Flickr Email Upload and Send to Twitter

Today, I tried another feature. It’s similar to what they have right now — upload by email. The difference is that after the uploaded, it will send a notification to , send an update status. If you’re familiar with Flickr’s Upload by , it should not be difficult at all.
First, you have to link your Flickr and Twitter . Add your Twitter account into your Flickr profile, and do the next authentication process. After that, you should see the integration status (see below).
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You will have a special email address. Any sent to that address will be uploaded to your Flickr and a status update will be broadcasted to your Twitter status. The email address is similar to your regular email you use to upload photos to Flickr (by email). For example, if your private email address is [email protected], your other email will be: [email protected].
I tried it, and it works without any problem. The photo address will be shorten. (see image below)
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I’m not actively using this upload-by-email feature, but it’s something useful and glad Flickr has it.

Wibiya Toolbar for your website

Few days ago, I installed a toolbar in this (see footer). It’s a hosted toolbar from Wibiya. I was not sure whether I really need that or not, but because I got invite to try the service — after asking for invite — I decided to try it.
Go display the toolbar, we only need to customize the toolbar. There are some “ bars” available such as Blog Search, Translation, Posts Navigator, , Tool, , Gallery (), Live Notifications and (via ). We can also edit the toolbar color from “Change Toolbar Theme”. There are some toolbar color availble.
I decided not to install all applications because the I did not need some of them this time. The other reason is because of application feature. For example, for the “Gallery” application, we need to provide “Flickr Set ID”. I think I will put this “Gallery” application when Wibiya give me another option to display recent from my Flickr photostream. asked about this, and they responded.
It’s not open for public, but if you’re interested just go to Wibiya website and ask for an invite. I got my invitation token in a same day.

Become a Gmail Ninja

Become a Gmail Ninja — Learn tips and tricks to save time, increase your productivity, and manage your efficiently. Start with the tips that are right for you, based on how much email you get each day.

Firefox 3.5 Features

Some useful features shipped in Firefox 3.5.

Do you check your email spam folder?

For the , I use Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. I almost never got any problem with them. Because they did great job filtering the email spams, I almost never checked my email spam folder. If they’re spams, why bother checking the spam folder?
But, I sometime check the spam/junk folder. Reading the email subjects in brief, just to see what emails are identified as spams. Recently, Mike Aquino was in a bad problem with spam filtering feature. He got a job offer flagged as spam. This kind of case is rarely happened. But, this is a bad situation. Luckily, he did checked the spam folder.

Pertanyaan untuk capres dan cawapres

Setelah melihat dan mendengarkan acara debat pertama para calon presiden untuk presiden mendatang, saya jadi punya pertanyaan untuk masing-masing capres (dan mungkin cawapres).

Pertanyaannya adalah: “Bagaimana menurut Anda (capres dan cawapres), kelebihan yang dimiliki oleh capres dan cawapres lainnya?”.

Ya, mungkin ini pertanyaan yang sangat kecil kemungkinannya untuk dilontarkan. Tapi, jujur saja saya penasaran dengan jawaban dari masing-masing capres dan cawapres. Yang sering terjadi adalah mencari kelemahan lawan politik. Mencari segala kejelekan, yang semoga dengan ini akan membuat mereka (tampak) lebih baik.

Tapi, dengan berani secara terbuka memberikan pendapat tentang kebaikan pihak lain diluar diri mereka sendiri, toh itu juga akan berpeluang untuk memperlihatkan kelebihan mereka juga.

Eh, nggak juga ya? Tapi, kira-kira kalau pertanyaan semacam ini diajukan, kira-kira jawabannya bagaimana ya?

Boediono Mendengar (di Jogjakarta) Tanpa Boediono

Minggu kemarin, saya memutuskan untuk datang di acara Boediono Mendengar di . Saya datang ke acara ini setelah tahu informasi dari blog Ndoro Kakung. Informasi awalnya, acara yang bertajuk Boediono Mendengar – Kopdar Netter, akan berlangsung Joglo Melati, daerah . Namun, informasi terakhir katanya tempat acara diubah ke Angkringan Yayasan Umar Kayak (YUK). Alasan pemindahan tempat sih tidak begitu tahu pasti, saya cuma dengar dari beberapa obrolan kecil saja…

Saya datang ke lokasi mungkin terlalu awal, tapi paling tidak sesuai dengan informasi agendanya. Persiapan — terutama keamanan — cukup banyak, bahkan ada mobil gegana juga (yang rencananya mau saya ambil gambarnya, tapi malah lupa). Saya tidak tahu apakah ini berlebihan atau tidak, tapi kalau memang standar persiapan untuk semacam ini, apalagi menyangkut ‘orang penting’, ya tidak apa-apa lah… Toh intinya biar aman terkendali.

Setelah menunggu cukup lama, acaranya akhirnya dimulai. Dan, kabar pertama yang disampaikan adalah bahwa Bapak Boediono tidak jadi datang. Walah… Padahal kehadiran beliau yang menjadi magnet bagi warga yang hadir disana. Untungnya, saya tidak berhasil menghubungi saudara saya yang rumahnya dekat dengan tempat tersebut.

Acara yang mungkin menjadi kesempatan bagi warga untuk bertatap muka dan mengenal Pak Boediono berubah menjadi obrolan seputar blog Pak Boediono. Ya, memang salah satu agendanya adalah tentang soft launching blog beliau. Tapi, karena beliau tidak jadi datang, ya acara diskusi tentang blog tersebut menjadi agenda utama. Hasilnya, mungkin acaranya ini hanya menarik bagi beberapa orang saja.

Alasan ketidakhadiran beliau (menurut saya) bisa diterima. Karena padatnya jadwal beliau di hari tersebut dan ditambah lagi agenda sebelum dan setelah hari berikutnya yang cukup padat, membuat kondisi fisik sepertinya tidak mengijinkan. Alasan lain? Wah saya tidak tahu juga. Acara tidak populer? Mungkin saja. Audiens sedikit? Bisa jadi.

Now with more photos. And they're bigger

When I knew about The Big Pictures, I told myself that I wanted to have one too. A place where I display some I took. A dedicated photoblog came into my mind. I know that it’s something I can create, technically.
But, I wasn’t sure that I maintain it well — keep it updated, , etc. Then, I was thinking of displaying photos directly into this blog. I’ve been doing this for few months actually. I put photos from my Flickr photostream here. But, I want something bigger. I want to display more photos. All photos uploaded into my collections are big enough. But, if I want to put it here, it might be “too big” or “too small”.
So, I made some adjustment here. I modify my blog stylesheet to give more space for photos. I think the photos are big enough. For some reason, I did not include the photos in . So, you will not get update from RSS reader. The reason is because I have a full content in my RSS and I don’t want to flood your RSS reader and aggregator with probably-too-big picture (if you subscribe to my RSS feed, of course). I’m still finding the best solution for this.

Unable to locate WordPress Plugin directory

I just made a fresh install of WordPress 2.8. As usual, the installatoin process was simple and straight forward. After doing some configurations, I wanted to install some directly using the automatic installer from . But, I had a problem.
After filling in the FTP information, my gave me this message:

Unable to locate WordPress Plugin directory

I have no idea about this . I never got this kind of error. What’s wrong? It seems that some users also found this problem. There’s also an interesting discussion about this. Is it WordPress’ bug? Or, is it related to ? Anyone got this problem too?

Twittering and hugging

Twittering is like hugging. Just because it’s hard to measure the return on investment doesn’t mean there isn’t value there.

@zappos

Being The Next

Don’t try to be the ‘next’. Instead, try to be the other, the changer, the new.

Seth Godin

Telkom Speedy

Finally, I have a chance to try my new connection. I’m using Speedy’s Multi Speed package. Actually, I’m satisfied with my current provider. I decided to get another internet connection so that my sister can get her own connection, from her own room.

My current provider does not allow me to share the connection. I can subscribe for an additional line, but considering the cost — because I need to buy other peripherals — and also internet connection backup solution, I chose Speedy. The registration process was simple.

I signed up, filed some forms. I signed up on Friday when I visited a computer exhibition. Speedy offered discount at that time. Today, two technicians came to my house and they setup everything.

When I tried it, it’s fast. I read many complains about Speedy . There are many negative comments — and also the positives one. I think I’m lucky. I hope I can get reliable connection using this Speedy. Let’s see…

Bahasa dan Rasa

“…bahasa itu cuma masalah rasa. Yang tersirat tidak selalu yang tersurat, tapi carilah yang tersirat itu melalu yang tersurat. Rasakan makna dari Ibu Prita, saya yakin RSOI bisa merasakannya.”
Ruth Wijaya, tentang Ibu Prita Mulyasari dan RS Omni Internasional.

Few Things about Facebook Usernames

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Facebook introduces Usernames. And, now it’s available for public. Now, we can create a personalized and easier-to-remember web address for our Facebook profile page. For those who like ‘shorter is better’ in , this should be interesting. Facebook explains:

Your new Facebook URL is like your personal destination, or home, on the Web. can enter a Facebook username as a search term on Facebook or a popular search engine like , for example, which will make it much easier for people to find friends with common names.

Before choosing a final username, here are few things we might want to know (you can read detailed info on the Help Center), so choose wisely.

  1. Usernames can only contain alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9) or a period (“.”)
  2. Usernames must be at least 5 characters long.
  3. Usernames can not be edited/modified.
  4. Usernames are not case sensitive.
  5. Facebook also prevents certain words from being included in usernames. It is not possible to copy a username that someone else has already claimed.
  6. Usernames are only available for profiles and Pages.
  7. Only Pages with 1,000 fans as of May 31, 2009 are eligible for usernames.
  8. Facebook has rights to remove and/or reclaim any username for any reason. :)

If you want more about this new Facebook Usernames, please check Anil’s Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames. Anyway, I’ve created my personalized URL, it’s facebook.com/thomasarie. Of course, it’s easy. Who’s on earth want to choose that name? :D Yours?