Broken Laptop LCD is not BER


My little son threw his toys toward my laptop, and it bumped to the LCD screen without mercy. It is a Dell with 15 inches LCD in full HD resolution. Unluckily, the warranty was just a month after expiration. When you’re in warranty period, calling Dell for support is lighting speed and cheap (alas FREE); however without warranty support its really costly. Dell after sales support during warranty is the best among other manufacturer.

I called customer support asking for quotation to replace my laptop’s LCD. The customer support over the phone told me, that LCD replacement will cost above SGD 450 with SGD 100 workmanship plus GST. It calculates around SGD 600-700 for LCD replacement. I was shocked by the fact that it cost almost half of my laptop’s price – and with the same amount of money I can buy another new Dell laptop with 1 year warranty; (LCD , HD, CDROM, Memory , workmanship included). Searching in Yahoo forum – convinced me that broken laptop LCD is BER (Beyond Economic Repair).

Almost 2 months after I keep the broken laptop in the drawer – my wife asked me to call Repair Hospital. And their quotation to replace my LCD was SGD 220. They did it almost flawlessly in 2 days (because the LCD was not in stock, so they have to send from other store). Quickly after I received it, I noticed that the resolution was downgraded to HD (WXGA 1366 x 768) while the original was FHD (WUXGA 1920 x 1080). Back to the store, the technician said that they didn’t have the same resolution – WXGA was the only model they have. I insisted that I needed original resolution ; the technician offered me to refund and restore my old “broken” LCD and he also gave second option for me to bring my own LCD within 3 month and refund the balance (warranty period). Second option was the best for me, I still able to use the laptop and giving me time to search for LCD replacement.

I started my search in Google, and ends up in Amazon. Actually, there are lot of laptop LCD part supplier out there; you just need to compare the price and order it. About 1 month after the repair, I received the LCD part. I brought to Repair Hospital – they fixed it within 1 hour.  They also refunded SGD 180 as the workmanship cost was SGD 40. So total cost for me,

  1. LCD part – USD 80  :  SGD 100
  2. Workmanship          :  SGD    40

Total SGD 140.

Tips when you have broken laptop LCD

  1. Call the manufacturer to check the base price, fixing the issue
  2. Google and order LCD part that match with the original
  3. Replace broken LCD yourselves or ask technician to do it
  4. Remember broken laptop LCD is not Beyond Economic Repair

February 28, 2013 · cakriwut · No Comments
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Peraturan Baru Pembuatan SIM


Proses pembuatan SIM di Indonesia dibedakan menjadi 2, yaitu SIM Baru dan SIM Perpanjangan. Proses pembuatan SIM baru meliputi pemeriksaan kesehatan, ujian teori dan ujian praktek, Proses pembuatan SIM perpanjangan hanya membutuhkan pemeriksaan kesehatan.

Dulu pemegang SIM lama diberi tenggang waktu 1 tahun setelah kedaluarsa untuk memperbarui SIM. Artinya, dalam kurun waktu 1 tahun setelah masa berlaku SIM berakhir – si pemegang SIM dapat mengurus SIM di kantor Polantas.

Nah sekarang, menurut peraturan Kapolri No. 9 tahun 2012 Pasal 28 – tenggang waktu 1 tahun itu diubah menjadi 1 hari. Peraturan ini akan berlaku mulai 1 Maret 2013. Jadi cek masa berlaku SIM Anda – jangan sampai gara-gara terlambat 1 hari Anda harus melewati proses pembuatan SIM yang panjang.

Dibandingan dengan Singapore, peraturan Kapolri ini merupakan suatau kemunduran. Di Singapore sendiri, SIM berlaku seumur hidup – dengan kemungkinan untuk dicabut selama beberapa bulan atau selamanya. Hal ini sangat masuk akal mengingat bahwa mengemudi adalah suatu ketrampilan yang tidak akan mungkin hilang; sehingga sekali seseorang mendapatkan surat ijin mengemudi maka selayaknya dia tidak perlu lagi melakukan proses perpanjangan. Yang perlu dilakukan oleh pihak berwenang selanjutnya adalah proses pengawasan, peringatan dan penindakan – yang ditandai dengan pencabutan sementara, ujian ulang atau pencabuatan permanen.



February 26, 2013 · cakriwut · No Comments
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Taste of Asia in Bellevue and Seatle


The night before I left Seatle, we visited Malay Satay Hut. It was never been in my plan, until our fellows Amazon’s geek Adrian Godong (an Indonesian, living in Seatle – also Microsoft MVP alumni); fetched us from our hotel to the restaurant. The restaurant is about 15 minutes driving from Bellevue, in the 24th street NE Redmond.

Malay Satay Hut offers various south-east-asia countries’ menu such as nasi lemak (Malaysia), satay (Malaysia, Indonesia), roti canai (Malaysia, India), singapore rice noodle (Singapore), javaneese mee (Indonesia), tomyam (Thailand) etc. The owner, Mr. Sam Yoo greet us in our table; offering us current promotion – but we decided to order Belachan String Bean, Fish, Satay, Roti Canai, Tomyam and surely bowl of white rice.

The taste

For me, the cuisines taste perfect. The restaurant is able to deliver real taste of Asia to the table. Started from Roti Canai, it served with small cup of kari. The kari was perfect although I felt that the dough was little too sweet. Next Satay, it was Malaysian satay – served with peanuts sauce. The satay tasted just like Malaysian satay that we can find in Singapore. I have no complaint on the taste, although I still missed my home town sate – Indonesian satay.

Tomyam, Belachan String Bean and Fish are also delicious. The is no substantial missing taste in their cooking. The spices and sweetness are matched with the one in the origin country – and I think much better than Malay food in Singapore.

The price

Except for the appetizer and desert, which is quite small portion; the main dishes served in large dish. We were 4 adult, and we could not finish the 3 main dishes (Tomyam, Belachan String Bean and Fish).  I think, 2 main dishes with rice should be enough.

At the end, it costs us about USD 64 or USD 16 per pax. A good value for money, knowing that visiting other restaurant may cost you lot more.

So if you miss taste of Asia, just get a cab or bus 226 or 249.


February 23, 2013 · cakriwut · No Comments
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How to create money from empty space


This article is the second part from my previous article on Have You Maximizing Your Money?

Actually this is not new recipes but from time to time we tends to forget it.

Find Source for Cheap Money

Yes, you know it that you have to find source for cheap money to make money. I know that you think, it is impossible to find source for cheap money.

First check your saving, deposit, gold etc. Saving, deposit is always giving you low return. Spare only “enough” money to protect the liquidity; but not much. Basically that monies are sleeping, waiting to be activated. So basically savings are your first source for cheap money.

Next, let me remind you. Do you have family? Father-mother, brother-sister, uncle-auntie, nephew-niece? Yes, you do – and mostly you do. Have you ever tried to talk to them and asking to borrow their money? Let say for 1 month – 2 months – 3 months or even 6 months?

If you never ask, you will never know that they’re actually willing to lend you some money with zero percent interest.  So, the second source for cheap money is your family.

You have also friend, best friend, buddies etc. They are your third source.

The last source is the bank.  Yes, the bank! Bank (in Singapore) publishes interest rate for loan through many advertising media (newspaper, website etc.). Have you ever, even one time, asking for reduced interest rate to the bank? I think, most of you will say no.

You have to ask to the bank for any promotion that will reduce the interest rate. You can build good portfolio and make yourself A+++ grade debitor. The more low risk you are, the more low interest you can request from the bank. Use the bank as the last source of the cheap money, and make sure you ask for interest rate reduction.

I will continue to the next part…

February 22, 2013 · cakriwut · One Comment
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