EIGER

Di linimasa Twitter saya kemarin, tiba-tiba banyak dipenuhi oleh cuitan mengenai kejadian yang melibatkan EIGER (PT. Eigerindo Multi Produk Industri) melalui akun @eigeradventure di Twitter dan (awalnya) dengan salah seorang warganet yang membagikan surat keberatan terkait sebuah ulasan video yang diunggah di platform YouTube.

Ketika saya melihat isi surat keberatan tersebut, saya langsung menuju ke laman video-nya yang berjudul “REVIEW Kacamata EIGER Kerato l Cocok Jadi Kacamata Sepeda” karena penasaran juga. Lalu saya putar videonya, dari awal sampai akhir, tanpa ada bagian yang saya lewatkan. Komentar saya: “Ini video dan kontennya bagus! Ulasan personal, dan secara umum menginformasikan sesuatu yang positif terhadap produk (kacamata) dari EIGER!”

Saya juga sering melakukan ulasan untuk produk, jasa, atau layanan di situs ini. Namun memang jarang yang sifatnya audio/visual. Dari persepektif kreator (di video tersebut) saya apresiasi sekali karena membuat konten tersebut juga membutuhkan usaha.

Simple Stream

I still have my orangescale.net domain name since I registered it back in 2006, but I do not used it for few years. This blog used that domain name for few years. Rather than having the domain unused, I decided to use it for something simple as simple aggregator.

So, orangescale.net now (well, for now!) has list of posts from this blog (thomasarie.com) and also from my podcast page at anchor.fm. I made it using Sourdust Feed Aggregator. Originally, Sourdust uses Bootstrap for its HTML/CSS, but I decided to redo the interface — still simple! — using Bulma.

My fellow, Zam, also has this kind of aggregator and I subscribe to it. I am thinking of having the similar aggregator, but for now keeping the updates with my daily reading sources I use RSS reader and also blog subscription feature, if available.

Reresik Instagram

Instagram adalah aplikasi yang hampir saya buka setiap hari. Konten yang sangat beragam dari akun-akun yang saya ikuti dan muncul di linimasa saya saya (baik berupa konten di feed maupun melalui Instagram Stories) menjadi visual-visual yang saya nikmati.

Namun tidak selalu.

Bukan jelek, tapi setelah melihatnya, ya… melihat saja. Dan, setelah beberapa waktu, ternyata — walaupun mungkin telat ya… — saya kok terpikir kenapa saya dulu mengikuti akun-akun tersebut. Saat itu mungkin saya memang suka, tanpa alasan. Yang penting suka saja. Jadi, saya luangkan beberapa hari terakhir untuk melihat-lihat kembali siapa yang saya ikuti di Instagram saya, untuk kemudian saya sedikit “bersihkan” dengan berhenti mengikuti beberapa akun.

Saya sendiri lebih memilih pada akhirnya mengikuti orang-orang yang saya kenal secara langsung. Walaupun, tak sedikit juga akun mereka yang tidak saya kenal atau pernah bertemu langsung, namun saya merasakan atau mendapatkan sesuatu yang positif saja. Selebritas? Ah, sepertinya saya memilih untuk hampir meng-unfollow semua — walaupun sebelumnya yang saya ikuti juga tidak banyak.

Saya tidak mengeset target berapa jumlah following saya, tapi saat ini masih sekitar 600 akun — sebelum aktivitas reresik ini sektiar 700-an. Sepertinya angka tersebut masih bisa dikurangi.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner/Robot Penghisap Debu. Pilih yang Mana?

Setelah menjajal Kurumi KV 01 Anti Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner di bulan September lalu, saya dan istri akhirnya berpikir kembali untuk membeli satu perangkat untuk membantu bebersih di rumah.

Catatan

Tulisan ini bukan tulisan bersponsor. Saya tidak mendapatkan imbalan ataupun memiliki kerjasama dengan seluruh merek/produk yang disebutkan dalam tulisan ini. Semua yang saya tulis merupakan pendapat pribadi.


Tujuannya tetap, supaya kegiatan bebersih jadi sedikit lebih enteng, karena sudah sekitar tujuh bulan ini benar-benar tanpa ART dengan kegiatan bebersih rutin tiap hari untuk menyapu dan pel antara 1-3 hari, tergantung kondisi lantai juga, karena kebetulan tempat tinggal kami memiliki dua lantai. Pilihan akhirnya jatuh kepada keputusan untuk membeli robot vacuum cleaner. Masalahnya, pilihannya begitu banyak. Bukan hanya soal merek, tapi juga fitur, rentang harga juga cukup bervariasi.

5 alasan saya mengapa akhirnya membeli robot vacuum cleaner atau robot penghisap debu

Sudah cukup lama sebenarnya saya tertarik untuk beli, namun karena dulu masih merasa belum perlu — karena ada ART, dan merasa untuk membersihkan lantai juga masih bisa dilaukan sendiri — jadi keinginan tersebut selalu ditunda.

Bagi kami, beberapa hal yang menjadi pertimbangan:

  1. Efisiensi waktu, tenaga, dan biaya
    Untuk menyapu lantai satu (bagian area dalam dan semi outdoor), kadang masih dlanjutkan dengan mengepel. Lantai dua beberapa area memang tidak disapu tiap hari, hanya yang benar-benar ada aktivitas rutin seperti kamar tidur dan ruang kerja. Area lain kadang juga disempatkan. Dengan tanpa ART, jadilah urusan lain juga harus beres. Jadi, mengenai biaya, budget untuk ART ini bisa dialihkan untuk membeli robot vacuum cleaner ini — karena kami juga belum menggunakan jasa bebersih yang bisa datang harian. Paling tidak, jikapun tidak dipel, tapi lantai sudah disapu.
  2. Portabel dan nirkabel
    Karena sifatnya portabel, jadi cukup mudah untuk saya gunakan di lantai satu dan lantai dua, walaupun charging dock memang hanya ada satu. Mungkin satu saat kalau ada rejeki, bisa ada satu lagi. Amin.
    Berbeda dengan alat vacuum yang menggunakan kabel, dengan tanpa kabel otomatis penggunaan juga jadi lebih fleksibel secara jangkauan.
  3. Otomatisasi
    Karena memiliki fitur yang cukup canggih dan terintegrasi dengan beberapa model pengaturan, jadi lebih fleksibel dalam operasional. Termasuk untuk urusan pengisian baterai. Jadi, saya tinggal atur misalnya kapan si ‘robot’ ini harus membersihkan dan area mana saja — misal jam 22.00 WIB.
  4. Ukuran ringkas dan minim perawatan
    Untuk ukuran juga menjadi penting. Dengan ukuran yang cukup mini, penyimpanan juga lebih tidak makan tempat. Selain itu, robot vacuum cleaner semacam ini juga memiliki bobot yang tidak terlalu berat. Mengenai perawatan, selain beberapa aksesories yang seharusnya juga mudah didapatkan dari produsen, komponen lain juga tidak terlalu rumit untuk perawatannya.
  5. Jangkauan lebih luas dan menyedot debu dengan lebih baik
    Area bawah tempat tidur merupakan area yang cukup sulit untuk dibersihkan, disamping ada juga sofa untuk tamu dan sofa bed. Selain susah dijangkau sepenuhnya dengan sapu, pun sudah disapu biasanya kotoran dan terutama debu cenderung berpindah tempat. Jadi, kalau disapu, debu malah justru terbang kemana-mana. Untuk tempat tidur, kebiasaan selama ini jika membersihkan saya lebih sering geser dipan dan tempat tidur, disapu, dipel, kemudian dikembalikan lagi.

Pertimbangan menentukan pilihan robot vacuum cleaner

Setelah memiliki pertimbangan yang cukup, saatnya memilih: produk robot vacuum cleaner mana yang paling cocok (untuk kami)? Secara umum, ada dua hal yang menjadi pertimbangan:

  1. Spesifikasi produk dan ulasan
  2. Budget dan harga

Mari kita bahas sedikit.

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.

Workplace by Facebook

Workplace by Facebook

Connect everyone in your company and turn ideas into action. Through group discussion, a personalised News Feed, and voice and video calling, work together and get more done.
Workplace is an ad-free space, separate from your personal Facebook account.

10 patents Facebook is suing Yahoo with

ZDNet has a list of 10 patents that Facebook is using to attack Yahoo. This is a simple list:

  1. Generating a feed of stories personalized for members of a social network (U.S. Patent No. 7,827,208)
  2. Tagging digital media (U.S. Patent No. 7,945,653)
  3. Headline posting algorithm (U.S. Patent No. 6,288,717)
  4. Method for enabling a user to fetch a specific information item from a set of information items, and a system for carrying out such a method (U.S. Patent No. 6,216,133)
  5. Customizing database information for presentation with media selections (U.S. Patent No. 6,411,949)
  6. System and method for dynamic profiling of users in one-to-one applications (U.S. Patent No. 6,236,978)
  7. System and method for dynamic profiling of users in one-to-one applications and for validating user rules (U.S. Patent No. 7,603,331)
  8. Architectures, systems, apparatus, methods, and computer-readable medium for providing recommendations to users and applications using multidimensional data (U.S. Patent No. 8,103,611)
  9. System for controlled distribution of user profiles over a network (U.S. Patent No. 8,005,896)
  10. System for controlled distribution of user profiles over a network (U.S. Patent No. 8,150,913)

Go to ZDNet for complete details of each patent. Other reading: Facebook countersues Yahoo over 10 patents.

Flickr: Photo Sharing or Photo Storage Service?

If you read this blog, or meet me in person, you probably know me as Flickr fan. Yes, among services owned by Yahoo!, Flickr is one of my favorite. I have friends who love to use Flickr and also bring some people to Flickr. So far, they’re enjoying it. Well, at least I heard some positive feedbacks from them. Some friends also bought/renewed their Flickr Pro account and they asked me to buy them Flickr gifts.
But, it’s 2011 now. Many photography-related services flourish. To refresh your memories, let’s take a look at 500px, Instagram, or picplz for example. And, I’m sure more to come to the game.
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I asked myself recently: How do I use Flickr? Is it as photo sharing, or simply as a photo storage service? You can find out a bit about how I use Flickr by watching a short presentation during Yahoo! Community Town Hall few months ago. With many other options to share photos these days (again, mind the word “share”) here, I feel that Flickr is more photo storage for me. I do actively share and upload photos to Flickr. But, it’s not only about having photos uploaded there. It’s also about social web interaction.

The magic feature: Share to Flickr

Look at some applications/services that put photos as its primary contents. Many of them has “Share to Flickr” feature. Photos are shared to Flickr directly. Easily. But, where the discussion takes place? Is it on Flickr? May be not.

The way people enjoy photos

06052011315A simple question: how do you enjoy Flickr photos? There are some ways: visiting the website from the desktop, from Flickr mobile version, or using mobile applications. Even I have Flickr for iPhone, I rarely enjoying the photostream. I feel that it’s not something I’m enjoying. Try to fire up your Flickr for iPhone apps, and experience yourself. If you have your photos delivered to many services e.g. Instagram, Twitpic, and Flickr, I am sure Flickr is not the first site you (or your friends) will visit. Except you make your photos exclusively uploaded to Flickr and share the links to social networks.
It does not seem that simple though. For example: If I share a photo from Flickr to Twitter, Twitter will display the image right away. Some Twitter applications are smart enough to display the shared links as photo thumbnails and photos with bigger dimension. Will they visit Flickr — and exploring my photostream? Probably. But, I think most of them won’t.
I might sound selfish here by expecting other people to explore my photos. But, you know what I’m talking about here, right?

Shoot, share, and interact

People take photos using many devices, from simple to advanced tools. Using mobile phone or expensive DSLR cameras with fancy lenses. And, to upload the photos, there are some ways too: send directly from mobile devices, by email, or using another social network services and put Flickr as the last destination. Some people still love doing the traditional way: transfer the photo from memory card to laptop/computer, and upload them manually. I still do this sometime.
Again, what happen when the photos are stored to Flickr? Is it easy to interact with the photos? Of course, it’s easy. But, is it super easy? People might to go to Flickr for some reasons: they want to browse their photos or their friends’, or because some photos are made exclusively available at Flickr. Look at White House for example, or NASA. Or, because special event photos are displayed there at Flickr. People will go there. I will go there. But, for personal collection, or just simply “because I don’t want to loose these” photos, Flickr might be a great place to store them. When I need it, I will go there.
This is challenging. It might be a big challenge for Flickr and many other services out there. Innovations and strategies are designed to answer this kind of need. Some services come with an idea and unique approaches. So does Flickr, I think.
I might be wrong here, but from a personal perspective — as a Flickr user — I feel like using Flickr as photo storage service now. Something Flickr does not expect.

Yahoo! Flickr's new landing page

When did the last time you visit Yahoo! Flickr homepage? If you visit flickr.com, it has a new look and I think it displays more information. The new landing page will be visible only for non-logged in users.

Compared to the previous one, here are few things I noticed:

  • You will see bigger rotating photos and not only one. Notice the sliding effect there. Some members give their opinion about how photos are displayed. Read the feedbacks at Yahoo! Flickr blog.
  • Since this is made especially for new users, the new landing page gives more details on the top features. By this, I think users will not need to go to the Tour page to get some reasons to create an account.
  • Less photo statistics. Previously, the page gave some numbers like how many photos uploaded in the last one minute, how many photos tagged with a certain tag, and also how many geo-tagged photos uploaded in a certain period — within a month? I’m not sure. All these numbers are gone now. I’m not sure whether the information displayed previously was real-time statistics or not.

The current design does not seem trying to sell its Flickr Pro features. But of course, the Flickr Pro feature is something that probably-purchased by existing users. So, get more users first, and when they found the service great and useful, they might want to upgrade their accounts.
And, there are 8 links to the account creation page. I counted and found 8 links. Or, more? Let me add one here: Create a Flickr account now. :D
Congrats Yahoo! Flickr for the new design. I rarely visit the frontpage, anyway.

Anyway, About the Skateboard from Ovi

Finally, I had the skateboard delivered by Nokia Ovi to my office few days ago. It was shipped using UPS service. Why I got this skateboard? You can read the story on my previous post.
When I firstly got the news that I was the lucky person who got the skateboard, I thought it would be shipped from Finland. But, I was wrong. Niini Kokkonen, Ovi Blog’s editor, said to me that it would be shipped from the US office. On the next day, she emailed me telling that the skateboard had been shipped using UPS service. And I waited. OK, I’ll be honest: I checked the delivery status everyday. :D
Skateboard from Nokia Ovi Blog (by orangescale)
At around 4 PM, I got a phone call from UPS and they told me that I got a package. They asked about my office location. I gave the direction to the guy behind the phone. He said that the package should arrive in about two hours. So I opened the box, and found that shiny skateboard deck with a letter inside it.

Posterous' New Dashboard

Right now, I only have an active Posterous-powered site. But, if you manage multiple posterous sites, you should love the improvements. Posterous introduced a new dashboard interface. This is a page where you can manage your Posterous sites easier. In September, Posterous already introduced some features. Now, you have more reasons to start using Posterous.
Posterous' Dashboard
I like the changes anyway. The navigation help its users to identify the current active site they’re managing. Also, the new design is easier to navigate. All site-related menus are placed in a tab-style navigation.
The other additional menus are presented below. Previously, I think it was not easy to find the “Theme Settings”, now it’s clearly visible there. Great job, Posterous!
Also, if someone subscribe to your Posterous sites, they should get the new posts faster as Posterous now works together with PubSubHubbub.

In addition, we’ve just added support for PubSubHubbub with the help of our friends at Superfeedr. For everyone, this will mean your posts will appear in Google Reader much faster, as they’re gradually rolling out PubSubHubbub support. This is in addition to our SUP realtime support that we added to make your posts show up in FriendFeed even faster. Both SUP and PubSubHubbub are enabled now for all posterous blogs. If you’re a developer and want to take advantage of this, head on over to our PubSubHubbub hub. (source)

Posterouseptember: Posterous Features in September

logo_posterousThis September, Posterous blogging service released some new features and improvements. If you’re not familiar with Posterous — or never heard about it before, it’s a service that will help you put something online. You can post text, photos, videos and also documents. The big difference is that you can do it directly from your email. This service was launched back in July 2008. And, this is my Posterous page. If you have a Posterous account but you haven’t logged in for few months — or want to try it, here are some new features:

Feedburner feed tracking

If someone subscribe to your Posterous RSS feed, you can find out how many feed subscribers you have. This process should be easy because you can integrate your feed to Feedburner account. Using this, you can use all Feedburner’s features.

Autopost to Scribd

Posterous offers auto post ability. Using this, you can send your posts from Posterous to different websites/service. If you send a document, you can deliver it directly to Scribd.

Themes and Custom Themes!

If you want to have your own custom look for your Posterous page, you can do it easily now. There are some themes available. Once you select your theme, you can do some modifications¬† like colors, custom image header, etc. If you’re good at HTML and CSS, and want to create your very own theme, an advanced customization feature is also available. For some people — at least for me — this is a killer feature!

Embed songs from Lala.com and videos from Viddler and Google Video

If you want to embed audio files from Lala.com and videos from Viddler and Google Video, you don’t have to deal with embed codes. Just put the links, and Posterous will do the rest for you.

How to get your suspended Twitter account back?

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Today, I got my Twitter account suspended. I’m still not sure why, but it seemed because Twitter mistakenly suspended my account. I was a little bit panic, but I believed that there was a solution for this situation. I just hoped that Twitter listened and did something on my issue. Of course, I was only one of hundreds, or thousands, or maybe millions of users who got such problem (at that moment).
To make the story short, I finally got my account un-suspended in two hours or less. So, what did I do to get my account back?
Being suspended, it does not mean that you don’t have access to your Twitter account. When my status was suspended, I could still login to Twitter. I could see the timeline updates from people I follow. Being suspended means that I can’t change any data, it’s like being in “read-only” mode. If you think you don’t do any illegal activities (see Twitter rules), and you want to have your account back, just do the standard procedure.
The first thing I did was filling a ticket, explaining the situation. I also mentioned about the situation I wrote in my blog. I was not sure whether the information was useful or not, but at least I provide more details.
Few minutes after that, I was happy because my ticket status marked as “Solved”. Here, “solved” does not mean “Hurray, I get my account back!”. “Solved” also means “assigned to staff”, or “someone had been notified about the issue”.
I did not want to flood the staff by updating my tickets, asking for an emergency actions. It was around 1 AM (my time), and I could wait until morning, if needed. I was not sure about my ticket status. I also was not sure whether Twitter staff reviewed my request or not. I did not know what happened exactly with account. I just waited for feedback/action from Twitter staff.
I reloaded Twitter page randomly, just to check the status. Suspended, still. And then — after around 2 hours — I had my Twitter account back to normal. I was happy, and checked my ticket status, nothing changed. No comments, no feedbacks, … nothing. I was fine with that. Twitter was probably busy with other issues. The most important thing is that Twitter did something from there. Even if the machine did this, I’m still happy. :)
Lessons learned: it’s fine to be panic but the next things are: don’t panic, follow the procedure, and be patient.

Now with more photos. And they're bigger

When I knew about The Big Pictures, I told myself that I wanted to have one too. A place where I display some photos I took. A dedicated photoblog came into my mind. I know that it’s something I can create, technically.
But, I wasn’t sure that I maintain it well — keep it updated, upgrade, etc. Then, I was thinking of displaying photos directly into this blog. I’ve been doing this for few months actually. I put photos from my Flickr photostream here. But, I want something bigger. I want to display more photos. All photos uploaded into my Flickr collections are big enough. But, if I want to put it here, it might be “too big” or “too small”.
So, I made some adjustment here. I modify my blog stylesheet to give more space for photos. I think the photos are big enough. For some reason, I did not include the photos in RSS feed. So, you will not get photo update from RSS reader. The reason is because I have a full content in my RSS and I don’t want to flood your RSS reader and aggregator with probably-too-big picture (if you subscribe to my RSS feed, of course). I’m still finding the best solution for this.