About JohnDiew.com

This blog is about My life as well as my passion in ACG culture, Photography and Technology.

I started blogging back in the year 2005 after my father subscribed for the 1 megabit Streamyx broadband. 1 megabit was TM’s fastest consumer internet bandwidth at that time, so it’s something to brag about.

My first blog was on Microsoft’s blogging platform – MSN Spaces, which later re-branded as Windows Live Spaces (WLS). It was sometime around September 2005 when I uploaded the very first blog 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 blog post via HTML. I believe that’s how I get to learn all those HTML basics.

After two horrendous years of using WLS, a close friend introduces WordPress to me and I’m hooked with the flexibility and user-friendliness of the blogging platform. Immediately I signed up for an account – johndiew0107.wordpress.com.

Despite I had the WordPress blog registered on August 2007, but due to sentimental reasons and procrastination, I couldn’t bring myself to move over from Windows Live Spaces. I experimented on WordPress for the coming 9 months. May 2008, I finally close down my Windows Live Spaces and migrate over to WordPress, leaving all data behind.

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. The process was smooth but I lost some viewer in the switching progress. 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 in Information Systems Engineering from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.

I found my passion and life direction ever since I found out DannyChoo.com back in the year 2006. Danny makes me realised that I have a passion towards the Japanese Pop Culture especially the Anime, Comics and Games (ACG). Since then, Danny has become my motivational guru, and I believe that’s what kept me working hard until 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.

Follow me on social media:

  1. Facebook
  2. John Diew Productions
  3. Twitter
  4. Instagram
  5. Youtube
  6. 500px
  7. john[at]johndiew.com

Work Space / Hardware / Gadgets [Current]


My battle station.

MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2015


  • 2016 November – Purchase


CPU: Intel Core i5-5257U 2.7 GHz
Motherboard: Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP
 8 GB LPDDR3-1866 Dual Channel
GPU: Intel Iris Graphics 6100
HDD: Apple SSD SM0256G 256 GB PCI-e
Display: 13.3 inch 16:10, 2560×1600 pixel, APPA02A, IPS screen, LED backlight, glossy
Keyboard: Obins Anne Pro (Gateron Blue)
Mouse: Apple Magic Trackpad 2
Speaker: HiVi D1010-IV
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50s

OS: macOS Sierra 10.12.3

Hitagi-Mini (Portable) HP Mini 210-1073TU


  • 2010 July – Purchase
  • 2013 Jun – Transferred to brother
  • 2016 March – Transferred back


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)

LG Google Nexus 5 2013 (D821 / Hammerhead)


  • 2014 March – Purchase


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: Stock
Super User: Stock
ROM/Build number: M4B30Z
Android Version: 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Kernel: 3.4.0-gcf10b7e android-build@wpiv11.hot.corp.google.com #1 Mon Sep 19 22:14:08 UTC 2016

Nikon D700 [2015 January – Current]


  • 2015 January – Purchase



  1. AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
  2. AF Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D Micro
  3. AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
  4. AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  5. AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED

Work Space / Hardware / Gadgets [Past]

Project 3470


  • 2012 October – Purchase
  • 2016 December – Transferred to home


CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-M
Chipset: Intel Z77 Chipset
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 Vapor-X GHz Edition 3GB
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 – Purchase
  • 2016 January – Transferred


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

Panasonic LUMIX LX3


  • 2009 October – Purchase
  • 2016 January – Retired


HiTagi-Chan (Mobile) HTC Incredible S (S710e / Vivo)


  • 2011 April – Purchase
  • 2014 March – Retired

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

Project 955


  • 2010 January – Purchase
  • 2012 September – Transferred to brother


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


  • 2009 April – Purchase
  • 2010 February – Transferred to sister
  • 2012 June – Retired

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 – Purchase
  • 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)

Hometown PC


  • 2006 – Purchase
  • 2009 April – Transferred home
  • 2012 August – Retired

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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