Tasker – Aplikasi untuk Mengotomasi Android Anda

Salah satu teman saya, Dhiku, menyarankan sebuah aplikasi yang cukup keren, bernama Tasker.Aplikasi ini bisa diatur sedemikian rupa sedemikian hingga bila ada suatu kejadian terjadi kita bisa membuat smartphone Android kita melakukan sesuatu. Aplikasi ini memang tidak gratis, tapi menurut saya harganya sangat pantas jika dilihat kemampuannya. Memang pada awalnya akan membutuhkan learning curve untuk mempelajari event apa saja dan task apa saja yang bisa dikonfigurasikan. Kunjungi websitenya untuk melihat contoh dan memulai untuk mencobanya. Memang aplikasi ini tidak untuk semua orang. Namun, jika ada kemauan, bisa kok asalkan mau belajar. Buat yang memiliki latar belakang pemrograman, Tasker adalah mainan yang mengasyikkan.

Contohnya:

Mematikan Panggilan Ketika Sibuk

Kalau Anda sedang meeting atau sholat, Anda ingin telepon Anda tidak berbunyi, kan? Dengan aplikasi ini saya dapat meminta:

  1. Volume dering ditiadakan
  2. Kirim SMS ke pemanggil, misalnya : Maaf, saya sedang tidak bisa mengangkat telepon. Silakan SMS atau Whatsapp saja ya.
  3. Matikan panggilan telepon tersebut secara otomatis

Untuk melakukan hal ini saya tinggal membuat event yang saya beri nama “Sedang Tidak Bisa Telepon” menjadi ON. Kalau sedang bisa menerima telepon tinggal diset menjadi OFF. Mudah, kan?

Mencari HP Anda

Misal Anda punya dua HP. Ketika Android anda sedang dibuat GETAR atau SILENT sama sekali, dan Anda mencarinya, maka Anda bisa dibuat frustasi. Dengan tasker, jika dering HP tidak berbunyi, Android bisa diminta berteriak, misalnya: Missing me? I am here, Wish Knew! Suara ini bisa dibuat hanya dengan melakukan miss call dari HP Anda lainnya. Untuk membuat tidak sembarang Miss Call memicu teriakan ini, pastikan hanya nomor favorit (starred) yang bisa mengaktifkan fitur ini. Jika Anda tidak mengaktifkan fitur filter SMS Spam dari Samsung, sebenarnya Anda bisa menggunakan fitur SMS. Kirim saja sms ke nomor Android Anda, dengan teks: where are you, misalnya. Lalu dia akan teriak. Kebetulan fitur SMS Spam saya aktifkan, sehingga ketika ada sms, event ini tidak diterima Tasker.

Memberitahu Bila Baterai Sudah Penuh Ketika Dicharge atau Harus Dicharge

Bila sudah penuh, Android akan berteriak: Please unplug the charger. Battery is full. Sebaliknya kalau lowbatt bisa mengingatkan : Charge the battery!

Melakukan Rotasi ON Pada Aplikasi Tertentu

Pada saat Anda menonton YouTube atau Browsing atau melihat gambar di Gallery dan Anda merotasi HP Anda tapi Anda lupa menyalakan Rotasi Mode = ON, Anda bisa mengkonfigurasi aplikasi mana saja yang properti ini akan diset ON. Demikian juga kalau membuka Google Maps, Android bisa mengingatkan untuk menyalakan fitur GPS.

Menyapa Anda Ketika HP Menyala

Ketika baru dinyalakan Android bisa mengucapkan salam: Assalamu ‘alaikum Mas Wish Knew! Hehehe.. HPnya bisa dibuat Islami 🙂

Saat ini baru itu saja yang sudah dikonfigurasikan di Tasker saya, mungkin seiring berjalannya waktu akan saya tambahkan lagi sesuai kebutuhan, in shaa Allah akan saya bagikan di sini.

Anda juga punya Tasker? Apa konfigurasi yang sudah Anda atur? Silakan berbagi di komentar di bawah, ya!

Action List
Action List

PowerPoint Clicker using Mobile Phone

Apakah Anda ingin bisa mengontrol PC sewaktu presentasi menggunakan mobile phone Anda? Di internet banyak sekali aplikasi yang bisa melakukan hal ini, dan izinkan saya membagikannya salah satunya di sini. Setelah dulu terkesan 8 tahun lalu dengan aplikasi bawaan Nokia E51, saya juga membutuhkan aplikasi serupa dari Mobile Phone saya. Setelah melakukan pencarian di Internet saya mendapat beberapa kandidat. Setelah mencoba beberapa, saya tertarik dan langsung jatuh cinta dengan UnifiedRemote. Aplikasi ini tersedia untuk Windows Phone dan Android, serta masih uji coba di iOS.

Dengan aplikasi ini Anda bisa melakukan kontrol ketika melakukan presentasi dengan PowerPoint (standar Next, Prev, zooming in, zooming out, klik kiri dan kanan, pergi ke Slide tertentu, dsb). Kita juga bisa menelusuri folder di Windows Explorer lalu membuka file dari jauh. Berpindah dari aplikasi yang satu ke lainnya juga mudah dilakukan.

Dan hebatnya, untuk aplikasi seperti ini mereka menyediakan versi gratis yang bekerja dengan sangat baik. Fitur lebih lengkap bisa dilihat di sini.

 

Man of Steel Syndrome and Losing My Weight

Did you read my posting about my last year’s resolution? I posted it on 6th of January last year.

The goal was to lose at least 10 kg  in a year.

The plan was…

  1. to reduce consuming carbohydrate, especially at night.
  2. exercise at least 30 minutes a day

Last year, on 6th of Jan, my weight was 89 kg, and now I am 82 kg, meaning I lost 7 kg. But in the middle of the year my weight was 92 kg around March, so for the maximum weight in last year, I lost 10 kg.

For the plan, I did reducing carbohydrate consumptions, especially at night. I usually eat rice only during lunch time. Breakfast I usually take mung beans, wheat bread, or other carbs in less amount, and I avoid rice. I eat normal during lunch, take more vegetables, and less amount of rice. At night usually I just eat meat or fruits.

Now let’s see the statistic of my exercise last year:

2013 Exercise Summary
2013 Exercise Summary

So basically, in average, I spent around 20 minutes daily for doing exercise. That’s not bad, compared to my plan, 30 minutes a day.

Statistic of Exercise
Statistic of Exercise

As you can see in the above chart, after posting my resolution, I almost do nothing about it until June 2013. I put a low target and did small amount of exercise. Eat rice at night like crazy.

Suddenly, starting from June, I put a higher target and exercise many more than before June. What happened?

It’s because of Man of Steel. Yap. Henry Cavill.

I knew that Henry Cavill was in a good shape in Immortals (2011), but he was not in a good shape before he starred as Superman in Man of Steel. When Henry Cavill turned up on set, he had just finished shooting Immortals  and came sporting an extremely muscular and ultra-ripped physique. Director Mabrouk El Mechri told him that he had to play an ordinary man and that his current body would be completely wrong for the character. Henry Cavill had to lose all the muscle tone and mass that he gained over the previous six months to get his body to look like that of an average man. He did it by eating and drinking a lot and not working out. And how about his role in Man of Steel? Read the following trivia from IMDB:

Henry Cavill refused to take steroids to muscle up for the role. He also refused any digital touch-ups or enhancement to his body in his shirtless scenes. He said it would have been dishonest of him to use trickery while playing Superman and he wanted to push his body to the limits to develop his physique into one that was worthy of the character.

Henry Cavill said that the most difficult part of making the movie was definitely his two shirtless scenes. He had been training for months prior to filming began but for his shirtless scenes, he specially went on extremely difficult calorie restriction diet and training regime that cut his calorie intake from 5000 to near 1500 for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks he reached a body fat level of just 3% which is the level achieved by professional body-builders during competitions. Henry said this was done because he wanted to make his abs as pronounced and his muscles as defined as humanly possible to create the best possible Superman physique. Cavill returned to a more manageable routine after the scenes were shot but felt his effort was rewarded when audiences and critics alike praised his physique for the true embodiment of what Superman would look like. After he had shot his shirtless scenes, director Zack Snyder gave him a tub of ice cream and pizza to reward him for his Herculean effort for the shirtless scenes.

Henry Cavill embarked on a special four-month training regime by his trainer Mark Twight to get the appropriate physique for his roles as Kal-El. He gained weight by drinking 5 1000-calorie protein shakes a day, then he did cardiovascular workouts to burn away the fat and build muscle, and finally he underwent a grueling two-hour workout to build up his muscles and abdomen. According to Cavill, the real problem he faced was the workout’s intensity: “Mark based his technique on going beyond yourself. Instead of slowing down towards the end of the workout, he asked me to actually work harder and harder for the body to reach its limits. His point was that if his client is able to walk out of the gym, he had not worked hard enough…”

While coming up with the aesthetic of how the Superman physique should look, trainer Mark Twight said the he wanted the classic V shape – broad shoulders and narrow waist, which Henry Cavill naturally had, he just had to pack on more muscle to his frame. Additionally, he said he looked to Steve Reeves‘s physique in the film Hercules (1958) as a model for Superman, as to attain a Greek God ideal. Zack Snyder instructed Henry Cavill that his physique should look so great that in his shirtless scenes, he had to look like a “freak” and be in “absolutely crazy shape”. Zack Snyder was subsequently very impressed with the results of Henry Cavill‘s 11 month hard training and called his physique “a great accomplishment”. Henry Cavill said that even he was surprised by how big he looked in the film.

I thought that if Henry Cavill can do it, why can’t I? So what did I do? I googled Mark Twight, and found his amazing plan for Soldier of Steel.

Soldier of Steel
Soldier of Steel

Click here to download the PDF. I shared the file to my colleagues in the office, and they just said: WOW! We printed the one month schedule, and even I put those exercises in daily alert using Yahoo! Groups. We started to follow those, but we found it too difficult for beginners like us.

Since it was too difficult to follow, I searched different alternatives to start moving our body to be Man of Steel. I found Fitstar, an application in iOS. I started to do the exercise in the office after office hour. For the first or second exercise, everybody just smiled and laughed at me while doing the exercise using my iPad and the app. And one of my colleague started to join me. And after that the four of us started to burn calories daily for max 30 minutes. And after a month, two of us started to join a fitness club to burn more calories. I also installed Noom for Android and iOS, to track my food calories. I learned a lot from the app:

  1. Losing weight is more on manage the calorie in and calorie out. Losing 1 kg means burning 7000 calorie. You can achieve this in a week by burning 1000 calories a day (3 hours aerobic low impact or 2 hours aerobic high impact) or burning 500 calories and reduce your needs of daily calories by 500 calories.
  2. Carb diet is better than fat diet
  3. Eating more vegetables or anything with fiber, can reduce the amount of carbs we eat and more healthier

So I’ve been eating black/brown/red rice for lunch, replacing the notorious white rice 🙂 White rice causing blood sugar spike and can lead to diabetes. More fiber, meaning less portion to eat, since fuller in my stomach.

Three months after joining the fitness club, I challenged my self to climb a mountain (2958 m above sea level). See my pics here. That’s a huge of calories burning.

I avoided taking some diet pills nor special nutrition to lose weight since I need to change my life style. If I get bored with those pills and I don’t change my life style, I will gain my weight again. So to make it permanent I need to change the way I live. My life style.

Now it’s a new year, beginning of 2014. My new resolution is:

– Losing at least another 6  kg in maximum 6 months

The plan is:
– Increase the average of daily exercise, from 20 minutes to 30 minutes
– Increase the frequency of running, from none to at least once in a week, minimum 5 km, and track it using Endomondo
– Start doing abs workout using Runtastic Abs

Wish me luck! It’s really good to be a slimmer version of myself. How about you, dear Reader? Did you achieve your last year resolution? Tell us about your journey!

Word Cruncher Helper for Draw Something Phenomenon and Letter Press App

If you get stucked or start to yelling WTF of the meaning of your opponent’s drawing when playing the famous Social Drawing Application – Draw Something, this simple tool may help you to reduce the millions or probably trillions of the possibility answer for the question. Use this application wisely since it may spoil the fun of the game. Use it just when you want to keep the long streak that you have achieved with your opponent and you are in a deep stress unable guessing the question.

This tool was coded using Delphi and it uses dictionary found by googling from this site. Of course the result of this tool really depends with the entry of the dictionary. You may add your own words, celebrity names, famous phrases, etc by manually add your own entries in the dictionary.txt file which comes along with the application. Ensure the file is located in the same folder with the application. You may share the application freely or share the link among of your friends who play the game. You may download the application from this link.

Actually you may get help from the bomb feature to eliminate some unused letters when you get stucked. The problem is, you have a limited bomb to use. When you are running out of bombs, you may purchase it from the store, adding some money to Draw Something. This tool eliminate you from purchasing any bombs (1200 coins for 4.99 USD, 3000 coins for 9.99 USD, and 10000 coins for 24.99 USD). So this cool tool really save you money!!!

Here is the source code (you may enhance it or put some refactoring to increase the speed) or recoding it with your favorite programming language. Click this link to see the code.

Here is the sample of images that you may not find in the dictionary. You’re on your own.

The reason I made this tool was one night, I was really sleepy in my bedroom, and yet still playing this addictive game. I wrote a sentence to my opponent before drawing the question : This is the last drawing before go to bed. Good Night. And then I touched the erase icon to erase the sentence and drew the question. The next morning I grabbed my iPad, my opponent replied my sentence with Good Night, and she forgot to draw the question!!! There are thousands of possible words that I need to try. I have 36 turn in streak that both of us always correctly guess the answer. I don’t want to start from all over again, so I decided to code this tool. Hahaha.. another excuse to code for a programmer, huh?

The other reason was when my son  playing the same game in his iPod touch, his opponent drew numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4. And NO OTHER CLUE. We were thinking about words: COUNTING, NUMBERS, MATH, etc. When we gave up, the actual answer was PASSWORD. This is a kind of WTF drawing that impossible to guess, and with this tool you may avoid crunching all possibilities with just a reasonable number of guess.

Guessing PASSWORD

How to use the application:

  1. Download the zip file from the link above, and extract it to a folder
  2. There are 2 files, first is the application, WordCruncher.exe and dictionary.txt. Run the application by double clicking on the WordCruncher.exe
  3. Put all the letters available in Choice of letters (12 length)
  4. Choose the length of the answer
  5. Click Crunch button to get the possible result
  6. You may double click the word in the result box to launch the browser with the meaning of the word

Enjoy the game (you can get it from Apple AppStore or Google Play (Androit Market)) ,  and enjoy this tool but use it wisely!

======================== EDITED ON 3rd Nov 2012  ==========================

Letterpress App just launched. I modified a bit so it can be used for Draw Something and Letter Press. Same link for  this ver2.0. To get the password of the zip file, please email to word.cruncher.application at gmail.com.
Put in the subject : PASSWORD

Put in the body:

NAME:

COUNTRY:

WHAT’s THE APP YOU PLAY for THIS WORD CRUNCHER:

YOUR GADGET:

COMMENT:

Thx!