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  • Tuesday, 30th December 2008

    • We are at the very end of 2008!  Hopefully all of you had a good year of 2008.  Perhaps this is my last entry in 2008.  Bye-bye 2008, welcome 2009!  May all of us could get a good fortune in the 2009!  See you in 2009!

    • Yesterday was my late grand mother's 1 year mourning ceremony.  As usual we did Chinese tradition of sending her money by burning joss paper.  Well, while burning them, I took some photograph of the flame, and weird things were captured by the camera!  Please take a look at it down here!  I don't know what are they exactly...  People said this were spirits or something like that, but I'm a no expert in this matter and I have no intention to change this website to something like ghost buster, ghost catcher or mythical website.  Those pictures was taken as is, without any modification.  They just cropped to make things looks big.

      • Phoenix

        • phoenix

      • See her leg on the bottom left and right of the cauldron, her face facing you, and her tail on the left!  Sorry for the imperfect cropping.  She just appears on the camera!  There is no way to take this kind of picture anymore.

      • The mask

        • The Mask

      • See on the left, a mask is facing right. 

      • A face in the flame!

        • a face in the flame

      • Not very visible here, please click the image to open it on my gallery!  The face is on 1/3 of the image from top left!

  • Saturday, 27th December 2008

    • Today I'm photographing a wedding!  It was amazing, the spirit of wedding is different to any other occasion.  That was my first time photographing wedding.  Looking at the handsome groom and beautiful bride, and all their relatives made me wanted to do the best.  Luckily, the lighting that video shooter brought helps me a a lot and made that task a piece of cake.  95+% of the images were taken with Portrait scene mode, and the others were taken with P mode.  Thanks to the lightning, things were easy for me!  The only problem I've discovered is with my camera flash's power reserve wasn't enough took picture in continuous shot.  I could took  2-3 in sequence before running out of power.  Therefore I miss or late for few critical moments due to flash recycling.  I'll get a dedicated flash unit, just in case I need to photograph another events.  However, at least the bride and groom are happy!  Lets wish all the best for their future! 

      • "Martino and Elita, we all hope that you will have a good life together.  Enjoying prosperity and leading a peaceful life!"

    • A trick to fool the camera to force the flash to fire, even the flash depleted: close the flash unit and then open it again, will make the camera think that the flash is fresh therefore firing it!  When I saw flash recycling icon appears on my viewfinder, I close the flash and then press the shutter.  On automatic, if the camera feels that flash is necessary, the flash will automatically pops out and fires!  Please note, do this trick with your own risk.  Your flash capacitor might be damaged and your flash unit might melt as well!

    • FYI, the hardest photo assignment that I've ever had is my brother's graduation in Telstra Dome Melbourne.  He's in the middle of football fields and I'm on the 2nd level podium.  The distance between me and him is far, about 50 meters I think, but one thing for sure, people at that distance photographed at 200 mm is still small!  It was dark, and he's and his professor was only lit by one light.

    • My lens is a borrowed Sigma 18-200mm.  At 200, this lens had F stop of 6.3, very slow.  Moreover the auto focus is also sluggish!  This is the time for manual (M)!  I had to crank the ISO to 800 (I can't use ISO 1600 due to the noise), with 2/3 steps under exposure.  Speed 1/60 seconds to catch his movement (he only got few seconds on the stage, so high speed is crucial!)

    • My equipment is far under specification for that task.  I should use Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L lens or Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L or at least Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L to make that daunting task easy.  However, despite the handicaps I manage to get some picture, although there were not at maximum quality, they are usable and see able, and the most important thing is my mom and brother are happy!

    • Anyway I've got another problem with the Nissan Livina.  The horn sometimes honking by itself.  There was a short circuit in the horn assembly.  Don't worry, Nissan fixed that for free anyway.

    • A prize for 2006 Camry.  The Camry's aerodynamic is genius!  When cruising in rain, my rear wind screen, left and right window is all dry.  Amazing, considering the rain is pretty heavy.  My ACV 36 Camry's windows is also dry, however there is water in the middle of rear windscreen.

  • Christmas, 25th December 2008

    • happy christmas

    • I actually wanted to appear on the photo and wishes you all a very happy merry Christmas.  I can't however, since I didn't bring any tripods with me.  What a pity!

  • Saturday,  20th December 2008

    • Back in Indonesia, I'm in Bali now!  It's a beautiful place.  Sorry I didn't have time to take Bali scenery pictures.  I was too busy having a good vacation here.  Hehe.  Anyway I took a cute bikini girl's picture which I won't share!  She'll kill me right after I did that!

    • Another picture from Melbourne:

      • Seagull's Extending Wing.  Sorry for the dove, I can't speak Dovian's to ask him go away!  Hehe...

      • seagull wing

      • Another flower, I don't know what does it called.

      • Another Flower

      • A weird picture of water texture under sunset.  Edited to make it more contrasty.

      • Water in Sunset

    • From Melbourne to Sydney, a distance of 880 km in only 8 hours.  Pretty quick for Indonesian standard.  Average speed of 110 km/h.  Our car was a rental 2007 Toyota Camry.  Actually we plan to rent a Prius, however the rental made mistakes and gives us a Camry instead.  A better car to drive than a Prius!  She handles well and corners tightly.  City manoeuvre - which was problem for the ACV 36 - is also not a problem for this car.  However, it somewhat slower and fells less powerful than the previous model, despite the larger horse power.  This especially obvious when accelerating at high speed at open highway.  I don't know the reason though, it might because of the rental's tuning.  What I can tell is, she is a very beautiful car.

      • 2006 Camry

    • I was ill the last few days in Melbourne due to being rained for quite a while (well, for few days actually).  On my Melbourne - Sydney - Bali trip, I've made around 1.500 of shots, give or take a few!

    • Out of topic, this burger is Grill'd Vegetarian burger in Melbourne Central Station.  It is very delicious, big and juicy.  That's what I call the real burger.  Eat yourself to find how delicious is this burger, then compare this burger to the average burgers available in Hungry Jacks or McDonalds!  I won't comment anything on the comparison!

      • grill'd 3

      • burger

      • The Canon Lens cap shown here is for 58 mm lens thread!

    • I always wonder why people uses manual settings on their modern camera???  This is as silly as driving automatic car and shifting the transmission from 1-2-D(OD).  I used to do shot in manual.  Now I use automatic or P 95% of the time. 

    • I use manual only when automatic can't cut it or when I wanted to have special effect such as freezing moments or making shadows.  For example when picturing my brother's graduation, my camera is fooled by his and friend's black regalia (taken using Portrait Scene).  This results in overexposed white and shaky images although I use -1 EV in the daylight, since the camera taught that the scene is dark and the whites is the highlight.  Current camera doesn't know this.  Therefore manual is the only way to go!

      • overexposed auto

      • An overexposed white due to the camera increases exposure time to lighten the dark. 

    • Moreover the advantages of automatic is faster.  By using automatic, our burden to control the camera is eased, therefore we can take the picture before the manuals finished the settings.  In short don't think, just shot!  This will reduce our chance not missing the event or moment!

  • Saturday, 13th December 2008,

    • I was in Sydney these days and just arrived in Melbourne!  Did you know, I actually did not want to bring computer with me!  I left my computer under the table back in Magelang and the last minute (that was the last 60 seconds) I'm about to leave, I decided to bring it to Australia.  You know why?  That's because all my work files can't be attached to the email, so I have bring it here all the way down under about 5.500 km from home!

    • My camera captured the 10.000th picture on 12th December 2008 when taking the picture of Sydney Opera House from under the Sydney Harbour Bridge under foggy, rainy and wind night!  I took the picture handheld without support of any means.  The result is a wet camera and a nice picture (although somewhat noisy due to ISO 1600)!  I have to rub the lens filter after every few shots to remove the water from the lens!  Forgive me for the standard looking for the opera House.  But this was the best angle that I can get.  Well, if I had captured few thunderbolts, this picture would be whole lot nicer!

    • Here's some picture from

      • Sydney:

        • Sydney Opera House

        • QVB

        • Strand Arcade

      • Sydney Aquarium:

        • Bow before shark

        • Jellies

      • Sydney Wildlife World:

        • Sleek frog

      • Outback:

        • Gold and Blue

        • Semis

      • Melbourne:

        • Melbourne Night

        • Melbourne Day

    • Sorry for the noises!  On some occasions such as in the aquarium scene, and night scenery, I had to push the ISO to 1600.  Even at those ISO, the shutter speed wasn't fast enough therefore making quite a lot of blurry images.  Then I've come into a conclusion: the jobs I've assigned is too hard for EOS 400 D!  Moreover, some of the fish images looks unnatural!  It appears that the fish is Photoshopped to the image.  I don't know why, but I believe that has to do with the camera's dynamic range.  The fish's colour is too blue to be properly recorded by the camera, therefore the colour just clips to the bluest!  Another digital camera's weakness!

      • blue fish\

    • And what else?  Well, the filter once again ruin my image!  I've got a ghost in the image when taking the picture of Sydney Harbour Bridge.  I know that I should remove the filter so there won't be any ghosts!  However, I can't because I'm afraid that the rain will damage my lens (not the water damage but the damage due to the quick rubbing shots after shots).  See the flare is on the left of the image!

      • SHB Flare 

    • Anyway I've tried to capture flying bird's picture using the standard 18-55 lens!  Its somewhat abuse...  And this is the result:

      • landing seagull

    • The seagull is a bit overexposed, and the shutter is too slow.  Way too slow that I can't freeze the wing.  But this is OK la since this is the first time I tried to do birder!

  • Monday, 8th December 2008,

    • We are approaching the end of year, and I got a way to bring a knife (not the big one of course, but as big as the one used to hijack the 9/11 plane) aboard a commercial airplane cabin.  I've tested this trick several times and it worked!  I - of course - won't use this trick to hijack a plane, however this shows how weak is the airport security!  In the other hand, I can fight the hijacker when the plane is being hijacked.  At first I wanted to put this way here online, however I decided not to do it since its too dangerous to share it with everyone.  To airport, please improve your security procedure, otherwise even an average Joe like me can breach it!

    • Please enjoy my article of Photographic Lens Filter!

    • I'm going to Melbourne for a vacation starting next Monday!  I actually plans to bring a camera (EOS 400D), a lens (EF-S 18-55) and a huge 8 - 16 GB memory card.  No computer, no laptop, no tripods and no hassle!  The only reason I need the huge memory card so I can keep all the picture I've taken without transferring to the computer.  What a pity I forgot to get buy the card!  Then I'll have to continue with 1 GB card, not a big deal since I can always use my brother's computer to copy the files!  So I still travel light!

    • Not to disgrace Hasselblad, but that camera is so much hassle that will make us bald :P especially after buying the camera and realising how deep is the hole in your pocket that the camera has made!  (This is 100% a joke!)

  • Sunday, 30th November 2008,

    • I've realised that, we, humans, had manages to put the largest land animal the elephants to the brink of extinction.  We manages to put the mighty tiger to face extinction.  We manages to put the largest sea creature, the blue whale to the lowest count.  We are able to kill many of the the fearful sharks with ease. 

    • But we failed to extinct the dengue and malaria causing mosquitoes.  Those tiny mosquitoes that is killed daily and easily can withstand the human's massacre, and even strikes back!  Every year, hundreds or thousands of humans were killed or made sick by mosquitoes.  This out outnumbers what the tigers, lions, sharks and every other big animals combined did.  Tiny mosquitoes, is a real threat!

    • Anyway I've shot many pictures today, some of them which I liked is already on my gallery!  They are accessible from:

    • That's all for today, I'll add some tomorrow or on Tuesday (also taken today).  Additionally I got enlightened: I can took good photograph when only me, my camera and my car exists in the vicinity (and off course the subject)!  I always make bad one or at least the good rate is very low when I bring friends, photographer friends, family and others.  Well, concentration is really needed to make a good picture! 

  • Saturday, November 22nd 2008,

    • Warning: this is not an advertisement

      I went to a local product exhibition last Thursday, what a pity I didn't bring my camera so I can't get any SPG pictures (well, those SPG's weren't that special anyway).  On the expo I find 2 interesting product, here we are:

      • To help my stamina, I tried to drink an Arabic recipe health supplement, its called Habbatussauda or Habatus sauda.  The supplement works really well, I tested it by taking one dosage before sleeping then I slept at 2 in the morning and wake up at 6, I feel that night I slept very tight and well, and awaken as if I had slept for a long 8 hours!  Try that if you wanted to, its real good!  Anyway, it was taught in Islam that there is cure for every disease, but death in habbatussauda!

      •  habatussauda

      • Sorry, its already open!  I took few pills out of it!

      • Then I also find Indonesian manufactured chocolate, it was unbelievably delicious!  Smooth texture and real chocolate taste, I've never taught that Indonesian could make chocolate this delicious, comparable to European and Australian chocolate!  Chocolate Monggo are what they called and 'Monggo' is Javanese which mean please!  I've bought 5 packs of them!

      • monggo

      • The most special are the Praline and Ginger chocolate!  Two thumbs up for them!  To order the chocolate, feel free to contact cacao6mania@yahoo.com!  PS: I have no relation to the chocolate manufacturer and if you are ordering, please do it at your own risk!

  • Wednesday, November 19th 2008,

    • I've updated my article of 1 year Nissan Grand Livina ownership experience review.

    • We are on the verge of deflation!  A big warning from me, for me and you!  That's it, the price of goods is going down, and after few moments, the price will uncontrollably soars!  Stocks, foreign currency, gold and everything is isn't a good solution either.  Stock's price is sliding as land slide.  If you are stressed, then my suggestion is, forget all the investments, gambling and derivatives, then go out taking pictures!

    • Just remember don't take the most boring picture, such as:

      • A picture of a flat wall

      • A picture of a mountain in the middle of rice field

      • Petrol station from ultra wide angles

      • Sensor dusts

    • Don't bring all the gear you have!

    • White balanced is used to control how white is a white paper under a white light called white?  This is how to describe a white balance described in single simplest sentence!

  • Wednesday, November 12th 2008,

    • Hundreds of dragonflies fly in our garden.  I'm trying to took their picture with no success!  They are swift, very swift and small.  Therefore I need to be quick and close to get their picture big enough since my lens is only 18-55 mm.  I got few picture at 1/500 shutter, but it still unsharp since the dragonflies was too small.  I might need a telephoto lens at least 200 mm I believe!

    • 1 year Nissan Grand Livina ownership experience review.

  • Tuesday, November 4th 2008,

    • Intel just released their latest processor, i7 the successor of Core architecture.  The i7 is based on Nehalem core and sports some interesting technologies

      • QPI : Quick Path Interconnect is Intel's buzz word for high speed point to point transport.  At least Intel had this!  AMD had this since Athlon 64, and its called Hyper Transport.  QPI eliminates the slow FSB bottleneck on its Quad Core and Dual Core processors.

      • Hyper threading is back!  Hyper threading is capable of virtually doubling the number of logical core over its physical core by time slicing the required task.  A very clever technology, considering a task isn't always use 100% processor, HT will increase the application's responsiveness.  AMD has no similar technology to HT.

      • Integrated memory controller, at least on Intel's processor.  Integrated memory controller will allow less lags and DDR-3 ready, means this processor is ready for next generation of RAM, capable to support up to 64 GB/s bandwidth.

      • 64-bit of course!

    • The question is, will this new processor render the Core2 series slow?  Well, my analysis based on the architecture i7 will smoke Core 2 series by at least 20% especially with games, 3D rendering and other processor intensive tasks.  The benchmarks from Guru3d conforms this processor smokes the older Core2 series!  On the other hand, for RAM and HDD bound tasks (office tasks!), the improvement wouldn't be significant.  I might say the difference can't be feeled.  However, the software account more in determining computer's speed.

    • Guru3D.com has excellent and comprehensive review of those new processor.  You can open the link here and here.

    • I've been using a Mac computer for about a month, and I just can't feel it right.  Our Mac book appears to be unstable especially when reading CD.  It crashes when I tried to play a standard music CD and it can't boot when I accidentally left a bootable CD on it!  I had to return it to the dealer just to get the CD out!  The eject button did not work and Mac has no emergency pin hole for ejecting a CD.  What a crap!

    • Its standard touchpad mouse also sucks.  For example when dragging a window the window always stick on the mouse pointer, I need to tap it to release the window.  Very uncomfortable and slowing my movement!

    • Mac's window has no dedicated full screen button.  I need to stretch every window when I wanted to use it full screen.  Then I find that the displayed colour and illumination is uneven and I notice vignetting on some part of its display.

    • I don't know about other's experience with Mac, but I still can't get my Mac right.  I prefer to use my Windows machine which is less troublesome and more programmer friendly.  While other people has different experiences and feeling of their computer.

  • Sunday, November 2nd 2008,

    • I was in Semarang this evening, it was a thunderstorm there and I'm trying to catch thunderstorm picture with no luck.  I'll try next time - with a tripod - who know I can do long exposure of few seconds and get the thunder right.

    • I missed the best photo opportunity in Gunung Kidul, Jogja where all the trees were turning yellow.  There are nothing there right now, it is only trunk is that left!  What a pity...  I'll have to wait until next year to make something similar but better than this...

    • Be vegetarian!  Its good to your health and environment as well.  Read for some information here.

    • Did you know that since October 30th, being sexy is a crime in Indonesia?  Try to do some searches on Google about APP, the recently approved anti porn law that prevent the use of tank tops, tube tops on the street or shopping mall, bikinis and swimsuit on the beach.  What a law...  Its never socialised, so I can't be sure of what the law really contains.  I can't find the complete law description on Google or book store, however I find hell lot of discussion of for or against the law, like the one on this site.  Lets see what will happens, its ought to be interesting.

  • Thursday, October 23rd 2008,

    • Did you know that the number 2677 on a mobile phone keypad could mean boss and Corp?  Corp is the short of corporation, and boss is the owner of a corp.  What a coincidence that a boss has the same keypad number a Corp!

    • Update on Sam Poo Kong album. I've added few more pictures, including the picture of the magical 'Rante Kapal' or Ship Chain tree.  'Rante Kapal' is the ship chain that was used by ZhengHe to tie his ship to Semarang dock.  The legend told that the 'Rante Kapal' was then put in this temple compound and then becomes this tree.  I don't know what is the species of that tree, but its surely weird.  Tree experts, please enlighten me on this matter!

    • The fall of CPO (Crude Palm Oil), few month ago on 6th of July, I attend a class in renewable energy.  The class covers making bio-Ethanol from sugar cane, castor oil to make bio-diesel and other sources of renewable energy.  One thing that I've learnt from the class is:

      • The total costs of making and distilling bio-ethanol exceeds the cost of premium RON 95 unleaded.

      • The distillation of bio-ethanol requires heat, which comes from fire, or other means of energy.  If the amount of energy required to distil bio-ethanol is larger than the energy it produces, i.e. to create the 1 litre of bio-ethanol requires more energy that available from 1 litre of bio-ethanol, then any attempt to use bio-ethanol as fuel is futile.  I've never measured how much energy is required to distil 1 litre of bio-ethanol, but it should be more than: 168,000 joule/litre, however the ethanol produces 23.500.000 joule/litre.  Therefore there is a good chance that bio-ethanol could be used as fuel.

      • The bio-ethanol might be reducing the amount of green house gasses exhausted from the vehicle exhaust pipe, however on the fermentation and distillation of bio-ethanol emits a number of CO2 and other green house gasses.  I've never measured exactly how much carbon and other green house gasses were emitted from the process, but surely it creates quite dark smoke.

    • What does it relates to CPO? 

      The CPO used for fuel needs to met certain standards.  One thing for sure it needs to be clean and pure since a single palm starch clogs your car's injector nozzle and causes hundreds of dollars fixing cost.

      • I should have know there is probability of using CPO will be more expensive than the non CPO fuel.

      • I should have know there is probability that preparing CPO to be used as energy source could consume more energy than energy produced.

      • I should have know there is probability of the process in preparing CPO to be used as energy source could produce more green house glass that it will save.  Changing forest into a plantation will reduce the capacity of decomposing green house gasses.  The question is, can 1 HA CPO plantation and its products save more green house gasses than 1 HA forest?

    • Therefore I should have researched that before making decision to buy stock of CPO related business.  Now its somewhat too late.  The Europe stops all imports of CPO since their calculation shows that using CPO is not worth the risk (e.g. deforestation).  And I have quite a number of LSIP stock, one of a major CPO plantation in Indonesia.  All I could do now is waiting until new technology comes up that will make the CPO worth considering again and hoping the CPO business's stock will come up.

    • In addition, the fall of CPO becomes worse by the current global crisis. 

    • The lesson here is: always research on a business before investing (not trading!) your money in.  If you don't understand the business, then do not invest there!

    • Please read here for the blood covered stock choosing guide!  It covers 3 of my writings and will be expanded when necessary.

  • Friday, October 17th 2008,

    • Stock market news: its a roller coaster's ride.  Its fun for an investor!  But it is not for traders.  Investor never really cares their stock price's movement.  What they care is the company who back the stock's health.  Traders do care the stock's price and monitor them every now and then.  That's why traders loose money when the market crashes, while investor were not loosing yet!

    • My advice here is: invest your leftover, then expect not to see that money in 10 years.  Any money for savings, retirement and everyday living must not be put on trading or you have 90% chance of loosing.

    • What makes a fast computer: When I was a kid, I used to think that the way to accelerate a computation is by using a faster computer.  Yes, its true.  A faster computer will logically make software runs faster.  However this perception is all changed when I realised this fact in year 2000.  Now I wanted to share with all of you,

    • I had two software that I write for calculating the shortest distance and finding the shortest path between two cities.  The first program was written back in 1997/1998 when I was studying programming, and the second program was written in 2006.  Then in today, I decided to compare the performance of the first program - recompiled with current compiler and running on the latest quad core AMD Phenom with 2GB of ram - versus the the second program running on a slow 10 years old Pentium II machine. 

    • Disclaimer: this is not a shoot-out death-match between Intel and AMD.  The AMD Phenom is completely different to Pentium II.  They are 10 years apart and from different generation, Pentium II is a Generation 6 x86 proccessor, while AMD Phenom is a Generation 10 x64 processor.  This article is intended to show how does a smart algorithm compare to dumb algorithm.

    • The task is to find the shortest distance and shortest path between city A and city B on an island.  There are 1000 cities and a million of connecting roads between them.  Guess, which one is the fastest?  A guided bruteforce running on a machine with at least 40 times of computing power compared to Pentium II or a heavily optimised dynamic programming running on a 10 years old Pentium II?

    • OK, I admit that I did not finish test of the first program.  The first program first find the shortest distance between city A and B - which would help to finding the shortest path - and then bruteforcing to get the shortest path.  It took around 35 seconds to find the shortest distance, then I don't continue to find the shortest path, which I estimate would take more than one day.  I have no luxury of waiting that long. 

    • The second program is written using entirely different algorithm.  The process took 49 milliseconds - blink of an eye - to complete in the Pentium II to find both the shortest distance and path.  A 10 years old Pentium II just beats a state of the art quad core AMD Phenom!

    • This is the list of computers starting that runs a smart algorithm, all capable beating AMD's quad core Phenom running stupid algorithm.  Pentium II 266 MHz: 49 ms, Pentium !!! 550 MHz: 10 ms, starting from AMD Turion, Pentium 4, Celeron 2.13 GHz, Core Duo and above, it is almost immeasurable: 0 ms!

    • How about the accuracy of the 2nd algorithm?  Theoretically, the 2nd algorithm produces the same results compared to the first algorithm.  On testing, the 2nd algorithm produces 100% same result on every test case as the first algorithm.

    • The conclusion is the choice of algorithm and skill of programming is the one that make software run much-much faster by exponential degree.  It took years of training to find the best and fastest algorithm to solve a problem.  While changing hardware only increases computer performance by tiny margin.  E.g., upgrading 2 GHz single core Pentium 4 to 2 GHz dual core Core2 Duo increase its performance by two folds, or 3 folds at most.  However changing stupid algorithm to a clever algorithm will make a 10 years old computer beats new computer by significant margin, which means the performance is improved thousand times folds! 

    • Unfortunately this is not how our world works.  There are 3 factors that determine a software's speed

      • Software programmer tends to create a resource hogging software due to faster and better hardware.  The hardware company is also happy with this, since people will kept buying newer and faster hardware to be up to date.

      • Not every problem can be solved with highly efficient algorithm like this.

      • More feature packed software leads to more calculation that overload the system.

    • Recommendation: for manager who contract software engineer to write a software for you.  Please make sure that your software engineer is writing a highly efficient software that will not cost you hardware upgrade or at least minimal upgrade.

    • All that I've written above comes from my experience of using computer the last 22 years.  I use computer heavily - other than meeting clients and meeting my staffs - all of my works is in front of a computer everyday for more than 5 hours.  When the toddler on my age was learning to write, I learn to type and operate a computer!  That is why my writing is so bad.

  • Saturday, October 11th 2008,

    • Today I accidentally opened a directory that contains old pictures back from 2002-2003.  I was amazed on how ugly is the quality of early digital camera.  This image was captured by using Prolink DC 1310 in 31st December 2002 or probably 1st January 2003, its on new year celebration in Perth, Western Australia.  This file is an unaltered file from camera.  You can see the AAPT building standing in the background.

      • New Year

      • Technical data: ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/25 sec exposure.

      • New year party, on the first few seconds of 2003!

      • new year party

      • Technical: ISO 100, exposure time 1/2 sec, f/2.8

    • Well, those images were taken on the dawn of digital ages.  Their quality mostly limited by resolution (640 x 480) and noise.  It was my nostalgia with the old digital camera, now I had in storage.

  • Friday, October 10th 2008,

    • I haven't updated this site for quite a while.  Forgive me!  I've been too busy working on my projector home theatre system and writing software - teaming up with my father, which is better than me - for the karaoke software.

    • After holiday, all I got is stock market crash!  A very unpleasant crash, although not as deep as 1930s great depression yet, but it is already shocking!  Our index, IHSG slump to 1400s, or half the highest point in January 2008!  Close to South East Asian's 1998's crisis, but today's crisis hasn't reach its peak.  How deep is the peak?  Only God knows!

    • Anyway, following discussion about the stock market with my father, I got enlightened on one sign of potentially unhealthy company: an issuing bond or obligation company!  It is possible that the company who issue bond or obligation had shortage in cash.  But the sign of an unhealthy company is a company that issues another bond or obligation to pay the first obligation.  This is the problem that plagued Lehman Bro's and Great River.  I will not buy those bond or the stock from that kind of company, no matter other analyst and independent rating has said.

    • I'm lucky that I experience this when I'm young (24), which mean I still have plenty of time to do with my live.  I can earn money that I had lost or wait until the investment returns.  Anyway this kind of stock market did not happens every 10 years or so, it happens every 30 years or so.  Therefore not everyone can feel this kind of stock.  If you had a kid or teenage who are about to work, make sure that you educate them on this matter!  So they won't get trapped in the same trap that trap us.

    • Always remember: it is not the stock market that make us loose money, but it is our choosing of stock and incorrect timing.  I've made the wrong stock choice, which I won't average down those stock.  I had rework my fundamental analysis to make it more accurate, and now I'm trying to test my new analysis by buying select stocks or not buying at all.  Let's see how this technique performs...  All I tell is there is 80% chance that I'll buy select stock.

    • More information, all the sign of potential future economic problem is actually available to all of us, in daily newspaper and everywhere!  Its only we that is too stupid or deafened by sound of recehan to realised it.  Warren Buffet already told us in 2003 about this potential subprime mortgage, just nobody listens.  That is, there was saying: 'Having eyes but can't see, having ears but can't hear'...  Unfortunately - in this case - it was correct for most of us, me and the readers...

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