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Ivan Yudhi
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Why I Use Google+

Well, one of the reasons anyway. We often see articles by so called 'experts' claiming that Google+ is a ghost town. As someone that has been using the platform since beta, I can't share that sentiment. I've met so many awesome people in here, online and offline. It's quite influential that a big percentage of my life actually revolve around the platform. This is something that I can't replicate in other social platforms. This is a brief recap of my offline experience recently.

It's been about a month since I returned from my trip to Indonesia, Singapore, and a short layover in Tokyo. Every time I go out of town/country, I like to contact a few people that I regularly interact on G+. See if they want to meet up for a coffee or just hang out. Below you can find a brief story about how I started my interaction with them, and my experience of meeting these amazing individuals.

Tokyo
I first interacted with +Hitoshi Mitani within the Android Collectibles community here in G+. He buy blank Android minis and customize them with his creation, usually in limited quantities. I told him before my trip last year that I would be be in Tokyo for a short layover, and ask him if I could personally pick up the Kit Kat Android mini he was selling. So I met him for lunch.. He was also kind enough to show me where to find some exotic flavor Kit Kats and took me around town. If you're into Android mini, make sure to follow him to follow his creations.

Jakarta
+Yansen Kamto and I have known each other since early last year in G+. We both added each other, but we didn't talk much. Most of the time we just coolly plus one each other's post. In real life it's probably the same as two guys passing each other saying 'sup' and nothing else. He was coming to SF from Jakarta for a conference last year and asked me if I'm interested in meeting up. It turns out that he's doing a lot of projects that I'm also interested in. When I was in Jakarta he invited me to visit his communal working space and talk with a few startups. He also invited me to give a talk about Google Glass to a bunch of people. 

I know +Irvan Putra and +Adi Wahyu Pribadi from the IT Indonesian Community in G+. Living in US for so long, I don't really know anybody on the tech community in Indonesia. The community is pretty engaging and they sometime do meetups, whether it's in real life or using video Hangouts. I was able to met both of them one evening for a small and meetup while I was in Jakarta. It was quite a short meeting, but we had a great time trading ideas and knowledge. Hopefully next time I'm in Jakarta we can have a bigger meetup. 

Singapore
I always like to tell the story about how I met +Evan Sidarto. He's my first HIRL (Hangout In Real Life), when the concept of HIRL wasn't that common yet. This was way back in December of 2011, when I was working from Singapore. Bored, I opened my tablet and start browsing G+ posts using the 'Nearby' feature. It basically showed the posts that are tagged with locations around my area. I happened to see Evan's post and wrote some comments. He quickly noticed from the mutual friend list that I know his coworker in Mountain View, and his brother in law that went to the same school as I did.Now, whenever I'm in Singapore I always contact him to see if he can grab some dinner or just hangout.

I know +Daniel Foo. around the same time as Evan through G+, but we didn't meet until about a year ago. He's an avid cyclist and foodie. Although not very active in G+ these days. he still drop by once in a while to my posts. When I eventually met him, he took me to a bike rental to explore the city. Singapore is a beautiful city, but it's quite more fun to see if while biking. We were going to go again on my last trip, but I got sick and had to cancel. He is actually in San Francisco right now for work, and we've been having great time going around the city and biking and Golden Gate park.

I can't recall how I started interacting with +Wilfrid Wong and +Cynthia Arianto. Somehow we just added each other and started talking to each other. It's probably sometime when Diablo 3 was launched. Wilfrid and Cynthia are both passionate gamers. Wilfrid even helped me a few times when we play Diablo 3 and Marvel Heroes. I've met them a few times during my visit to Singapore, and on my last visit they took me hiking. I told my friends and family about it and they were surprised that you can actually hike in Singapore. Definitely a fun experience. 

Same with +Alihana Md. Salleh. I couldn't recall when we start interacting with each other, but she's probably one of the most friendliest person I've met so far (not only on G+). I've met her a few times during my visit to SG, and she always have exciting stories to share. She's also a very active Ingress player. Too bad we're on different faction :)

I didn't realize it was going to be this long. I tried to make it shorter, but I feel every single sentences are important to express how I feel about them, and about G+ in general. I consider myself an introvert, and don't usually like to meet with strangers. These people I mentioned above weren't strangers even before we meet in real life. I've been following them on G+ beforehand, so there was no sense of awkwardness when we finally meet n person. Having common interests definitely help. It's definitely a new experience and out of my comfort zone. 

But I can definitely get used to it. 

 Tagging a few people that might be interested:
+Vic Gundotra +Dave Besbris +Adam Lasnik +Guy Kawasaki +Elisa Samantha Tobing +Eunike Kartini 

An article for +Ziliun maybe +Putri Izzati ? :)
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Totally agree! Thanks for sharing +Ivan Yudhi​
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Amazon Echo - First impression

So I finally received my Amazon Echo last Friday. I've been reading mixed reviews about it, but I decided to get it anyway since I'm that curious (and 50% discount from MSRP).

I wasn't expecting much of it after my experience with Fire TV. Don't get me wrong, Fire TV is not a bad device, but it's also not mind blowing.

Amazon Echo, on the other hand, is.

Setting up was quite a breeze, and it didn't take long to get used on the commands. You have no idea how nice it is to wake up in the morning, say "Alexa, play imported playlist in shuffle mode" and have the device start playing songs. Is it necessary? No. But it's convenient.

I also got my Philips Hue Lux lamp in the mail today. With a simple setup, I can easily say "Alexa, turn on lux lamp" after coming back from work, and it will turn on the lamp on my bedroom.

Honestly, those two things are the only features I've been using so far. I can ask simple questions like "Alexa, where am I?", "Alexa, who's the President of the United States", or even asking it to tell a joke "Alexa, tell me a joke", but they're more of novelties, something that you'll ignore pretty soon.

I don't think the ability to turn on music and light by voice command will get old anytime soon.

The only drawback right now is that everything only works with Amazon ecosystem. I had to upload my songs again to Amazon Music so i can play them through Alexa. Not holding by breath for Google Play support anytime soon though.

Another thing is that currently there are only two wake works - 'Alexa' and 'Amazon'. Hopefully there will be a way to change it into something else in the future. I want to change my wake word to 'Jarvis' so I can feel like Iron Man :)

For those of you that already have an Amazon Echo, what do you guys think? For those that haven't, are you interested in getting one?
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+Daniel Foo Yes :)
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Are you going to I/O?

Not me. Well, as of now anyway.

I don't think the registration was handled properly this year. Invites should be locked to your email, and payment info should be collected when you put your name in for lottery (to prevent multiple entries). Failed payments should result in tickets being put in the pool for second wave.

Communication could be better as well. There's no reason to keep people waiting for two days after invites being sent just to let us know that we're being rejected. That gave an impression that there will be waves (and hope).

I also feel the system is easily abused this year. I could have asked my friends or coworkers that don't care about going to I/O to register, and then transfer the invite to me if one of them got it. But I didn't.

I'll still try to look around for ways to get tickets, but if that doesn't work, I/O Extended should be fun.

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So, you found a way in then?
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Color Me Rad

Yup. This is about to happen.
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:D :D :D
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Tennis with Chromecast

Anyone tried Motion Tennis Cast yet? It enables you to play virtual tennis in your living room with Chromecast (no rain delay!). For those of you that have played the tennis game on Nintendo Wii will be familiar with this. The only difference is that you use your phone as a racket instead of the Wii controller.

I tried playing a few sets and it worked quite well. It didn't manage to register my forehand/backhand correctly at times (I'd say 50% accuracy), but I was always able to hit the ball whenever I want to. That's good enough for now I guess.

Check out the game in the Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rolocule.motiontennis
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There is a multiplayer against AI where you try to outscore people in your Facebook or G+ social graph. The Android Wear support will be awesome. :)
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Happy Ultimate PI day! 3/14/15 9:26:53

Well at least if you're using American timing convention and omitting the 20 in 2015. I tried posting this earlier this morning at the exact time (PDT) but failed miserably, so trying this again in the PM. Good thing we don't use the 24 hour time convention :)

This photo was taken this past week with my coworkers. It's part of the video our marketing team made to celebrate this year's historic PI day. Have a look when you have a chance, they really did a great job :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ab5H3cCqJk

Can you spot me in the pic?
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I was wearing white +Trish Whetzel​ :)
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Meet the Glass penguin

My +Google Glass Android mini family just increased by one :) Once I found out about this design I just knew I had to get one. Most of you already know how passionate I am about Glass, so this shouldn't really be a surprise. 

Definitely one of my favorite designs :)
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Haha maybe sometimes +Daniel Foo 
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Ramen Yu-Gen

Just got back from this amazing ramen/izakaya joint in Mountain View. It's not that often ramen shops serve pork belly as one of the condiments, and it was delicious. The pork slices were juicy and the egg has runny yolk inside. Just the way I like it. Portion is just about right.

Maybe it's the cold weather (by California standard), but I'm very impressed. Definitely recommended and I'll be coming back. Thanks +Eddie Rodriguez for the recommendation :)

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+Arlen Tsao It was!
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Project Tango tablet for $512

Project Tango tablet is now available for purchase at $512. The device was released last year for whitelisted account at $1024. It was originally sold as is without warranty, but now it comes with 1 year limited warranty.

If you have some ideas or applications but thought the original price was too high (or afraid with the the as is policy),  this is definitely something to consider.

Who's planning to get one?
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I'm mildly curious about Jolla. But it's only available in Europe +Michel Alexandre Salim ?
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Color Run - Aftermath

Had an great time today at Color Run. What a way to start Saturday morning. Overall there were less people compared to last year's but we still had plenty of fun.

Hopefully we'll get more people to join us next year :)

Oh yeah, this will be a yearly thing.

With +Kimberly Ann Graham +Libby Chang +Andy Kwan +Nick Moline +Barbara Moline +Aiman Farooq (and missing +Keith Achorn )
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+Color Me Rad​ is a great time!! You all look great!
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What's your comfort food?

I had a very light lunch today, so decided to get an early dinner after work. This is my favorite comfort food at a diner near where I live.

Spaghetti and meatballs with garlic toast. Nothing fancy, but really hits the spot after a long week. It comes in smaller portion too so it's perfect when you try to do portion control.

+FoodFriday by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Jenn Oliver 
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With pork belly.....
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I just played Final Fantasy XV!

Just curious if there are any Final Fantasy fans here. I just finished playing the Final Fantasy XV demo that you can only get by purchasing the recently released Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

This game has been in development for close to 10 years now surrounded by controversies and team member changes. I savored the demo over 3 days (got it early on Monday night) and I'd say it has a lot of potential. It left me wanting for more.

Really hoping they're doing it right when it's actually released.

Whenever that is.
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+Pratik Parija Ohh okay. That''s good then. I hope they do something more interactive with the camping... it'll be sad if the only times you see the characters talk during camp if its part of a cut scene.
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Who I am

I'm a Field Service Engineer / System Integrator working for a tech company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm originally from Indonesia have been living in US for quite a while.

Why I should be in your Circle

I consider myself a power Google+ user with a broad interest in many things. You could put me in the following circles category

  • Glass Explorer: Don't worry, you won't find any empty #throughglass posts from me. As an early adopter of Google Glass from June 2013, I've been using the device passionately and challenging every aspects of it. The cool part of being an Explorer is that I get to meet a bunch of other people from different backgrounds.
  • Tech Enthusiast: Many people consider me a die hard Google fan. The truth is, I use whatever works for me, and it just happens most of them are Google products. You will see posts regarding tech news if I find it interesting (Google / non-Google)
  • Traveling: I travel a quite often around US for my work. Whenever I find something interesting, I'd like to share it on my stream. Sometimes I get to travel overseas, whether for work, vacation or visiting families, so expect a lot of stories from those trips as well.
  • Photography: I admit, I rely mostly on Google Glass and my Nexus 5 quite a lot to that photos these days. I used to be pretty serious about photography in the past, even got the pleasure of shooting for a friend's wedding. I don't really do much of those anymore, but I'm starting to get back in the action with the arrival of Fuji X100S and Sony Alpha 7. Paired with some Eye Fi cards, you're guaranteed to see more and more photos shared from these cameras. I'm also a curator for the FisheyeFriday photography theme here in Google+
  • Sports: I've become a fan of San Francisco 49ers since moving to the Bay Area, but my true allegiance stays with Indianapolis Colts, where I used to stay for quite a while. I'm also a big tennis fan, and I have attended some Grand Slams tournament like Australian Open and Wimbledon. But in general, I just follow most major sports in general.
  • Local City Expert: The title of City Expert is given to those that have written 50 reviews in Google Local and opted from the program, but I like to consider anyone that enjoy finding new, cool spots in the city a City Expert. I'm a City Expert for San Francisco Bay Area, so I like to share some cool places I discover. Mostly restaurants, so expect of plenty of food photos. I'm also a regular contributor to the #FoodFriday theme here in Google+
  • Android/Glass Developer: Ever since I got Glass, I've been trying to go back into the programming world. I've tried to develop simple apps for Glass, Android and Wear. I've been trying to talk to as many people as possible, attending workshops, events and such, and I share my experience from time to time.
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A buzzer. An advertiser. SEO. None of these applies to me. Everything I write is purely my opinion and doesn't represent anybody else. I don't do this for the money. I do this for the sake of meeting and engaging other people with the same interest.

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You can follow me if you like good stories. If you look at my public posts in my stream, I never really share empty posts. I will make sure people can learn something by reading my stories, as I would get the same from the people I follow.

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One of my friends in London took me here when I went there for Wimbledon last month. My first impression: I've never had to line up.. I mean.. queue for 45 minutes to an Indian restaurant. 'This better be good' I told him. And it was good! My friend told me (who's Indian), that he knows the owner, and the idea is to create a fancy/hip Indian restaurant, while still keeping traditional Indian dishes. I foolishly asked if they serve Chicken Tikka Masala, which is actually not an Indian food, but a dish created in UK. Not surprisingly they didn't have it. So my friends ordered us some food. He asked whether I want something usual or something different. Of course I told him I want something different. I can't really remember the names, but from five dishes we ordered, three of them I have never seen before, and they were all good. It's a bit pricey indeed, but if you want good quality Indian food, you can't go wrong with Dishoom.
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I was craving pasta and randomly found this place near my work. So apparently they're selling pasta and Indian food. I was hoping to see some fusion food maybe like spaghetti with curry sauce, but that doesn't exist. They basically serve regular pasta dishes like spaghetti marinara, fettucine alfredo, and a few selection of Indian curry. I ordered the fettucine alfredo with chicken. It didn't take them a long time to cook the food. I got it to go. The sauce is a bit too strong for my taste though. The food itself is nothing special, but definitely not bad. I can't say I would 100% recommend this, but if you're in the area and bored of other alternatives, might be worth a shot to try.
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They claimed that they don't pre cook their meat. I'm not yet convinced, but that can't deny the fact that they serve good food. I went in today for lunch and ordered their beef brisket with BBQ beans and cornbread on the side. I was asked whether I want the lean or fatty or mixed. I chose fatty, and it's delicious. I'm also a fan of the BBQ beans. It has this sweet, tangy taste. The owner of place went around the restaurant asking everyone about their food. It seems that he cares a lot about customer's satisfaction. Overall a very good experience and I'll be back.
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I usually go through Narita airport whenever I'm passing through Tokyo. This last trip though, I had a chance to visit Haneda airport, and boy it's so much more fun than Narita airport. It's practically located in the city, so instead of paying 2000-3000 yen for bus/ train ticket, I only had to pay about 700 yen for a monorail to Tokyo station. There are many interesting attraction and shops as well outside the security gate. I know some people that come to the airport just to enjoy these attractions even though they're not flying. Kids will love this place. There's a place with rc car tracks, Hello Kitty store, flight simulator and a few other stuff. Hey, even I enjoyed it! They have many restaurants from ramen, sushi, yakiniku, and Japanese influenced Western food. Very convenient. There's also a hotel that let you stay for a few hours. Perfect during those long layovers, but not that long to go outside. I will try to plan my trip to pass through this airport again in the future if possible.
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Just another American style eatery. I remember going there with my friend since we got bored with everything else in the area. The atmosphere was cozy and family friendly. Be mindful when dining during weekends since it will definitely be crowded with long lines. The food is alright. Not a big fan but also not bad. It wouldn't hurt to try but I guess it's not really my favorite.
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A good place to have lunch. Although a bit expensive, their seafood sandwich uses real crab meat and taste delicious. I tried the tri tip sandwich earlier today for lunch and it comes with sauteed red onion. Delicious. Granted, in general the food isn't exactly the cheapest in the world, but you can tell they pick their ingredients carefully. You get a side of potato salad as well on the side with your sandwiches. They also serve pastries and different kind of coffees too if you want to go for breakfast.
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So first thing first. That green powder you see at the table? Yeah those aren't seasoning. It's actually macha (green tea) powder that you can make yourself with the provided hot water. I saw some tourists smothered the powder on the sushi and didn't have the heart to tell them. On to the restaurant itself. It's basically a sushi served on the conveyor belt. Do not get fooled though, the quality is still better than most sushi you find anywhere else outside Japan. They don't put everything on the belt though. If you want to order the fatty tuna or other high end sushi you will need to order to the chef. Everything is in Japanese, so what you need to do is look at the bigger menu with photos, match the number with the smaller menu where your write your order quantity. Reasonable price too and delicious. Definitely worth going in early to the airport to dine in first. Highly recommended!
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