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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Memorable Quotes: Who Is The Leader

stockvault-bridge-resizeWhen I was in high school, I joined a militaristic leadership organization in my school. It was called the “school security organization”. To get in you must pass the selection test which is basically 4-weekends (and some weekdays) of more than 12-hours sessions of physical and mental torture from the seniors, including seniors that were 10-years older. If you pass the torture test, you are part of a group that helps the school enforce its rules to the students. We were allowed to do searches or discipline our fellow students, if they do wrong. And as always in Indonesia, unfortunately, law enforcement groups are often immune to some of the rules itself.

However, there is this one very good quote that I remember clearly from the doctrines that were given to us in the selection test. It goes like this:

“Who is the leader? The leader is one who: Knows the Way, Shows the Way, Goes the Way”

Of many definitions of a leader this one echoes the strongest in my mind, especially when I am working in the professional world now. A leader must know the way, he must have a vision. He must show the vision to others. Most importantly, a leader leads other by going the way he envisioned himself. He is the first to face the consequence of his path. He is an example for others to follow. People would naturally follow good leaders, he doesn’t have to force people to his will.

You don’t see many leaders around. I see many many bosses, or people who think they are the boss. The problem with bosses are, they don’t solve problems. When they see problems, the tell people to solve them. They made up rules but fail to comply with them themselves. Bosses have this negative influence to their underlings, they want to become bosses themselves someday. And when a boss meets a boss, they will fight to show “who’s the boss”. Sigh..

We need more leaders. And I think there are leaders in every one of us. We should try to be one. Really hard. For the sake of our self, and everyone around us.

Protecting LibreOffice (or OpenOffice.org) Documents

There are times where you need to store or share a sensitive document. And if you use Dropbox, the recently discovered privacy flaw should make you a little bit concerned about your sensitive data.

Saving with Encryption

Click File > Save As... In the following window, make sure Save with password option is ticked.

Save with password tick-box in Windows

Save with password tick-box in Windows

Enter the password to open the document in the following dialog. Optionally, if you click the More Options button, you can select the option to open file in read-only mode, and specify a second password, to allow only persons with the second password to edit the document.

Save As with Password Dialog

Save As with Password Dialog

If you only specify one password (password to open), the document will be editable for everyone with the first password.

Opening Encrypted Document

When you open an encrypted document, a password dialog will be shown. Enter the password here to open the document.

Opening an Encrypted / Password-protected Document

Opening an Encrypted / Password-protected Document

If you save the document with the second password to enable editing, the document will be opened in read-only mode. To edit the document, click on the edit button in the toolbar (highlighted in yellow in the image below). You will be asked for the second password in the following dialog.

Edit File Button is Highlighted in Yellow

Edit File Button is Highlighted in Yellow

There you have it, protecting documents in LibreOffice is very easy.

Important note: Do not forget your passwords! The document would not be recoverable if you lost your passwords. I use KeePass Password Safe to remember my passwords :).