Archive for the ‘General’ Category

SANKO-tapahtuma: Funktionaalinen ohjelmointi ja F#

This post is an exception from the English majority of my writings. I will be summarizing the Finnish .NET User Group’s event on F# and functional programming, and will do it in Finnish. In summary, a great event! Neljäs SANKO-tapahtuma järjestettiin 9.6. ohjelmistoyhtiö Reaktorin tiloissa Helsingin keskustassa. Tuomas Hietanen ja Rami Karjalainen alustivat kertomalla kokemuksiaan […]

June 26, 2011 · Jouni Heikniemi · 168 Comments
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It takes ten megs to represent three leds

15 years ago we were really struggling with memory problems. Machines typically had 4 megabytes of RAM. And keyboards still had lights for Num lock, Scroll lock and Caps lock. Wait, how are these connected? See, my modern Lenovo W510 has dispensed with the leds on the keyboard (well, we still have one for Caps […]

November 10, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · 3 Comments
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Ray Ozzie’s Dawn of a New Day condensed

Microsoft’s soon to be ex-Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is a great thinker. But he’s also very, very verbose, and his latest 3500-word memo called Dawn of a New Day is quite a bit to digest. Here’s my summary of it (plus a few comments). First, Ozzie iterates things that have changed since his Internet […]

November 1, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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Dreamers, shapers, singers, makers

As Lauri announced, our company is called Offbeat Solutions. But in the announcement, he also quoted Technomage Elric from Babylon 5 in a way that deserves a closer look. “We are dreamers, shapers, singers, and makers. We study the mysteries of laser and circuit, crystal and scanner, holographic demons and invocation of equations. These are […]

August 18, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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All good things…

It is time to head out and risk everything to find a yet another great world. 29th August will be recorded in the annals of history as my last day in Sininen Meteoriitti. I have been working for the company for six years now. And what six years have they been! I was employee #13 […]

August 12, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · 6 Comments
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PDC 2010 – 2 days in Redmond

And we all thought PDC 2010 wasn’t coming, but it does. Not sure if Microsoft intended to slip it already, but www.microsoftpdc.com is live! It’s only two days, so getting shorter every year. No idea on the agenda, but I’d be surprised if the slippage wasn’t related to the WPC keynote starting in 50 minutes. […]

July 12, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Coming next week: WPC 2010 in Washington D.C.

Next week is the holiday-breaker for Microsoft partners as Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, colloquially known as WPC, kicks off. WPC is not much of a technical launch conference, but it does provide an interesting perspective into various things. I’ll be staying here in Finland, watching the news wave from afar. A short recap of the […]

July 7, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Changing the capri pants – a reminder on customer service

I recently visited the Vero Moda boutique in Kamppi, Helsinki on an errand to change a pair of pants unfit for my wife. The affair was done accordingly to their change/return policy, except for one thing: the missing original price tag. The lovely salesperson decided to give me hard time on this one. Despite the […]

June 29, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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Live Mesh dying soon – some saved by Live Sync, some not

The fact that Microsoft had Live Mesh, Live Sync and SkyDrive offerings was always confusing. Things are getting a turn for the clearer, as the Live Mesh brand gets nixed and Live Sync gains much of what Mesh used to be. But it’s not a change without losses. When installing the Live Wave 4 package, […]

June 14, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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First SANKO meeting today – also via Live Meeting

The first meeting of SANKO, the Finnish .NET Developer User Group is today at 14:00 Finnish time in Microsoft’s premises. Check out my previous post for details! The meeting is also broadcast via LiveMeeting, allowing you to participate. Of course, you can also ask questions via the Q&A tool. Unfortunately, LiveMeeting does not convey the […]

June 8, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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