Digital divide

What is digital divide?

Internet users in 2010 as a percentage of a country's population

Source: International Telecommunications Union.


The global disparities between countries in regards to access to computing and information resources such as the Internet and the opportunities derived from such access.


People try to overcome digital divide . . .

while creating a new form of digital divide.

New digital divide



What is a paradox? My dictionary says a paradox is “a situation or statement which seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics.”

How does a paradox relate to Christmas? If you are going to relate to God you’re going to deal with a lot of paradox, for God’s ways and thinking often defy and confound human ways and thinking. God is not irrational but He often acts in ways that do not conform with worldly expectations.

I remember my blog post two years ago about the paradox. And I’ve just found this video that also visualizes it very well. (Gosh, I always like Igniter Media works!)

Though there are presents still waiting for you to receive, this season is truly about The Gift that you have already been given.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve! 😀

Thank you, Msgr. Charles Pope.

[English] = [Bahasa Indonesia]

abort = gugurkan
alternate = silih
autofit = otofit
bar-code = kode batang
batch = tumpak
bit map = peta bit
bug = kutu
bullet = bulet [Yaa, memang bulat (baca: bulet) sih bentuknya….]
byte = bita
cache memory = memori tembolok, memori singgahan
capslock = kancing kapital
caption = takarir [??]
cascade = riam
cluster = gugus; rumpun
crack = rengkah
cracker = perengah
daemon = jurik
debug = awakutu [Eh?]
decoding = pengawasandian
discharge = luah
domain = ranah
down = anjlok
emoticon = ikon emosi
field = ruas
file = berkas
firmware = peranti tegar, perangkat tegar
floppy disk = disket liuk; cakram liuk [Bisa meliuk-liuk isinya, hahaha..]
folder = pelipat
hack = retas
hacker = peretas
hang = macet
hanging indent = inden macet [Seriously??]
hard disk = cakram keras
hyperlink = hipertaut
leased line = jalur sewaan
links = taut
list = senarai [Yay!]
lock = kancing
lower case = sosok (huruf) bawah
media player = penggelar media
mouse = tetikus
multi-tasking = penugasan ganda
numlock = kancing angka
outlines = ragangan
password = sandi lewat
preview = pratilik
probe = kuar
prompt = siap ketik
proof of delivery service = kedap layanan pengiriman [Kedap?? LOL!!!]
read only memory (ROM) = memori baca-saja
redo = jadi lagi [Plin plan, hehehe….]
redundancy = kelewahan; redundansi
refresh = segar [Aaaahhhh….]
retrieval = temu kembali [Nostalgia…]
hyper text markup language (HTML) = bahasa markah hiper teks (BMHT)
server = peladen [Meladeni…]
shift = alih
shut down = tutup padam
sleep = pudar
slide = salindia [Woow…]
spread sheet = lembar sebar
subscriber = penika bawah [??]
subscript = tika bawah
superscript = tika atas
synchronize = menyelaraskan; selaras
template = templat
thread = ulir
throughput = terobosan [Oh, yeah!]
tile = ubinan
toolbars = batang alat; batang perkakas
undo = tak jadi
update = mutakhir
upper case = sosok (huruf) atas
utilities = kegunaan
wizard = cekatan [😀]
work station = anjungan kerja
zoom = zum

And from save-for-the-last :

world wide web (WWW) = waring wera wanua (WWW)

global positioning system (GPS) = sistem kedudukan sejagat (SKS)

email = surel, surat elekrtonik

online = daring, dalam jaringan

offline = luring, luar jaringan


Panduan Pembakuan Istilah, Pelaksanaan Instruksi Presiden Nomor 2 Tahun 2001 Tentang Penggunaan Komputer Dengan Aplikasi Komputer Berbahasa Indonesia (2001)

Seek for Peace

This is a very good speech by Senator Marco Rubio, and I think this is what every graduation speech should be.

And that which makes their Fame ring louder,
With much adoe they shew’d the King
To make glasse Buttons turn to powder,
If off the[m] their tayles you doe but wring.
How this was donne by soe small Force
Did cost the Colledg a Month’s discourse

(Ballad of Gresham College)

It was Prince Rupert of the Rhine who brought tadpole-shaped droplets of glass with a long, thin tail to Britain in 1660 as a gift to King Charles. These droplets have extreme hardness. They could withstand a blow from a hammer on the bulbous end without breaking, while they disintegrate explosively if the tail end is even slightly damaged. It can be said to be a kind of tempered glass.

Watch this video!

A Counterfeit (QED)

Someone in Kaskus forum sold Microsoft software products much cheaper than normal retail prices. Because the seller has good reputation, I managed to buy Microsoft Visio 2010 Professional Edition because I knew where to resell it. (It was almost 70% off!!!) But that’s just too good to be true.

Had the software was not a counterfeit, I would have gained money.  Fortunately, I was still conscious about possibility of being deceived by the seller so I used a third party service mediating the payment process called Rekening Bersama. I got my money back.

These are photos comparing the counterfeit Visio with my authentic Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, both from Microsoft. Some photos, without being compared, straightforwardly tell that it is a counterfeit. Click on each photo to see it larger.


The fake one.


The Registered ® sign next to the words “Microsoft”, “Visio”, and “SharePoint” should be placed as a superscript rather than subscript. Also notice some misspells from the above photo on the right ( . . . even if they don’thave Visio.) and photos below.


( . . . can now be unified in one dingram . . . .)


(Som examples are fictitious.)


It’s not properly cut. Product Key sticker’s not aligned.


Poor print quality of Product Key (left). Compare with mine (right).


Horrible package. It was broken too.


Visio Pro 2010 32-bit/x64 English Intl DVD. Shouldn’t it be like Visio Pro 2010 32-bit/64-bit English Intl DVD or Visio Pro 2010 x86/x64 English Intl DVD?

Also notice the so called Port-Hole™.  A Port-Hole™ is a transparent hole on a COA (Certificate of Authenticity), generally shaped like an oval or a flying window, with individual paper fibers visible around the inside edge. Port-Hole™ is the latest security measure Microsoft has taken to minimize duplication and further reduce the potential for label transfer from one unit to another. Authentic COA should not have a clean cut of Port-Hole™, but somewhat like a tempered hole. Below is an example of authentic COA from Microsoft website.

The DVD-ROM was not flawless too.


The middle part of Visio DVD-ROM had some discoloration, if you can see it from the photo above. Compare those two hologram area too. You could see the difference easily.


In the security patch, the word “Microsoft” should change to “GENUINE” when the disc is tilted, so each word would appears alternately. But both words always appear at the same time on the fake Visio. (I tried to photograph my Vista DVD-ROM in an angle where both words appeared together.)


Both are photos of my Vista DVD-ROM on the reverse side. There are two holographic captions of “Microsoft” which should change to “SECURE” when the disc is tilted. Compare with two photos of the fake Visio below.


Above are photos of the fake Visio. Somehow it always shows a word “MECURft”.


Mine has slightly embossed print. The counterfeit was a simple printout.

Those are all the evidence I could gather when the DVD-ROM was in my hand. Obviously, it is a counterfeit. The seller said that he got it from his supplier that way so he didn’t know about the authenticity of the products.

Well, recently many computer shops sell Windows 7 at an unbelievable price. They are made in USA, though. As far as I know, Microsoft software products marketed in Indonesia are made in Singapore, and they have an activation restriction (i.e. they have to be activated on selected countries, South East Asian countries to be specific). However, the US Windows 7 do not have activation restriction. I tend to believe that they are authentic, but I have no idea whether the distribution is legal. This was actually another reason why I wanted to buy the Visio. I thought the Visio was the same as the US Windows 7 being sold in Indonesia.

The Dark Fiber

fiber_opticIt won’t scare you away. It’s just an optical fiber. It is not a special one, too.

When companies run fiber optic cable, they run two or three times the amount of fiber they require for future sake. These spare, unused strands are called dark fiber, simply because there is no light passing through them.

Telecommunication companies often leases out these extra strands to other companies.

The fact that the diameter of these strands is very small might scares you. A commonly used single-mode fiber strand core has 8.3 microns in diameter. (Micron is a non-SI name for micrometer. One micron equals to one micrometer, that is 0.000001 meter). The core of multi-mode fiber is typically 50 or 62.5 microns. They are smaller than a human hair. The coating layer usually has 250 microns in diameter. They are all the way to one-ten thousandth of a centimeter.

Dual fiber-optic cable

The tiny diameter of fiber strands makes them extremely dangerous. When stripped of their coating layer, the strands can easily penetrate the skin. The shards can be carried by blood vessels to the other parts of the body, even the brain! This could wreak serious havoc. They can pierce the eyeball too, and possibly getting trapped inside.

That might be the dark side of the fiber.

So, use your safety glasses and special shard-disposal containers when connecting or splicing fibers.