Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S Review

Well, I am a new Samsung Tab Pro S user and been using it for one month. I bought it on Currys PC High Street Kensington, London for £ 499. I bought an EJ-PW7000 pen for £ 40 to enable the note writing feature. Overall, the transition from using heavy ASUS A-42JR laptop to lightweight Tab Pro S has been a pleasant experience. I am using this tab as a productive tools, mainly for note taking during lecture, processing word and spreadsheet documents, also running some optimisaiton programs for coursework, and entertainment basic like video and musics. I have not tried to play any games but I think it would be only for some basic games, not the resource intensive one.

Why I chose this over Microsoft Surface Pro 4? and iPad Pro

The 2in1 tablet laptop market mainly dominated by microsoft surface as the premium product, as Samsung tried to penetrate the market in 2016 with Tab Pro S. I did not consider iPad Pro because I want Windows OS so it did not count in my consideration. Truthfully, I chose Tab Pro S because it was cheaper than the SP 4. Back there, with student discount of 10% reduction, I need to pay around £ 770 for the SP4 with keyboard (typecover) so around £ 200 difference between the two of them with the same specifications (I bought the Intel M3 processor by the way). As I always look at the value, for standard office and internet activities purpose the Tab Pro S will be better. Maybe if you are a graphic designer, SP4 is worth to consider. I noticed the pen sensitivity is better in SP4, the pen design is more comfortable thatn Samsung’s.

Another consideration is the battery; some review in the internet said that SP4 is not so good for its battery life. Even though the Tab Pro S is not so good also, but it is still better thatn SP4.

Minus points

  • AMOLED display is not as good as SP4’s super screen resolution but I think it is good enough for watching HD movies.
  • The monitor only has two angles, 15 degree or 75 degree. SP4 has adjustable agle for the monitor. Yeap, this it the biggest minus point of Tab Pro S in myh opininon.
  • No backlight keyboard, yeah sometimes it is matter.

Plus points!

  • No need to buy a case because the keyboard is bundled as a case for the whole tab, not like SP4 that you need to buy case protection to avoid scratch.
  • Easy handling, easy switch to tablet and laptop mode. Very mobile! You can just flip your laptop in 2 seconds and you are ready to go.
  • Windows 10! Windows 10 is the good improvement, I love how quick it is and love the cortana feature altough it is not as smart as Siri. Haha.

Yeap, that is what I can share right now after 1 month of using this convenient devices that had helped much during lectures and study activities. I hope this post can help you find the insight when considering to buy a 2in1 laptop which I think will be the mainstream laptop in the future. Cheers!

Tes Bebas TBC di RS Premier Jatinegara untuk Syarat Visa UK tahun 2016

Halo pembaca, sebagian besar dari kalian pasti belum pernah melakukan tes bebas TBC. Termasuk saya juga sebelumnya, yang terpaksa tes ini untuk prasyarat pengajuan visa Tier 4 ke UK. Dalam bayangan saya awalnya, tes bebas TBC yang seharga 690 ribu rupiah (17 Mei 2016) mencakup tes dahak dan sebagainya. Ternyata pada dasarnya tes anti TBC hanya terdiri dari foto rontgen thorax yang kemudian diamati oleh dokter ahli radiologi. Tes ini sebenarnya sudah pernah saya lakukan sebagai prasyarat mendaftar Beasiswa Pendidikan Indonesia – LPDP. Namun karena pihak imigrasi UK mensyaratkan tes dilakukan hanya di tiga rumah sakit Indonesia, RS Premier Bintaro, RS Premier Jatinegara, dan salah satu RS di Bali maka saya melakukan tes ulang.

Sebenarnya saya agak parno dengan tes ini, takut hasilnya menunjukkan positif laten TBC. Kakek saya pernah mengidap TBC sewaktu umur saya 8 tahun. Salah satu yang unik tentang tes TBC di RS Premier Jatinegara, satu hari setelah tes anda akan deg-degan menunggu hasil. Jika menerima panggilan telepon keesokan harinya, berarti anda dicurigai terjangkit TBC dan perlu pengecekan sputum atau dahak. Dan tes dahak bisa memakan waktu hingga berbulan-bulan karena spesimen dahak perlu dikembangkan secara ilmu mikrobiologi. Maka saran saya bagi yang ingin membuat visa UK, tes bisa dilakukan paling cepat 6 bulan sebelum keberangkatan. Karena sertifikat yang diterbitkan oleh RS Premier itu berlaku sampai 6 bulan setelah tes dilakukan. Biasanya universitas UK intake di bulan September sehingga dari bulan Maret dan April tes sudah bisa dilakukan. Hal ini juga perlu dilakukan untuk menghindari antrian pendaftaran di waktu-waktu padat pengajuan visa UK pada bulan Juni.

Berikut langkah-langkah dan tips jika anda ingin melakukan tes bebas TBC di RS Premier Jatinegara:

  1. Lakukan dulu booking melalui telepon 1500908 di bagian medical check up untuk tes TBC Visa UK. Dokumen yang perlu disiapkan adalah paspor asli yang masih berlaku dan pas foto 4×6 latar belakang warna biru. Usahakan datang jam 9 karena sistem menganut first come first serve. Semakin telat semakin lama anda menunggu.
  2. RS Premier Jatinegara dapat dijangkau dengan transportasi umum Commuter Line (turun di stasiun Jatinegara disambung dengan angkot biru ke arah Kampung Melayu) atau Transjakarta (turun di halte RS Premier atau Kampung Melayu) atau dengan layanan ojek online yang cepat dan nyaman.
  3. Sampai disana, langsung ambil nomor antrian di lobby sebelah kiri dari arah masuk. Ambil antrian untuk bagian medical check up. Setelah melakukan administrasi, anda akan disuruh untuk menuju lantai 7 (bagian medical check up).
  4. Hanya ada satu ruangan di lantai 7, langsung menuju ke ruangan sebelah kanan dari keluar lift untuk bertemu perawat dan menyerahkan berkas.
  5. Anda akan diminta untuk mengisi formulir dan kuesioner mengenai latar belakang dan riwayat TBC. Tidak banyak yang perlu diisi, hanya 10 menit dibutuhkan untuk mengisinya. Saat mengisi lembar sertifikat harus benar-benar teliti karena itu yang akan dicetak di sertifikat bebas TBC nantinya, jangan sampai ada kesalahan terutama nomor pasport.
  6. Tunggu panggilan untuk melakukan foto rontgen dan setelah selesai anda akan diminta menunggu sebentar untuk mengecek draft sertifikat apakah sudah sesuai atau belum.
  7. Setelah selesai anda dapat melakukan pembayaran. Anda akan diberikan souvenir dan bukti pengambilan sertifikat yang harus dibawa saat pengambilan.
  8. Jika hasil ingin diambilkan oleh orang lain, anda perlu membuat surat kuasa yang formatnya bisa diminta ke perawat. Orang yang mewakilkan hanya perlu membawa surat kuasa dan bukti pengambilan.
  9. Esok harinya berdoa agar anda tidak ditelepon pihak RS karena jika ya maka artinya anda perlu melakukan tes dahak karena ada kecurigaan TBC.
  10. Jika tidak menerima telepon, anda bisa mengambil hasilnya siang hari dari jam 12 sampai jam 3:30.

Sekian cerita dari saya, semoga bermanfaat untuk pembaca semua yang ingin melakukan tes TBC untuk syarat visa UK.

Ronald Sukianto

Becoming an Awardee of BPI LPDP PK-66

10th March 2016

It was a nerve wrecking moment for me. Right after my plane had landed on CGK airport around 9 PM, an email arrived from LPDP. LINE group suddenly full of both joy and sorrow, many of them were accepted and many were not. The flight attendants of CITILINK QG-833 had commenced all passengers to get off the airplane. I still remember the feeling of joy when I read my scholarship application was successful. The best feeling when you just arrived from your duty and got a jubilant news.

First of all, I like to tell about what is the scholarship about. The BPI (Beasiswa Pendidikan Indonesia) or the Indonesia Education Scholarship is a higher education scholarship program organized professionally by LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) or the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education. The scholarship aims for prospective future leader of Indonesia in several strategic fields such as Energy, Science, Food, Maritime, Law, Economics, Creative Industries, Medical and Health to pursue their Master or Doctorate education in top universities in Indonesia and overseas. The program is very popular, attracts thousands of applicant each batch. I enrolled for 1st batch of 2016, more than 1000 students were accepted for both overseas and domestic universities.

The idea of this kind of scholarship may be heard in some countries a long time ago, but first time in Indonesia. Demographics on 2045 tends to advantageous for Indonesia, but in the term of number. Making sure the bonus turn into advantages for Indonesia, this program intends to prepare future leader in several sectors through higher education funding. Strategic research also fostered by generous funding to prepare the economic boom in the next twenty years. I am feeling optimistic for this thought, Indonesia may be top country in economics in 2045.

PK (Persiapan Keberangkatan)

PK is more like Program Kepemimpinan (Leadership Program) for me. All of BPI awardee should attend this program to receive scholarship contract that funds their study. PK also one of the important thing that make LPDP distinct from other scholarship program. I found myself lucky to attend this program. Yet the program was very tiring but it was very worth valued. I got batch sixty six or the PK-66. We call ourself as the Laskar Dewantara. Inspired by the spirit of fostering Indonesian education inherited from National Heroes, Suwardi Suryaningrat or famously known as Ki Hadjar Dewantara. He was the founder of Taman Siswa, school for indigenous people in the era of Dutch colonialism. His famous proverbs could be seen in Indonesia Ministry of Education motto, Tut Wuri Handayani.

Laskar Dewantara consisted of best people from their fields all over Indonesia, Elementary school teacher, general practiticioner, university lecturer, foreign ministry staff, national development staff, private sector professional, humanity volunteer, social media consultant, NGO, veterinarian, spatial designer, researcher, lawyer, entrepreneur, dentist, to civil servants. This is the perfect networking program for future Indonesia professionals, entrepreneurs, and officials.

We can meet famous, cool-people-you-can-not-meet-unless-in-pk like Marty Natalegawa, Roby Muhammad, Butet Manurung, and many others. Marty Natalegawa was a foreign minister of Indonesia on SBY era, known as his eloquent and stylish manners. Roby Muhammad as I first knew his name and his face was actually very inspiring talker. I like his idea about passion is actually bullshit, nobody has only one passion in his life. Pursue what you’re interested in with your best effort and success might come. Well he proved that in his life journey, from physics graduate student to social network analyst. Butet Manurung, known for his activity in teaching indigenous people in the jungle with SOKOLA RIMBA.

My batch, PK-66 got the chance to do rafting as the outbond activity. Aside from inspirational and motivational from famous speakers, we also had outdoor activity for team building. Lucky for us, we got rafting at Paralayang River in Pangalengan, West Java. It was the best day of PK, having fun all day. In short, PK is one of the offering point of LPDP scholarship you should get.

Selection Process

Well, about the selection process I could not say much. The selection process was normal: Administration – Interview – FGD and essay writing. Notes for you that will undergo the process:

  1. Preparation is the king, Never attend the selection without proper preparation about knowing yourself and your study plan. The scholarship wants people who will come back to Indonesia with their knowledge, to build Indonesia. Make sure your plan in the future fits with this.
  2. Believe in yourself. You will meet highly competitive people in the selection with high achievement. No need to compare yourself to others, the only man you need to beat is your ego.
  3. LGD and Essay. I did not finish my essay back there. In LGD, I am one of the most ordinary contributor in the group. Do not concentrate too much in this section because it seems that they are giving less contribution than the interview.

Well, good luck for you all who intending to apply for LPDP scholarship!

Ronald Sukianto

PK-66 Laskar Dewantara

 

Sekolah Pasar Modal Bursa Efek Indonesia 2016

Hari ini tanggal 16 Maret 2016, saya berkesempatan untuk mengikuti sekolah pasar modal yang diadakan oleh BEI yang bertempat di gedung IDX SCBD Jakarta. Pendaftaran sekolah pasar modal cukup mudah, semua dilakukan online di Investar dengan sistem kuota per hari. Saya mengambil SPM tingkat 1 dan 2 dalam satu hari sekaligus dengan tujuan hemat waktu. Syarat mengikuti SPM tingkat 2 adalah sudah memegang SID (nomor tunggal investor pasar modal) yang sebenarnya pasti dibuat saat kita mengikuti SPM tingkat 1.

Pada batch saya, Danareksa adalah agen perusahaan efek yang ditunjuk oleh BEI untuk mendaftarkan para peserta SPM. Agen perusahaan efek adalah badan yang mengurus transaksi jual beli saham dimana kita sebagai investor saham adalah klien mereka, jadi setiap transaksi yang kita lakukan akan masuk beberapa persen sebagai komisi ke kantong agen. Ada puluhan agen perusahaan efek yang terdaftar di OJK, namun kebetulan saya mendaftar di Danareksa karena “paksaan” BEI. Kita juga perlu membuka rekening sumber dana investor, yaitu rekening tempat dana transaksi saham disimpan untuk keperluan transaksi jual dan beli saham. Rekening ini berbeda dengan rekening tahapan bank-bank biasanya. Beberapa bank yang memiliki layanan rekening sumber dana investor adalah BNI, BCA, Mandiri, dan Permata. Pada kesempatan ini kita “dipaksa” memilih Mandiri atau BCA karena hanya mereka yang bekerja sama dengan SPM.

Tingkat 1 secara umum membahas tata cara dan pengenalan berinvestasi di pasar modal. Keluaran dari tingkat ini adalah kita secara resmi terdaftar sebagai investor saham di BEI. Sedangkan SPM tingkat 2 lebih cocok untuk yang berminat menjadi trader saham yang mencari capital gain dari penjualan saham saat harga tinggi dan pembelian saat harga rendah. Tingkat 2 membahas analisis teknikal yang cenderung prediktif untuk melihat tanda-tanda kenaikan atau penurunan berdasarkan ilmu-ilmu statistika. Studi kasus di tingkat 2 cukup menarik, dimana kita diperlihatkan keandalan sejumlah metode statistik dalam memprediksi sinyal kenaikan atau penurunan harga saham IDX. Kasus batch kami adalah PT Jasamarga Tbk (IDX:JSMR) yang termasuk likuid karena harga sahamnya naik turun dalam waktu yang relatif singkat. Seperti yang saya bilang sebelumnya, analisis ini tidak cocok untuk investor jangka panjang yang mengendapkan sahamnya untuk jangka waktu yang panjang. Analisis yang cocok untuk investor jenis ini adalah analisis fundamental yang sayangnya tidak dibahas di tingkat 2 karena keterbatasan waktu.

Selain mengenai analisis saham dan pasar modal, ada juga pengenalan tentang KSEI dan KPEI. Intinya KSEI berperan sebagai penyimpan dan penyelesaian semua transaksi di pasar modal. Jual beli yang kita lakukan via broker harus divalidasi oleh KSEI agar settle, resmi secara hukum. Orang-orang KSEI bekerja sebagai bagian administrasi lah intinya.

Acara ini gratis tanpa biaya, namun untuk tingkat 1 kita diwajibkan menyetor 100 ribu rupiah yang akan digunakan sebagai modal awal kita di rekening dana untuk transaksi saham. Selama SPM, makan siang dan snack pagi dijamin ketersediaannya. Tempat seminar juga cukup nyaman, di dalam auditorium BEI yang lengkap dengan fasilitas audio dan video mutakhir. Jadi kesempatan ini sangat sayang untuk dilewatkan. Bagi siapapun yang memiliki waktu luang, ayo daftar SPM di IDX Jakarta untuk belajar berinvestasi!

BP Challenger Program 2014 Selection Process

BP or commonly mistaken as British Petroleum (they changed the name several years ago) is one of the oil company that has operation facility in Indonesia. They are commonly known for their gas facility in Tangguh, West Papua. From the information I got at the recruitment day at Institute of Technology Bandung back in March 2014, they were looking for many new graduate engineer to compensate their plan of Tangguh train expansion near in the future. Challenger Program for what they named it, is a more like management trainee program where fresh graduate engineer will have exposure of on the job working and numerous training to make them a globally competitive engineer in the future. On 2014 they opened almost for all position in engineering including drilling, completion, mechanical, electrical, process, petrophysic, and petroleum. On this post I will give a glimpse of BP’s selection process for Mechanical Engineer Challenger.

I attended BP’s campus recruitment day around March in 2014. Interested student could apply by drop their CV and the interview with HR will conducted directly afterwards in the afternoon. The campus recruitment day was very advantageous aside from the conventional process from BP’s brassring website.

Conventional:

Online apply – online aptitude test (Saville) – HR Interview – User Interview – Assessment Day

Campus day:

CV – HR Interview – online aptitude test – user interview- assessment day

Well, there is no difference on the process but the swapped online test – HR interview. But that was really matter. FYI, BP hired Saville Consulting for the aptitude test. But the Saville aptitude test was hard and very competitive. The time available was very-very lacking. Sure they want to get the engineer who can think fast under pressure using this test. Shortly, it was very hard to be outstanding in the online test. But if you attend the campus day, you will be getting a HR interview first. If you had a good interview session, you will considered even you just got average mark in the aptitude test. True story. Been there before, and I got lucky to passed the aptitude even with my moderate mark. Be sure to participate in the campus recruitment day!

The process

  1. HR Interview

On this interview I faced two assessor, one HR team and one Mechanical Engineer which just graduated from the Challenger program. Interview. We talked about my activities and achievements in college and none of technical related question.

  1. Saville Online Test

There were three assessment; diagrammatic, verbal reasoning, and numerical. Time was very restricted so fast and steady internet connection really needed. Google saville online test about the image of question will be asked.

  1. User Interview

Because I applied for Mechanical Static Engineer, the question asked are none other about heat exchanger. They do need a lot of heat exchanger on gas facility. My tips, study about Air Cooled Heat Exchanger because we will talked about that specifically in the interview. You can easily study it in Hewitt’s book about Process Heat Transfer. Air cooled heat exchanger are used for cooling the gas after compression, or so said as intercooler. When I missed with some answer I did not know, Mr. Wisnu (the user) gave a little lecture about heat exchanger. How to accommodate the tube expansion, increasing heat transfer coefficient without cost, and many practical information about engineering works in the real world. I got so much new knowledge and just knew about the spiral heat exchanger type used in LNG industry. What a great interview!

  1. Assessment Day

In the evening after user interview I got a call from HR that I passed to the assessment day section. User interview on Wednesday and assessment day held on next Friday. Such a fast recruitment process due to urgent needs for new engineer for upcoming expansion project. On Thursday evening we met with other assessment day participates and given accommodation by BP. Lodging place provided in Mercure Hotel, TB Simatupang, Jakarta. We also given information about what will we faced on the assessment day and how to prepare it. There was also a presentation for user about the benefits and what will you get when work at BP. There were total of 9 persons competing in assessment day, 3 mechanical, 3 electrical, and 3 chemical engineer for process. That was for Global Project Operation and still a lot from other division (Global Operation and others).

What is assessment day?

It was my first time attend an assessment day for job recruitment purpose. Assessment day is a day or more day where employee candidate will be assessed thoroughly about their likeability to perform well on work. Many test provided on the assessment day(s) ranging from interpersonal skills, communication skills, arguing a opinion, critical thinking under pressure and many others. (Source: googling). But for BP’s I got only 3 activities: FGD, Case Interview, and Personality Interview.

1. FGD

Topics discussed on the FGD was technology to be used on offshore drilling facility. We are given many alternatives within in the case paper and some times to read and think. Then we have to discuss within our group which one will we choose. At the end of the discussion, one voice is expected from the result of team’s discussion. Clue: you have to choose between flare or gas pipeline, conventional drilling or hi-tech drilling, water injection or treatment facility, and others I do not remember. You are in the point of oil company and you have to choose the alternatives which most probably benefitting for the operation. There were no right or wrong answer, as long you have reasonable reason with your choice. At the end of the discussion, we were expected to present our conclusion to assessors.

2. Case Interview

In this interview you had to choose between to alternatives. There were two choices of prospective well location, one is a conflict area in Africa and the other is a relatively safe location somewhere in East Europe. Each of them had their own pros and cons. There were should not be a absolute true answer on this. I chose the conflict area back then whereas other participates had the safe location as their answer. Just ready to prepare your argument on defending whatever your choice of alternative.

3. Personality Interview

This sounded like a normal HR interview but more meticulous. Some questions like how to solve a problem, facing conflict, communication style were asked.

Even I did not pass the assessment day, I still got much valuable experience from it. The assessment day gave a brief description about the working atmosphere of real world. For those who has not heard about assessment day before, I expect this post kind of helpful to you.

Good luck.

Emergency Response for Soaked Blackberry

My Blackberry Curve 8250 or Gemini so it’s called, have had many times of error and abrupt shutdowns condition. In my personal opinion, Blackberry has splendid toughness of harsh condition. I am not a neat person who cares about his phone nicely. My Gemini had already more than three times of water incident, when water perspire into the phone because I have no side casing. It was truly my fault though. After those incidents I always found the same problems occured, my blackberry keyboard is not working albeit power is still on. Even though the phone turned on with no problem at all, still I can’t navigate the phone because the keytone is not responding. After Googling for certain same cases, I founded the fact that blackberry could has Moisture Attack. Blackberry will not responding any keyboard input because there is certain amounts of moisture inside it. I was so desperated that time because I lost my only one phone back there, I was thinking about buying a new phone. Then, suddenly the idea emerged! Here was the idea:

If you are asians, you eat this everyday. This is rice grain, which if cooked will turned to rice. Rice is a primary carbohydrates sources. Among all characteristics of rice, one will be used for this emergency action. Rice has capability to absorb moisture from nearby sorroundings. This is same effect as using desiccant (silica gel is the most popular) for drying purpose. Let’s go to the steps:

1. Open casing, remove the battery of your blackberry.
2. Prepare a sufficient amounts (a quarter kilograms is more than enough) of rice enclosed in proper container.
3. Just put the naked blackberry inside the container, above the pile of rice.
4. Take some time (for me I leave it for a night) for the drying process.
5. Voila! After some time, you can check that your BB is working again! That means the moisture has already sucked by the rice.

Congratulations! Now you can cooked your rice!