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Asian-African countries committed to using open source software

Category: IT in General,News,Opensource — kamaruddin @ 10:43 am

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) – Indonesia and other countries in Asia and Africa are determined to strengthen their commitment to using Open Source (OS) software instead of licensed software which was mostly being monopolized by big companies, a research and technology official said.

The resolve to use OS software would also be reaffirmed in an Asia-Africa Conference on Open Source (AAOS) to be held November 18 to 19, 2008 in Jakarta, Prof Dr Engkos Koswara, a senior advisor to the research and technology minister, said here Thursday.


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Easter Eggs in OpenOffice & Firefox 3

Category: Fun,Opensource,Tips and Tricks — kamaruddin @ 11:11 am

1. Space Invaders in Calc

Enter “=GAME(“StarWars”)” in any cell and press Enter

StarWars in Openoffice Calc? Space Invaders in Calc… Yay!

The 2nd time you enter the formula, Calc will complain “Oh no, not again!”

2. Meet Calc Developer Team

Enter “=STARCALCTEAM()” in any cell and press Enter

Geeks behind Calc

3. Meet Writer Developer Team

Enter “StarWriterTeam” (case sensitive) and press F3.

Openoffice Writer Dev Team

4. Gort! Klaatu barada nikto! in Firefox 3

Enter “about:robots” as URL in Firefox 3 and let the robots greet us. Just in case, if you’re wondering what Klaatu barada nikto! is.

Welcome Humans! Greeting from the robots!

5. Getting in too deep will void you warranty in Firefox 3

Enter “about:config” and you’ll be warned that it might void your warranty :)


1. Free Software Magazine
2. Quick Online Tips

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Yay! It’s Official!

Category: Opensource — kamaruddin @ 11:05 am

Firefox 3 World’s Record CertificateMozilla Blog posted a happy announcement. Guinness World Record gave room for Mozilla and its community a piece of history. Mozilla owns the record for “Largest Number of Software Downloads in 24 hours”. 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3!

It’s community support that rules! Opensource Rules!

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11 Salah Kaprah Umum Tentang Linux

Category: Indonesian,Opensource,Ubuntu — kamaruddin @ 12:36 pm

Tux the Penguin - Taken from WikipediaLinux pada awalnya memang tidak begitu bersahabat dengan pemakai biasa. Pengoperasiannya sulit, susah dikonfigurasi, GUI yang jelek, aplikasinya terbatas dan harus menghafal perintah. Hanya orang “sakti” yang menggunakan linux. Kini semua itu adalah masa lalu linux.

Saat ini pernyataan tersebut tidak terbukti lagi. Linux tidak sesulit, seseram, sejelek yang dipikirkan sebelumnya. Berikut adalah salah kaprah umum tentang linux yang berasal dari komentar atau pertanyaan yang saya alami sendiri sewaktu mengajak orang lain mencoba linux.

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June’s Good News

Category: Opensource,Security,Web — kamaruddin @ 3:53 pm

Lots of things happened while I was in complete solitude. Most interesting and fun stuffs in cyberspace within the time:

1. Firefox 3 is out!
Firefox 3Yes, the awaited and widely acclaimed web browser is back! After more than 8 million downloads in 24 hours finally the fox reached more than its targeted 5 milion downloads, putting Mozilla’s server to the test by going through 14,000 downloads/minute. The achievement is to be recorded in Guiness Book of World Records. Not sure when it’s going official, but I’m really happy for it. Here’s Mozilla’s download counter. Anyway, Indonesia initiated ~47,000 downloads.

However, not all is good news. It’s reported that 5 hours after the launch a security vulnerability was found by Zero Day Initiative. Some people are speculating that the vulnerability was intentionally made public on that particular day for the benefit of ZDI. Robert Accettura’s post has something for us to ponder.

2. YMail
If you don’t own a proper address with, now it’s time for you to grab a new or from Yahoo!

Come on, grab it while it last!

3. IPhone 3G
IPhone 3G is now packed with HSDPA, Exchange support, maps and GPS! For those who own IPhone prior to this could upgrade via IPhone 2.0 software update.

IPhone 3G, available in July 2008

The $199 price seems to good to be true. Yes, I know the phone is to be purchased with a minimum 2 years contract with provider. Is it really that cheap? Bah, an initial unlocked IPhone in Indonesia (Medan) is still draining your wallet for ~$600. Gizmodo helps us calculating the real price.

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