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That literally means “start from zero”. I don’t know the exact translation in English though. But yeah, hope you get the idea.

It was a subject of an email I receive from my subscription on Dicoding. I haven’t got it exactly what they meant about their story in the email content, to be related to the subject. Except for the idea about everything big is started from zero –if I’m not wrong in understanding it. That includes the journey of their company for past few years. How they started from the very beginning until now that they have achieved some valuable achievements.

In other side, me, is like the antithesis of it. Not to mean that I started from big and now become zero though. For a few years earlier, I sort of have achieved some big things in my life. But it’s likely just my kind of delusion –I don’t know. But, in some cases, at least I have initiated some big decisions to accomplish in past few years –exactly two or three years ago. And there are still many more things that I need to start up from zero, from now. Like, deleting Facebook for instance.

Farewell, mortal world

Yeah, eventually after seven years and thirty three days, I managed to ditch that “social media” from my real life and can live freely. It’s not that easy to do though. I have attempted several times to quit, but I ended up coming back and forth. Until June 14, 2018, the historical day in my life when “my account” completely hidden somewhere in the Facebook server. I don’t say “remove” as someone said that Facebook don’t really remove the user data from their server.

It has no correlation with the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal actually. I’m just fulfilling my 2018 resolution to quit social media gradually. Thus about the leak of user data, I have been aware about the risk for quite long time. But there are more important reasons for me to quit than just worrying my private information that’s non-sense for anybody.

Facebook is rotting. They made the platform no more social media but merely ads media. Hoaxes and hate speeches spread uncontrolled although Facebook keep trying to eradicate them. Moreover, the scariest thing they have is the filter bubble effect. They made sort of dichotomy among users, and made them being more themselves. I mean… you got the idea.

Yeah, I’m just sort of a pathetic human being with a pessimistic thinking about how social media is used. But whatever goodness they offer, I chose quitting them, for good. Farewell.

Hey, wait! I have downloaded my data from their server before I really deleted my Facebook account. You may see how it looks like, but not all actually. I remove most stuffs and let some public items I have posted. I uploaded it to my website as a sort of digital artifact, and maybe it’s useful enough for other people –who knows. Click here to see my downloaded Facebook data.

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Facebook changes its news feed algorithm, or anything else?

You may have heard about the change of Facebook’s news feed algorithm. And then you may ask, “why should I care about it?” Well, yes, that’s a good question, though. From the user perspective, I lately tried logging in to the platform, and actually there was nothing change, compared with last couple of weeks ago. There were still less updates from “real” people, instead of from groups and pages. And of course the promoted posts still exist. Or is it just the algorithm that hasn’t yet implemented to all their servers around the globe?pexels-photo-267482.jpeg

I don’t know, but let’s come back to your question, why it matters to you if they change their sort of algorithm to show you which updates you worth reading. From what I read on Medium here, there are 3 main reason behind the change of algorithm:

  1. Priority of personal over the public.
  2. Priority of commenting on likes and views.
  3. Priority of quality over quantity.

So basically Facebook want to prioritize the user posts rather than other else, like ads; and they want to retain the users. As I read somewhere in the web that recently Facebook users spent less time on the platform in the last quarter of last year.

The real uproar is actually would occured in the marketing world (read the first link above). With the decrease of ads display in the feed, it certainly would make marketing in this platform quite challenging. Just let’s see the changes.

This is ephemeral world, after all

Hi my blog audience, it’s been a long time I didn’t write here, did I? Actually there was nothing weird nor wrong here. I just quite discouraged to write posts in English then. For I have decided to fill this WordPress blog with English posts only. And in fact, I am still learning English as well, so you may find some glitches in this post and few others earlier.

A few days ago, more precisely on August 25, OpenShift by RedHat emailed me and many other developers around the world. They announced something tragic news, that they would suspend their valuable OpenShift online v.2. And it’s going to happen just in a month ahead (September 30, 2017). It’s kind of surprising and overwhelming, as we have to migrate our production apps that run on OpenShift into the newer generation of it that we might haven’t given it try yet. Continue reading “This is ephemeral world, after all”

Kubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is ready to rock

Kubuntu 15.04 has just been released. It features the new Plasma 5 Desktop, a new, sleek design of KDE UI (Ref). The Breeze theme looks refreshing, and replaces Oxygen as the default KDE theme for years. But I rather don’t like the window decor at first.

When I write this post, I was downloading the final ISO, as you can see at the image above. Recently, I’ve tried out the beta version, running on an AMD powered laptop. And as expected, there were obviously some bugs, i.e some glitches of window animation using OpenGL renderer. Also, plasma workspace got hung when I connect to WiFi network.

For the first issue, I change the OpenGL renderer to XRender, then the window animation didn’t have glitches any more. And for the latter, I didn’t know whether it was a bug or not, since it disappeared gradually. Or perhaps it was because the first issue, I think.

Continue reading “Kubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is ready to rock”

Looking Forward to the Release of Kubuntu 15.04

April will soon come. It means that a new Ubuntu version will be released. The most awaited one among others could be Kubuntu. It comes with the new KDE Plasma 5 desktop, a fresh new look of KDE desktop. I haven’t tried out Plasma 5 yet. And when I found out a review of Kubuntu 15.04 beta 1 on Softpedia [1], I feel cannot wait for its release next month.

[1] http://news.softpedia.com/news/Kubuntu-15-04-Beta-1-Feels-Like-It-Awakened-KDE-from-a-Long-Slumber-Screenshot-Tour-474442.shtml

I’ve just noticed that Google has improved its text-to-speech engine for bahasa Indonesia. Actually, it’s not a fresh news, as Google has released it in December last year. Other posts have explained this earlier. [1]

Google Translate

Google Translate improves bahasa Indonesia voice

I always concern about the TTS topic, particularly for bahasa Indonesia. I’ve been writing a post about TTS earlier, too.

[1] http://aguswblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/android-text-to-speech-bahasa-indonesia.html & http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/12/04/google-adds-hindi-indonesian-support-text-speech-engine-apk-download/

Google Translate’s New Voice Engine for Bahasa Indonesia

Adakah ini akhir dari Nokia? Awal yang baru, kata mereka

Jadi ini ceritanya mau belajar bikin aplikasi buat Nokia Asha S40. Sudah agak lama sih. Sudah ketinggalan jaman yah? Memang. Sudah susah-susah install SDK di Ubuntu, eh, dapat email dari Nokia: judulnya “New beginnings for classic Nokia phone developers“. Email pada gambar tersebut memberitahu bahwa Nokia Store akan mengalihkan aplikasi-aplikasinya ke Opera Mobile Store. Proses akan selesai pada semester awal tahun depan. Sudah tahu kan kalau Microsoft sudah mengambil alih divisi Nokia Mobile. Mengubah merk Nokia Lumia menjadi Lumia saja. Dan pada akhirnya menghilangkan dukungan pada platform yang lebih lawas. Termasuk platform Asha, dan juga Nokia X sang pengusung Android di keluarga Nokia.

Perlu diketahui bahwa pengguna ponsel “bodoh” (lawan dari ponsel pintar) masih banyak saat ini. Sebagai patokan, lihat pada web app yang saya upload ke Nokia Store, termasuk feed reader resmi blog ini (link ada di sidebar kiri). Statistik unduhan setiap harinya menunjukkan stabilitas jumlah (saat tulisan ini dibuat, rata-rata perhari antara 300-400 unduhan, total 3 web app). Itu adalah jumlah untuk aplikasi yang tidak populer. Bagaimana dengan aplikasi yang sedang ngetren? Anda mungkin bisa mengira-ngira sendiri. Continue reading “Adakah ini akhir dari Nokia? Awal yang baru, kata mereka”