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May
05

Photo by London Permaculture

In case you haven’t heard about it, the Ministry of Social Affairs of Indonesia got quite some heat yesterday because he broke the law by driving his car on the busway lane. Someone got a snapshot of his car and post it on – where else – Twitter. At first he said that he obtained a permission from the Jakarta Metro Police, which the police later denied giving. A few hours later the minister apologized and just today visited a police station to clear things up and said that he’s OK about the police giving him a ticket.

I love how it went down. This is quite an example of how Internet can force public scrutiny over things, a fact which used to be impossible in a country where shady business is regular business like Indonesia. This is how things our government should be run. We give them money to run things and they should be more transparent about how they spend it, right? Now if everyone, especially those government officials, are onboard on this idea of public accountability, I think we can apply the same principle on the way our public offices are run. I kinda like this idea I read on Wired once about how people are trying to formulate an open standard about corporate financial reporting as a way to prevent 2008’s financial fiasco to happen again. This is the way we should pursue: open standards for public scrutiny!

Apr
24

After reading an article about hard disk cloning with Clonezilla on Lifehacker, I decided to take care of my laptop’s dire need of free space by buying a new, larger internal hard disk – instead of buying an external one – to replace its current one. I figure I can shave about IDR 150,000 in the process while learning one or two tricks on hard disk cloning – an area I’ve never touch in my entire life before.

Little that I know that the experience was anything but smooth. The fact that the article described a different condition with the one I was facing hit me hard. You see, I’m trying to replace a smaller (160 GB) hard disk with two partitions (system and data) with a larger (500 GB) hard disk (which I was intending to be partitioned into two as well). Apparently this complicates matters quite a bit. So, in case you have the same predicament as mine, I’ve documented the right way to do it below.

Before we get started, here are the things you’ll need and should prepare beforehand.

  • A zipped copy of Clonezilla.
  • A USB flash disk with enough space to house the Clonezilla – 128 MB ought to do it.
  • Windows 7 original installation DVD.
  • A SATA-to-USB external hard disk enclosure.
  • Small screwdriver.
  • Patience. A lot of it.

After that, here is the right step to move your Windows 7 partitions from a smaller hard disk into a larger one.

  1. Prepare your Clonezilla-on-a-stick. Follow the instructions carefully.
  2. Using the SATA-to-USB external hard disk enclosure, create a primary (system) partition on your new, larger hard disk. Follow the instructions here.
  3. Format the new primary (system) partition with NTFS. Leave the second partition unallocated.
  4. Switch your larger hard disk with the one installed on your laptop. Come on, use your elbow grease once in a while, people! Put the larger disk in the laptop and the smaller one on the SATA-to-USB interface.
  5. If the SATA-to-USB is still plugged-in, unplug it.
  6. Plug the Clonezilla-on-a-stick and boot from that location.
  7. Image by Clonezilla.org

    From the boot menu, choose Clonezilla live (Default settings, VGA 1024x768).

  8. Image by Clonezilla.org

    Just press the Enter key when prompted for default language.

  9. Image by Clonezilla.org

    Press the Enter key again when prompted for keyboard layout.

  10. Image by Clonezilla.org

    Choose Start_Clonezilla.

  11. Image by Clonezilla.org

    When prompted, choose device-device operation.

  12. Image by Clonezilla.org

    Next, choose Expert mode.

  13. You can plug the SATA-to-USB back in. Clonezilla will automatically detect the old drive.
  14. .

    At this prompt, select the part_to_local_part option.

  15. Choose the source and target disk carefully.
  16. .

    Make some changes to the default extra options to Clonezilla expert mode.

  17. .

    Make some changes regarding the partition table to use the -k1 option.

  18. Image by Clonezilla.org

    After a while (depending on the size of your disk) the cloning process will be done.

  19. Turn your machine off and unplug the Clonezilla-on-a-stick and SATA-to-USB interface.
  20. Insert your Windows 7 original installation DVD to your DVD-ROM drive and boot from the DVD.
  21. Run the Windows 7 System Recovery Options. Follow the instructions here.
  22. Run the Startup Repair options of the Windows 7 System Recovery Options. Before doing this, you have to make sure that the partition is marked as “active” [Thanks to Jesse van Oort]. Afterward, follow the instructions here.
  23. Reboot. You should be having your old Windows 7 installation running normally on the larger hard disk by now.
  24. Create your second partition and format it now.
  25. Connect your old hard disk through the SATA to USB interface and copy your old second partition’s files to your new one.

That’s it. If you do the steps carefully, all will be well. Hopefully.

Apr
23

This one’s personal, guys. So please don’t be offended or anything. Just move along as this one only applies to myself and that friggin PC of mine.

  1. Log-on to safe mode.
  2. Uninstall the display driver for that friggin Nvidia GeForce 5200 FX. Use the My Computer > Manage > Device Manager link.
  3. Reboot. The display will be a UI nightmare: 640×480.
  4. Ignore the new hardware wizard.
  5. Run C:\NVIDIA\Win2k\175.19\English\setup.exe.
  6. Reboot as what the installer asks.
  7. Use the Nvidia display manager on the taskbar tray area to adjust the resolution to 1024×768.
Apr
16

Image by Emha Irsani

Kisruh soal makelar kasus kemarin semakin menunjukkan bahwa kalau korupsi itu diibaratkan sebagai kanker, Indonesia sudah jelas ada di titik sakaratul maut. Gw setuju banget sama beberapa orang yang bilang seharusnya kita ini udah masuk kondisi darurat korupsi. Semua titik di semua tahapan hukum jelas dapat dibeli dan tidak berpihak sama sekali sama keadilan.

Salah satu langkah darurat yang perlu diambil menurut gw adalah meningkatkan hukuman untuk koruptor yang terbukti bersalah dengan hukuman mati. Berat memang, tapi perlu. Gw sebel banget sama kenyataan saat ini di mana koruptor pun kalau divonis maksimal cuma dapet berapa tahun. Apa artinya tahun-tahunan cuma segitu dibandingkan sama duit yang dia curi? Kasus Gayus kemarin, misalnya. Gw kasiyan setengah mati sama orang-orang pajak yang bener-bener tulus bekerja tanpa neko-neko. Udah kerja setengah mati, citra yang berusaha dibangun justru lenyap semalem gara-gara orang brengsek macam dia.

Mati menurut gw adalah keadilan buat orang dogol macam begitu. Tidak tahu diuntung. Gaji sudah dinaikkan, masih bejat juga. Ada yang anti sama capital punishment? Well, you can go to hell for a moment. Jangan mikirin itu dulu lah, ini negara masih sempoyongan begini, udah ngurusin yang kaya gitu. Aliran Anda cuma bisa hidup di negara yang civilized, dan jujur saja, negara kita justru nggak akan pernah bisa civilized gara-gara orang model Gayus itu.

Gw yakin, hukuman mati nggak akan bikin korupsi jadi nol. Tengok saja China, yang korup tetep ada kan? Tapi pesannya itu lho yang terasa kuat. “Indonesia nggak butuh orang seperti kalian.” Shock therapy kayak gini perlu. Sejauh ini sudah jelas hukuman yang kita punya sekarang nggak ada pengaruhnya buat bikin jera orang sepeti Gayus, dan jelas tidak membuat orang yang belum korupsi segan korupsi.

So, buat gw jelas. Bikin pasal baru soal hukuman mati untuk mereka yang terbukti korupsi!

Apr
03

Seeing your child growing up each and every day is akin to seeing magic. This seems a bit cliché, but you have to experience it yourself to see that it is indeed very true. Lest I fail to remember Pras’ progression, below is a record of his achievements.

  • Lifted his head while laying on his stomach: 3 mo.
  • Turned his body from laying on his back to his stomach: 5 mo.
  • Mumbled random sound: 5 mo.
  • Got sick for the first time: 6 mo.
  • Grabbed things and moved them from one hand to another: 7 mo.
  • Sat on his own from laid position: 8 mo.
  • Said “papa” and “mama”: 8 mo.
  • Grown his first tooth: 9 mo.
  • Tried to get on his own feet: 9 mo.
  • Clapped his hands: 9 mo.
  • Tried to walk with his hands held by and adult from above: 9.5 mo.
  • Crawled: 10 mo.
  • Stood by himself: 11 mo.
  • Picked up words at greater rate: 14 mo.
  • Walked: 16 mo.
Apr
01

Photo by Samsung

Disappointed with my previous phone‘s lacklustre performance, I opted to go back to my WinMo roots. Hence, when I heard that Samsung introduced a budget WinMo phone, I quickly grabbed it.

Pros:

  • Cheap. As of the writing of this blog post, it sells at IDR 1,700,000, practically the cheapest WinMo phone.
  • Reliable. I experienced less hang ups than my previous WinMo phone, the O2 XDA II mini.
  • Superb camera. Too bad it has no flash.
  • Built-in A-GPS.

Cons:

  • No flash for the camera.
  • No touchscreen. I really miss this.
  • SMS sending is limited to 20 addressee each. Stupid, Microsoft! Stupid!
  • For reasons beyond my comprehension, SMS send fail & SMS send success messages looks and sounds the same. It’s a bitch to see check your draft folder three days later and find out that your important message was not sent. Again, stupid, Microsoft! Stupid!
Apr
01

Photo by TP-LINK

I was looking for a cheap wireless router to be used to set up a guerilla Internet Wi-Fi connection at my makeshift office when a computer store attendant recommended this China-fabricated router. It was indeed cheap, priced at IDR 230,000. After using it for about two months now, I think I have the credibility to write a short review for this wireless router.

Its packed with standard features built-in. 802.11b/g support, firewall, WPA2 security come as standard.

Pros:

  • Cheapo.
  • Gigantic external antennae contributes to better signal reception.
  • Web-based configuration is easy to use.
  • Sufficient features.

Cons:

  • Not supported by DD-WRT.
  • DHCP-binding is suspect. Somehow my reserved IP address has slipped trough the crack. A sign of questionable reliability?
Mar
27

Mar
18

Screenshot by PC Remix

This lousy error happened to my sister-in-laws Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbook. Windows fails to completely boot everytime and returns this error.

Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

After frantically looking for someone to borrow an external DVD-ROM drive – the puny netbook doesn’t come with any – to enable me to go into troubleshooting mode with Windows XP’s Recovery Console, I made it to the console. I tried the first thing that crossed into my mind: CHKDSK /P. It didn’t work. It did repair some files or missing links or whatever, but the main problem still persisted.

God bless google; I tried to search for the keywords of the error and this particular page of a forum from hardwareanalysis.com came up to enlighten me. The discussion in turn pointed me to a Microsoft Knowledge Base article which clearly explains the trouble I was having. To quote the KB article, the problem was “a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting”. Swell.

The steps described in the KB did help me alleviate the problem, but it was too long and tedious. I have summarized the key points and switched some of the procedures to be a little faster.

  1. Prepare a USB flashdisk/pendrive/disk/external disk/whatchamacallit. Just let it be big enough to store the linux flavor described later. We’ll use this to manipulate your system’s main harddisk which contains your corrupted Windows XP installation. Oh, just one note, be sure that your system/BIOS supports booting from the USB whatchamacallit, kay?
  2. Follow the instructions from Pendrivelinux.com to install any version/flavor of Linux you are familiar with to the USB flashdisk. I recommend SLAX for its small size and GUI KDE interface, though. It just needs a 256MB USB flashdisk.
  3. Boot the system using the Linux-on-a-stick.
  4. Go browse the main harddisk drive to the folder C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG. This is me assuming that you installed your Windows in C:\WINDOWS, kay? If not, go adjust yourself.
  5. Using the Linux’ file manager, move these files in the folder to somewhere safe. I said “move”, kay?
    • system
    • software
    • sam
    • security
    • default
  6. If you just want to boot-up your Windows, not going all the way to restoring the last known good version of it, stop after doing this step. Copy these files from the folder C:\WINDOWS\REPAIR to the folder C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG. Doing this step will allow you to boot-up your system to the state it was first fresh-installed.
    • system
    • software
    • sam
    • security
    • default
  7. If you want to restore your system to its former glory, continue to do the following steps. Open the folder C:\System Volume Information.
  8. Open one of the sub-folders with a format similar to this: _restore{87BD3667-3246-476B-923F-F86E30B3E7F8}. There may be one or more folders like this. Be sure to pick the one not marked with today’s date but pick the latest date on which your system was still running.
  9. Open one of the sub-folders with the format of RPx. For example: RP114. Again, there may be one or more folders like this. These are restore points. Pick the one not marked with today’s date but pick the latest date on which your system was still running.
  10. Open the sub-folder snapshot. If you followed the last three steps carefully, you should have a folder tree similar to this opened: C:\System Volume Information\_restore{D86480E3-73EF-47BC-A0EB-A81BE6EE3ED8}\RP1\Snapshot.
  11. From the snapshot folder, copy these files.
    • _REGISTRY_USER_.DEFAULT to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\default.
    • _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SECURITY to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\security.
    • _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SOFTWARE to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\software.
    • _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\system.
    • _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SAM to C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\sam.
  12. That’s it. Try and reboot your system, it should be running by now. That is, if you picked the right files to restore in step 11. If your system is still not working, try copying the files from another RPx folder dated earlier than the last one you picked.
Mar
16
I tried Kemiri @ Pejaten Village last Friday, and this was what I ordered for lunch. IDR 28,000.
Now, this one is my drink. I had a sore throat, so I ordered a Sekoteng, warm ginger drink.
To prepare for my upcoming master’s degree course, I’ve decided to purchase a copy of Windows 7. This glorified successor of the nightmare that is Windows Vista had me shell out IDR 1,168K. Not a bad deal from Rakitan.com, considering that its MSRP was around IDR 1,400K at that time.
I’ve had it with stupid celebrities and gossip show using the word “entertain” to replace “entertainment”. The first one is a verb, mind you, while the second is a noun. DO NOT MIX THE TWO UP! Anyway, if you keep doing that, you’ll hurt the public’s collective intelligence. As is the case with the guy who slapped “ENTERTAEMENT” on the back of this truck.
This is the ticket for the mode of transportation I take to the office everyday. IDR 2,000 for any rides on the Transjakarta from 5am to 7am. The other day, I was wondering why the BLU Transjakarta chose not to equip all of its shelters with electronic ticketing. The usual hermit mentality or the – also usual – budgetary constraints? Think of all the possible data – and the optimization they will entail – we can gather with e-ticketing. Such a pity.
I have a penchant for coming to an appointment early or – at least – on time. An endangered virtue, I know. Anyway, when I came around an hour an a half too early for an IBM event last week, I went outside for a coffee. Starbucks hadn’t opened yet – luckily, for my wallet – so I opted to go with a local streethawker. Got me a cup of strong cappucino for IDR 2,000. Try and beat that price, $tarbuck$! I’m helping the informal economy, too!
I took this picture of a family waiting in the same airport lounge as where I was, during my ttrip to Surabaya to take my GMAT test. I don’t know why, but I always have an ideal of a successful family man which perfectly fits this image. A loving father with a wife and several children and his old mother, waiting for a trip out of town inside an airport lounge. A minute later the lounge attendant approaches him with a bill for the rest of his party, the ones which was not covered by his credit card complimentary privilege; to which he signed confidently. Damn. Classy. (Although, I do hope he realizes that he just signed a bill of IDR 150,000 for lousy tofu, tasteless fried rice and standard fare beverages)
Another gem from my Surabaya trip. Got myself a budget ticket with the usual budget-bonuses: an hour delay. Priceless!
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