2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 52,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 576 posts. There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 413kb.

The busiest day of the year was October 20th with 308 views. The most popular post that day was World Directional Drilling Companies Directory.

Where did they come from?

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mwd companies, gempa bumi di padang, bencana alam, directional drilling companies, and kegiatan di bulan ramadhan.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


World Directional Drilling Companies Directory April 2009


MWD/LWD Manufacturers and Suppliers October 2009


Gempa bumi di Padang dan sekitarnya October 2009


List of MWD/LWD/DD Service Companies March 2009


Random Hadith Quotation June 2008

DD/MWD/LWD Softwares

To expand the list I compiled with regards to DD/MWD/LWD service companies around the world, I would like to add another new section or even page for listing companies which are independently developing DD/MWD/LWD softwares. As you know, drilling business is closely related and goes hand in hand with IT development. I can hardly imagine how the business would run nowadays if it doesn’t get supported well by IT. Even, some new business models have been established based on this relationship and their contributions do matter and play important roles in successful exploration and production operations.

So, which type of companies will be considered to be added on the list?

Well, nothing specific.

  • They do develop their own DD/MWD/LWD softwares and their products have been deployed by several service companies in the world.
  • They must be independent companies, setup by motivated individuals and have no connection whatsoever with Big Players. Small and medium-sized companies are welcome.
  • Common users can purchase their products at anytime and get support.
  • Some softwares are solely developed for specific MWD/LWD systems and get packed with those systems. If they are allowed to disclose some information about this despite closed contracts/agreements they have, that would be much appreciated.
  • If possible, their products can be operated under multi operating systems, run on desktop and/or on the web via internet. Most softwares we have in the industry are usually Windows application and run solely on desktop. But, anyway all is fine. No restrictions are applied on this criteria. Any products as long as they are DD/MWD/LWD softwares will be good enough to get listed.
  • Do they provide any other data solutions in-house? If yes, please specify. (Optional)

Do you know companies I am looking for? Please feel free to contact me in private and I will process any input immediately. All related information will be disclosed publicly. Free of charge! (Donations are welcome though, but not necessary. :))

Thank you.

Tough Search

Yes, you read it well. It’s been a while that I have been looking for a DD/MWD/LWD service company which could provide full range of MWD/LWD equipment and services in this world. But, up to now without any significant results. I am not talking about big players such as Schlumberger, Halliburton, Weatherford, Precision, Baker Hughes or even Pathfinders, because they are already in the league. What I am actually seeking is the service company which has invested a lot in the equipment and at the same time gained good reputation within the industry. A tough search for sure. The reason behind the search is that somehow the demand for this type of company is now increasing, especially in MENA region. Many users in that region have approached me asking for a recommendation. But unfortunately as I do not possess any current reliable data regarding this, I can not assist them that well. Sorry.

Thus, to bridge the information gap or asymmetric information we have (do we all agree here?) in the DD/MWD/LWD business, I’d like to raise questions and request.

Does such company exist? If yes, who and where are they? Are they willing to expand their business/operations to other regions in this world?

Please feel free to let me know in private or publicly by posting a comment below this posting.

BTW, as last note to this posting, I’d like to encourage all Directional Drilles and MWD/LWD Engineers/Operators/Technician all over the world to participate in this survey. I will disclose all information gathered from that survey when enough data has been collected. So far I only have few respondents and certainly need more input from you guys. 🙂

Thank you!

New Addition

A new addition to my family. Please welcome Nyimas Kyara Putri Antonius. 🙂
Born on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 01:40 AM, weight 2.5 kg and length 47 cm.

Thanks for all best wishes.

Job Opening: Actionscript Developer

Please read the full announcement below. I hope you or your friends are interested to apply and join the team. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you. 🙂

We are seeking a talented and passionate Actionscript 3.0 developer. You will be working closely with our back-end and front-end developers to create mobile applications using the The Adobe® AIR® 2 runtime. You will be also be using the Adobe Packager for iPhone, and AIR for Android

To be considered for the position, there are a few requirements:

  • In depth knowledge and experience using Actionscript 3.0
  • Experience with the Adobe AIR runtime
  • Familiarity with iPhone and Android hardware APIs (the mobile apps we are building will be making use of the Camera, Contacts, and Geolocation APIs)
  • Experience working in a remote/virtual work environment
  • Passionate about Flash and Actionscript!

This is a full-time position, working in a remote/virtual work environment.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, and any accompanying material to:

hr [at] conceptuous [dot] com

To make our life that little bit easier, please put the position title in the subject line of your email. Thank you.

Happy Independence Day, My Indonesia!

Today all Indonesian people in the world are celebrating the 65th Independence day of Indonesia. Indonesia Merdeka!

I am not going to say a lot this time as you will read and hear the same wishes and hopes for the social, economic and political improvement and stability in our country. I just wanted to say that I am proud and love to be an Indonesian despite many issues happen recently. Are you?



Dear fellow DDs and MWD/LWD hands, please participate in this short survey.

I and a friend are namely interested to get a better insight what makes DD/MWD/LWD hands ‘happy’ with their work, company and co-workers. That is an aspect which sometimes is forgotten and recognized but being partially ignored by us. But as time goes by, it will slowly but sure erode our goodwill, spirit and performance, right? The cause for unhappiness may vary from case to case, person to person, but through this survey we try to figure out the general feelings of DDs and MWD/LWD hands looking at his work and the company. It is widely known that due to recent economic/financial crisis, finding and getting a new job in the industry seems not that easy lately. So better than becoming unemployed we prefer to stick with our job despite our unhappy feelings. What a dilemma, thus!

At first place, I were going to spread this survey to each service companies, but that seems pretty impossible due to many reasons and limitations. Thus the easy way and the only viable option for now is by posting it on this blog for better reach. I notice that some of you often come visiting this blog because of this list. Lucky me! 🙂

I am not an expert in this ‘creating a survey’ work and I realize that questions being asked might be too shallow, incomplete or not reflecting one’s actual situation. My apologies for that. However, you could help me improve the questions by proposing new and even better ones. Just send me an email or leaving your comments, any method will do just fine, and I will put those questions on subsequent surveys.

Alright guys, without further due, please go to the survey page.

The survey is kindly hosted by KwikSurveys.

Thank you!

Job Opening: Creative Genius (Web Designer)

Another interesting opportunity for you or your friends. Please do apply now. Thanks. 🙂


We are seeking a talented and passionate Creative Genius who is inspired by web user interface design, who thinks and speaks in pixels, and who is yearning to have his/her designs painted across the interwebs.

To be considered for the position of Creative Genius, there are a few requirements:

  • High level knowledge of user interface design
  • Appreciation of the importance of design usability
  • Experience working in a remote/virtual work environment
  • Attention to detail. We want pixel fighters!

Send in your portfolios! Impress us!

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, and any accompanying material to:

hr [at] conceptuous [dot] com

To make our life that little bit easier, please put the position title in the subject line of your email. Thank you.


GE MWD/LWD Company Directory

To extend my existing list of World Directional Drilling/MWD/LWD Companies, I am planning in my spare time, outside office and family hours, to start gathering information on companies that purchase and run GE MWD/LWD Systems specifically. The main intention behind this initiative is to provide actual information to whom interested in utilizing those systems in their projects. The upcoming directory could also serve our fellow MWD/LWD Engineers/Operators/Technician/Consultants to find a right company for their next endeavor. Or, any other use of the directory is also welcome. Feel free to use it as long as everything is on the right path. 🙂 No ETA is available at the moment. I will release it when I think it’s representative enough for public view. Oh one more thing. You can also help me in composing the directory by sending me the information through email, in case you know that your company is running any of GE MWD/LWD Systems or other companies are having the systems in their fleet. I will really appreciate your cooperation. Hopefully with your assistance the directory would be available soon.

Furthermore, FYI, this initiative is pure from myself. I have no relationship whatsoever with GE or funded by them. I do this because I like it and I know you are going to like it as well. So, stay tuned.

Another information I’d like to share with you. At the moment I am interested with what APS Technology has to offer. Their products look very promising and I hear they also perform excellently. I am keen to hearing from you if you have any experience with their tools/systems. Thanks. 🙂

Job Opening: Python/Django Developer

Passing on interesting news for all Python/Django developers out there. 🙂

— Start of message —

Are you a passionate Python programmer with experience using the Django web framework? Do you have a keen eye for detail, love writing clean and well documented code, wield Git commands like an orchestral conductor, and possess a strong desire to build web applications that are going to make the internet an even more beautiful place to interact in?

If you answered “yes” to all of the above, then contact us today with your resume and a short cover letter outlining the reason for your unrequited love of Python, your marriage to Django, and any other language/framework mistresses that you simply can’t live without!

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, and any accompanying material to:

hr [at] conceptuous [dot] com

To make our life that little bit easier, please put the position title in the subject line of your email. Thank you.

— End of message —

SLAMPP 2.0.2 is released

Just a quick announcement from me. We have released SLAMPP 2.0.2 yesterday. This is a maintenance release of current 2.0.x tree with some fixes and new documentation. Please get your copy here at http://slampp.abangadek.com.

All credits go to Clinton Tinsley for making this happen. Thanks my friend! More details will be coming soon.

Have fun using SLAMPP!

SLAMPP 2.0.2 Brief Information

A good news for all SLAMPP users around the world, soon or perhaps to be exactly, someday next week, we will release another new maintenance release of SLAMPP 2.0 (Kalinda), 2.0.2. In this release we have fixed several issues found in the previous ones, provide more documentation and How To, and some other interesting features. What makes this release so interesting is that the whole development process of this release has been done by a special SLAMPP fan who now becomes my co-developer and maintainer.

You might be wondering who this guy is anyway. His name is Clinton Tinsley and you can read his short profile here. He also was the one who presented SLAMPP at UTOSC 2009. It feels great that I finally have someone else onboard. Welcome Clint! For the rest, I guess, I will leave it to Clint. He will provide more details about the release soon.

Another exciting news coming recently, Thomas, a Linux Editor of Datormagazin, a Swedish computer magazine, has let me know that he had written an article about SLAMPP on October 2009 edition of that magazine. So, if you live in the nearby area of Swedia, please consider to get that magazine. Thanks Thomas for your great support. 🙂

Alright guys, that will be all short news from my side. I hope we could deliver SLAMPP 2.0.2 soon to you. Have a good weekend!

Thank you.


Utah Open Source Conference 2009I just received an information from my friend, Clint Tinsley. He is going to host a Linux Home Server BoF at Utah Open Source Conference 2009 on October 8, 2009, at Miller Campus of the Salt Lake Community College, Sandy, Utah. He will demonstrate SLAMPP 2.0.1 to get the conversation started. It is surely a good news for me and I really appreciate Clint’s work there. Sadly, I can not attend that event in person due to my personal situation right now. I hope Clint’s BoF will be running well and people could take something useful from there. Wish you good luck, friend!

Please come to Utah Open Source Conference 2009 if you can. 🙂

SLAMPP 2.0 on LinuxUser Germany

LinuxUser Magazine 09/2009Just a quick information to you all. Vladimir Kolev has let me know that SLAMPP 2.0 also appears on LinuxUser Magazine 09/2009, one of popular Linux magazine in Germany. They also have bundled SLAMPP 2.0 together with some other major distributions on two full featured DVD. So, this is the issue you should not miss, guys. Best bargain!

Thank you for your useful information, Vladimir. I hope everybody could enjoy using or running SLAMPP.

FYI, I already started the development of SLAMPPLite 3.0, code-named “PUTRI”. What makes it different with its big brother is that I will only include one or two applications for each tasks. SLIM login manager and lightweight window manager will be used, XAMPP package will serve the web, database and ftp activities, plus other featured applications that are not going to be revealed now. I am sorry I can not provide you at the moment the exact ETA for the release. Let’s just hope it will be available soon and everything is going smoothly. Don’t worry, I will keep you updated!

Maintenance Release: SLAMPP 2.0.1

Due to some bugs and glitches found in the previous release of SLAMPP 2.0, today I have released a maintenance version of SLAMPP.

What has been done in this release?

  • As it is a maintenance release, no major changes have been made. The system is kept intact.
  • Fixed bugs and glitches found in the ZenInstaller, LiveClone, Lilofix, Gparted, and some rc.* files.
  • Upgraded some desktop and server applications to the latest Slackware 12.2/current and Zenwalk snapshot repositories.
  • Reorganized the boot process display. Now, the Yes/No answer of Use Proprietary Softwares information has been eliminated. Proprietary softwares have been installed permanently to enhance use experience. Further utilized rc.postinstall to detect and autoconfigure the X server on the fly. A downside part of these changes is that, it takes some time to complete the whole boot process until user reaches the graphical login manager. However, I am going to improve this in the next major release.

OK guys, without any delay, please visit the SLAMPP website and download SLAMPP 2.0.1 now from mirror servers available over there.

Regarding this release, I would like to express my sincere acknowledgment and thanks to Clinton Tinsley of Boise Linux User Group for his priceless support during the maintenance. I look forward to working with him on this going forward.

May you have any concern, please let me know. Thank you for using SLAMPP.

Have a nice weekend!