Category Archives: Interesting Articles

I just found this interesting article on Gotham Gal’s site mentioning Warren Buffett’s solution to end deficit in United States. I do concur what he said. I think that we just rely too much our faith on politicians who sit on Congress or Parliament to decide things on our lives, while we actually can do the opposite. Politicians should be holding more responsibilities to whom they represent. Without us, they are nothing. So, I am suggesting you to read that article to get his words in full.

We apparently could apply the same rules to manage Indonesia’s recent situation. By having or perhaps pushing politicians to care enough about other people should be sufficient to address many issues we currently have, such as poverty, corruption, low law enforcement, deforrestation, etc. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as being said. No doubt, we need huge efforts and commitment in all aspects to make it happen.

Alright, just to sum up things, please see the following image. Do you agree?

Interesting Links

In the last few months I’ve gathered some links that may trigger your interest. Most of them are IT and FOSS related and only one is from Oil and Gas sector. Yes, it is sometimes hard to share Oil and Gas resources because of the closed and competitive nature of the business and copyrights/trademarks or other Intellectual Property Rights issues. And I don’t want to get in trouble by doing that for sure. :) I hope you will get some benefits from the following links.

IT and FOSS

Oil and Gas

Micromanagement

Today I found some nice resources on the Internet which might be useful for you with regards to micromanagement. Reading this article is more like freshening my mind how we should manage people in our subordination and also get the feelings when you are in their position. And, in other side, in order to avoid your manager treats you like that again and again, perhaps this article could guide you to that direction.

However nobody likes to be micromanaged though, but sometimes micromanagement is needed in positive and limited way. This article helps us to resonate that. Of course, there are plenty of articles, essays or even books talk about this. They all have the same reason why we should avoid micromanaging and suggest to rely relationship on trust and delegation.

I paste here a quotation cited by Scott Berkun on his book, The Art of Project Management as a reminder.

“Trust is at the core of all meaningful relationships. Without trust there can be no giving, no bonding, no risk-taking.”

Terry Mizrahi, Director of Ecco (Education Center for Community Organizations)

So, what do you think of micromanagement based on your own experience?

Interesting Links

Today I would like to share two links which I think might be useful for all of us.

  • Do you suffer from destination addiction? – Another nice article from Frugal Dad which provides an unique insight on contentment. When enough is actually enough and satisfies us?
  • KPK: Indonesia Memanggil Pakar (Indonesian) – KPK or, in English, The Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) is now calling all Indonesian experts all over the world to join their force in battling the corruption in Indonesia. Please visit the provided link to get more information about this. (Via a friend’s tip)

Interesting Links

My reading list today from various sources on the Net.

  • How To: Getting a lean system with a custom Ubuntu install – Decide what you want with your Ubuntu system and install just what you need. Nice and useful how to, BTW!
  • Tiny Core Linux – Amazingly Linux is getting smaller every day. This Linux distribution is just 10 MB in size and has minimal applications to boot in a very minimal X desktop. Of course you can extend its capabilities by adding other applications online. No wonder, the previous main developer of Damn Small Linux (DSL), Robert Shingledecker, is the mastermind of this creation. I don’t know precisely whether Tiny Core Linux was the result of conflict happened in DSL recently. Because of this conflict, the DSL development is now a little bit stagnant.
  • murgaLua – Learn the programming language that is being used extensively inside Puppy Linux and Damn Small Linux. (Probably Tiny Core Linux uses it as well.) I also deploy some Lua applications in SLAMPP.
  • Can Open Source Help the Economy? – Yes, it can. Read the article for the explanation. :)

Interesting Links

I have collected some interesting links I found on the Net with various topics. I hope they could inspire you.

  • Hardening the Linux desktop – Please login first to get the article in PDF. This tutorial was written for the Linux beginners. It shows you how to make your Linux desktop secure and free from virus/malware attacks. Although it was meant for the desktop, this tutorial put basics for hardening the Linux server. A recommended reading material for Linux users. (via Linux.com)
  • Lazy Linux: 11 secrets for lazy cluster admins – Do you have Linux clusters running on your organization? Don’t waste your valuable time by learning those secrets to manage the clusters. (via Linux.com)
  • Reducing IT Costs with Linux – Setting aside the OS wars, Windows and Linux can be combined in any number of scenarios. (via Linux.com)
  • Apa sih DNS Awari? – Do you live in Indonesia and want to surf the internet worry free from things like pornography, etc? Try this free DNS service. Just fill this IP address 203.34.118.10 in your DNS settings of your PC or network. However, it seems it still relies on the OpenDNS servers. OR, you can set up your own machine by following this simple and quick tutorial. Sorry guys, all articles are in Indonesian only.
  • WordPress Legacy – Did you ever notice that when you visited a website, you got “This is an Attack Site!” warning on your Firefox browser provided by Google? That message is warning you that Google has found something unusual and marks that website as a dangerous place to visit. How could this happen anyway? It seems that someone out there has successfully inserted or put malicious and often dangerous links or applications on someone’s else website for their own profits. However, the infected sites will behave normally until Firefox displays the warning. Moreover, believe it or not, some recent studies said that most of those websites use the outdated WordPress which surely contains many security problems. So, it is wisely, strongly recommended to upgrade your WP website right away to the latest release to avoid this ridiculous thing. I think everyone would agree with this solution. Now, what should you do if you don’t have enough time or energy to keep up with all the WP releases? You know the fact, staying with the old one would harm you badly, but continuously upgrading to the new one would be costly regarding time etc. But don’t you worry, stop those worries by using this WordPress Legacy 2.0 Branch. It will provide security and critical fixes until 2010 (first release in 2005). Be happy and productive! (via Harry Sufehmi)
    • Important note: You should apply the same action for any CMS you use on your website. This thing can happen to everyone. Personally I would suggest you a simple rule. Always use the stable version, in favor of legacy one if any, just like what WordPress has done. Never put the testing/unstable version onto production site, unless you know what you are doing.
  • Have You Ever Been Embarrassed To Be Frugal? – I don’t. Do you? ;)
  • Tips for working from home – In case you are working at home. Nice tips! (via Frugal Dad)
  • 34 reminders to help you find your way
  • Money is 100 percent emotional – I am afraid what this guy wrote is 100% true. It hits directly to what we feel about money. (via Frugal Dad)

Interesting Links

Various topics we have today, but still around FOSS.

The Manager’s Cheat Sheet

Managing is like communicating and connecting with other people. How you manage will show who you are in real. Sometimes doing or following basic things will improve or boost your management skills. And, I, personally, and perhaps you too, will agree and admit that fact. To get to know more what all those basic things or rules are, InsideCRM has a great article talking about this. Please read this article thoroughly, “The Manager’s Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders“. No matter on what business you are into, these rules just apply anywhere. Happy reading!

(Tips: CXO Community on Linkedin)

You Are Rich

Yes, that title could be someway misleading for some of you. In this context, you are just rich because:

  1. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
  2. You didn’t go to sleep outside.
  3. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning.
  4. You hardly broke a sweat today.
  5. You didn’t spend a minute in fear.
  6. You have access to clean drinking water.
  7. You have access to medical care.
  8. You have access to the Internet.
  9. You can read.
  10. You have the right to vote.

Can you imagine how many people living in this world without those things?

This entry is derived from the original article written by Marc and Angel. I copy-pasted the list here to remind me how rich I am. I am sure you will feel the same too. For more interesting and useful articles, please visit their website at http://www.marcandangel.com