Solution: Brain freeze Chromecast

I have a positive experience using Chromecast. Mostly, I use it to cast YouTube, and Spotify (sometime). But, recently I use Netflix more.

I did not how it was started, but yesterday I could not cast Netflix on my Chromecast. Nothing was changed. I used the exactly the same setup.

When I tried to cast YouTube, it worked without any issues, but not with Netflix. After few attempts, I finally have it worked again by reinstalling the Netflix app on my Android phone. Everything is back to normal again now.

Thank You, Flickr! Hello Google Photos!

When Flickr was acquired by Smugmug, I was happy. Rather than comparing between the two services, they finally under one team, even Flickr and Smugmug are still two separated services. I believe that Smugmug will work hard and listen to Flickr community to bring Flickr back with better features.

But, I decided to leave Flickr for Google Photos. Thank you, Flickr!

Flickr and I

Before Instagram era, or mobile-first photo sharing becomes so popular, Flickr was on the top service if it’s referring to photos/photography. Especially when there was Yahoo behind it.

I created my personal Flickr account back in 2004 — it’s 15 years ago — and I started uploading and sharing photos. When I was having close discussion with Public Communication Center of Ministry of Health and they asked me what kind of platform to choose to share photos, I recommended Flickr. The best part is they’re still using it until now!

Thomas Arie presenting flickr #ytownhall
Me sharing about Flickr during Yahoo Community Townhall event in May 2011 in Jakarta. I even still have the presentation slides with me. Thank you, Della and Gage!

Dear Flickr,

Probably, it’s just me. But, I wish you offer better experiences in — in my opinion — some of the key features.

First, help me to organise my thousand of photos. For me, it’s not that easy to put multiple photos into multiple albums. I am not sure about how you handle exactly-the-same photos, or…. duplicate photos. As far as I remember, it will be treated as different photos.

I wish you can also help me to organise my uploaded photos… automagically. There are lots of faces in my photos. Help me to organise them by faces so that I can easily and quickly find photos of my wife, my sister, and also my friends.

I know that sometimes it’s not about you. But, I feel that it’s slow to send my photos to you. I know, it’s also because you can also secure my photos in their original sizes.

I will stop talking now. I don’t hate you at all. I need something that works for me better now.

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The Michaelangelo of Microsoft Excel

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.

WhatsApp Updates: Message queue, more photos/videos to send

Even I use Telegram more than WhatsApp, but I still have WhatsApp installed since some of my contacts are still there. The latest WhatsApp for iPhone — I haven’t checked the Android version — has some features that I think needed to be noted.

  1. Message queue. Any messages being sent/received while not being connected to the internet will be queued up and delivered after it’s connected.
  2. Previously, we can only send up to 10 photos/videos at once. Now, we can send up to 30 photos/videos.
  3. Redesigned storage usage screen to help cleaning up the storage space.

Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi

Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi and going back to Silicon Valley

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.