How not to write “news”

This morning I get a message from a friend that basically says how dare CT Corp claiming Traveloka to be part of their company. He was referring to DailySocial post, which referring to Wikipedia entry about CT Corp. Now I don’t usually make a big fuss of this kind of stuff, but so much wrong happened in this case that I want to point it out.

First of all, Wikipedia IS NOT an official site for a company, so not an official statement. It’s just a big wall that everyone can write, and for id.wikipedia.org, seldom anyone keep watch of this wall (see also protection policy). For a news site to refer to this, is just waaaay to dumb for me. It’s just like trusting a chain mail where your dog could die if you don’t do five back flips on this very moment (yo don’t want that to happen to gool ol Reggie do you? hmm?).

The article posted on April 11, so maybe the “journalist” got the info that very morning, or the day before maybe? Woohh… breaking news! Well on every Wiki page, there’s this link named “View History” (or “Versi terdahulu” on bahasa) which supposed to be noticeable if you make a little effort to move your eyeballs, that can tell when an info in a page added.

Modification to Traveloka entry
Good Lord, there’s TV MUI?!

March 11… isn’t that like a month ago? I don’t know, my math is kinda sucks. Maybe it’s still news in some alternate world (if it actually true).

Artikel ini akan kami perbarui begitu kami mendapatkan konfirmasi dari kedua belah pihak“. Dude, it’s Saturday, you want confirmation from the janitors there? If you want to get it right, wait until we get all the facts on Monday. Too long?

Okay, everyone uses Wikipedia right? So it’s gotta be legit? Another effort to move the eyeballs and moving the cursor a little bit to do a single click will reveal this person that made the change.

User profile
Pacar is part of keluarga? TIL

Now i’m not sure if this guy is a marketing or IT division from CT Corp, but yeah I’m pretty sure he isn’t.

This won’t infuriates me a lot if the story comes from some clueless co-workers who don’t have access to the Internet much, or your regular moms and dads. But the aforementioned friend is an IT Manager from a big company, and the article poster is a respectable guy in Indonesia IT world that claims to be “Tech, history and science freak”. So at the very least, I expect these people to be able to check if the story is right.

DailySocial has been my favourite local tech news site since forever. Now I can’t help to think about this “incident” and have doubt everytime reading an article, thanks a lot. Do you know good altenatives? Please let me know.

Blog post update: “UPDATE: Co-founder Ferry Unardi mengkonfirmasi bahwa berita ini tidak benar, dan kemungkinan ada yang memberikan data fiktif di Wikipedia.” Yeah, no sh*t Sherlock.

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Trying hard to love Wunderlist

In more than a year I’ve been installing and uninstalling Wunderlist 4 or 5 times, each time using for a fews days but just didn’t feel right. Wife uses it, friends also, and it has been the recommeded pick for many productivity sites and play store, so it is logical to use it also right?

The design is nice, I’ll give it that much. But the flow? not so much. I like fast, but Wunderlist requires me to do steps which I think are unnecessary. And if you have hundreds of tasks, that means wasting a lot of time. Note: Was about to complain about performance as well, but since the last upadate on March 2015, it has improved so much. I was using it on LG G2 and Lenovo T430 (Windows 7).

So, they are (not in any order):

Windows app.

  1. Different field for due date and reminder. That means two times the input.
  2. Cannot sort by time (reminder), only by due date. I cannot see my schedule for today in an order that makes sense.
  3. Cannot sort by anything in Today view.
  4. Both Windows app and Chrome app always defaulted to window size instead of set to maximize.
  5. No shorcut to input due date and choosing list in text input.
  6. When you input on Today list, there’s no quick button to add reminder.
  7. There’s no shorcut to open due date and reminder input.
  8. Button to change month in due date is way too small, very hard to click.
  9. You have to type the the time in reminder manually, there’s no button or anything.
  10. In reminder, you can’t move between hour and minute field using arrow.
  11. Weird order to input task and due date. Type a task, click due date quick button, back to task field, press enter.
  12. There’s no day selection in weekly repeating task. Like every week on Monday and Thursday.
  13. Small default view area for notes.
  14. On due date menu, sometimes need to press the little back button at the bottom to back to list view.
  15. Cannot modify a task (set done, snooze, reschedule, etc) from notification window.
  16. DEL button cannot delete a task 😦
  17. Confirmation dialog when deleting a task. I thought eveyone already impletent Undo? xD
  18. Behind proxy, have to input proxy credentials 4 times when opening the app.
  19. Weird paper like background and font for notes. Normal text input would’ve been better.
  20. No fast way to archivive completed tasks.

Android app.

  1. There’s no repeat setting on task input. You have to modify the task after.
  2. No quick input from status bar.
  3. Everytime I want to add a task, it gives option between task or list. Additional click I have to waste everytime.
  4. 1/3 of the top screen is me seeing my face on the main menu. What for?
  5. Sliding means deleting an item, not mark as complete.

So those are the stuff that I can remember for now. So yeah, I really really want to like it, but I just can’t 😀

Why apache2-mpm-prefork?

For several days I’ve been trying to compile the required installers for a project which used debian based package. Iang’s code really helps, try it out. The problem is, apache2 and php5 package seems had a little conflict.

apache2 has apache2-mpm-worker_2.2.9-7ubuntu3_i386.deb which is: (http://packages.ubuntu.com)

Each Apache Multi-Processing Module provides a different “flavor” of web server binary, compiled with a different processing model.The worker MPM provides the default threaded implementation. It is recommended especially for high-traffic sites because it is faster and has a smaller memory footprint than the traditional prefork MPM.

and php5 has apache2-mpm-prefork_2.2.9-7ubuntu3_i386.deb which is:

The prefork MPM provides a non-threaded, pre-forking implementation that handles requests in a manner similar to Apache 1.3. It is not as fast as threaded models, but is considered to be more stable. It is appropriate for sites that need to maintain compatibility with non-thread-safe libraries, and is the best MPM for isolating each request, so that a problem with a single request will not affect any other.

And in the end you must replace the worker with the prefork version or it’ll conflict. So the question is why? What if I need to deploy them into production?

And why I don’t have this kind of conflict problem if i use apt-get install php5 apache2 instead.

YM Status Experiment

stop looking for everybody else’s ym status, yes i mean you

Yap, I wrote that on my yahoo messenger status for several weeks and waiting for a respond. And you know what, almost 20 or so of my friends send message to me “holy crap, how do you know?” (not the exact words, but you know what I mean :P). Well, apparently people do want to know about what other people’s doing. Interesting 😀