My first mobile phone was a Nokia 2110, which I purchased in 1994. Before that, my dad had the predecessor to GSM phones in his car, an integrated NMT phone (NMT stands for Nordic Mobile Telephone, and we were immensely… Read More »Insights: Regaining my focus by not focusing on my phone anymore
This is part 2 of my guide on how to work remotely, and not feel bad about it. If you missed part 1 (the basics), see here. Table of Contents Part 1: Let’s define Working from Home/working remotely/remote work/flex work… Read More »The comprehensive guide to working remotely and not feeling miserable about it (Part 2)
I’ve previously written at length on working remotely, both in Finnish (Don’t work in the evenings), about my then-new desk, and generally how I feel about working from home. I also like writing – a lot. This guide was a… Read More »The comprehensive guide to working remotely and not feeling miserable about it (Part 1)
About 3 years ago I received a phone call. I was working as a consultant, so I often got calls from people I didn’t know. It was someone I didn’t know, but he told me he worked for a company… Read More »Are you building sustainable and long-lasting IT solutions?
I usually write about tech, Microsoft, cloud services, and how I build things. This time it’s slightly different, as I wanted to reflect a bit on the previous 12 months in my life. A year ago, I wrote that I… Read More »A look back: One year of working out at the gym
Yet another weekend, and yet another interesting little project I got to work on! I often “scratch my own itch”, and this time it’s no different. I built a simple, yet powerful solution to measure the soil moisture of my… Read More »Building an IoT soil moisture monitoring solution using Azure and Ruuvitag sensors
I’ve always had some sort of a NAS solution at home. A NAS, which stands for Network-Attached Storage, is a solution or a server that provides you with storage. Usually in a redundant setup, such as RAID. At home, I… Read More »In 2020, do you still need a dedicated NAS solution?
[ Update August 31: Thanks, the survey has now concluded! ] I’m 77 % done with my studies, which hopefully allow me to graduate as an Executive MBA in early 2021. As part of the two-year program (you can read… Read More »Help out by filling out my quick survey!
Back in 2019, I switched back to Android, after trying my very best to live within the Apple world with an iPhone. I was then given a choice to choose between multiple flagship Android devices. I went with the Samsung… Read More »My experience using the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ for 150 days
I browsed back through my calendar, that the last time I went physically to work at the local Microsoft office was about 170 days ago. Even before this new normal, where everyone works from home, I often visited the office… Read More »Building a custom solution using Windows 10 and Azure to track when I’m working from home
Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced that the new Surface Duo device will be available on September 10. Preorders started at the same time, and you can place your order here (US only, for now). This image, courtesy of Microsoft, showcases the… Read More »Thoughts on the new Microsoft Surface Duo device
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
I set out to migrate a few of my old virtual machines to Azure a few months ago. That didn’t end well, as I was lacking a real server – I run all my VMs on Windows 10, and most… Read More »Getting started with Azure Migrate: Migrating an on-premises Hyper-V Virtual Machine to Azure
Last week, Garmin’s services mostly went down. This meant that all Garmin devices, among others, wouldn’t sync data between the mobile app (Garmin Connect) and Garmin’s cloud-based services. You also couldn’t configure a new Garmin watch, for example. Garmin was… Read More »Thoughts on the Garmin outage and possible ransomware attack
I’m typing this on my new workstation, which I managed to build last week. So far, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor (12 cores, shows as 24 logical processors in Task Manager) is a beast. My previous Intel Core i7-5820K… Read More »A few updates, and transitioning to vacation mode
[See Part 1: Building a high-performance workstation PC for professional use] Early in January this year, I spent time planning and researching which components to get for my new workstation. I’ve learned a lot since then, and meanwhile, I’ve kept… Read More »Building a high-performance workstation PC for professional use (Part 2)
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
Summer in Finland was two weeks ago. Now it’s dull, gray, cold, and windy. So the perfect time to build yet another solution using Azure! This time, I wanted to build a custom URL shortener service. Microsoft has one, and… Read More »Building a custom URL shortener service using Azure and a Serverless approach
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
This past weekend Finland (and Sweden, that I know of) celebrated the midsummer’s eve. For us, it includes the longest day of the year: The sun rises at 3:45 and sets around midnight. Lots of natural light means lots of… Read More »Building a custom Android app using Xamarin.Forms and C# to retrieve temperature data from Azure