Android App Review: TASKER

I’ve been using a new android application named Tasker. As it name says, this app is related with some user tasks. Specifically, this app can automate tasks which are usually set manually by user. There are 2 main parts of this app, first is Profile and second is Tasks. Profile is set of conditions to be fulfilled before executing tasks. Let’s take a look at one of my Profile.

My profile name: LOW Battery
Context: My battery level is between 0 and 5
Tasks name: Save Battery
Actions:
– Auto Brightness = off
– Display Brightness = 0
– Display Timeout = 15 seconds
– Max CPU frequency = 800000Hz
– Send SMS to my wife = (auto SMS) Low Battery. Please contact the other phone
– Speak text = “Warning, Low Battery”

The set of action will be executed when my battery level is between 0 and 5. The problem is, my phone still retains the condition even though I charged my phone and my battery level is above 5. In this case, we can put something called Exit Task.

Tasks name: Normal Battery
Actions:
– Auto Brightness = On
– Display Timeout = 1 minute
– Max CPU frequency = 1000000Hz
This will be my phone default state when its battery between 6 and 100.

This app quite useful in case of automate some tasks. Of course, you can use your creativity and make cooler profiles and tasks for your phone.

*You can get this app for US$2.99 from Google Play Store.

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Several Things about Ironman 3

*warning, spoiler alert!!*

Last night I watched Ironman 3. I expected much from this movie as the first superhero movie in 2013. Well, I disappointed since there are many unsatisfying things for me there.

  • I watched the 3D version, but I saw nothing special on it. No flying bomb, no arrow (of course, because there’s no Hawkeye), no 3D interaction between the actors and the viewers. The movie’s depth and scenery is in 3D, but just a normal 3D. Not as 3D as ‘Life of Pi’ or ‘Avatar’. For me, they failed to make use the 3D technology.
  • I don’t like the new suit. Okay, tony has many suits. But for me, as a conservative superhero lover, his red-orange suit is the best. And of course I don’t like Iron Patriot. War Machine is much cooler and stronger, not only because of the name, but also the suit color.
  • Too many suits. Tony made many suits, he saved them in the basement of his bombed house, and somehow all suits were saved from the attack. And guess what, in the end, all of them were resurrected at once.
  • Cast off, cast off, and cast off. Tony took of his suit uncountable times. Well, it shows how genious he is in making all that thing possible.
  • Jarvis evolved too much. Jarvis, which already a genious computer in the previous movies, suddenly became a super power genious extraordinary computer in this movie. He can control everything, including all suits. But sadly, he can’t protect Tony’s house from Mandarin’s attack
  • Even though it is Ironman movie, not War Machine, I think they should put more role for him (War Machine / Iron Patriot). Not only as trojan horse to kill the president and his savior also

On the other hand, the things that I like are:

  • Gwyneth Paltrow in sport bra. How sexy and athletic she is.
  • Amazing computer vision technology
  • ‘Mandarin’

There is also a link between this movie with Avengers, but there’s no clue of Avengers 2 (I can’t see Nick Fury etc.). Well, from all the things above, let me give 6.5-7 for Ironman 3.

RAW dan Smackdown

Masih segar dalam ingatan saya, kira-kira 10-12 tahun lalu, saat saya masih di SD, RCTI untuk pertama kalinya menayangkan acara WWF Smackdown. Pada saat itu ramai pula berita tentang anak yang patah tulang atau bahkan meninggal karena mencoba meniru gerakan-gerakannya. Saya dan teman-teman pun tidak ketinggalan tren saat itu. Saat istirahat, kami yang pada mulanya adalah murid-murid manis dan pendiam pun berubah menjadi superstar (sebutan pemain) Smackdown. Ada yang menjadi The Rock, Stone Cold, Hulk Hogan, Rikishi, dll. Akan tetapi nampaknya kami cukup pintar untuk tidak meniru gerakan-gerakan mereka secara utuh, terbukti tidak ada kejadian patah tulang dll, paling parah hanya kesakitan karena dipukul.  Satu hal lagi yang saya suka dari acara ini adalah soundtrack dan theme song untuk masing-masing superstar. Sampai-sampai saya mendownload beberapa lagunya dan memainkannya di MP3 player.

Ah iya, bagi yang belum tahu, WWF (World Wrestling Federation) telah berganti nama menjadi WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) beberapa tahun yang lalu. Seperti namanya, acara ini adalah murni hiburan. Segala macam kekerasan dan gerakan-gerakan ajaib serta berbahaya yang dilakukan oleh para superstar sudah dilatih sebelumnya. Oleh karena itu, acara ini selalu menyebutkan slogan ‘Dont Try This at Home, School, or Anywhere’ di setiap penayangannya. Apa menariknya acara ini? Memang seluruh cerita, gerakan, dan mungkin kata-kata setiap superstar sudah dipersiapkan sebelumnya. Hal ini bisa dibilang sa,a seperti menonton sinetron ataupun film. Namun bagi saya sendiri, konflik-konflik dan cerita yang ada di sini jauh lebih menarik dibandingkan sinetron-sinetron (maaf) pasaran di Indonesia yang ceritanya hanya seputar itu-itu saja.

WWE sendiri membagi acaranya menjadi 2 macam, yaitu RAW dan Smackdown. RAW diadakan setiap Senin malam, sedangkan Smackdown diadakan setiap Jumat malam. Dulu, superstar hanya bisa tampil di RAW ata Smackdown saja, akan tetapi sekarang mereka boleh tampil di lintas acara.

Siapa saja superstar yang ada saat ini? Kita tidak akan menemukan Rick Flair, Hulk Hogan, Mike Foley, Stone Cold, Batista, Bobby Lashley, Shawn Michaels, dkk. Mereka sudah terlalu tua dan memutuskan untuk pensiun dari dunia WWE. Sebagai gantinya, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Santino Marella, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, dan R-Truth menjadi superstar WWE saat ini. Tidak ketinggalan, superstar lama seperti Big Show, John Cena, Triple H, dan bahkan Brock Lesnar pun masih ada di acara ini.

Well, saya hanya menyarankan bagi siapapun yang bosan dengan sinetron-sinetron dan film, serta ingin melihat hiburan yang unik, silakan menonton WWE. Hampir seluruh episode ada di youtube, cukup cari WWE RAW atau WWE Smackdown di kotak pencarian, dan selamat menyaksikan.