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The process of linking new information and fragmented memories

The concept of copyleft that does not undermine the developer's philosophy of free distribution

This site uses a content management system (CMS) called WordPress, which was originally released in 2003 by the CEO of an American company called Automatic, and has grown to the point where it is said that 37% of the world's web is now built using WordPress.

I started to use WordPress around 2008, and compared to Movable Type, a CMS that I had been using before that, there were many free themes that you could change the appearance of, and even amateurs were able to build good looking websites as if they were made by a professional designer, but even more than that The concept of copyleft, not copyright, was used to overturn the conventional wisdom that modified sources and their derivatives must be distributed under the same terms as the original license.

WordPress is an open-source freeware developed under the GPL (General Public License), which is based on the principle of free distribution, so it doesn't matter if you redistribute your modified open-source software or sell it to others for a fee. In fact, it is a violation of the GPL's principles to prohibit copying, modifying and distributing material that has been copied and distributed with a copyright claim, or to limit the number and duration of installations.

I have been thinking that protecting the developer's rights with copyright is a common practice in business, but the idea that users must not compromise the developer's philosophy that "software should be freely distributed" and must continue to respect the developer's will is a good one. If I were the person who developed the plugin and sold it for a fee, I would have wondered if it would ever be a viable business under the shackles of not being able to claim copyright or restrict redistribution.

Website renewal is inevitable in the changing times

Nowadays, there are many companies that develop and sell WordPress themes and plugins, but they respect the philosophy of GPL and sell them on the premise that they will be copied and resold, and their business is established with services such as paid support and paid sales of additional functions.

I've been using the previous theme since 2017 because of the ease of creating beautiful single-column layouts of LPs (landing pages), but in the past it has been subjected to multiple virus tampering, and I don't know if the developer has gone bankrupt or not, but they have already stopped new development, and unfortunately, I can no longer expect future security updates.

We often tell our clients when we are working on a business system implementation project that "the system starts after the implementation", but probably the same is true for managing a website or blogging using a CMS, and the starting point is to build the site and then operate it.

"Isn't a corporate website a one-time thing?" "Why bother changing the theme in the first place?" "Isn't this a waste of time and money?". However, when you try to keep up with the world, renewal is inevitable, and the reason I changed the theme this time is because of the following reasons: "the site was frequently hacked by viruses", "the developer of the previous theme went bankrupt", "the style got dirty with too much customization". There is a reason it was born inside.

The process of linking new information and fragmented memories

Nowadays, there are a lot of cases where companies are using WordPress to manage their websites, and it is not efficient to develop a theme from scratch when renewing a website. It was "ease of customization", but this time the criterion was "I don't have to customize as much as possible", which is the opposite of the reason why I changed my thinking to "I can't compare to professionals in terms of design and SEO, so I'm not going to make any changes to myself as much as possible because I'm not good at it".

Generally, we decide on a persona, the target audience, before building a blog or a website, but this blog started with a desire to "organize the knowledge that is cluttering up my head", so I think the ideal persona is "people in a position close to me ≒ people who are involved and work in Indonesia", and as a result of organizing my own head, other people's heads will be organized as well.

The "organization of knowledge" here means connecting new information and fragmentary memories in the mind, and being able to see Indonesia from a broader perspective, for example, by connecting memories with information such as "This event is happening now, and this is the same pattern that I experienced in the past," based on one's own actual experience, with the aim of being able to see the background of the event.

Perhaps it's the same with journals, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who, if asked what the trick to making a blog last, would answer that it's not the goal of accomplishing something, but the feeling of learning that comes from the pleasure of having new information and the knowledge in your head tied together and organized and cleaned up.



It's often said in accounting that "profit and depreciation create cash," meaning that there are two sources of cash for a company: profit and depreciation.


There are few cases of cost accounting (actual cost) business, which calculates how much cost is spent on monthly production, being systematized in Indonesia.


In Jakarta, the first section of the MRT metro (15.7 km in total) was officially opened in April 2019, but in June this year, in the midst of the corona pandemic, the 6.3 km from Bendaran HI station in front of Plaza Indonesia, the current starting station, to Kota in North Jakarta, West Construction has begun on the second phase of the 5.2km total length of 11.5km (10 new stations) to Ancol's train depot in Jakarta.


The Jokowi administration, which came to power in 2014, is said to be a staunch supporter of China, and in 2015, China and Japan fought for the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Rail project, which was expected to be introduced under the Japanese bullet train system, but the Indonesian government rejected the Japanese plan and adopted the Chinese plan.

大統領選挙で考えたギャップにハマるということ 5

Jokowi's image of a simple uncle with no selfishness and his strong leadership skills as a pragmatist have won over the gap-loving Indonesians, who see him as an ordinary person at first glance but are actually amazing, and the public seems to be in a state of collective hypnosis.

情報共有 6

The sharing of visible results leads to a common recognition of the problems, but if there are people who are troubled because the scarcity of information is diminished by the increasing sharing, the political power to increase the position by monopolizing useful information is at work.


In "The Garuda Merchant," written by Yusuke Fukada, a bible-like novel for Japanese living in Indonesia, there is an account of a senior official of the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs inviting Japanese and Indonesians to his home, in which he writes on the invitation card for Indonesians that the party should start thirty minutes early, on the assumption that they will be late.

宗教によって異なる「死んだらどうなる」の考え方 8

Both Christianity and Islam are religions derived from Judaism and believe in the one and only God, Jesus Christ (God Himself) or Allah, respectively.

株価操作なんてインドネシア株では当たり前 9

Stock prices fluctuate with sell and buy orders, and if you get a lot of sell orders and a lot of buy orders, the other investors will follow suit with "me too" and the stock will go up.

心臓に毛が生えたインドネシア人のずうずうしい転職活動を応援してみた 10

Since many Indonesians can't maintain mental stability without revealing a secret story to someone else.

日系企業のインドネシアでの存在意義 11

If Japan's population continues to decline at the current rate, domestic demand will continue to shrink, and if this happens, it is inevitable that domestic companies that find it difficult to survive in the Japanese domestic market alone will look for ways to make a living in overseas markets.

チャンスはあるが勝てる分野が 12

After living in Indonesia, talking to people on my own, and gradually understanding the local situation, I realized that starting a business in Indonesia is surprisingly difficult. The reason for the difficulty is the high shipping costs and tariffs, the competition from local companies, and the high running costs of IMTA and DPKK.

インドネシアのシステムインテグレーション業界 13

The other day, I had the opportunity to exchange opinions with JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) about IT investment by Indonesian SMEs, and they raised an important issue related to the existence value of system integrators, such as "How can we explain the cost benefits of system investment?

肉体と精神と心と魂 14

Speaking of "Body and Soul," it's the debut song of SPEED, a member of the LDP's House of Councillors, Eriko Imai, who was unofficially appointed as parliamentary secretary of the Cabinet Office following yesterday's cabinet reshuffle, and the name of a long-established Indonesian women's fashion brand.

ジャカルタのラーメン市場 15

I came to Indonesia for the first time in October 1997. I didn't understand Indonesian, my job was hard, the people around me were unreasonable, and there was a time when I wanted to go back to Japan for a while.

ブランド力、技術力、資金力の3要素 16

After the Jakarta riots of 1998, when the rupiah plummeted and domestic companies with foreign dollar-denominated debt were struggling to pay interest, I was looking for a new business in Indonesia that would allow me to earn foreign currency.

日本とインドネシアの間でのタイムマシン経営が通じなくなっている件 17

I think that Yoshinoya overcame the frame of Japanese food and became Indonesian soul food. I am happy to see the scene where Japanese food culture is accepted by Indonesian people.

サリナデパートとマクドナルド 18

The first McDonald's in Indonesia, Sarinah Department Store, will close after today, May 10.
While Jakarta's shopping malls continue to be modernized with new concepts, the Sarinah department store and the Pasaraya in Block M, which were the staple meeting places for young people when I first arrived in Indonesia more than 20 years ago, have been completely left behind.

不景気の歴史 19

Since I came to Indonesia, I have seen the economic recession several times, but because of the spread of the new coronavirus this time, the economy will definitely go into recession, and in a few years' time it may be called corona shock or corona recession.

日本のバブル経済崩壊後とインドネシアの通貨危機後 20

When I entered university in 1991, at the end of the bubble economy, land and stock prices were exploding, Mitsubishi Estate had bought the Rockefeller Center Building, a symbol of America, and the women of the one-length body-con (like the Bubbly Dance of Tomigaoka High School's dance club) were dancing at Juliana Tokyo in the waterfront bay area, waving their fans.

内需と外需の自国経済に及ぼす影響 21

The situation in Japan is that even if public works investment is made, the money stays in the savings of companies and individuals, and domestic consumption does not increase, while the situation in Indonesia is that even if domestic consumption increases, the ratio of imported consumer materials is high, and domestic assets are flowing out to foreign countries.

2019年の総選挙を前にインドネシア政治史のおさらい 22

As the campaign (Kampanye) for next year's presidential election (Pemilu Pilpres Pileg Indonesia 2019) is lifted, it has been decided that the order in which the ballot papers will be printed will be No. 1 for the incumbent President Jokowi and Vice President Mahuru candidate pair and No. 2 for President Prabowo and Vice President Sandiagauno candidate pair.

インドネシアの国土と風土が生み出す産地特有のコーヒー 23

Located in the coffee belt between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Cancer, Indonesia is a country suitable for coffee cultivation, and during the 300 years of Dutch colonial rule that followed the advance of the East India Company in 1602, Arabica coffee was brought to the country and cultivation began in the plateau region with a favorable climate.

インドネシア人の悪魔祓い 24

My cousin, who hadn't heard from me in a while, called me late last year in early December with tears in her eyes.

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