Project Ara dan Phoneblocks

Apa yang lagi jadi bahan pembicaraan saat ini?

Modular phone.

Never heard of it

Baru-baru ini Motorola baru saja mengumumkan Project Ara, sebuah project open hardware untuk membangun ponsel dengan komponen-komponen modular.

Maksud lo?

Yoi, seperti lego atau merakit PC. Kamu nanti bisa merakit ponsel kamu sendiri. Seperti dilansir di blog-motorola, Motorola ngaku sebenarnya Project Ara ini secara rahasia sedang dikerjakan selama setahun terakhir.

Seperti apa sih jadinya nanti?

Intinya, ponsel Project Ara nantinya akan terdiri dari sebuah frame + beberapa modul. Pick your choice.
It could be a processor, display, keyboard, extra battery, camera, or anything else. Kalau kamu pernah lihat video tentang Phoneblocks karya Hakkens, idenya adalah kamu dapat menukar/mengganti modul-modul tadi sesuai dengan pilihan kamu.

  • Kalo kamu cloud user kelas berat misal, ya ganti ajah modul storage dengan batere yang lebih gede + upgrade CPU
  • Kalo kamu suka narsis dengan ponsel, ya ganti ajah modul kamera dengan yg paling top misalnya
  • Kalo kamu gamer, modul display + CPU kayanya yang akan disasar.

Ya seperti itulah idenya. OK deh berikut ini adalah video mengenai gagasan soal Phoneblocks

Dan apa yang terjadi saat Motorola ketemu dengan Dave Hakkens?


Designed to Last
Made for The Entire World

Android did with the phone OS/software, now Google (via Motorolla) want to do it again in the hardware area.
What next?

ada yang pernah tau tentang Modu?

Motorola Blog: Goodbye Sticky. Hello Ara.

@Tweetacoffee, kirim kopi via Twitter


Ada yang salah? Ngga kok, paling ngga buat di US sana sih :)

Twitter dan Starbucks baru-baru ini mengumumkan kerjasamanya dalam sebuah program bernama “tweet-a-coffee“. Intinya sih lewat program ini para pelanggan Starbucks bisa saling “bertukar” Starbucks Gift Card senilai $5. Harapannya gift card tadi bisa di-“uangkan” dengan cara … ya beli kopi Starbucks (atau products F&B apapunlah itu di Starbucks) dan tentunya menaikan angka penjualan warung kopi asal Amrik ini.


Jadi, kalo kamu (in US) mo nraktir teman, sohib, gebetan Coffee Latte Grande dari Starbucks saat ini cukup via Twitter.


  1. Kamu mesti punya akun Starbucks
  2. Login ke menggunakan akun Starbucks tadi
  3. Isikan akun twitter milik orang yang ingin kamu kirimi gift card (nominal yang ada saat ini baru $5 saja)
  4. Klik tombol ijo “Tweet Your eGift”
  5. Nanti Starbucks akan nge-tweet ke teman (atau bos, pacar, gbtan dll) isinya sebuah link buat di-redeem oleh si penerima tweet.
  6. Si penerima tweet cukup akses link tersebut nanti ada beberapa verifikasi, print redeem code-nya, bawa deh ke warung Starbucks terdekat buat dituker ama kopi.
    Kira-kira seperti ini:

Di Indonesia mestinya bisa laris nih kalo melihat dari penggunaan twitter-nya. Sayang banyakan alay-nya sih plus the habbit is not there yet.

Mungkin attitude juga :P

[SF Trip] Downtown San Francisco in less than 8 hours


Afternoon already, we have no much time to explore The City by the Bay.
We didn’t even have enough time to find and buy some souvenirs nor have a proper dinner :( So lets go through the checklist then.

  1. Union Square
    The area got its name because it was once used for rallies and support for the Union Army during the American Civil War, earning its designation as a California Historical Landmark.There is a wide variety of hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, etc., that are unique to San Francisco. In Union Square you will have a mix of locals, business travellers and vacationers. It’s like a transit area. Transportation is quite easy in here because you have subway or bus stations around you.It’s also an expensive area. You can see famous brand stores/restaurants in every corner. It’s like a collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the United States.And what we did there was … enjoy the afternoon, when the sun is calming down, warm with cool breeze, watching the activities around the square.

    After that, @Rara79 need to find a post office to buy postcards and stamps. So we go to Macy’s coz it has one. Nope, we didn’t buy anything, see the keyword “expensive”. Need to save more bucks for other things he he he he.Chinatown actually is about 1-2 blocks away, perfect place for hunting souvenirs in a budget. But like I said, we don’t have time to go there.

  2. Cable Car
    This is a must have attraction my list. So we took one next to Macy’s down to the Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s nice ride actually, but since the cable cars was kind of full, i only got a place at the rear. The best spot at the front and side of the car have already been taken :(

    There are some souvenir shops around here. It’s cheap, sort of. Well you could have 5-7 postcards for only $1 before tax. Some key chains and many other stuff. I’m sure you’ll get cheaper and more options in Chinatown.

  3. Fisherman’s Wharf
    Fisherman’s Wharf gets its name and neighborhood characteristics from the city’s early days during the Gold Rush when Italian immigrant fishermen settled in the area and fished for the Dungeness crab. From then until the present day it remained the home base of San Francisco’s fishing fleet.It’s getting dark when we arrived, so basically we spent very short time here. Just walking around the corner, we miss the chance to see the sea lion, only watching the Alcatraz (closed due to the government shutdown).In addition we (me actually) also need to catch the time to take photos of the golden gate bridge at sunset. Since we taking bus will take forever to go there, just missed the sunset taking a taxi was the only option.
  4. Golden Gate
    You are not in San Francisco if not visit the Golden Gate . That’s what we did, visit the 76 years old bridgeNobody warned us that the wind around the bridge was so cold. I should have known about that when I was at same situation at Eiffel and The Great Wall.So, my camera remote were basically dead coz the battery was too cold to operate. It also needed a moment to set up the gear for long exposure shot properly. I just couldn’t stand the cold wind and it made everything worse since i have to push the shutter manually with my trembling cold hand :(Don’t have much time since the taxi meter is still running.

    After spending about 15 minutes around the bridge, I’ve got nothing worth to be published :( With a huge disappointment, I ask the taxi driver to take us to Pier 39.

  5. Hard Rock Cafe SF at Pier 39
    I went here because one of my colleague asking me to buy a city tee for his collection. Bought some souvenirs also for people at #Room41. It’s dark, it’s windy and we’re hungry. Dinner around here is quite costly, so we took Finnan suggestion to go back to fisherman’s wharf.The food stall mentioned by Finnan was closed already, so we pick random restaurant.Geez, the American food portion is crazy!!I ordered normal pasta (well just look the menu and it seems to be face for me to eat) with a shrimp salad as appetiser. Haven’t finish it yet when the pasta came.
    OMG, the plate is like 30cm long (no, not you @naivee) with 2 chicken fillets size of my palm each. It’s for 2-3 people here!!

After dinner, me @Rara79 and @Eriskatp back to the Caltrain Station to get the last train back to Santa Clara. It’s a day that we spent most of the time on foot. I hope my lil sis Eriska was not feeling tortured. Well this is the way we enjoy the new place. Sorry sis, but I’ve warned you before he he he he.

Moral of the story:

  • Start explore downtown SF early in the morning since most of the place are nice to be visited before night time (IMO).
  • Try to be the first cable car in queue, so start from the Market Street, pick the best seat.
  • Better rent a car to go to Golden Gate area and spend enough time there specially for composing the photograph you want.

as usual you can find more photos in my [button color=’pink’ size=’small’ link=’’]flickr[/button] account :).

Also feel free to leave your comment here ^_^

[SF Trip] Visiting Mozilla Space San Francisco

mozspacesf-logo7 Oct 2013, Summit over the night before. Most of us will fly back home, back to daily routine office, college, shool etc. Some will spend another day or two just for sight seeing. Let say, Jan from Holland going to surf at Santa Cruz, Ash’kary from Bangladesh have a road trip to east coast.

Me? I’ll be spend a day at San Francisco with the girls (@rara79 & @eriskatp) First stop is Mozilla Office San Francisco, @rara79 has appointment with Emily (the one from WPR tables next to Mozilla Indonesia table in MozFair day #1).

It’s kind of late. Based on my checklist we should go to SF from Santa Clara CalTrain station maximum at 9am. We board at the train around 11am. And the first thing cross my mind when inside the train is … Source Code movie. Also met Rizki from Yogya at the train.

CalTrain took about 1hr 30min from Santa Clara to SF and cost you about $9. From SF Caltrain Station we need to take a cable train to get to Mozilla SF office at Harrison St. Cost you about $2.

The weather was perfect (OK, it’s lil bit chill) for walking down the street. MozSpace at SF is nice, I wish that someday we could have one at Indonesia.

Met Emily, have a little tour inside. Josh already busy with lines code in his big monitor screen. William playing pingpong at 7th floor :) The view from this floor is amazing. I’m willing to stay overnight almost every night with this view :P I can imagine it’s getting prettier in the afternoon with all the lamps around the bridge and the building around.

From MozSpace SF, we go to Twitter office. Another $2 using subway.

That’s all for MozSpaceSF visit, as usual you can find more photos in my [button color=’blue’ size=’small’ link=’’]flickr[/button] account :)

Mozilla Summit Stories:

Side Story:

8 Hours at Narita, Japan

After spent about 8 hours flight from Singapore, I still had 8 hours layover at Narita International Airport waiting for the next flight to San Jose, USA. So, I did a small research before about Narita City (going to Tokyo was never be in my plan). I love history, things that are old, ancient, vintage. Therefore, I prefer to go to places that still have relics of ancient history, especially before the end of the renaissance.

Ok, what would Narita offer to us?
Well we have plenty of choices actually regarding to what some people say that there’s “nothing” around Narita City. From Narita-san Shinsh?-ji temple to Sawara Town also known as “Little Edo”. Due to my time calculation and try to be rational, I decided to visit only Narita-san Shinsh?-ji.

It’s very easy to go there from Narita Airport. You need only JPY 250 one way/person to take JR Narita train + 15 to 20 minute walk from JR Narita or Keisei Narita Stations. This is a tricky part because it could take more than 30 minutes to reach the temple gate. It it so far away?

Don’t get we wrong. It’s only 800m straight to the temple. In fact, because you’re enjoying the walk so much that could make you lost time.

The road to Narita-san Shinsh?-ji is known as Omotesando. But at the both side of the road there are numerous shops, restaurant, inns. From what i’ve read, it’s there for more than 300 years.

Too bad we’re there at 9am. Most of the shops/restaurant still close or the owners are preparing the shops to be opened. I wonder if I was there at 3pm upward, weather getting cooler (it was hot), lamps are turned on, and people wearing kimono greeting their customer. I could imagine my self being in the era described inside Eiji Yoshikawa’s books :) There are so much to tell, better you go there your self :P I want to go there again.

So here we are at the “main course” :P

Narita-san Shinsh?-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple located in central Narita, Chiba, Japan. And It’s BIG!!

Temple in Japan usually is a complex contains several buildings. Well not to mention it also has garden, pagodas, a small forest i could say. At some place you have to walk through stairs and it’s pretty high.

It was founded in 940 by Kanch? Daisojo, a disciple of Kobo Daishi. The temple became importance starting in the Edo Period (1603 – 1867), when it gained the patronage of the Tokugawa Shogunate. I recommend you to read book “Taiko” by Eiji Yoshikawa. You’ll see a piece of Japanese ancient history that is worth to be studied later on.

You see, the temple is more than 1000 years old. It’s amazing, and what amazed me more is that it still there in one piece (well, IMO). The Japanese did a very great job for keeping this heritage like it is today. It’s like an upside down when I look back to my country. There’s no much left…

Narita-san is one of Japan’s most popular destinations during New Year’s Day. And why is that? Umm, japanese has different way to celebrate new year (that 1st january new year). They usually stay at home with the family, eating traditional food and other activities. After that they had hatsumode, the first shrine to visit of the new year. Narita-san is one of the destination for that even from long back then in the Edo era.

At that days, people will walk about 64km from Edo to visit temple at Narita. To nourish the tired pilgrims, many unagi, or grilled eel, shops were opened. And you’ll still see many “eel restaurant” down the Omotesando Road. Don’t worry @belutz, you’re safe bro :)

I could’t wait for March 2014, I’ll be at Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Kobe. The Old Japan, meanings more temples, more castles.

As usual, you can view more photos at my flickr or facebook account.

Subeteda ne, domo arigatou gozaimashita

note: some photos from my iPhone

How to Create OS X 10.9 Mavericks Bootable Installer


So, Apple’s latest Mac OS X 10.9 finally released with codename Mavericks.

Like the previous 2 version (Lion 10.7 & Mountain Lion 10.8), Mavs doesnt ship on a disc. it’s available only as an installer app downloadable from the Mac App Store. The installer it self needs no bootable installation disc. But it cant stop you for having a bootable Mavericks installer, right?

It will be very useful if you want to install Mavericks on multiple Macs offline.

And one more thing, users running Snow Leopard and later will be able to nab the update for free via the App Store. No additional cost.

So, i’d like to share how to create a bootable Mavericks installer on a USB stick. It’s not that difficult actually.

  1. You have to get the latest version of Mavericks installer first. Since i’ve downloaded Mavericks today (23/10/2013) from App Store, my version should be 10.9.0. The installer size is about 5.3GB. After downloading the installer a new window will appear asking you to install. Just cancel it.
    There’ll be at least 2 ways to create the bootable installer. Using Disk Utility and the fastest one is using a new feature built into Mavericks for creating an install drive called [highlight]createinstallmedia[/highlight]. I’ll use this method here.
  2. You need to have at least 8GB USB stick. Rename it to something you like. I name my USB Mavericks. Well it’s not to rename the drive. But since we will us Terminal to type the command, I think it will be easier for you to use a simple name for the drive. Make sure your USB is properly formatted.
    If you’re not sure about that, this is the step to prepare your USB drive.

    I use my previous ML USB installer

    I use my previous ML USB installer

    Open Disk Utility, select your USB drive and choose Erase tab

    Open Disk Utility, select your USB drive and choose Erase tab

    Choose format Mac OS Extended (Journaled)Give the name to your driveClick Erase

    Choose format Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Give the name to your drive
    Click Erase

    that's all, you'll have your USB ready

    that’s all, you’ll have your USB ready

    [highlight]Warning: This step will erase the destination drive or partition, so make sure it doesn’t contain any valuable data. [/highlight]
  3. Open Terminal, and type/copy paste this command
    sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --volume /Volumes/Mavericks --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ --nointeraction
  4. Type your your root/admin-level account password when prompted.
  5. You’ll see the progress in the Terminal window. It will displays a textual representation of a progress bar: Erasing Disk: 0%… 10%…20%… bla bla bla. Wait until everything finished.

    I go inside the installer directory, therefore the command will be a lil bit different for you

    I browse inside the installer directory, therefore the command will be a lil bit different for you

  6. Voila! You have your bootable Mavericks-install drive.