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Eclipse Helios is released!

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Yup… Eclipse Helios is released. Download now from here.

The new and noteworthy list can be found here.

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Eclipse Helios is released! originally appeared on satukubik on June 23, 2010.

Written by Nanda Firdausi

June 24th, 2010 at 3:08 am

Posted in eclipse,helios

Apps Versioning: Another Problems of AppStore

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We’ve heard a lot that the concept of AppStore is somewhat crippled. Yes, the easiness and usability top any other concepts but its limitation can backfire developers and users.

In this post, I’ll argue that users should only buy apps from trusted developers. Why? Because with untrusted developers, the holes of apps versioning on AppStore are easy to be exploited.

First,

Imagine you buy a version one of an app that functions correctly. No ads, no bugs. It works wonderfully, and it get a 5-star ratings from thousands of people. And man…, the price is so cheap, not more that a US dollar.

And then comes the new version. It may introduced an ad, or even worse a bug, or a incompatibility with your old device. Or the worse of all, it may remove a feature you needed and put the feature in Pro version. Once you decide to update the application, you are left alone, because there is no (legal) way you can get the old version of the app.

Second,

Imagine you buy an app version one. It is released with bugs. You can’t do nothing because you can’t return the app.

Before buying the app, you can’t try the app, except for some apps that come from trusted developers (via in-app purchase mechanism). In other case, your best chance is to read the review and to check the website. Good if they have a video of the app. Bad if the website is even crippled.

So you are left with an unused app. The chance for you is only to wait for the developer to update the app.

Third,

As second scenario, developers have no duty to update the app in case of bugs or OS upgrade. No duty. That’s right, you may have new OS on your phone but if the apps are not updated, big chance that the app is not 100% compatible with the OS. And I repeat here one more time, you can’t go back to the previous version.

Fourth,

If the developer decides to update an app, he can choose to name it app 2. In that case, old customers will have to buy the app one more time. If it is a major upgrade, user may be able to accept that. But even in this case, no way for the developers to respect the old customers by giving discount, even if he wants to. The best you can get is from in-app purchase. I doubt many developers will opt for this option.

So what can we deduce from that? Buy your application only from trusted developers. Developers that are known to support the customers in the past. For the others, if you still decide to buy the app… just be prepared to not get the app you always wanted.

And for Apple, I do hope they can do something to avoid problems I mentioned above. If not, you bet that jailbreak will found its way to the mainstream.

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Apps Versioning: Another Problems of AppStore originally appeared on satukubik on June 23, 2010.

Written by Nanda Firdausi

June 23rd, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Posted in apple,appstore,ios,mac

Jangan Sia-siakan Masa Kecil Anak

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Setiap kali saya mau pergi untuk urusan sebentar (ke warung, ke pasar swalayan, ke toko, dan sebagainya), anak saya selalu minta ikut. Mau ikuutt…, katanya. Jadilah saya memboncengi anak dengan sepeda motor bertiga, kadang berempat kalau semuanya minta ikut, kayak akrobat saja. Padahal tempat yang saya tuju tidak jauh jaraknya, paling jauh cuma 500 meter, tetapi ya itulah, mereka selalu minta ikut.

Kadang-kadang terasa repot harus membawa mereka kemana-mana. Kadang-kadang saya ingin pergi sendiri saja, tetapi dasar anak-anak, jika tidak dikabulkan keinginannya (tidak diajak ikut), maka keluarlah jurus saktinya: menangis keras, hingga akhirnya saya luluh saja membawanya.

Dulu, ketika anak pertama saya masih balita, saya selalu pergi diam-diam dari rumah supaya tidak ketahuan. Seperti main petak umpet saja rasanya, kucing-kucingan dengan anak. Kalau dia tahu, waahh… dia pasti menangis minta ikut. Masa harus dibawa ke tempat kerja segala, tentu tidak mungkin.

Lama-lama saya sadar untuk tidak menyia-nyiakan masa kecil anak itu. Sekarang dia masih mau dibawa ikut dan selalu minta turut. Tetapi, kalau sudah besar nanti, kalau mereka sudah remaja, maka pasti sudah sangat susah memintanya ikut pergi bersama orangtuanya. Mereka sudah punya acara sendiri, sudah punya jadwal sendiri. Mungkin mereka sudah merasa malu kalau kemana-mana masih bersama orangtuanya. Mungkin mereka tidak akan pernah minta ikut seperti waktu kecil dulu. Jadi, kalau sekarang anak saya selalu minta ikut kemana saya pergi, maka dengan senang hati saya membawanya, sebelum tiba pada suatu masa dimana mereka tidak mau lagi ikut dengan kita.

Ada lagi cerita betapa masa kecil seorang anak itu sangat penting. Suatu hari anak saya minta dijemput pulang sekolah, padahal saya lagi sibuk-sibuknya menyelesaikan laporan disertasi di rumah. Nanti dijemput ya yah…, katanya. Waduh, kan bisa pulang sendiri naik beca, kata saya. Saya selalu memberinya ongkos beca untuk pulang sekolah, jadi dia tinggal mencari si mang langganan beca yang menunggu di depan sekolah untuk mengantarkannya pulang ke rumah (jarak dari rumah ke sekolah hanya 500 meter saja). Bosan naik beca terus, jawab anak saya. Ups… saya segera tersadar. Yang diinginkan si anak sebenarnya adalah perhatian orangtua. Mungkin dia lihat anak-anak lain dijemput pulang oleh orangtuanya, sementara dia cuma naik beca. Padahal naik beca atau naik motor sama saja, tujuannya adalah pulang ke rumah. Tetapi, pasti ada bedanya kalau yang menjemputnya adalah ayahnya, bukan mang beca. Saya pun meninggalkan urusan saya dan meluangkan waktu untuk menjemputnya pulang sekolah. Kalau dia sudah remaja atau sudah mahasiswa nanti tentu dia tidak mau lagi dijemput pulang sekolah/kuliah, mungkin dia lebih suka pulang atau pergi kemana dulu dengan teman-temannya.

Tetangga saya anak-anaknya sudah remaja. Kalau sudah datang hari Sabtu dan Minggu, tinggallah mereka berdua saja di rumah. Anak-anaknya yang remaja sudah keluar rumah karena sudah mempunyai acara masing-masing dengan teman-temannya. Ketika sore atau malam barulah mereka pulang. Saya pun merasa nanti akan seperti itu juga, akan kesepian ditinggal anak-anak. Mumpung anak masih kecil, maka tidak saya sia-siakan kesempatan untuk selalu bersama mereka di rumah dan menemaninya kemana mereka minta pergi.

Orangtua harus menyadari masa kecil anak itu hanya datang sekali. Banyak orangtua tidak menyadari bahwa mereka telah kehilangan waktu berharga dengan anak-anaknya. Sibuk bekerja dijadikan alasan untuk melewatkan waktu dengan anak, tidak sempatlah, banyak urusanlah. Padahal, waktu berjalan begitu cepat dan tanpa kita sadari anak-anak sudah besar dan kita merasa semakin tua. Mereka mungkin tidak terlalu membutuhkan kita lagi karena mereka sudah mandiri. Tinggallah orangtua malang yang di masa muda menghabiskan waktu untuk kepentingan sendiri, tetapi ketika sudah datang hari tua dirundung sepi ditinggal anak-anaknya tanpa merasa dekat dengannya.

Masa anak masih kecil adalah masa golden age. Kedekatan orangtua dengan anak pada masa kecilnya sangat menentukan kelak hubungan diantara mereka ketika dewasa. Jika semasa kecil orangtua tidak berusaha mengikat tali batin anak, jangan harap ketika dewasa si anak dekat dengan orangtuanya. Biarpun serumah dengan anak sendiri, tetapi secara emosi terasa begitu jauh.


Written by rinaldimunir

June 22nd, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Posted in Renunganku

Kamus: iPhone app for Kateglo

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My humble friend (tw: @arifwidi) creates this litte and nice apps for you who use iPhone to get word (in Indonesian) definition.

While it is still buggy, he promises to update the application as soon as possible.

Nice work, Arif!

EDIT: Ups, the itunes link

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Kamus: iPhone app for Kateglo originally appeared on satukubik on June 18, 2010.

Written by Nanda Firdausi

June 18th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Annoying Feature of Safari 5

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Safari 5 is full of new and interesting features. But one feature actually causes an annoying behavior. That is the auto complete from bookmark.

Why is it annoying? Because if you have bookmarklets, then the bookmarklet will also come up in the result of auto complete.

This is really annoying, especially if you use 1Password bookmarklet because any website on your 1Password will come up as result.

Aaaaaaaaaarghg…..

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Annoying Feature of Safari 5 originally appeared on satukubik on June 18, 2010.

Written by Nanda Firdausi

June 18th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Posted in apple,mac,safari,safari 5

Masih ada Tempat di ITB Buat Mahasiswa Tidak Mampu

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Kemarin siang ketika berjalan ke gedung tetangga sebelah, tiga orang bertampang mahasiswa culun menghampiri saya. Mereka meminta izin melakukan wawancara. Siapa mereka? Ternyata mereka adalah sebagian dari mahasiswa baru program Bidik Misi asal Purwokerto yang sedang mengikuti program bridging selama beberapa minggu. Salah satu tugas yang diberikan dalam program bridging itu adalah mewawancarai dosen, karyawan, dan mahasiswa senior guna mendapatkan saran-saran agar berhasil kuliah selama di ITB. Pada saat orang lain hari-hari ini mengikuti ujian masuk SNMPTN, mereka sudah berbahagia bisa masuk ITB melalui program Bidik Misi yang digulirkan Depdiknas itu.

Program Bidik Misi adalah penjaringan calon mahasiswa yang berasal dari kalangan tidak mampu melalui beasiswa pendidikan mahasiswa berprestasi. Saya cari informasinya di internet, nah ketemu di sini.

Di ITB, calon mahasiswa yang mengikuti program Bidik Misi itu mengikuti tes masuk USM-PMBP melalui Jalur Kemitraan yang diselenggarakan ITB beberapa waktu lalu. Jika peserta USM yang lulus nanti membayar dana sumbangan yang berkisar 25 juta (USM Terpusat) hingga 55 juta (USM Daerah), maka calon mahasiswa program Bidik Misi ini tidak perlu membayar sesenpun, sebab Pemerintah sudah memberi beasiswa kepada mereka.

Saya terharu dengan program ini. Selesai diwawancarai, saya pun pergi. Sambil berjalan saya tengok lagi ke belakang melihat tiga orang mahasiswa baru hasil Bidik Misi yang tadi mewawancarai saya. Mata mereka berbinar menunjukkan kecerdasannya. Mereka beruntung dapat diterima kuliah di sini.

Setiap warganegara memiliki hak yang sama untuk memperoleh pendidikan. Mahasiswa yang berasal dari keluarga tidak mampu juga berhak memperoleh pendidikan tinggi, antara lain di ITB yang terkenal susah masuknya. Biaya pendidikan sekarang ini makin mahal dan semakin tidak terjangkau bagi orang miskin. Biar otak mampu, tetapi biaya tidak punya, mau apa. Kuliah di PT adalah mimpi bagi kalangan ini. Padahal pendidikan dipercaya sebagai satu cara untuk memutus rantai kemiskinan.

Program Bidik Misi ini melengkapi program beasiswa ITB untuk semua yang dibiayai oleh dana alumni ITB. Dengan demikian, terdapat banyak jalur beasiswa yang ada di ITB bagi mahasiswa baru. Silakan klik informasi ini untuk mengetahui informasi beasiswa apa yang ada di ITB.

Jangan takut kuliah di ITB meskipun anda berasal dari keluarga kurang mampu. Anda bisa kuliah di sini meskipun uang tidak punya. Yang penting anda mempunyai otak yang cerdas dan memiliki kemauan. Tidak ada ceritanya mahasiswa DO dari ITB karena tidak mampu membayar SPP. Ada banyak program beasiswa yang bisa diikuti. Si miskin dan si kaya tidak ada bedanya di ITB, semua memperoleh hak yang sama dalam pendidikan.


Written by rinaldimunir

June 17th, 2010 at 11:22 am

Summary Fundamentals of Modern Economic Growth

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Course: Modern Societies in Transition 2010, Summary Seminar 9

What are the key characteristics of modern economic growth by Kuznets?

  1. high rates of growth of per capita product and of population
  2. the rate rise in productivity is high
  3. the rate of structural transformation of the economy is high
  4. rapid changes in the structures of society and its ideology
  5. increased propensity of developed countries to reach out to the rest of the world
  6. spread of modern economic growth is limited to small part of the world with the potential of modern technology

Kuznets lists six of them: the first two refer to economic and technical advance, the second two point to related changes in economic structure, society and ideology; the last two say something about the world distribution of growth.

Which role do the individual characteristics play in defining modern economic growth?

The first two which refer to economic and technical advance are marking quantitative characteristic of modern economic growth. The high rates of growth of per capita product and of population emerge as result of advancing technology which based on emergence of modern science. With rather stable ratio of labour force to total population and with average hours of work declining, it means still higher growth rates in product per man hour. This acceleration of productivity cause rapid shift in underlying production (economic) structure and also changes other aspect of society. Two important groups of effects are: (i) urbanization, internal migration from countryside to cities with its cost of social values, character of economic activity, denser life in city. (ii) Shift in relative shares in the economy of the specific population groups attached to particular production sectors. There might be a decline in relative position of one group after another for example farmers. Sectors as agriculture are well known to become relatively poorer during economic growth, because of the limited income elasticity of demand of agricultural good compare to industrial good.

The social structure also associated with rapid changes for example in family formation, in man’s views on his role and the measure of achievement. The dynamic drives of modern economic growth in the countries that entered the process ahead of others, meant a reaching out geographically, facilitated by major changes in transportation and communication, meant a continuous expansion to the less developed areas. At the same time less developed countries are in unfavourable position since they have not been able to achieve levels of modern economic growth comparing with developed countries. This has some causes. First, modern economic growth demand stable but flexible political and social framework, capable of accommodating rapid structural change and resolving conflicts it’s generated; developing countries are still struggling with such frameworks.  The second cause is that organizations in developed countries constructed policies towards other part of the world while introducing some element of modern economic growth, were malevolent for economic development as a whole, for example CAP, protection regulation. Other factor for continuing backwardness of developing countries is that although technological knowledge and innovations are available to leapfrog into modern economic, the stock of innovations most suitable to the needs of less developed countries is less abundant. Thus, we find continuity of unequal modern economic growth.

How do they relate to the properties of techno-economic paradigms and technological revolutions defined by Perez?

TR : set of interrelated technological breakthroughs, forming a major constellation of interdependent technologies, a cluster of cluster or a system of a system.A major upheaval of the wealth creating potential of the economy, opening a vast innovation opportunity space and providing a new set of associated generic technologies, infrastructures and organizational principles that can significantly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of all industries and activities.

TR can more generally be defined as a major upheaval of the wealth-creating potential of the economy, opening a vast innovation opportunity space and providing a new set of associated generic technologies, infrastructures, and organizational principles that can significantly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of all industries and activities.

Core of industries of each revolution can be ranged into three main categories:

-          motive branches – produce cheap inputs: plastic, semiconductor

-          carrier branches – user of input, represent paradigmatic products: computers, steam, automobile

-          infrastructures – technology whose impact is shaping and extending market boundaries: internet, electricity, railways

TEP/meta paradigm:

Evolving as the new technologies diffuse, that multiplies their impact across the economy and eventually also modifies the socio-institutional structures. Such meta paradigm is the set of the most successful and profitable practices in terms of choice of inputs, methods, and technologies and in terms of organizational structures, business models and strategies.

How do Kuznet relate with Perez:

Both discuss modern economic growth, well the question remains whether modern economic growth is more due to changes in the potential of technologies, or due to changes in the societal capacity to catch up with this potential? Kuznets and Perez would answer this question with different emphasis. Kuznets emphasis on societal change. He views societal capacity to cope with structural change as the crux in economic growth. Societal capacity to absorb radical technological change can differ drastically among countries, and this is why inequalities in both technological and economic measures are so huge. While Perez views the technology as the most important. She states that it depends on the capacity of the technology to transform the economy and the society whether modern economic growth can be attained. Perez put forth an evolutionary perspective on technology and sees innovation as part of technological trajectories, when these systems are interrelated and have a transformational effect on the whole economy, Perez speaks of a technological revolution. A technological revolution is accompanied by a techno-economic paradigm (TEP), a ‘way of doing and making things’. These TEP’s enable the technological revolution, evolving as the new technologies diffuse, that multiplies their impact across the economy and eventually also modifies the socio-institutional structures.

Discuss the value added of the analysis by Perez, but also possible missing elements.

-          Draw why specific technology will prevail over other competing technologies

The technological interconnectedness and interdependence of the participating system and the capacity to transform the economy and society of the technology are two factors of a technological revolution, and explain why some technologies succeed in creating a revolution and other do not.

Missing element:

-          Regardless inequality of economic growth between countries

Compare her timeline with the phases identified by Smits in his account of Dutch modernization process.

The Netherlands showed strong levels of growth between World War I and the 1970s, with exception from the years 1929 to 1950. Before 1914 and after the 1970s, growth rates are below the level of growth realized in other countries in Europe. The extent to which these differences can be attributed to technological developments is very interesting for economic analysis.

The highest comparative advantage of the Dutch industry is found in the agriculture and food cluster, the chemical industry and the electronics sector. The decline after the 1970s was largely an effect of the electro-technological industry’s decline and of the lowering of the competitiveness of a number of labor-intensive business sectors.

During the period of 1890 until 1916, the Dutch economic production had a strong emphasis on agriculture and service industries and an abundance of small companies. This was one of the factors responsible for a less susceptibility of the Dutch economic structure to the productive application of steam power. This caused productivity development to come to a standstill, and as a consequence Dutch companies were less capable of profiting from the growth of world trade.

The period of 1916 until 1970 was characterized by strong growth. The growth in the Netherlands was mainly caused by the high diffusion of the electromotor, which could be used in all kinds of industrial activity. Because the steam engine never had been fully diffused in the Netherlands, the shift to the electromotor-paradigm was relatively easier than in other parts of the developed world.

The period after the 1970s is characterized by deceleration of technological development and productivity growth in the Netherlands. This was partly due to the energy crises, which struck the energy-intensive Dutch industry hard. From that moment on, the Netherlands began to lose ground in terms of competitiveness.

On balance the economic growth experienced by the Netherlands in the period after 1890 has led to a reduction of income differences and to increased welfare. Household production sharply increased, leisure time increased but recently dropped again, and environmental damage increased sharply, to level off in the 1970s.

The technological paradigms as described by Perez can also be distinguished in the situation of the Netherlands during the 20th century. The degree to which the Netherlands took advantage of different global technological paradigms nevertheless varied greatly. During the steam technology paradigm, the Netherlands failed to diffuse the required technology to an extent desirable to be one of the front-runners in the new paradigm. One of the reasons for this was the many small enterprises, whereas steam technology required larger-scale firms to be profitable, and a large focus on agricultural production. Thus the lack of societal capacity to catch up with these developments was responsible for the backwardness of the Netherlands in regard with the shifting to the steam technology.

Luckily for the Netherlands the failure to become one of the front-runners during the steam technology paradigm has had the benefit that the Netherlands was not locked into production facilities using steam technology to an extent to which most of the developed world was. Dutch manufacturers found it easier to make a shift to electromotor-powered production, since they often had no steam engines to be replaced. This led to a leading position of the Netherlands during the electricity paradigm. The Dutch economy was structurally very well able to support the new electromotor paradigm.

This leading position led to problems when the energy crises unraveled, and after that the Netherlands lost its leading position in the prevailing technological paradigm.

Discuss the role of path-dependence in economic growth by reference to specific country experiences, in particular the Netherlands and the core countries identified by Perez.

Perez identifies five such technological revolutions since the start of industrialization, age of steam and railways, age of steel, electricity and heavy engineering, age of oil, automobile and mass production, and age of information and telecommunication. In such a revolution, there are generally four core industries involved: motive branches, that provide the generic technologies and inputs for the new system, carrier branches that are the most visible and active users of the new inputs and technologies, infrastructures that flow from the technologies in the system but have impact on the markets of all industries and induced branches, industries and developments that facilitate the diffusion of the (products of) core industries in a technological revolution.

A set of systems and technologies becomes a technological revolution when it brings a new Techno-economic Paradigm (TEP) with it. A TEP is constructed in three areas simultaneously: (1) in the dynamics of cost structure, involving a new key input (e.g. coal, steel, microprocessors) and new infrastructures that change industries and markets, (2) the perceived space of innovations providing direction for further development and (3) in organizational criteria and principles, bringing new work and consumption patterns. A TEP is a ‘new way of doing things’ that maximizes the wealth creating potential of the technologies in a technological revolution. Thus in a technological revolution, the old TEP gets replaced by a new one, something that involves conflict and resistance. The new TEP has to be the powerful mechanism making possible the technological revolution, but will be a hindrance for the next revolution.

During the steam technology paradigm, the Netherlands failed to diffuse the required technology to an extent desirable to be one of the front-runners in the new paradigm. One of the reasons for this was the many small enterprises, whereas steam technology required larger-scale firms to be profitable, and a large focus on agricultural production. Thus the lack of societal capacity to catch up with these developments was responsible for the backwardness of the Netherlands in regard with the shifting to the steam technology.

Luckily for the Netherlands the failure to become one of the front-runners during the steam technology paradigm has had the benefit that the Netherlands was not locked into production facilities using steam technology to an extent to which most of the developed world was. Dutch manufacturers found it easier to make a shift to electromotor-powered production, since they often had no steam engines to be replaced. This led to a leading position of the Netherlands during the electricity paradigm.

References:

Kuznets, S. (1973, Jun.). Modern Economic Growth: Findings and Reflections. The American Economic Review, Vol. 63, No. 3 , 247?258.

Perez, C. (2009). Technological revolutions and techno?economic paradigms. Working Papers in Technology Governance an Economic Dynamics no. 20 , 1?26.

Smits, J. P. (2010). Technology, Productivity and Welfare. In J. Schot, H. Lintsen, & A. Rip, Technology and the making of the Netherlands: The age of contested modernization, 1890?1970 (pp. 433?483). Zutphen: Walburg Pers/MIT Press.

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Notebook Intel Core i7 Murah, Spek Tinggi, Brand Terkenal

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Sungguh mengejutkan, Dell mampu menawarkan notebook canggih dengan harga yang terjangkau melalui notebook Dell Studio 14 CF dengan harga 11 jutaan. Bentuk yang menawan semakin elegan dengan adanya backlight keyboard, fitur keren yang sebelumnya hanya dapat ditemui di Dell Latitude E4300 yang merupakan kelas premium. Dengan backlight keyboard, Anda tidak perlu menyalakan lampu ruangan untuk melihat huruf yang ada di keyboard, karena ada deretan lampu LED yang menyala di bawah keyboard. Ini adalah fitur yang umumnya ditemukan pada perangkat ponsel non-layar sentuh.

Hal lain yang menarik adalah bahwa Dell mampu memasukkan processor Intel Core i7 ke dalam casing dengan layar 14 inch, di mana biasanya setiap notebook dengan processor Intel Core i7 perlu casing dengan ukuran layar minimal 15 inch.

Spesifikasi Notebook Dell Studio 14CF Core i7:
Intel Core i7-720 QM 1.6GHz | 4GB DDR3 | HDD 500GB | DVD-RW | 14.1″ WXGA | ATI Mobility Radeon HD4530 | Integrated WiFi | LAN | Bluetooth | Card Reader | Webcam | Backlight Keyboard | Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Color: Black, Blue, Red, Green
Processor: Intel Core i7-720QM processor (1.6GHz, 6MB Cache)
Chipset: Intel Cantiga GM45
Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333Mhz
Hard Drive: 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Optical: 8X Slot Load CD/DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW)
Display: 14 inch High Definition + WLED (1600×900) Display with TrueLife
Video Card: 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
WiFi: Intel WiFi Link 5100 (802.11a/g/n) Half Mini-card
Ethernet: 10/100 Fast Ethernet Adapter
Bluetooth: Dell Wireless Bluetooth Internal (2.1) mini-card
Webcam: Built-in 2.0MP webcam
PC Card Slot: 34 mm ExpressCard slot
Card Reader: 8-in-1 Media Card Reader (Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card, Multi Media Card (MMC), xD Picture Card (xD), Hi-Density Secure Digital (SDHD), Hi-Capacity Secure Digital (SDHC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), Secure Digital Input/Output (SDIO)
Audio: Intel High Definition Audio 2.2
I/O Ports: (2) USB 2.0 compliant 4-pin ports, (1) USB/eSATA combination port, HDMI connector, 15-pin VGA video connector, Integrated network connector 10/100/1000 LAN (RJ45), AC adapter connector, Audio jacks (1 line-in, 1-line out, 1 Mic-in), 4-pin IEEE 1394 port, 34 mm ExpressCard slot
Battery: 6-cell 56WHr Li-Ion Battery
BIOS: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
Size (WxDxH)mm: 336.67 x 240.77 x 24.8-38.6mm
Weight (Est): 2.36kg
Warranty: 1 year warranty


Written by arifrahmat

June 15th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Video Ariel dan Dampak Teknologi Informasi

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Berita tentang video zina (saya sebut begitu, sebab kalau disebut video mesum masih dianggap “sopan”) Ariel-Luna-Cut Tari masih tetap mendominasi media massa di tanah air. Saingannya hanya berita Piala Dunia di Afrika. Meskipun tiga artis itu telah menyangkal bahwa orang di dalam video itu bukan mereka, cepat atau lambat pasti akan terbukti bahwa memang merekalah yang beraksi di dalam video itu. Memangnya ada kembaran mereka di dunia ini? Anak kecil saja pasti tahu itu Ariel.

Yang menjadi korban dalam kasus ini bukanlah ketiga artis tersebut, tetapi anak-anak dan remaja. Merekalah yang menjadi korban utama pornografi. Anak-anak yang sama sekali tidak mengerti soal perbuatan orang dewasa menjadi tahu sebelum waktunya. Rasa penasaran mendorong generasi muda untuk mencari video itu sehingga terjadilah histeria massa di dunia maya beberapa waktu lalu. Namun, lihatlah dampak sosial yang ditimbulkan video ini. Lihatlah betapa repotnya jutaan orangtua di Indonesia melindungi anak-anaknya dari melihat video itu. Lihatlah betapa repotnya para guru harus merazia ponsel siswa-siswanya. Seberapapun ketatnya proteksi orangtua dan guru, mereka tetap kalah dengan kecepatan penyebaran video zinah itu.

Sungguh hebat dampak sosial yang ditimbulkan oleh video Ariel-Luna-Cut tari itu. Mulai dari anak-anak hingga kakek-kakek yang bau tanah sekalipun ramai-ramai menonton video zinah ini. Mereka menontonnya sambil tertawa-tawa, seakan-akan perzinahan adalah sesuatu yang lumrah saja. Konstruksi moral yang telah dibangun susah payah oleh kaum agamawan dan pendidik tiba-tiba runtuh begitu saja akibat video ini. Maka, sepantasnyalah pelaku dan penyebar video zinah ini harus dihukum seberat-beratnya karena perbuatan mereka telah meresahkan dan merusak moral bangsa. Kasus video zinah ini mengingatkan kita kembali betapa kita memang memerlukan undang-undang untuk melindungi bangsa ini dari bahaya pornografi, khususnya bagi perempuan dan anak-anak. UU Pornografi yang dulu sempat ditentang beberapa kalangan dengan alasan yang mengada-ada sekarang terbukti sangat diperlukan untuk menyeret pelaku dan penyebar video zinah ini.

Video zinah Ariel-Luna-Cut Tari juga menyadarkan banyak orang bahwa ternyata pornografi itu sangat begitu dekat dengan kehidupan kita. Pornografi hanya berada di ujung jari saja. Tinggal menekan tombol ini dan itu, maka ia dapat disaksikan. Teknologi informasi yang berintikan pada komputer dan telekomunikasi bagaikan mata pisau: ia memberi manfaat (+) sekaligus mudharat (-). Dengan dukungan teknologi multimedia (gambar, video, suara), lengkaplah dunia ini hanya dalam satu genggaman saja, begitu dekat, begitu nyata, dan begitu jelas.

Melihat kasus-kasus pornografi yang semakin intensif belakangan ini, sebagian orang berpandangan, apakah dilarang saja generasi muda kita mengakses internet dan menggunakan ponsel? Tentu saja larangan ini adalah tindakan yang gila dan akan ditertawakan orang sebab sama saja melawan peradaban. Atau, diblokir saja semua situs-situs pornografi yang ada di internet itu. Ini juga sia-sia sebab terbukti tidak akan efektif. Internet itu global dan tidak berbatas. Sekali suatu situs diblokir, tumbuh ribuan situs pornografi baru. Berbagai celah dapat digunakan untuk mengakses situs-situ itu.

Maka, cara yang paling tepat untuk mengatasi dampak teknologi informasi untuk akses pornografi itu, adalah dengan pendidikan, tetapi yang saya maksudkan bukan pendidikan seks. Melalui pendidikan ditanamkan kepada anak-anak dan remaja bahwa pornografi itu adalah sesuatu yang tidak penting, tidak ada manfaatnya. Masih banyak hal-hal penting dan berguna yang dapat dilakukan dalam hidup ini ketimbang pornografi. Karena tidak penting, maka ia tidak perlu dilakukan.

Teknologi informasi semestinya diarahkan kepada hal-hal yang positif. Teknologi informasi bukan untuk dijauhi atau dimusuhi tetapi diberdayakan untuk memberikan kemanfaatan bagi peradaban manusia.


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