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10th April 2013,
PC is not dead and will never. PC will transform into higher plane of existance!
PC, personal computer, was predicted to cease to exists in the next few years. No. PC will never die. Personal computer is a computer for all of your private stuffs. Not shared with other. Saying PC will extinct is the same as saying car will extinct or even more silly: wardrobe will be extinct.
Your personal computer will change form, from bulky desktop to laptop and then finally into transforming tablet something like Samsung's ATIV or Asus Transformers.
Non transforming tablets like iPad will continue as expensive toy and eventually extinct. Desktop will be not be the mainstays in the office, and office desktop computer is not a personal computer. In my opinion, the one that is going to extinct is non transforming laptop, with 14" and 15" screen and ultrabooks. Most people does not want to haul the weight of a laptop so the lightweight transforming tablet+laptop is the way to go.
Desktop will not get extinct too, as its usage will only be limited serious professional use by software engineer, programmer, web developer, geeks, photographer or anyone who needed a lot of expandable computing power that is not available to transforming tablet-laptop. However not as much as computing power provided by a mainframe. The use of desktop however, will be smaller.
I believe I've write back few years ago that I wanted a computer as small as mobile phone that can be attached to a larger chassis and transform into a full size desktop computer. It would be interesting to see that becomes reality. A device as large as Blackberry Z10, say DeviceX, that can dock on a laptop chassis and changes function as laptop for my work on the go. Today this is what I wanted in the DeviceX. DeviceX will have a quad core x86 - x64 APU processor, 4 GB of rams, 128 GB of SSD divided into two 32 GB of usable OS and application plus 96 GB of storage.
When connected to the laptop dock, the dock contains an extra quad core processor, dedicated graphic card, 16 more GB of rams and 1 TB of storage. Oh yea, on software side, the OS must be able to handle an expanding and shrinking main drive. For example when today I install 10 applications taking 50 GB and saving 100 GB data on laptop mode. Larger than the capacity of DeviceX's memory. That is fine as the OS will only save on DeviceX's storage only application marked as as always available on all mode. The same will apply to the data.
Blackberry Z10 Review, the continuation
I've found some annoyance in Blackberry Z10. They are
Camera Test - versus Lumia 710
The Z10 easily beats Lumia 710 in the dark. These picture was taken this morning at dawn.
Taken only few seconds apart, you can see, that Z10 produces better and clearer image at better colour accuracy: the colour conforms to my eyes.
The image below is the cropped frame from the images. The Z10 images looks way better compared to the image from Lumia 710, keeping aside their resolution difference.
8th April 2013,
Sorry if this message is insulting for you, but I guess I had to write it. Hate to say that, but the price of human baby here in Indonesia is cheaper than the price of a dog. Well... You can open these links for the truth.
Anyway I just got a Blackberry Z10. My old Blackberry 9860 which was died before a year of use and it died ungracefully. The 9860 becomes unresponsive just after rebooting and there is nothing I can do. The Blackberry shop requires 1 month for the repair to complete and all of the data in the phone will be lost. I have no time to wait a month without a business phone. Imagine how much opportunity that will loss without the phone, and that will translate to a lot of Blackberries.
Lucky I got the data backed up and loosing 1 contacts only. So I decided to buy the Z10 and dump the 9860. All the data restoration works and I got all my contacts back.
Blackberry Z10 Review
I was a bit disappointed by Z10's built quality: it looks cheap and does not reflect the IDR 6.999.999 pricetag it commands. It is around 720 USD.
Compared to iPhone 5, Lumia 920 or Galaxy SIII (S4 perhaps?) that are priced similarly, the Z10 looks like an enlarged low quality phone. Even the 9860's metal body with chrome accent looks more expensive.
However comparing the screen quality, well, it has some of the best and brightest LED screen I've ever seen in mobile phone, save for OLED screens.
More Indonesia's Z10 is not using the latest and state of the art Qualcomm Snapdragon Krait SOC. It uses the inferior TI OMAP SOC and that translates to more power drain and of course slower performance.
On first charge the 1800mAh battery finishes within 3 hours and the Z10 charged really slowly.
Z10 is built flat like brick, therefore hard to pick when placed on a flat surface. The older 9860's curved body is way better. It is easier to grasp when laid on a flat surface. More often than not I'm afraid to accidentally drop this 720 USD phone when picking it up on my bedside.
On 2nd charge however things fare much better. Battery finishes after 7 hours of using and fiddling. It was used for 3 hours of phone calls, 2 hours of texting and 1 hours of fiddling. I was not entirely satisfied but the Z10 is a lot better than the 9860. On third charge the battery can stand my average working day pattern. Down to 20% when I arrived home.
The on screen keyboard is a far better to 9860. Its layout now follows QWERTY shape on QWERTY Blackberries and comparable to Lumia's 710.
What is so special about the Z10 lies on text editing baloon. I don't know what is the real name to the baloon, but when I made a typo in a long paragraph or sentence and wanted to edit that typo. I just type wherever near the location of the typo. A large circular baloon appears circling the text select (the blinking bar that appears indicating edit mode), and I can move the text select location with precission. Very handy!
It was weird to see, how they Z10's text prediction behaves when I write competitor's brand. When I write 'nokia', it outputs 'no liability' and when I write 'iphone' it always add a space between 'i' and 'phone' making it 'I phone'. In the other hand, my Nokia Lumia 710 accepts the word Blackberry and Iphone.
The Blackberry OS10
From what I felt and understand I knew that Blackberry OS 10, Android and iOS is all a famiily. OS10 is made from QNX, a form of Linux which is part of Unix family, while the Android is a real Linux distribution and iOS is a derivative of BSD which is also Unix. Well, their similarity however, ends there. Every maker and tuner adds their own code, optimisation and tweaks. Therefore comparing those OS is like comparing car's engine: they are all basically pistons engine with different configurations. Safe that for rotary engine, the only major mobile OS that is trully non Unix is Windows Phone.
The camera of Z10 is very good. Finally I found something to praise here. I love the metering system of the Z10. The metering works in conjunction with autofocus. The focused area will be EV 0, therefore perfectly exposed while the darker or lighter area will be in whatever EV that I don't really care. Testing to focus the camera in high contrast scene and focusing to a very dark region, well, the lighter area will be overexposed and the camera will make that focus point bright enough.
Focusing system is a little bit more complicated than Lumia 710's. On the Lumia 710 I can just tap at whatever point on screen to move the focus there and capture the image. On Z10 I need 2 steps. First to swipe the focus green box to where I intended too and second tap again the green box.
I love camera's shallow depth of field as if uses SLR lens. I've never tried iPhone 5's camera, but all I can say about Z10's camera is superb.
It is the pride of Blackberry OS10. All I can say, gone are the email and text message shortcut. They are now all integrated to the HUB. Using the hub for the first and second day can be really annoying. By day 3 however, you can't live and use the Z10 without the HUB. Even I accidentally swipe my Lumia 710 reminded of the hub.
If you are not used to the HUB, give yourself and the HUB some time. The experience is rewarding.
What is missing
What I miss from the old 9860 is the automatic bedside mode. Z10 can't enter bedside mode automatically at certain time. The good news is the Z10 rarely crashed! For once in three days I managed to made it slowly responding to my request. Compare it to the 9860 which stop responding 5 times a day. The crash is missing and my stress level went down! I've never taught that Blackberry can make phone that is not crashing.
The Z10 should have bright prospect ahead it, however by today its programming seems immature and some minor inconvinience happened. There is a problem with Blackberry Messenger that can't rotate while the phone orientation is changed from portrait to landscape. However the Blackberry HUB will rotate when the phone orientation is changed.
There is no select all function for all mail items then mark as read (this is bad) or contact in broadcasting BBM message (which is good actually so no people can send useless broadcast). The HUB also need next message and previous message button on email reading mode. I have to close and open the next message everytime and this is really waste of time.
There is also no resend function in HUB, at least per OS 10.0.1.82.
Misplaced USB and HDMI plug. They should swap the HDMI and USB plug location. The USB cable is blocking my finger when I hold the Z10 in portrait mode.
I believe that's for now, thank you for reading! I'll update it later.
22nd April 2013,
Just returned from Bali, and got bunch of pictures to show off. What a pity my internet connection got really slow and I could not upload the pictures.
Watch for phising scam from halopoin.com
Anyway I just won IDR 25 million from this fake Telkomsel website http://www.halopoin.com/. They texted this afternoon, telling me that I won IDR 25 million, about USD 2500. Also they give me a pin that I is visible on the website. I would not believe that rightaway. Therefore I decided to open the website from my mobile phone a Nokia 710. I instantly knew that the site was a deliberate phising scam. They are using low quality image for the background, plenty of grammar mistakes, low quality contents, too many repetitive information, no reference or link to real telkomsel website and the most important is the sender name and phone number : not telkomsel's official, it was sent from 081335845469 and made a reference to halopoin.com.
On halopoin.com I saw the number 0813331051888 and 021 50286087. The culprit name is Edy Gunawan, S.Kom, which I'm 99% sure a fake name too. Telkomsel never mention customer care's name on the website and the phone number should be the official call centre number of Telkomsel. At least it should be a toll free number, not a throw away Simpati and Esia number as written on the website. These are Telkomsel's official number:
Oh yes, it is also easy to fake a 'from number' in a text message using a specially written program and GSM modem like the Huawei E220. Therefore your text will appear to be sent from Telkomsel. Do not believe that from Telkomsel things on your mobile phone, especially when another throw away number exists on the text.
Feel free to browse their site. I'd suggest you to use private browsing tough, to avoid viruses that might be there. Below is the fake website. See below Mr Hajj's picture, there is a wriing 'This is the default featured slide 5 title', it is a sign that this site was not carefuly done. Telkomsel would not pick such website designer.
Scrolling below one can find the social media (facebook, twitter and more) icons are not pointing to a correct destination.
Then Whois lookup reveals nothing as the ID is protected. This Edy guy is a hijacker who are afraid that someone hijaks his website! Legitimate company does not hide their ID. The site is also about 1.5 months old.
Compare it to the real Telkomsel website below
To report such phising scam, you can text 1166 with this message 'penipuan*phone-number*the text', eg 'penipuan*081335845469*SELAMAT!!...'. I'll try to text Edy guy, using a throw away number of course, a link to this website and see his response as he'll try his best to hack this site. I think this will be fun.
13th April 2013,
Revelation came this morning that bank deposit is about as risky as stock investment, for the riches. The reason being is: your bank might go out of business, just as Laika bank did in Cypress. If you do have time deposits there, chances are you'll loose a portion of the money. And when you have 1 million Euros there, your account, well, will be robbed for 900K Euros. Not a small amount of money I believe. 90% of your money is vaporised.
However if say, you put your money in a well diversified stock portfolio and happens to own the stock of Laika, most likely you'll hear a lot of rumours regarding on what is happening in Laika and you'll sell it for a lot smaller of looses. Your other stocks, still, probably valuates.
The myth that said stock is a risky investment is not true!
5th February 2013,
I was wondering, if the living costs in Indonesia is really high... Well, it appears my findings was true. The price of meat in Indonesia is USD 9.5 a KG, which is twice as high compared to Australia, Malaysia or USA (USD 4.x a KG). Lucky that I'm a vegetarian, so that does not affect me by much. The price of car in Indonesia is also the same.
On average Indonesian office worker earns around IDR 10.000.000 - IDR 20.000.000 a month for feeding a family. For most people that seems much, however it is not that much. I don't use my living standard to judge it. To afford a decent living standard as it is not enough to pay mortgage and car installment. That number barely enough for daily living of a family with 2 kids in a rented house.
This article was written back in 2008.
Anyway I took this picture few days ago
I called it 'Ayo Sholat', which means lets pray. You can see Mr Hajj (the one with white hat) who points his hand to a nearby mosque, the sky, which was pinkish purple reflects that the picture was taken when the sun is setting, which is Maghrib time for Mosleam prayer. The message was very clear: lets pray. People says this image was to some extent, does not appear to be taken on Earth, it was surreal.
The image, however was taken from two seperate but stitched together image. The first image, Mr Hajj's gesture was nice but the mosque picture was bluring and the other image, Mr Hajj's is not posing nicely but the picture of the mosque was sharp.
I removed all the extra lights in the original image, added some colour saturations and by alll means I wanted to remove the guy who stands next to Mr Hajj, but I guess, that will bring a much more appealing and strong image, however too much fiddling with the image is just not me.
Therefore I decided to combine two of the pictures below:
The sky is really purplish pinkish in colour, but you'll need tricks to capture it purplish pinkish as I describe here on how to take pink sky.
The picture was taken on rest area on KM 97 Cipularang Tollway, from Bandung heading Jakarta. Their security was not nice however, they don't allow me to snap pictures, which is only me who are not allowed to take picture. Others people are okay and can took as many picture as they wish.
Anyway been a while since I use my SLR camera to took pictures, as I was using mobile phones these days since I was thinking a mobile phone can take great picture and it was very compact and practical. With Lomogram or any mobile image editing software, I can make a pretty attracting image already.
After days or months of mobile phone images, I returned to my SLR, I was amazed by the technical image quality that I got from my camera. So little noise while retaining so many details, so vivid colours, the ease of use, instant and speedy image capturing, and everything the SLR feels so much heaven compared to mobile phone. It is worthy to note that my camera is 5 years old already and it is working better than when I got it brand new. The reason is: I got more hours of fiddling with it yielding better pictures.
Nothing compares to an SLR for photography, it is simply the best tool for photography. It sat right on the middle in terms of size and weight, in between Medium Sized camera to Compact Camera. Unmatched instant shutter response and image quality is good enough huge enlargements even for APS-C class SLR cameras. More the price of an SLR is not that expensive, some mobile phones are more expensive than an entry level SLR. And the technical image quality, ease of use and performance of an entry level SLR is worlds beyond of that on a mobile phone.
The saying of expensive SLR produces better image compared to entry level SLR, is as true as saying expensive frying pan made better tasting fried rice compared to cheap frying pan.
Comparing SLR to mobile phone is a sin against humanity. Carefully made and selected pictures made using mobile phone camera is better than sloppy picture out of an SLR. But when used by the same hand and mind, pictures of an SLR is way better.
31st January 2013,
I rarely write something like this, but, I believe I should write to help more people with what I found useful for me.
I suffer Dermatitis atopic on my skin. Well, it is not deadly but, very uncomfortable and irritating. The skin reds and rashes and then becoming very itchy. They are everywhere, on my arm and legs.
I'm looking for cure for years in Australia, Indonesia and China, however there is no cure for the disease. Once the rash got removed, it is coming back to me out of nowhere. Antibiotic is no help as the problem is caused by my own body’s immune system reacting to soap. All I can do for years is by constantly applying steroids to keep the rashes under control. However as I know steroids are not good as my body starting to adapt for it and the efficacy becomes less with time. Therefore I was looking for a replacement. I don't want to use another steroid as might adapt to all kinds of steroids and I might not be able to use them in case of an emergency.
Then I experimenting with different brand of soaps and it turns out that antiseptic soap are not a good replacement. The more potent the antiseptic properties of a soap, the more itch it causes. The cleaner the soap, the itchier my skin. From now own, don't let clean feeling left by antiseptic soap fools you. Antiseptic soap is actually cleaning and wiping all beneficial essential oil and bacteria of your skin making your skin vulnerable to itching especially in dry climate.
So I tried to use different approach: switch to a milder soap. Feminine wash works fine but it makes my body smells like, er, you know it, plus people will label me a maniac. Baby soaps also fine but stills, made me smell like a baby. They are not an option.
Therefore I was changing soap every now and then looking for the best soap that stops my itch, some of Dove's soap works although some itching still occurs. Until once upon a time, a friend of mine introduces me to Oriflame Milk and Honey Gold Moisturising Shower and it worked. I got my itching are reduced. I often experienced 8 spots of itches now there are almost no itching spot. The milk and honey soap uses all natural ingredients, very mild on skin, does not dry skin and low on fragrance. It simply does not have a large number of irritant in it. Moreover, only a small amount of Milk and Honey is needed for a shower. I use a tube of 200ml for a month and a half, two showers a day. Way less compared to ordinary bath soap.
Although this article might look like an advertisement, it is not an advertisement. This article is my personal experience with the product as a DA suffering guy who is trying to tell fellow DA sufferer on how to reduce the itch. Your experience may vary as I don't do any scientific research to back this claim. However I believe it is worth to try the product, only IDR 75.000 a tube. Compared to the steroid that I often use, the product is cheaper and of course the most important thing is the improved quality of life that you might get. Also it is not a sin to spend small amount of money to try that soap right? I can assure you that allergic reaction are less likely caused this soap as my skin are highly sensitive, and there is no allergic reaction that happened.
If you need a sample, you can message me on twitter @sonylin, and then I will ship the product to you for free (Indonesia, one time only and for limited amount). If it worked on you, you can always join us at Oriflame. If you hate MLM and only wanted to use the product yourself, you can still order from me and tell your story of the Milk and Honey to me. Also don't forget to tell fellow DA sufferers about the Milk and Honey so they can have a better life.
Anyway, only Oriflame's Milk and Honey Gold Moisturising Shower can reduce the itch. Their Discover Santorini and Borneo could not do much. If you wanted to join Oriflame and order Milk and Honey Gold Moisturising Shower, please open this page at sienbity.com and register yourself. It is my friend's page, a leader in Oriflame who introduces me to milk and honey soap. I highly recommend you to join Oriflame.
What is good about joining Oriflame is you can get some of your cash back when you reach certain level. In my case, I got free soaps and toiletry every month just by referring to two friends a month. And despite of my level of income, I do still love freebies.
25th January 2013,
A view of Bundaran HI (Hotel Indonesia Runabout) from the top of Menara BCA tower in Jakarta. The weather sucks, as fogs are everywhere and made the image lost contrast (on the left). Therefore I deliberately converted to black and white in Lomogram software and added some vignetting (on the right).
I was completely taken by surprise, well, not really actually. I know what I can do and I already expected this image when I draw my mobile phone. Nowhere as sharp as image from an SLR camera but decent enough to draw viewer's attention.
First I wanted to make the picture looks pale and yellow to joke: convey impression that this image is about Jakarta's past. However I decided to make it black and white as the image was made in present.
Jakarta Tempo Kini - (Jakarta Today)
The flood has subsides and the life startes to begin, tough some part of the city is still flooded. Therefore Thamrin and Sudirman Rd are not as congested as usual.
How to get to this spot: visit Grand Indonesia shopping mall, then go to Gramedia on the 3rd Floor and jumps to the elevator behind Gramedia that will took you to level 56. However they don't allow SLR at that place. Hate it much! Altough I might just throw the image if I use SLR to capture it in the first place.
Mobile phone is so casual, that editing image in it only a few touches away. Unlike computer editing tools that needs considerable amount of time editing. It was never the difficulties involved or time required in making an image. It is just how the image feels good to you and the viewer.
20th January 2013,
New interface is now online. I will need to fix some kinks first.
Compared to my old website, the new website is way faster, less cluttered, complies to HTML 5 and much more readable for both user of mobile device and PC alike. Optimised for easy reading and image viewing. I even define the colour space to sRGB and image rendering intent of this website for photo viewing too.
I've tested the update on Blackberry 9860 running Blackberry OS 7.1, Nokia Lumia 710 running Windows Mobile 7.5 and the website is very readable in a mobile device. I have no Android or iPhone to check if this site renders correctly, but I supposed it so. Since I use only standard HTML5 syntax.
Weight reduction process has succeeded. I will add some other things like Tweetbox, Site meter, Google search and HTML certification too. They must be streamlined to match the look and feel of the site.
19th January 2013,
Firstly I wanted to make this site super simple, so it will load much faster and complies to HTML5 standard. Good bye XHTML. I will remove the Cbox (switched to twitter), and remove all ads from Godaddy, Amazon and Digg, Entrecard and every other advertising and displays only my company's ads. You know, well, when you have your own company, why display others :)
Then I've thinking to ditch Gallery 2.3 too, and utilise my own gallery on this site as my own researched gallery. It is really fast and very simple to use. My gallery just does not show the exif data which I can easily add.
Thats due to an installation issue with Gallery 2.3, as it will, in some browser display gallery upgrade page. Also Gallery 2.3 failed to load by Jakarta cityscape picture as it is simply too big. It was a nice software anyway.
The Curse of Windows
As I've predicted few months ago, the curse of Windows is real. The sales of Windows 8 plummeting below expectation and drives PC sales slow.
New year old problems!
The year is new but the problem stays old! The City, Jakarta is flooded and it was deeply flooded. Things are really bad there, lucky for me I stayed in the suburbs which is free from flood. Some of my friends are, stuck, in their homes.
Another old problem, which is as old as human society, and many people believe: money is the root of all problem. I would gladly say: those people are wrong. Money is not the source every problem. Money is an answer looking for a problem. No money is a real problem.
These days I was wondering how much does it really costs to live in Jakarta, for a family with 2 kids living a decent live.
Here is my description of a decent live:
As you people may see, the living that I've described is not a luxury living. It is rather standard. So now, lets calculate how much does that living costs.
So the total expenses for Joko's family for a year is IDR 644.825.000. And Joko needs to make about IDR 54.000.000 a month. This is numbers are true and not made up! Well, not true to the exact figure, but somewhat close.
For Indonesian, if you are shocked, so do I. I've never calculated this way and that figure is just unbelieveable. However after I reiterate the calculation... I know, that the number is just right.