The Story

The Short Story of My Grandmother

This is not a happy story, but actually a story about my mother’s family during hard times for years. My mom came from a lower-income family from Sumatera, and her story is a kind of self-reflection story and taught me to become a better person. This story is real, being told by my mother and my aunts. They were the living witnesses of this story. It’s all began with my...

Tech Interview with Microsoft

I got an opportunity to be interviewed by Microsoft Engineering Center France for an internship position. I came across this opportunity from my campus internal bulletin board and my documents were submitted to this private channel. The position offered is a software engineer intern. So here’s some story about my experience getting interviewed by a tech giant. First Step: Online Coding Test Similar to other tech companies, everything began with...

Just For Fun: Refusing Headhunters

Professional social media platform like LinkedIn sometimes makes headhunters offering interesting position in their companies. I even have heard that some of my friends are quite often being contacted by headhunter via LinkedIn or e-mail. It was not that many in my case, however, there are several start-up companies who offered me many interesting position. In this post, I want to “brag” a little bit of those who have contacted...

Social Networking and Social Awareness: How Virality Affects People’s Behavior on New Information

Preface This essay was submitted as an admission requirement for TU Munich in 2018. It is written around January 2018. I received admission from TUM although I did not take it since I received SECCLO scholarship. I was thinking to send this to newspaper since this topic is really important in Indonesia nowadays, but I didn’t have the confidence. However, looking at what happened today in Indonesia, I decided to...

Learning LLVM: Compiling LLVM

LLVM is a set of compiler toolchains which supports various programming languages and various target machines. Its popularity is currently rising, where according to JetBrains, around 26% of C++ developers are using it to compile C++. Although it is still far to reach the ubiquity of GCC toolchain, it is being adopted across industries and it has a very fast moving development since many of the developers are sponsored by...

Motivation Letter Example: Erasmus+ Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO)

As the admission process for this year is completed, I think it is okay to publish my motivation letter so other fellow prospective students, on either this program or other program as well, can learn from it. This motivation letter is targeted for Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO), an Erasmus+ program. I applied for 2018 intake and all praise to God that I nailed the admission. The problem statement is:...

VPS Experience (Part 2): Configuring Fedora for VPS

Since I rented my current VPS web last year, I had been using CentOS 7.4 for its operating system. It is derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) project which offers similar stability to an enterprise-grade server. Unfortunately, a few days ago I discovered that some packages in CentOS were really outdated, even on the latest version (7.6). Those packages are related to software development, such as GCC, Clang toolchains,...

Migrating Server (Again)

Apparently, I didn’t realize an email two weeks ago that my previous VPS hosting, WebSound decided to kick all its customer as they are shutting down the VPS business. I finally noticed that they sent me an e-mail 2 days ago about this issue. They said that they are going to shut down all VPS on March 10! They only give 2 weeks notice period of their cancellation and they...

Motivation Letter Example: TUM Informatics

I am inspired by one of my friends, Fariz Darari, to publish an example of motivation letter to inspire and help fellow prospective applicants to Master’s or Doctorate degree. Therefore, I will publish several of my motivation letters I wrote for my last application last year. This one is for Technische Universität München (TUM) or Technical University of Munich. I applied for Master’s degree in Informatics which uses English as...

Career Journey: Why I Ditched My Career as Consultant at Accenture

This draft has been sitting for more than 2 years now.  Basically a lot has happened within few years back, from my failed attempt to get a seat on a first-class university in US, to my decision on moving out from consulting business to more engineer work. But let’s just cut the story short. Recently I have a conversation with some friends regarding what makes us moving out of our employer to...