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English Personal Notes Technology

I’m a happy customer

For the past year, I have been holding on a damaged iPad Smart Keyboard. The fact that there is no Apple Store in Indonesia made it hard to just try to find a solution for this problem. Only after I googled this issue I found out that Apple has a ‘product improvement’ program—which is essentially a recall, since the Smart Keyboard was found to be faulty. I tried once in Thailand, to no avail. So this time, I was very determined to have the faulty keyboard exchanged.

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Bahasa Indonesia Technology

Bagaimana Anda membungkus sebuah produk

Ada sedikitnya tiga cara bagi sebuah perusahaan untuk membungkus (package) produk yang dijualnya. Pertama, tidak perlu bungkus apa-apa, cukup barangnya saja. Kedua, ada bungkus biasa, standar, hanya untuk menjawab tujuan pragmatis demi penampilan luar dan perlindungan dasar. Ketiga, Anda membungkus produk untuk membangkitkan gelora konsumen dalam menggunakan produk Anda.

Mari belajar dari Apple.

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Technology

Selamat ulang tahun, iPhone!

“Sebuah iPod layar lebar dengan kendali sentuh.”

“Sebuah telepon genggam revolusioner.”

“Sebuah perangkat terobosan untuk komunikasi internet.”

“Pahamkah Anda? Ini bukanlah tiga perangkat berbeda. Ini adalah satu perangkat.”

“Dan kami memanggilnya, iPhone.”

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Personal Notes Technology

Never been this excited for iOS!

I have always been excited every time Apple releases a new edition of its mobile operating system, iOS. In every iteration, iOS brings many improvements, and still a very trustworthy system to be used everyday. Remember the first time iOS was released for iPhone? Yes. The first time it was released for iPod touch? Updated straight away (despite the USD 9.99 upgrade fee). Released for the iPad in 2010? I still remember that. Or the crazy design overhaul through iOS 7? (“We have ran out of green felt!”)

I think, however, iOS 11 will be the most exciting release, ever. I have never been this excited.

This is the release for the iPad, and Apple actually shows that it cares for the iPad and its users. It may have taken too long for Apple to make the iOS right for the iPad, but if it takes that long, I believe it is worth the months and years passing, hoping that finally Apple gets it right.

From drag and drop, the persistent (albeit hidden) dock, revamped control center, and even a new Files app mechanism, I have every reason to celebrate the release, and finally to ponder if the iPad Pro is a worthy way to replace my 9-year old MacBook.

I was on the fence before between iPad Pro and a certain tablet that runs a full-blown computer operating system. Sorry, that-other-tablet-device, your product is lovely and all that, but I am swaying, again, for a product that I can actually trust. time after time, after time again.

Let’s wait for iOS 11 to be released publicly, and have productivity accelerating to a whole new level!

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Technology

The update

iOS 10 is finally here, and I have to admit, this is the release that I’ve been expecting the most—even more than iOS7, and I am truly satisfied. This is perhaps the first major upgrade of iOS that feels logical. It tidies things, refine the smallest of details, and small but surely, improves my workflow as well. 

I definitely cannot get those who label this update sucks, or not revolutionary. Sure, Apple is a revolutionary company in itself, but changes for the better need not always come in giant leaps. Sometimes, smaller refinements are what we actually need, and I believe iOS 10 makes the “most advanced mobile operating system” to become more polished, and again I say logical, purposeful, and you know it just by feeling it—even I cannot elaborate why do I think this way. 

If this is a good sign for many things to come, boy, I can’t wait!

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Politics Social Humaniora Technology

Transportasi Persaingan Sempurna

Jika hal ini akan terdengar ironis bagi Anda, saya menulis tulisan yang Anda baca ini di dalam sebuah taksi yang cukup terkenal—warnanya biru—dan terjebak macet di tengah hujan. Sempurna.

Kemarin, Jakarta digoyang aksi unjuk rasa dari pengemudi angkutan umum, yang kelihatannya mayoritas berasal dari pengemudi taksi. Tuntutannya? Meminta agar pemerintah melarang layanan transportasi berbasis aplikasi dalam jaringan (LTBA, rumit? online application transportation service). Alasannya, karena tidak saja dianggap ilegal, keberadaan mereka juga dipandang menggerus ladang penghasilan mereka.

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Books Technology

Why Indonesians Have Failed to Embrace E-Books

This morning, Michael Kozlowski of Goodereader.com published an article, “Indonesians have failed to embrace e-books”. In that short article, he talked about the Indonesians’ apparent lack of interest in electronic books.

That is true, except that I was hoping to see a different set of explanation.

Being an Indonesian myself, and an avid reader of electronic books, let me give you my take on this issue.

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Technology

Misunderstanding Steve (Or: Steve Would Be Happy with Apple Pencil)

Cue the ‘who wants a stylus?’ meme.

Yesterday, Apple held a keynote to launch new iterations to three of its product lines: the iPhone (the new 6s and 6s+), the iPad (the new iPad Pro), and also the newest Apple TV. While generally liked (I like them, mostly), controversies just bound to happen.