Share This! at Flickr

No, no. It’s not about having social bookmarking buttons on our Flickr . But, the idea is still about . We are now able to share our photos, sets, collections with other members. And, it’s not only about sharing pictures with other members, but also related to how we will use the photos.
The “Share This” button will be visible only if we can share the information on the page. So, it is not visible on frontpage since we can not share anything. If we’re seeing a — our own photo or other member’s — we can easily tell other about the photo, embed it into our /blogs, get the permalink, or even blog about it from our (only if we have blogs assigned into our Flickr account).
Of course, we can not share our private pages like Flickr stats page (for Pro members). And, it depends on the settings we apply to our photos. If we want to share some private photos, we can do it by giving a “Guest Pass” to our friends. Go to Flickr help page about sharing for more info.

Withdraw Paypal funds to Indonesian bank account

Last week (April 20th, 2008), we (Lala and I) decided to withdraw our funds at into our . We use right now. Since we already had our Paypal verified, the process was not difficult at all. It was very easy. And here are the process and few things you might want to know (if you want to get your Paypal fund, too):

  • First, make sure you have a verified Paypal account. And you already added your bank account information.
  • You have to know that there will be a fee (Rp. 16.000,00) if you withdraw Rp. 1.499.999,99 or . But, for Rp. 1.500.000,00 or more there is no extra cost. So, we took the second option.
  • It takes 5-7 business day to process. But, we got our fund faster — I think it was 2 or 3 days only.
  • Paypal has its own currency system I guess. So, before sending your funds, make sure that you get the right amount. There is a currency calculator available. The exchange rate was “1 U.S. Dollar = 8.944,22 Indonesian Rupiah”. It might change.
  • If the transaction failed, your fund will be returned to your Paypal account. And, there is Rp. 50.000,00 administration cost for this. Well, I am not sure about the exact number. You will see a short notification before you confirm your transaction.

Pretty easy, right? It was our first time getting funds from Paypal to our local bank. Everything was great. So, if you want to send fund into my Paypal account (donate[at].com), I can receive it. Hehehe… :)

PunBB 1.3 Beta Preview

For all PunBB fans, PunBB 1.3 beta is already available. Few days ago, I the beta , did a fresh install, and I believe that the coming 1.3 will be MUCH better. Currently, the latest stable release is 1.2.17 (released on February 19th, 2008). Here is a :
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So, what’s new? Here are some of them:

Oh My Grid, free WordPress Theme

Today, I released a . This theme is called Oh My . I designed this theme based on theme I use for my blog. If you run WordPress 2.5, you should find no problems — if you found one, let me know so that I can fix it.

For more detail, go to Oh My Grid project page. (theme demo).

Some notes about 21Cineplex website

Before going to theaters for a , I checked the schedule first. And I want to get the information about the movies — their schedules — I go to It’s informative, but I found annoyance there.

  • I can’t bookmark a theater page. Whenever I want to go directly to a theater page, it takes me to frontpage. I think it’s because my does not send HTTP_REFERER?
  • Because I can’t add a theater to my bookmark, it means that I can not send a permanent link to other . If I want to show a page to someone, for example: “Go to theater in ”, how to do that? “Open the , then click this, then scroll down, you should see the link there”. Like that? Doh!
  • Every theater has its own . This is good. But, it seems that the feeds are out-dated. I just open a feed few minutes ago (April 20), but I got the feed for April 9 (as seen from value).

A question: why?
There are some answers, but I am just guessing. Probably:

  • they put there. More page views, more value?
  • they think people are not interested to subscribe to RSS. RSS — in this case — means page views?
  • nobody complains about this, so there is nothing wrong with the site.
  • the point is: “All information are there. There. The most important thing is that users can find them.”

Okey, I will stop complaining now.

When strangers add you as his/her contact

Few days ago, I had someone added my Flickr account as her contact. Well, I am not sure whether it is her own real or not. Probably, it is someone’s account. I assumed that it’s a “she”. I noticed that I was not familar with the name. Okey, I looked at the profile. And, boom! The account has many pornographic material there. And, it seems spammy.
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I just quickly blocked her account. I did not have any other reason to accept that. And, probably this is the first person I blocked. I am not a person who put ‘numbers of contact’ as a goal. I prefer to have contacts rather than having numerous contacts but most of them are stragers. Remember what happened to my Facebook account? Currently, I have still many ‘stragers’ there. It is fine if those who added me have a ‘safe content’, but I am not comfortable when someone who has pornographic and any other distracting materials added me.
Okey, I blocked that person (as my contact). According to Flickr, blocking means that they:

  • can’t comment on my . All comments on my photos that they make are deleted.
  • are removed as my contact, and you are removed as theirs.
  • can’t add me as a contact again.
  • can’t add my photos as favorites. Any of my photos marked as their favorites are removed.
  • can’t blog my photos
  • can’t add notes or tags. Any notes and tags they added to my photos are removed.
  • can’t send me FlickrMail

Image styling in blog entry

When we write an article in our blog, sometime we insert images/ to support our article. And this can be done easily, no matter what platform we use. For example, using we can upload using uploader tool, and with few clicks the image will go to entry editing screen. For better formatting purposes, we can manage how inserted objects should be displayed: floating left, right or in the center. For example, see the image below:

The above image is constructed using codes like this:

Alternate Text

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Quisque mollis. Sed ut eros at ante congue vehicula.

Or, something like this:

Alternate Text

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Quisque mollis. Sed ut eros at ante congue vehicula.

There are many alternatives to have such output. We can use style="float: left;", align="left", align="right", etc. Is it what you want? Probably, yes. But, do you notice that the text is attached to the image? Do you want to insert some space there so that it can please your readers? Now, let’s compare with this image.

Some glossaries related to webhosting

When we jump in to the life, like or not, we deal with many new vocabularies. We get new words like , attachment, , and also webhosting. If we deal with world, sometime we see other complicated words to understand like webhosting, dedicated , virtual private servers, etc.
It’s a good thing if we know the definitions. We do not have to use or have them, but we can keep them as our references. Okey, for example the word dedicated server. We will not only talking about dedicated server, there are some other info we should know like shared hosting, reseller, etc. So, what is dedicated server mean? If we have a dedicated server, it means that we really have our server 100%. We can use entire hard disk, bandwidth and resources our server has. We talk about freedom. For some who only need small amount of space and bandwidth, they probably do not need a dedicated server, but for a big company or those who have a busy-traffic , they definitely need one.

Tarif Makin Murah, Layanan Makin Parah?

Beberapa minggu ini, saya mengalami cukup banyak masalah yang terjadi menyangkut sarana komunikasi telepon selular. Memang di berbagai media promosi tentang persaingan tarif antar operator layanan komunikasi makin gencar, tapi kok sepertinya makin gencar pula masalahnya ya?


Saya pengguna kartu prabayar Pro XL, sampai saat ini belum tertarik untuk pindah ke provider lain, karena alasan kepraktisan. Nomor XL ini menjadi nomor saya yang saya beli pertama kali beberapa tahun lalu. Pernah kejadian –cukup lama, dimana saya benar-benar ingin ganti ke penyedia layanan lain. Waktu itu, didaerah saya sinyal kuat, tapi jangankan untuk telepon, untuk saja tidak bisa sama sekali. Adik saya yang saat itu menggunakan kartu XL juga mengalami hal yang sama. Bahkan, ketika kebetulan mengobrol dengan tetangga depan rumah, dia mengalami hal yang sama. Tapi, masalah ini hanya terjadi dalam radius beberapa ratus meter saja.

Kalau misalnya saya sedang keluar rumah dan berada kurang lebih 300 meter dari tempat saya, nomor bisa digunakan dengan lancar. Waktu itu, kejadian berlangsung selama kurang lebih 3 hari. Mungkin saking dodolnya, waktu itu saya sempat paksakan keluar rumah hanya untuk sekadar kirim SMS. Doh!

UU ITE untuk siapa?

Henry Subiakto (Staf Ahli Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika (Menkominfo) tentang UU ITE

“Dalam pasal itu tidak mengatur pers. Jurnalis kan tetap punyak hak menyebarluaskan informasi. Tapi bagi yang tak punya hak dan informasinya bermasalah maka itu yang diatur. Misalnya diatur dalam UU ini”

Telkom blocked more sites

A sad news for in who use , including bloggers. Few days ago, some people reported that was blocked from their internet providers. Telkom Indonesia as the largest internet provider in Indonesia followed the action. According to the news release (in Bahasa Indonesia) blocked these following sites (including providers):

  • Youtube
  • MySpace
  • Metacafe
  • Rapidshare
  • Multiply
  • Liveleak
  • Themovief****.com

Sad, really sad. There is no further information about how long this situation will happen. Anyway, about the reason: those sites are blocked because it contains articles/posts about a . One thing we have to remember is that: only because of a single content material. Too bad. Anyway, Boy Avianto has a very great article about the issue.

Pimp your WordPress 2.5 Dashboard

One of the gret improvements offered by WordPress 2.5 is on the dashboard interface. Collaborating with Happy Cog studio, offers some great improvements. One of them is about managable widgets for . It means, we can manage what kind of ‘widgets’ should be presented on the dashboard.
Also, we can create a new admin interface . There are already some admin available like WP Tiger, Spotmilk, or Fluency. If we want to customize or creating our own admin theme, we can do it too. WordPress 2.5 introduces another option to have per user admin color scheme. The idea is “call another stylesheet into the dashboard”. And, it’s per user basis. So, every person in the system can have their own theme. Nice, eh? Read more about this if you want to create one. Anyway, by default we will have two color schemes. It’s Classic and Fresh.

Modifying WordPress custom database error connection page

connection has a big role when we build using a dynamic webpage. To be more spesific, if we’re using WordPress it’s always a good thing to have our database connection alive. But, for some technical situation, database connection might be dropped. Like or not, this is the situation we might have.
To deal with high-traffic , there is a plugin (note: we’re talking about WordPress here) called WP Super Cache. This plugin will help your WordPress to deal with major traffic, to keep our alive e.g. when our site got a massive traffic from site like Digg or Slashdot. When there is a failure on MySQL database connection, there will be a page presented informing about problem on establishing database connection. A page that we want to avoid. The worst thing is that when this ‘temporary’ page is indexed by .