Journal of an unapologetic half-baked writer

January 11, 2015

Why i Decided to Buy Into The Xiaomi Lifestyle

Ben Thompson got a very well-written, well-researched article up at Stratechery, talking about the ambition of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi and its challenges, as well as explaining the misconception and some amount of culture shock surrounding the company’s behavior when viewed by its western brethren. I figure this is an interesting enough article to just…

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October 9, 2014

“I thought making a high-quality app was the hard part that was keeping iPad magazines from being more successful”

That’s Marco Arment, the creator of The Magazine, an iOS only magazine that he launched in 2012. He’s commenting on the fact that now, less than two years and a new owner later, it will be shut down. Many non-ideal factors and decisions I made up front probably contributed to The Magazine not being sustainable…

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September 27, 2014

A Quick Rundown What Happen Yesterday At The Parliament

So Twitter rightly exploded yesterday after our Parliament voted yes on passing the new Regional Election Law. The law basically return the regional, and local election system to be represented by their domestic parliament instead of a direct election system voted by the people. I have written my quick, feelings and thoughts piece (in Indonesian)…

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September 22, 2014

On Bad Biodiversity & Nature Conservation in Indonesia & Malaysia

Erik Meijaard, writing for The Jakarta Globe: Globally, Malaysia is No. 2 and Indonesia No. 3 on the list of threatened species maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Indonesia and Malaysia outrank Brazil and Mexico, which are actually more species-rich. One could argue that these two countries are simply not interested in…

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September 22, 2014

On The Illusion of Values in Diamond

Fascinating take on the history and expletive-ridden-ness of Diamonds on Priceonomics: So here is a modest proposal: Let’s agree that diamonds are bullshit and reject their role in the marriage process. Let’s admit that as a society we got tricked for about century into coveting sparkling pieces of carbon, but it’s time to end the…

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September 22, 2014

Google & Dropbox Launches “Simply secure” Initiative

Brian Donohue on threatpost reports: “We believe that people shouldn’t have to make a trade-off between security and ease of use. This is why we’re happy to support Simply Secure, a new organization dedicated to improving the usability and safety of open-source tools that help people secure their online lives,” Meredith Whittaker and Ben Laurie…

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September 22, 2014

UK saw huge traffic uptake from iOS Update

Alex Hern on The Guardian wrote: According to figures from LONAP, the internet exchange point that provides the physical infrastructure for much of England’s internet service providers, downloads peaked at more than 70 gigabits a second at 8pm Wednesday – a 60% increase on the same time the day before. Amazing. And while i’m on…

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September 21, 2014

Problem at Jeff Bezos’ Fight Club

David Streitfeld at New York Times wrote: Every fall, Mr. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, hosts Campfire, a literary weekend in Santa Fe, N.M. Dozens of well-known novelists have attended, but they do not talk about the abundance of high-end clothing and other gifts, the lavish meals, the discussion under the desert stars by Neil…

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September 21, 2014

How Betaworks Revived Digg

A great article by Timothy B. Lee on Vox about the story behind Digg’s Revival So Betaworks had about six weeks to create a new Digg. The company decided to ditch the user voting system that had been the hallmark of the original Digg. The Digg user community had become too acrimonious — and the…

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September 21, 2014

Having a Stroke at 33

A remarkable article from Christine Hyung-Oak Lee on Buzzfeed, recounting her whole experience having a stroke at the age of 33. It was Dec. 31, 2006. I was 33. I did not yet know this, but a clot had traveled from my aorta into my brain, and made its way to my left thalamus. As…

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