WPhone

I wrote this from my Nokia E51. I think this WPhone plugin brings me one step further. Now I can post anything, anywhere.
But, what’s so special about it? These days you can post blog using any GPRS mobile device. Well, WPhone has mobile view feature. It means that your mobile device don’t have to fetch too much byte. It’s cheaper and faster, both qualities of convinience.
But, there’s one thing missing. You can’t upload photo from WPhone. Or, I just forgot to set it up?

Seesmic

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Seesmic is a desktop client to manage your Facebook and Twitter lifestream in one timeline. Seesmic can also create groups (or userlists) and search results of Facebook or Twitter lifestreams.

Requirement for installation:
Platform: Mac/PC/iPhone/Web
Prerequisite: Adobe AIR

Review:
I found that this stuff is quite cool. We don’t need to sign in to Facebook or Twitter using a browser, just run Seesmic, set your Facebook/Twitter account for the first time, set it to run when you start your computer and you’re always keeping up with your Facebook/Twitter lifestream. Seesmic can handle multiple Twitter accounts but only one Facebook account.
Seesmic brings your Facebook wall right to your desktop, including application post, friend’s photo or video posts, everything that you usually see on your Facebook wall. To give a comment, just place your mouse cursor on top of your friend’s profile picture until you can see the ‘@’ symbol and then click it. You could also use the pop menu by clicking the gear symbol to show that you like a post or to put your friend in a userlist.

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Seesmic can be use to update either or both Facebook and Twitter. If you have already add Twitter application to your Facebook page and set it so your tweets always get posted as Facebook status, Seesmic doesn’t make your status appear twice in Facebook. There is also an option to allow Seesmic determine which account you are using to send reply.

Well, there’s still room for improvement and for us to explore this application, so have a try and enjoy!

How to type special characters in Macbook

I’m really impressed by what a MacBook can do. Back then when I used my old PC or notebook, I’ve had gone thru some trouble to find how to type special characters, especially when I worked on my French course homework and needed to type é, è, ê, œ, ç, etc. I had a character map and had to switch keyboard layout to do those things. Recently, I found that I wouldn’t need any character map nor to switch layout. All I have to do is press Alt/Option button and one or two other key. The best part is, I don’t have to remember the combination, because Apple made the combination very intuitive. For example, to make a ‘ç’ we only need to type Alt-c and add Shift to make it capital or to make a œ we just simply type Alt-q since ‘Q’ somehow looks like ‘œ’.

Here’s the complete combination:

Type Alt and the character in the left column to create the character in the right one:

` + a/e/i/o/u --> à/è/ì/ò/ù *
1 --> ¡
2 --> ™
3 --> £
4 --> ¢
5 --> ∞
6 --> §
7 --> ¶
8 --> •
9 --> ª
0 --> º
- --> –
= --> ≠
q --> œ
w --> ∑
e + vowels --> á/é/í/ó/ú *
r --> ®
t --> †
y --> ¥
u + vowels --> ä/ë/ï/ö/ü *
i + vowels --> â/ê/î/ô/û *
o --> ø
p --> π
[ --> “
] --> ‘
\ --> «
a --> å
s --> ß
d --> ∂
f --> ƒ
g --> ©
h --> ˙
j --> ∆
k --> ˚
l --> ¬
; --> ;
' --> æ
z --> Ω
x --> ≈
c --> ç
v --> √
b --> ∫
n + a/o/n --> ã/õ/ñ *
m --> µ
, --> ≤
. --> ≥
/ --> ÷

* release the first two keys (e.g. Alt+`) before typing the letter to be accented, including capitalized letter. For example, Ü is the result of the combination of Alt + u -> [release] -> Shift + u.

Type Alt + Shift and the character in the left row to create the character in the right one:

1 --> ⁄
2 --> €
3 --> ‹
4 --> ›
5 --> fi
6 --> fl
7 --> ‡
8 --> °
9 --> ·
0 --> ‚
- --> —
= --> ±
q --> Œ
w --> „
e --> ´
r --> ‰
t --> ˇ
y --> Á
u --> ¨
i --> ˆ
o --> Ø
p --> ∏
[ --> ”
] --> ’
\ --> »
a --> Å
s --> Í
d --> Î
f --> Ï
g --> ˝
h --> Ó
j --> Ô
k --> 
l --> Ò
; --> Ú
' --> Æ
z --> ¸
x --> ˛
c --> Ç
v --> ◊
b --> ı
n --> ˜
m --> Â
, --> ¯
. --> ˘
/ --> ¿

Poetic Love Dialogue

***
And then later in the darkness: Can I ask you something?
Yes. Of course you can.
What would you do if I died?
If you died I would want to die too.
So you could be with me?
Yes. So I could be with you.
Okay.
***

Dialog yang puitis. Menurut Anda siapa yang berdialog? Dialog di atas saya ambil dari buku The Road karya Cormac McCarthy. Kalau Anda sudah membacanya tentu tahu siapa yang berdialog. Jika belum, saya yakin sebagian besar dari Anda menebak dialog tersebut dilakukan oleh sepasang kekasih. Bukan. Dialog tersebut dilakukan oleh seorang ayah dan anaknya.

Outliers

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Penulis: Malcolm Gladwell

– Inspiring, Revelatory –

Kebetulan saya beli buku ini edisi paperback terbitan Penguin Books dan kalimat di atas tertera di pojok kiri atas dan, jujur, benar-benar mencerminkan isi buku ini. Anda yang ingin sukses, disarankan membaca buku ini, karena di dalamnya dipaparkan fakta-fakta bahwa apa yang selama ini kita anggap sebagai syarat menggapai kesuksesan ternyata tidak sepenuhnya benar. Ada hal-hal lain yang seringkali tidak kita duga.

Penulis membagi hal-hal yang mendukung kesuksesan menjadi 2 kelompok besar, yaitu kesempatan (opportunity) dan warisan (legacy). Warisan di sini bukan warisan dalam bentuk harta benda, melainkan warisan budaya, cara berpikir, etos kerja dan sebagainya.

Pertanyaannya adalah apa saja kesempatan dan warisan yang mendukung kesuksesan seseorang? Semua itu bisa Anda jawab dengan membaca buku ini. Apa yang dijabarkan oleh penulis mungkin hanya sedikit contoh. Kita bisa mengembangkan sendiri kemungkinan-kemungkinan kesempatan dan warisan yang kita punya untuk mencapai kesuksesan kita.

Buku ini juga sudah diterjemahkan ke dalam Bahasa Indonesia dan diterbitkan oleh Gramedia. Tapi, percayalah, setelah selesai membaca buku ini, Anda akan berharap membaca versi bahasa aslinya. 🙂