Tuesday, December 20, 2011
It works in a coordinated way and it has clear algorithms for every process.
Every day is a new program. You start in the morning by planning your day and create a flowchart. Sometimes your planning is kept in a stored procedure, just so it will repeat itself. Then you develop your day with your codes.
Life will react to your codes. Your codes are your interactions with people and how you control yourself in doing things. If you use the right codes, things will go smoothly as planned.
Sometimes you'll get warnings and sometimes you'll get error messages. When that happens, it's time for you to look back at your codes and debug. This is necessary to ensure smoothness in life processes.
People tend to think that we, computer nerds, only see things from a strange point of view. But, when you view it this way, our view is very much human.
So living life is actually like a system development life cycle. You plan, design, write code, and debug. When you're fed up with things, try restarting the program and you'll be refreshed.
Putting it into non-geeky terms, you set goals in live, control yourself and your interactions with other people, and evaluate yourself based on feedbacks. When you're fed up with life, stop and refresh yourself with things you love.
So, indeed, my life is a very big computer program and I enjoy developing it every single day.
a proud computer nerd
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
About 2 months ago I met with several people offering investments. They want to establish an IT business venture. I was excited, but then somehow, in the middle of the road, things get bumpy and we cancelled the cooperations. I was disappointed because I knew the ideas we were about to build would require massive capitals in order for it to succeed. Then I spent nights after nights thinking on what to do next.
I entered the period I call frozen mind. A state of mind where you feel that you're no longer creative. A state of mind that causes someone like me feeling powerless. I feel that I cannot develop anymore when actually I could. In the middle of it all, I tried to warm things up. I browsed through all my previous coding work, seeing old system designs, trying to play around with it, basically trying to get something out of it.
Then in the process I found my bachelor and master degree thesis. Having not read it for a long long time, I tried reading it all over again. And then, it hits me. I got this product idea which is a combination of three things:
- a traditional approach to the e-commerce business model
- something with good customer relationship management capability, and finally
- a social touch to make it more human
All three combined, I got the idea of what I'm currently developing. It will be a new product for the web community. Something I'll start in Indonesia first for a couple of months before going globally. Stay tuned for release dates. This is something I'll call ProjectZero.
I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. - Steve Jobs
The same thing happened in my case. I have to start over and things are clearer because you're freed from the you-must-do thingy.
So next time you face your frozen mind. Hit the refresh button.
- E -
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
For the past 9 years I've been really tied to technology. Not a day goes by without excessive use of it. Ever since university I'm used to using computers for more than 8 hours daily, mostly coding with about an hour or two of movies, games, etc. On one side, it's good cuz during my university years I need to really develop my skills. But then as time goes by I get too attached to it. This is not good.
Back then I used a desktop so the only thing I'm really attached to is my cellphone, still am now. Since 2003, my phone has internet connection and I can get connected anywhere. Thus, my life circles around the net. Then starting 2008 I got my first laptop. This thing really went to places with me, even on my vacation. Sad, I know, but there's nothing I can do about it. I'm simply too attached to digital stuffs.
Last weekend, for the first time in my life I had a digital break. I was inspired by a blog post by Leo Babauta, a minimalist. It was nice and I enjoyed it a lot.
So what's my digital break?
- I didn't check my emails, I simply let the email headers slide into my mobile phone and not checking what's in it.
- I only update my facebook status once a day. Well, plus that restaurant link I shared cuz it was nice.
- I left my mobile phone in the vouch most of the time since I didn't get a lot of phone and I put the vouch in my wife's purse.
- I didn't code, nor use my MacBook for working purposes. The only thing I did with it was play videos my daughter requested.
- I only made 3 posts to my online forum.
- I took my children to get their vaccination.
- I finally found a new house to rent.
- I visited some relatives and had a long talk.
- I had a long herat-to-heart conversation with my wife.
- I slept more than 10 hours (something I can rarely do).
- I went to a colonial styled steak restaurant with my family.
- I took my wife to the beauty parlor for a haircut.
- I finished reading the "Padang Bulan" book I bought the day before.
- I enjoy life :)
Technologies are there to help our lives. In my case, that's how I make a living. This also creates the condition where I can't get away from it. Technology was created with a noble purpose but then somehow it occupied most of our lives and we became attached to it.
Then again, we are still humans. We need to socialize on the real context, not just on social media, and really enjoy our surroundings. I know that maybe you're that much attached to technology and it's good. But it's also good for you to take a break from it and enjoy reality, enjoy your surroundings. Or at least enjoy a cup of coffee to the fullest, just like the picture above.
From now on, every weekend will be my digital break and I want to enjoy it to the fullest.
How about you?
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Monday, May 9, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
In the past, I got stucked and unable to move on simply because I can't let go of my past. It was my hell and I'm thankful to learn from it. Now, I always try to put my past behind me.
I'm not saying that you should hate your past. I never hate mine. All I'm saying is let your past stay in the past. Learn from it. You live now and you should look to the future.
Don't be stuck in your past. Learn to let go. Learn to live and let live. You'll get better things ahead
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Friday, April 29, 2011
"Real love stories never have happy endings because real love stories never end..."I stopped the video and spend some time looking at the sentence. All my life, I've been filled with people's words that love would end in a happy ending. Movies, ever since our childhood, taught us this as well. At the end they live happily ever efter. That's a happy ending.
So what defines a real love story anyway? Is it a story of a married couple living together for more than fifty years and passed away in peace together? Will it be a Cinderella-like story? Or could it be the story of Romeo and Juliet? I beg to differ in this case.
I define a real love story as two people, loving each other with all their hearts no matter what happens and accepting each other the way they are. They can be together or not, married or not, and even never see each other. But, they keep their love at the purest form for each other.
That is true love.
And true love lasts forever, in both life and death.
This is what I believe in and this is the kind of love I want to share with my soulmate.
I want to keep my love at the purest form only for my soulmate and keep it till the end of time
Only for my soulmate...
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Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
I looked back to the past....
To the times when I struggle hard, cuz life brought me down hard.
To the times I fell down on my knees and prayers are all I have
To the times when I have no one else but myself
To the times when I think life is really mean on me
I realized that during those times...
Life taught me to always struggle for my existence
Life taught me that you can always hang into your faith when everything else falls apart
Life taught me to really take care of your loved ones who'll be there for you
Life taught me to always be thankful in whatever situations
so those four lessons will always stay in my mind,
struggle, have faith, take care of your loved ones, be thankful
live your life that way
and may you have a better and more meaningful life
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
2 years of pre-education
6 years of primary school
3 years of junior high
3 years of senior high
6 debating titles
3 Chief Adjudicator experiences
2 world debating championships
1 bachelor degree
1 master degree
4 jobs at 5 companies
1 company established and owned
A happy marriage
2 little angels
And many other things to come
When I put it that way, it shows that I've had so many things in life and I'm thankful for that.
It's all in your mindset
Fauzan Erich Emmerling
The birthday boy
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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Some people might be asking why they would have blogs, why they would write a book or other forms of publications. They would end up with various reasons.
Some would say they write to make a living. Some might say they write to fulfill their passion. Some others might even write because of peer preassure or because they want to be popular. Even Barney writes his blog to be legen... wait for it ...dary! Legendary!
I write simply because I want to. Not because I want people to read it and change their lives. Not to be legendary like Barney. Not because I want to make a living out of it. Not because I want to be famous. Not even to fulfill my passion. Just because I want to, as simple as that.
I write whenever I feel like writing, wherever I can (laptop, paper, smartphone), and I write whatever comes through my head. Not some pre-researched topics I think people would love to read.
Take this post as an example. I wrote this in a motor garage while getting my motorcycle has its monthly maintenace and I simply use my ever-reliable smartphone. This post came through my mind and I wrote it down. Just like that. No purpose, no agenda.
So, why do I wrote this post?
Simply because I want to.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
It's January 12, 2010 and I haven't made something I used to make from year to year, my new year resolution. I openned this year with a very happy gift. My son was born at the beginning of the year. Once more, our little family is very happy and all my focus are directed towards my children.
Looking back in time, when I was in senior high, about 10 years ago, I set these long-term goals I wish to achieve in life. Some of which are:
- Get my master degree before 25. I managed to finish my master degree on July 2008, the graduation was in November 2008, so basically I'm on the right track, going a few months faster. Target met.
- Get married at no more than 25. I managed to get married on December 2008, or approximately 2 months before I'm 25. So this one is also met nicely.
- Work for a company that is number 1 in the world in its field. Back in 2008, I worked for Deloitte's Enterprise Risk Services Group. The ERS is the world leader in security and privacy. So, there you go. Another target met.
- Have my own (running) company before 30. I started Emfeld Web Technology in 2005, when I was still in university. At that time I have no idea that the company would grow and have a lot of clients. Almost 6 years since I found the company, we're going with our flagship product, intanware, the web management software. Simply saying, target met.
- Have 3 children. This one is still in pursuit because financial calculations would definitely be in a major factor. Currently I have two little angels, Faeyza and Özil. Who knows maybe in the next five years we'll have another addition to the family.
- Work for at least 1 european company. In late 2010, I started a cooperation with Yackety Yak, an Austrian Social Media Firm and we're starting the projects this January 2011. Now, I dont know yet whether this will turn out to be long term or not, but I'll make sure to put my best efforts into it.
- Buy a car. This is seriously needed this year to make sure that my family can travel to places with comfort.
- Ensure cooperations with Yackety Yak. Right now we're starting our first project and I want to make sure that we'll be doing more than just one projects. This whole new python development thingy is so interesting that I've had so many sleepless nights experimenting. If it runs at least until December with talks of extending the deal untill 2012 then I'll be a happy man. That is how it will be measured at the end of the year.
- Be more discipline at 5-time-compulsory prayer. This one goes for my resolution with God. I haven't been discipline for this during 2010 and I am looking forward to discipline myself. This one, only God can measure.
- Finish intanware2.0. This is the 2nd generation of the intanware software family. This time it runs under the python platform. Target completion date, end of April 2011.
- Be a better husband and father. I dont think I'm that good yet to be a husband or father. Nonetheless, I still need to improve a lot. My family will measure this.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I used to be a Windows user for as long as I can remember.
But for the past 6 months I tried using linux, thx to my friend Gesang and his provocative act influencing me to switch to linux.
Now I am using Backtrack 4 R1 (Ubuntu 8.10), a penetration testing distribution. I use the distro because I need the pentest capability to test the applications I created. So after about 6 months on Linux, I decided on switching my main O/S to Linux and leaving my Windows XP SP2 as an alernative. I don't know. Give me a couple of months and perhaps I'll run Windows on a VM.
Now let,s get to the real point why I wrote this post in the first place.
When I switched, the main problem was that most of the stuffs in my laptop is not all directly included in the distribution. Thus, I have to search all over the web for the required resources.
This post will sum up where you'll have to download all the stuffs.
No, the graphic driver is not included in the box.
All you need to do is go to the driver download page to download the graphic driver for GeForce 700M. From console simple run the script and restart the x-server. The XORG configuration will be configured by the script.
Just like the graphic driver, you'll also need to install the sound driver. All you need to do is download the latest ALSA driver here. After instalation, do not forget to change the modprobe for ALSA.
In the last line add:
options snd-hda-intel model=acer
after that, save and restart x. Enjoy the sound.
Webcam doesn't come out of the box. You can download the webcam driver here. After instalation, try using cheese or skype to test. It should be working fine.
It works fine out of the box.
Wireless card (Atheros) works fine out of the box.
Those are the common problems.
Hope it helps.
If you have other question, email me or follow my twitter.
Oh, and by the way, Happy New Year 2011. Hope this year becomes a successful year for all of us.
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