9 Reasons Why Google Apps is “Telework in a Box”

I’ve recently been thinking about how Google Voice, Google Wave and Google Buzz joining the full Google Apps lineup would make it a budget-friendly teleworking platform. Organizations can now literally purchase themselves a “telework in a box” solution — a complete office productivity software, communications and collaboration package — with little or no requirement for support from their own technical staff.

Here are some reasons why Google Apps might be your organization’s ideal telework platform:

  1. Low operating costs. Google Apps Premier Edition included everything and costs $50 per user per year. It can release you from software licensing costs and free up some of your internal technical staff from having to support telework applications, though you’ll still have to factor in some administrative and support time to provision and maintain remote users.
  2. Lower hardware costs. Outfitting teleworkers with hardware can be a major expense, especially if your organization isn’t standardized on notebook PCs. Google Apps is platform-agnostic, so teleworkers can use their own home PCs for accessing their email and documents.
  3. Lower security costs. While you aren’t going to be able to get around some administrative tasks in order to support your teleworkers using Google Apps, you aren’t going to have the security expenditures that would come with other solutions where you have to manage increased remote access to your corporate network and applications.
  4. Unified communications. The addition of Google Voice, Google Wave and Google Buzz means that Google can be a unified communications platform. Often, one of the integral elements of successful telework programs is multiple communications channels. With Google Apps, you’ll be able to offer voice, instant messaging, email and video conferencing to your teleworkers.

5 Things That Don’t Work on Facebook Pages

Should you have a Facebook Page? Before integrating Facebook Pages (sometimes called “Facebook Fan Pages”) into your social media marketing mix, you need to think strategically. Georgina provided a basic overview of the need for strategy in “Businesses and the Social Media Trap,” and I ranted about the problem of not understanding strategy in the first place in “It’s the Social Media Strategy Struggle.”

This week, I want to discuss why people become fans of Facebook Pages in the first place. I’ll follow that with some thoughts on what doesn’t really work on Pages. After that, I’ll list some things that I believe do work, based on personal and professional experience, industry news and anecdotal information.

I am surprised by the number of Facebook Pages that are popping up marketing what I would consider to be pretty “unmarketable” things for a Facebook audience. Let’s face it: Not everything should be marketed using every new cool tool on the block. Facebook Pages have specific features and functionality that may not always suit all the things you’d like to market. Facebook fans also have certain expectations in terms of how, when and why they interact on a Facebook Page.

Fungsi dan Keandalan Dari Proxy

Netcat proxyImage via Wikipedia
Sebagai istilah menyarankan, kata proxy itu sendiri artinya menjadi atas nama orang lain. Fungsi proxy juga dengan demikian sama. Mereka mengunjungi semua situs atas nama anda dan membuka jalan bagi spekulasi Anda. Semua proxy adalah substitusi untuk pengguna aktual dan server. Pengguna dan server disimpan anonim dan swasta. Semua proxy bertindak sebagai satu meter evaluasi untuk permintaan yang sedang dilakukan oleh klien dan server. Tujuan dari proxy adalah untuk membangun kembali semua permintaan dievaluasi di sisi outbound ke internet. Sebagai server dan pengguna merasa bahwa mereka berada di kontak, pada kenyataannya proxy adalah loop menghubungkan antara mereka.

Fungsi proxy dalam jaringan komputer adalah untuk menyediakan layanan sesuai permintaan klien atau surfer. Ada banyak jenis situs yang diblokir berdiri di jalan bagi non-intervensi. Namun setelah Anda membuat permintaan ke situs ini dapat memungkinkan anda untuk menjadi bagian dari itu. Tujuan dari proxy adalah untuk membuat ketersediaan ini tanpa mengungkapkan identitas Anda. Anda bisa sangat nyaman memiliki akses ke situs dan dapat memiliki informasi yang diperlukan untuk tujuan Anda.

Facebook May Share User Data With External Sites Automatically

Imagine visiting a website and finding that it already knows who you are, where you live, how old you are and who your Facebook friends are, without your ever having given it permission to access that information. If you're logged in to Facebook and visit some as yet unnamed "pre-approved" sites around the web, those sites may soon have default access to data about your Facebook account and friends, the company announced today.

Barry Schnitt, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, told us in an email that "the right way to think about this is not like a new experience but as making the [Facebook] Connect experience even better and more seamless." There will be new user controls made available, but this is a new experience: this makes Facebook Connect opt-out instead of opt-in.

The proposed change was first written about by Jason Kincaid on TechCrunch, who called it Facebook's Plan To Automatically Share Your Data With Sites You Never Signed Up For.

Apple to Introduce Two New iPhone

Apple is working two new CDMA iPhones and one of them is supposed to be introduced in the market this summer. Carriers other than AT & T will be able to sell the gadget. The wireless network CDMA is used by the companies like Verizon and Sprint. But, AT & T and most of the global carriers use GSM technology. AT&T has over 43% smart-phone customers in US, compared with 23% customers for Verizon. Additionally, Apple plans to bring a new version of its current iPhone this summer. The model is expected to be thinner and have a faster processor, two people familiar with the device said.

Some people of the company outlined that the new GSM iPhone will be manufactured by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., that produced Apple's previous iPhones. The CDMA iPhone model will be made by Pegatron Technology Corp., the subsidiary of Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer Inc., said these people. Pegatron is scheduled to produce CDMA iPhones in September.

Verizon expressed publicly its interest for CDMA iPhone. Verizon is upgrading its network for better technology. According to research firm Bernstein & Co., once the iPhone is available through Verizon, which has over 91 million customers, and potentially other CDMA carriers, it will open up a new market. In 2009, iPhone sales went up 83% globally to 25.1 million, which outnumber the 20% to 25% growth in smart phones overall sales.

Out Of Band Internet Explorer Security Update

Microsoft’s Security Response team just announced that they will be publishing an out of band cumulative update for Internet Explorer due to a publicly disclosed security vulnerability that is affecting Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. The team notes that Internet Explorer 8 installations are not affected by the security vulnerability and that the security update will be released on March 30 at approximately 10:00 a.m. PDT.

The update for Internet Explorer will be provided through Windows Updates or from the usual Microsoft sites where updates can be downloaded manually. The reason for the out of band update is Microsoft’s monitoring of the vulnerability which seemed to have uncovered an increased exploitation of the security vulnerability.

The update for Internet Explorer is cumulative as it contains nine additional vulnerability fixes that all were supposed to be released on Microsoft’s monthly patch Tuesday on April 13.

Link-link Terkait Facebook

- www.allfacebook.com
- www.checkfacebook.com
- www.insidefacebook.com
- www.thefacebookinsider.com
- www.facebook.grader.com
- www.peace.facebook.com
- www.blog.facebook.com
- www.developers.facebook.com
- www.id-facebook.blogspot.com (lokal)
- www.tips-fb.com (lokal)

Alternatif link untuk mengakses Facebook:
- fb.me
- facbook.com
- m.facebook.com
- x.facebook.com
- lite.facebook.com
- iphone.facebook.com

Facebook Antivirus

Does a Facebook-specific antivirus application sound like a good idea? Maybe not. One of our analysts saw this particular application claiming to be an antivirus wreak havoc on his Friends list. Of course, there is no such thing.

Once installed on one Friend's account, this application tags 20 Friend into a picture such as the one below:


Jika Twitter Sudah Terjangkit Phishing Attack

Today there's a phishing run underway in Twitter, using Direct Messages ("DMs"). These are private one-to-one Tweets inside Twitter.

The messages look like these:

you should change ur photo u took here - did i tell you that ur here

Steve Jobs, CEO Paling Disegani di Dunia

Steve Jobs pantas berbangga hati karena disebut sebagai Chief Executive Officer (CEO) paling disegani di dunia. Apa alasannya?

Bos Apple itu memuncaki daftar '30 CEO Paling Disegani' yang dilansir majalah finansial Amerika, Barron.

Daftar ini dibuat dengan mengidentifikasi kekuatan CEO dalam membawa perusahaan bertahan di tengah gonjang-ganjing keuangan dan bahkan sukses melakukan ekspansi bisnis.

"Sepertinya CEO yang paling berharga di dunia adalah Steve Jobs dari Apple. Hal ini tampak dari gejolak harga saham saat pemberitaan tentang masalah kesehatannya," tulis Barron.

"Apple baru-baru ini mencetak rekor, dengan nilai pasar mencapai US$200 miliar, cerminan kepercayaan diri bahwa kesehatan Jobs mampu membawa Apple menjadi pemimpin permainan," tambah Barron.

Kominfo Tertibkan Pengguna Frekuensi WiMax

Mempersingkat waktu untuk implementasi WiMax di Tanah Air, Kementerian Kominfo kini tengah menertibkan pemakaian pita frekuensi radio 2,3 GHz untuk keperluan layanan pita lebar nirkabel (wireless broadband).

Pada 23 Maret 2010, Kemenkominfo melalui Direktur Pengelolaan Spektrum Frekuensi Radio Tulus Rahardjo telah mengirimkan surat No 539/T/DJT.4/KOMINFO/3/2010 kepada seluruh Kepala Balai Monitoring dan juga Kepala Loka Monitoring Frekuensi Radio Ditjen Postel yang tersebar di seluruh Indonesia, yang isinya berupa suatu perintah bagi mereka untuk melakukan observasi dan monitoring terhadap penggunaan frekuensi radio pada pita frekuensi radio 2360 – 2390 MHz di wilayah kewenangannya masing-masing.

"Jika ditemukan pelanggaran-pelanggaran, kepada para Kepala Balai Monitoring dan juga Kepala Loka Monitoring Frekuensi Radio, diberi kewenangan untuk langsung melakukan penertiban dalam rangka penegakan hukum," papar Kepala Pusat Informasi dan Humas Kementerian Kominfo, Gatot S Dewa Broto, yang dikutip VIVAnews melalui keterangan resminya.

2010, Intel Hadirkan Prosesor Made in China

Mulai kuartal keempat 2010, China akan mulai meproduksi prosesor komputer. Pabrik prosesor milik raksasa chip komputer asal Amerika Serikat (AS), Intel Corp., akan mulai beroperasi di kota Dalian, China.

Seperti VIVAnews kutip dari kantor berita Xinhua, 29 Maret 2010, Kirby Jefferson, General Manager pabrik chip di Dalian mengatakan bahwa pabrik chip di kota pesisir itu akan memulai produksi pada pekan ke-44 tahun 2010.

Sebagai informasi, pabrik di Dalian tersebut merupakan pabrik chip pertama Intel di Asia, dan telah menerima investasi lebih besar lagi meskipun di tengah krisis keuangan global.

Dengan investasi senilai US$2,5 miliar, pabrik dibangun di Zona Pembangunan Teknologi dan Ekonomi Dalian di timur laut China, tepatnya di Provinsi Liaoning. Luas zona tersebut 160 ribu meter persegi.

Renungan: Anda di Hadapan Sang Pencipta

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Where Will Google Build Its Fiber Network?

Google over the next few months will be reviewing locales where it may build its experimental fiber network.

The search giant in February said it would build an experimental fiber optic network in an attempt to illustrate the art of the possible in a small number of communities in the U.S. Since that news, Google has been pitched by 600 responses from communities. Individuals also chimed in.

Now the requests for information are about over, Google will make a selection. Google said in a post:
Over the coming months, we’ll be reviewing the responses to determine where to build. As we narrow down our choices, we’ll be conducting site visits, meeting with local officials and consulting with third-party organizations. Based on a rigorous review of the data, we will announce our target community or communities by the end of the year.

Sejarah Huruf Alfabet

Istilah alphabet sebetulnya berasal dari bahasa Semit. Istilah ini terdiri dari dua kata, yaitu aleph yang berarti 'lembu jantan' dan kata beth yang berarti 'rumah'. Konotasi pictografis dari pengertian kedua kata ini menjadi sebutan untuk menunjukkan huruf pertama a (aleph) dan b (beth) dalam urutan huruf-huruf semit (Mario Pei,1971:176). Ini bukan berarti bahwa tulisan tersebut memakai sistem pictografis-ideografis, akan tetapi malah sebaliknya.

Orang-Orang Semit mengambil tanda gambar lembu (kepala lembu) dari huruf Hierogliph Mesir tanpa memperdulikan pengertian lembu itu dalam bahasa Mesir sendiri, sedangkan menurut bahasa Semit, lembu itu disebut aleph. Demikian juga dengan tanda gambar rumah yang mereka sebut beth. Kemudian dengan mempergunakan prinsip akroponi, tanda gambar kepala lembu, oleh masyarakat Semit dijadikan tanda untuk bunyi a dan tanda gambar rumah untuk bunyi b. Semua huruf pada alphebt Semit mempunyai konotasi seperti pictografis itu.

Daerah yang Mula-Mula Menggunakan Sistem Alphabet.

Bangsa Semit sebagai yang pertama menggunakan sistem alphabet atau abjad, agaknya sudah disepakati oleh para sarjana. Namun, daerah mana dari daerah-daerah yang didiami oleh suku bangsa Semit yang lebih dahulu menggunakannya, masih saja terdapat perbedaan-perbedaan pendapat di antara mereka. Perbedaan pendapat ini makin terlihat setelah ditemukan beberapa bukti tertulis di kawasan Sarabit al-Khadim, yaitu suatu daerah yang terletak antara Fustat dan Adhruh, (bahagian timur Qulzum sekarang).

iPhone Ranked Number One for Traffic Share in Mobile OS: Study

According to the Mobile Metrics Report by mobile advertising firm AdMob, Apple and Google dominate as a platform in the smartphone market. If you make a comparison for Smartphone Platform traffic in USA, the traffic share of iPhone has dropped from almost 70% in April 09 to approx 45% in Feb 10, but still it holds half of the traffic share .Also, the growth of Android OS is very significant in the last several months. It almost catches up the iPhone traffic share in this Feb, 2010 because more and more Android based Smartphones are coming in the market like Motorola Droid etc. The share of RIM has gradually declined, while WebOS and Windows Mobile remain pretty much saturated at the bottom.

UK Politicians 'Social Media Reputation' Assessed Through Facebook, Twitter

A rating for British party leaders' online popularity has been made available with the use of social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

MPs and candidates were said to be turning to the popular social forums as part of their campaign to test the political waters.

And one company, Yomego, has assessed their "social media reputation scores" (SMRs), based on the "noise" and "sentiment" surrounding the politicians, The BBC reported.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was said to have a popularity score of 68.20, out of 100, while that of Lead of the Opposition David Cameron's was 58.98, compared to leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg's 68.49, which was the highest.

On Line Rivalry Led 15 Year Old to Stab his Classmates

A 16 year old high school student can land up in Laguna Beach jail for a Facebook row with his ex classmates. Michael Jason Wilson stabbed his ex classmate, 17 yr old Julian C at his stomach and hit two of Julian's friend with a knife.

Julian C., drove to the house of Wilson with two 16-year-old (Nicholas L. and Sam S.) and a fourth friend. Wilson had previously attended the same high school as the four visitors.While three friends waited in the car, Wilson went to see Julian C. outside the house and a fight broke out, according to the OCDA,(Orange County District Attorney's Office). Wilson pulled out a carving knife with a 12-inch blade and stabbed Julian C. in the stomach.The other two friends went out of the car to help their injured friend and disarm Wilson. However, Wilson slashed the hands and arms of Nicholas L. and Sam S. during the fight. The fourth friend was not physically injured.

UU Pers Hanya Untuk Pers Profesional

Anggota Dewan Pers, Agus Sudibyo, menegaskan bahwa penerapan Undang-Undang Nomor 40 Tahun 1999 tentang Pers hanya untuk pers profesional dan berkerja sesuai aturan Kode Etik Jurnalistik (KEJ).

"Di luar itu, sepertinya tidak perlu diterapkan," ujarnya dalam seminar kebebasan pers bertema "Membuka Akses Keadilan Melalui Peningkatan Kapasitas Jurnalis" di Padang, Minggu.

Saat ini, kata dia, makna kebebasan pers banyak disalahartikan oleh segelintir pers. Mereka beranggapan bahwa kebebasan itu mutlak, dan malah ada yang terang-terangan melanggar ketentuan kode etik tersebut.

"Hal itu jelas tidak dapat ditoleransi. Oleh karena itu, UU Pers tidak perlu diterapkan kepada mereka," katanya menegaskan.

A Software Bug May Kill You

In 1991, during the Gulf war, American Patriot missile was deployed to combat Iraqi scud missile. In one of the incident, Patriot missile missed the Scud and that resulted the death of 28 American soldiers and 100 others got injured. There was an arithmetic error during calculation which resulted inaccurate calculation since Boot.

Hawaii Searching for Internet Answers with Google

Stuck in the Internet slow lane, Hawaii and its sluggish network are hoping Google will ride to the rescue.

Through online petitions, a Facebook fan page and a YouTube video by the governor, Hawaii wants to persuade Google to choose the islands for one of its experimental fiber-optic networks, which could bring Internet speeds 100 times faster than those currently available to most Americans.

The search engine giant is launching the experiment to test new ways to build fiber networks and to demonstrate the power of quick Internet to phone and cable companies. It invited all comers to say how they might benefit, and hundreds of communities from across the country have submitted bids arguing that they're the best location for the experiment.

Hawaii's efforts may be a tough sell. The state's surfing speeds are among the slowest in the country, and legislative efforts to improve speeds haven't borne fruit. And the isolation of being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean could make building a new network impractical.

Is the Latest Union Budget a Good or Bad News for Indian IT Industry?

Although, 2010-11 Union Budget has brought some good news for the construction, hospitality, banking, education and pharma sectors, but, it does not generate any good news for IT industry. The Finance minister didn't mention anything about the extension of Tax Rebate in this budget for IT industries.

Since, the tax break ends in Mar 2011, outsourcing major such as Infosys Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro are going to lose from the Budget because there is no mention of Tax Rebate in the budget. But, the Infosys chief Mr. Murthy has a different view. In an interview before the budget, he said that IT industry is quite different from other industries. IT companies need to pay higher taxes. That's why STPI (Software technology Park of India) extension is not required.

Your Next Facebook Friend may be An FBI Agent

According to the revelation by Electronic Frontier Foundation last week, an FBI or Federal Agent can make friendship with you at Twitter or Facebook to gather more information about crime investigations. The report further described that fed agents pose as "friends" and get connected with ordinary citizens on Facebook and other sites in order to gather background information for crime investigation. This will help them find out suspects on the run.

Now, the question arises about the legality of this type of activities. As per AP news stories, the middle aged lady Lori Drew posed as a teen boy on MySpace and harassed a 13-year-old neighborhood girl who later committed suicide. She was arrested for violating MySpace's terms of service to pose as someone that she is not and convicted in L.A. before a higher-court judge overturned the ruling. Fed prosecutors are making similar type of violation. Facebook has terms and conditions that makes it illegal if the user gives false information while signing in for the account.

Wikipedia Down: Affects Millions Worldwide

Today millions of people need to access the World Wide Web on a daily basis and the email and search related services are required by them every now and then. That explains why the breakdown of such services can put a stop to their workflow and activities. Yesterday, the wiki users got a taste of the service breakdown and the Wikipedia site problem took the users by surprise. The Wiki site is accessed by millions of users for various purposes and they saw red when the site could not be accessed. It took them a while to understand what was going on. Later, the confusion was clear and the users got to know that the breakdown was triggered by a server overheating problem.

The Wikipedia European Data center got overheated and a number of Wiki servers closed down the service to stop damage to the data bank. This problem resulted in a DNS resolution failure which thwarted the attempts of the Wiki team that was trying to divert the traffic to other running servers. The users who got a 'server not found' message posted in their social networking accounts and tried to sort out the reason. Some people feared that it could be a hacking attack.

Facebook Accused of Syphilis Rise in Britain

For those who feel social networking sites are safe heaven for hook ups, here's an eye-opener. According to Health experts at NHS Hartlepool in Britain, Facebook is partly responsible for the rise in cases of Syphilis in three areas Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, where the site is immensely popular. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that is highly transmissible through sexual contact.

Sites like Facebook have made it easier for people to "meet up for casual sex", as told to Telegraph by the Peter Kelly, Director of Public Health in Teesside. According to Kelly, most of the syphilis cases he saw, came from the people who had met their sexual partners on these sites. The victims include a significant number of women.

The accusation on Facebook of aggravating STD and Facebook, has been supported by some stats that suggests, "young people in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside were 25 per cent more likely to log ontosocial networking sites than those in the rest of Britain."

Islamic Court in Nigeria Bans Twitter for Debating on Amputation

An Islamic court in Nigeria has banned the use of Twitter and Facebook websites for conducting debates on the use of amputations as a form of punishment.

The court, in the northern city of Kaduna, backed a case brought by a pro-Sharia group arguing that a rights group was hosting debates on social networking sites, which would mock the Sharia system.

The Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria has said that it would appeal against the ruling, BBC reports.

Sharia judges can order amputations of limbs for petty crimes in some states. The courts mostly deal with domestic issues such as marriage and divorce.

Gula Dapat di Ubah Jadi Bahan Peledak

Selain memiliki sejumlah kader militan, banyak juga yang berkeahlian khusus. Misalnya mengubah gula jadi bahan peledak hingga hanya dengan pandangan mata, penghitungan jumlah bahan peledak dan dampak ledakan, bisa diprediksi.

Sugiarto sendiri ditangkap dalam sebuah penggerebekan di Palembang pada November 2008. Saat ditangkap, polisi juga mengamankan 20 rangkaian bom yang selesai dirakitnya. Yang membuat miris adalah kemampuannya. Belajar dari seorang ustad di Ambon pada 2006, kemampuan Sugi -panggilan Sugiarto- dalam merakit bom, mengutip seorang anggota polisi, “semudah dia membuat mi instan”.

Padahal, dalam level JI, kemampuan Sugi masih terbilang dasar. Dalam JI, ada sejumlah nama dengan kemampuan yang jauh di atasnya. Di antaranya, Ali Imron, Ali Fauzi, Mubarak, Dr Azhari, Dulmatin, dan Umar Patek. Kabarnya, nama-nama di atas bisa mengubah gula menjadi sebuah bahan peledak dengan daya ledak cukup besar.

Bayi Terkecil di Dunia

Bertahan hidupnya bayi terkecil di dunia merupakan sebuah mukjizat di dunia kedoketeran. Bayi tersebut terlahir prematur pada minggu ke 25 dengan berat hanya 275 gram, lebih ringan daripada sebuah kaleng Coke. Bayi laki-laki tersebut terlahir di Rumah sakit Gottingen, Jerman. Terlahir pada saat kehamilan 25 mingu dan dirawat terlebih dahulu dalam inkubator selama seminggu sebelum diizinkan pulang ke rumahnya. Bayi dengan panjang 27 cm tersebut diizinkan pulang oleh dokter karena mereka meyakini bahwa bayi tersebut cukup kuat untuk dapat bertahan hidup. Juru bicara rumah sakit mengatakan bahwa dokter yakin bahwa bayi tersebut akan tumbuh secara normal, dan sehat.

Bayi tersebut lahir 15 minggu lebih awal melalui operasi caesar, setelah ibunya datang ke rumah sakit dan mengabarkan bahwa kandunganya dalam resiko.

Video: Hey Remember Me?

I can't say too much about this video without spoiling it so just watch it. I must say it caught me by surprise.

Hey Remember Me?
I can't say too much about this video without spoiling it so just watch it. I must say it caught me by surprise.

Daftar Group Aneh-aneh di Facebook

Facebook menyediakan fasilitas untuk membuat grup. Anda bisa mengumpulkan orang-orang untuk menjadi anggota grup anda, atau bisa juga menjadi anggota grup lain.

Di dalam grup biasanya berkumpul orang-orang yang bersesuaian dengan tujuan dibentuknya grup itu. Mereka bisa melemparkan permasalahan dan mendiskusikannya.

Beberapa grup Facebook berikut ini adalah grup-grup yang kelihatannya aneh dan unik karena temanya tidak biasa. Anda mau menjadi anggotanya?

Foto: Obama Kecil di Menteng, Indonesia

MUI : Alat Bantu Seks Haram

Para penikmat barang "mainan dewasa" seks toys, harus pikir-pikir seribu kali untuk memuaskan hasrat biologisnya melalui cara yang tidak menggunakan saluran seksual yang sebenarnya. Pasalnya, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) mengategorikan kegiatan seks tidak pada "tempatnya" itu sebagai perbuatan yang haram.

Seperti diterangkan Sekretaris Komisi Fatwa MUI Aminudin Yakub, Senin siang (22/3/2010).

Dipaparkan Aminudin, dalam hukum Islam terdapat kaidah hukum asal yang berkaitan dengan persetubuhan. Persetubuhan antara laki-laki dan perempuan asal-muasalnya diharamkan, hingga kemudian dihalalkan setelah terjadinya akad nikah.

Sementara penggunaan sex toys itu berkaitan dengan hubungan seksual yang menggantikan peran manusia, yang sejatinya persetubuhan hanya dihalalkan bagi manusia dengan manusia. Sedangkan tidak ada pernikahan antara manusia dengan alat. Sehingga hukum persetubuhan kembali ke hukum asalnya, yakni haram.

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Cerita Pribadi Beberapa Bintang Hollywood

Angelina Jolie : Usia 14

Setelah berhubungan seks untuk pertama kalinya, “emosi terasa tidak cukup,” kata Jolie. Jadi untuk merasa lebih dekat dengan pasangannya, ia berkata bahwa ia “mengambil pisau dan melukai pasangannya.”

Brooke Shields : Usia 22

Brooke mengatakan kepada majalah Health bahwa ia berharap telah berhubungan seks sebelumnya. “Saya kira saya tidak akan punya masalah dengan berat badan jika saya telah melakukannya, saya harus membawa-bawa 20 pon ini saat berkuliah,” katanya pada tahun 2009.

Orang Dengan Kuping Terkuat di Dunia

Kuping siapa paling terkuat di dunia? Guinness World Record menyebut nama Zafar Gill, seorang Pakistan yang pada 30 September baru lalu berhasil memperagakan kekuatan kuping kanannya dalam festival pemecahan rekor dunia yang berlangsung di Vienna, ibukota Austria, dengan mengangkat beban seberat 61,7 kg selama tujuh detik. Dengan rekor tersebut, sekaligus Zafar berhasil memperbarui rekor atas namanya. Pada 2004 Zafar berhasil menggeser Li Jian Hua asal Jiangshan, China, yang selama enam tahun memegang rekor kuping terkuat (50 kg selama 9,3 detik, 1998). Hanya selisih 1,7 kg, Zafar menggukuhkan namanya dalam Guinness Book of Record sebagai pemilik kuping terkuat di dunia.

Ahmad Dhani Kurang Setuju Gay Tapi Dukung Lesbi

Rencananya, kongres lesbi, gay dan biseks se-Asia akan digelar di Surabaya, Jawa Timur dalam waktu dekat ini. Sebagai arek Suroboyo, musisi Ahmad Dhani pun memberikan tanggapan soal kongres tersebut. Ini dia, tanggapan Bos Republik Cinta itu.

"Saya sih mau ada konferensi iblis sedunia juga nggak masalah," ujar Dhani saat ditemui di acara jumpa pers '40 Tahun Pengabdian Kak Seto' di  Cardamon, West Mall Grand Indonesia, Jakarta Pusat, Kamis (25/3/2010).

Menurut pria berusia 37 tahun itu, setiap orang berhak untuk menggelar kongres. Asalkan acara tersebut tidak mengganggu ketentraman bersama.

"Saya orang yang demokratis," kata ayah Al, El dan Dul itu.

Namun, mantan suami Maia Estianty itu memberi sedikit komentar soal adanya kaum gay dan lesbian. Tentunya, bukan Dhani kalau tidak berkomentar yang nyeleneh.

Kaum Gay dan Lesbian Se-Asia Adakan Kongres di Surabaya

Jika tak ada aral-melintang, organisasi gay dan lesbian se-Asia akan menggelar pertemuan akbar di Surabaya pada 26 hingga 28 Maret mendatang. Kegiatan yang baru pertama kali digelar di Indonesia ini bakal diikuti sedikitnya 200 peserta dari belasan negara di Asia dan didatangi peserta tamu dari benua lain.

Pertemuan yang berlabel The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Asia Regional Conference ini merupakan kongres yang keempat kalinya. Tiga kali pertemuan sebelumnya digelar di Chiang Mai, Thailand (2008), Cebu, Filipina (2005), dan Mumbai, India (2002).

Ketua Panitia ILGA Asia Regional Conference, Poedjiati Tan mengakui, perhelatan ini akan berlangsung di Hotel Mirama Grand Marcure Surabaya. Konferensi akan mempertemukan sejumlah masalah sekaligus mencari jalan keluar terkait persoalan sosial golongan minoritas ini. Di antaranya dengan menggelar seminar tentang kesehatan, pendidikan, masalah diskriminasi, dan masalah-masalah lainnya.

Foto: Furry Citra Dellina


Tips Ampuh Menjaga Account Facebook Dari Tangan Jahil

Saat ini pencurian pasword facebook sudah sangat gencar dilakukan baik dengan memasang software tertentu atau dengan cara cara lain sehingga sudah banyak  sekali korban berjatuhan akibat aksi nyeleneh bandit alam maya ini. tujuan pencuriannya sangat sederhana hanya untuk mencuri chip pocker para pengguna lain.

Untuk sedikit mengantisipasi aksi bandit maya ini, berikut tips yang mungkin akan sangat berguna untuk menghindari hacking account facebook, baik itu dilakukan oleh virus atau tangan jahil lainnya.

The Top Five Terse Steve Jobs Email Replies

Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, doesn't often answer emails from his customers but when he does his replies are short and blunt. Here's our top five.


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General Election Campaign Begins on Facebook

Social networking site Facebook has launched a new campaign to encourage its 23 million UK users to engage with the forthcoming election campaign. Democracy UK will ask questions and then aggregate opinion and debate. There will be regular polls and on election day itself, the site will also encourage users to sign up to a badge declaring that they have voted.

Sex Diseases Soaringbrdue to Facebook Romps

CASES of syphilis have increased four-fold in Britain's Facebook capital as users meet up for unprotected sex, it was revealed yesterday.

Figures released last month showed that people in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside were 25 per cent more likely to log on regularly.

And an NHS trust chief said Facebook and similar sites were to blame for a shocking rise in cases of potentially-lethal syphilis in the region.

Professor Peter Kelly, director of Public Health for NHS Tees, said: "There has been a four-fold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected, with more young women being affected."

Google China Redirects to google.com.hk, Impact and Consequences

Yesterday I have informed you about the Chinese government's stand point regarding Google. Google was asked either to maintain Chinese laws and regulations, or retreat. Some Chinese media even went on accusing Google of being linked to US intelligence agencies. Today Google has taken a massive step towards closing its business in China. It has shut down it's Chinese search site at Google.cn and redirecting visitors to Google.com.hk (Google Hong Kong)

It is still unknown whether Google will still be operating in China with its R&D office and sales office. Loads of complains are reported from both the Chinese and American users, unhappy with the change being made. There are people in China, who want to access Google, but are also redirected to Google.com.hk. Users in Hong Kong will continue to receive their existing access to Google.com.hk.

Summary Box: Google's tussle with China Censorship

10 Tips To Increase Google AdSense Earnings

Over the years, Google AdSense has emerged as a lucrative source of revenue for those willing work up their brains. Most people creating websites or blog with the intentions of generating  AdSense revenue are under the impression that they can strike gold with impressive content and  ads on the header. Their dreams are shattered long before reaching the break even. This is quite frustrating and sometime people quit. However, the game of converting the visits into clicks, requires much more than just attractive layout and engaging content. The key is optimize your site for Google AdSense using the features and tools to your advantage. You need not be reminded - if you are earning Google is also earning. We made an effort to filter out some unique tips for increasing your Google AdSense earnings.

1. Use keywords to get Google AdSense clicks

Using appropriate keywords can generate handsome Google AdSense earnings. For higher paying keyword you can search the Google Keyword Tool. Some keywords can pay rich dividends. Some of them pay much higher than the average. By researching for high paying keywords you can increase the online revenue.

2. Blend the ads with background

In order to get ad units blend into content you can get higher click through ratios. See to it that the background colors should match the background colors of the surroundings. It should normally be white and the link color for titles should match the color of all the other hyperlinks on the page.
Try to experiment a lot with making the AdSense color background consistent with the web page colors. Experimentation is necessary, as sometimes you might land up with a low number of clicks for AdSense banners consistent with background. However, in certain instances the AdSense banners and web page colors match, and this can get high AdSense clicks.

Kunci Jawaban UN 2010 Beredar di Lamongan

Ujian Nasional (UN) masih sekitar dua pekan lagi, namun uniknya bocoran jawaban soal UN telah beredar di masyarakat. Bocoran dimaksud antara lain beredar di Lamongan, Jawa Timur.

''Informasi bocoran kunci jawaban UN dipastikan tidak benar dan menyesatkan. Berdasarkan pengalaman unas tahun lalu, ada sekolah di beberapa daerah yang hampir seluruh siswanya tidak lulus unas gara-gara mempercayai kunci jawaban unas yang beredar secara umum,'' kata Kepala Dinas Pendidikan Lamongan, Mustofa Nur Ahad (14/3)

Menurut dia, soal maupun kunci jawaban unas dipastikan dalam kondisi aman dan rahasia serta tidak mungkin bocor. Sebab, sejak pembuatan soal, pencetakan sampai pengiriman ke sekolah-sekolah selalu di bawah pengawalan polisi.

A Bad Week for Google?

By some accounts, this week hasn't been so great for Google.

The first bit of bad news concerns sales of Google's Nexus One phone.

On Tuesday, the market analytics firm Flurry released a report saying initial sales of Google's Nexus One phone have been slim compared to the Droid and the iPhone. The firm compared sales of those those phones over the first 74 days they were on the market. In a blog post, Flurry says it chose that time period because that's how long it took the original iPhone to sell 1 million handsets when it was released in 2007.

Facebook Responds to Massive Phishing Scheme

Facebook has responded to a an apparently massive attempt to steal passwords from its users.

"There's another spoofed email going around that claims to be from Facebook and asks you to open an attachment to receive a new password," read a post on the Facebook Security page. "This email is fake. Delete it from your inbox, and warn your friends."

Facebook will never send users a new password in an attachment, the post says.

Is Voice Becoming The New Text (again)?

On a recent episode of the TV show "Modern Family," a character named Mitchell gets in his car and does something that's frustratingly familiar for early adopters of technology:

Facebook Kicks Off Implementation of QR Codes

I can’t see this on my own Facebook profile yet, but we’ve gotten a number of tips in our inbox in the past 10 minutes so it’s safe to assume it’s not a hoax or anything: Facebook appears to have started enabling users to generate custom two-dimensional QR codes.

Taati Etika Berinternet, Yuk!

”Tidak boleh menggunakan komputer untuk melukai orang lain”, itulah isi nomor satu dari ”10 Etika Komputer” dari Computer Ethics Institute, Amerika Serikat. Etika ini banyak diadopsi untuk merumuskan etika berinternet secara umum.

Tak ada aturan baku karena etika kan sifatnya tak tertulis. Etika lebih bersifat filosofis. Untuk konteks dunia teknologi informasi, bersifat borderless alias tak mengenal batas negara dan mengayomi semuanya. Bagi netizen, dia lebih tinggi nilainya daripada perangkat hukum yang dibuat negara.

Lalu, bagaimana jika etika berinternet atau netiket kita langgar? Hmmm..., pasti kalian tidak lupa, kan? Di Bogor, kasus penghinaan lewat Facebook menggiring seorang cewek divonis bersalah oleh pengadilan dengan hukuman dua bulan 15 hari.

Enggak keren kan, gara-gara sembrono di dunia maya, hidup kita dihantui stempel ”narapidana” dalam kasus yang tak seharusnya terjadi.

Google TV Gandeng Intel, Sony, dan Logitech

Perusahaan internet raksasa dunia, Google Inc, tak henti-hentinya berinovasi. Setelah sukses mengembangkan sistem operasi Android, kali ini Google berancang-ancang meluncurkan web televisi atau web TV yang juga berbasis Android.

Tak tanggung-tanggung, untuk pengembangan web TV itu, Google bakal menggandeng Intel Corp, Sony Corp, dan Logitech International SA. "Proyek ini akan dinamai Google TV," ujar dua orang sumber yang ikut dalam pertemuan Google dengan perusahaan-perusahaan tersebut, kepada Bloomberg, Kamis (18/3/2010).

Nantinya, tambah mereka, Google TV akan menggunakan chip milik Intel. Sedangkan Logitech akan menjadi pengembang keyboard yang bisa beralih fungsi menjadi remote control.

Bintang Porno Wajib Pakai Kondom

Dalam upaya menekan penyebaran penyakit menular seksual (PMS) seperti HIV AIDS, para pejabat di California Amerika Serikat tengah mempertimbangkan penerapan aturan wajib kondom bagi artis film porno.

Dewan Keselamatan Pekerja California, Kamis (18/3/2010) telah memutuskan untuk mempelajari lebih lanjut proposal yang akan mewajibkan bintang film porno menggunakan kondom saat beradegan seks.

Enam anggota Dewan Keselamatan dan Standar Kesehatan Pekerja California secara bulat menyepakati perintah kepada komite penasehat untuk mempelajari proposal dari sebuah lembaga advokasi AIDS. Yayasan tersebut mengajukan petisi pada Desember lalu untuk mewajibkan penggunaan kondom dalam industri porno.

Pengguna Facebook Mobile Capai 25,1 Juta

Akses terhadap situs-situs jejaring sosial melalui browser mobile terus mencatat pertumbuhan signifikan. Lembaga riset ComScore melaporkan, pertumbuhan akses ke Facebook melalui perangkat bergerak sekitar 112 persen, sementara Twitter meroket hingga 347 persen.

Melalui laporan yang sama, per Januari 2010, tercatat sekitar 25,1 juta akun mengakses Facebook via browser mobile-nya, meningkat 112 persen dibandingkan tahun lalu.

Sementara itu, pada periode yang sama, MySpace masih cukup kuat dengan 11,4 juta pengguna, meskipun kurang dari setengah pengguna Facebook mobile.

Menarik untuk diketahui, akses pengguna Facebook telah melampaui MySpace pada Mei 2009 di ranah Internet berbasis PC. Namun, sebetulnya, situs asuhan Mark Zuckerberg itu telah mengangkangi akses MySpace di ranah Internet mobile tiga bulan sebelumnya, tepatnya pada Februari 2009.

Awas, Blackberry Bikin Lemah Otak

Memiliki telepon selular cerdas semacam Blackberry memang menyenangkan bagi sebagian orang. Dengan Blackberry, aktivitas berkirim email, chatting, hingga berselancar di internet bisa dilakukan bersamaan, kapan saja, dan di mana saja.

Namun, tahukah Anda, di balik kemudahan yang diberikan, karakter Blackberry yang mampu membuat penggunanya melakukan sejumlah hal dalam waktu bersamaan (multitasking), itu justru berisiko melemahkan kerja memori di otak.

Hal itu terungkap melalui sebuah penelitian tentang kemampuan otak untuk membentuk kenangan yang dilakukan sejumlah ahli syaraf dari New York University (NYU), Amerika Serikat.

Aurat di Depan Sesama Wanita

Aurat di Depan Sesama Wanita
Apa batasan aurat seorang perempuan di hadapan perempuan yang lain? Jika batasannya adalah antara pusar hingga lutut, maka apakah dibolehkan seorang perempuan menampakkan payudaranya di hadapan sesama perempuan?

Jual Beli via Internet

Jual Beli via Internet
Umumnya transaksi dilakukan dengan hadirnya dua orang yang mengadakan transaksi dan adanya kerelaan kedua belah pihak yang dibuktikan dengan ijab dari penjual dan qobul dari pembeli. Seiring perkembangan teknologi, terdapat beberapa alat yang bisa digunakan dari jarak jauh. Ada yang dengan suara melalui telepon atau dengan mengirimkan salinan surat perjanjian via faks atau dengan tulisan via internet. Apakah transaksi sah meski dua orang yang bertransaksi tidak berada dalam satu tempat? Apakah komunikasi yang dilakukan melalui piranti di atas sudah dinilai cukup?

Pengajian Sembunyi-Sembunyi, Tanda Kesesatan

Pengajian Sembunyi-Sembunyi, Tanda Kesesatan

Khalifah Umar bin Abdul Aziz mengatakan, “Jika engkau melihat ada sekelompok orang yang berbisik-bisik membicarakan masalah agama tanpa ingin diketahui orang lain maka ketahuilah bahwa mereka itu di atas landasan kesesatan” (Riwayat Darimi no 307).

Sungguh tepat apa yang diungkapkan oleh seorang ulama sekaligus umara (penguasa) ini. Kita jumpai di sekeliling kita bahwa orang-orang yang menyebarkan pemahaman yang menyimpang biasanya memilih metode dakwah secara sembunyi-sembunyi supaya bisa berhasil menyerat mangsa yang biasanya adalah orang-orang yang memiliki latar belakang pengetahuan agama yang pas-pasan.

Microsoft is Back in the Browser Race with Internet Explorer 9

FBI Using Phony Profiles on Social Networks to Track Criminals Online

The FBI and other federal agencies are going undercover on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and other social networks with phony profiles to gather information and communicate with suspects, according to an internal Justice Department document.

FBI agents, for example, have used Facebook to determine the whereabouts of a fugitive. Other investigators can check alibis by comparing stories a suspect tells police with their tweets sent at the same time .

A civil liberties group, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, obtained the 33-page document after suing the Justice Department. It makes the document public today on its website.

Specifically, the 33-page confidential document says undercover operations are helpful for communicating with suspects and targets of crime, gaining access to private information, and mapping social networks. However, the presentation expresses concern that undercover use may be complicated by the court’s decision in the trial of Lori Drew, who was acquitted of cyber-bullying a girl who later committed suicide, and that violations of terms of service by not using their own name can render access unauthorized.

The Age of Social Networks

Social networks share a common ingredient in design and intent, the connection of people and the facilitation of conversations, sharing, and discovery. What they do not share however, are culture, behavior, and prevailing demographics. Each network is unique in its genetic and cultural composition and it is for that reason that we benefit by becoming digital anthropologists in addition to new media marketers.

Demographics are distributed within all social networks, but only concentrated within a select few. Where specific demographics materialize varies from network to network and as such, the more effective social strategies and tactics are designed to reach target audiences where, when and how they engage.
Over the years, I’ve relied on Google Ad Planner to surface the critical demographics in order to construct meaningful and targeted social programming. Pingdom recently examined the data and packaged the results in a visually rich presentation worthy of sharing.

Militants in Aceh Are Jemaah Islamiyah, Say Indonesian Police

Anti terror police searching for Islamic militants in Aceh Besar

National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said on Tuesday that armed militants on the run in the remote mountains of Aceh are part of the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terrorist network.

Bambang said the militants, who have been the target of a bloody three-week police manhunt across the province, had been undergoing terrorist training in Jalin Jantho, Aceh Besar district, before their camp was raided on Feb. 22.

“They are all members of the regional Jemaah Islamiyah network, who are most wanted for their role in a string of bombings,” he said.

JI is a Southeast Asian network affiliated with Al Qaeda. The group is blamed for killing 202 people in Bali in 2002 and 12 others at the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta in 2003.

Barack Obama Look-alike in Demand in Asia

Striding purposefully, his smile lighting up a rainy afternoon, Barack Obama appears to have arrived here early to tour an elementary school he attended as a boy.

But wait. It's not him. The U.S. president is still back in Washington shepherding his healthcare bill toward passage. He's not due to arrive in Indonesia until next week.

So who is this guy?

He's Ilham Anas, a 34-year-old teen-magazine photographer who has parlayed a striking resemblance to the American president into his own brand of celebrity.

Since his sister told him in 2007 that he looked like the then-presidential candidate, Anas' face and megawatt smile have been seen on Southeast Asian TV and the Internet, pitching over-the-counter medicine and other products.

He has also appeared on his nation's premier television talk show and had a cameo in a movie, all while fielding offers from marketers across Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Anas is the first to admit it: He's an impostor, a walking mannequin out of Madame Tussauds. But he'll also tell you this: He's in incredible demand.

"I've got so much work I can't handle it all," he says. He's even penned an autobiography, "Because of Obama." The jacket review says Anas' resemblance to the president has "turned his life around 180 degrees."

Facebook Fed Friends Go Undercover to Keep America Safe

From Wired.Com
The next time someone tries to “friend” you on Facebook, it may turn out to be an undercover fed looking to examine your private messages and photos, or surveil your friends and family. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has obtained an internal Justice Department document that describes what law enforcement is doing on social networking sites.

Ibnu Rachal Farhansyah Kemakan Status Facebook

sumber : http://beritafenomenal.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/ibnu-rachal-farhansyah-status-facebook-nyepi-sepi-sehari-kaya-tai/

The Changing Face of the Web

The web has long been an important agent of commercial change, and it too is changing fast. iQ asked four “New Web” luminaries for their thoughts on how, where, why, and the likely consequences. Mickeal Remond, CEO of Enterprise Instant Messaging Provider, Process One gave us his thoughts….

“These are exciting times for the web as it sits on the averge of moving on from a basic directory to a dynamic interactive interface, connecting users worldwide. Closed business and social networks will disappear and be replaced by one social network… the web. With communication residing on the web, businesses need tools and applications that enable them to communicate and collaborate in real-time. We’re also starting to see a move away from traditional desktop software solutions to more flexible and lower cost web-based applications, with Google already offering browser-based desktop tools with its Google Apps suite and Microsoft also moving in this direction as it will (soon) be releasing Microsoft Office for the web.

Video: Unlock iPhone, No Sim Card, Make Calls Free

Internet Marketing Laws

One constant on the internet is that it never stays the same, changes in the technological features of the internet and the rules on how to best use those features to ones own advantage are constantly evolving. The same can be said about the laws of internet marketing. These laws can successfully be broken down into simple, but important key components that when executed together provide the springboard for internet marketers to jump beyond the distance of competitors and to net higher proceeds that are being made by internet frontrunners.

A prominent presence on the internet, a multi-faceted approach, powers behind well designed business websites that have been search engine optimized, submitted to search engines, directories, link exchanges, and more, in an effort to achieve positioning within the search engines and to build a recognizable name for the internet marketer. When this is combined with online marketing that is prominently displayed in as many areas of the internet that pertain to what is being marketed, it is a very successful combination. Partner this powerful duo with the other laws of internet marketing and you have an unstoppable edge against your competitors.

High ethical standards and practices are another set of successful marketing laws; this means being truthful about your website and the products and/or services that you provide; whether speaking to others in person, through the content contained on a website, or through email advertisements. You can add shine to the way you present information to others, convincing them to buy from you, without coaxing money from consumers with clever lies and empty promises. This also means adhering to internet regulations such as Anti-Spam Laws.

Google vs Facebook 'Oh Hell'

Social-networking star Facebook surpassed Google to become the most visited website in the United States for the first time last week, industry analysts showed.

Facebook’s homepage finished the week ending March 13 as the most visited site in the country, according to industry tracker Hitwise.

The “important milestone,” as described by Hitwise director of research Heather Dougherty, came as Facebook enjoyed a massive 185 percent increase in visits in the same period, compared to the same week in 2009.

By comparison, visits to search engine home Google.com increased only nine percent in the same time — although the tracker does not include Google property sites such as the popular Gmail email service, YouTube and Google Maps.

Facebook CommentsTNG

Facebook CommentsTNG is a plugin for your Wordpress blog that will spider your notes page and find imported Wordpress blogs and bring the comments back into Wordpress. This is a complete rewrite from the original but I did borrow some ideas from it. Kudos to the original authors for their initial effort and for their plugin giving me the motivation to write this one!

  • Will recursively scan through all notes and bring in comments
  • Test mode to see what would be imported without risking the database
  • Uses simple html dom which means it’ll be easier to fix if Facebook changes
  • Limit option to limit how far it goes back
  • Timed automatic scanning
  • Set what note you want it to start on
  • E-mail field for setting a custom e-mail, The default is facebook at philtopia dot com which has a Gravatar set up with a Facebook picture
  • Plugin can crawl your notes despite language set
  • Plugin can get accurate post time from Facebook
  • Auto approval of comments (make sure the plugin works for you before you turn this on)
  • Option to link to generic facebook.com or directly to the profile of the commenter
  • Now supports Facebook Pages!

Needle in a Haystack: Efficient Storage of Billions of Photos

The Photos application is one of Facebook’s most popular features. Up to date, users have uploaded over 15 billion photos which makes Facebook the biggest photo sharing website. For each uploaded photo, Facebook generates and stores four images of different sizes, which translates to a total of 60 billion images and 1.5PB of storage. The current growth rate is 220 million new photos per week, which translates to 25TB of additional storage consumed weekly. At the peak there are 550,000 images served per second. These numbers pose a significant challenge for the Facebook photo storage infrastructure.

NFS photo infrastructure

The old photo infrastructure consisted of several tiers:
  • Upload tier receives users’ photo uploads, scales the original images and saves them on the NFS storage tier.
  • Photo serving tier receives HTTP requests for photo images and serves them from the NFS storage tier.
  • NFS storage tier built on top of commercial storage appliances.
Since each image is stored in its own file, there is an enormous amount of metadata generated on the storage tier due to the namespace directories and file inodes. The amount of metadata far exceeds the caching abilities of the NFS storage tier, resulting in multiple I/O operations per photo upload or read request. The whole photo serving infrastructure is bottlenecked on the high metadata overhead of the NFS storage tier, which is one of the reasons why Facebook relies heavily on CDNs to serve photos. Two additional optimizations were deployed in order to mitigate this problem to some degree:
  • Cachr: a caching server tier caching smaller Facebook "profile" images.
  • NFS file handle cache - deployed on the photo serving tier eliminates some of the NFS storage tier metadata overhead

Securing Your Social Networking Brand

Social networking sites as innocent as LinkedIn and as provocative as Twitter (have you seen my stream?) have now become a personal branding vehicle many professionals. Some of us have had the unfortunate experience of losing a job we barely had thanks to social networking. Others have seen it as the boost to their career they have been wanting for years. Let’s talk about security in the context of the latter.

When I moved my blog to a setup I administered, I made two commitments to myself. The first is that I would make frequent backups because there has yet to be a flawless content management system introduced to the market and I could only assume I would have some kind of security problem along the way. The second was that I would pay money to wrap my entire blog inside an SSL stream.

My primary goal with forcing all of the traffic through and SSL tunnel was to seamlessly provide a way for me to connect and administer the content from anywhere (like a coffee shop I frequent) without fear of my credentials being snooped. Like most of us out there, I’ve hacked together some security tricks that work 95% of the time, but require some attention when they break. I didn’t want to be fiddling with a broken SSL stream when I had an inspiration for the next pile of brain vomit for my blog.

Windows Phone 7 Takes Its Cue From the iPhone

If I were to describe the attributes of a smartphone platform to you, could you guess which platform it is? Let’s try it and see. Here’s your first clue: Applications for it can only be installed through one specific app store. Since everyone has an app store these days, I’ll give you another hint. This phone family doesn’t support storage expansion through small memory cards. That should rule out a few contenders, but let’s take it one step further. The operating system doesn’t allow third-party applications to run in the background, but does allow notifications for these apps to make up for it. Think you know now? If you answered Apple’s iPhone, then you’re technically correct, but there’s a surprising answer that’s equally correct.

The phone I am talking about is not an iPhone, but the new Microsoft Windows Phone.

The very same Apple attributes are causing some iPhone critics to say “I hate it” are, as Sacha Segan of PC Magazine notes, the same attributes that Microsoft is embracing. On the one hand, it’s difficult to argue with Apple’s success. The total control of hardware and software allows the Cupertino company to offer a consistent end-user experience — something that can’t be said of Microsoft’s current Windows Mobile handsets. With Windows Phone 7 however, Microsoft is taking over the overall experience in a very Apple-like way. In order to illustrate the similarities between Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 approaches let’s look a look at some key attributes among the current and planned smartphone platforms:

Mengintip Server Raksasa Milik Facebook

Jumlah pengguna facebook semakin menggurita. Lebih dari 225 juta orang menjadi warga setia facebook hingga Mei 2009. Pertumbuhan tersebut terutama ditopang pesatnya pengguna dari luar Amerika Serikat. Di Chili dan Turki, facebook bahkan sangat digdaya. Sebanyak 76 persen dan 66 persen pengguna internet di kedua negara adalah warga “republik” facebook. Bagaimana di negara kita? Sebanyak 17,78 persen (2,3 juta) dari total pengguna internet juga tergila-gila dengan situs ciptaan Mark Zuckerberg itu.

Jumlah pengguna yang besar tentu saja menjadi berkah buat facebook. Sejumlah analis menghitung, di atas kertas nilai facebook adalah 6-15 miliar dollar AS. Tapi di balik angka fantastis itu, facebook juga harus mengeluarkan ongkos sangat besar untuk melayani hasrat narsis jutaan orang. Setiap hari jutaan foto diunggah orang dari seluruh pelosok dunia ke jejaring sosial itu. Akibatnya, facebook juga dilaporkan “ngos-ngosan” membiayai infrastrukturnya.

Pada 2007 facebook berutang 30 juta dollar AS untuk urusan server. Angka itu melonjak menjadi 60 juta dollar AS pada 2008. BusinessWeek melaporkan, utang facebook melesat menjadi 100 juta dollar AS untuk ekspansi servernya. Dengan dana sebesar itu, awalnya facebook menyewa ruang 10.000 kaki persegi di Santa Clara. Saat ini facebook mengoperasikan empat pusat data di AS (3 di West Coast dan 1 di East Coast) dengan lahan yang digunakan mencapai 45.000 kaki persegi.

Facebook’s Insatiable Hunger for Hardware

Facebook these days is doing everything in its power to imitate Google, recruiting the search giant’s sales people, poaching its senior executives and — most importantly — using infrastructure as a competitive advantage. Like Google, Facebook has figured out that the right web infrastructure is the difference between user delight and dismay. And like Google, Facebook is finding out that it isn’t cheap.

I’ve been trying to get a handle on Facebook’s infrastructure for some time, but so far have been unable to get the company to open up. The last time I reached out to them, back in January, I was hearing that they had between 1,200 and 1,500 servers, along with storage and switches from EMC Corp. and Force 10 Networks respectively. As it turns out, those server numbers weren’t even close to the total servers used by them.

The company is running around 10,000 servers, according to Data Center Knowledge, citing comments made by Facebook VP of technology, Jeff Rothschild, at a recent MySQL user conference. (See video of the panel.) Of the 10,000 servers, 1,800 are from MySQL and around 805 of them are memcached servers. In order to house its sprawling infrastructure, Facebook has leased data center space from DuPont Fabros in Ashburn, Va., and Digital Realty Trust in Santa Clara, Calif., DCK reports.

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Facebook Server Infrastructure

Om Malik reported on Gigaom.com:
The company is running around 10,000 servers, according to Data Center Knowledge, citing comments made by Facebook VP of technology, Jeff Rothschild, at a recent MySQL user conference. (See video of the panel.) Of the 10,000 servers, 1,800 are from MySQL and around 805 of them are memcached servers. In order to house its sprawling infrastructure, Facebook has leased data center space from DuPont Fabros in Ashburn, Va., and Digital Realty Trust in Santa Clara, Calif., DCK reports.
How much is Facebook spending on its infrastructure? The company isn’t going to tell us, but there are clues. Server and storage company Rackable today reported first-quarter 2008 sales of around $69 million. Facebook is one of its largest customers, accounting for around 10 percent of Rackable’s sales (that number could be higher, but we’ll have to wait for Rackable’s 10-Q to get a clearer picture), so some quick, back-of-the-envelope math reveals $7 million in spending by the social networking company. A well placed source of mine just let me know that Facebook is going to spend over $9 million more on servers this year. That should be good news for Rackable. Next on my list is an estimate of Facebook’s bandwidth and data center costs.

Waspadalah Pengguna Facebook, Server Koobface Melonjak

Bila anda aktif mengakses situs-situs jejaring sosial seperti Facebook dan Twitter waspadalah terhadap worm bernama Koobface. Perusahaan antivirus Kaspersky memperingatkan kebangkitan Koobface dalam dua pekan terakhir.

Dalam dua pekan terakhir tim peneliti dari Kaspersky Lab terus memantau Koobface. Mereka menemukan angka penurunan jumlah server Koobface dari 107 pada 25 Februari ke 71 pada 8 Maret. Tapi dalam 48 jam kemudian, angkanya malah melonjak menjadi 142.

Menurut analis dari Kaspersky, hasil pengamatan tersebut membuktikan bahwa pemilik Koobface terus menangani infrastrukturnya. "Mereka tak ingin jumlah server turun terlalu banyak karena itu berarti kehilangan kendali atas botnet," ujar Stefan Tanase, Senior Regional Researcher Kaspersky Lab EEMEA.

Jumlah Server Facebook Menembus Angka 30.000 Server

Tahukah Anda berapa banyak jumlah server yang di miliki oleh jejaring sosial Facebook sekarang ini? beberapa ada yang berpendapat Facebook mempunyai 10.000 server pada April 2008

Dengan jumlah Server tersebut bisa menangani hampir 300 juta pengguna Facebook, namun akhir-akhir ini vice president Facebook Jeff Rothschild mengatakan bahwa Facebook sekarang ini menggunakan 30.000 server agar Facebook dapat berjalan normal.

Rothschild mengatakan akan tetap terus menambah server facebook bilamana pengguna Facebook terus bertambah setiap harinya, ia juga mengatakan jumlah server Facebook masih jauh dibandingkan dengan Rackspace, 1&1 Internet dan OVH yang jumlah servernya mencapai 50.000 server.