Posterouseptember: Posterous Features in September

logo_posterousThis September, Posterous blogging released some new and improvements. If you’re not familiar with — or never heard about it before, it’s a service that will help you put something online. You can post text, , videos and also documents. The big difference is that you can do it directly from your email. This service was launched back in July 2008. And, this is my Posterous page. If you have a Posterous but you haven’t logged in for few months — or want to try it, here are some new features:

Feedburner feed tracking

If someone subscribe to your Posterous RSS feed, you can find out how many feed subscribers you have. This process should be easy because you can integrate your feed to Feedburner account. Using this, you can use all Feedburner’s features.

Autopost to Scribd

Posterous offers auto post ability. Using this, you can send your posts from Posterous to different /service. If you send a document, you can deliver it directly to Scribd.

Themes and Custom Themes!

If you want to have your own custom look for your Posterous page, you can do it easily now. There are some available. Once you select your , you can do some modifications¬† like colors, custom header, etc. If you’re good at HTML and CSS, and want to create your very own theme, an advanced customization feature is also available. For some people — at least for me — this is a killer feature!

Embed songs from Lala.com and videos from Viddler and Google Video

If you want to embed files from Lala.com and videos from Viddler and Google Video, you don’t have to deal with embed codes. Just put the links, and Posterous will do the rest for you.

Firefox 3.7 and 4.0 Windows Theme Mockups

just released its new screenshots for Mozilla 3.7 and 4.0. Compared to the current version — I’m using Firefox 3.5.3 — I think the is much better. I like it. But, it’s still a mockup and it’s still far(?) from finish.
These are the mockups of Firefox 3.7 for Vista/7 and XP:
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And, this is for Mozilla Firefox 4.0.
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More screenshots are available at Mozilla Wiki (Firefox 3.7 and 4.0 theme mockups). About the interface design, I think Opera has a great visual design.

Using CloudBerry Explorer to Manage Amazon S3 Account

In my previous post, I mentioned an tool called S3 Explorer. I also have S3Fox organizer installed. I use them both, and I feel that I’m more comfortable with CloudBerry Explorer.

CloudBerry Explorer makes managing files in S3 EASY. By providing a user interface to Amazon S3 accounts, files, and buckets, CloudBerry lets you manage your files on just as you would on your own local computer. (source)

Now, I want to share how I use CloudBerry S3 Explorer to manage my Amazon S3 .
CloudBerry Explorer is availble as a freeware software. We can it for free. It offers many features we need to manage Amazon S3 account, from a simple to complicated tasks. After I downloaded and installed it, I can start using it. First, I need to add my Amazon S3 account into the . Go to > Amazon S3 Accounts.

Getting Started with Amazon S3

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After I signed up for Amazon S3 and CloudFront last week, I started to use it right away. Before that, I tried to get as many information as possible. It seemed easy. I had to deal with some new words like “bucket“, “Access Key ID“, and also “Secret Access Key“.
— just like its name — is a . What makes it different from “storage” in webhosting is that there is no FTP access. But, the mechanism of “moving your to a storage ” is similar to FTP. In FTP, we will connect to your server using some basic information like hostname, username and . In some cases, we will need an FTP port. And we can do it easily using FTP clients like Filezilla, CrossFTP,¬† WinSCP, etc.
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S3 uses a little bit different process. Just imagine “Access Key ID” as “username”, and “Server Access Key” as the FTP password. Both information are generated by the system and they’re not easy to remember.

How Google Street View Works

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Opera Mini 5 beta and Screenshots

I just downloaded Opera Mini 5 beta for my 5800 XpressMusic. This new version of Mini offers many new features like Speed Dial, Tabbed browsing, Manager, and much more. I think, “Tabbed browsing” feature is a super feature — with other new , of course. If you want to , you can go directly to m.opera.com/next/ from your web , or download it to computer first. Anyway, I still keep my Opera Mini 4 installed. So far, I’m happy with this new 5!
Here are some screenshots (click to enlarge):
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300M Facebook Users

Two months ago, I heard that had 250 millions users in the system. Today, they just announced that there are more than 300 millions users. So, it’s like 50M new users in two months? The numbers is debatable — you know, duplicate accounts, real , etc. But, the number is HUGE.

Get millions of Twitter followers

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Just in case you want to get millions of followers. :) (via The Next Web)

Dear Yahoo! Meme, I think…

When I heard about Yahoo! Meme and looked its , in brief I was thinking about tumblelog. Seriuosly, I couldn’t fine any new , compared to similar like Tumblr (my Tumblr) or Posterous (my Posterous page). That was before I got a chance to try Meme.
Yahoo! describes Yahoo! Meme as “where you share everything you find that’s interesting”. If we go to Yahoo! Meme page, Yahoo! tells us about these following details:

  • Things have to be quick, easy and simple to do
  • You should be able to share whatever kind of content you publish or find in the web
  • Your posts should get around without you having to be a part of any specific social network
  • You keep the credit for your discoveries and creations
  • You should easily find what’s drawing everyone else’s attention

I’ve been using Tumblr for few months, and when I firstly logged in to Yahoo! Meme (after got an invitation), I see nothing but similar features — like Tumblr. This is Yahoo! Meme’s when you’re ready to post/share something:
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Currently, it supports some post types: text, photo, and (). For non-text contents, you can directly upload (only images) or embed external contents. So, some contents should be “somewhere” on the internet first. Anyway, Yahoo! already has a video service called Yahoo! Video, but its videos can’t be inserted? Yahoo! Meme only supports YouTube and Vimeo now. What about other video providers like or Metacafe? Or, what about any video files that can be inserted using embed codes?
Now, let’s compare it to Tumblr. Tumblr offers more type of posts. And it’s so easy. We don’t need to deal with complex post customizations. For example, we post video embed codes, it will be automagically processed by Tumblr system. Neat.
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And, let’s not forget about various features including theme customization, custom domain, and more. I know, Yahoo! Meme is still new. They might have improvements in the future. Or, it will be closed down just like Yahoo! 360? Anyone can give me a good reason to use Yahoo! Meme?

WordPress, Amazon S3 and CloudFront

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In the last two days, I was working on an experiment to use Simple (S3) and Amazon together with . It’s not primary for my blog, but for my friend. There are many tutorials and good recommendation on this. Since my friend using WordPress as the publishing platform, and it is easy to integrate with S3 and CloudFront, I gave it a try. But, what is Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)?

provides a simple web interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of , at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers. (from Amazon S3 website)

Actually, using Amazon S3 might be just fine. Since I want to make experiment, I decided to subscribe to Amazon CloudFront, too.

Amazon CloudFront delivers your content using a global network of edge locations. Requests for your objects are automatically routed to the nearest edge location, so content is delivered with the best possible . Amazon CloudFront works seamlessly with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) which durably stores the original, definitive versions of your files. Like other Amazon Web Services, there are no contracts or monthly commitments for using Amazon CloudFront — you pay only for as much or as little content as you actually deliver through the service. (from Amazon CloudFront website)

This is my first attempt using those two service. The subscription is easy. Create an account at Amazon, fill in the billing information, and start subscribing. That’s all. After few attempts, I finally have it working. I hope it’s working without any issues. Anyway, for WordPress integration, I use Amazon S3 for WordPress plugin. Let’s wait until the end of the month to get the billing statement.

Telkom Flexi Putus Sambung

Sudah dua hari terakhir ini, saya mengalami beberapa masalah dengan penggunaan jalur komunikasi dengan Flexi. Kejadiannya, setiap beberapa menit (kurang dari lima menit), koneksi tiba-tiba terputus. Saya melakukan sambungan telepon ke nomor Flexi yang lain.

Ketika saya menerima telepon — dari nomor Flexi yang lain — hampir selalu terjadi kasus yang sama. Apakah karena pengaruh lokasi? Saya rasa tidak. Lokasi rumah saya bukan di daerah yang (saya yakin) minim jaringan. Berada di tengah kota. Bahkan, beberapa puluh meter dari tempat saya ada STO milik Telkom. Ya, saya tahu, ini mungkin memang tidak berhubungan.

Saya tidak terlalu peduli dengan tarif murah yang ditawarkan baik oleh Telkom Flexi atau operator lainnya, karena aktivitas penggunaan telepon saya juga tidak terlalu tinggi. Lha makin murah tarif tapi layanan makin buruk? Memang beginilah seharusnya?