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Ipad Killer

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few months ago, samsung announced its new tablet called galaxy tab. tranceforward, the gossip burgeoned so fast on the street. the crowd perceived that tab will be the real Ipad killer. according to its technical specifications, the galaxy tab have a better capability than ipad. but the question, is the galaxy tab the real ipad killer ?

 

the possible answer is no. the tab is not a real killer. the most important point is the street price that not much different with the ipad. in Indonesia, the tab priced near $ 700 with a data plan contract. meanwhile the ipad price outside the provider line are priced not much different with the tab’s price. several reference revealed the ipad’s price that only around $ 650 for 16 GB Ipad on the street outside provider offerings.

 

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Written by Berita Demokrasi

October 31, 2010 at 4:27 am

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android apps proliferation

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start form nothing in 2004, android become promising mobile operating system in 2010. some analysis said that will overthrow its older brothers, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Apple next year. CNN said, this is android sensation. another phenomenon, the application proliferate on a very high rate growth. this is actually the open source nature, when the freedom to develop give the strength to beat the giant.

readwriteweb said:

According to recent statistics from AndroidLib.com, the Android Marketplace saw 9,331 new mobile applications added to its app store during the month of March, 2010. This number is even more phenomenal when you look at the Android Marketplace’s historical growth. In December of last year, for example, there were 3,807 new applications added to the Android app store. By January, 4,458 more were added. In February, 5,532 arrived. And now, 9,331. If this trend continues, we could possibly see a month this year where the number of new applications tops 5 digits. And with numbers like this, Android could soon give Apple a run for its money.

the growth is phenomenal. CNET said that the growth show the big potential of android as mobile operating system. but such a high rate proliferation of android apps not always bring good implication as CNN said:

For users, it means apps in the store could be buggy, might not work well depending on their handsets, and could deliver a frustrating experience.

so, be careful android. despite the growth is phenomenon, frustrating experience is also the next possibility.

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Written by Berita Demokrasi

October 29, 2010 at 9:08 am

deepwater horizon

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It is too late again to analyze the largest accidental oil spill in the history of petroleum industry. the only question is, what is deepwater horizon ?

I just found that deepwater horizon actually the name of an mobile oil rig. previously, I imagined that deepwater horizon is a specific glossary on petroleum industry. I googled it and finally found that it is not a specific glossary, just a specific name of mobile oil rig that exploded on the Mexico gulf in the middle of 2010. 

The Deepwater Horizon was a 9-year-old semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit, a massive floating, dynamically positioned drilling rig that could operate in waters up to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) deep and drill down to 30,000 feet (9,100 m).

the most interesting are the complex network behind the rig. we can see the interaction among world biggest petroleum company. the rig was produced by Korean heavy industry manufacturer, Hyundai and owned by Transocean. subsequently, the rig was operated under Marshallese flag of convenience. between March 2008 to September 2013, BP leased it. unexpectedly, the rig exploded in April 2010.

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Written by Berita Demokrasi

October 29, 2010 at 8:26 am

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what a company look for ?

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the only answer is cheap but brilliant worker. that’s why, companies love to join a job fair that organized by campus or student groups. job fairs then become a gathering place for newbie job-seeker that is actually means cheap worker. not only cheaper workers, job fairs also a gathering place for brilliant worker since by and large, job fairs are organized by campus or student groups.

according to my experience, job fairs are the most attractive way to look for workers with such criteria, cheap but brilliant. campus and student groups as event organizer has a mutual interest with companies, but not with the job seekers. essentially, job seeker just play their role as the next target of exploitation.

a few weeks ago, I just experienced the hectic of a job fair. a big hall always too small for two-day job fair that involved more than 20 big capitalistic companies. when MNCs join the job fair, the visitors always more than expected. but, this is the expected situation by the companies and the EOs. the main problem is, the companies never announced how big are their vacancies. what is the implication? job seekers are never know how big the pool before they start to join the competitions.

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Written by Berita Demokrasi

October 29, 2010 at 2:16 am

Posted in Indonesia

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spiritual keeper

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I just finally found the English replacement for “juru kunci” as BBC released a news on the burial of Mbah Maridjan, a well known and respected spiritual keeper of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta. but, what makes Mbah Maridjan respected ? the only answer is his loyalty.

since the last eruption, Mbah Maridjan surged his reputation as spiritual keeper when he refused to be evacuated by the authority. in 2006, his prediction that Merapi’s eruption will not big enough to reach him was accurate.  

essentially, this is not a matter of accuracy of spiritual prediction. this is not also a matter of rational or irrational options. but, spiritual keeper as merely human could also release inaccurate prediction. many people give respect for Mbah Maridjan regarding his loyalty to the King. this kind of loyalty that is absent in our political elite in Indonesia. as Merapi began its biggest eruption since the last decade, Mbah Maridjan finally fulfill his promise to be spiritual keeper of Merapi till his heroic death.

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Written by Berita Demokrasi

October 29, 2010 at 2:11 am

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android

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now android is a fastest growing mobile operating system. f0r the next years to come. it will be the biggest one that crushed apple, windows, and even symbian.

it is a simple history that initiate the history of the giant wannabe. in 2004 google bought a startup company that focused on the development of a smartphone operating system called android. the development is still going on, but google make it free as an open source. the the proliferation is going on. various phone maker join the development and provide the best hardware for such smart operating system.

then the questin is why android going to be the biggest ? the most important things is its nature as open-sourced software. there is freedom for various software developer to participate and make android even smarter than other.

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Written by Berita Demokrasi

October 28, 2010 at 10:55 am

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open source

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it seems that there is exist rivalry between closed and open source software. on the street, the war is represented by the rivalry between microsoft and various linux distros. the question is, what is open source ?

open source initiative define the term as a method of software development that harness the power of peer review and transparency of the process. the pledge is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, and the most important thing is that it is low cost. such philosophy is contrasted with the philosophy of the closed-source software that locked-in for the sake of merely profit.

according to such philosophy, i just imagined that this is a big and noble movement that promises for the better world. better world that based on transparency and collaboration. what a movement, support it if you can.

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Written by Berita Demokrasi

October 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

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