From yesterday’s event, I heard that the marketing are doing half-hearted communication campaign effort again. Yes, it’s a good thing to engage more in communication with the customers by involving the editorial staff supplementing the marketing communication staff. But involving the editorial staff in place of marketing communication staff just sounds like something’s wrong.
The composition of stores in Mangga Dua Mall has been changing a lot, even compared to the last time I went there a few months ago.
For one thing, especially in the lower floor camera stores has flourished, replacing other stores such as computer store for which this largest computer shopping haven in Jakarta is known for. This continues up to the second and third floor too. I don’t take count, but it feels like the number has doubled. Same with Dusit where the upper floor of the left wing also had many camera stores.
Ever since notebook become the hit, almost every galley facing stores are selling notebook instead of computer components. They’re relegated to the back alley and top most floor. Logically, the more easily accessible lower floors are more expensive to rent, and even so the top floor still have empty lots. Now if the same logic is applied, we might be able to assume that the profit from selling notebook waned and now the hit items are DSLR that generates profit and sell easily.
There are handheld devices (tablets) too, but I think that group gathered in Roxy with the mobile phones.
The first of three major computer sales event in Indonesia finally kicks off. A bit late for year start, but well after the rest of the celebration weeks in January and Febuary to open larger opportunity for spending without being hampered by need to buy new clothes.
Yesterday, had the short first visit to Mega Bazaar Komputer 2011 at Jakarta Convention Center. First visit is to check location, participating stores (not companies, as most delegate the cost to their distributors) and checking bargains.
Seems a bit more spacious than the previous years, I wonder if the participants are cutting down expense in these kind of expensive events and prefer going it alone in smaller private events more; the major mobile phone distributors had done that already.
Notebook as usual is dominating the scenes. Well, built up desktop is present too, but components doesn’t seem all that hot for official distributors. Tablets… yeah, they also grow in number although strangely I caught little of them in my eye when doing a quick trip around.
Another trend (long already) is the no-OS options. Some brand offers no-OS for almost all their items without pre-installed OS option. This is mainly to compete by cutting the perceived price. Besides, Indonesia still had high OS piracy number so for most peoples, the only licensed OS they would have is if it’s pre-installed with their notebook computer. If it failed, they won’t bother buying another license and just install pirated copy that’s a lot more affordable. No-OS option is so they can buy the machine cheaper and then just install the cheaper copy of the OS, less money spended.
Well, my target is notebook anyway, replacing mine that had the motherboard fried by the graphic card.
The candidates are:
- Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11. My main target for the not-Atom processor, since I think I’d like to add more memory inside. Besides, it came with Windows 7 Professional, not the Starter as usual. The problem would be price… would need help on this one.
- Lenovo IdeaPad U160. Better processor, more or less spec-wise similar to above except the ThinkPad label. Thinly cheaper, so really not much difference in affordability for my range ^^;
- Acer Aspire One 522. Sounds promising and it has higher resolution screen than the rest of the crowd. Price is also reasonable enough. The problem is the AMD platform, because my late two notebook used AMD and had their motherboard fried after the warranty period beyond salvage (second time it’s baked by the Radeon).
- MSI Wind U270. Also the AMD platform, using the E (Zacate) which have twice the TDP (what do that mean? Twice the heat and half the battery life?)
- Asus EEE PC 1015. Well, last option, more or less the same specs as the rest of them.
Leaving that aside, the camera sales show next door is not bad too. Well, the biggest stand is of course the big two, Canon and Nikon. But there’s also Sony and Casio. The latter also have huge section of their space to sell their product with stronger brand, the G-Shock watches ｗｗ
My surprise is Sigma’s stand though. Never thought they would open a stand on their own in this event too. Well, no Nikon lens and the Canon ones doesn’t have aperture ring. Oh, they had DP1 by the way.
The rest of the small brand… well, they look really sad, like additions only. There is, a store that specialized in studio equipment and lighting though. Thinking of looking for ring light or macro rail if I could (most likely couldn’t afford it)
Well, until Saturday. Hasn’t developed some snapshots I get yesterday so that goes to the next.
The Hard Rock FM Drive n’ Jive live broadcast event yesterday is surprisingly crowded. But this is my first time, maybe this is the normal crowdedness for these kind of events.
I really thought I would be late, but by Indonesian culture, the show has just begin in venue at Minus 2 Bar in fX mall with live song still testing and announcers checking their materials.
This episode is sponsored by Panasonic Lumix inviting Kelik Broto, a photographer, as source to give tips on photography like the sub title of the episode, “Coaching Clinic Camera” (shouldn’t it be Camera Coaching Clinic?). Most of Lumix’ line up consist of compact cameras though (and the April new line up launching will most likely be compacts as the GF2 is already launched earlier) so the tips are mostly about taking pictures using compact cameras such as the LX3.
After that, the announcement for winners of the Photo Creation Contest, a perspective illusion photo making contest in the Facebook page that IMO turns boring quickly. Such pictures are nice once in a while but most are not fresh and being presented with horde of similar special effect it kind of losing its magic.
The winner, does present a quite unique angle from under rather the typical straight line of sight. But I think the favourite winner’s is more… elaborate and engaging. But might be biased by the model.
An on-site game for the audience is candid photo contest, which is naturally ran by the marketing division. The audience can borrow camera if they didn’t bring theirs and take picture of the other peoples present in the venue.
Either by the image stabilizer or smaller size shown on screen, seems like a lot of the pictures came out quite steady. A surprise very much for f/5.6 (if they used the maximum zoom) in P&S.
Actually the Panasonic staffs coming to the event had LX5 —and products that will likely be in the new line up, but it’s not raised up yet. I even got the chance to borrow the electronic viewfinder device, which took quite a great effort to remove.
BTW, comment about the EVF I borrowed earlier. While I surely enjoyed shooting using it, I don’t think it would be because of the low resolution. It feels like looking through a screen of arcade game such as that one where you shoot torpedoes at freighters while looking through faux-periscope like some U-Boat commander.
Plus, the bluish colour corruption is rather annoying (which I assume is because it’s an electronic viewfinder). The only other viewfinder I’ve seen for some time is my rarely used
DSLR viewfinder though, and the colour corruption there are warm grey which is more pleasant.
I don’t think I had enjoyed the event to the fullest yet. For example, I didn’t manage to catch much of the broadcast itself.
Public prayer is not a communication with the divine. No sir, totally not. Personal prayer is arguably so at some time, but prayer itself more often is nothing with god other than what they try to believe.
For a thing, the All Knowing already knew, and other than long words, pure feeling of gratefulness or hope will be enough.
Prayer thus, when performed alone is a self-reassuring. You’re telling yourself hopes and motivations. In other time, you remind yourself again what you should be doing to fulfil that wish.
When performed in mass is a public communication method. Most easy to see case is the Intercession in my opinion. Prayer in behalf of other is not to be heard by god, but by other members to tell them about a situation of fellow members in trouble. In ideal situation, this should raise awareness for the community to help and support each others. In modern days, the effectiveness varies but usually questionable.
In more humanistic culture, large rituals is also not for those Above. It works as a reminder to the teachings, re-doctrination if you prefer, but somewhere along the line. When seen as an organization, religion should have a method to keep the common base and strengthening its foundation right?
Is it bad and we should stop prayer? Probably no. Although, for some peoples, thinking that it’s a worldly activity without miraculous effect might even made thing worst rather than perfecting it through understanding of the system working underneath.
- There’s virtual keyboard, not the blank spot like in maemocjk-him-scim. Although in later time, the virtual keyboard seems to not appearing, sometimes merely rendered invisible.
- No need to close the hardware keyboard and opening it again to type in Japanese.
Earlier, after installing, I still can’t do much with it. Virtual keyboard appears, but things typed in it doesn’t get outputted to the text box.
Then after finding the more complete guide… apparently the user need to switch the IME engine first, by using imswitch command first and switch the input method from him (Hildon input method) to qimsys (QT input method system).
Still need to tinker around and find a way for it is:
- Doesn’t seem to work in the Web application. Had to write in Notes and copy-paste it. Maybe conflict or wrong setting? Maybe it doesn’t work in several other applications too.
- Virtual keyboards often not showing up in applications. In worse case, it’s rendered invisible, so tapping the lower half of the screen might output characters.
- Sym key is not working. Way to type symbols would be through the virtual keyboard, which doesn’t work lately.
- The status bar icon is confusing (especially the virtual keyboard button).
But I’ve just used it for a while, so there should be parts I missed and actually simple to deal with :)
Recently from doing reference gathering after reading a comic set in ancient Sumerian culture, the part that most entrancing for me is the numerology.
The gods appears in number, and the heaven Anu is perfect 60, the base of Sumerian numerical system. The number has factor of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 (Marduk), 12, 15 (Ishtar), 20 (Shamash), 30 (Sin) which all adds up to 60 itself. The three other deities are Enki 40, Enlil 50 and Anu 60. The legacy is our world’s significance of base-60 numbers for time, degree.
Reading more about the numbers and it keeps showing the amazing thing of numbers :D