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Noa-chan beta1 Smartphone Wallpaper by Buaya-kun

Meet Noa. She was created as moe anthropomorphism of my cellphone. Back in 1997 when I bought a cellphone, it was a Nokia 8110 nicknamed "the banana phone". I simply called it Noa as abbreviation of the brand. Noa was short lived. In around 2000 it had to be retired since the network operator no longer support it, means it no longer able to connect to the GSM network.

Later when I changed my phone, I always use Noa as device identity, but with a number added as suffix. Noa II, the second Noa was a Nokia 6210 Cyber Silver edition, bought around 2000. It was the longest lived Noa, served me for 10 years. The battery was still in good performance on the day I retired her. Quite surprising considered it was heavy duty usage everyday for 10 years. The reason I retired her because of mechanical failure, the power button damaged so I could not turn it on anymore. That end the glorious 10 years of service.

The 3rd Noa, called NOA III was Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, bought as emergency replacement of previous Noa. It was the first touch screen phone I ever use, and I like when it came with a stylus. The music player was a real deal, nothing can beat it. Also many built-in features as a phone integrated on it which I've never seen the similar function in Android. It was my best experience smart phone ever, and I missed it. It served me for 8 years and was still in good condition when I retire it. The reason was the same as the original Noa, the network operator changed to 4G LTE which cause this 2G only phone could not connect to the network on many areas. People often asked me why I was still using a Symbian phone when everybody has already using iOS and Android phone. My asnwer is simple: I need a phone to make a phone call, not another pocket computer or application platform since I already had iPad and Android tablet for that purpose. For me, cell phone was strictly for making a call, other functions was done in the tablet including WhatsApp. So, it the network were still support 2G, maybe I would still using it by today.

Another reason I hesitated to replace it because Nokia was ceased making cell phone around 2014. For a fanboy like me, my cell phone must be a Nokia, and since no more new Nokia cell phone, I left out with no option. I'm not fans of Windows Mobile, and I did not prefer to use Microsoft phone. An iPhone was nice and since I was already familiar with iOS, but many things in iOS I does not like. Indeed, iOS for me like "if ain't jail-broken, it ain't fun". I also considered switching to Android phone but still none that I liked. Samsung was nice and I already used its tablet, but still like iPhone, something was still missing. I once dreamed if Nokia would make a come back with Android inside, it seemed like a Mission Impossible to me, until HMD Global came into the stage.

The Nokia come back in Android flavor was long awaiting. The moment I heard the news I was rejoiced. This was the answer of my prayer, I thought. I had to wait another 6 months until the products arrived on the market here. That last 6 months I was struggling with network connectivity issues that I had with my 5530. Luckily, I had an Android tablet with me so some sort of communication like messenger and network call could be done on it. So, technically I just needed a simple phone to make a call, and the entry level should have been adequate. I've chosen Android since it could share the contacts and other data, so I did not need to manually enter phone book, which is painful when you have hundreds of entries with address and emails attached along the numbers.

I bought the very first Nokia Android available on the market on the first day release. It was a Nokia 3, the first and only available model on that day. It was the birth of Noa IV, the current Noa I bought early this year. It was beyond expectation and surprisingly very satisfactory. Although I only used it to make phone call and text in the beginning, now it also being used as driving navigation and music player. Gradually, more functions shifted from my tablet to Noa, like electronic membership application, discount card application, e-wallet, navigation map, smart TV remote control, e-banking, and development test for my own application. It still running smoothly, and I'm quite surprised. I hope it can last long like the previous generation Noa, and I hope there will be another 5th Noa someday.

These are my commemorative of having Noa for 22 years. These images currently installed as my home wallpaper, rotated randomly every minute. I hope you also enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it.

Noa Background 1a by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1b by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1c by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1d by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1e by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1f by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1g by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1h by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1i by Buaya-kun Noa Background 1j by Buaya-kun

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Happy Fundoshi Day by Buaya-kun

Because Valentine's Day is too mainstream :D
an old acquaintance of mine, TGVart, who was having an account here but now no longer exist. does anybody know his whereabouts this day? let me know if you do ;)
i just realized that by this year i've been using poser for 10 years. i still remember when i produce my first render, it was just a simple render, nothing compared to what i finished yesterday. my first work was produced using an old pentim mmx pc with 256mb ram running win98. the render took very long that i have to left it overnight, although it just a 540x405 resolution. the sad thing was, when i spotted a mistake, i cannot bear to wait another night to correct and finish it. that's why i left mistakes as is on my early renders. today, i'm still doing the same way: overnight render. what had changed was, now i'm using networked render using 3 quad core pcs with total 12 core power, with combination of 4 to 8 gigs ram. with this computing power, i demand more perfection on every works, because spotting & correcting mistakes only took seconds. what never change was render time still took 4 to 8 hours, although now resolution is much bigger and more detailed.

today, i don't have much time to produce many artworks like 10 years ago, but i think everyone agree that quality over quantity is the right thing :)
well, somehow i don't understand why i got more hit for image rated as mature content than the one with general audience?
does this mean that sex appeal drives the civilization? :D
  • Reading:
  • Playing: trade nations on ipad
wanna know what i feel now? read/watch densha otoko (train man), that's me right now :D

ps: i've met my hermes too :)
  • Reading: Densha Otoko manga
  • Watching: Densha Otoko dorama
You must be wandering why there is underarm hair in my work? Simply because I like it!
I love girl with natural grown hair, that including underarm hair. Why do people think that a girl must shave her body hair? Why do society think that it's bad for a girl to have hair on her body part? I think a natural beauty is always the best, that includes parts that usually having hair grown.
  • Watching: MIYABI
albeit controversy of new v6 dA interface, i was positioned myself in neutral zone until i opened the new message center. damn, the script doesn't work in ie6, so i have to switch browser to use dA. so much to drift me to the contra fraction.
why don't they just make a script that run on all browser instead of specific browser?
usually, when i finished making a newer character, the older one was terminated. recently i've finished making a newer version of aya, now i'm in dilemma whether to retire the retire the old or not.
  • Listening to: IdolM@ster Xenoglossia Best Collection
  • Playing: Flight Simulator, enroute St. Martin to Bosto
  • Drinking: Fanta Strawberry
sometimes, not, mostly i curious about what people think about may characters. do they like it? do they hate it? do they fell they're disgusting? or else. but the most thing make me curious is: how people see my characters from their own view? so if you like my charactters and have spare time, would you make a deviation of them in your own version? i really like to see how they look like from people point of view :)
  • Listening to: Happy Holiday (Yui Sakakibara - Shizuka Itoh)
  • Reading: Love Hina 3
  • Watching: MIYABI
  • Eating: hainam campur
  • Drinking: Pepsi Blue
it has been 7 years i'm using poser 4, from just for drawing reference until for full 3d chara design as today. during this glorious 7 years, that software never dissapoint me. many people asked my why i stick with poser 4 eventhough i'v already bought poser 7. it' just simple reason, what i need i just a simple, fast, easy & lightweight figure design & posing tool cause i do rendering using other software. so, poser 4 was enough for me.

today, my poser 4 failed for the first time after 7 years of safety record withour crashing. for unknown cause, i got no figure displayed on the interface. rebooting the pc didn't solve the problem, so i thought about reinstalling it. when i got to the shelf, my eyes stucked on shiny poser 7 box there. some while ago i've thoght about decomissioning poser 4 and switching to poser 7 but the plan has never more than just a tought until today. i thought rather than reinstalling the old version, why didn't i go venture to explore a new world, to seek out a new life and civilization, to boldly go where no man (i) has gone before: the e-frontier poser 7.

so, after about a year acting as decoration on my shelf, the dvd was finally took spin on the dvd drive. my plan was rather difficult, i don't want to install any content came with it, i'd use my old runtime from poser 4 instead. the process was rather painful, i had to restart & rerun the application over and over after moving the runtime, copying missing file one by one from newer runtime to the older runtime. finally it worked. it run perfectly, and i didn't feel any changes on my working style. all figures and content can be loaded and used without problem. so, after i satisfied, i declared thes software comissioned and uninstalling the old, 7 years loyal slave of mine.

well, i noted that 7 was using more memory than 4, i might not be able to open both with bryce anymore. also opengl preview was quite handy. i don't need those firefly rendering engine since i do render outside poser. althought firefly can utilize 4 cores of my q6600, it still slow. at the time i wrote this, i'v never done a complete firefly render.

that's it. so long my poser 4, i'll never forget you and the wonderful world you introduced me. let you rest in peace on my software hall of fame shelf since now on :)
  • Listening to: Dekkai Shiawase Desu
  • Watching: Kodomo no Jikan
  • Eating: Mac Chicken burger
  • Drinking: Coca Cola
i've been wandering since the end of last year about having a quad core cpu, sure it's nice to have, but do i really need it?

well then, from what i learned during last 6 years playing in 3D, i have a conclusion that if i want to improve the quality of my artwork, i have to get faster cpu. the faster the cpu,  the faster the render, sure it's very convinience especially when you need to edit & readjust the compostition and re-render it again. from what i learned till today, most mistakes i made was visibled only after final render. that's why sometimes i was to lazy to correct it because i have to spend couples hours to re-render it.

so that's why i need faster cpu from time to time. more just speeding up the rendering, faster cpu enabled me to use many time consuming effect like hdri light, soft shadow, true ambience, volumetric environment etc. so the artwork would become more and more artistic and get better from time to time along with my cpu upgrade plan.

now, the last artwork i made took 6 hours to render. sure this was not a problem because i usually left it running the render while sleeping, but if i have to make some corrective, damn i got stuck in 6 more hours. certainly, i can't stand it :D

so, few days ago i decided to upgrade my pc. i bought intel core 2 quad Q6600 quad core cpu. at first i didn't notice any performance differences in windows compared to my E6300, but not until i tried to render something. the last artwork i rendered 6 hours was done in just 2 hours! no kidding! after doing some tweak to the pc, it can go 15 minutes faster. what a scary machine.

it was just an appetizer. the craziest things was i can do that rendering of complex scene while watching h264 video, things that my old E6300 can't handle. more, i can still surf the internet without experiencing lag & delay, even the vieo still playing smoothly. the grand thing was it still capable to burn dvd while doing all those things above! now i got my jaw dropped :D

well, quad core wasn't everthing. it has no difference in performance in games, especially when the game was not multi-threading ready. still got same fps in flight simulator, only after some tweaking on cores affinity i got slightly improved fps, but not too significant. i guess this quad cores only usefull on application that optimized for multi-cpu only. sure most 3D software are like that, that's the main reason why i bought this $300 sillicon wafer under a zinc cover :D
  • Listening to: Yanni Live at The Acropolis
  • Drinking: Fanta Orange
i've never thought about having ten thousands view when i joined DA, although it's considered slow to crawl considering how long i've joined DA :D
well then, thank you for all your support :)
  • Listening to: euforia (yui makino)
looking at anime/manga>digital media>3D category, there are so many misplaced artworks there, from just a sketch, a screenshot, to magazine scans. does this allowed in DA?
don't you think someone should rearrange contents in this category, right?
  • Listening to: sound of boeing 747
  • Reading: firefighter daigo
  • Playing: flight simulator
well, indeed it turned me into madness. quite efford to upgrade, took quite long step to uninstall 6.0, updating daz studio and installing the content. first, trying to re-render old scene from 6.0 in hdri, it was good as advertised by daz. then, when using it to make a scene, my joy gone. when imported the obj files i usually do from other 3D software, i surprised (and quite panic actually) to see the mesh was flat black without color. i recheck it again and again, all obj turned black in color. this was never happened before in any version of bryce, except this 6.1 only. after trying to fool around trying to mix & match plugin form 6.0, i gave up. uninstall 6.1, revert back to 6.0 again, reinstalling 6.0 again and it was quite painfull.
i check daz forum to found nothing about it, then 24 hours afterthat, someone post the same problem as me. it was submitted as bug then.

oh well, i think i'll stick with 6.0 until 6.2 released :(
  • Listening to: god knows (aya hirano)
  • Reading: gamon the demolitionman
  • Eating: peanut
today, after payment from data recovery project transferred, i close deal with vendor to aquire lcd monitor. i bought 2 units samsung syncmaster 932bf, cost me about $500 for two. they're fast 5ms response time with 700:1 contrast ratio. my plan previously to buy 931bf, a 2ms with 2000:1 contrast, but the seller only has 1 stock and i don't like returning home empty handed, especially when travel is limited due to heavy flood plaguing my city.

i found that 5ms response time was fine for me, and even with 700:1 contrast, it still to sharp in my eyes. right now i'm using them with minimal brightness & contrast setting, the best for my eyes. i wander if i really bought that hi contrast one, i might be having difficulty reducing it. even this one i bught is still to bright in my opinion.

well, i took a while for my eyes to adapt to lcd monitor. in the first 5 minutes after i installed it, i found it looks awkward in my vision due to my eyes adaptability to crt. took another hour to fine tune the setting so my eyes can work with it comfortly. now after my eyes adapted, it's time to explore this expensive toys on my desk.

i was impressed with the power of dvi connectivity, the image was clear & crisp. also i got perfect geometry & maximum viewable image. something that made me event impressed that knowing all the monitor function, like adjusting brightness & contrast, can be controllled via software. save me a lot, no more button pressing with hassle on screen menu anymore, all i need i just giving some mouse click and it's done!

now after 3 hours using them, i have no regrest on my decision today. say goodbye to my eyes fatique syndrom, that problem was history now.
  • Listening to: sound of gpu fan
  • Reading: latest anime review
  • Watching: kaede matsushima :D
  • Eating: haagen dazs vanilla
finally, i got myself copy of bryce 6. i haven't had my time to touch it yet, but i'll get it works soon.
my subsequent artworks will be rendered using this version :)
  • Listening to: sound of my dvd burner
  • Reading: some review of lcd monitors
  • Watching: nero burning a dvd
  • Playing: just closing fs9
  • Eating: pringels cheese flavour
  • Drinking: cointreau with sprite & lemon
it's been 10 years since the last time i bought high-end pc, usually i just bought entry-level or low-maintsream pc during last 10 years.
today the pc arrived, finally workstation class pc for my rendering works. that conroe based workstation was damned fast, slash my rendering time to half on my first rendering test, compared to my previous 3ghz prescott based pc. forthermore i still can watch dvd while waitung for the rendering finished. what a machine!
  • Watching: yamato nadesiko shichi henge
  • Eating: deep fried squid
  • Drinking: coca cola
somehow, i was wandering if people not dropping a comment, was it because they didn't like the artwork or they didn't know what to say in the author's language (especially in foreign language community)?