quietube: YouTube without the distractions — It’s a bookmarklet to remove all comments and other visual elements from . In short: display the video only.

Douglas Bowman's Farewell Post

I like reading Douglas Bowman’s farewell post. He left after three years. Here’s a paragraph:

Yes, it’s true that a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better. I had a recent over whether a border should be 3, 4 or 5 pixels wide, and was asked to prove my case. I can’t operate in an like that. I’ve grown tired of debating such minuscule decisions. There are more exciting design problems in this world to tackle.

Other comment about this farewell post:

This is, I believe, why Google’s products (many of which are great and innovative–I remain a devoted fan, for example) will always fall short of achieving the emotional connection that feel to an . There’s no one with real power there who has a good sense of what makes a product beautiful or when it feels “electric.” You can’t quantify that sort of thing through study or harness collective brainpower to coerce it–someone just has to know it when they see it. (source)

Undo a sent email in Google Mail

After enabling media file preview in Google Mail, I decided to enable another Labs feature. It’s Undo Send. This feature will give us 5 seconds to decide whether we want to send the email or cancel it. I think this feature is very useful. In 5 seconds? I think it’s enough. Or, not?

vBulletin Database Backup

I’m maintaining a pretty big . It has a great amount of traffic, AND huge size. Right now, it has a remote backup . The optimization is always challenging. Anyway, vBulletin process was easy. The forum I maintain used vBulletin 3.6.x when it was firstly installed. Right now, it’s using the latest stable .

The first thing I did before upgrading is to backup its database. Using web-based database management tool like phpMyAdmin is easy. We can export and store it in minutes. BUT, in some cases, it takes more time if we have a large database. So, I use the other method: using the backup script.

When we vBulletin, there is a backup script included in the distribution. It’s under do_not_upload directory. The is vb_backup.sh. The first thing we need to do is to edit this script, to locate the file. After that, we only need to execute this command: ./vb_backup.sh backup

It will generate a backup file using this : databasename-dd-mm-yy.sql.gz. Just keep the file into the safe place (outside public directory always recommended), and start upgrading. All done.

Media File Preview Inside Google Mail

Yesterday, I enabled some offered from its Labs section — I’ve enabled some before. Google Mail Labs is a place to test some new features in . There are many features/applications we can test.

Google Mail users or those who use Google Apps for can enjoy this feature. Go to top right navigation, and there is a small to visit the lab section.

I enabled , Picasa and preview in mail features. If we enable this feature, we can see multimedia files preview inside our Google Mail . The pictures/videos will be derived from the link inside the mail content. If there is a link to YouTube , we can watch the video inline. Useful!

Twouble with Twitters

SuperNews! Twouble with Twitters — A young man struggles against the pressure to his life away

Internet Explorer 8 Released

Internet Explorer 8 is available in 25 . It’s said that there are some improvements — faster, easier and safer — compared to the previous versions. Check the feature overview.

Suara sah dalam Pemilu Legislatif 2009

Kemarin sore, dihalaman rumah (lebih tepatnya di teras dan halaman sih), ada sosialisasi . Selain itu, ada pula kampanye dari salah satu calon anggota legislatif yang berasal dari kampung saya.

Karena diadakan dirumah, jadi ya sekalian saja nimbrung ikut mendengarkan. Salah satu poin yang menarik bagi saya adalah tentang suara yang dianggap sah. Caleg tersebut memberikan informasi tentang suara yang sah, berdasarkan peraturan yang dikeluarkan Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU) Nomor 13 tahun 2009.

Akhirnya, saya unduh dan cari tahu lebih lengkap tentang hal ini, walaupun pada prinsipnya sudah diberitahukan juga dalam sosialisasi pemilu tersebut. Nah, beberapa poin terkait dengan sah atau tidaknya penandaan pada surat suara ternyata cukup panjang juga. Kalau malas baca, coba saja lihat pada Pasal 40 – 42. Oh ya, tidak ada versi online-nya sepertinya — saya juga heran, jadi silakan unduh saja dulu Aturan KPU Nomor 13 tahun 2009 tersebut. Secara garis besar intinya adalah suara sah apabila penandaan dalam bentuk tanda coblos (dicoblos), atau tanda silang, atau garis datar, atau tanda centang tidak sempurna misal dalam bentuk () atau atau (/).

Zeldman on IE 6

IE6 is the new 4. The hacks needed to support IE6 are increasingly viewed as excess freight. Like Netscape 4 in 2000, IE6 is perceived to be holding back the web.

Jeffrey Zeldman

Bring Down IE 6

Bring Down IE 6 campaign — A campaign to encourage using more modern browsers and bring 6 down.

Google Chrome's Incognito Mode

chrome incognito

Google Chrome offers another type of window/browsing mode called “incognito mode”. When we’re using in incognito mode page information ( addresses, downloaded files will not be stored/logged in our browsing and histories. And, when we close the “incognito window”, all new cookies will be deleted right away.

Read mode details about incognito mode at Google Chrome Help page.

In simple definition, it means we can use incognito for more private browsing. It’s about information on your side, not ’s. If the server logs your (IP address, user agents, etc), your data will be recorded.

But, I don’t regularly — well, almost never — use it. My main reason is because I’m using Chrome — and other browsers — in a private computer. And, sometime browsing histories are useful. The download histories, too.

Web Browsers' Homepage Designs

I only visit web browsers’ sites when I want to — sometime, I don’t even have to go to their sites to get updates — or, only when someone/something refers me to an address in those sites. Those are some possibilities. Their have beautiful designs, and sometime can be a great . :)

So, here are some screenshots. I like their designs as inspirations. Not in a particular order:

Camino Browser Homepage

Camino: http://caminobrowser.org/

Online Journalism Handbook

The Bighow Online Journalism Handbook

A free online resource for journalists, bloggers, citizen journalists and anyone else interested in publishing. The handbook covers the basics of online reporting, writing for the web and social web, citizen journalism, professional , how to use and , how to deal with censorship, list of citizen journalism worldwide, list of free for journalism and much more

Blog and Your Business

How a Blog Can Grow Your Business — a presentation by Chris Garrett. Slides and PDF are available.

Dear Google, where is Risu city?

I went to Google Trend to check some . When I choose as the location search, Trend will give more spesific results based on subregions. I also saw: Risu, Indonesia (see picture).
OK, I’m probably not good in Geography subject. But, I never heard about a city named Risu. May be, it’s there, somewhere in Indonesia. But, I never heard of it. There is Riau.
I asked Google about Risu, Indonesia. Google does not know either and give me a suggestion: riau, indonesia.
Well, let’s see the keyboard, find where “A” and “S” are.