Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Upgrade to Wordpress 2.0.4

Upgrade to Wordpress 2.0.4

Of course, I'm not talking about upgrading this blog, since this blog uses Blogger. I'm talking about upgrading my Wordpress-based blogs, such as Minda Indra, Planet Indra and Planet Singapura. Wordpress version 2.0.4 has actually been released more than a month ago, but I only managed to find the time to do the upgrade last week. Furthermore, now there are 3 blogs I need to upgrade.

But fortunately, the upgrade process was quite easy, in fact, it's much easier than the upgrade from 2.0.2 to 2.0.3. There's a detailed specific instruction on how to upgrade from 2.0.3 to 2.0.4, so it's much easier. We just need to make a backup of these folders: wp-admin, wp-includes, wp-content/themes/default, as well as all the files on the Wordpress root directory, except wp-config.php file, and then replace all the folders and files with the ones from the new version.

Comments on Planet Indra

It seems that some of my Planet Indra visitors were misled by the "Comments Off" signs at the end of each post, causing them to think that they are not able to add comments to my posts. It's actually not true. Planet Indra is an aggregate/syndication of all my blogs and visitors can actually visit the original post on its source blog and add comments there. To avoid such confusion, I have re-enabled the comments on Planet Indra, and when you click the "Comments" link at the end of every post, you will be redirected to the post on its source blog and you can add comments there.


I also have added the feature from IP2Phrase.Com on all my blogs. With this feature, all my visitors can see from which IP address, country and ISP they are accessing from. This feature is provided by Hexasoft Development Sdn Bhd, a research and development company based in Penang, Malaysia. The installation is also very fast and painless, you just need to add one javascript line into your blog or website's template. More information can be found here.

Indo-Sing Blog Has Moved

Indo-Sing Blog, a blog (in Indonesian language) dedicated to the Indonesian community in Singapore, has moved to a new address. Thanks to Polar Bear, now Indo-Sing blog has a new home under the indo-sing.org official domain.

This blog still uses Wordpress, and is hosted together with Forum Indo-Sing and Wiki Indo-Sing. Its contents, as well as all its comments, have been migrated to the new place, thanks to Polar Bear and Renatha. As a result of this, the old Indo-Sing blog at Blogsome has been officially closed.

[Indonesian version]

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Blogging in English or Indonesian?

Firstly, I would like to thank Fatih for choosing this blog as one of his version of Indonesian Bloggers of the Week. What a nice and pleasant surprise, if I may say. Thanks Fatih for the compliments. :)

Secondly, I'm quite interested in reading Fatih's article regarding ten reasons on why he blogs in English, followed by Firman's article regarding ten reasons on why he blogs in Indonesian language. Interestingly, both articles were written on the same day, and I'm not quite sure who wrote first (and who debunked who). Nevertheless, that is not important. :)

The most important thing is that I think both have valid points. Fatih is right when he says that blogging in English is important. And Firman is also right when he says that blogging in Indonesian is also important. For me, both are equally important, actually. It depends on what is the topic of the articles we are writing, and who are the target audiences.

I write articles in both English and Indonesian. I even have different blogs for different languages, and have an aggregate site, Planet Indra, to aggregate all the articles in one single site. The reason is because I want to reach out to different audiences, both Indonesians and non-Indonesians.

Let me give you an example. According to Google Analytics, one of my popular articles in Minda Indra is the tips and trick of going from Jakarta to Singapore via Batam (part 1 and part 2). As you might have known, these articles contain some guides (tips and tricks) on how to go from Jakarta to Singapore via Batam. Which means, these articles are useful mostly to Indonesians, especially those living in Jakarta, who wants to come to Singapore cheaply, which is via Batam. That's why I wrote those articles in Bahasa Indonesia, and didn't create the English version of the articles.

Another example, is my opinion regarding the war in Lebanon which has been going on since last month, and hopefully would end soon after the UN Security Council resolution took effect. Those articles are meant for both Indonesians and non-Indonesians, that's why I wrote those articles in both English and Indonesian.

So, if you ask my opinion on whether we should blog in English or Indonesian, my answer will be: both. Again, it depends on the target audiences. :)

[Indonesian version]

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Immediate Ceasefire, Please...

United Nations chief Kofi Annan has reiterated his call for a ceasefire in Lebanon and said he had discussed the matter with the leaders of Lebanon, Britain and the United States.

"I hope that within the coming days there will be a (UN Security Council) resolution that will ask the parties to cease hostilities and that that can be followed shortly afterward by a second resolution so that ... the international community can deploy forces," said Annan.

This is a sincere and sensible appeal from the UN chief, considering the shocking number of civilian victims, including children, due to Israel's heavy attacks to Palestine and Lebanon, and also considering that this rational appeal is still not happening until now. It's almost a month, since 12th of July 2006, Israel has been launching non-stop attacks to Lebanon, and up until now, only 40 Hezbollah militants have been killed, compared to more than 900 civilians killed by the attacks.

You can imagine, 900 civilians casualties, and almost half of them are children, compared to only 40 Hezbollah militants, which are Israel's main targets. Everyone can justify its effectiveness, it's not worth it!!!

In Kuala Lumpur, Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad even has the answer to the conflict in Lebanon: the "elimination of the Zionist regime". "The real cure for the conflict is elimination of the Zionist regime, but there should be first an immediate ceasefire", said Ahmadinejad. It may be true, however of course it might be too extreme, and even the government of Singapore has slammed Ahmadinejad's comments by saying that it's intended to inflame Lebanon conflict.

Nevertheless, the majority of the international community has agreed that the war has to be stopped. I heard there's a resolution being discussed by the UN's Security Council, however there are still some debates on how to "word" up the resolution. I heard that the draft being proposed is not adequate to end the hostilities, causing the Lebanese government to even reject the resolution draft.

It's quite a sensible rejection. What is the use of a UN Security Council resolution, if it's inadequate to stop Israel from attacking Lebanon?

I personally do not know yet what is the content of the resolution draft, however, I really hope that the resolution is strong enough to ask Israel to stop their hostilities towards the Lebanese people. That's the most important thing. Again, the resolution will be useless if it cannot stop the hostilities, which have been going on for almost a month!

[Indonesian version]

Friday, August 04, 2006

Creating A Lipogram

The first time I read Renatha's article titled "A Lipogram", I was a bit confused. What is a lipogram, and what kind of article he was writing? Only after I checked its definition from Wikipedia, then I understand what he was trying to do. He was trying to write quite a long article, without using a common vowel e.

According to Wikipedia:

A lipogram (from Greek lipagrammatos, "missing letter") is a kind of constrained writing or word game consisting of writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is missing, usually a common vowel, the most common in English being e (McArthur, 1992). A lipogram author avoiding e then only uses the 25 remaining letters of the alphabet.

After Renatha, Mbak Okke also wrote her lipogram here. And she even used her project site to collect lipograms written by other Indonesian bloggers. And this invitation motivated other Indonesian bloggers to also write their own lipograms, such as Inong, Mbak Han and Wisnu.

As such, I was also writing my own lipogram. The lipogram can be found here. I'm using English and the missing common letter is o.

So Ren, Mbak, is the article satisfactory enough to be included there? :)

[Indonesian version]