Thoughts

5 things with productivity tools that frustrate me to no end

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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 gives me immense satisfaction, and brings happiness when I get to work on anything related to tech. Yet, I have certain things that frustrate me to no end. Granted, these are true novelty issues, but… Read More »5 things with productivity tools that frustrate me to no end

Stretching time, or how to get things done when you’re busy

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I like to meet people, and spend time with people. In this day and age, it’s a rare luxury as everyone’s very, very busy. We need to agree to a lunch meeting two months ahead of time, and then someone cancels at the last minute. There are so many things we have to do, choose, and react on, that many people I know playfully joke about having more than 24 hours a day for tasks.… Read More »Stretching time, or how to get things done when you’re busy

Turning on video during Microsoft Teams meetings – why, or why not?

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I’ve used Microsoft Teams – mostly daily – since November 2016. That’s almost 3 years, and probably about 3 billion meetings, calls, chats and other messages over that time. I bought a Logitech BRIO 4K webcam last year, mainly to use it with Windows Hello-based authentication. That means I can just casually stroll to my study room, sit down and the computer unlocks automatically upon recognizing my face. It’s beyond great! The webcam comes equipped… Read More »Turning on video during Microsoft Teams meetings – why, or why not?

Thoughts on entrepreneurship and building a company

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Tomorrow on September 5th is the Finnish national Entrepreneur’s Day. The fun and somewhat comical part is that it does not coincide with World’s Entrepreneurs’ Day, which was in August this year. In addition, in Finnish – which is my native language – the word entrepreneur is ‘yrittäjä.’ Don’t try to pronounce it, but what it literally means is ‘someone who tries.’ I’ve been a trier for 10 years and some months now. For me,… Read More »Thoughts on entrepreneurship and building a company

Everything is subscription-based – so how much am I paying for the services I use every month?

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I wrote about closing down my Dropbox account last week. During the weekend I had some time to reflect back on that decision (for which I am still happy with), and also the amount of money I paid for Dropbox over the months. It was close to $1400 in total over 10 years, or so. I’ve been an entrepreneur for 10 years. For the first two years, I struggled, quite a bit, with making ends… Read More »Everything is subscription-based – so how much am I paying for the services I use every month?

Thoughts from Microsoft Inspire 2019 announcements

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Microsoft Inspire (formerly Worldwide Partner Conference, or WPC) was held in Las Vegas in mid-July. I didn’t attend, as the event overlaps heavily with the Finnish summer holiday season, where Finland practically shuts down between midsummer’s eve (late June) to early August. Thankfully Microsoft is doing a tremendous job in sharing the news and announcements that were made during Inspire. It’s also the start of Microsoft’s new fiscal year; thus, it’s an optimal time for… Read More »Thoughts from Microsoft Inspire 2019 announcements

Doing sales as a techie: Efficient strategies for sales

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By now, if you’ve read any of my posts in the past few years, it should be obvious I’m a geek, nerd, and techie by heart. I love building and learning new stuff – be it a custom connector to my smart ring, figuring out containers for my specific use-cases or configuring backups to the cloud. I’m also a bit extrovert. Not too outspoken though, at least not in a Dutch directness kind of way… Read More »Doing sales as a techie: Efficient strategies for sales

Is it worth going to large, international tech conferences anymore?

Hello from Seattle! This week I am attending Microsoft Build 2019. The weather is nice, as opposed to all the previous times I have been in Seattle during the past 20 years. Note: I wrote compact recaps from all three keynotes from Build – you can view them here (Vision Keynote, Azure Keynote, Microsoft 365 Keynote). For me to get to Seattle it’s a tedious and long journey. Admittedly not insanely long, but typically between… Read More »Is it worth going to large, international tech conferences anymore?

…But I like email!

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People – and consultants, a bit like myself – often tell unequivocally on social media and through flashy PowerPoints that email is dead. You must move on. Slack and Microsoft Teams and similar enterprise social tools are the future – a modern way for collaboration and that’s where real work happens now. Okay. I understand all that. I’ve done my fair share of billable work on setting up, configuring, developing and integrating companies to Microsoft… Read More »…But I like email!

Be better – or how to consistently succeed as a techie

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I’ve had this post — or rather just the title — in my blog as a draft for over a year. Today, I decided it’s time to put my money where my mouth by writing it and making it public. First, some clarification. My intention is not to brag about my professional career. My intention is to provide useful guidance I’ve learned during the course of almost 30 years. I’ve found the guidance below very… Read More »Be better – or how to consistently succeed as a techie

I want to become a carpenter – and here’s my plan

I’ve thought about becoming a carpenter for as long as I can remember. The idea of crafting something out of a solid block of wood is enticing, and I’m pretty sure I’d excel, or even master carpentry given some time and practice. Unfortunately, I’ve worked in all things IT for about 25 years, so there are many things I should probably unlearn, and many things I have to learn. But I’ve got a plan, so… Read More »I want to become a carpenter – and here’s my plan

Bye, Facebook (for now)

I have mixed feelings. Mostly I’m now less anxious and feel more peaceful. At the same time I feel I’m missing out on something I’m not completely sure what that is. I deactivated my Facebook account in early January. Timing wasn’t intentional, I just had enough time to reflect and consider how I want to invest my limited time and mental energy. Note, that I didn’t delete my account, but rather made the soft deletion, or… Read More »Bye, Facebook (for now)

On writing books

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I spent a few days during Christmas break to map out my 2019 – goals, dreams, hopes, ambitions and fears. I also read – a lot. Perhaps not enough to claim I’m an avid reader, but enough to make my Kindle sweat when I download more books from Amazon. I love reading ebooks, printed books as well as whitepapers that I sometimes print myself. I’m very bad with audiobooks, as I seem to like the act… Read More »On writing books

Thoughts on Microsoft ❤ GitHub announcement

By now, it is old news that Microsoft officially announced they will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion. Rumors started swirling on Sunday, and as is often the case, they are more or less to the point. I’ve been following with interest the different takes on this deal. First, Slashdot. I regularly check the news on Slashdot, mostly for the commentary. Unfortunately many people still post as Anonymous Cowards, so you have to filter out a… Read More »Thoughts on Microsoft ❤ GitHub announcement

Thoughts from beta certification exam 70-339: Managing SharePoint 2016

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I’ve been waiting for the first IT Pro exam on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 to become available – the 70-339 Managing SharePoint 2016. I might have missed the beta announcement, but I noticed from Pearson VUE, that you are able to book the exam before the official release date of June 23rd. Without really having time to prepare I took the exam today (20th of June), after a huge cup of coffee. Studies possibly show… Read More »Thoughts from beta certification exam 70-339: Managing SharePoint 2016