Archives January 2011

My Blog’s Pagerank Has Just Increased

One of the idea of writing something in blog and share it is to be read.  It is not the main reason of blogging, but it will fruitful when we realize that what we wrote and shared have been read.

There many tools in internet to measure the popularity of website and blogs as well. The most well known tools are Google Pagerank and Alexa.  These two tools will detect the popularity of a web/blog, by analyze the visitor hit, links exchange, etc.

In order just to know the popularity level of my blog and website, I install a Mozilla Firefox add on called SEO Status Pagerank/Alexa Toolbar.  So, I could simply know the popularity of every website which I visited.

Since I installed this add on, I always unintentionally (LOL) look at the indicator at the right-bottom of my Firefox to know the level of my blog when I visited.  You know, the Pagerank always pointed at “0” (zero), and the Alexa score indicate the sumber of 16 million so forth.  It means, I have the very, very bad level in blog popularity.

But, this morning, I was wondering to find out that my Pagerank has change to “1” (of 10 maximum). Wow, it’s amazing. Because I am not doing many techniques to make internet user find my blog.  The rank has motivated me to write more. At least, there’s somebody out there read my writing.***

 

“Tuhan itu Tidak Ada”, kata tukang cukur

Seorang lelaki sedang berada di tempat cukur rambut. Si Tukang Cukur langganannya ini selalu bercerita banyak hal sambil mencukur rambutnya.  Seperti kali ini, mereka chit-chat kesana-kemari, hingga sampai ke topik tentang Tuhan.

“Tuhan itu tidak ada…”, kata tukang cukur.

“Mengapa kamu berkata demikian?”, sang pelanggan bertanya heran.

“Lihatlah di luar jendela,” kata tukang cukur sambil menunjuk jendela kaca besar yang menghadap ke jalan raya. “Di luar sana begitu banyak orang menderita, terdera penyakit, kelaparan, kedinginan, miskin.  Padahal Tuhan itu Maha Pengasih dan Penyayang kan? Jika memang Tuhan ada, mengapa orang-orang itu ada?  Mengapa mereka tidak disentuh oleh Kasih Tuhan?”

Lelaki yang menjadi pelanggan itu mendengarkan. Ia ingin membantah pendapat Sang Tukang Cukur, tapi ia yakin pasti akan terlibat perdebatan panjang.  Dialog tentang Tuhan selalu saja mengandung sisi emosional yang kadang sulit dijelaskan.  Maka sang lelaki membiarkan saja Tukang Cukur itu menyelesaikan pekerjaan, lalu ia meninggalkan tempat pangkas rambut tersebut.

Baru beberapa langkah berjalan, lelaki itu berpapasan dengan seorang pemuda kumal, rambutnya panjang, tidak terurus, kusut, dan sangat tidak enak dilihat.  Tiba-tiba, ia mendapat inspirasi, dan kembali ke tempat Tukang Cukur.

Si lelaki berkata: “Hei, menurutku tidak ada yang namanya Tukang Cukur…”

Tentu saja si Tukang Cukur keberatan. “Apa maksudmu. Saya adalah tukang cukur, kamu tahu itu kan?  Apa kamu pikir saya tukang cukur gadungan?”

Lelaki itu menjawab: “Saya baru saja dengan berpapasan dengan seorang pemuda di luar sana. Rambutnya sangat jelek, panjang, kusut, warnanya kusam, dan sangat jelek. Jadi saya berpikir, tidak ada tukang cukur di dunia ini”.

Si Tukang Cukur menjawab, “Kenapa ia tidak datang kepadaku?  Saya pasti bisa menata rambutnya menjadi teratur dan menarik.  Saya adalah Tukang Cukur, kamu tahu itu…”

Si lelaki menjawab, “Temanku, begitulah juga Tuhan.  Orang-orang di luar sana menjadi miskin, sakit-sakitan, kelaparan, menderita, bukan karena Tuhan tidak ada. Tetapi karena mereka tidak mau datang kepada Tuhan.”

Ya, si Tukang Cukur menjadi sangat malu…

Catatan: (Kisah ini sangat populer di Russia, dianggap sebagai salah satu cerita rakyat. Banyak sumber di internet telah memuatnya, saya hanya menuliskan kembali).

Politician Pictures Penetrated Cyberspaces

For the last two days, my colleagues and I participated in assessing the quality of local government’s websites in South Sulawesi.  The program is part of core activity of “Partnership for Public Service”, an network of four institutions in South Sulawesi, which focus to promote the enhancement of public service provided by local government agencies.

I am interesting in developing website just as an amateur, such kind of hobby only.  And I am not a specialist in public service.  But, for the last five months, my friends and I have been involved in evaluating the technical quality of local government websites and also try to find out the quality of websites in delivering public service as a core function.

After exploring the whole 20 websites of local government (cities and municipalities) in South Sulawesi, I am wondering with the typical appearance of the frontpage of every LG’s website:  there’s always the photos of head of government (Bupati or Walikota as well) on it.

I am wondering, why should the pictures put in frontpage, while user (the visitor) usually don’t care about it.  Most people visit the LG’s website to obtain information about many aspects of public service, which is mandated to be provided by local government.  The funny things is, not all information needed by user appear on the website. But the pictures (with big smiles) always there.

It seems like the habit to put pictures of our politician in public spaces (like in billboard) has penetrated into cyberspaces.  Is there any space that we can see clearly without disturb from politician hippocratic smiles?***