When Tatsuo Horiuchi retired, he decided to try his hand at art. But instead of spending money on paints and brushes, Horiuchi used what he already had pre-installed on his computer—Microsoft Excel. Now, the 77-year-old artist is creating remarkably intricate digital masterpieces of the Japanese landscape, all on the free graphing software. (Source)
I have seen some works made using Microsoft Excel for example by coloring cells, but Mr. Horiuchi uses like line tools and bucket tools. The results are amazing.
Few days ago, I got a phone call from 123RF. A lady on the phone asked me why I didn’t make other purchases after I used my credits. She made sure whether I had problems with my account or else. I told her that for now, I don’t need to purchase any stock photos.
A former star at Google who oversaw the development of Android, the Brazilian native shocked the tech industry when he announced he would join Xiaomi in 2013, then a three-year-old company. At the time, the company was making waves in China for its then innovative model of selling phones online only. Yet the company was barely known outside of Asia.
Today, I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. Facebook is a nice place to interact with other people, I can confirm this. But, at the same time, in the last few months — or probably long time ago — I see too many ‘negative’ news in my feed. I know, it depends on who I follow, who my ‘friends’ are and how they interact with updates, information, news, or whatever information they share on the internet.
Of course, I can simply use the “unfollow” feature. Or, I can de-friend some of the people. I can always use the “hide” features. But, it’s just to much work. So, bye Facebook. At least for now.
Disclaimer: This review is based on my personal experience. 123RF did not request me to write this article and I’m not endorsed or paid for making this review.
Today, I just decided to purchase some credits under my account at 123RF.com since I need to get some images from there. After creating an account, I simply made a purchase. It was a simple process. When I made the my purchase, I was connected to my office VPN. So, I was detected in Singapore while I was physically in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
I filled in all billing information. I have been making lots of transactions using my credit cards, and I had most of them succeeded.
When I hit the purchase button, I got a notification saying that a verification process was needed and it would be by calling my phone number. I waited for the next few minutes. But, I didn’t get any phone call (on my mobile number).
So, I decided to contact 123RF from its Live Chat feature. So, I provided the customer service staff with my invoice number and some basic information about my order and account. The customer service staff informed me to make verification process based on the instruction sent to my email. She also requested my mobile number again and I gave her my numbers.
I replied the email with the information about my full name, bank account information, and my home address. I provided all the information based on my credit card information. No credit card number of verification number provided during this process.
In the next few seconds, I got a phone call from 123RF. She introduced herself as Jessica from 123RF, and she was using Bahasa Indonesia. She asked me for some details about my order and the situation that I made an order from Singapore (while my address is in Yogyakarta, Indonesia). Of course, I was more than happy to give the best answer. Then, she told me that she would be back to work on my order.
After few minutes, I got another call from her telling that the credit was already under my account. I checked directly by refreshing my browser, and the credit was there.
Overall, I had a good experience on my first credit order. I know that each companies — when it comes to payment or security — has its own standard of the payment or security. 123RF has its own verification process. Based on my experience just now, 123RF made the verification simple enough.
I tried to purchase electricity token credit from BCA internet banking service. But, it didn’t work. My transaction could not be processed. Lucky that Tokopedia — one of the Indonesia marketplaces — is available for electricity token credit. The order process was simple. After having the order under my internet banking account, I made the payment. And, within seconds I had my order status to “Paid”. Great.
Wait… not so great. The thing was that the token credit was not available yet. It was because of the system policy that “An order made between 11PM until 1AM will be processed (automatically) after 1AM”. Meh.