My Little Angel, Kalinda

Time does fly so fast. My little angel is now growing up to a beautiful human being. I know I rarely mention about my personal matters, especially about my family on this blog. It is because I just love my family and would like to keep and protect their privacy from outside world. They deserve to live happy and peacefully.

Yesterday my wife had successfully managed to take some interesting pictures of my 11-month-old daughter. And that has tempted me to reveal a bit her pictures. This mainly has to do with a general message I would like to pass on to you. πŸ™‚ The spirit of promoting Open Source.

It seems Kalinda is now befriending with Penguin aka Tux, the mascot of Linux. She looks really cute with that Penguin bag. :p Hopefully I could introduce her to the real Linux operating system very soon. Of course starting immediately with SLAMPP. She ought to master it as well like his daddy. Now, you should have known why I code-named SLAMPP 2.0.x with Kalinda. LOL. πŸ™‚

Have fun and enjoy the show!

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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!

Initial Start: MWD/LWD Manufacturers and Suppliers List

Updates on October 28, 2009:
For a complete and updated list, please visit this page.

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It is generally known in the oil and gas industry that the big oilfield service companies like Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Weatherford are manufacturing their drilling tools by themselves, including MWD/LWD tools. They also conduct their own research and development to find best methods in producing and running the tools. The competition among them is so frightening. So much so, that they won’t allow others to possess their tools by any means.

So now comes a question,

“If I want to start a new (independent) Directional Drilling/MWD/LWD service company, where can I purchase MWD/LWD tools and its spare parts if the big guys won’t allow me to do that ?”

This was the main reason which triggered me to list MWD/LWD manufactures and suppliers in this world. To help people like you who want to start a business in this industry.

Continue reading “Initial Start: MWD/LWD Manufacturers and Suppliers List”

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Informasi Bencana Alam

Mungkin analisa dalam buku ini ada benarnya juga, Indonesia, the Remnants of Sunken Atlantis.

Indonesia yang kita cintai ini adalah sebuah negeri yang indah, kaya raya dengan sumber daya alamnya dan memiliki potensi sumber daya manusia yang luar biasa. Namun terlepas dari itu semua, Indonesia juga merupakan negeri yang rawan bencana alam. Terletak di pertemuan dua gugusan pegunungan api aktif dunia, banyaknya patahan yang terdapat di wilayah nusantara, dikelilingi banyak lautan dan dua samudera, perubahan iklim yang ekstrim akibat pemanasan global cukup membuat masyarakat dan pemerintaj Indonesia kewalahan dalam menghadapi bencana alam yang datang silih berganti beberapa waktu belakangan ini. Apakah bencana alam ini terjadi karena kesalahan kita, manusia, yang kurang menghargai alam dan sesamanya? Wallahu A’lam. Yang jelas ini adalah Sunatullah, hukum alam dan takdir Allah, Tuhan Yang Maha Kuasa.

Lalu apa yang dapat kita lakukan menghadapi ini semua? Diam begitu saja tanpa berbuat apa-apa? Pasrah pada takdir yang datang? Atau, bersikap dan bertindak seperti yang terdapat dalam tulisan ini? Intinya kita harus mempersiapkan diri, siaga/waspada, tanggap dan peduli dengan prioritas meminimalisir kerugian harta benda, korban jiwa dan dampak psikologis/trauma. Mudah-mudahan semangat gerakan Indonesia Bersatu juga mencakup bidang ini. πŸ™‚

Karena bencana alam tidak pernah dapat diprediksi kapan datangnya, jadi kita harus siap sedia setiap saat. Informasi yang cepat dan akurat adalah satu keharusan. Tentunya kita tidak harus bergantung pada satu sumber informasi. Semakin banyak sumber tentu semakin baik. Selain sumber-sumber resmi seperti Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, Data dan Informasi Bencana Indonesia dan Palang Merah Indonesia, kita juga dapat mengandalkan sejumlah inisiatif pribadi berikut:

Salut buat teman-teman yang sudah menggagas kedua situs di atas. Mudah-mudahan semangatnya dapat diikuti oleh teman-teman yang lain dalam bentuk kreasi dan inovasi berbeda.

Saat ini masih banyak korban bencana alam baik yang baru saja terjadi di Sumatera Barat, ataupun yang sudah terjadi seperti di Tasikmalaya dan lainnya, yang belum tersentuh bantuan kita sepenuhnya. Oleh karenanya jangan sungkan-sungkan untuk mengajak keluarga, sanak kerabat, teman-teman dan tetangga sekitar untuk ikut berpartisipasi dalam penggalangan dana/bantuan. Kita tidak dapat membayangkan bila hal serupa terjadi pada kita. Inilah saatnya kita tunjukkan semangat kebersamaan dan kepedulian terhadap sesama.

Gempa bumi di Padang dan sekitarnya

Sebagai orang yang pernah hidup dan besar di ranah Minang (Bukittinggi dan Padang, +/- 10 tahun), rasanya kabar bencana gempa bumi yang terjadi kemarin membuat saya sedih sekaligus terhenyak dan tertegun. Tiba-tiba kenangan masa kecil melintas dan menghiasi pikiran saya dua hari ini. Indahnya pemandangan, eloknya jejeran bebukitan yang membentuk Bukit Barisan, keramahan dan senyum penduduk lokal dan tentunya tidak terlupakan nikmatnya masakan rumah asli Minangkabau. Semuanya telah menjadi satu bagian terpenting dalam hidup ini dan membentuk kepribadian saya dalam banyak hal. Saya bahkan menganggap Minangkabau adalah rumah kedua setelah kampung halaman, Palembang. Jika ditanya, apakah saya masih bisa berbahasa Minang dan mengetahui adat istiadatnya? Oh tentu saja. Mungkin di beberapa segi saya lebih Minang daripada orang Minangnya sendiri hehehe… (bercanda) πŸ™‚

Walau gempa bumi kemarin bukanlah yang pertama kali terjadi di Padang dan sekitarnya, saya tetap khawatir akan keselamatan teman-teman dan sanak kerabat di sana. Wahai sobat-sobatku, alumni SDN 14 Bukittinggi, alumni SMP 5 Bukittinggi angkatan 1992-1995, alumni SMU 2 Bukittinggi angkatan 1995, alumni SMU 4 Padang angkatan 1995-1998, apa kabarmu hari ini? Tetangga-tetanggaku di Kompleks Inkorba, Bukittinggi, dan Aur Duri Indah, Padang, bagaimana situasi di sana? Semoga semuanya selamat, berada dalam keadaan sehat wal’afiat, dan tidak ada yang menjadi korban akibat gempa bumi kemarin. Amin.

Bantuan kita dalam bentuk apa saja sangatlah diharapkan oleh masyarakat yang tertimpa bencana. Oleh karenanya marilah kita sisihkan sebagian dari harta kita untuk meringankan beban mereka. Jika anda dapat menyalurkannya langsung tentu lebih afdol, tapi jika tidak bisa, maka salurkanlah melalui badan-badan resmi yang telah ditunjuk. Kepada para penyalur bantuan, bersikaplah jujur dan amanah. Insya Allah semua amal baik anda akan dibalas oleh Yang Maha Kuasa dengan balasan yang berlipat ganda.

Mohon Maaf

Walaupun terlambat sehari, perkenankan kami sekeluarga mengucapkan

Selamat Idul Fitri 1430 H
Mohon Maaf Lahir dan Batin

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We would like to wish you all Happy Eid ul Fitri 1430 H. Please forgive us for all of our mistakes in the past.

SLAMPP on UTOSC 2009

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. πŸ™‚

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!

Jangan Menyerah

Beberapa waktu belakangan ini saya sering melakukan kontemplasi. Dan pada hari ini tidak sengaja saya mendengar sebuah lagu yang cukup mewakili perasaan ini.

Jangan Menyerah
Oleh: D’Masiv

Tak ada manusia
Yang terlahir sempurna
Jangan kau sesali
Segala yang telah terjadi

Kita pasti pernah
Dapatkan cobaan yang berat
Seakan hidup ini
Tak ada artinya lagi

Reff 1:
Syukuri apa yang ada
Hidup adalah anugerah
Tetap jalani hidup ini
Melakukan yang terbaik

Tak ada manusia
Yang terlahir sempurna
Jangan kau sesali
Segala yang telah terjadi

Reff 2:
Tuhan pasti kan menunjukkan
Kebesaran dan kuasanya
Bagi hambanya yang sabar
Dan tak kenal Putus asa

Atau jika ingin mendengar lagunya secara langsung, silakan lihat di sini.

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Bendera IndonesiaMerdeka!

Hari ini tepat enam puluh empat tahun sudah kita merdeka. Selamat merayakan Hari Kemerdekaan Republik kita yang tercinta, teman-teman!

Sekedar tambahan informasi, pada hari ini juga anakku, Kalinda, berumur tujuh bulan. Selamat ya Nak. I love u!

Online Linux Live CD/DVD/USB Building Systems and Online Storage

As usual and also typical me, I am kind of a late adopter of new technology. Any kind of it, you just name it. Sometimes I feel myself old-fashioned and people see me as an old person. I don’t mind with that as long as I am happy in using the technology I am familiar with. I have my own assumption though, the newer is not always the better. πŸ™‚

But, recently new development in Linux world has teased me to try something new. In this case I would like to let you know the existence of SUSE Studio. By using it, building a Linux Live CD/DVD/USB is now not that difficult anymore. In fact everyone can easily do that. The learning curve is so flat. Just click everything you need, the online system will prepare your custom Linux distribution based on openSUSE. Besides this system, there are similar systems already available in simple format. For example, NimbleX with its Custom NimbleX Live CD Generator and SLAX with its Build SLAX system. So, the choice is absolutely yours. I just received my SUSE Studio activation code, and now I am going to see what I can do with this. πŸ™‚

Oh, almost forgotten. Have you tried Ubuntu One as well? What do you think of it? For me, it is just an online storage. A place where you can save, retrieve, share, sync your files on the internet using an Ubuntu designed application. In default you will get 2 GB of free space. If you need more, thenΒ  you have to pay. Recently, SLAX launches a very much alike service. Tomas called it, Slax Drive. What makes different is that Tomas has opened his service to be used and connected from other Linux distributions, so not only from SLAX. That is what I like, the freedom to choose and the generousity. It looks like people are now in favour of cloud computing.

However, if you just need an online storage service, you don’t have to be bound with one specific operating system. There are plenty of such services nowadays. You can think of Dropbox, Box.net, etc. It feels good when you have the right solution within reach. Right guys?