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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Radeon HD 5870 Launched!

While catching up with news from the digital world, I found out that the Radeon HD 5870 is finally launched! Oh what joy it is to see the reviews and benchmark on this one with me being an ATi fanboy and all. 🙂

On many of the benchmarks its performance surpasses the current king of the crop, the GTX 285. The raw power comes with a low electric consumption, much lower than the HD 4890. What’s very interesting is that it can drive up to 6 monitors on some special cards, this feature is definitely handy for me at work. It is priced quite high at $399, but that is to be expected with a new king of the hill, hehe.

You can read the reviews in my favorite sites, here or here, and also here and here for the CrossFire configuration and share the joy with me.


Interesting Books : The Can Do Leadership

The Can Do Leadership CoverI spent this Lebaran vacation reading a good book my father bought a few days ago. It is a book about the leadership of the sixth president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. It is written by his Presidential Spokesperson, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal in a diary / work notes format. The complete title is : The Can Do Leadership, Inspiring Stories from SBY Presidency. The book also has an Indonesian version, entitled : Harus Bisa, Seni Kepemimpinan SBY. The books tells us stories about things that happened behind the scene during President SBY’s leadership in 2004-2008.

There are some particular interesting points that attracted my attention. One of them is how complex managing Indonesia is. One example mentioned in the book is the selection of Governor of Central Bank of Indonesia in March 2008 . The President had to do a lengthy political maneuver to finally be able to complete it due to the rejection of the first candidates by the House of Representatives. The book said it was probably due to vested interest in the bureaucracy. Another example is about the Electrolux story, when a group of people tried to help the people of Aceh by supplying thousands of Electrolux gas stoves. The stoves end up held in Indonesian Customs for almost nine months. The president had to intervene directly for this matter to be resolved. An example of how corrupt the bureaucracy was at that time.

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