About JohnDiew.com

This blog is about My life as well as passion in Technology, Photography and Japanese Pop Culture (Otaku Culture).

I started blogging back in year 2005 after my father subscribed for the 1 megabit Streamyx broadband. That time, 1 megabit is something to brag about because it is the fastest available internet bandwidth available from TM for the consumer market.

The blog was on Microsoft’s blogging platform – MSN Spaces which later re-branded as Windows Live Spaces (WLS). It was around September 2005 when I uploaded the very first post. To be frank, I never had great experience in using the MSN Spaces as the WYSIWYG editor is practically unusable and I have to write all my blogpost via HTML. I believe that’s how I get to learn all those HTML basics.

2 years later, I signed up for an account on WordPress – JohnDiew0107.wordpress.com, after a friend introduced it to me by demonstrating the flexibility and user-friendliness. Despite that I had the WordPress blog registered on August 2007, but due to sentimental reasons, I couldn’t bring myself to move over. Windows Live Spaces lived on while I continue experimenting on the WordPress for the coming 9 months before I finally close down my Windows Live Spaces and move over to WordPress without migrating any data.

August 2010, I registered a domain – johndiew0107.com, with a local domain registrar company. At the same year, I started the blog link sharing project in order to create a much larger reader community. The programme helped to grow my site’s readership up to 7000 unique clicks per month.

Just 1 year later, I decided to change the domain name to www.johndiew.com which is much easier to remember. At the same time, changing the domain name registrar and hosting services to GoDaddy due to better pricing and hosting specifications. Lesson learnt, always do thorough research before taking any action.

Here’s a simple timeline history of JohnDiew.com

  • 2005 September – Hello world!
  • 2007 August – Registered JohnDiew0107.wordpress.com
  • 2007 October – First post on JohnDiew0107.wordpress.com
  • 2008 May – JohnDiew0107 officially moved to WordPress
  • 2010 August – JohnDiew0107.com registered
  • 2011 August – Rename to JohnDiew.com

About John Diew



John Diew, born in Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia on 7th January, 1991. Graduated with Bachelor’s Degree of Information Systems Engineering from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, and currently works in ManagePay Systems Berhad.

I found my passion and life direction ever since I found out DannyChoo.com back in year 2006. Danny make me realized that I have a passion towards the Japanese Pop Culture especially the Anime, Comics and Games (ACG). Since then, Danny some sort of become my motivational guru, and I believe that’s what kept me working hard till today in order to achieve my dream of living the most out of my life.

My hobby? Japanese Pop culture, technology, photography. Feedly is my favourite app that always kept me up to date.

Here’s a list of John’s community:

  1. Facebook
  2. John Diew Productions
  3. Twitter
  4. Flickr
  5. 500px
  6. Youtube
  7. Hotmail/Outlook – johndiew0107[at]hotmail.com
  8. Gmail – johndiew0107[at]gmail.com

Work Space / Hardwares / Gadgets [Current]


My battlestation.

Project 3470 – Main PC [2012 October – Current]


CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-M
Chipset: Intel Z77 Chipset
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X GHz Edition
PSU: Seasonic G-550 SSR-550RM Active PFC F3
HDD: Crucial M4 128GB + Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB SATA 7200rpm x2 + Western Digital 1TB SATA + Western Digital MyBook 3TB USB3
Sound: –
Display: Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM 16:9 (19201080) + BenQ T51WA 16:10 (1280800)
Keyboard: Leopold FC-500R (Cherry MX-Red)
Mouse: Kensington Orbit
Gamepad: Microsoft XBOX 360 Wireless Controller
Speaker: Logitech X-540
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50s

OS: Windows 10 Pro

Samsung Google Nexus 10 2012 (P8110 / Manta) [2013 September – Current]


Chipset: Samsung Exynos 525
CPU: ARM Cortex-A15 Dual Core @ 1.7 GHz
GPU: ARM Mali-T604
Storage: 16GB
Display: 10.1″ Super PLS TFT Capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (2560*1600) (~299PPI)
Camera: 5MP, LED flash, autofocus + 1.9MP
Battery: 9000mAh, Li-Po
Feature: NFC

Recovery: Stock
Super User: Stock
ROM/Build number: AOSP LMY48I
Android Version: 5.1.1 Lollipop
Kernel: 3.4.67-g0ee50d5 android-build@wped4.hot.corp.google.com #1 Fri Jun 26 23:48:13 UTC 2015

LG Google Nexus 5 2013 (D821 / Hammerhead) [2014 March – Current]


Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
CPU: Quad-core Krait 400 @ 2.3 GHz
GPU: Adreno 330
Storage: 32GB
Display: 4.95″ True HD IPS+ capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (1080*1920) (~445PPI)
Camera: 8MP, LED flash, autofocus, optical image stabilisation + 1.3MP
Battery: 2300mAh, Li-Po
Feature: NFC, Wireless charging

Recovery: Team Win Recovery Project v2.8.7.1
Super User: SuperSU v2.46 by Chainfire
ROM/Build number: AOSP LMY48I
Android Version: 5.1.1 Lollipop
Kernel: 3.4.0-ElementalX-N5-4.06+ aaron@bella #1 Wed Sep 9 20:39:35 EDT 2015

Nikon D700 [2015 January – Current]



  1. AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
  2. AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
  3. AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

Panasonic LUMIX LX3 (Lumi-chan) [2009 October – Current]


Work Space / Hardwares / Gadgets [Past]

HiTagi-Chan (Mobile) HTC Incredible S (S710e / Vivo) (Retired) [2011 April – 2014 March]

HTC IS - 09

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
CPU: 1GHz Scorpion @ 1.2GHz
GPU: Adreno 205
RAM: 768MB
Storage: (Internal) 1.1GB ROM + (External) microSD 16GB
Display: 4″ S-LCD capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass (800*480) (~233ppi)
Camera: 8MP, Dual LED flash, autofocus + 1.3MP fixedfocus
Battery: 1450mAh, Li-Ion

S-OFF: Revolutionary
H-BOOT: Blackrose 2.03.0000
Recovery: ClockworkMod Recovery V5.0.2.0
ROM: Vivokat #10.27 by szezso
Android Version: 4.4.4 Kit Kat
Kernel: 3.0.101-ck1-TESCO-Minimal-3.7.2-g9c7d197 szezso@szezso-legacy #2 Sun Oct 26 22:01:09 CET 2014
Baseband / Radio: 20.2808.30.085AU_3805.06.03.03_M

Hitagi-Mini (Portable) HP Mini 210-1073TU (Transferred) [2010 July – 2013 Jun]


CPU: Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz 512K cache
Chipset: Mobile Intel GME965 Express Chipset
HDD: 250GB SATA 7200rpm
RAM: Kingston DDR2 SDRAM 2GB
GPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Display: 10.1″ Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display 16:9 (1024*600)

Project 955 (Transferred) [2010 January – 2012 September]


CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition @ 3.2GHz [CoolerMaster Hyper 212+]
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3
Chipset: AMD 870 + SB850 Chipset
HDD: Western Digital 160GB SATA
RAM: Kingston DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz 2GB x2
Display: 17″ Acer AL1717 4:3 (1280*1024)
Speaker: Creative SBS 370 2.1

Acer Aspire 4937G Laptop (Transferred) [2009 April – 2010 February] (Retired) [2012 June]

Acer Aspire 4937G

CPU: Intel Core2Duo P8400 2.26GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 cache
Chipset: Intel PM45+ICH9M
HDD: Hitachi 320GB SATA 5400rpm
Display: 14″ HD Widescreen Display 16:9 (1366*768)
Keyboard: Logitech Classic NewTouch 200
Mouse: Logitech V120 Laser Notebook Mouse

Acer TravelMate 4152NLCi [2006 – 2013 June] (Retired)

Acer TravelMate 4152NLCi

CPU: Intel Pentium M 740 1.73GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache
Chipset: Intel 915GM Express Chipset
HDD: 60GB SATA 5400rpm
RAM: Hynix DDR2 SDRAM 256MB x2
GPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Display: 15″ XGA TFT LCD 4:3 (1024*768)

Desktop at Hometown (Transferred) [2006 – 2009 April] (Retired) [2012 August]

weeko15-09 (2)

CPU: Intel Pentium D 820 2.8GHz
Motherboard: MSI MS-7222
Chipset: VIA P4M800 Chipset
HDD: Western Digital 160GB SATA
RAM: Apacer DDR2 DRAM 1GB + Kingston DDR2 DRAM 512MB
GPU: VIA UniChrome™ Pro IGP
PSU: P-PRO LC-P420 420Watt
Monitor: 17″ ACER AL1717 4:3 (1280*1024)
Speaker: CreAtive SBS 370 2.1
Keyboard: Logitech G1
Mouse: Logitech Optical Mouse

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