Monday, June 21, 2010

Michael Jackson Final Hours

LOS ANGELES – A year ago, the world watched as Michael Jackson balanced on the edge of a precipice. Behind the once-proclaimed King of Pop was a bleak stretch of pain and artistic decline. Ahead lay a series of 50 London concerts — a high-rolling bid to reassert his musical brilliance and re-establish control of his life.

Jackson was poised for a great leap of faith, one testing himself and those who believed in him. It was a chance to silence detractors who had mocked his increasingly clownish, artificial appearance and what appeared to be an equally artificial and veiled version of family life with the three children he was raising alone.

Harsher critics cast him as a man who used wealth and celebrity to elude justice on child molestation charges.

The elaborately staged shows set to begin last July 13 at London's famed O2 Arena represented winner take all, or lose all, for an entertainer who'd been famous for most of his 50 years.

He was ready. The audience was ready. Then he was gone. Less than three weeks before his new life may have started on a stage filled with special effects and song, the old one ended in a cloud of drugs and unfulfilled dreams.

Outwardly, Jackson had seemed fit as he prepared for the London shows, and his autopsy found he was in relatively strong physical condition for a man his age.

But privately, he was struggling with chronic insomnia that he battled with a regular regimen of powerful drugs.

In the year since Jackson's shockingly abrupt death on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of sedatives, a fuller picture of his last day has emerged. What follows is a comprehensive reconstruction of those final 24 hours by The Associated Press.

Exactly what happened during that time may never be known, as the only person with him was his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered a series of drugs to help his patient sleep. Murray is due to stand trial later this year on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.

But witness accounts and court documents agree: Jackson's final day started off like many others.


Early in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 24, Michael Jackson came down the stairs of his rented mansion and sat with his kids for what would be their last meal together.

He had a rehearsal later that night so he wanted to eat something light but sustaining. His personal chef, Kai Chase, prepared seared ahi tuna with an organic salad and a glass of carrot and orange juice.

"He smiled and put his hands together for a prayer," Chase said. "He said, 'Thank you, God bless you.'"

The singer, Chase recalled, looked well, seemed energized and was in a good mood.


Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jackson left his eight-bedroom mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills, an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood sandwiched between Bel-Air and Beverly Hills.

He got into the back of a navy-blue Escalade driven by bodyguard Faheen Muhammad. His personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, sat in the front.

They traveled downtown to the Staples Center, where Jackson and his team of musicians and dancers were in final rehearsals before heading to London. Jackson's logistics director, Alberto Alvarez, met the Escalade and drove Jackson in a golf cart to his dressing room.

Several people recalled Jackson being in good shape that night.

"He was completely enthused," said Dorian Holley, Jackson's longtime vocal director and a singer for the upcoming "This Is It" shows. "It was hard to discern any difference between his energy and his physicality between then and his earlier days."

Jackson went through several classic numbers, including "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Billie Jean," "Smooth Criminal," and "She's Out of My Life."

With an enormous monitor installed onstage, Jackson for the first time was shown video accompaniments to some of these songs, said Holley, who was standing beside Jackson during the rehearsal.

"It was eye-popping," Holley said. "He was grinning from ear to ear."

Tim Patterson, one of two cameramen who shot footage of the rehearsals and later helped edit it into the film "This Is It," recalled that Jackson was especially wowed by a 3-D segment on "Thriller" where a crystal ball floats out toward the audience.

"I remember Michael reached out and grabbed it," Patterson said. "He loved it."

Later that night, Jackson and his dancers performed "Thriller" on stage in full costume for the first time.

"His face said it all, he loved it," said Kriyss Grant, one of the dancers Jackson picked for the show.

Ken Ehrlich, an executive producer of the Grammys, went to the Staples Center to discuss with Jackson a Halloween special. Afterward, Ehrlich watched from the stadium floor as the rehearsal continued.

"He was really in good shape, he was very excited about the tour, very excited about getting it going," Ehrlich said. "He certainly didn't exhibit any signs of being tired or not being with it."


The rehearsal ended around midnight Wednesday night with a performance of "Earth Song." The singer hugged his dancers, thanked the crew and wished them a good night. "God bless you," Patterson and Grant recalled him saying.

Jackson returned to Carolwood Drive, stopping briefly at its metal gate to greet a small group of fans who had gathered outside his home.

As they pulled into the driveway, the bodyguard Muhammad noticed Dr. Murray's car parked outside the home, just as it had been many nights previously.

Jackson's security personnel escorted him into the house and to the foot of the stairs. No one, except for Murray and Jackson's children, was allowed upstairs.

Soon after Jackson arrived home, he started complaining of fatigue and that he needed sleep.


Murray, according to a police affidavit, was concerned Jackson was addicted to propofol, a powerful anesthetic normally used only in medical settings with special equipment on hand. He told police he was trying to wean Jackson from propofol and had not given him the drug for two nights.

At around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, he again tried this approach, giving Jackson a 10-milligram Valium tablet. The anti-anxiety medication had no immediate effect and about a half hour later, the doctor gave 2 milligrams of lorazepam, another medication from the same family as Valium, administered through a saline drip.

When Jackson remained awake, Murray administered a 2-milligram dose of midazolam, another sedative, at 3 a.m., then another 2 milligrams of lorazepam at 5 a.m.

By 7:30 a.m., Jackson remained awake. Murray told police he injected another 2 milligrams of midazolam into Jackson's drip.

Still, Jackson could not sleep.

He lay restlessly on the white sheets of his renaissance-style double bed with a curlicued headboard. Beside him, investigators would later find a porcelain doll in the likeness of a little blond boy. Several oxygen bottles were by the door and on the night stand beside the bed was a stack of DVDs, including children's films.

Authorities would also note how untidy and warm Jackson's living quarters were. Jackson kept his inner sanctum fully heated, even though it was early summer in Los Angeles.


After experiencing a sleepless night, Murray said Jackson made repeated demands for propofol, a white liquid drug he sometimes would refer to as his "milk." Around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Murray said he gave in to Jackson's demands and pushed 25 milligrams of the substance into Jackson's drip.

The chronology comes from a June 27 police interview with Murray, though the doctor's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, has contested investigators' interpretation of events. Chernoff declined to comment for this story.

Murray remained with the sedated singer for about 10 minutes, then left for the bathroom, the affidavit stated. Less than two minutes later, Murray returned — and found Jackson not breathing.

Phone logs show Murray made at least three calls between 11:18 and 11:51 a.m. — to his Las Vegas clinic, a patient, and a friend.

When Murray discovered Jackson was not breathing, he called the personal assistant Williams and at 12:13 left a message saying, "Call me right away, call me right away," according to a statement obtained by AP. Williams called back and Murray said: "Get here right away, Mr. Jackson had a bad reaction. He had a bad reaction."

Williams called Muhammad, then Alvarez, who was located in a security trailer outside the house. Alvarez told investigators he rushed upstairs and entered a bedroom to find the singer lying on a bed with his arms outstretched and his eyes and mouth open.

At his side, Murray was administering CPR with one hand.

"Alberto, Alberto, come quickly," Murray said, according to the statement. "He had a reaction, he had a bad reaction."

In a proposed contract with concert promoter AEG, Murray had asked for a heart resuscitation machine and a nurse as a condition of treating Jackson. Neither was in place when the singer died.

Two of Jackson's children, Prince and Paris, came in the room, crying as they saw Murray trying to save their father. They were quickly escorted outside.

Alvarez told investigators that Murray asked him to pick up a few vials with rubber tops and put them in a bag. It was only after these bottles had been cleared that Murray told Alvarez to call 911.

"I need an ambulance as soon as possible," Alvarez told a dispatcher. "We have a gentleman here that needs help and he's not breathing."

They put Jackson on the floor, then Muhammad rushed into the room and began helping with chest compressions while Murray attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.


By 12:27 p.m. on Thursday, paramedics had arrived. They later wrote Jackson was not breathing and had no pulse at 12:29 p.m.

However, Murray stated he could feel a weak pulse in Jackson's upper thigh area, Alvarez and Muhammad said. No one else felt it.

A paramedic report stated that emergency responders tried two rounds of resuscitation attempts and were ready to discontinue treatment, but Murray said he would take responsibility and insisted resuscitation be continued in the ambulance.

The stricken star was taken the short distance to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at 1:07 p.m., when doctors tried a range of resuscitation techniques, including the insertion of a balloon pump designed to move blood around his body.

Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m.

After the death was called, Murray started crying, Williams told investigators.

He told the Jackson children that their father had passed away, then asked to return to the house.

"Is there any way I can go home, or be taken to the house," the doctor said, according to Alvarez's statement. "I want to get my car, and I'm hungry."

Williams said he didn't think it was a good idea for Murray to return to the house. He spoke to Muhammad and they concocted a story that police had taken all the keys to the vehicles.

Murray indicated he would take a cab, and Williams said he saw him leave the hospital through a side door.

Williams told Muhammad to call security at the home and make sure no one got into the house.

"Lock it down," Williams said.


AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this story.

Taken from: Yahoo! News

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Habits That Hurts Your Teeth

Here are eight seemingly harmless habits that may be putting your teeth at risk.

1. Snacking at night
Our mouths produce less saliva at night than they do during the day, and saliva is important for clearing food away from the teeth. As a result, people who snack at night tend to lose more teeth over time than people who don't, according to a study published in June in the journal Eating Behaviors.

2. Drinking white wine
People shy away from red wine because it stains the teeth immediately, but white wine can actually cause more permanent problems, says Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society of Dental Aesthetics and the creator of SuperSmile.

Your favorite chardonnay or pinot grigio is highly acidic, and this acidity eats away at the enamel of the teeth, "causing rough spots and grooves that leave teeth much more vulnerable to stains from any colored food or drinks consumed at the same time," Smigel says.

3. Breathing through your mouth
When you breathe through your mouth, such as when exercising or when you have a stuffy nose, your mouth loses the saliva it needs to prevent tooth decay, says Lori Anna Dees, a root canal specialist based in Mesquite, Texas.

4. Consuming bottled water
Unlike tap water, bottled water is not fluoridated, and "fluoride helps teeth remineralize," Dees says.

5. Excessive gum chewing
While a few pieces of gum won't do your mouth any harm and gums containing xylitol may actually help stave off cavities, chewing too much gum may irritate the temporomandibular joint, Leichtung says. Problems with the TMJ -- which connects the lower jaw to the skull -- can lead toheadaches and neck, ear and facial pain.

6. Nail biting
Nail biting isn't just bad for your nails; it harms your teeth, too. For one thing, Smigel says, it reshapes the bottom of your upper teeth, leaving them with rigid edges. And, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, nail-biters are at a heightened risk of suffering from bruxism, or unintentional teeth grinding.

7. Drinking directly from glasses, bottles or cans
Big gulps of juice or soda put the drinks in direct contact with your teeth, which, over time, can cause tooth decay. But, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, you can minimize tooth contact by sipping drinks through straws positioned toward the back of the mouth.

8. Brushing your teeth with horizontal strokes
Horizontal brushing wears away tooth enamel, so it's far better to brush with gentle circular strokes, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.

taken from: AOLHealth

Monday, June 14, 2010

Prosedur Resmi Reparasi Blackberry

Sepuluh tahapan prosedur yang harus dilalui untuk mereparasi tiap unit BlackBerry yang rusak. Di tiap titik ini, BlackBerry akan dipreteli satu per satu sampai akhirnya terlihat semua jeroan di dalamnya.

1. Log In

Di titik ini, semua BlackBerry yang akan direparasi harus diinput terlebih dulu ke dalam database RIM yang ada di Kanada untuk diverifikasi. Dari nomor PIN dan IMEI yang diinput akan ketahuan apakah BlackBerry ini resmi keluaran untuk Indonesia, atau bukan. Jika tidak, reparasi tak akan dilanjutkan.

"Hanya BlackBerry dari mitra operator dan distributor resmi saja yang bisa diperbaiki. Lainnya, seperti keluaran AT&T, T-Mobile, dan Vodafone, misalnya, itu tidak diizinkan," kata kata Rita Effendi, Program Manager Teleplan untuk RIM.

2. Triage & PDW

Setelah selesai Log In, BlackBerry akan dipindai di tempat ini untuk dicek keseluruhan perangkat yang ada, termasuk apakah ada jeroan refurbish di dalamnya. Screening awal yang sesuai panduan untuk semua tipe handset ini memakan waktu kurang lebih 2-3 menit.

"Di sini, semua data yang ada di BlackBerry pelanggan juga akan di-wiped (dihapus) semua demi menjaga kerahasiaan data pelanggan juga. Sebab, kami tidak diperbolehkan untuk tahu apa isi file dari BlackBerry tersebut. Jadi, back up semua data Anda sebelum direparasi," imbau Rita.

3. Software Configuration

Di bagian ini, semua BlackBerry yang telah dihapus datanya akan diinstal ulang dengan update software dan sistem operasi terbaru. Komputer station yang digunakan di lini konfigurasi ini terhubung langsung ke server RIM di Kanada melalui main server lokal yang disebut BlackBox
"Semua komputer yang digunakan di seluruh area reparasi di Teleplan terhubung ke server RIM di Kanada melalui BlackBox ini," kata Rita.

4. RF Test

Bagian ini hanya untuk mengetes apakah perangkat BlackBerry bisa menangkap dengan baik sinyal 2G/3G seperti GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA yang dipancarkan oleh operator seluler di frekuensi 900/1800/2100 MHz.

5. Disassembly

Pembongkaran unit. Di tempat ini, jeroan BlackBerry akan dipreteli habis-habisan. Kita bisa melihat isi di dalam BlackBerry, mulai dari papan PCB, layar LCD, dudukan keypad, memori, dan lainnya.

Menurut teknisi yang bertugas, papan PCB dikategorikan bermasalah jika bengkok atau ada kemiringan hingga 2 milimeter. "Problem lain yang banyak juga kita temui selain papan PCB yang bengkok, seperti keypad, kamera, dan MMC (kartu memori)," kata dia.

Ia pun mengungkap, dari perangkat yang bermasalah itu kebanyakan terjadi pada seri BlackBerry 8520 Gemini dan Bold 9700 Onyx. "Gemini banyak bermasalah di keypad, sedangkan Onyx sering mati mendadak," bisiknya.

Namun jika dilihat dari gejala keseluruhan, Teleplan paling sering menemui masalah kerusakan pada layar monitor LCD, keypad atau papan tombol ketik, dan jogball atau trackball yang biasa digunakan untuk navigasi.

6. Assembly

Setelah BlackBerry yang dipreteli selesai diperbaiki, maka giliran lini assembly untuk merakitnya kembali. Kedua lini tersebut, kata sang teknisi, bisa mereparasi semua perangkat BlackBerry yang ada di Indonesia, mulai dari model 8100 hingga yang terbaru dan akan segera masuk ke Indonesia, yakni seri BlackBerry Tour/Bold 9650 dan Pearl 3G 9100/9105 Stratus.

7. Media Load & Label Print

Di sini, semua konten BlackBerry yang hilang saat diperbaiki akan diisi ulang (restore). "Kami akan me-restore semua konten yang sudah seharusnya ada di direktori media," kata Rita.

8. End of Line (EOL)

Proses reparasi hampir mendekati akhir. BlackBerry yang diperbaiki akan dites semua fungsinya, apakah sudah 100% atau belum. Di sini akan dicek semua, mulai dari suara, keypad, LCD, dan lainnya. "Akan kami cek semua mulai dari A sampai Z. Begitu semua oke, data hasil tes akan kami wiped (hapus) kembali," jelas Rita.

9. Quality Assurance (QA)

Jika sudah lolos tahapan ini, maka reparasi BlackBerry sudah selesai. Sebelum perangkat BlackBerry dikembalikan lagi pada pelanggan, Teleplan akan mengecek ulang untuk memastikan kualitas dari perbaikannya sudah 100%.

10. Log Out

BlackBerry yang sudah selesai diperbaiki kemudian dilaporkan kembali melalui input database ke server RIM di Kanada. Proses verifikasi ini untuk mengabarkan bahwa unit yang rusak sudah rampung direparasi.

Unit ponsel itu lalu dikemas dalam satu paket--yang bisa memuat hingga enam unit BlackBerry--yang dilapisi bubble foam atau semacam plastik yang menggelembung untuk mengantisipasi goncangan. BlackBerry siap untuk dijemput oleh Authorized BlackBerry Customer Care Center untuk diambil oleh pemiliknya.

Selain sepuluh poin di atas, Teleplan juga masih memiliki sejumlah lini reparasi. Misalnya, area Soldering Rework untuk kasus tertentu, seperti ada masalah pada jack earphone, vibrator, atau pada sambungan USB.

Di dalam gedung ini, Teleplan juga memiliki ruang penyimpanan yang dinamakan Swap/Product-Stock. Fungsinya, jelas sebagai gudang pasokan barang dan suku cadang untuk semua model BlackBerry. Mulai dari suku cadang kamera, keypad, trackball, LCD, hingga lens AC untuk pelapis layar paling depan.

taken from: detikInet

Monday, June 7, 2010

9 Fitur baru PES (Pro Evo Soccer) 2011

Demi meningkatkan kualitas game sepakbolanya, Konami merombak habis-habisan sistem permainan dalam Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2011. Mulai dari sistem kendali, hingga pengaturan strategi kian diperbaharui demi memanjakan para penggemarnya.

Seperti dikutip detikINET dari IGN, Jumat (4/6/2010), ada beberapa perubahan fitur dalam PES 2011.

1. Sistem kendali
Pengendalian pemain terhadap karakternya kian ditingkatkan. Kini gamer dapat mengendalikan seluruh gerakan seperti menendang, menggiring bola, mengocek lawan dengan sangat presisi. Tentunya sistem gerakan tersebut masih bisa disesuaikan kembali.

2. Pengukur stamina
Pengukur stamina yang berbentuk 'tingkatan' kini lebih detail. Terlalu sering berlari dan mengiring bola pun akan menurunkan stamina para pemain dalam PES 2011.

3. Pertahanan yang lebih baik
Para pemain belakang kini punya gaya pertahanan lebih baik dengan gerakan yang begitu alami. Kini mereka tidak hanya mengejar bola yang masuk dalam areanya, namun juga berupaya merebut bola tanpa melakukan kesalahan.

4. Animasi beragam
Dalam PES 2011 Konami telah merombak total animasi yang akan dikeluarkan tiap-tiap pemain. Semua gerakan kini terlihat lebih terlihat nyata, terlebih lagi Konami membenamkan Physics dalam PES kali ini.

5. Pengaturan kecepatan bermain
Dengan sebuah kontrol terbaru di dalamnya, gamer bisa mengatur sendiri seberapa cepat ia akan bermain.

6. Estetika
Wajah para pemain kini telah banyak diperbaharui dari PES 2010. Konami kini telah menyertakan sedikitnya seribu animasi baru berdasarkan gerakan nyata yang telah direkam selama kurang lebih 100 jam.

7. Taktik dan Strategi
Mekanisme pengaturan taktik dan strategi dalam PES 2011 bersifat 'Drag & Drop'. Tidak hanya sebatas pengaturan subtitusi dan perubahan pemain, pengaturan ini juga akan diberikan animasi singkat mengenai potensi strategi yang akan digunakannya.

8. Liga online
Untuk pertama kalinya dalam seri PES, Konami memberikan fitur Master League yang bisa dimainkan secara online.

9. Dukungan 3D
PES 2011 juga telah mengusung teknologi 3D yang akan membuat game ini serasa 'hidup'. Gunakan kacamata khusus, maka gamer akan mendapati tampilan 3 dimensi layaknya pada film layar lebar.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

PlayStation3 sudah dapat dimodifikasi

Sesuai janjinya, pembobol PlayStation 3, George Hotz akhirnya membeberkan aksi hacking-nya di internet. Hotz mempersilakan semua pihak untuk memanfaatkan informasi yang mereka dapat di blog yang ia tulis ini.

"PS3 telah dibobol, sekarang tugasmu untuk melakukan sesuatu yang berguna dengannya," tulis mahasiswa yang dropped out dari Rochester Institute of Technology tersebut dalam file zip yang ia selipkan.

Dilansir detikINET dari BBC, Rabu (26/1/2010), Hotz menolak untuk menyediakan detil lebih komplit guna mencegah Sony melakukan perubahan yang bisa menghalangi aksi modifikasi. Ia juga belum merencanakan merilis software ampuhnya pada publik sebelum ia membuatnya lebih reliable.

Namun dalam blognya ia mengumumkan bahwa dengan aksi hacking-nya, ia membuka kesempatan pada para pengguna untuk mengontrol sistem mereka. Hal ini mengakibatkan PS3 bisa dipakai untuk memainkan game-game PS2, game bajakan, serta fitur-fitur dari sistem operasi lain.

Blog milik Hotz yang beralamatkan di kini langsung ngehits dan menuai 300-an komentar yang sebagian besar mengucapkan terima kasih dan memuji tindakannya.

Taken from: DetikInet