sunnuntai 29. marraskuuta 2009

Assembler - long time no see

 
I recently installed the assembler editing and compiling environment
for my PC. It's MASM, freely available over the Internet. I am looking
forward to doing some coding with it, mainly going to implement basic
algorithms like trees and sorting in the language. It is always a challenge
to make complicated things in such low level language, and one might
be very tempted to just suck the source code from a site, but I think it's
the intellectual puzzle and curiosity as to "whether I can do it" which
drives me forward.
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ITIL and hippies?

 
They are so alike.
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testing HTC phone

 
Test-driving the HTC phone.
I got one from office, and test driving it currently. It's got a Windows Mobile 6.1
The user interface tries to emulate pretty much of Windows, and thus brings familiarity
to the use. But because I am brainwashed to be a Nokia person, it's somehow difficult
at first to grasp the new concept.
This is just the initial feelings of what I've gathered and experienced so far.
- the phone's form factor (shape) and weight is nice. It's a little bit like my current
Nokia e71
- the black colour and materials used are also good looking and they seem quite robust
- rounded corners feel good, in hand and in pocket
- screen is not very responsive, ie. misses some taps with the stylus; but when you get
used to this you can do much better.

More to come. This is update 1, on 29.11.2009
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perjantai 27. marraskuuta 2009

Instinct - Vaisto

 
Instincts are always important. Follow them.
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perjantai 20. marraskuuta 2009

The lovely truth about entrepreneurship

 

I was working two years as independent consultant back in 2006-2007, and still have the
company as idle one; it can be reactivated at a short notice, and I'm back in business.
I like to tell you my experiences so far. So, let's take a roll back over to 1998. I
had been graduating from the military (conscription), and received officer training
there. My alma mater, Helsinki University of Technology (soon Aalto University) was
a place of a lot of enthusiasm, new people, boring maths lectures, and interesting
algorithms and neuroscience lectures. I enjoyed every moment of it, until I got somehow
distracted by the reality: working life. It was the 2000s IT hype, and I got into a
company coding with Java. We were pretty novice people, but learned at incredible pace
since our vision and goals were set. We wanted to devour information, turn it into code,
and keep up with technology. Java was quite simple with its API library, compared to
today. Web was quite stable, though I think that java server pages were already invented.
Linux was a new guy in town, with hardcore freaks tweaking it to do things that didn't
impress most people. The campus was going in a routine pace at weekdays, but thriving
with activity in the weekends. There's just so many memorable parties that I attended.
TKK taught me many lessons, but not exactly always in the lecture halls; more in
outside world actually. It was human interaction, curiosity, ideas, sometimes very
crazy ideas that got small spinoffs breathing. The guys that were sitting in class,
suddenly were sitting at office doing their favorite thing: development and convincing
customers that the thing they're working on is going to improve business processes of
the client.

Some ideas thrived, some died. People shifted from company to another. Typically tech
people tend to stay 1-4 years in one place, then migrating to other companies. There
are exceptions, but this is just my intuitive statistics engine churning out solutions.

Now I'm in a kind of crossroads and upwards mobile development phase, and love it totally.
Into challenging projects and developing my own pet project. It's pure fun, even though
my heart punds pretty heavily on weekdays. I get kicks out of having the possibility
to make an impact and contact people; think about what is the problem we have to solve,
how to do it, what kind of resources to put on it, how to motivate; propagate, investigate,
and execute. Get early feedback and act on that. Make milestones for projects also.
Because in the middle of a "whirl", the red thread is important to maintain. Always focus,
even though the time slot would be 30 minutes at a time. Make it your best 30 minutes, feel
the flow, and go in with it. It feels so much better than just severe multitasking.
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Upcoming USA trip in 2010 summer, meet up?

USA trip 2010 (planned, version 1.0)

14 days in western USA, crossing to east and meet people & see things in
a short period. I've been once to Las Vegas, in the Comdex computer fair in
2000 or so. It was magnificent experience. We won the best looking presenter
award thanks to our lovely ladies, not the sweaty nerds ;-) Good memories!

Rent a Porsche 911, and bring home one Dodge -69 7.2Liter for a friend.
- auto costs 3500 dollars
- Porsche Boxster Sv6 295hp (a'la $250/day)
- hostels total 650 dollars for the whole trip
- food 500 dollars
- see indian reservoirs
- meet at least Danielle and Gretchen
- see Google campus in San Francisco
- mail me at (jukka.paulin) @ gmail.com if you're along the way, or in
the same direction. Would be great to meet! I'm open both to business
and just leisure time.
- representing Genusync Finnish branch office (web projects), looking
for prospective clients always
- my own project Tuokko will be introduced if you want, you can see
it at http://tuokko.blogspot.com

Thoughts

 
Some thoughts in a bachelor box. I'm engaged in a deep
thought session; there's a C# programming language book
in the background, my current project in computer science.
It's been a refreshing period of New things coming lately,
and got my car back from maintenance. The Tuokko project
has also taken a lot of time. I'm so thrilled with it,
and getting good feedback and tips from veteran entrepreneurs.
Days are filled pretty much with creating, sketching, and
coding. Plus ad-hoc marketing and recruiting people to the
project. I love this period of life.
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maanantai 16. marraskuuta 2009

Mind the Box.

 
The picture is taken from London, a park where I just had to jump over the fence
to get to the other side of the box. Jumping is fun, even though at this age
you tend to think that it's not appropiate. But heck, I did it. And no straints.
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The Message

 
The Message matters. 'Viesti', or message in finnish, is happening right now
in this picture. There's a guy offering information probably about a volunteering
or charity organization. He's engaging in street level action. This phenomena has
increased a lot in Finland during the early 21st century. It's probably a good
tool in the vast array of communications that we have available nowadays.
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sunnuntai 15. marraskuuta 2009

D-wok in Helsinki: excellent food!

 
If you want good wok and other chinese stuff, do definitely pay a visit
to the D-wok in Kamppi, center of Helsinki. D-wok offers great food, and
it's served quickly. They have nice customer service, excellent taste,
and quite a good selection of daily papers; usually business magazine
Kauppalehti plus Helsingin Sanomat.
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torstai 12. marraskuuta 2009

Pekka Himanen philosophy lecture at Helsingin Yliopisto

 



Himanen spoke of the Dignity project, and about also the meaningful
and passionate life; what kind of huge impact inspiring speech
and attitude towards all others may have. He was inspiring himself.
This lecture will be one those moments in my life that keeps
me going on. Thank you Pekka! It was a pleasure.


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tiistai 10. marraskuuta 2009

A new chap in town - Veeti


He's adorable little fellow, and likes to spend time next to my feet; we
keep each other warm. I spend days at home, doing things at the computer,
so we make a good pair. Thanks Veeti!

maanantai 9. marraskuuta 2009

New Venture Development a'la 2009 home office



It's been a period of development here at home. I got an idea as far back as 18 months ago, about a logistics service. It's been incubating in my mind ever since,
and now suddenly I realized it's time to really put a conscious effort into developing it further. What I'm about to write here is not a pitch or anything,
but about the method of development.

I am very mobile person. Having grown up in a home where my dad taught me a lot
of skills like programming and car washing(!) I always appreciated doing things
myself. Extending the DIY attitude has turned into the craving of mobility:
having the possibility to do information working regardless of time and place.
This is where the mobile office concept becomes essential.

Later on I became frustrated with the sheer amount of micromanaging, so I turned
into developing services. Computer science gave a lot of tools in this area. But
I am not a theorist, so I like to be implementing things and seeing how they
turn out in reality. Two years as a self-made consultant taught the importance
of seeing the customer's point of view.

I am slightly inclined to be open source person, ie. Microsoft monopoly is
a red flag for me. They have made good products but the world-dominating
attitude is too much for me. Competition and openness rocks. Tools are at best
little golden nuggest that can be combined to allow powerful effects. Google
is of course also having its own world domination plan, no doubt about that.
But they work in a more stylish manner, I think. They think big from day one,
and rely on an intelligent search platform to create new tools.

Hey, we're off course now. Back to sailing straight. The mobile office is about
making hardware irrelevant, and using networked services and platforms to enable
ubiquitous computing. I realized how mobile I was, at the moment that my
Windows Vista crashed, and left me with no functionality. I was afraid of the
coming day. Then in a week I made a decision: to hell with the operating system,
just install another one and reformat the whole disk. I put Ubuntu on my machine,
and to my surprise: I didn't end up in a ditch somewhere whining about better
days, but I now had a more responsive machine, and the web was still there: with
my GMail, chats, other messaging, everything! Picture galleries were already in
the net. So were my pals and co-workers. It is already a networked world. If
you're in doubt, don't. Just try a new solution boldly.