I’m a huge fan of the Your Phone Companion app that is now available for Windows 10. It was first made available in mid-2015, but since 2018 it has been actually useful. The app allows you to utilize your phone… Read More »Supercharging your productivity with your Android phone and the Windows 10 Your Phone Companion app
Insights on building robust business process orchestrations using Power Automate, Logic Apps and Azure Functions
I often end up automating a lot of things in my life I find too repetitive, or too boring to do manually. This might not always be the smartest thing to do, as learning how to do something esoteric might… Read More »Insights on building robust business process orchestrations using Power Automate, Logic Apps and Azure Functions
I’ve been wanting to build a little command-line tool to manage my tasks and to-do items for some time now. I initially set out to build something fun a few months ago, but couldn’t get it working properly. So, this… Read More »Building a custom command-line tool for Microsoft To Do
For the longest time, I’ve relied on Ninite to deploy my tools. The software that I rely on a daily basis – and for this, I’ve had a simple script to drop the tools for new VMs, servers, laptops, and… Read More »Modernize your tooling deployment with Windows Package Manager (winget)
Years ago, I found this cartoon: In the 1990’s, once you got an email it was a fun and enjoyable experience. “Someone is thinking of me!”, and you really set time aside to craft a considerate and careful response. Things… Read More »Back to basics: Two simple Outlook rules to reclaim your workday
I’ve been taking a few vacation days this week. That is probably one of the considerable differences for me – last year I was still a business owner and entrepreneur, so vacation days simply meant getting more work done without… Read More »Understanding Developer Velocity to achieve better business performance
Fresh off from Microsoft Build 2020, we now have the very first versions of the Microsoft PowerToys Run available for testing. PowerToys are useful little tools and utilities, which are open-sourced and frequently updated. Currently, the tools include: FancyZones, a… Read More »Microsoft PowerToys Run is simply amazing
I’ve been meaning to write about how I manage my tasks and organize my work for a good couple of months by now. Then work got in the way, so while I was heading home from the summer cabin, I… Read More »Achieving internal efficiency by managing your time and organizing your tasks
I wrote about working from home a few weeks ago, and now that I am back from my winter vacation, I wanted to revisit this subject. We started more serious social distancing and self-quarantines in Finland around March 13. It’s… Read More »We are all working remotely now – how does that feel after the first month?
I’ve had some time to clean up and get rid of dusty things in my life. We’ve all had that time, I guess. Besides physical things, I’ve also cleaned plenty of digital assets that I no longer need. The intention… Read More »What about those blog posts that I’ve never published?
I’ve had a guidebook on the English grammar on my desk for the better part of the last decade. It’s a classic – the Elements of Style. I rarely write longer essays in my native Finnish, and as Finnish is… Read More »Check your grammar! Understanding the security implications with cloud-based grammar checkers
I recently received a new laptop from work. It’s a Surface Book 2 (the 15″ model). It’s beyond great, although I’ve used it less in recent weeks than I anticipated. At home I rarely need to use a laptop –… Read More »Security awareness: Are you using separate laptops for work and personal use?
If you work in tech, you’ve possibly internalized that the technologies, services, platforms and tools you have at your disposal are almost limitless and exciting at the same time. I’ve spent a few years building my toolbox so that it… Read More »5 things with productivity tools that frustrate me to no end
I love gadgets, and I love reading, too. It’s a nice combination, as there’s always a new shiny gadget that one just has to buy – for reading, of course. I currently own an Amazon Kindle Oasis (2018) device, a… Read More »Choosing a suitable device for reading articles, docs, and ebooks
In my role as an architect, I’m often faced with limited time, scarce resources, and considerable expectations on how I deliver my services. It isn’t uncommon that within a single day working with a customer we work through Microsoft Teams… Read More »Learning quickly as a consultant: Efficient learning strategies
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I love gadgets. There has been a time in my life I accidentally landed with some surplus money, and while many people wiser than me would probably have invested said money… Read More »Five indispensable gadgets I use in my home office
I’ve loved – and yes, I really mean it – Windows 10 since it became available back in 2015. I run Windows 10 on all three of my main machines – two laptops and one beefy workstation, and use this… Read More »Windows 10 19H1 (1903) update: Top 5 new features