techie life

The Nights of the Electricity Dead

light bulb

For a technology-freaky-geek like me – and most of the visitor of this page 🙂 – what could be worst than no internet connection? I’ll tell you what is: no electricity.

No internet means no browsing, no email, no chatting, no downloading… For some, it’s the end of the world. Well, if it is, then what could better describe no electricity? Hell on earth? Or the night of the living dead?

No electricity means no nothing. Not even a single working light bulb. It also means that all the ice cream in you fridge will turn into warm cream. (And we can’t let our life goes on without ice cream, can’t we?). No TV. No movies. Just imagine yourself sitting in the dark living room staring at the empty TV screen.

Some would find a short savation through their iPods. But battery could only last for so long. For others who are not that fortunate, your nights would be empty.

But that’s just a “what ifs” right? You see the scene so much in the movie but never really experienced it. The no electricity, I mean. We, modern people, have been depending on electricity so much that we are afraid imagining our life without it.

Well guess what. I went through another “Nights of the Electricity Dead”. Yas, another. For us living in the so-called third world, it’s one of the daily things we have. And believe it or not, it’s not so bad. We lit some candles throughout our house, not too many actually – our house is not that big; we sat together in our living room, enjoying the serene atmosphere; I played some songs using my nylon-classical guitar and we sang together; told funny stories and laughed together. All activities that we’d never do in the electrical world because we’re too busy watching TV or working or checking emails (or eating ice cream).

So, thank you electrical company for cutting our electricity once in a while (even though there has been too many whiles..). Darkness enables me to appreciate lights. Even the smallest ones – from the candles.

Now that the lights are on, please excuse me because I have few blogs to take care of (and few hundreds emails to read…)

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Joke of The Day: My Site is Worth Two Billion Dollars

I just came across a site called dnScoop. We can guess what they do by looking at their page title “dnScoop – Domain Name Value, History, Stats Tool and Forum.

Out of curiousity, I put the URL of my brand new blog (still building it, at the time of writing this post) –this very site you are looking right now, crossed my finger, and clicked the “Check It” button.

Bunch of statistical datas appeared – from the domain age, pagerank, traffic rank, and such – but what really caught my attention was the “Money” part (what else!). It said that one link on my site worth about $5/mo, and if there are 8 advertisers buying the links I could get about $40 per month. I smiled. Not bad for a site that still under construction.

But, here’s the joke: The Site Value Report said

The estimated value of is: $0

Then came the punchline: they smile, gave me a string of HTML code and said “Copy and Paste this code to your site.” That code will show small square banner that says “My Site is Worth $0″ Followed by a big dnScoop logo under it. It’s like having your naked picture exibited in front of your house, framed, with the name of the photographer under it. :)

Anyway, enough with the self pity. I continued the fun and went crazy checking out other sites that I visited often. It’s so fun that I decided this will be one of my slacking off activities.

I chucle a little bit when reading the link value report for It said, “We can’t generate a link value for this site.” The machine thought that no advertiser can afford placing a link ad on Google. Yet, the irony is, everybody does that all the time – for just cents per click. (AdWords, anyone?)

So, I ended the journey by copying the HTML Site Value code (of Google’s), and pasting it on my site. Now, what everybody see – on the right column of the page – is that my under-construction site is worth two billion american dollars. (And it’s for sale if there’s somebody willing to pay that much. Tee-hee).

So, how much is your site worth?

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Hello world! Really!

Yes, really.

This is my first post to the ‘real’ world. And the definition of ‘real’ here is the rest of the world outside of my beautiful country – Indonesia.

Sure, I’ve blogged before. Since around 2004-2005. But that was (and still is) limited to those who are using my mother tongue  – what else, Indonesian.

Anyway, I am welcoming my self to the real world. And I hope you are also. Please enjoy your staying here. I hope my thought can be a little bit useful.