Ulasan Apple iPhone 5

Minggu lalu, saya berkesempatan untuk memiliki iPhone 5. Seminggu terakhir ini, saya mecoba untuk selalu menggunakan iPhone 5 dalam aktivitas sehari-hari, menggantikan iPhone 4 milik saya sebelumnya. Dan, saatnya menuliskan sedikit ulasan mengenai iPhone 5 ini. Oh ya, ulasan ini merupakan pendapat pribadi saya, sebagai salah satu pengguna produk Apple — disamping beberapa produk lain yang saya punya/gunakan akhir-akhir ini (iPhone 4, New iPad, Lumia 800, HTC Desire HD, dan BlackBerry 9860).



Paket penjualan dalam kardus iPhone 5 cukup standar. Dikemas dalam sebuah kardus yang mirip dengan iPhone 4, cuma dengan ukuran yang sedikit lebih besar. Lalu, apa saja isi dalam kardus paket penjualan ini?

  • Sebuah iPhone 5 — yang saya miliki adalah sebuah iPhone 5 berwarna hitam, dengan kapasitas 16GB.
  • Apple EarPods
  • Adaptor dan kabel Lightning to USB.
  • Buku panduan

Kesan yang saya dapatkan ketika memegang iPhone 5 untuk pertama kali adalah bahwa iPhone 5 ini lebih terasa lebih enteng (dibandingkan iPhone 4 yang biasa saya pakai). Walaupun diklaim memiliki berat 20% lebih ringan (sekitar 112 gram), tapi tidak terasa terlalu enteng. Cukup ringan, tapi saya masih mendapatkan kesan yang kokoh dan padat.


Paypal Improves Account Overview and History Pages

Today, when I logged in to my Paypal account, I see a notification about the improved design for Account Overview and History pages. After reading the details, I went to my Account Overview page.
Paypal My Account Overview
On the landing page (after logging in), as a buyer I see something what I call “these are information I want to see after getting into the dashboard”. Compared to the previous design, the page presents almost similar details, but the position and design are improved — in my taste.
Paypal History Page
Paypal balance is more visible now. It helps me to decide whether I want to spend my money, or not. The transaction activity page has some menu and shortcuts to track the history. Finding a trasaction, seeing recent and past activities, filtering by currencies are things that can be done easier. There are also some filter shortcuts.
I think it will be useful if I can see the current currency rate in dashboard — USD to my currency setting. :)
This time, the new design works. It offers solution. Thank you, Paypal!


WordPress Yahoo! Shortcuts Plugin for Super Blog Post

Yahoo! Shortcuts Team and Crowd Favorite released a WordPress plugin called Yahoo! Shortcuts for WordPress. What is it? According to its definition:

Yahoo! Shortcuts for WordPress plugin intelligently enriches your blog post with great content from Yahoo! Maps, Finance, and beyond.

Even it’s still in beta release, after I tried this plugin, I found that this is a very useful plugin. Especially I want to enrich my post with more useful information without spending too much time to find references. If you go to Yahoo! Shortcuts page, you will see some demos on how the plugin will work in your post. Look at the sidebar. In short this plugin will do these things:
Yahoo! Shortcuts: Shortcuts Found

  • Detect your post to find relevant information automagically — I think it’s by keywords — that can be found using Yahoo! services. For example: maps/location, products, company information, people profile, photos, etc.
  • This plugin will generate some shortcut alternatives. Later, you will have options to deal with those shortcuts. In you entry editing screen, you will see a box containing information about how many shortcuts found in your entry.
  • If you decide to create shortcuts to Yahoo! services, just click on the “Review this Post” button. By doing this action, you will be brought to another editing screen.

Sandbox Designs Competition Winners

You probably have heard about Sandbox Designs Competition. Yes, it’s a WordPress theme design competition. In this contest, all participants only needed to modify the stylesheet of the original Sandbox theme. This competition announced the winners. Congratulation to Arpit Jacob for his Sandpress design!
So, if you use Sandbox theme, you can use all designs submitted in the contest. Choose your favorite theme, upload to your WordPress theme folder, and enjoy it.
Useful shortcuts:


Dashboard Editor Plugin for WordPress

For bloggers who use WordPress as their blogging platform, there is a new useful plugin. It is called Dashboard Editor created by Aaron Dowden. What does this plugin do? Here’s a short description:

This plugin allows you to add whatever you want to the WordPress dashboard through PHP and HTML even Sidebar Widgets. You can also wipe the entire dashboard or individually remove some of the more irritating sections like the Dev news, Planet WordPress and the getting started section.

After logging in to your WordPress administration panel, you will be brought to a main page called “Dashboard”. There, you will see some elements such as shortcuts to common administration pages, news from WordPress Development Blog, posts from Planet WordPress aggregator, comments and posts activities, and basic blog statistics. There might be another element e.g. an Akismet statistic — if you install it.