Packt celebrates International Day Against DRM, May 6th 2014

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Packt Publishing firmly believes that you should be able to read and interact with your content when you want, where you want, and how you want – to that end they have been advocates of DRM-free content since their very first eBook was published back in 2004.

To show their continuing support for Day Against DRM, Packt Publishing is offering all its DRM-free content at $10 for 24 hours only on May 6th – that’s all 2000+ eBooks and Videos at www.packtpub.com.

“Our top priority at Packt has always been to meet the evolving needs of developers in the most practical way possible, while at the same time protecting the hard work of our authors. DRM-free content continues to be instrumental in making that happen, providing the flexibility and freedom that is essential for an efficient and enhanced learning experience. That’s why we’ve been DRM-free from the beginning – we’ll never put limits on the innovation of our users.”

– Dave Maclean, Managing Director

Advocates of Day Against DRM are invited to spread the word and celebrate on May 6th by exploring the full range of DRM-free content at www.packtpub.com, where all eBooks and Videos will be $10 for 24 hours.

Starts Writing Again

It’s been quite some time since the last time I *really* post something in this blog. Now, that I have new hobbies, I’m trying to write it again, not only for others to read, but as a future references for me.

Here goes, my new hobbies are: Big Data and Apologetics, two hobbies from two different realms. I’m currently digging every technologies orbiting around Big Data to support my career. And as for Apologetics, I just want to re-motivate myself to learn about Christianity more deeply. Not because I’m already expert in these two topics, but I’m eager to really master them. Topics on Big Data will be mainly written in English, while topics on Apologetics will be mainly written in Bahasa Indonesia. This is because I have different targets in mind.

My biggest weakness is procrastination. I’m aiming I could write frequently at least for the next 3 months. After that, I’ll try to create a new objective.

Packt Publishing celebrates their 2000th title with an exclusive offer – We’ve got IT covered!

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Known for their extensive range of pragmatic IT ebooks, Packt Publishing are celebrating their 2000th book title `Learning Dart’– they want their customers to celebrate too.

To mark this milestone Packt Publishing will launch a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer across all eBooks on March 18th – for a limited period only.

`Learning Dart’ was selected as a title and published by Packt earlier this year. As a project that aims to revolutionise a language as crucial as JavaScript, Dart is a great example of an emerging technology which aims to support the community and their requirement for constant improvement. The content itself explains how to develop apps using Dart and HTML5 in a model-driven and fast-paced approach, enabling developers to build more complex and high-performing web apps.

David Maclean, Managing Director explains `It’s not by chance that this book is our 2000th title. Our customers and community drive demand and it is our job to ensure that whatever they’re working on, Packt provides practical help and support.

At Packt we understand that sometimes our customers want to learn a new programming language pretty much from scratch, with little knowledge of similar language concepts. Other times our customers know a related language fairly well and therefore want a fast-paced primer that brings them up to a competent professional level quickly.

That’s what makes Packt different: all our books are specifically commissioned by category experts, based on intensive research of the technology and the key tasks.’

Since 2004, Packt Publishing has been providing practical IT-related information that enables everyone to learn and develop their IT knowledge, from novice to expert. 

Packt is one of the most prolific and fast-growing tech book publishers in the world. Originally focused on open source software, Packt contributes back into the community paying a royalty on relevant books directly to open source projects. These projects have received over $400,000 as part of Packt’s Open Source Royalty Scheme to date.

Their books focus on practicality, recognising that readers are ultimately concerned with getting the job done. Packt’s digitally-focused business model allows them to quickly publish up-to-date books in very specific areas across a range of key categories – web development, game development, big data, application development, and more. Their commitment to providing a comprehensive range of titles has seen Packt publish 1054% more titles in 2013 than in 2006.

Erol Staveley, Publisher, says `Recent research shows that 88% of our customers are very satisfied with the service knowing that we offer a wide breadth of titles in a timely manner, and owing to the quality of service that they receive 94% of customers are willing to recommend Packt to friends and family. It’s great that we’ve hit such a significant milestone, and we want to continue delivering this fantastic content to our customers.’

Here are some of the best titles across Packt’s main categories – but Buy One, Get One Free will apply across all 2000 titles:

GBC Sermon on January 9, 2011: What’s Next?

Today’s sermon is still related with the previous sermon about who Christian is. The sermon is taken from 1 Peter 2:2.

The pastor preached about the stage of life in Christianity, that is newborn baby, young Christian, and mature Christian.

A newborn baby need a strong root. He/she also need additional spiritual support. A young Christian develops strong roots and branches. We can grow deep roots as we meditating on God’s Word day after day. A mature Christian begin to produce healthy fruit: fruits that turn our thoughts towards God (Love, Joy, and Peace), fruits that turn our thoughts towards others (Long Suffering, Kindness, and Goodness), and fruits that turn our thoughts towards ourselves (Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control).

In a sentence, the sermon teach us that God wants us to grow up spiritually and be a mature Christian.

Am I a spiritually mature child of God, able to be responsible to Him for every part of my life?

God bless us.

Jia you snack

This evening, when I just came back from my lab, I got a snack distributed by a group of students. Actually, they’re distributing it to support students that will face the final term in the coming days. But I accept their snack with a hope I’ll pass my research and graduate very soon. God bless me.

Jia you snack

The snack is just a one sachet of coffee and one piece of vegetarian cracker, just what I need🙂

Jia you!