long-term memory has to include emotion, because they reside in the same place in your brain – the limbic region.

The truth is, because of the way we humans learn, we have to discover something ourselves to really learn it. This book, based on Educational Discoveries’ flagship seminar, is designed so you make dozens of discoveries. In short, you will learn a college semesters worth of accounting in the time it takes you to interact with this book.

This is quite a reversal, because business people and students have over the years found the subject of accounting quite difficult to master. Many have simply given up in frustration, others have decided to leave accounting to the “experts.” This book is for all of you who have hated accounting, had difficulty learning it, or ever thought you didn’t really “get it.”

We think that most attempts to teach accounting fail because of too much attention to details and a failure to present the big picture framework of how it all works and fits together. In this book, we promise not to overburden you with details and to focus on what are really the key concepts of accounting that any businessperson needs to know.

You will learn the structure and purpose of the three primary financial statements – the balance sheet, the income statement, and the cash flow statement. You will learn how these fit together and their interrelationships. You will also learn the basic language of business-concepts like cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debts, accrual vs. cash methods of accounting, FIFO and LIFO, capitalizing vs. expensing, depreciation, and the difference between cash and profit.

Our promise is that you will get all this information in a fun and easy way that allows you to participate, interact, and discover all that you need to know. Many people need to have understanding and confidence in working with financial concepts, but are not ever going to be doing accounting details. If that is you, then this book fits that need, too. It is set up so that you can actually do financial statements as you are learning them. We invite you to “play the game” as you interact with this book.

Understanding all this information is nice, but what do you do with it? The final chapter will give you some tools for analyzing financial information and making better decisions for your company and your career.

As mentioned, the information in this program has been developed by Educational Discoveries, Inc. since the early 1980s in our one-day seminar, The Accounting Game. The program was originally created by Marshall Thurber at the Burklyn Business School in the late 1970s. Nancy Maresh, a student at Marshalls school, then took the program and developed The Accounting Game seminar. We offer our heartfelt thanks for their original genius and commitment to bringing this extraordinary program to life. We also want to thank all of the somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 people who have attended our public and private seminars for the fun they have been and for the insights and suggestions that have helped us improve the teaching of this information. Thanks to them, The Accounting Game is the most successful financial seminar in the world.

So, enjoy! Because if you enjoy this book, you’ll learn more in a brief time than you ever imagined possible.

And some programs from Intuit:

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