Solved: Microsoft AutoUpdate Not Working

I was not sure when Microsoft AutoUpdate did not work for the first time. I could not update all my Microsoft softwares like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Power Point, and also Microsoft Edge as my primary browser.

Checking available updates always gave me this alert.

After searching for solutions, I found that the easiest way to fix it is by re-downloading Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU) from Microsoft site.

Go directly to Release history for Microsoft AutoUpdate (MAU and download the latest available download. Once I have it installed, I can download the available updates

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 For Mac

When I switched to Mac (from Windows), I never looked backed on Windows-only applications. One of them is CorelDRAW. There was a time when CorelDRAW became a popular graphic design software.

Recently, Corel Corporation released its latest CorelDRAW Graphic Suite 2019. And, it’s for Mac.

The Michaelangelo of Microsoft Excel

When Tatsuo Horiuchi retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on paints and brushes, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft Excel. Now, the 77-year-old artist is creating remarkably intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape, all on the free graphing software. (Source)

I have seen some works made using Microsoft Excel for example by coloring cells, but Mr. Horiuchi uses like line tools and bucket tools. The results are amazing.

BlackBerry will focus on software

BlackBerry will stop designing its own phones and focus on software

“The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” CEO John Chen said in a statement. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”

Malaysian man spent 18 days in Changi Airport lounges using 31 forged boarding passes

Malaysian man spent 18 days in Changi Airport lounges using 31 forged boarding passes.

He downloaded images of mobile boarding passes issued by two airlines – Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines – from the Internet, and used an image editing software on his laptop to alter them.
Raejali inserted his name, a false flight number and a false destination on the fake mobile boarding passes, before sending them to his phone. He forged 31 such passes and used them at nine lounges run by five operators.

Why I Pick Telegram as My Primary Messaging Platform?

Last year, I mentioned that I used Telegram and I enjoyed it. Been using for more than a year, I feel that it’s much better than the other messaging platforms. Well, I’m not using that many platforms to connect with other friends or colleagues if I consider the other options like LINE, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and many more. But, why Telegram?

Since I do not experience all messaging apps, I know that some other apps might be better. For now, I’m still considering that Telegram is the perfect option (for me) for some reasons.

Cross-platform and Multiple Sessions

Currently, I have multiple devices I use on my daily basis. Well, not really daily, but I usually switch between devices. I have 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, iPhone 5, iPad 3rd generation, and Oppo Find 7. I have Telegram installed in those devices. It makes me stay connected. I can easily be in the conversation with friends, and especially colleagues. It’s flexibility to have multiple active session is my favorite!

Features

Telegram offers great set of handy features. Go to Telegram’s website for complete features, but here are some of favorite features:

  • File sharing made easy. I can share various types of files, not only photos, videos, but also PDFs, Android packages (yes, I use this a lot at work), spreadsheets, or any other document types.
  • API. It can be integrated easily to make useful tools. I will give some examples in the bottom part of this article.

Simple, fast, and lightweight

I like it’s simplicity. It helps me a lot in communication. I feel that it’s fast, a core feature that a messaging app needs. Of course, there are some extended features like stickers — even we can make our own stickers, bots (hello, @BotFather), event animated GIF.

Bots

It’s a Telegram account and operated by machine.

Bots are simply Telegram accounts operated by software — not people — and they’ll often have AI features. They can do anything — teach, play, search, broadcast, remind, connect, integrate with other services, or even pass commands to the Internet of Things.

The other one is an inline bots.

With the new inline mode, bots become omnipresent and can be used as a tool in any of your chats, groups or channels – it doesn’t matter, whether the bot is a member or not. Inline bots can help you with dozens of different tasks, like quickly sending relevant GIFs, pictures from the Web, YouTube videos, Wikipedia articles, etc.

At work, some of my colleagues made some handy tools based on this platforms.

Microsoft Surface Book dari Microsoft

Microsoft baru saja meluncurkan sebuah laptop baru dengan nama Microsoft Surface Book. Walaupun sudah sekitar lima tahun saya menggunakan produk MacBook dari Apple (sekarang menggunakan MacBook Pro 15″ Retina Display sebagai pengganti MacBook Pro 13″), tapi produk baru ini terlihat sangat menarik.

Tentang Microsoft sendiri, saya tidak terlalu mengikuti perkembangannya, terutama dari sisi produk perangkat keras (hardware) dan perangkat lunak (software). Produk ponsel terakhir dari Microsoft yang saya beli adalah Microsoft Lumia 535. Untuk software, saya menggunakan produk Office 365 dalam keseharian mendukung pekerjaan saya yang banyak berurusan dengan pembuatan dan mengulas dokumen proyek, berselancar, dan membuat presentasi. Saya sendiri mulai menggunakan Office 365 sejak tahun 2014.

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Saya lihat spesifikasi Microsoft Surface Book di situs Microsoft, ternyata spesifikasi dan fiturnya sangat bagus! Walaupun, secara harga — dengan konversi Dollar Amerika terhadap Rupiah saat ini — cukup tinggi. Dalam situs tertulis USD 1,499. Dengan asumsi Dollar Amerika setara dengan Rp 14.000,– maka harganya akan mulai berkisar Rp 20.000.000,-

Spesifikasi

Beberapa spesifikasi dan fitur yang ditawarkan dan sepertinya menarik:

  • Dimensi: 12.30″ x 9.14″ x 0.51 – 0.90″ (312.3mm x 232.1mm x 13.0 – 22.8mm)
  • Media penyimpanan Solid state drive (SSD) dengan opsi 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, atau 1TB.
  • Memory: 8GB atau 16GB RAM
  • Prosesor: 6th Gen Intel® Core i5 atau i7
  • Berat: Mulai dari 3.34 pounds  atau setara 1,516 grams termasuk papan ketik
  • Tampilan:  Layar 13.5″ PixelSense display, resolution: 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI), aspect ratio: 3:2, touch: 10 point multi-touch
  • Data tahan baterai sampai 12 jam memutar video berdasarkan percobaan yang telah dilakukan.

Walaupun belum pernah menggunakan secara langsung, tapi membaca ulasan tentang produk Microsoft Surface Book dari beberapa situs dibawah ini, sepertinya produk ini sangat menarik.

BlackBerry may put Android system on new device

BlackBerry may put Android system on new device — “The sources, who asked not to be named as they have not been authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said the move to use Android is part of BlackBerry’s strategy to pivot to focus on software and device management. BlackBerry, which once dominated smartphone sales, now has a market share of less than 1 percent.”

Heardbleed

The Heartbleed Bug — It is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

Tindak lanjut permasalahan Internet Banking BCA yang terblokir dan beberapa catatan lain

Tulisan ini merupakan lanjutan dari tulisan saya sebelumnya dengan judul ‘Permasalahan akun Internet Banking BCA diblokir karena antivirus?‘. Apa yang saya tuliskan sebagai tambahan informasi, dan semoga dapat memberikan tambahan informasi (bagi yang membutuhkan).

Registrasi Internet Banking BCA

Karena sudah larut malam, saya memutuskan untuk melakukan pendaftaran ulang Internet Banking BCA hari ini (22 Desember 2012) melalui ATM yang tidak jauh dari rumah. Saat saya menuliskan artikel ini, akses ke Internet Banking BCA sudah normal kembali. ID KlikBCA, catatan nomor rekening tujuan yang tersimpan juga masih ada seperti semula.

Pagi harinya, sebelum melakukan pendaftaran ulang kembali, saya sempatkan untuk mencoba login menggunakan ID KlikBCA saya yang lainnya. Kebetulan saya punya dua buah ID KlikBCA, dengan menggunakan satu buah token KeyBCA. Login berhasil tanpa masalah.

Setelah menuliskan cerita yang semoga cukup mendetail, saya mencoba untuk mencari informasi lebih lanjut apakah hanya saya saja yang mengalami kejadian ini. Ternyata ada beberapa nasabah — saya memang hanya pantau melalui jejaring sosial Twitter dan Facebook — yang mengalami kejadian serupa. Beberapa diskusi dan informasi saya rangkum di Chirpstory dan juga terjadi di Facebook. Ada juga yang membagikan ceritanya melalui kolom komentar di artikel sebelumnya.

Twitter menjadi salah satu kanal saya berinteraksi dengan pihak BCA melalui akun @HaloBCA. Walaupun memang layanan jejaring sosial tidak dapat sepenuhnya menjadi medium untuk penyelesaian masalah. Hal-hal privasi dan standar keamanan (validasi data nasabah, verifikasi rekening, dan lain-lain) menjadi pertimbangan tersendiri untuk penyelesaian masalah melalui misalnya call center atau langsung ke kantor cabang.

Why HTC dropped Ice Cream Sandwich for HTC Desire HD

For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.

Why HTC dropped Ice Cream Sandwich for HTC Desire HD.

The Verge: MacBook Pro with Retina Display

The Verge on MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Regardless of your feelings towards Apple generally or the new generation MacBook Pro with Retina display specifically, it’s more or less a certainty that laptops all over are about to make a strong push for high-resolution displays. And that’s good for everyone involved — not only does it drive a hardware industry forward, but hopefully it pushes software developers, too. The more high-resolution screens on the market, the more websites and applications that will be optimized for it.

How To: Install Opera Mobile on Nokia N9

Nokia N9 already has a built-in internet browser. It’s not the best, but it works. I like having some browsers for my Nokia N9, and currently I have Firefox Mobile and Opera Mobile installed. Both browsers (Firefox Mobile and Opera Mobile) are not available from Ovi Store. If you’re using Symbian for your Nokia, you can download Opera Mini. Firefox is not yet supported.
I’m not considering the installation process as something difficult. Yes, it’s not like the regular installation procedures. It’s my first-time experience too. So far, everything works without any issue at the moment. For Opera Mobile installation, I just follow the installation tutorial from Nokia N9 Fans Club. It’s an unofficial site, not maintained by Nokia.

Now, let me share a bit about how I installed Opera Mobile. Anyway, my N9 is running MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan with software version PR1.1 (20.2011.40-2_PR_005). And, if you’re not familiar with command line, you can continue reading.

Solved: Nokia N9 can't connect to Twitter

After I had my Nokia N9 early this month, I setup my Twitter account first — after some basic phone settings, of course. Everything worked. The application is probably not the best, but it works.
Is it problem-free app? I thought so, until I got a problem: I can’t connect to Twitter using this app. I was not sure when the problem occurred for the first time. I did played with my phone (installing apps, downloading musics, adjusting settings, and including working from the command line). When an update was available, I also upgraded.
Added later: I was not sure what caused this problem. When I signed-in for the first time, everything worked without any issues. I deleted my Twitter account from the app, and tried to add it again. I forgot when I did this for sure, before or after installing the firmware update. It  was optional, but I decided to upgrade.
2011-11-13 01-49-48At first, I was not sure about the problem. Is it my phone, or the internet connection I was using. I switched to some different connections, but it didn’t solve my problem. When I tapped the “Sign In” button, it said: “Can’t connect to Twitter”.
So, I searched for a solution. And, I got one. It’s probably something too technical, but the instruction is easy to understand. According to the forum thread, here are some steps to fix the problem — I’m using Software Version: PR1.1 (20.2011.40-2_PR_005):

  • Activate “Developer mode” by going to: Settings > Security > Developer mode. It’s OFF by default. Turn it ON.
  • After having it activated, you will find a “Terminal” app button under application menu.
  • Open it and you need to execute these commands (one command per line):
    • gconftool --recursive-unset /system/http_proxy
    • gconftool --recursive-unset /system/proxy
    • gconftool --recursive-unset /system/osso

You may close your Terminal.
Those commands will wipe your active connection settings (bluetooth and internet data). But, it’s not a problem as I can add/manage connection settings easily. Problem fixed. Great.

Flickr for iPhone: Timestamp problem?

I am not sure when this kind of problem appeared for the first time. Not exactly a big problem, but something that does not work well. I’m now using Flickr for iPhone Version 1.4.2 on iPhone 4 (Software Version: 4.3.5), and so far the primary feature — I consider photo upload feature as primary feature here — works well. At least, it helps me a lot to upload photos taken using my iPhone directly to Flickr.
I know, there are some other methods that I use like transferring photos using Image Capture or iPhoto to my laptop and upload them using Flickr Uploadr. I almost never use Email-to-Flickr feature.
Okey, back to the problem.
When I go to “Activity” tab, I see that there are some activities on uploaded photos (new comments, favorited, and added to gallery by other users). But, there is a single activity that should not be there. The latest activity should be on the top — and I think this is what Flickr (for iPhone) exactly want to have. You can see “655 days ago” there. It is a valid activity, and I’ve checked from the web browser.
So, I tweeted about this small issue. I’m not sure how many other Flickr users out there who have the same issue. Karen Yeo (Hi Karen!) came with an idea to re-authorize the application. I did it, but I think I need to be more patient to have it fixed. Is it an issue on the application? Not sure.
I’ll wait.
Update: Oct 13, 2011 04:56 PM (GMT+7)

I’m still curious. I’m now with iOS 5 now. So, I just tried a different approach to see how whether it solved the problem or not.
I logged in using my other account and liked my own photo to see whether the “old activity” disappeared or not — considering that they’re displayed by date/time. It didn’t.