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Suatu hari Rasulullah SAW bermaksud belanja. Dengan bekal uang 8 dirham, beliau hendak membeli pakaian dan peralatan rumah tangga. Belum juga sampai di pasar, beliau mendapati seorang wanita yang sedang menangis. Beliau sempatkan bertanya kenapa menangis. Apakah sedang ditimpa musibah ? Perempuan itu menyampaikan bahwa ia adalah seorang budak yang sedang kehilangan uang sebesar 2 dirham. Ia menangis sangat takut didera oleh majikannya. Dua dirham dikeluarkan dari saku Rasulullah untuk menghibur perempuan malang tersebut. Kini tinggal 6 dirham. Beliau bergegas membeli gamis, pakaian kesukaanya.

Akan tetapi baru beberapa langkah dari pasar, seorang tua lagi miskin setengah teriak berkata, “Barang siapa yang memberiku pakaian, Allah akan mendandaninya kelak.” Rasulullah memeriksa laki-laki tersebut. Pakaiannya lusuh, tak pantas lagi dipakai. Gamis yang baru dibelinya dilepas dan diberikan dengan sukarela kepadanya. Beliau tak jadi memakai baju baru.

Dengan langkah ringan beliau hendak segera pulang. Akan tetapi lagi-lagi beliau harus bersabar. Kali ini beliau menjumpai perempuan yang diberi dua dirham tersebut mengadukan persoalan, bahwa ia takut pulang. Ia khawatir akan dihukum oleh majikannya karena terlambat. Sebagai budak saat itu nilainya tidak lebih dari seekor binatang. Hukuman fisik sudah sangat lazim diterima. Rasulullah diutus di dunia untuk mengadakan pembelaan terhadap rakyat jelata. Dengan senang hati beliau antarkan perempuan tersebut ke rumah majikannya. Sesampainya di rumah, beliau ucapkan salam. Sekali, dua kali belum ada jawaban. Baru salam yang ketiga dijawab oleh penghuni rumah.

Nampaknya semua penghuni rumah tersebut adalah perempuan. Ketika ditanya kenapa salam beliau tidak dijawab, pemilik rumah itu mengatakan sengaja melakukannya dengan maksud didoakan Rasulullah dengan salam tiga kali. Selanjutnya Rasulullah menyampaikan maksud kedatangannya. Beliau mengantar perempuan yang menjadi budak tersebut karena takut mendapat hukuman. Rasulullah kemudian menyampaikan, “Jika perempuan budak ini salah dan perlu dihukum, biarlah aku yang menerima hukumannya.” Mendengar ucapan Rasulullah in penghuni rumah terkesima.

Mereka merasa mendapat pelajaran yang sangat berharga dari baginda Rasulullah. Karena secara refleks mereka menyampaikan, “Budak belian ini merdeka karena Allah.” Betapa bahagianya Rasulullah mendengar pernyataan itu. Beliau sangat bersyukur dengan uang 8 dirham mendapat keuntungan ribuan dirham, yakni harga budak itu sendiri. Beliau berkata, “Tiadalah aku melihat delapan dirham demikian besar berkatnya dari pada delapan dirham yang ini. Allah telah memberi ketenteraman bagi orang yang ketakutan, memberi pakaian orang yang telanjang, dan membebaskan seorang budak belian.”

Akhirnya, rahmat dan kasih sayang, bantuan dan pertolongan kepada masyarakat bawah akan mendatangkan kesejahteraan dan kemajuan. Allah berfirman dalam sebuah hadits Qudsyi. “Bahwanya Allah menolong hanba-Nya, selama ia menolong saudaranya.”
sumber: kompasiana.com

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Ketika segala sesuatunya menjadi lebih sederhana dan mudah, kehidupan terasa hambar. Tiada tantangan. Maka kita akan membuatnya jadi lebih kompleks dan sulit. Kita akan mencari tantangan baru. Kita mencari masalah baru. Dan saat segala sesuatunya menjadi lebih sulit, kita ingin menjadi mudah. Kita ingin menyederhanakannya. Sudah menjadi sifat manusia seperti itu. Ada keinginan untuk selalu mencoba sesuatu yang lain dari yang sudah diketahuinya. Sehingga kehidupan kita tidak akan pernah sederhana.

Ketika seseorang ingin kaya, tetapi jalannya terlalu lama dan berliku, penuh dengan tantangan berat, mungkin dia mengambil jalan pintas. Lalu, ada kesempatan bagus, dia korupsi. Berusaha menyederhanakan dan mempermudah jalan kehidupannya. Melewatkan pelajarannya. Sebaliknya ketika anda sudah mencapai satu bisnis yang cukup sukses dan besar, yang telah membuat anda kaya, anda mungkin akan mencari tantangan baru. Merambah ke bidang lain. Mendirikan perusahaan yang lebih besar lagi. Bukan hanya alam yang menjadikan hidup kita rumit dan sulit, tetapi juga diri kita sendiri.

Ketakutan dalam diri juga akan semakin bikin hidup lebih rumit. Ini adalah pelajaran yang paling kita takutkan. Menghadapi ketakutan kita. Apakah anda dengan gagah berani menghadapi rasa takut anda? Mudah-mudahan ya…. Ketakutan ada agar kita bisa belajar. Kalau rasa takut tidak ada, kita akan celaka – kita akan turun dari lantai 10 ke lantai 1 langsung meloncat begitu saja. Tetapi ketakutan harus tetap dihadapi. Itulah satu-satunya cara mengalahkan rasa takut kita. Dimana ketakutan anda berada, disitulah pelajaran paling berharga sedang menunggu anda. Disanalah sumber yang anda cari. Disanalah anda didorong untuk bertumbuh.

Keinginan untuk memperpendek proses belajar juga akan semakin membuat hidup ini tidak lagi sederhana. Kita ingin naik dari lantai 1 ke lantai 10 tanpa melalui lantai 2. Mungkinkah? Proses belajarnya tidak akan bisa kita persingkat. Tetapi waktu yang kita butuhkan untuk belajar, bisa kita percepat. Proses belajar kita tetap selangkah demi selangkah. Hidup ini ibarat sederet anak tangga. Pijakan demi pijakan. Pelajaran demi pelajaran. Kita harus memastikan bahwa pijakan kita telah mantap pada anak tangga yang satu, baru melangkah ke pijakan berikutnya. Anda bisa melewati 20 anak tangga dalam 20 detik atau 1 jam. Terserah anda. Anda bisa mempercepat waktu belajar anda dalam satu fase kehidupan atau memperlambatnya. Tetapi tidak bisa melompatinya. Anda tidak bisa menjalani hidup hari senin, lalu begitu anda bangun, ternyata anda sudah berada pada hari jumat. Atau anda ingin melompati masa-masa umur 30-an. Detik demi detik, menit demi menit, jam demi jam, day by day, and ………….. kita tidak menyadari bahwa kita telah berumur 50 tahun. Coba anda bayangkan seharusnya berapa banyak materi pelajaran yang telah kita lahap selama kita:
sumber : inspirasi.com

cromeGoogle Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and we are working with multiple OEMs to bring a number of netbooks to market next year. The software architecture is simple — Google Chrome running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.

Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.

We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don’t want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet.

We have a lot of work to do, and we’re definitely going to need a lot of help from the open source community to accomplish this vision. We’re excited for what’s to come and we hope you are too. Stay tuned for more updates in the fall and have a great summer.

by Google Chrome Blog.

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The use of Web 2.0 technologies in enterprise systems is changing the way organizations create, integrate, explore, analyze, and deliver information. Used wisely, Web 2.0 can significantly improve the productivity and effectiveness of business users. In this article, I explore new Web techniques that aid the development of richer and more flexible business intelligence (BI) applications, focusing specifically on technologies for building rich internet applications (RIA) and an associated web-oriented architecture (WOA).

Rich Internet Applications
Since the early days of the mainframe, user interfaces have gone through four generations of technologies:
1. Dumb terminals that provided a secure, easy to maintain, but basic user interface.
2. Client/server computing where most of the user-interface processing was offloaded from host servers to desktop client computers. This approach provided a richer and more interactive interface, but increased hardware costs and the complexity of securing and maintaining the user-computing environment.
3. Web 1.0 technologies where most of the user-interface processing was moved back to host servers. The use of web technology eliminated many security issues and reduced hardware and maintenance costs, but it also led to static user interfaces and new web-related security issues. .
4. Web 2.0 technologies where the user-interface processing is split between the user’s computer and the host server. Most of the user interface rendering, however, is done on the user’s computer. This approach improves the richness and interactivity of the user interface, and is ideally suited to the dynamic nature of BI applications. These technologies, however, often increase development complexity and the security issues that exist in the web environment. Applications built using Web 2.0 approaches are often called rich internet applications (RIAs).
Web 2.0 RIA technologies represent some of the best approaches developers have ever had for building and deploying highly usable, rich, and dynamic user interfaces. One key aspect of the RIA approach is that the user’s web interface does not have to be completely refreshed after each interaction. With the good design practices, this approach improves responsiveness and interactivity.

The dynamic RIA approach, however, is not required in all cases. The server-side user-interface rendering of Web 1.0 has the advantages of supporting older web browsers, being easier to develop, and being faster for static content.

There are a number of technologies for developing RIAs. The two common ones, from a user interface perspective, are AJAX (synchronous JavaScript and XML) and Adobe Flex/Flash. There is considerable debate in the industry about which of the two is better. One issue is that not all of Adobe Flex/Flash is open source. In reality, however, the two options are not mutually exclusive. AJAX is better for some applications, whereas Flex/Flash is more suitable for others. The two can also be combined in the same application. Many BI vendors support both approaches.

Before Web 2.0, many companies (and also BI vendors) supported web-based portals that offered role-based and tailored interfaces for business users to access and interact with multiple IT applications. In a portal environment, the user’s screen consists of multiple segments where each segment, or portlet, interacts with a specific application or service. Initially, these portlet interfaces were unique to each vendor’s portal product, but there has been a trend to standardize these interfaces so that portlets can be used by multiple products.

With the advent of Web 2.0, developers have created gadgets that provide a similar capability to portlets. The different is that a portal is not required to use them (or in some cases even a web browser). Some portal vendors are now providing portal wrappers for gadgets that enable them to act as portlets.

Gadgets are very easy to add to a web page, and some vendors now offer user interface mashups that allow users to quickly add gadgets to a web page and connect them together. To demonstrate the power of this approach, BI vendors often demonstrate a mashup consisting of a gadget that retrieves information from a data warehouse and displays geographical information using a Google Earth gadget. Mashups are an ideal approach for quickly building temporary BI applications and for prototyping.

Web–Oriented Architecture.
One key aspect of using Web 2.0 in the enterprise is a distributed computing environment using a services-oriented architecture (SOA). Although an SOA is often thought of as a new approach, it is not. Companies have been building distributed systems for years. In the past, however, the technologies used were often unique to each vendor (DCOM and CORBA, for example), which made interoperability in a heterogeneous environment difficult and complex. Web services technologies have helped reduce this complexity through the use of open standards.

While many companies have been successful with building an SOA, many others have not. One of the biggest issues is retrofitting existing legacy applications into an SOA. This is complex and resource intensive, and has also been difficult to do for vendors of existing BI and data integration products.

A service-based architecture is easier to implement when applications and tools are designed from the ground up with an SOA in mind. In this case, the applications and products can be built using Web 2.0 technologies and designed as components that can easily be implemented and called as services. This so-called web-oriented architecture (WOA) approach represents a subset of a full SOA environment, and is ideally suited to supporting rich internet applications.

While many of the WOA services are implemented using more traditional web services technologies such as WSDL/SOAP, there is trend towards using simpler and more flexibly technologies such as REST. This is especially the case when building light-weight and point-to-point web solutions. Development is faster and easier, and is also ideally suited to prototyping. The downside is less security, reliability, and scalability. Again one solution does not fit all – each technology has its own strengths and weaknesses.

What About Data Integration?
So far we have talked about integration at the user-interface level using an RIA, and at the application level using a WOA and SOAP/REST protocols. The remaining topic to consider is the use of these Web 2.0 technologies in data integration.

A WOA can support data-centric services in addition to application services. A data service could, for example, access information from a data warehouse, do a data lookup, validate data quality, perform a data transformation, or do some data analysis.
In data integration, as with user-interface and application integration, there is move to provide light-weight web development approaches. Several vendors, for example, support the concept of a data mashup where multiple XML data streams and files can be easily combined and transformed into an output XML data stream that in turn can be used in a gadget or user interface mashup. Examples here include IBM InfoSphere MashupHub and the Denodo Data Mashup Server.

Conclusions
There are a wide range of Web 2.0 technologies appearing on the market that improve the richness and interactivity of the Web user interface and support a services-based architecture. Many of these technologies support light-weight user-interface development, a web-oriented architecture, and simple data integration. All of these technologies can help improve the usability of data integration, business intelligence, and information delivery. They are also useful for prototyping and building temporary applications. A small percentage of temporary applications will become permanent, made more robust, and offered to a wider range of users.

Many BI vendors are now beginning to support the Web 2.0 technologies outlined in this article. You must evaluate how these BI offerings support your organization’s Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 strategies, and whether the “new” offerings are simply lipstick on old products, or truly represent a new approach to BI development and deployment.

source: Colin White “http://www.technologytransfer.eu”

Here’s a look at the hottest skills, as cited by respondents to Computerworld’s annual Forecast survey.
1. Programming/Application Development

Ask any recruiter what the single most sought-after IT skill is at the moment, and the universal response is a three-letter word: SAP.

“The little joke in our industry right now is that if you have ‘SAP’ on your résumé right now, you have zero unemployment,” says Bruce Culbert, CEO of iSymmetry Inc., an IT consulting and recruitment firm with offices in Washington and Alpharetta, Ga.

SAP experts, particularly those who are experienced with a specific module in a certain industry, are commanding $35 to $40 per hour more on average than other types of senior technicians, says Culbert. Demand for SAP skills has remained red hot because a growing number of companies are working toward establishing global instances of the ERP system, says Jill Herrin, president of IT recruiter JDResources Inc.

But not far behind is demand for IT professionals with .Net experience, say Herrin and other observers. Some companies that relied on offshore labor to deliver .Net and C# capabilities just a few years ago found that route to be “nonproductive,” says Herrin. Now they’re looking to fill those jobs in-house, she says.

Rich Schappert, senior director of IT at Casey’s General Stores Inc. in Ankeny, Iowa, says he has been filling the retailer’s demand for .Net and SQL Server programmers for the past five years by recruiting and training local college students. The company, which operates 1,500-plus stores across the Midwest, has been moving its Cobol-based financial applications into the .Net environment to reduce its mainframe costs. “[It’s also] getting tougher to find people who know Cobol,” notes Schappert.
2. Help Desk/Technical Support

Help desk and technical support skills remain in strong demand, particularly for people who offer a blend of deep technical expertise and solid customer-service abilities, says Herrin. “I have lots of customers who tell me their customer service function is broken and they need people with better communication skills,” she says.

“One of the things we’re seeing a demand for in this space is what we call a JOAT—a jack-of-all-trades—somebody who can do break/fix work and a bit of desktop support,” says Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director at IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology. Demand for well-rounded technicians tends to become more acute when companies are looking to get more work done with fewer people, she says.
3. Project Management

Even though many companies are cutting back on IT projects, there’s still robust demand for project managers with solid track records, says Spencer Lee. “A differentiator is whether the person can articulate that they’ve brought a project in on time—or, better yet, under budget—and how they did that,” she says.

Project management is one of the areas “that endure all economies and climates, where companies are constantly looking for people who understand the project and the systems development life cycles and make sure the project goals are closely aligned with the business objectives,” says Harvey Koeppel, executive director of the Center for CIO Leadership in New York.

Employers also need people with project management certificates, even at the vice president level, according to some headhunters. As of late July, The Computing Technology Industry Association had awarded 20 percent more Project+ certifications than in the previous year, says Gretchen Koch, director of skills development programs at CompTIA.
4. Networking

The ongoing convergence of voice, e-mail, video, instant messaging and other communications systems will continue to create demand for networking specialists with implementation experience. For example, Scholastic Inc. in New York posted a job opening in November for a network convergence manager to help it create a virtual call center using voice over IP, says Saad Ayub, senior vice president and CIO at the children’s education company.

Those types of projects often require new skills as well. In 2008, for example, CRST International Inc. moved from a frame-relay network to AT&T’s Multiprotocol Label Switching network and installed Cisco’s VoIP system. As part of that project, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based transportation company trained some of its IT staffers to become Cisco Certified Voice Professionals, says Steve Hannah, vice president of IT.

Network convergence projects will also heighten demand for workers with network security and data privacy acumen, Koeppel says, adding that “it’s not just pure [network] backbone and infrastructure skills” that are being sought by employers.
5. Business Intelligence

Now more than ever, corporate executives want to be able to analyze customer and sales data in order to make informed decisions about business strategies. That’s driving demand for business intelligence specialists across the board, including people with data mining, data warehousing and data management skills.

At Aspen Skiing Co., which operates four ski resorts in western Colorado, company officials will be making year-over-year comparisons on customer spending, including analyses of spending habits during the previous recession, says CIO Paul Major. “We’re going to have to get very granular with our analytics,” he says.

Meanwhile, there’s steady demand for IT professionals with experience using vendor-specific BI tools from companies such as Business Objects and Cognos, says Spencer Lee. But the toughest people to find in this area are those who can help business managers understand the type of data they’re trying to analyze and how to interpret the results, she says. “What’s difficult,” she adds, “is to find someone who’s the full-meal deal.”
6. Security

When it comes to demand for certain types of security professionals, those with SAP security experience “are probably the hottest of the hot right now,” says Herrin.

But interest in security professionals remains strong across the board. “Companies can’t ignore security requirements, even in tough economic times,” says Stephen Pickett, CIO at Penske Corp. and past president of the Society for Information Management.

There’s also strong interest in people with network and wireless security skills, as well as those with Certified Information Systems Security Professional accreditation.
7. Web 2.0/4.0

While many companies are just starting to noodle with corporate implementations of social networking applications such as MySpace and Facebook, “more and more companies are trying to reach their customers via the Web,” says Pickett.

Demand for Web 2.0 skills is also driven by the continuing expansion of business-to-business connections. For instance, Children’s Hospital and Health System in Milwaukee recently created a portal for roughly half of its physicians who work remotely. The system provides them with access to summary medical data on patients, says Mike Jones, vice president and CIO.
8. Data Center

Most of the glass-house buzz is about server and storage virtualization projects that help organizations lower their energy costs and shrink their data center footprints.

But few companies are recruiting specifically for data center skills. Instead, they’re retraining existing staff in VMware and other virtualization technologies. For instance, Aspen Skiing is considering virtualizing up to 40% of its servers in 2009, says Major. To achieve that, Aspen Skiing plans to rely on VMware and EMC to provide staff with the necessary training.
9. Telecommunications

VoIP and projects involving unified communications continue to drive demand for blended telecommunications and networking skills, particularly among small to midsize businesses that are just beginning to deploy these systems, says Spencer Lee. Interest in Wi-Fi, WiMax, Bluetooth and related skills is also growing, says Koeppel, “particularly as cities look to WiMax as a feature to attract businesses.”

source: http://www.cio.com/

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Beberapa video yang ditampilkan pada YouTube memang menarik untuk dinikmati, namun demikian bagaimana bila video yang kita tonton tersebut mengeluarkan bahasa yang tidak kita mengerti? Nah, di sini YouTube memberi solusinya. Pasalnya kini YouTube telah memperkaya fasilitasnya dengan fitur penerjemah bahasa bernama Caption/Subtitles.

Apa itu Caption dan Subtitles? Caption pada YouTube berguna untuk menampilkan teks dalam bahasa yang sama dengan video, sedangkan Subtitles berguna untuk menampilkan teks dalam bahasa yang berbeda dari yang ditampilkan di video. Nah, kendalanya terletak di sini. Kebanyakan pada fitur Subtitles tersebut hanya ada beberapa bahasa saja yang dapat ditampilkan, dan belum mencakup semua bahasa di dunia. Alhasil YouTube pun menggunakan layanan yang sebenarnya sudah banyak dimanfaatkan, apa itu? Adalah Google Translate yang kini menjadi andalan YouTube untuk menerjemahkan beragam bahasa yang ditampilkan pada gudang video tersebut.

Layanan anyar ini dapat difungsikan lewat ikon CC berwarna merah (Caption/Subtitles). Pengguna dapat mengarahkan kursor ke ikon segitiga di pojok kanan bawah jendela video, lalu arahkan kursor ke tanda panah di sebelahnya (untuk memilih bahasa sesuai video yang dipilih). Agar lebih memudahkan dalam penyetingan, maka sebaiknya pilih English sebagai bahasa awal, setelah itu silakan klik Translate untuk menemukan terjemahan bahasa lainnya sesuai harapan Anda.

sumber : infokompter

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Fitur lain yang ditawarkan oleh aplikasi Avant Browser adalah dapat menahan tampilnya animasi flash, gambar, suara, video dan pop-up sehingga kecepatan loading sebuah halaman bisa dipercepat. Aplikasi tersebut juga mendukung protokol internet pada umumnya seperti HTTP, HTTPS, dan FTP.

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