Membeli Aplikasi AppStore Secara Legal Tanpa Credit Card

, by aqessa

Semalam, saya membaca perdebatan seru antara reseller aplikasi iOS dengan seorang socmed seleb di ask.fm. Intinya sih si seleb bikin statement bahwa reseller aplikasi itu sama dengan melakukan pembajakan hasil karya intelektual, ilegal, sama halnya dengan pembuat dan penjual dvd bajakan. Memang sih tindakan seperti itu tidak bisa dibenarkan mau apapun alasannya (misal: bantu ekonomi keluarga gituuu?). Sebenarnya sih poin yang di maksud si seleb adalah menjual aplikasi tsb secara bebas (ilegal), karena selain kamu membajak, kamu juga mengambil keuntungan yang bukan hakmu. Saya sendiri suka share ebooks sih, sama sih kayak pembajakan, tapi saya tidak mengambil keuntungan dari situ, saya hanya ingin berbagi untuk yang mau preview buku sebelum beli atau yang mungkin merasa kemahalan kalau beli buku import. Lagipula sebenarnya, baca buku yang bentuk fisiknya seperti buku lebih enak daripada baca ebook :P. Saya sendiri seorang programmer, saya ngerti banget betapa susahnya bikin program dan design, apalagi aplikasi iOS. Selain kuliah yang bertahun-tahun itu, kamu juga harus pakai mac os untuk build aplikasimu, lalu bayar langganan ke iTunes untuk memasukkan aplikasimu ke AppStore. Bayangkan berapa modal awalnya? 

Anywaaay... Yang mau saya bahas disini sebenarnya bukan masalah pembajakannya. Saya tertarik dengan alasan konsumen pembeli aplikasi dari reseller. Rata-rata alasannya: "nggak punya credit card", "lo sih enak orang kaya, kita juga mau kali ngerasain aplikasi dengan harga murah". Hmm.. Baiklah, saya punya beberapa tips untuk kamu membeli aplikasi iOS. 

1.) Sebenarnya, kalau kamu tipe orang yang suka backup-restore ke iTunes, kamu pasti akan berfikir 2x buat beli apps di reseller ilegal. Karena itunes akan meminta verifikasi email & password appstore pembeli aplikasi tersebut. Agak ribet aja sih input-input terus. 
2.) Saya selalu sarankan untuk backup semua data kamu ke itunes, dan turn on iCloud kamu untuk contacts. Karena Apple punya sistem backup-restore dan cloud server yang sangat baik. Ribet tapi memudahkan kamu di kemudian hari jika: idevice hilang, data loss karena factory reset, atau ganti hp. 
3.) Tidak perlu credit card, saya tidak pernah memasukkan credit card number ke data appstore saya, karena sepupu-sepupu yang masih kecil suka pinjam ipod/ipad untuk main, jadi saya menghindari mereka iseng beli diamonds di game. Juga agak parno dengan internet safety disini. Maka, saya biasanya membeli itunes gift card. 
Dimana belinya? Kaskus banyak. Recommend teman-teman saya adalah ibanezblack. Dia jual IDR dan USD. Kalau di Singapore dan Hong Kong, malah biasanya di jual di 7-11 seperti jual pulsa telepon disini. Tapi saya seringnya minta tolong ke teman yang pakai credit card untuk gift voucher / tambah credit untuk saya, kemudian saya akan ganti biaya yang dikeluarkan dia untuk membelinya. 
4.) Tidak punya uang? Nabung! 
5.) Sayang mengeluarkan uang sebanyak itu hanya untuk beli aplikasi? Bergayalah sesuai dengan kantongmu, jangan memaksa. Coba cari aplikasi sejenis yang free, biasanya juga banyak. Misal kamu ingin Afterlight, ada kok yang mirip-mirip Afterlight, kamu bisa coba VSCO cam dan lain sebagainya. Dulu jamannya Camera+ dan Snapseed masih happening, saya juga sayang untuk beli, kemudian download aplikasi lain (lupa namanya) yang sejenis. Ya hasilnya memang tidak sama, tapi paling tidak mendekati laaah :p

Sekian tips dari saya. Semoga pengguna smartphone juga semakin smart dalam menggunakan gadgetnya. :))
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Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

, by aqessa

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another my favorite Rainbow Rowell's book.

Fangirl is a story about Cath an introvert freshman that crazy over Simon Snow (similiar with Harry Potter in our world). Her twin sister Wren already moved on to college life and ready for real life. But Cath not. She had to moved from her comfort zone to face a real life, college life. To face people, real people, people in front of her, people outside computer screen.

Just like Eleanor and Park, Rainbow wrote this one very well. Eventhough I'm not writing fanfiction, but I'm crazy over something. Everything. From books to movies. I'm crazy over Rainbow Rowell's now. As usual, the people seems so real, so close with us. And Rainbow makes simple things sounds so beautiful. And Cath and Levi relationship also too sweet and romantic. I'm crazy over Levi too! LOL.

Levi was too kind, sweet, polite, and responsible. Like a picture of gentleman. And he doesn’t care if Cath was crazy. Maybe he didn’t have incommon with Cath, but they were like completing each others. Cath likes reading and writing, Levi likes listening. Sometimes you don’t choose people who similar to you to build a relationship. Sometimes two different people are like puzzle and they will complete each other’s part.

If you like Eleanor and Park, you have to read Fangirl too.

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Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a story of two ordinary people that fell in love, knowing that high school sweetheart won't last forever but doesn't mean the love wasn't true. Eleanor met Park in the school bus, that was the first time Park saved her life, and Park kept saving her life through high school. They started getting closer since they read X-Men comics together, Park gave his comics and his mixtape of The Smiths song later to Eleanor. Park wasn't her boyfriend, he was a champion.

This is not that kind of high school love story. But this is so high school (or even maybe Junior high!). It was so high school, when you fall in love with someone just because you have incommon with her/him, and you hold her/him for the first time and feels like magic. The relationship between Park and Eleanor was so sweet and super cute. Park got my heart. I'm falling in love with him too like crazy. He was so kind and funny and cool!

Rainbow makes small simple gesture sounds so cute and romantic. She makes words of "I like you" or holding hand and a kiss sounds too special. If my heart was a machine, the way Rainbow write something is like a trigger to turn on the trigger to move my heart. I can feel it when Eleanor couldn't believe that there was a boy that loved her..like crazy. Because people like Eleanor..like Cath (from another Rainbow Rowell's novel, Fangirl).. like me.. thought that we have weird/crazy personality that people will get tired of us. Eleanor & Park makes me believe that.. there will be someone, someone out there, unexpectedly, will love you. Just the way you are. And you will love him too just the way he is. It's quite romantic because it seems so real and doesn't sound romantic. Eleanor and Park is a book that left a big mark in my heart. Sounds like a great book, huh?

I think this is one of must-read YA novel for all teens. Because there's something more than just party and perfect high school jocks.

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Flipped (Novel) - Wendelin Van Draanen

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FlippedFlipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Flipped was a puppy love story between Juli Baker and Bryce Loski. Juli was crazy over Bryce, Bryce hated it (at first). Until he saw Juli more than just 'plain Juli'. He was flipped. Van Draanen made it from two point of views, Bryce and Juli, and it was fascinating. We knew what boy and girl thought.

I like a puppy love story. It's always cute, innocent, and funny. When i read Flipped, I felt like... every girl was ever been in Juli Baker position. I felt she was me when I was 8/9 grade. Crazy in (first) love, shy, and annoying. It was more than a puppy love story, it was warmhearted family story and building a character. I like Juli, she was smart and kind. In Juli part, we could see the way Van Draanen drove Juli from the annoying Juli to be Juli who did all good things after Bryce did horrible things to her. And she drove Bryce from an awful judgemental young man to be the boy who could see good things from people. I think this is a nice book to young adult to see some good things.

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Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

, by aqessa

AttachmentsAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Attachments is the story when Lincoln, who works as IT Security suddenly read Beth's conversation email with Jennifer. And he falls in love. It's easy to love Beth just from her writings. She's smart, witty, and attractive. The things is... Lincoln never seen Beth before.
Beth had a jerk boyfriend. But she got crush on a guy who looked like young Harrison Ford. But she doesn't know who he was, what's his name.

Another Rainbow Rowell works that makes me smile in almost every pages. She makes the characters so real, so close with us. She's romantic, she knows how romantic good guy is!!! ;P. Beth and Jennifer's conversation sounds so real. Like they were around us. And this is the first time i know what's "meet cute" means, LOL. Again and again, Rainbow makes me fall in love with the guy character. I love Lincoln like I love Park and Levi!

The funny thing is, a few months ago my office building was having a fire drill (simulation). Then me and my friend was imagine if it's The Courier, Beth might be looking for her "cute guy", seeing him from distance. And Lincoln might be wondering how's Beth looked like, which one was "his Beth", maybe she was very very very close with him at the moment?

Okay, okay, thanks Rainbow. You made my mind messed up after reading this novel. :)))

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