Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dear wifey - Writing the blazing brain

Dear wifey,

Do you know why I often state that I like writing? It is because writing bring a lot of advantages. Writing in here is unformal writing like journal, blog or some short programming blog post and not technical academic writing where you are really superior.

One of the main advantages of writing is organize how we think and maintaining idea. Human brain is enermously awesome. It is our microprocessor that allows us to process so many things in very fast time concurrently. In detail it works by transmitting many signals between so many neuron. There will be sometime that we think many things at once. Jumping from here and there but nothing in focus. In other chances maybe one time we have a great idea. We are cultivating the idea inside the brain. Polish it and modify it. Somehow in not too long time simple distraction can make us totally forgot about that idea. Didding up that idea beal will be need a big effort if not possible at all.

Here comes writing to help manage the idea and how we think. Writing help us to organize large amount of ideas that floating in our head. We start focus by choosing the one that took most of our interest. Write something about it in self brainstorming phase. As the times goes usually the ideas will evolved and enhanced by itself. I have proved that statement. As an example even before writing the code most of the software development methodology encourage to write uses case first. Use case is human textual definition of the software. From that description we will separate some software parts and modules. Only after those steps finished we can start code. Those steps will make sure we will walk in correct path. Without proper writing the idea the possibility of wiriting wrong software will be to obvious.

Wow that was too technical thing in describe the advantage of writing, isn't it? Let see another advantage. Writing is very useful to finding yourself. In many advatagement of technology, many great inventions and exploration human still not get to know well about... himself. Indeed there is no suchway of finding biggest mystery in the world by only writing. However I have proved in some parts as well, writing as a media to know myself. How its works? The main example is writing journal routinely. As have been said above, our brains hit by millions or billions of idea everyday. Writing will help us to choose what is matter most to think.

As an easy reason how many advantages above can be proved, can be seen from the fact that most smartest people that ever live on earth are also a good writer. Of course there will be some exceptions. I will elaborate this maybe in another opportunity.

However regarding many advantages it has, still, writing is difficult task to do, even how much we like it. Start writing something and the suddenly lost in the middle is very common among people. In my school time, there were some occations where I have writing assignments. I will type the task use type writer. At the beginning it seems smooth. I type letter by letter and word by word. Until only 2 or 3 paragpraphs I stucked and cannot move further as if my brain run out information. I take out the paper, make it round like a ball with my hand and throw it to rubbish bin. Writing need a great effort and discipline. Even most experienced writer will face "writers block" moment some time in their life. The moment when a writer cannot find idea what to write. There is no "eaters block" right?

Recently I read an interesting article about the power of discomfort. To achieve success we will need great effort such as continuously learning and finding idea. However there is a missing piece. To be success people have to accept discomfort feeling in their process. Writing is hard and often make us discomfort and stop in the middle. Only the once that can surpress that discomfort feeling can successfully finding himself.

PS: I love you. Wait me in a beautiful nuance of europe in a few weeks.

Dear wifey: News Downloader 20131031

Dear wifey,

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dear Wifey - Proof Read, Bitte

Dear My Lovely Wifey,

If you have time, please help hubby proof read attached motivation letter drafts. Any input from you will be really valuable.

For your reference, following are information for those 3 scholarship that I will apply: 1. COSSE - Computer Simulations for Science and Engineering: 2. MATHMODS - Mathematical Modeling in Engineering: 3. DESEM - Dependable Software System:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dear wifey - The Programmer that supposed to be a teacher

It all started with Java


And then I trapped in Electrical Engineering Education of State University of Jakarta for 4.5 years continueing the search my life path. Overall it was great time in campus. I met a lot great friends, nice lecturer and many new knowledges. I enjoy most of the courses, atrending the class, go to library, doing some research project, participate in some competitions, join cool extracurriculer club and also start to earn my own money. More story to come.

Life is only easy in movies and maybe the sims game. Real life often have much challenges. Money is not everything but only money that will make our stomach full and finance our education. My tuition fee was quite affordable even on standard of between 2003 - 2008. It was exactly 1.000.000 IDR. However arrive to that age I start to realize cannot rely to my mother anymore in financing my life. Start in the second year I became the freelance door to door student tutor.

Teaching is the easiest job for college student like me. First it is in line with my own college degree, at the end I supposed to be a teacher anyway. Second, I have my own passion in sharing my knowledge. Then I became freelance teacher for some years forward.

Back to school, I am still doing my activity like usual. Except I have to decrease my hanging out time, since I had several teaching schedule in a week in several student house. Sometime I woulf go home late and have to wake early morning again to go to campus. During my university time , mostly I keep commute from my parent home to campus which took averagely 2 hour one way.

In campus I encountered my old fascination with computer. In my major, beside studying low level concept like electrical engineering to microprocessor, there are several programming courses as well. And I was falling in live again. That was C programming course that made me turned to pink. I don't know why, writing line of codes, compiling and running it produced some output like a kind release some endrophin from my body, sense of enjoyment and fulfilment. Since that day, I never look back for looking what it is called passion.

Nearing the end of my university time, I became more heavily interacted with something callwd internet. But at that time it was still expensive. Broadband internet was still not common, wifi was never heard yet, most of the housing if needed still have to use dial up to connect to internet. Internet connection through phone had been existed but still not common. Only possible to use gprs and we only could browse to wap site which is almost useless. Even zuckerberg perhaps has not entered harvard yet, no twitter and most of the phone still Nokia.

In that era I was introduced with something called Java. It jargon is WORA which mean Write Once Run Anywhere. It is available in most platform from mobile phone, desktop to server. Luckily it has c like syntax. The challenge, Java introduced me to something called object oriented programming which took several years me for me to grasp its full concept.

The first time I used Java when I participated student contest in developing software for mobile platform. I built sms gateway to respond query of muslim praying time by using location parameter. At the end, even my thesis was something relate to Java which I wrote time attendence system using Java and RFID.

Fast forward, I had graduated on March 2008. De ja vu, like when I was in high school, I lost my path and don't know what I should be. Most of my friend go back to school and be a teacher. I respect teaching job, but at that time I want something else. Even though I have to end uo teaching in some stages of my life, it should to be a lecturer or professor in uni.

I remembered, I posted several job application using dead tree paper, envelope and stamp. I was submitting about 8 to 10 applications to different companies that posted job advertisement in news paper. Most of the vacancies that i applied for was management trainee or junior engineer. Very less that replied my application. Funny thing was some of management trainee vancancy that I applied, actually was forex tradeer recruitment. So I attend the process what they called interview but actually was forex training. At the end of 3rd day training we were asked to start to search investor. What?!!

I give up job searching use traditional way. Then I encountered some online job searching website. At that time the most famous in Indonesia was JobsDb. I derping arounf the website and don't know why I entering IT as industry that I look for. Later I saw so many job posting. Database Administrstor, Project Manager, sysadmin, web designer, php prorammer and Java developer were several open position available. Hey Java! I just realized there were quite many Java vacancy. I knew Java, at least I can program simple desktop apps.

Fast forward, I invited to several interviews. Software started to be a hype. Much people building company to answer demand of other company that need cool software. In same chains, software company need a cool software developer. Since cool software developer difficult to find, some company doesn't bother to recruit fresh graduate like me. Moreover I can show off to them at least I had created something. I got two job offers, both were junior java developer position. I took the one has more convenience location. The journey of Java developer in Java island start that day. It was, 15 July 2008, the first time I went to work. The office located in nice house (yes the office is in the house) in Kebayoran Baru Jakarta. The journey has not stop yet. Now I work in Singapore. Still with some Java codes, some sql script, deployment problem, some reporting and some design pattern. The exploler still looks some another nice beautiful and colder place. Maybe Finland and Norway? Who never know.

"Passion allows you to do what you love even without getting paid. So would you code java for free? Absolutely no! " :)

PS: I love you

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dear wifey - In searching of the life path

Dear wifey,

It all start with Resistor color band.

Until 2003

After graduated from my high school, I was not clear to what life path that I would like to take. Obviously that must be not relate to social science, since I dont like remembering facts. I prefer thinking and solving problem. It made me love science, especially math, physics, electronics and ... computer.

The first two I love because I like calculation. Thanks to Pak Tri Wahyudi, Pak Sahroni, Ibu Rina as some of teachers in junior highschool and highschool that cultivate this interest.

About electronics, I like device since I was child. There were quite many electronic devices that was broken in my hand just because to pay my curiosity. I just wanted to see to internal of the item. I open it, dissambly, and I dont know how to reassimbly again. When I was i junior high school, I met with Pak Wawan Gunawan that teach semi extracuriculer study electrical engineering. It started with quiz of calculating the value of resistor based in its color band. I failed, but then I found my othet interest, electronics.

I interested with computer because of its sophistication and my incapability to afford one. I met this superb device in junior highschool when we have course in DOS, wordstar and lotus 123. In highschool I learnt with word, excel, paint (yes paint!! We were teached drawing logo of several Indonesia TV station) and somehow I discovered programming started with Visual Basic. After realizing my excitement to computer, Pak Arif the computer tutor who doubling his role as physics teacher, proposed me to join computer science olympiad representing my school. He promised to tutor me along the way. Indeed he tutored me by passing some books. I was learning Pascal in several weeks. Interestingly I win the region competition and then sent to province. Since that time I fall in love with bew stuffs call programming.

Reaching the end of my highschool, I confused again about my life path. Older sister in law of my father (who partially subsidise my education expense since highschool) who I called as Matuo Lin was expecting me to be a sailor to be like her husband. Even she sent me monthly money so that I can go routinely to swimming pool so that I can chase minimum body height to be accepted in local sailor academy. However this proposal change suddenly. One day she invited me to her home. She asked what major that I want to take in university. With full of honest and pureness I said "I don't know". She seems didn't like my respond. Conclussion from that day talk was also interesting. We came out with electrical engineering. The term that seems come from no where. I assume one of he reason this proposal came out because my cousin (her youngest son) was also taking electrical engineering in University of Indonesia (one of greatest university in Indonesia). However my destiny seems not to go to that great uni. Because budget consideration, she suggest me to try State University of Jakarta.

The problems was Electrical Engineering in State University of Jakarta was not pure engineering degree. State University of Jakarta was high institution to breed a teacher that later on to university. But after conversion most of its major still relate to education. Electrical Engineering in this university didn't aim the student to be an engineer but instead to be a vocational school teacher that will teach ready to use engineer. Honestly I was expecting to be an engineer instead of teacher.

Luckily there were special track for admission in that university. For whom that have sufficient grades in high school, can enter to this university without test. I passed the special track and then enter my new life journey as Electrical Enginering Education student a.k.a teacher candidate. In the mean time I burried my dream to study in one of the greatest university in indonesia. Start from this years I started to see that often destiny is very interesting.

Destiny is not dead end path. It is open paths where we have privillage to choose the path to go. Indeed sometime there will be an obstacle along the way.