Saturday, January 29, 2011

I Write!

Why do you write?

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.

Warm Regards


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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011, A New Year Resolution?

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.
So, After judging the previous long term targets, I'll set my targets for this year, which are:
  1. Buy a car. This is seriously needed this year to make sure that my family can travel to places with comfort.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
I've had enough resolution for a year, I guess. 5 is a big number and it's quite hard to achieve. I'll have to make sure that I put my 110% effort to achieve all.

Until then...

Warm Regards

Fauzan Erich Emmerling

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Linux on Acer Aspire 4520 Install Guide

On The Transition To Linux
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.

Graphic Driver
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.

Sound Driver
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. 

Open /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.

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.
Thanks for visiting.

Warm Regards

Fauzan Emmerling

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