5 minutes for Ecommerce Indonesia 2016

Last Friday in Le Meridien Hotel Jakarta, Indonesia Ecommerce Association held an event called 5 minutes for Ecommerce 2016. It was an open public seminar where stake holders in Indonesia e-commerce presents their views, concerns, and ideas on the state of this emerging industry going forward. ICT Minister Rudiantara was one of the speaker along with several other e-commerce scene pundits. One interesting point about this event was each speaker can only present in 5 minutes time with maximum 5 slides, a bit like pecha kucha.

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Below are three main interesting points ive noted by attending this event : Rudiantara’s 1000 startup plan, E-commerce Tax and the regulations for venture capital in Indonesia. Continue reading

2015 dalam album lokal

Salah satu pet peeves saya terkait musik adalah ketika mendengar opini bahwa musik Indonesia makin kesini makin tidak berkualitas. Biasanya juga diikuti dengan retorika jaman keemasan musik Indonesia di era Ahmad Dhani belum hangover akibat terlalu banyak meminum egonya sendiri.

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Come on man. Musik bagus, seperti halnya revolusi, akan susah ditemui di televisi. Channel youtube Sounds From The Corner bisa menjadi tempat yang bagus untuk memulai eksplorasi. Ada banyak musik lokal bagus di luar studio Dahsyat dan yang kamu butuhkan adalah mencari lebih dalam.

Berikut beberapa album lokal yang menjadi landmark eksplorasi musik Indonesia saya di tahun 2015. Continue reading

Beyond ride sharing ban: potential new regulations in Indonesia that may affect startups

The recent controversy of ride sharing apps prohibition has left a bitter taste for Indonesian startup ecosystem. Not only causing a huge uproar in social media, this move sparked immediate response from members of people representative council, former Indonesian VP Boediono up to president Jokowi himself. In less than 24 hour, Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan has been forced to revert this decision due to the amount of negative reaction from the public.

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On one side, the backlash showed that ride sharing apps have started to become an integral part of society especially in Jakarta. A good progress considering how recent the services was introduced in this market (Gojek started in 2010 while GrabTaxi entered Indonesia just last year). On the other side, the controversy highlighted further one of the biggest challenge in this country startup scene : uncertain regulation.

So looking forward, are there any other regulatory development that Indonesian startup founder and investors should be cautious about ? Below are some of my observation. Continue reading

2015 dalam album internasional

Tulisan ini terinspirasi dari postingan Ardi Wilda di facebook yang meminta untuk menuliskan album dan buku terbaik di 2015. Sebagai salah satu panutan dalam hal penulisan dan juga vokalis band folk paling hipster, tentunya undangan bung awe untuk berkomentar tidak dapat saya tolak. Namun hal ini ternyata membuat saya ingin menuliskan dengan lebih panjang apa saja rilisan musik yang mendefinisikan tahun 2015. Mainstream sih tapi sebodo amat.

Best Of 2015

Satu kata kunci yang bisa mendefinisikan konsumsi musik di tahun ini adalah DeezerSitus streaming musik asal perancis ini satu satunya yang bisa diakses di kantor sehingga membuat saya menjadi pengguna setia. Selain itu, Deezer juga membawa band band indie Indonesia seperti sore dan silampukau dalam layanannya sehingga membuat saya semakin terjebak dengan aplikasi ini.

Cukup untuk basa-basinya mari kita mulai dari yang pertama. Oh ya, posting ini khusus berisi album album internasional. Untuk rilisan lokal akan saya tulis di tulisan berikutnya.

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An Obituary About Ghani

My day started with a very sad news about a good friend of mine, Ghani Arrasyid. I knew him since high school and we went into the same university albeit different major. It has been so long since the last time i met him in person but we chat in whatsapp a while ago which he gave his wedding invitation. Apparently, the man above already had other plans for him. He passed away yesterday evening in a traffic accident, just a month after he said his marriage vow.

Me and Ghani went into 16th State High School of Surabaya. We were in the same class, 2-8. Back in high school, my first impression of him is he was an awkward introvert nerd. I used to make fun of how he walks. Ghani is a tall guy and he seems like a bit wonky when he move his body. This was even more noticeable in a physical education class where we need to run around the school field.

Ghani Arrasyid
Ghani Arrasyid (25 April 1987 – 13 November 2015)

Another distinctive trait of Ghani is his smile. The kind of awkward smile which bears resemblance to Michael Cera.

I remember one funny moment with Ghani. We were invited to one of our classmate sweet 17 party. The dresscode for the party was white, but Ghani showed up in a jeans and flannel shirt. In a group of whites, Ghani’s going-to-grunge-concert outfit stood out like a sore thumb. His above average height makes it even worse. As a result, he was the number one target for the MC’s for silly games. For an introvert like Ghani, i can see his uncomfortable-ness in that situation but apparently being a good sport as he is, he took it like a man and did

One particular day, our class had an empty hour. You know, the best time of high school when a teacher was absent. I was reading comics or something when i heard someone playing guitar. Since junior high, i was obsessed with Nirvana so when Ghani sang the first verse of Jesus Doesnt Want Me For A Sunbeam i jumped straight of my chair. Holy shit, in the time where typical student in my school was swooning on jazzpop and hiphop, i never knew that there was a soul in my surrounding area which listened to an obscure Nirvana track from their infamous Unplugged In New York album.

From that point, we bonded over music. I never knew behind his nerdy glass, he could play guitar very well.

We talked a lot music especially alternative punk bands. He introduced me to a lot of bands such as Panic At The Disco, 30 Seconds to Mars, The Used, Saosin and his personal favorite Circa Survive. He had an admiration on ex Saosin vocalist Anthony Green which leads him to listen to Green’s subsequent project Circa Survive. I remember he used the artwork Circa Survive debut album On Letting Go as his profile picture in Friendster for a long time.

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We didnt talk much again after high school. Even though we both went to Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, but we took different major. I took information system while Ghani went to environmental engineering. We still interacted once in a while over various social media such as Plurk, Twitter, Facebook. He commented on my blog several times and i did the samething over his blogSometimes we also chat on Yahoo Messenger back in the day. We still talk about the same thing, music, alternative punk and other cool stuff in between.

I cant seem to remember when was the last time i met Ghani in person. It was that long time ago. When he invited me to his wedding, i gave an apology because i couldn’t attend his big day. No worries, he said. Your prayer is more than enough, he added. Never did i know that it will be my last interaction with him.

Ghani was taken into heaven 6 PM after a fatal traffic accident in Jombang. He was a newlywed with only a month of marriage miles. He was a good son which took care of his mother when she suffered from serious illness. Also, he was a friend of mine.

Thanks for all the musical influence Ghan. May you had a chance to jam with Kurt Cobain up there.

A Playlist For A Friend

SVCHost hogging memories in Windows 7

Due to annoying problems in windows 7, I spent  several precious hours of my sunday tinkering and problem solving. Its been like forever since the last time i wrote technical stuff in this blog but i believe this issues is quite obscure hence a detailed problem breakdown will be beneficial. Lets get started.

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The Goddamn Problem

I have ASUS Laptop running Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium edition with 4 gigs of RAM. After few minutes of booting, memory consumption goes up to 100% without a single program running. This happened consistently even after several times of rebooting. The whole system slowed down and barely usable up to this point.

Finding The Culprit

  1.  I opened Task Manager > Processes and click Show Processes from All Users. This step was to see the list of all processes which are currently running including internal windows process.
  2. Sort by the amount of memory used. In my case, SVCHOST  process consumed almost 2 gigs of RAM. A big red alert right there.
  3. SVCHOST is a generic placeholder shared by various windows service. I need to go deeper. Still on Task Manager, Right click on SVChost and then Go To Services. This step showed all of the windows services which are using SVCHOST.
  4. I have got the list of the suspect now. Time to do the interrogation phase. I opened windows service panel by clicking Services button on the bottom. Starting from the top, i disable the SVCHOST related services one by one. Everytime a service disabled, i check the impact to the RAM consumption.
  5. Apparently, the one leaking all the memory was Windows Update Service a.k.a WUAUSERV. When i disabled this service, RAM consumption dramatically went down.

The Solution

Having known the exact problem, simple google query apparently showing useful result. Apparently this is a known bug in Windows 7. The detail of the problem can be found hereSolving this problem is just a matter of installing Windows Hotfix.

Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: July 2015

After installing this update, my laptop was already normal again. Thats all for this post. I hope you guys could find this useful.

Why Ebook Is Not Disruptive (Yet)

One of my favorite strategy blog Stratechery recently has a great piece on ebooks. Apparently in 2015, the sales of physical books in the United States is still going strong while ebook fall down 10 percent. The market share of ebooks also did not grow very much, still steady at 20% for several years. The trend is even more disconcerting  due to the massive sales decline on ebook reader. Having single purpose device such as Kindle are apparently too cumbersome for general population. It is still too early to pull the verdict, but things are not going well for the state of electronic books.

Source: death to stock photos
Source: death to stock photos

This is very interesting because usually the emergence of the electronic media will disrupt the old establishment of physical ones. Case in point, the introduction of itunes and other digital music platform had brought CD sales to its knees. Disruptive Innovation as famously interpreted by Clayton Christensen. So why does this not happen with ebook ?. In the stratechery piece, there are three factors which held the adoption of ebooks: Price, Experience and Modularization.

Reflecting it to my experience as an avid book reader and the market condition in Indonesia, In this post, I will relate some of this drawback factors discussed in stratechery post to my personal experience. I will discuss some of the reasons which makes ebook worth to try and why physical books will still going to be around for the foreseeable future. Continue reading