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So, I've got my hands on Aukey Ora WD-06 lens kit. It is a combination of macro lens and wide angle lens. Unlike the far more expensive Moment lenses, it doesn't need any special case to attach to your phone. The kit features a clip-on design, so it will work on most smartphones. Just clip it on top of your phone's camera lens, and you are ready to shoot. Make sure to position the lens properly for the best result. To switch from wide angle to macro lens, simply unscrew the wide angle part of the lens.

Aukey Lens is considered one of the best, if not the best, budget lens kit for smartphones. It retailed at $29.99 on Amazon (as of February 9, 2020), and is rated to have excellent price vs performance ratio. Along with the lenses, the professional looking cardboard package comes with an EVA pouch to store and carry the lens, a DSLR-style lens cap, a microfiber cloth to clean the lenses, and a plastic clip to attach the lens to smartphone. The lenses are made from high quality glasses and aluminum. The lens kit definitely has nice build quality. So, let's see how it makes differences to mobile phone photography.
Mobile phone, and especially smartphone photography, has come a long way since its inception. With the likes of Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and Apple iPhone, it takes a little effort to capture share-worthy photos. One may even dare to say that it is hard to take bad photos these days. The quality of photos taken by mobile phone can often be undishtinguishable from those taken with 'real' camera.
So, is it an exaggeration to say that mobile phones these days can replace your DSLR camera? Whoops, don't take it that far.

No matter how good a phone camera is, those mirrorless and DSLR cameras still have some edges. One of them is the versatility of having interchangeable lenses.
Many phones these days come with multiple cameras, but you will still be limited to those built into them. And we should also mention that one of the best phone series for photography, Google's Pixel phones, up to this year's Pixel 3a, only offer single back camera.
15 months, yeah. And even closer to 16 XD
You may not even remember it, but I mentioned on an earlier entry that I would tell more about my experience on upgrading my machine with a Solid-State Drive (SSD) after spending more times using it.
And, yeah. Then over 15 months passed XD

The SSD I got is Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB. It's powered by 3D V-NAND Technology and comes with 5 year limited warranty.
The package includes:
  • the SSD unit
  • Installation Guide
  • Warranty Statement Summary
  • One-stop Install Navigator Manual & Software CD

I simply enjoyed my experience with the SSD and then forgot to write about it XD
Really, even after all those months, it turned out that I don't have many of things to tell.
That's it: I simply enjoy it.
Things got really smoother and faster. Even LibreOffice that used to take a long time to start with hard disk drive, now starts up really nice and fast.
Okay, that was sad :(
My Ubuntu Touch device, a Nexus 4, suddenly behave strangely. It suddenly restarted, and continuously rebooting. Practically becomes unusable. It seems to become worse as it can't even boot for long, only reaching the Google logo before turning off again (and not restarting). I booted into recovery mode, wiped the cache partition, but it didn't solve the problem. I then planned for a factory reset, but first, I need to recover my data first. I found an instruction on TechGlen, but sadly it doesn't clearly tell us how to get the location of the user data that needs to be mounted so that we can backup the contents. After some more googling, I got the clue from Stack Exchange. So, here's how to do it, as a note for myself, or in case someone needs it.
Subete wo hakaishi, subete wo tsunage.
Decade's journey through the worlds continues. And this time, he happened to come to a world that's really different from anything he's seeh before.

You know you won't mess with her. You just know.

Okay. One thing that I was kinda disappointed from Miku's Figma 2.0 is that it doesn't include her leek! :/
If Miku's got her leek, she won't need to summon Shadow Moon and Mashin Chaser to beat the pulp out of Decade. Maybe :p
However, it as a whole is a nice package :)
Hi :)
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus was released some days ago, April 21, 2016. I replaced my laptop hard disk drive with a Solid State Drive (SSD), and installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on it. Hmm, well, I'll tell you more about the SSD later in another post, after I get more experiences in using my upgraded machine :)
For now, I'll just make some notes on the software-side, especially on the web development stuffs.

Of course, I needed to resetup my local server that I use to develop my websites before uploading them to the webhost.
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS comes with MySQL 5.7 and PHP 7. They bring many changes, and some of them are.. well, honestly, troublesome.
It was last Sunday. I was just about to post a new weekly recap for Proto Blast, when I realized that upforward can't be accessed. What happened? I can open my other site (Ubuntu Klik!), though. So I logged in to the web host's member area, and found this crazy thing:

Cancelled for Abuse.
What? Really?! How come? I didn't think I abused anything, and even worse, I had't heard anything about this cancellation.
I checked my email. Oh, right, they've been spamming my inbox so much on April 20. MySQL Slow Query, they said.
I got my graphics tablet several weeks ago, and have been tinkering with it for a while. It is Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Small. Yes, the member of the series which is now replaced by the Intuos series. Somehow they suddenly replaced it after I bought it! Is this a conspiracy?! O_o


This is my first graphics tablet, so, instead of giving it a thorough review, sharing my thoughts on how it works with my digital arts sounds more appropriate. However, I don't think that there are much to say about it either XD XD
Well, something for sure, compared to using mouse to draw, it lets me draw more naturally. As you might already know, I do my digital arts with GIMP. The pressure sensitive feature of the tablet works great for sketching, but for now, I prefer to turn the pressure opacity off for linearts. As using pen lets our hands work more naturally, doing coloring/shading more dynamically becomes easier.
Up to some times ago, I got confused when getting asked "What is the advantage of Ubuntu?" XD

Some friends, seeing me using my notebook and realizing that the operating system in front of me is Ubuntu instead of Windows, threw me such question. So, why the confusion? I can just show them what can be found on internet about Ubuntu's edge over other operating system. Well, yeah. I do realize that. I realize that Ubuntu is a powerful and secure operating system. We have no need to bother with viruses. We have no need to bother with Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). However, actually, even when using Windows, I don't really care to such problems XD