Thursday, April 24, 2008

Disk Defragmentation

Disk defragmentation describes the process of consolidating fragmented files on your computer's hard disk.

Fragmentation happens to a hard disk over time as you save, change, or delete files. The changes that you save to a file are often stored at a location on the hard disk that's different from the original file. Additional changes are saved to even more locations. Over time, both the file and the hard disk itself become fragmented, and your computer slows down as it has to look in many different places to open a file.

Disk Defragmenter is a tool that rearranges the data on your hard disk and reunites fragmented files so your computer can run more efficiently. In this version of Windows, Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule so you don't have to remember to run it, although you can still run it manually or change the schedule it uses.

Source: Windows Help Center

Look of the Year

Do you want to be a famous model and win USD10,000? Do you think that you are beautiful/handsome and photogenic? If you answer yes, maybe you can join a beauty contest held by Look of the Year. People from all over the world may join this contest. There are four categories for this contest: Girls 14-19, Women 19+, Boys 14-19, and Men 19+. So, it means that this contest is not only for young teenagers but also for people over 19 years old. Just send your best pictures to join this contest!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Life of Ibu Kartini (Part 2)

In her seclusion, Kartini kept on doing her good habits to read books. Additionally, she wrote plenty of letters to her white friends abroad. She shared her feeling and thoughts with them. Kartini was indeed good at writing letters.

On November 8, 1903, Kartini got married to Raden Adipati Ario Joyohadiningrat, the regent of Rembang. Although she had been married, she still tried to realize her aspiration. She had a great interest in education, especially for girls. She worked hard to have schools established for girls. She then began to teach at an Elementary School for girls in Rembang.

Kartini passed away on September 17, 1904, a fer days after she gave birth to a baby named Raden Mas Susalit. What she had done was, as a matter of fact, only a little part of her pure and sublime ideal.

In 1911 Mr. J. Abendanon published a book entitled Door Duisternis tot Licht. This book was then translated into Indonesian Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang. In this book, a compilation of Kartini’s letters written to her Dutch friends are printed. From the letters, we know how broad her knowledge and view were, how high her sense of nationalism was, and how much she loved Indonesian women.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Life of Ibu Kartini (Part 1)

Every April 21, Indonesian people commemorate ‘Kartini Day’. Raden Ajeng Kartini was the one who struggled hard to encourage the progress of Indonesian women. That is why, she is well known as the pioneer of Indonesian women’s emancipation movement.

Raden Ajeng Kartini was born on April 21, 1879 in Mayong, Jepara, Central Java. She came from a noble family. Her father whose name was Raden Mas Adipati Ario Samingun Sosroningrat was an assistant of a district chief at that time. Some years later he became the regent of Jepara. Kartini lived in a highly feudal atmosphere which was very different from and contrary to her sublime ideal.

Because of her father’s status, Kartini could go to Europeesche Lagere School (European Elementary School) in Jepara. In this school she had a lot of Indonesian and Dutch friends. From her Dutch friends she was able to learn western cultures. Kartini was a diligent and clever girl. She loved reading so much. By reading books, magazines and newspapers, she broadened her knowledge. Kartini began to realize that Indonesian women were not free and were left behind compared to western women. Then a thought crossed her mind. She intended to improve the situation and to make women equal to men. She had to struggle hard to manifest her ambition. And of course, she met a lot of obstacles.

Unfortunately, after completing her study in Europeesche Lagere School, she could not further her study to a higher school. It was the tradition that the girl of her age had to keep staying at home. Kartini really felt like living in a prison.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Games Don't Run Smoothly

Have you ever had a problem with your computer in which the game you play does not run smoothly? This problem usually happens when the hardware in your computer does not support. For example, you are going to play a 3-D game and you come across this kind of problem. The problem can be caused by several factors: first, the processor in your computer is not fast enough. This problem can be solved by upgrading your processor with the new one having faster and better performance. Second, the memory, or usually called RAM (Random Access Memory), of your computer is not adequate. Try to increase the capacity of your RAM. If your computer currently uses 256 Mega Bytes or 512 Mega Bytes of RAM, try to upgrade it with 1 GB or 1.5 GB of RAM. Third, the VGA card can also become the cause of the problem. VGA card functions to display output on the screen of the monitor. The 3-D games usually require a good and fast VGA card. So, you can upgrade your VGA card to get a better performance.