There are many services on the internet. It means there are many accounts (if you’re registering to those services) to remember. Some services offers login using popular “connect” feature. For example you can login using Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter for some specific services. This is a good scenario since we only need to remember password for those services.
But, I personally likes the “native registration” process. Meaning that I have to register manually and using a specific password each service. The consequence is that I have many passwords. I mean many. Of course, it might be easier I use the same password for multiple services. But, it’s not a recommended workflow. Anyway, if a service provides a 2-step authentication process e.g. Google, I will be using it.
I’m an Apple customer. So, I work most of the time on my MacBook and iPhone. There should be an easy way to manage these passwords. There is a popular application called 1Password by AgileBits Inc. I’ve heard about the application, but I didn’t buy it until yesterday. 1Password gets 50% discount. I decided to buy 1Password for Mac and iOS. I got my Mac version for $24.99 or IDR 289,000.00 (regular price: $49.99), and iOS version for $8.99 or IDR 99,000.00.
I couldn’t remember how many bags I had. I was not so picky about the design, colors, or models. I only need some common criteria: it’s functional, and its price should be good. I don’t mind spending more cash on bags (or any other fashion items) as long as it’s good and it fits me.
Last year, I discovered NOKNbag. It’s a business by some cool guys in my hometown, Jogjakarta. One of them is my junior high school friend who I haven’t met for years. He shared about NOKNbag products. I have to admit that it was cool. But, I decided not buying it right away. “Well, may be later…”, I thought. In some occasions, I saw more people having this kind of bag. And, I had a chance to experience this bag, to meet this bag in person. And, it only took me seconds to decide: I need to have one.
And, I didn’t buy one. Not two, but also bought special vouchers (worth around 50% off) for all friends at work. We invaded NOKN’s studio — it’s not far from the my office — to do a live mix-and-match. These are some items we bought back in 2013.
The collection has only simple name: NOKNbag v2.1. And, it’s only a single product, but each element can be purchased separately. Some color options are also available. This is my configurations (I don’t always have them at once, anyway):
- One Metal Gun body color
- 3 flaps (red, blue, and white)
- 1 shoulder pad (Metal Gun)
- Inside Partition (Grey)
- Laptop case (Grey). I can bring my 15″ MacBook Pro Retina Display!
Some customers mentioned that they could bring lots of stuff in it. And, they’re right. When I need to do a short trip (2-3 days) to Jakarta for example, I only bring one bag that contains these following items: 15″ MacBook Pro (with its MagSafe), iPad (with charger), iPhone, 3 t-shirts, 2 skirts, 2 shirts, small towel, and some stationaries.
It’s my primary (and daily) bag. It’s my companion for work, or business trip.
I am lucky to have the opportunity with the people behind NOKNbag, about the concept and how they came up with this idea. Before they released their first product, they did lots of researches by asking people about their bags. They also looked closely about the people’s frustration on how they manage/organise their stuff (in their bags). It’s not surprising that they finally create this kind of bag. After another researches, they launched their new collections on the list.
NOKN-M, NOKN-T, NOKN-B, and more!
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” ~ J.K. Rowling
When I met Bayu and Wira (the creators of NOKNbag), they mentioned that the upcoming products will use better materials, and they will be more modular. In a same size of material, it will be lighter. Really? My curiosity was answered when I got my NOKN-M. It’s probably confusing about the new names. Actually, it’s not.
- NOKN-M. M for Messenger bag (Video)
- NOKN-B. B for Backpack (Video)
- NOKN-T. T for Totebag (Video)
- NOKN-L. L for Laptop (Video)
- NOKN-C. C for Compact (case) (Video)
- NOKN-X. X for accessories.
I had my NOKN-B delivered to office using Fixed Courier service (a courier service using fixed gear bike). Anyway, Fixed Courier covers NOKNbag delivery in Jogjakarta area. When I had it in my hands, it was like experiencing something completely new. Right, it’s only a bag. But, this kind of bag? I never saw it before. My first impression? I looked complicated. What about the weight? Surprisingly, I found it pretty light.
The first few things I did was testing it. I put my daily stuff carried in my NOKNbag and still got plenty room. NOKNbag describes that NOKN-B is a 20-litre volume bag. Being modular, NOKN-B works with NOKN-L (Laptop Case) and/or NOKN-C (Compact Case). It uses Weatherproof hi-grade 1682-D polyester (for the outer material) and Waterproof 420-D nylon (for the inner material).
Is it a complicated? In fact, it’s simple. There are some compartments inside. The straps can be adjusted easily. Anyway, the strap — called NOKN-LockJack® Strap – is made of aluminum to keep it strong and lightweight. I got my dark grey color (known as Metal Gun). There are some other colors available to choose.
Watch the video below to get a brief impression what NOKN-B is all about.
When I said that the bad thing about NOKNbag is that you always want more, I was serious. Just bought myself NOKN-T today after having NOKN-B with me. #
“The NOKN-T looks nice” is the magic spell to get one. And, I finally got one too. This tote bag is using the exact same material like the other NOKNbag products. Here are some photos.
Now, let’s have moment so truth. This is a personal opinion and some are from friends. If we’re talking about price, NOKNbag products are not the cheapest in the market (for the bag). For example, the standard NOKN-B (body and two straps) will cost IDR 830,000 or around $US 75. The NOKN-T will cost IDR 250,000. You can go the NOKNbag store for details and create your own configuration. If you buy online, you can get 10% with a coupon code.
I personally think that it’s not always about the price. The uniqueness, functions, and quality also count. My 8-month old NOKN v2.1 is still in good condition until today. I also wash it like once per month and the condition is still great.
Now, if you want to find out more about NOKNbag, you can go to its website at noknbag.com, watch some videos at NOKNbag channel (don’t forget to watch the “Bag of The Future episode“). You can also interact with NOKNbag at Twitter (@NOKNbag), Instagram or Google+.
Disclosure: All product photos in this post are from my personal collection. We got discounts from some purchases, and all invoices are paid. Last but not least, I’m tempted to get my NOKN-M. Damn!
Amazon Dash is a shopping accessory to add groceries and household goods. It makes the shopping experience more pleasant. Just scan the barcodes or using voice. Dash connects to over Wifi so that all orders can be viewed instantly from AmazonFresh. At the moment, AmazonFresh is only available in Southern California, San Francisco and Seattle.
Early this month, Apple started to have new pricing for the applications in the App Store. Apple sent out an email informing the new pricing for some currencies, and the currency I’m using right now for my account is Indonesian Rupiah.
Within the next 24 hours, the following changes will be made to pricing on the App Store.
To account for changes in foreign exchange rates, App Store retail prices will be increased for the following currencies:
- Australian Dollar
- Indian Rupee
- Indonesian Rupiah
- Turkish Lira
- South African Rand
Additionally, retail prices for Israeli New Shekels and some price tiers for the New Zealand Dollar will be decreased.
Price adjustments on the App Store are made periodically due to changes in foreign exchange rates. Within 24 hours, you will see the new Pricing Matrix in the Rights and Pricing section of Manage Your Apps on iTunes Connect.
Updates to iOS Paid Applications and Mac OS X Paid Applications contracts will be available on the iTunes Connect website. To view all current and outstanding contracts, see Contracts, Tax, and Banking on iTunes Connect.
This adjustment is because of the exchange rates for some currencies. Right now (when I write this post), based on XE.com, the currency rate is “1 USD = 11284.6 IDR”. To see the historical data of the currency change here’s a figure taken from XE.com (click to enlarge).
Now, the new price for applications had been published. See these two before-and-after screenshots.
Now, let’s see the comparison:
- Old: IDR 9,500. New: IDR 12,000 (Original price: $US 0.99)
- Old: IDR 19,000. New: IDR 23,000 (Original price: $US 1.99)
- Old: IDR 39,000. New: IDR 45,000 (Original price: $US 2.99)
The price increases around 30% from the previous.
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Readmil has been my favorite ebook reader so far. I have shared my thought on this long time ago. I have a good really good experience. But, it seems that I have to find another alternative in the future since Readmill will be closed permanently in next July 2014. Sad.
This Berlin-based team will be joining Dropbox, a file hosting company. Dropbox does not offer ebook reading feature. The reason is more about the talent. For now, I will keep having Readmill on my iOS device (iPhone 5) and Android. I have it installed in both devices. For iPad? Well, I don’t have it anymore since I lost it last month. When Readmill is really gone, I think I’ll move back to iBooks on iOS. For Android? I’m still searching the best alternative.
Goodbye Readmill, you’ll be missed.
When I found out that REMOTE was available for pre-order, it didn’t take minutes for me to make a pre-order from Amazon. I have read Getting Real, and it’s inspiring. Or, you probably have read REWORK.
And, yesterday I got an email informing that the book is available. Here is how the book is described:
As an employer, restricting your hiring to a small geographic region means you’re not getting the best people you can. As an employee, restricting your job search to companies within a reasonable commute means you’re not working for the best company you can. REMOTE, the new book by 37signals, shows both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any space, in any place, anytime, anywhere.
To find out more about this book, or read some sample chapters, go to REWORK’s website. Also, I received a notification from Amazon.com about my pre-order status. I made the pre-order on August 10, 2013 for $13.80. Yeah, more than two months ago. It’s estimated that I will have this book — together with another item from Amazon.com — in the mid of November.
Actually, I also want to have the ebook version from Apple’s iBooks Store. But, it seems that it’s not yet available for the Indonesian Store. You can buy from iBook Store for $12.99.
Nice people care if you like them; good people care about you. Nice people stretch the truth; good people don’t. If you tell a nice person to do something evil, they might do it because they do not want to upset you; a good person will refuse to do it. Nice people will allow you to hire them even if they know they are not among your best candidates; a good person won’t let you hire them unless that is what is best for you.
This game is called “Dots“. It’s very basic. No complicated how-to’s, tutorials, levels, or scores. I need to connect two or more dots (in same color). I can do it horizontally or vertically. But not diagonally. And, that’s it. It’s about connecting.
Anyway, according to the statistics, this simple game has been downloaded more than 1 million times in one week, and 25 million games has been played.
This month, I finally decided to buy myself a new MacBook. And, I chose MacBook with Retina display (15-inch model). It was not an easy decision for some reasons. The first reason is that it’s pretty cheap (compared to the other laptops in the market). The second one was about a decision whether I need to fix my old MacBook or buy the new one.
What happened was that my old MacBook Pro (13-inch model) was not working for the hard drive reason. One day, it stopped working. I could not get into the system. I tried to boot in Safe Mode and did some initial checking. The hard drive was not detected. Not good. Last year, I got the similar issue, and got it fixed by eStore (one of the Apple Authorised Service Provider) in Jakarta — I bought my MacBook Pro there too — by replacing connector cable. Everything was working great since then.
About my old MacBook Pro
I bought my first MacBook Pro (and, it was my first Apple product) when I was in Jakarta, replacing my old Toshiba laptop. I worked at Fashionese Daily (It’s Female Daily Network now). It boosted my productivity, helped me working with my jobs. I spend hours in front of the computer everyday, and having had a good device is not an option.
When I had another role at another company, worked with some coders (in Jogja and Jakarta), it still helped me with my jobs. The most important part is that: my MacBook Pro improves my productivity. Period.
But, why MacBook Pro (with Retina display)? Isn’t it expensive?
When Apple introduced MacBook with Retina display last year, I was thinking of having one one day. Anyway, I like the fact that the display is great. Before Apple came up with iPad 3 (with Retina display), I had a plan to buy an iPad 2. I was curious how the display comparison between iPad 2 and the New iPad. After seeing with my own eyes, I would blame myself if I chose the iPad 2.
When I visited Jakarta and while I’m in Jogja, I visited some stores selling Apple products. And, I looked and compared the MacBook Pro products. Yes, they’re different. The display IS different. Not only that, the technical specifications are also better.
Using it for about two weeks, so far it works really great. Probably, the most “annoying” part is some applications/images are not beautifully displayed — since it’s not working great with the Retina resolution. But, I have no complains with the speed, bigger screens, and details.
Who needs investors! Why many startups should bootstrap instead — “And if all of your efforts are focused on designing a product that customers want, enjoy, or find useful, you’ve got a much better chance at success than someone who’s focused instead on convincing investors that the business will be viable one day.”
… but, still haven’t got the printed edition with me (after for about 5 months).
When I heard that Smashing Magazine’s The Mobile Book was ready for pre-order, I decided to pre-order it. It was back in October 2012. I paid $42.31 ($5 shipping handling included) using Paypal to get this good deal:
- The Mobile Book (Printed Book)
- The Mobile Book | Digital Edition (eBook)
- Mobile Design Bundle (4 eBooks)
A good deal, wasn’t it?
That was not the first time I bought something from outside the country. Previously, I bought Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs from Amazon and had it delivered without issues. Yes, it took for about three weeks using the standard delivery method. I had no problem with it. I could wait. In short, I convinced myself to buy The Mobile Book since I had a good experience ordering books from outside Indonesia.
In December 2012, The Mobile Book was launched. Got an email notification also. Nice! So, I waited. I could not wait to have it delivered. Well, not only because that was the biggest amount I spent for a single book purchase, but since I could not wait to read it.
The book would be shipped from Berlin, Germany. And, it was estimated to arrive in Indonesia in 9-15 days. Well, I didn’t expect much to be on-time. Even an additional 7 days was still acceptable.
I waited… and waited.
On January 18, 2013 I contacted them asking for the delivery status. I got a quick respond from them.
Thank you for pre-ordering our new Mobile Book! We are very sorry that your Mobile Book has not arrived yet.
The Mobile Book was release on 12th December 2012 and the shipment of the pre-ordered books started on 14th December.
Since the delivery of your book is indeed overdue, we will investigate what happened to your shipment and get back to you as soon as possible.
Of course we will make sure that you receive your purchased book.
It seemed that I only need to wait. No problem. At least I got a respond from them. On the next day, I got another email regarding the shipment status with the subject: “Your shipment #100028609 for order #100063512″.
Until today (May 24, 2013), I haven’t got it delivered in my hand. I write this because I just remember about this book order. I am not blaming anybody here. I just want so share a little bit of my experience. I do love Smashing Magazine. It’s a useful resources, great site. I think I’m just unlucky this time. Few hours ago, I sent another email to them. If I still can’t have it delivered, I will stop asking. I promise.
And, I promise myself to think twice before making another order — not only at Smashing Magazine, but at any other stores. Probably, the digital version is a better choice. But… sometime I want to have a real book.
Update May 25, 2013: I got an email from Smashing Magazine Support confirming the shipping address for the delivery. They will try to send it again. Hope to have it delivered.
Is the Office Really the Best Place to Get Work Done? — This might be a long discussion. But, I personally think that everyone should create his/her working moments.