Year 2012

Year 2012 was pretty tough on me. So many things have happened in a one year that it feels a little overwhelming to remember all of it. But, here are some relevant things that happened.

Awesome stuff:

  • Aleksi: my firstborn boy has grown a lot. He walks and almost talks now. It is only matter of months when he will say his first proper words. I can hardly wait.
  • Aucor Oy, my company: I have finally managed to solve some basic issues that should have been solved years ago. There is a lot of work ahead of me, but now it feels doable. I could not have done it without the awesome people that work in Aucor.
  • Bad habbits: I stopped drinking alcohol. I can’t say that I miss it. I never liked bars and people there anyway.
  • Self-image: I have learned a lot about myself, and I have grown to accept most of my weaknesses. I couldn’t have done it without JP Jakonen. Thanks, man!

Things that sucked:

  • Stress. Building a dream company is stressful and hard work. I have done too much work and sacrificed too many hours for the company.
  • Health. I almost lost it last year. Too much stress and everything that is related to stress almost broke me. I also had an diagnose for a disease that is not curable. Its not lethal or anything, but it will be on me for the rest of my life. Bugger.

What about the year 2013?

I don’t generally give any new year’s promises, they are somehow hollow. Instead, I list some things that I have thought about a lot.

  • Facebook: I really loathe it. Facebook just keep trying to shaft the privacy of users, and I can’t trust the service anymore. It is like every time you turn your back on it, there is some new privacy policy that gives Facebook the right to sell and share your stuff anyway they please. I understand it is a company and that the service is free. I really get that. But I just don’t want to waste my time and energy on it anymore. Every minute you spend on Facebook is away from somewhere else. I miss blogging. I want to do it more.
  • Coffee: I should drink less. That is hard, because I love it so much. I have tried to replace some coffee cups with tea, but damn, its different.
  • Time: I need more of it. Building a company is important, but family is more important. Everything else is secondary.
  • Health: I am going to continue my weight loss campaign. Now I have lost 10 kg of fat, and I have still 20 or so kilograms to go. Pace is slow, and I am in no hurry. It works, it’s important and it just needs to be done. Next year at this time I will be 20 kg lighter. Which is nice.
  • Friends & hobbies: this is related to a time-issue. I want to see more friends, take more leaves and just generally do more non-work related stuff.
  • Writing: next book is on the way and after that I really would like to write those fiction novels I have been working on.
  • Tattoo: time to get the next one. 🙂

Conclusion:

Even though it has been a tough year, it looks a lot more brighter now. I hope you have had an awesome year, and I really hope that year 2013 is going to be even better.

Happy new year 2013!

Autumn

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Sun is still shining, but it isn’t too hot. Business in Finland seems to be stalling. Recession seems to be reality.

Tranquility

This has been a good summer for me. I hate heat, but I like the sunshine and rainy days. They are hard to combine, so I usually prefer autumns.

I have great expectations for the rest of the year. My mood has changed for the better, and there is some nice things waiting around the corner.

Don’t block my flow, bro

Google is on the right track about the importance of speed (or, lack of latency). Its the single most important factor when building anything remotely important on the web. Web pages should open instantly, actions should trigger instantly, and the flow shouldn’t be broken.

Example: You have suddenly an magnificent idea. You want to write it down, while its still burning hot in your mind. You fire up your favorite editor, and… Bam! WOULD YOU LIKE TO UPDATE THIS PIECE OF CRAP SOFTWARE, WOULD YOU? PLEEEEEAAASE? CLICK ME! CLICK ME! And of course, the icon is bouncing on the dock like there’s no tomorrow.

This happens way too often. For weird, annoying reasons, software developers seem to think that it is more important to keep the software up to date than to let applications to do what they are meant to. Its not. No matter what the software, it should NEVER come in between the user and its purpose. I don’t give a flying f*ck about is the software perfectly up to date or not. Most of the time it doesn’t matter at all.

Its bloody annoying. Luckily, most softwares offer option to disable automatic update, but usually, option is enabled by default. Everyone who thinks this is a good idea: f*ck you. Life is too short for waiting that a random software downloads some chinese text bug fixes.

New toy: Fuji X100

So, I finally bought a new toy.

I have some nice cameras (namely Canon EOS 400D and iPhone), but because my wife nicked my compact Canon S95 (which is still a pretty darn good), there has been some sort of void in my life. EOS 400D is way too bulky for every day use, and iPhone is… well, a phone with a camera.

At first I drooled over some Leica’s (M9 and X1), but M9 was way out of my price range, and X1 didn’t have optical viewfinder. True, you can get reasonable priced M9 chassis under 5000 €, but you would still need to buy some proper lenses too. So, ouch. Maybe in the future.

After doing some research, I found Fuji X100. Professionals seemed to call it “a poor man’s Leica.” I don’t know about that, but Fuji X100 is definitely awesome piece of work. There are some weird quirky stuff going on in the camera (like no automatic switching to a macro mode), but so far, I love the manual controls and the optical viewfinder. Picture quality is also pretty awesome. More about it later.

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