Archive for June 2007

Apache, PHP and Windows File Security

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Not again! 😐 masa dalam 1 hari gw posting 2 topik yang kagak beda2 jauh nih. Tapi daripada keburu lupa gapapalah. Intinya gini, masih seputar osc juga. Setelah beres instalasi osc di wamp dia terus2an ngasih warning bahwa dia masih bisa nulis ke file konfigurasinya, dan dia bilang itu berbahaya untuk keamanan. Jadi dengan semangat 45 gw berjuang bagaimana set security file tersebut supaya tidak bisa ditulis ama si apache. Sebenernya sih ga perlu2 banget, karena toh itu warning cuma keluar di development server yang ga bisa diakses orang. Tapi ga enak aja liatnya nongol2 terus. Udah gw utak atik ga bisa2 juga. Gw sampe bikin user windows yg khusus cuma buat jalanin service apache doang, masih ga bisa juga. Sementara kalo di linux kan tinggal maenin chown atau chmod-nya aja 🙁 hiks.

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PHP, Apache and Cookie

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What about it? Ada masalah apakah dengan PHP, Apache dan Cookie? Seharusnya sih gak ada, tapi saat lagi kerja di development server yang di akses dengan http://localhost, entah kenapa fungsi setcookie() ga berhasil2 menyimpan data yg gw mau. Gw cobain di firefox dan ie, tapi tetep aja ga bisa2. Padahal kalo udah di deploy ke server dengan real domain name kagak ada masalah, fine2 aja semua.

Sedikit flashback, awal mulanya gw cari solusi biar osc selalu ga nampilin session id di url. Cara tercepat pastinya dengan aktifin force cookie di admin. Dengan sedikit efek samping yaitu meningkatnya probabilitas kehilangan calon customer yang settingan browsernya nge-disabled cookie. Syukurlah kata bos gw nilainya sangat tidak signifikan, sehingga masih bisa diabaikan. Tapi entah kenapa, browser gw selalu dianggep mendisabled cookie, padahal gw yakin banget kagak gw disabled, wong melanglang buana di web2 yang butuh cookie di internet selalu bisa ko.

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Web Design Tips for Graphic Designer (part 2)

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Back to Starting Point (^_^)

  1. Use browser UI

    Best website design strategy is to print screen your browser in targeted resolution, and paste it in your photoshop. Do all the design above this layer. This will help you with good perspective of your design in a browser

  2. Begin with the end in Mind (It’s important to know your target before you start working)

    • The one thing you should always keep in mind is you will cut your design to pieces in the Final step

    • Why? because in website design, image total size and quantity is very important (one big image will seems to load longer than if we cut it into 3 smaller images, because with 3 images the browser will show the image one by one, and it’ll be faster then having to wait one big image fully downloaded)

    • Use repeated pattern. If you can, try to have repeated pattern for background. You can have a smaller cut and set it as background image (it could be repeated horizontally, vertically or both). It will save total image size compare to having the whole image

    • However, if you’re very sure that your targeted website visitors won’t have any problem such as low bandwidth (low internet speed), skip this step

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Web Design Tips for Graphic Designer (part 1)

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I tried out Yahoo! Answers a few days ago, the result, it’s quite addictive. But that’s not what I like to share right now. While trying to answer some questions, I found a graphic designer asking for some tips to design websites.

Designing a website….graphically not with programming languages?

what should i know?
what size should i be working on?
im already photoshop, illustrator. flash literate.

what kind of resolution i should be aimed at?

And here is my answer:

First of all, I suggest you to keep working with photoshop, you don’t need to jump directly to a new program to design a website. I believe you already have experience in graphic design, either hard copy, soft copy or even both. Then, what you need to know is the Main Concern in designing a website compare to other graphic design.

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What Makes a Hero: Experiences

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For me, being a hero doesn’t mean you need to save thousand of lives. Being a hero is about having people smile at you because what you’ve helped them with. It’s about how good your heart felt when you see their graceful faces. I have some experiences I still remember, I would like to share two of them:

THE FIRST ONE happened a few years ago, I went to a shopping center and their escalator was being repaired, so we need to take the stairs. While at it, I saw two women walking down and heavily carry a trolley. In front of me was 2 male staffs of the shopping center. They walked fast beside them and said – “ko maksa banget sih mbak?” — The meaning is, the staffs were saying (kinda blaming) that they shouldn’t carry it through the stairs. They then just walk by and ignore those women, really annoyed me. I know this is a chance and I believe I’m stronger then those women. So I rushed myself and gave them a hand. Well…, both hands actually 😛 They were kinda surprised and thanked me after we reached the lower level. I didn’t even remember their face, but I still remember how good it felt in my heart.

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What Makes a Hero

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We (me n uly) have just completed the 1st season of Heroes last sunday. I really recommend this series. But I need to warn you, be very careful, it’s addictive you might not survive (^_^) We’re dying for the next season. Four thumbs up to Tim Kring and his team.

Heroes - The SeriesWatching this series has given me a strange thought that the World needs heroes. And I’m sure it really does. Can anyone explain why heroic stories has always been a great topic to be brought up? Children like watching it on cartoon TV shows, teenagers are crazy about the comics, and adults are queuing in front of the movie ticket windows. Everyone love heroic themes, and I say, It’s because they need heroes, we need heroes, the world needs heroes. But that’s not all, there’s one other thought which is beyond it: We want to be heroes. Perhaps not everyone realize this, but there’s an urge inside everyone to become a hero.

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Cipoa at TIM

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di Taman Ismail MarzukiI went to Taman Ismail Marzuki and watched a play yesterday. A great performance by Teater Mandiri. My uncle was one of the artist. He was the one giving us the invitation. Us were me, uly, mom, dad, uly’s mom, aunt eva and her husband. That’s 7 excluding my uncle’s wife and kids. The play was Cipoa by Putu Wijaya. We were actually a bit late for the play, trapped in an awful traffic. But luckily, my uncle could persuade the team to hold the start until we arrive (phew). So it started a few minutes past 8 (pm).

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