Do you want to be right, or do you want to be rich?

January 1, 2015 at 11:51 pm #notetoself

I get a lot of things wrong, all the time. That’s because I try out various new things and see what works. Being wrong is ok, being proven wrong by your colleague, or employee is even better. That means you’re hiring people smarter than you on the subject that you are not an expert at.

If you’ve hired people smarter than you, then wouldn’t it be wise to listen to them? Isn’t that the reason why you hired them in the first place? A leader doesn’t have to be right all the time, as long as he/she knows where to go, have the big vision, and reach the goal. You don’t have to be right all the time.

Do you want to be right, or do you want to be rich?

New year resolution no more

December 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm #notetoself

I didn’t make any of the 2014 resolution so I’ll just stop. Instead I’ll just make the change now. Little actionable changes that can be done right now.

I want to lose weight, so I start waking up early in the morning and do a 10 minutes workout (I chose freeletics btw). Laughable? Yes, doable? Totally. If it’s so easy then you have no reason to not do it right?

Make an easy task to start and increment the difficulty step by step. Do better everyday and reach your goal one step at a time.

1000 steps looks so far away but if you do 1 step every day for 1000 days then it doesn’t sound so hard now does it?

No more new year resolution.

Do. Something. Now.

Most people don’t know what they want

December 23, 2014 at 12:53 am #book

I’m currently reading Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely and this guy is brilliant. Here’s my favorite quote so far

Most people don’t know what they want unless they see it in context. We don’t know what kind of racing bike we want—until we see a champ in the Tour de France ratcheting the gears on a particular model. We don’t know what kind of speaker system we like—until we hear a set of speakers that sounds better than the previous one. We don’t even know what we want to do with our lives—until we find a relative or a friend who is doing just what we think we should be doing. Everything is relative, and that’s the point.

Brilliant! Might post more on this later on.

Change is now

December 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm #notetoself

It would take some time to change, but the decision to change is instant. If you want to change, change now. Not tomorrow, not next year.

Tomorrow is an excuse, next year is an excuse. Stop making excuses or you’ll never get what you want.

“I’ll exercise more starting tomorrow”
“I’ll go on a diet next year”
“I’ll work harder next month”

Bullshit. Now or never. You do it now, you fail, you learn, you start over. That’s how you change.

Now. Do you want to make excuses, or do you want to make shit happen?

Can a DRM-Free digital download store survive in Indonesia

January 28, 2014 at 1:41 am Business Model, Case Study

Pandji Pragiwaksono is launching his own digital download store called to sell his own work free of DRM. Yep, that means you can copy it wherever you want, in any device you have, copy it away to a friend or upload it via torrent. You’re free do to whatever you want with it. But the question is, do you want to?

Pandji told me that the whole premise of this project is that people are willing to pay if they love the product and want the artist to keep creating the next product that they will love. It’s plain and simple. If you don’t pay then the artist cannot continue the work and so the cycle will abruptly stop.

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This site has nothing to do with Hatta Rajasa

January 28, 2014 at 12:56 am General

Despite the similar name. I just want to clarify that this site has nothing to with Hatta Rajasa. I felt the need to clarify because of the recent resurgence of Hatta Rajasa as he is running for presidency in 2014.

The recent announcement stating that Rajasa is the official name for Relawan Hatta Rajasa seems to fuel the recent resurgence as well. Although it does not hurt my keyword position at Google.

My name is Aria Rajasa and I am not related whatsoever with Hatta Rajasa. Not his kid, not his cousin or any family connection whatsoever. As to my knowledge he is from Palembang and I am from Cirebon.

Now that we got that clear out so please stop asking :p

Snugg Case

September 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm Device Review

I’m always a fan of phone cases and have been buying a lot of them in the past. I only got my iPhone 5 for less than a year and had gotten 4 cases for it already, the last one was the Snugg Pouch Case. I chose the Snugg Pouch case because it matches my wallet. I’ve been using it for a about a week and here’s my review.

The Snugg Pouch Case

Still new and clean

The Good

The case has a nice built, the suede leather gave it a fancy look and felt good in my hand. It does not slip easy and it doesn’t make the phone bulk to match. The bottom part of the case has holes for sound so you won’t miss any notification. It has a built-in lever system so you can just pull the lever to fetch your phone. I had no trouble getting my phone in and out so I got to say that this is very well made and thought of.

I really love the look and feel as it blends nicely with your wallet and bag. The front part has a card holder for your favorite card. I don’t really use it much because I have a big wallet already but it will be handy to place an RFID apartment key so you wouldn’t have to reach your wallet.

The case protects the phone sideways and bottom but it leaves it open at the top. I didn’t do any drop test (obviously) but it drops a few times and from the sound of it, the phone got protected quite nicely. Just make sure to not drop it with the phone facing downwards.

After one week of use

After one week of use

The Bad

The first thing that caught my eyes is the logo, it’s huge! Good thing it’s only embossed on the bottom right. If it were up to me I think the S in the front and back should be sufficient, or at least they can shrink the size a bit. The second part is the material, as much as I like the look and feel of suede leather, the material got dirty way to easily. This happens also with my wallet. It gave the case more character but it still is dirty and even if you clean it it will get dirty again soon.

The last bad part got to do more with the case being a Pouch type. On a daily usage, I tend to remove my phone a lot and it is quite a hassle, in mose cases I tend to just let my phone out for a while and then put it back in again when I’m moving around. It’s tedious at times.

The Verdict

The Snugg Phone Case is a good looking, well-built case that fits nicely with your other accessories but got dirty quite easily.

Disclaimer: Snugg sent me a free case to review, but they let me choose which case I want to review so the choice is my a personal preference.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 First Impression

February 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm Device Review

I was invited to the Samsung Event in Mulia where Samsung showcase their latest products for the South East Asia market. They display a large array of products that includes TV (that can tweet!), refrigerator (that can tweet!), vacuum cleaner (no, this one cannot tweet), DVD, AC, and of course the Samsung Galaxy product line.

Despite the overly-hyped tweeting refrigerator, my eyes obviously got caught on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. I’ve reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before so i’ll concentrate on the features that excel in the Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of the overall functionallity.

The Perfect Size

The 8″ size is definitely the friendliest form factor. It’s lighter and thinner than the 10″ version (obviously). This is important because my experience with the 10″ version was rather awkward, it felt uncomfortable to hold with one hand and I can’t use the pen while holding it with both hands. Holding the 8″ with one hand and using the s-pen to take note, draw, or browsing feels natural.

The Galaxy Note 8.0

The Galaxy Note 8.0

I didn’t like the size bezel taking up a lot space but the bezel stops my hand from reaching (and screwing) the touch screen so I guess it has it’s uses.

The Phone OS

Because this is the Galaxy Note line so the Galaxy Note 8.0 uses the same OS as the Galaxy Note 2.0. It’s good for previous Note users as they would feel perfectly at home, those with prior experience with the Android Tablet OS would need time to get used to the diffence as it doesn’t provide on screen Home and Back buttons but rather a hardware touch screen buttons for Menu, Home and Back. Everything works the same as the Galaxy Note 2.0, the dashboard, the apps, the multitasking, the note taking and even the phone function.

Multitasking like a boss

Yes! It can make phone calls! Though you would look like an idiot if you perform this stunt on public places but that’s for you to decide.

Looking classy!

Looking classy!

The S-Pen

The S-Pen is bigger than the Note 2.0 but still remain uncomfortable to use. It’s too small to hold, there’s a button to select text and it’s hard to press. Maybe it needs getting used to. Maybe it’s a good idea if Samsung provide a bigger alternative Pen to use (sold separately is fine).

The Conclusion

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0? I think you should if you are thinking of buying the 10″ but feels that it’s heavy and uncomfortable, or you like the Galaxy Note 2.0 to draw and do creative stuffs on it but in need of a bigger canvas, or you lost your TV remote and you want to replace it with big giant expensive touch screen TV remote.

Update: just heard that the price would be $450 for the 16GB Wifi Version.

Disclaimer: this is a paid but honest reviews which reflects my personal opinion on the product. The review is based on my short experience playing with the device at the press conference launch.

Making a t-shirt with the imadeface app

February 10, 2013 at 7:50 am Ideas

There’s an interesting app for the iOS called imadeface that let’s you create an illustration of your face easily by combining the elements of your hair such as the shape of the face, hair, eyes, nose, mouth and ears. It’s easy and fun to use and most of my friends on twitter are already changing their avatars with the face made from the app.

You can go wild or you can make a perfect copy of yourself, that’s up to you. I’ve been playing a little bit more on what to do with my face and I think it would be cool to make it into a t-shirt (yeah i made tees so obviously that’s the first thing that comes to mind. I made this using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator but you can do the same with Corel Photo Trace or any other vector tracing software. So here’s a bit of a tutorial on how to make a cool shirt out of your face.

1. Make your face

Of course this is the first step, download the app and make your own face. I decided to go with the image below for my representation. Save it to your computer somehow like emailing it to yourself.

my face made on imadeface

2. Convert the image into a vector

We need a higher resolution so why not just change into a vector image so you can resize it all you want. Open your Adobe illustrator and open the image using the Illustrator. Do the steps below:

Step 1: Configure live trace

Now after clicking the live trace, don’t worry about the image going black and white because it’s customizable. After the step above, follow the steps below.

Step 2: More configuration of the live trace

After that you should get something like the image below. Now remove the things that you don’t want and you got the image in vector mode!

3. Send it to!

Now that you have the image in vector, you can put it in the template from by and send it to them accordingly. I added by twitter name for further customization and the end result is something like the image below.  I’ve ordered mine and I can’t wait to wear it in public! If you’re too lazy to do it yourself then you can just email order[et] and the staff will help you make it into a t-shirt.

imadeface shirt by rajasa

Can’t decide what looks to make? Look it up here for inspiration.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Love comes in big size

October 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm Device Review

It hasn’t been a year since the launch of the first generation of Samsung Galaxy Note and even back then I had my doubts, will a 5.3″ screen too big for you? Well apparently millions of people are swayed into buying it and they appear to love it. Fast forward until today and you got yourself the second generation and surprise! It’s bigger! Sporting a beautiful 5.5″ screen with a rounder frame compared to its predecessor. The 0.2″ additional screen size is almost unnoticeable, see the image below (taken from recombu)

Can you tell the difference?

Despite what you’re thinking right now, it’s a smart move to make the screen bigger to accomodate a 16:9 screen ratio, the previous one had 16:10 which makes it rather awkward to watch videos. It’s fun to watch movies with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 because you won’t be seeing a black border at the top and bottom and I gotta say it again, the screen is bright and beautiful.

I only had a brief time to try this at the Indonesian launch (thank you Samsung Indonesia for inviting me) so there’s not much time to play with it. The 8MP camera doesn’t hold up in poor lit room and the press conference room was rather dark, I can’t test it on the outdoors so I have no idea how it will perform. What I love about the Camera is the best face feature where you can rewind the best moment when taking a picture and get their best expression. It works on multiple faces as I’ve seen the promotion guy demoing it when taking 2 faces at a time.

The stylus holds up nicely compared to high end drawing tablets that I’ve used before. Drawing with the stylus feels really great especially because the screen is that big. Creative people would definitely love to sketch ideas, draw directions or just play around with your friends photos by putting a mustache on them (corny I know ahaha).

I’m also loving the app that Samsung made for the Galaxy Note 2, I love that we can take notes when on the phone, which would be really useful at times. The multi-window is great at taking notes while browsing for sources. The idea sketch is great for taking visual notes. Of course since this runs on the latest Android so you can install all the apps you want to support you even further.

Yay for multi windows!

The big screen may put some people off, it’s not really comfortable when you’re using it to call so I would recommend a hands free accessories when calling. You would need to use 2 hands to reach all of the screen as it is quite huge, most of the time you’ll be holding the phone with one hand and the other using a stylus. It’s also quite pricey giving the normal price at around 7 million rupiah.

In short, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is great for creative people that loves to draw, express things visually and watch movies and play games on the go. If you think you’re that person then go for it!

Disclaimer: this is a paid but honest reviews which reflects my personal opinion on the product. The review is based on my short experience playing with the device at the press conference launch.