Being skeptical of me, i thought i would never see the day when the words like “open data”, “API” and “awesome site” being put in the same sentence as “Indonesian government”.
Publicly launched yesterday at Soehanna Hall, Portal Data Indonesia (PDI) is an integrated portal which hosted public data from various government institutions. Spearheaded by Presidential Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring & Oversight, PDI aims to promote government openness by providing public access to variety of government data.
In my Corporate Strategy gig, i used this kind of data a lot. For example : before deciding which areas to invest, analysis need to be done to check whether the area are feasible and potentially profitable. This will need data such as people demographics, spending level and mobile penetration. Some of this are available in BPS report but if i want to get raw data in XLS files, i need to go to BPS office, fill some forms and pay some fees. In short, its a hassle.
In the land where 84% of installed software are unlicensed, paying for stuff using digital distribution platform is still a foreign concept. Just like having a meal without rice
As a true Indonesians born and bread, im a jack sparrow kind of a guy (read : pirates) when it comes to digital stuff. You name it,music, movies, software, games all of them. Price and availability usually accredited as the culprits of our piracy culture. Why would you pay 200k to watch Gypsy Danger beating up Kaiju when you can stroll to ambassador mall and get it for 7k rupiah. Even if i want to pay, most of the times the content isnt available to purchase in here (case in point : Netflix). And even if i want to pay and the content is available to purchase, what plus points do i get by buying the original ones ? pat in the back surely not enough.
Add me on steam. my id : madkicks
That was before my encounter Steam platform. Nowadays i can proudly say in at least one category of digital goods (games), i got it in a legal an honest way. Valve, the company behind steam who also developed the cult following Counter Strike & Half Life series, did everything right in battling the piracy. Rather than going for offensive measures, Steam makes buying a legal content a seductive offering to even a born-and-bred piracy doers like me (and fellow third world country civilians i presume).
Steam has three advantage points which makes me preferring to spend money on original PC games rather than pirating. Read More
Most of the times i dont understand art, but this is something amazing.
I was having my daily dose of after hour Colbert Report when i found out about JR, a french graffity artist. He made a gorgeous yet impactful massive graffiti and art installation of human face in city walls. Watch his 2011 TED presentation, mind blowing. Personally i think this is one of the best TED talks ive ever watch.
My favorite moment is the two face same profession project. By putting huge posters of two face of Israel & Palestinians side by side in both cities (which he told in the video, most of the people cannot distinguish who is who), JR make us contemplate heavily on the notion that : we are not so different after all.
Check out also his interview with Stephen Colbert. It is blocked for non US viewer hence install ProxMate extensions in your chrome first.
Its kinda cool when you check your go-to-news site and you found familiar face.
Few days ago, Tripvisto, travel commerce sites, got seed funding from East Ventures and made it to DailySocial. One of the people responsible for Tripvisto is a good friend of mine Aditya Saputra. Back in college days, Didit (as he usually called) was a rare breed of people who aim to setup his own business. Mind you, this is back in 2006-2007-ish where startup trend in Indonesia was still in infancy. The time where venture capital was still a fancy word. Post graduation, Didit with two other friend started software development services called SmartTekno, developing information system in public sector office before moving to Jakarta and started TripVisto with Sumartok (which previously founded Flamingo & Presentonomics).
With this investment, TripVisto will be in the bunch with other promising startups in EastVentures portfolio such as Tokopedia and Techinasia. Good progression so far considering it was still less than a year ago when i first heard TripVisto from didit in one of our coffee talk. Looking forward to hear more good news from Tripvisto. Read the dailysocial release below and go check TripVisto.
Its hard to keep blogging these days
Case in point : this very blog. The last long post i wrote was back in May for my anniversary. Busy is a cliche reason. Not that im occupied with anything to save the world with. Mostly because work stuff, my soon-to-be-announced future plans and the most time sucker of it all : Steam account. Ten bucks worth of Borderland 2 GOTY edition ive got from the sale is such a chore to finish with. A very enjoyable one mind you, recommend it to anyone who has soft spot for RPG & FPS.
On the other hand, i still love a tingly feel of accomplishment ive got from having my own space with my own thing in the interwebs. Hence i couldnt see my self shutting this blog down.
So from now on ill take middle ground. I will fill this homey space ive own since 2007 with content. Not so much my writing perhaps but more on share able content i read on the internet. Lets give a praise wordpress share button API for this capability.
Till we meet again kind strangers!
[tulisan ini dibuat sebagai bentuk support terhadap Himpunan Mahasiswa Sistem Informasi, rumah keduaku semasa kuliah. Banyak pelajaran dan kesempatan yang kudapat ketika aku menjadi bagian dari HMSI, this post is one of my social responsibility. Tentu saja aku sekarang bukan anggota ataupun pengurus karena diriku sudah menjadi alumni. Rest assured, aku tidak mendapatkan kompensasi apapun baik dari HMSI, Jurusan SI bahkan ITS sekalipun]
“Marilah mahasiswa sistem informasi menjunjung tinggi almamater ”
Ketika SMA dulu, aku bukan siswa yang aktif berorganisasi. Aku tidak ikut OSIS, PMR bahkan ekstrakurikuler karena pada saat itu selain malas aku juga tidak melihat keuntungannya buat ku (maklum masih ababil). Ketika minggu pertama masuk kuliah dan disodori form untuk mengikuti MANAGE aku sempat ragu untuk tanda tangan, but now i realized that was one of the best decision in my life. Ketika itu untuk menjadi anggota HMSI, mahasiswa baru harus lulus keseluruhan prosesi masa pengenalan generasi (MANAGE) yang terdiri dari pengkaderan massal, camp implementasi sistem (Camp IS) di Coban Rondo dan kegiatan pasca pengkaderan. It was a long and exhausting journey at that time, ada masa masa dimana aku sendiri bertanya kenapa aku harus buang waktu dan tenaga untuk ikut acara seperti ini.
“Meningkatkan kemampuan diri, menuju masa depan cerah”