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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

How Qori Name Originated?

I always wonder why my parent gave my name as Qori. Its bi-gender name isnt popular name except Qori is the term of professonal people who recite Quran slowly with beautiful voice. The literal meaning Qori is just "people who read" and thats it, later I asked to my father about his intention giving me such name because in Islamic teaching, name is a pray so its encouraged for parents to give their childreen good name.

And then, the good part about having parent occurs to me when my father told about why he decided giving my name as "Qori" that turns out he got that name from someone whisper on his dream. I thought this name comes from an expectation that someday this kid will be an addict book reader for his entire life but seeing a fact that my family dont have any interest in reading books except my father that read Quran and local crime newspaper where he just want to read local soccer news section. And the rest of family just avid tv watcher and social media addicts for younger one.

In my family, reading and collecting book is like alien culture. My dad wants me to be an educated man, so what educated man have? Books to read and knowledge to discuss. It amazes me when my parent wants me to attend college so I dont become like them in education but they always questions me when I told them planning to buy books where it will be ended by questioning me why should bother buying books if i dont read it and probably just reading it once. I have no idea, but they have the point though... maybe they know what are e-books for.

I dont ask too much for this life, in fact my name is something that represents me. I love reading, ofcourse some good books to read that suits me for my age right now. Back to my father dream when he came up for Qori name. It was one of ramadhan night when in the middle of the night he dreamt flying from his room into the sky. Someone whispered toward him to recite one of the Quran chapter and then later my father saw two stars, the bigger one or the smaller one. The mysterious whisperer told him to choose between those two. Later, he chose the smaller one that shines brighty alone far away. Then, "give your son name , Qori". And that time was several month before I was born.

I alway think his story about the name I have now is something that remind me what is my purpose in this life. Maybe the story is made up or just simply plain dream that means nothing. But somehow, I am being inspired remembering how the name originates and if I have one only choice to meet someone that never exists, I will choose a person that whispered my dad about my name..
Now enough about me me me time.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

First Time Online Experience : A Nostalgic Note about How to Connect into Internet in 2006

This is kind of nostalgic post that I always want to write. The experience of my attempt being online and connected into Internet circa 2006 when I was teenanger and being curious what was Internet had. I had serious and stupid assumption back in the day when PC were introduced and known in the early 00s. I remember the price was high and unaffordable for everyone. There was first internet or just probably pc game center that opened in 2000 in my city and I was standing there watching people play Counter Strike because i was too afraid to touch the pc because I thought i would give the virus if i mishandled the device. So I forgot to get started learning because no one in my family never touched computer and knew about it and also I was in fourth grade back then.

Fast forward to 2006 when i was in junior high school time (i can say that), I was attracted to my friend story that told me about his experience using the Internet when he was outside the school. I was attending strict boarding school back then and having touch with technological device except public phone wasnt allowed for us. Just imagine just like a prison minus tv and entertainment.

Encouraged by his saying that i wont give any virus to pc, i decided to go one of local internet cafe called warnet or warung Internet (we call it warnet) when I had one day vacation that my school give to students each month so they comeback to their hometown. I used the opportunity to look some warnet and couldnt find much except one that located in the city center. It was midnight and i drove with my bicycle rushing into the warnet for the first time. It was not common a teenager like me in the middle of night going to warnet where later the operator had that look confuse and suspicious to me, but still answered was there any space to use Internet when I asked about it.

I am pretty sure that in some years later, no one remember what warnet was and what it supposed for except for some images. So let me describe what was warnet in the dawn of speed information exchange. Its a place where you can rent and then use PC in order to get connected into Internet that mostly used for looking educational sources (sure, Qori... "educational"), chatting with random strangers on MiRc or Internet messenger service, checking e-mails and social media, or just having fun playing paid online games like Ragnarok or free one with shitty graphic but still fun and its called flash games. And dont think about downloading stuffs there. It takes almost one minute to load any sites and yeah you can figure it out for downloading any music or videos, but you can save images though, and importantly... its quite expensive.

So, there I was in one of box where there were others people minding their own business... while I was sitting in front of blank CRT monitor. I was confused and how to turn this  thing on. Duh, there is a button on monitor, so i pushed and expecting it will turn on. Yes. Its on, but still had nothing on it. I was confused and little bit scared because i thought i give this computer a virus. So, i went back to operator and told him that my pc was unable to turning on. I didnt want to see his face reaction, but he moved anyway into my box and then just like magic, he pushed a button in a box behind the desk. Its the PC case and hell yeah its finally on. He shrugged off and went away, so i continue staring the pc monitor. This time its billing that show how much hour that I was gonna spend. One hour was enough since I dont bring any much money.

And then... here the time. My first experience using PC and still confused how to connect it into Internet. All I saw were some icons and  that iconic green fields. Confused again, i went back to operator asking him how to open the Internet. This time, he look piss off because i knew that i disturbed his typing session. So he went into my box and innocently I asked him to show me the way. He just said, you open this "e" icon by clicking and then type www.yahoo.com, and that... you are finally on the internet, kid!

So, my friend that told my his experience using internet gave me some list of websites that i must input to see on this "e" window. I remember that two sites that he wrote in a piece of paper that i was holding now. One is mystery and spooky website where I can see ghost sightings in photos and the another one is just humour website with funny picture that were hardly considered as dankest internet meme today and also short jokes writing.

Wait Qori, thats it? How about you being honest... you were curious right? No that "educational" website that you friend bragged about? This is experience is bullshit if you dont browse that web.
Well actually, I was curious too... he mentioned some website where he saw human do human things and its called pornography. I wasnt brave enough to write the web adress and also... he said I can get more pc viruses that will broke the computer in freeze. Anyway... my billing time was expensive enought to continue, so I had no idea to turn of the Internet. So, I unplug the PC cable to shut down and ran over anxiously toward the operator. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Not stealing anymore...

There are anything that you can steal Internet, except a physical car. Starting this blog with the jargon that revolves around the net hopefully able to help me to finish this writing. I recently just bought (particularly) being in debt to afford decent CPU for multimedia editing with over $1000 budget. Its not replacing with my old PC that lays on the new PC. I use it for mostly for casual things like buying playing latest video games that I never could not afford before (where mostly I've got from torrenting). Suddenly, for several months, I can get decent and stable earning from real life job where the PC is likely to be my "prize".

Playing games becomes a thing that fills my break time that mostly at night where in the first place I suppose to start my project to be "productive" making review videos (halfway project that has been succeeded) and a new thing activity such podcasting. I am not pretty sure I can be more discipline in writing blog, but one thing for sure this is my attempt to write even though I have to forget that probably my writing skill is so basic. 

Asides paying more for budget PC, I bought some games occasionally on Steam. I didnt have a chance to collect games when I was kid or my teenage days. If people ask me what is the best escapism media have to offer for me nowadays, its playing (good) video game and learn many things from it. I realize, i dont get any cents from playing video games but considering it as entertainment. Its worth it and I am gonna write it about the enjoyment playing games with paying. 

Not only games, I wishlisted some softwares that I am going to buy for redeeming my stealing way because I have passive money on internet through multimedia work such as video producing on Youtube and still working on music project that I have to be intensify this year by taking serious course. One of the software that I want really hard is Vegas Pro (that I am sticking to master), i have various copies of many version but its pirated. When I found out that I can get Vegas with affordable price from one of dealer that has the copy with discount price. 

I forget for several months to continue editing project because playing games excessively is my main thing. So, i decided to buy the software with intention that I can appreciate it and also my hardworking job earning. 



Now I am going to play Paladins after 1gigabyte update.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Releasing Music on Spotify

Being serious in the music production hobby is my main goal to fill my part-time with easy-to-access technology and rig that everyone can take part of it. For 7 years of being amateur on music production but takes a little more effort into it such as buying some gears which I afforded by taking part time job that had nothing to do with music industry. Its pretty easy to become anything on the net, all you have to do type any subjects what you want on Youtube, get more serious and practice more. You can produce anything (and the result depends on how much hard-work you put in there).

I released more 50 electronic music  tracks along the seven year where half of my file projects were lost but the audio files were released and compiled into each album that I saved for archiving. For starter, my first release sounds really really bad with mediocre compositions and simple arrangement. Not something I regret because the way I learn from nothing and improve into something. So, currently... I am in the improving phase but there is something that I want to do with my music projects to get more serious where I just dont produce and release it over the Internet, expecting someone listens to my music for free. I want to get more broad audience and "sell" my music (the definition selling of music is probably will be next topic later).

So, my fb feed filled with audio gear and services ads like how to put your music into audio-digital store and stream-able into Spotify. I am avid-user of Spotify and putting my music there is not something free. So, I found a service called Tunecore on my facebook ads and try to figure it out how to upload music there. It wasnt free service apparently and requires around 50$ fee to release an album. Luckily enough, I have some balances on Paypal that I got from my Youtube channel and use it for paying the service. 

The technical method to upload music is not something easy to do, I managed to plan my latest album release (that I think passable enough to be called thematic album with decent composition by taking techno-house as main genre). The audio requires in high-quality format such .wav that must be converted through iTunes software. Once again, I am lucky enough my latest project release is not the one get deleted when my laptop disk broke. So, i have a little bit work to enhance the mastering production.

The album itself called Seventhouses (Its my seventh release) where I upload three years ago, my main reason to re-uploaded for getting more abroad listeners and get some earning for my part-time hobby. Seventhouses is something like a projection of local electronic scene (where it doesnt really exist except Funkot part that the audience just want to hear fast-faced tacky electronic mixed with dangdut basslinee and top 40's ripped sounds where DJ yells every names who are on drugs every single fucking time on the nearest club in my city.



Anyway, if you want listen some my electronic music works on Spotify, here is the embed-able that you can stream directly. Tbh, i released 2 months ago and yet, I dont know how much I will get from puting my music there, if you click play already. Thank you.
Link : https://open.spotify.com/artist/32X07d25DEBKsfs5XaR4vM

Friday, 24 March 2017

Building PC Gaming Master Race

I am probably too late to catch current trend in gaming culture, five years in college with old laptop while I watch lets play videos and play some casual online game like MOBA was regular thing I used to do. And seven years backward, I lived in a place where there was no real gaming activity besides trying to be more religious in religious school. 

The reason I like video game activity and its culture (i know its pretty general but I want to make some post that specify my definition of gaming later) is this is something like part of my escapism today and when I was younger. Maybe, my motivation to learn English came from video game (I remember when I try to translate some phrases on video game dialog and want to know the meaning of the plot. It was back when I cant afford to have console and watch some people play in public video game rental (this is something to post worthy).

Today, I am aware of technology and what it can offer toward the consumer of current gaming system that I can choose (when I was kid, I really want to have console like SNES or PSX. PC had double price than today and I was too afraid to have one because if you couldnt use it, it will infected your PC and blow). 

In 2008, dad bought me a pre-build PC as for my long-waiting gift. Its a time when I just barely knew a little bit about Internet and also dont know too much about how to understand pc works and its hardware until 2012 I took a course in PC building and repairing. (Its became my part-time job for additional bux).

Fast forward now, I can have my own stable job where I can afford more higher budget for my building better pc than I had before for music editing and rendering video (its just dualcore processor with shitty vga that basically used for daily entertainment and browsing. So, after many research and considerations to get better PC. I plan to build my own PC with more budget. Anyway, here the components I am using. 



Case : VGS 
Rp: 550.000

Motherboard : Asus H170 Pro Gaming
Rp. 2.580.000

#Ram 16gb (8x2) Avexir 
Rp. 1.050.000

Processor : i7 Lga 1150 Skylake 6700
Rp. 4.280.000

#VGA Asus GTX 1060 Strix Gaming  6gb
Rp. 5.250.000

#Cpu Cooler Gammax 400
Rp. 330.000

#Power Supply Corsair CXM 650 
Rp. 1.200.000

#HD 1tb WD  Black 
Rp. 1.190.000

#SSD Avexir 120gb
Rp 690.000

#Asus DVD RW 24F1ST OEM 
Rp. 180.000

#CM Pasta V1
Rp. 50.000

#HDMI Cable
Rp. 40.000

#Printer HP 2135 
Rp. 700.000

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Grand Total : 18.090.000 / $1500 (Estimation)
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I know its not reaching for ultimate PC gaming for sure I get decent PC to maintain my productivity besides gaming. I tried to run audio project with heavy loaded sample packs and premium VSTi's that ran on my old PC very lag and unplayable. With the rig I use, it runs flawlessly. 

Anyway, I dont really talk about the title about PC Gaming Master Race, maybe later. Its midnight and I need to sleep so that tomorrow I can get my earning while this pc gaming master race is my debt that probably I can pay in two - three months.