The Most Difficult Task

After all of these years, I have realized what the most difficult task is.
It is referred to one of the great quotes :

if you would like to be an expert, try to practice 10000 hours. It works.

Yup. That’s it. Everyone can be an expert if they would like, and willing to work hard.
But basically,  it is one’s skill which can achieve 10000 hours of practicing faster than the others.

One can accomplish the same goal in 5 years, another one in 3 years, even another one just in less than 1 year.
All based on their skill in time management.

As we live on the same planet, the same universe, we are all given 24 hours a day.
Someone who is successful, someone who is not, a doctor, a professor, a president, a star-singer, a criminal, a dropped-out student, all are given 24 hours a day. Not much, not less. The same time, different result. How can that happen?

be thankful of time given to you. Like the river, there will never be the same water flows twice in the same place.
It is also difficult for me to manage the time.

 

Just an introspection of me.

RIP Yofanka

My deepest condolences for our friend Angelina Yofanka, who had an accident during rafting in Garut, West Java.

It happened on Sunday, February 5th, when she joined rafting with her colleagues. With her 4 friends, their boat was hitting a rock and they fell, 4 of their friends were rescued and she was drown into an undercut.

The chronology can be read on the web from her colleagues made: http://saveyofanka.blogspot.com/

Based on the web http://www.ccadc.org/instruction/ACA_SWR_Class/HazHydro/Undercut.html , it is written:

Undercuts can be very dangerous as we will discuss in this article. Undercut rock formations are often quite irregular and may capture river debris like trees, branches, and manmade objects. Either way if you are in your boat or out of your boat, passing through an undercut rock is a crap shoot. Seldom can you see under the water surface and what you don’t see can be very deadly indeed. Since undercuts are typically in rapids the force of water can be really strong as well. Undercut rocks are created where the water is most forceful like the outside of bends, waterfalls and high ledges, and sometimes in mid-current like the clam shell formation on Railroad Rapid on the New River Gorge.

As told, it can be deadly indeed. Hopefully next time they can be more careful with this likely natural dangerous challenger.

Be at peace Yofanka.

Finally, the Problem is Solved

It has been a few days for me not updating this blog.
There was a problem in a customer that was quite complex.

Actually, it was MORE than complex, because the root cause would never be found if I did not contact the developer team of MIMIX.

MIMIX, like any other software, has a service pack upgrade patch which is released every moment of time, could be weekly, monthly, or 2-monthly.
By default, upgrading means making it better from the previous version.
Correcting bugs, improving its feature, etc.

But this time, it was a special case.

After upgrading to new version, the software kept falling down every couple of times. The log files told me that there was a network problem. Helped by the network team, I tried to investigate about the network. Could be the device A or B the problem, I have analyzed every possibility device that might be the root cause of the network problem. But I did not find any clues, then I tried to trace the network using network tracing tool called Wireshark.

After get the data from tracing the network, I was also advised by the network expert from IBM that told me that the network was FINE.

So I escalated again to the MIMIX support team, then they arranged a meeting with the developer team to help investigating what happened.
Then it was found: the new version has a bug. And after that they fixed the bug as soon as they can.

The next day, they released a fix patch for the software regarding the bug I reported. Mission accomplished, problem was solved :)

It took around 2 weeks to ensure that there was a bug in the software, because it was the last option or the last suspect I thought might happen for this 10 years old software. And it did happen.

The lesson is: Every thing is possible. There is no problem that cannot be solved, just do not give up to find it.