Hardware is dead

Jay Goldberg dari Venture Beat menceritakan pengalamannya saat mengunjungi toko-toko elektroni di Shenzhen (China):

I had heard that tablets in China had already reached low price points. You can buy a reasonable Android phone for $100 retail, and I wanted to see if I could find a $150 tablet. This consultant pointed me to a mall filled with hundreds of stalls selling nothing but tablets. I walked into the middle of the scrum to a random stall. I pointed to one of the devices on display and asked, “How much for this one?” 300 kuai. My Mandarin is a bit rusty, so I had to ask again. Slowly, the stall owner repeated renminbi 300 yuan.

If this were a movie, the lights would have dimmed and all the activity in the room frozen. 300 renminbi is US $ 45. And that was the initial offer price given to a bewildered foreigner in China, no haggling. I felt a literal shock.

I bought the device and did some more research. This was a 7-inch tablet, Wi-Fi only with all the attributes of a good tablet. Capacitive touchscreen. Snappy processor. Front facing camera. 4GB of internal memory and an expandable memory slot.

Wow… US$45 untuk sebuah tablet. Kira-kira untungnya darimana?

Tiny, cheap, and dangerous: Inside a (fake) iPhone charger

Ken Shirriff:

It’s amazing that manufacturers can build and sell a complex charger for just a few dollars. It looks a lot like a genuine Apple charger and cost a lot less. But looking inside, I found that important safety corners were cut, which could lead to a 340 volt surprise. In addition, the interference from a cheap charger like this can cause touchscreen malfunctions. Thus, I recommend spending a few dollars more to get a brand-name charger.

Penjelasan yang sangat lengkap tentang bahaya menggunakan charger iPhone palsu/murahan. Bagi Anda yang menyayangi iDevice Anda, jangan pernah membeli charger palsu. Selain berpengaruh ke baterai, juga akan berpengaruh ke touchscreen nya langsung.

Anonymous:

My real samsung charger messes up the touchscreen to the point that I cant use drawsomething when plugged in. Not just cheap adapters do it.

Instalasi Ubuntu di Acer Aspire S3

Aspire S3 adalah Ultrabook dari Acer yang saat perilisan Ubuntu 12.04 LTS menjadi laptop maskot di halaman depan Ubuntu.
Acer Aspire S3
Kalau sudah menjadi laptop maskot, maka seharusnya hardwarenya sudah didukung penuh dengan Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Kalau ternyata masih ada masalah dengan hardwarenya terus bagimana dong? Gampang. Silakan buka situs LinLap. Situs tersebut berisi daftar hardware yang didukung, cara mengatasi bug, dan cara mengatasi hardware yang kurang kompatibel.
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Instalasi Ubuntu di Acer Aspire One 722

Aspire One 722
Pembahasan kali ini bukanlah tentang proses instalasi Ubuntu pada netbook Acer Aspire One 722, tapi membahas tentang dua masalah utama yang sering muncul setelah instalasi Ubuntu.
Masalah yang sering muncul setelah selesai menginstal Ubuntu pada netnook jenis ini adalah:

  • Sistem menjadi hang/freeze setelah adapter Wif-Fi/Wireless diaktifkan
  • Muncul watermark unsupported hardware pada layar

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Mengapa Mac lebih mahal

Mengapa komputer Mac lebih mahal…

The answer is fairly obvious to anyone coming to Macs after years of using commodity PC equipment: better design and build quality costs more. What you get is a machine whose hinges don’t begin to wobble in the first six months of use, and whose keyboard doesn’t degrade to a rickety mess of loose keys and hidden debris. I’ve owned or used at least a half-dozen Dell and Winbook laptops over the years. Each required at least one service call during its three-year life cycle, one as many as three, leaving a single piece of plastic from among the original parts. I’d bet that HP repair statistics are similar.

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Cara menonaktifkan wifi pada saat startup di Ubuntu

NetworkManager

Sejak pertama kali menginstall Ubuntu (9.04) di laptop saya (Acer Aspire 4736Z), saya perhatikan kalau wirelessnya aktif secara otomatis pada saat startup yang ditandai dengan lampu indikator yang menyala. Untuk laptop tipe ini memang sudah tersedia tombol khusus untuk menonaktifkan wirelessnya, jadi kalau misalnya Ubuntunya sudah masuk ke desktop wirelessnya bisa di nonaktifkan dengan menekan tombol tersebut, atau dengan cara klik-kanan pada applet NetworkManager lalu uncheck Enable Wireless, beres. Tapi lama kelamaan, saya mulai jarang memperhatikan indikator wireless ini, dan membiarkannya aktif walaupun tidak dipakai. Akibatnya baterai lebih cepat habis.
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