Desain Kartu Nama PRIMACOM: Step-by-Step

Baru-baru ini barusan bikin kartu nama di tempat kerja gw. Sebenarnya bukan “ndesain” sich, karena cuma nyomot2 dan itupun mungkin gw sambil “melanggar hukum” in the process. Tapi gapapa selama belum ada yang nuntut (amiiiin).

Pertama-tama gw nyari template… tentu saja tanyanya ama om Google seperti biasa. Gw emang pengen tampilan yang lumayan modern dan Web 2.0-ish.

Dari sekian banyak, akhirnya kecantol ama kartu ini yang dibuat oleh ulahts di kontes SitePoint:

Setelah itu langkah-langkah selanjutnya sepenuhnya dioprek pake GIMP. Lebih enak Photoshop sich, jelas, tapi “terpaksa” deh berhubung pake Ubuntu. Yah, gapapa deh… Hitung-hitung sambil belajar GIMP. πŸ™‚

Tetek bengek dihilangin lalu diganti warna temanya biar sesuai ama PRIMACOM yang merah-kuning:

Dikasih logo, tulisan, dan alamat:

Sedikit tweaking dan dikasih gambar dari Flickr kepunyaan Chris Carro:

Ternyata gw salah ngasih ukuran, 9 x 5.5 cm padahal harusnya 9 x 5 cm. Akhirnya, jadi deh hasil akhirnya:

Lumayan khan untuk seorang non-designer? πŸ˜‰

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Everyday in IT People’s Daily Life

Oke deh, kali ini gw harus angkat topi…..

Artikel si JiE ini, yang terinspirasi dari artikel LifeReboot, memang The Hallelujah Article for Computer Geeks !!! πŸ™‚

Hurray!

Dari semuanya, yang paling ada di semua pekerjaan –dan nggak cuma IT, sebenernya– adalah: (dikutip dari JiE’s)

~ Reason #10 – Most Of Your Accomplishments Are Invisible
User / client gak akan bilang ke gw : β€œJie, program kamu bagus banget.
Produktifitas kerja meningkat drastis !” Yeah, I never hear that. Tapi
kalo ada error, client bakal mencaci maki seakan2 gw udah melanggar Ten
Commandments >_<

Satu yang cukup menarik: (dikutip dari LifeReboot’s)

Reason #2 – A Life Of Alienation

People only talk to the computer guy when they need him to fix
something. Also, when the computer guy approaches a user, they’ll hop
up out of their chair under the presumption that he’s there to fix
something β€” as if it would never be expected that he only wants to
strike up a conversation.

The fact that the computer guy never gets a moment’s peace can also
practically force him to withdraw into solitude. His co-workers don’t
understand that he doesn’t want to hear about their computer problems
during his lunch hour β€” he does that every other hour of the day.
That’s why the computer guy eats lunch alone with his door closed, or
goes out to eat every day β€” not because he’s unfriendly, but because he
needs to escape the incessant interruptions.

It’s true… but it’s workaround-able.

Khusus yang satu itu, it takes effort to “solve” that problem.

Bekerja di bidang non-IT, yang lebih socializable (ujar seorang direktur perusahaan shipping ternama yang pernah saya temui), memang akan membantu banyak. But within ourself… is the most important.

Lingkungan memang banyak mempengaruhi kita. Entah itu positif atau negatif. Justru itulah kemampuan kita yang sebenarnya diuji.

Bisakah kita berada di lingkungan yang negatif, tapi malah menjadi positif?

Dan lebih lagi, bisakah kita, dalam lingkungan yang negatif, menjadi bukan hanya positif, tapi serta merta mengubah lingkungan tersebut menjadi positif juga?!

That’s what I call a real day in everyday people’s life.

Update: Mengubah lingkungan menjadi positif? Kenapa tidak! Baca posting saya besok… tentang The Secret movie.

Update 2: Artikel Irvan Tambunan tentang IT di Amerika ini sangat menarik. πŸ˜‰

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Uncensored: My Personal Amazon.com Affiliate Report

It’s not so bad this month, I guess πŸ™‚

(I really hope Amazon has no forbidding policy in disclosing earnings to the public.)

I guess I should work harder πŸ™‚ $14 just in 17 days? Simply by posting Amazon links on a blog? Life is so easy. πŸ™‚

I think one day I can really achieve financial freedom “without working.” πŸ™‚ Amiiiiiiennn.

Note: To give some perspective, most Indonesians working full-time get an average salary of 500-800 (US$60-90) thousand rupiahs per month. Skillful diplomas and bachelors may get up to 2-4 millions a month (US$250-450). Anything beyond that is definitely considered above the riches. That should give you a reason why $14 for half a month is a wonder considering the [minimal] amount of work needed. πŸ™‚

Update: Bagus sekali tulisan dewayudhi ini: Hilangkan stress dengan ngeblogs πŸ™‚ Apalagi kalo blogsnya berduit (tapi jangan dijadikan motivasi utama… malah bisa cepet down!)

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Situs Resmi Ruby Indonesia Launching… in Beta!

Entah kenapa kita (kita?) tuh so excited banget punya situs resmi Ruby yang pake bahasa Indonesia.

Tapi kenyataannya, kita (bangsa Indonesia) punya: (via Bapak Mandor)

Situs ini masih dalam tahap final review, tapi Anda sudah dapat melihatnya di sini.

Pengerjaan situs resmi Ruby Indonesia dilakukan oleh Yohanes Santoso, Arie Kusuma Atmaja, dan saya sendiri, beserta bantuan rekan-rekan dari komunitas Ruby Indonesia yang tergabung dalam milis id-ruby.

Bagi yang berminat berdiskusi tentang Ruby atau mempunyai pertanyaan, uneg-uneg, dan sebagainya, undangan untuk bergabung dengan komunitas Ruby sangat terbuka lebar. πŸ™‚

Cheers! πŸ˜‰

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Thanks to Trizle’s Andrew Trinh: The Accounting Game Book is Here!

It begins with a simple question to Andrew Trinh, founder of business consultancy firm Trizle: “Any good accounting book?” His response: The Accounting Game.

But then comes an uber-pleasant surprise: He sent me the book as a gift!

And the day had just come:

You shouldn’t have to ask if it’s “good,” as it’s easily one of the most entertaining (and useful) reads I’ve ever had.

Again, thank you, Andrew!

Note: I may sound biased, but if you have a business, I heartily recommend Trizle should you need any advice. Besides, they have a free business journal, so you can get loads of fabulous tips for your rocking business without paying a dime!

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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 πŸ˜‰

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Google Reader: Gearing Offline Feed Reading!!

I was wondering what feed reader I’ll use since I switched from Windows to [Ubuntu] Linux, again…

… when I saw a very pleasant surprise from Google Reader:

 

Set up Google Reader for offline use.

This feature enables you to read your 2000 most recent items even when your computer is not connected to the internet.

To use the offline features of Google Reader, you will first need to install the Google Gears plug-in for your browser.

Before you begin:

This installation requires that you restart your browser, so we recommend you close all other windows before you begin.

Right on time, Google!

Well, I guess one more of those little Google goodies won’t really hurt that much… πŸ˜‰

Note: 2000 items? Google sweetheart, I never remember you being so overly conservative before…?

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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…)

ec2_small

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. πŸ™‚

Amazon started as online book store, but now it’s grown to be one of the strongest Internet companies. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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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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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