My Blog Has Moved!

I have recently decided to move my blog to GitHub Pages. You can find me on https://beol.github.io/. My old posts will still be available here for archive. Though there is nothing much to read here in the first place :P


Firefox 3.6 compiled on my trusty MacBook Pro

So I finally manage to build Firefox 3.6 code on my Snow Leopard. Apparently 64-bit support wouldn't be available until FF 3.7.

Why am I doing this? Just for the fun of it... Need to keep my brain fresh :)

Here's my mozconfig file taken from multiple sources:

Next up, Google Chromium project :D


"Where are my friends? Who else is near me?" - koprol.com

As you can guess I'm a pretty lazy blogger. Time between my posts has been somewhat a disgrace. That's because I've been working hard to complete my company's latest venture, a mobile social networking site for Indonesian market called http://koprol.com.

Another social networking site? Yes, another one!

So what's so special about this one?

I'm going to answer it in 2 ways...

First in technical terms (since I love being technical geek), it is a location based microblogging. What? (I know, that's a lot of technical jargon in one sentence :)

Now in Layman's term (for the non geek), a website that helps you know where your friends are and what are they doing there.

For those of you who are interested in the technical details of this website, it's build using Ruby on Rails (2.2.2) framework and it's currently run on top of Passenger (2.0.6). Currently it's still in alpha/beta testing phase (by invitation only) and has been running for a bout two weeks. The current number of users is roughly around ~270 users.

It's been featured in Metro TV (which caused a spike in number of invitation sent and crashed the server :)

A few nice bloggers also have written about it:
The latest media coverage is a piece by Anita Rahman published in Jakarta Globe newspaper, "Networking Service Allows Jakartans to Share Their Scene".

So enough mumbo jumbo... go on ahead "koprol" over to our site and get an invite. Currently we're aggresively approving invitation requests!


Happy New Year 2009!

First of all, I would like to say, "Happy New Year everyone!" Hope that 2009 be a prosperous and successful year to us all! Hear hear...

So it's been a while since I ramble on my blog... 

So what's new?

  1. I got fed up with Telkomsel's BB service *SURPRISE!* Turns out they aren't that great after all. I change to yet another provider, this time Indosat, last December after sub-par service from Telkomsel. Indosat has the biggest BB customer base and so far it hasn't disappoint me. What sux though, their voice service is sub-par but hey, I don't make to many calls :)
  2. My current work project is nearing completion. After about a year developing "Koprol", we (SkyEight) will phase ALPHA release into production around the end of the month *fingers crossed*. What is Koprol? You just to wait and see :)
  3. My eldest son, Nugra, is going to grammar school this year. So my wife and I been busy looking for school. We've been visiting open houses for school the last few months and so far he has been accepted to 2 schools (SD Kupu-Kupu and PSKD Mandiri) and is on the waiting list in one of the most sought after school (SD Mentari).
I guess that's my latest update...


Gone XL BIS... Welcome Telkomsel Prepaid BIS!

So after enduring 5 months of horrendeous BIS service from XL, I put my foot down and switched to Telkomsel's prepaid BIS starting this July. I did try out Telkomsel's BIS a while back with high satisfaction so this was a no brainer move. There was one hick-up during the activation process that left my wife and I without BB for 3 days.

The not bad news is I have to content with 3 GSM phones at the moment. My XL number is my work number, so I can't let that go. I also have a Telkomsel's postpaid number for my friends and family. And last but not least the new Telkomsel Simpati for my BB. I'm thinking of forwarding calls to either one of my postpaid number to my BB. My Telkomsel's postpaid would be the better candidate because of the discounted rate for in-network calls, but my XL number would've make more sense. The problem is, I can't get sms to be forwarded to my BB :(


Windows Live Messenger/MSN on my BB

UPDATE: Seems like some people are having problem with installing. I'm updating the steps to take into account some of the issues reported by my friends.

I got word today that Windows Live Messenger aka MSN Messenger is now available on BlackBerry.

To get it, you have to do the following steps:

  1. Uninstall any MSN client installed in the BB (some T-Mobile's BB has MSN installed already). You can do this from "Options->Advance Options->Applications", you should see "Windows Live Messenger".
  2. Re-send your service book from .blackberry.com or from "E-mail Settings" icon on your BB.
  3. Hard reset your BB. Pull out the battery, while the BB is turned on, for 30 seconds.
  4. After your BB is booted up, go to "Options->Advance Options->Host Routing Table". Select the BOLD item, press Menu button and select "Register Now".
  5. Go to your main window and you should see "Windows Live Messenger" icon. Click the icon and it'll will direct you to the process of installing the client.
  6. Once it's finished downloading and installing, you can use the "Windows Live Messenger". Should you get an error while going through the motions of downloading, retry from Step 2. As my friend mentioned persistence is the key :) (Thanks for Daniel Armanto for mentioning this)

Hope that helps? :)


Up to 40 minutes of delay...

Some of the emails I received on XL BB service yesterday was delayed up to 40 minutes. I can now understand comments I've got from friends about how XL BB service is pretty much crap. I'm still constantly getting only GSM signal instead of GPRS with my XL, which may contribute to the delay receiving emails. I wonder how the corporate customers of XL feels. Do they have better experience?

I'm done comparing the two, XL and Telkomsel. As much as I hate Telkomsel on their gauging prices, they are in my opinion the superior against XL. Now all I have to do is wait until the end of my XL billing cycle to disconnect BB service. I've made up my mind to suck up the premium price of Rp 150.000/month with 20MB quota (compared to XL's Rp 200.000/month unlimited ) on my Telkomsel postpaid mobile number. My friend in Telkomsel have told me, yet again, that the new price for BB service for Telkomsel postpaid will be revised next month.

Sad to say I have to ditch Telkomsel's prepaid Rp 180.000/month unlimited, that I've been testing, cause I can't see myself carrying 3 mobile phones. I still need my XL for my work, since all the clients contact me through that number and I have a sentimental attachment to my Telkomsel number.

I think it's fair to say that if you are currently looking for a BB service and you are not a postpaid customer yet, you should go with Telkomsel prepaid BB service. If you are already a postpaid customer of XL, seriously consider Telkomsel's prepaid offering. If you are already an Indosat's postpaid customer, get their offering for BB service it's still a whole lot better than XL and it's unlimited. If you are on Telkomsel postpaid, well, just suck it up right now or you can go prepaid with them (if you haven't already carrying so many phones :).